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CMI Recognised as a Top 50 Best Managed IT company

Posted by Graham Stead on 02 January 2020

CMI are delighted to receive recognition as a Top 50 Best Managed IT company in the UK at the award ceremony in Pall Mall, London.

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Tips for Detecting a Phishing Email

Posted by Graham Stead on 12 December 2019


We recommend reading and sharing our tips for detecting a phishing email to reduce the risk of infecting your workstation or network with malicious software.

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Simplify Your Appointment Process with Microsoft Bookings

Posted by Graham Stead on 11 December 2019

 

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CMI Celebrates MSP of the Year 2019 Award

Posted by Graham Stead on 15 November 2019

CMI are delighted to receive their MSP of the Year 2019 Award at the Connect IT Europe event with Kaseya. CMI had to demonstrate excellence in a multiple of disciplines in order to win the award against hundreds of other Managed Services Providers.

The disciplines and judging criteria included:

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The Top 5 Business Reads

Posted by Darron Millar on 15 November 2019

 

Warren Buffett, American business magnate and investor, said daily reading was the key to success: “That’s how knowledge functions. It accrues, like compound interest”.

Mark Zuckerberg reads one book a week and Bill Gates, fifty books annually. If you’re searching for novel ideas or simply a way to expand upon your personal knowledge via an education on different ways of thinking, then reading is essential, and even more important for entrepreneurs. Here are our top 5 most inspiring business reads:

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The Future of Google

Posted by Graham Stead on 16 October 2019

 

For several decades, Google has dominated the world of online research. With the powerful algorithms and keyword indexes unique to this search engine, Google’s reach has gone beyond the online realm.

When it comes to volume of users and mass adoption, this behemoth company has captured the world’s imagination and become commonplace in people’s digital lives, not only because of its search engine, but also because of its dominance in the advertising arena.

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How Many Cores? Is More Always Better?

Posted by Darron Millar on 16 September 2019

 

A big hardware buzzword is multi-core, with companies like AMD and Intel releasing processors with more cores than ever. They’re exciting, particularly in the gaming world, but do you need them? We examine exactly what multi-core processors do, and if they can genuinely improve your business. 

What is a multi-core processor?

multi-core processor is a computer processor  with two or more separate processing units (CPUs), called cores, each of which reads and executes program instructions, as if the computer had several processors. 

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How Will 5G Affect Your Business?

Posted by Richard Taberner on 13 August 2019

 

The emergence of 5G has been on the technological agenda for most of the last decade. There have been initial tests worldwide, and it is only a matter of time before 5G is fully deployed in the UK. All major UK operators will have launched 5G networks by the end of this year.

5G has the potential to make cable and DSL obsolete. Many believe that 5G can help double the broadband speeds many customers see today. It’s also much cheaper and easier to deploy. So what are the barriers to universal adoption, and if universal 5G does become a reality, how will it affect your business?


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When is it time for a server upgrade?

Posted by Darron Millar on 15 July 2019

 

Like with any piece of tech, your server is an investment that depreciates over time. On average, server performance erodes by 14% annually. By the fifth year, a server has only 40% of the performance quality it had when it was new. Lower performance and higher failure rates increase unplanned downtime by 20% annually, negatively impacting your business. So when is the best time for a server upgrade?

Your provider no longer supports your server

The average warranty term is about 3-5 years. After that time, a manufacturer is no longer responsible for providing server support. Servers older than 5 years old are at higher risk of failure.

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Goodbye to BT's ISDN Lines

Posted by Richard Taberner on 04 July 2019

 

BT (formerly British Telecommunications) have announced their plans to switch off their ISDN network for voice calling in 2025, and will stop taking new orders from businesses in 2020!

As the leading business communications provider in the UK, this change will affect millions of businesses.

What exactly is ISDN?                                                           

Launched by BT in 1968, Integrated Service Digital Network (ISDN) is a set of communications standards for digital telephony and the transmission of voice and data over a digital line. As BT rolled the new network out over the UK, it grew in popularity and saw the replacement of the original analogue landline technology.

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