How technology has altered face-to-face for business

The advent of emails had revolutionized business communications at the time, but with the arrival of smartphones, VoiP services and cloud technology, communication has reached a whole new level. In business, this has changed the way many companies operate worldwide, and with so many workers worldwide working in virtual teams, many business relationships now depend on these technologies. In the past, companies might have a team of account and technical personnel at a key meeting, but with technological advances in communication this is no longer the case.

Video conferencing helps boost efficiency and cut costs

Thanks to video conferencing devices, costs can be cut by making long distance work discussions doable from the comfort of your own office.

With video conferencing systems like the Yealink VC system[1] you might only need to see two people in person and have the rest participate through video conferencing. Conference software also allows you to “share your screen” with the viewers, allowing company-wide training and the like as well. This means you don’t need to choose between either taking a twelve-hour long flight or alternatively try to discuss complex issues over the phone without visuals.

You can trim meeting costs and travelling time, while still giving customers a true face-to-face experience. With the better communication and increased level of flexibility, business leaders can stay in close touch with their most invaluable resource – their employees – and therefore being able to manage them better. Thanks to these technological advancements distances have become irrelevant, while collaboration among co-workers have improved massively.

We’re not writing-off face-to-face just yet

However, since many still rely on face-to-face meetings, we aren’t writing them off completely.

A study by Oxford Economics reveals that clients you work with remotely often book a whole lot more work once you’ve shared a handshake, some smiles and maybe a meal. Instead of looking at video conferencing as an alternative to offsite meetings, many companies are combining the two as a powerful follow-up to face-to-face connections. Activate Telecoms, a Yealink reseller offers the Yealink VC Series[2] – a range of video conferencing endpoints that enables users to connect visually and to collaborate more effectively.

Designed to end the video conferencing dilemma for many businesses by applying leading-edge videoconferencing technologies, the VC series brings advanced features and ensures high-quality video collaboration with remarkable ease and cost-effectiveness.

For more information visit the Activate Telecoms website.[3]

This article was published in partnership with Activate Telecoms.


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Tips to avoid becoming a Ransomware victim

Companies are still reeling and trying to manage the damage caused by the world’s biggest cyber-attack appropriately named WannaCry (or WannaCrypt). Unfortunately, with Ransomware, once your files are infected, there is not much you can do to reverse this besides paying up – which often isn’t effective anyway. The reality of ransomware is that it damages or destroys computer files, causing loss of business for organisations whilst compromising their information systems.

For this reason, users should employ certain measures to ensure a higher level of defence against these plagues. As in many cases, with Ransomware, prevention is always better than cure. So, with that in mind, you will need to know what steps can you take to avoid becoming a ransomware victim.

There are many layers of cyber security measures you can implement that will help to make an attack harder and reduce its impact that are fundamental to protect yourself and your data. A key recommendation is to backup all your data whether it’s offline or in the cloud. Some other security measures include the following:

  • Use your firewall
  • Filter your emails
  • Run your anti-virus
  • Patch your system regularly
  • Minimise the use of privileged accounts
  • Do your backups, properly
  • Manage Network Share abilities
  • Beef up your browsers
  • Manage your application paths

Ransomware is today’s number one cyber peril due to the damage it causes and the prevalence factor, which is why the countermeasures above are imperative.

If you don’t use or apply them, most of your important files could be completely lost. Thwarting the virus attack before it happens can save you a lot of money and assure you peace of mind. If you require any help applying the security measures mentioned above, don’t hesitate to contact [email protected][1] or 011 081 9888.

Activate Telecoms also offers business solutions that will help you to secure your networks and data centre.

For more information, visit the Activate Telecoms website[2].

This article was published in partnership with Activate Telecoms.


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