Still time to get customers compliant with GDPR
You may have noticed that the GDPR deadline seemed to come and go without anyone really noticing and there have certainly not been any major news stories breaking about companies getting fined for non-compliance.
There seems to have been a recognition that businesses need more time to get up to speed on GDPR. Ahead of the 25 May deadline, the focus was mostly on getting customers opted-in for emails – but many companies did not have time to get their data security up to date.
There is still an opportunity, therefore, to get your customers compliant – and with our amazing offers on F-Secure, there is no better way to help them do that. Synaxon can offer you unrivalled and very exclusive discounts on the award-winning F-Secure range of cybersecurity solutions. Members can order direct via EGIS and deploy solutions immediately for customers.
To find out more, contact your account manager.
Whatever happened to the paperless office? (an MSP took control of it!)
There used to be a lot of talk about the paperless office and while the use of document scanning and storage has undoubtedly grown, print is as strong a business as ever, if you believe HP Inc’s latest results. The company has just reported better-than-expected quarterly figures results and raised its full-year forecast having benefited from growth in its printer business.
The company sales were up about 11% (to $5.19 billion) in the last quarter on which it made a relatively healthy profit of $832 million – that’s about 16%. That compares to the PC business income of $365 million on sales of $9.4 billion, which is about 4%
These figures show that the bread-and-butter business of print for many resellers is far from dead – and there are still margins in selling print and MFP devices. But the future for print is unquestionably managed services. HP itself sees this as the future – it recently bought the UK-based managed print and document services provider Apogee for around $500 million.
Many Synaxon members now have very healthy and growing managed services businesses and with the close partnership we have with Datto, we can help you get organised and building your managed services sales.
Managed print is just one service you can offer – but there are many more and if you become a SynMSP member, you’ll also get dedicated support from Synaxon UK that will help you build your business. If you’d like to find out more, contact our account management team.
Are your customers still using old versions of Microsoft Windows?
Freedom of Information requests have revealed that almost half the local authorities in England are using unsupported versions of server software and will need to upgrade soon if they are not to be exposed to hackers and other malware.
According to a report on www.publictechnology.net, FOI requests sent in April to 95 councils, showed that 46% are still using at least one of Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, or Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Support for these products ended in July 2010, July 2015, and April 2016, respectively. This means that Microsoft is no longer providing any security updates for the products, potentially leaving customers still using them more vulnerable to threats.
If this is the situation in the public sector, it is also is likely to be the case with commercial firms and amongst SMBs especially. Many are also likely to be still running copies of Windows 7 – support for which expires in January 2020 – now just 16 months away.
This underlines the urgent need for trusted resellers to contact their customers and find out whether or not they are still using outdated software. It’s an opportunity not only to upgrade servers, but entire notebook and desktop estates, to move customer workloads into the cloud and start building subscription and managed services business.
Synaxon can now help you to get on board with the Microsoft CSP programme via EGIS – and our team will be only too happy to arrange a personal webinar session to show you how it works and how it benefits your business. Contact your account manager to find out more.
Mobile tech rules UK hearts and minds
The recent publication of Ofcom’s Communications Market Review underlined the dominance of mobile devices, showing that the smartphone is now the first choice for web access, with 78% of UK adults using one and 62% of all Internet browsing done on mobile devices.
Seven in ten commuters use their smartphone on their journey with the most popular activity sending and receiving messages (43%) and using social media (32%). Most people now spend a total of 24 hours a week online, more than twice as much as in 2011.
Mobile phones have almost universal reach in the UK now with 96% of households owning one – a percentage point higher than TVs. And 42% of households now have smart TVs (up from only 5% in 2012) and 20% now have at least one piece of wearable tech, such as a smartwatch or fitness trackers. But ownership of tablets and games consoles, while still high at 58% and 44% respectively, have started to flatten out.