How are other small businesses using it? Last week we looked at factors to consider when starting an online business – which got us to thinking about small business and social media. In the past year, we’ve seen a rise in the number of businesses using social media as part of their marketing strategies. Before [...]
The jury’s still out on whether or not the UK’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’ will ever grow to rival Silicon Valley in the US, but it is clear that this area is buzzing with exciting new tech start-ups. In fact, hundreds of new companies have been born there over the past two years. Reading about the experiences [...]
The uptake of solid state drives (or SSDs) has increased significantly in recent years. Whereas previously they were seen as an expensive luxury for very niche tasks, especially in business, it is no coincidence that their move to the mainstream has coincided with their continual fall in price and rise to a ‘usable’ capacity. An [...]
The blog team at BT Business Direct has decided to round-up our most popular posts of 2011 in order to celebrate our 100th online post. We would like to thank you for reading our blog and we would love to hear your thoughs on our top 5 posts. In addition, if there is something you want [...]
Here we summarise the top 10 storage practices for building an SQL Server, as provided by Microsoft. If this whets your appetite, check out the full guide for even more detail. Understand the IO characteristics of SQL Server and the requirements / characteristics of your application The fundamentals of a successful SQL deployment is [...]
It’s starting to look like the holiday season and business don’t go together. Research out this week shows 78% of businesses expect their turnover to either stay the same or dip over the holiday period. Meanwhile, financial company IFG is warning that cashflow can suffer over Christmas due to financial staff being away on holiday [...]
Just in time for the holiday season, Toshiba are offering up to £100 pounds cash back on selected Satellite Pro models. Check out this great deal on a Core i3 laptop that is only £259.99 after cash back and trade in. You can click here to find out if your current laptop qualifies for the [...]
In keeping with our storage theme for this month (see our NAS post from last week), this week we thought it would be useful to offer some tips on how to swap out the hard drive in your blade server, in the event that the drive has failed or you simply want to upgrade it. [...]
The BT Business Direct blog team is happy to announce that we are now on Facebook. If you have been following our twitter stream and our blog, you’ll be pleased to know that we will be sharing key blog content, relevant news and discussions. There are also new monthly deals on our Facebook page available [...]
A couple of weeks ago we wrote about how UK companies are continuing to invest into their workforce even though many of them are finding it is difficult to recruit the right employees for a position. Regardless of this skills shortage that many employers seem to be experiencing, seven out of ten businesses will be [...]
What’s the catch? Today’s blog is a quick look at the Fujitsu Lifebook U772 Ultrabook. With most Ultrabooks being aimed at the consumer market (due...
We recently had Tristan Simmons from Netgear come into the BT Business Direct offices to talk about why 10 Gigabit connectivity is becoming an important topic...