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Attention Office 365 Business users – genuinely useful new apps!

July 20th, 2017|Productivity|

Microsoft do have a habit of adding a succession of relatively mediocre new applications to their office 365 suite. Often these are reinvented version of exciting features or an app that has been freely available elsewhere being merged with Office 365. However, starting with the recent release of Outlook Customer Manager some genuinely useful features are [...]

Antispam tools invading your digital privacy

June 20th, 2017|Business Continuity, Company News, Compliance, Productivity, Security and Threats, Technology News, Tips and Advice|

  I recently blogged about how we can be our own worst enemies in disclosing our online identity. And how the companies we provide this information to sell it to allow people to target you with marketing and advertising campaigns. Since writing this a colleague brought to my attention a recent story involving a popular [...]

Get Your Teams Working Together – Announcing Microsoft Planner

June 9th, 2016|Productivity, Technology News, Tips and Advice|

Productivity apps are all the rage at the moment, although – as we said in our previous blog – should not be considered a 'magic bullet' to organising your schedule or curing procrastination. Microsoft, who have produced arguably the most well-known and utilised productivity app of all time - Microsoft Outlook - are getting in [...]

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Productivity Apps – Are They REALLY That Productive?

May 19th, 2016|Company News, Productivity, Technology News, Tips and Advice|

I have just been to an excellent seminar on productivity – or, more specifically, how to avoid productivity 'traps'. This subject is close to my heart because our clients are investing in new technology specifically to improve their productivity. Therefore, we are constantly updating our knowledge and analysing what we have learned so that we can [...]

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The Top 3 Healthiest IT New Year Resolutions Every Business Should Make

January 22nd, 2016|Business Continuity, Productivity|

If you haven’t yet decided on any New Year resolutions for your business, can I suggest three IT related ones? No doubt you have all sorts of business goals for 2016, plans for growth; expansion into new markets, development of new products or services, staffing, marketing and finances. But what about IT? If your organisation [...]

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Part 2 | Employee Considerations For A Remote And Mobile Workforce

December 21st, 2015|Productivity, Tips and Advice|

In Part 1 of our Blog on the Business Considerations for a mobile and remote workforce I answered the most common questions I get asked from a Business Perspective. Whilst many employers are embracing a more mobile workforce, there are still key questions that need to be addressed before giving everyone the option to work from [...]

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Part 1 | Business Considerations For A Remote And Mobile Workforce

December 9th, 2015|Productivity, Tips and Advice|

54% of UK office workers are currently able to work remotely, according to research from YouGov. This trend for remote working has been made possible by technology. Internet access, the Cloud, smartphones and tablets, allow employers to offer their employees the option of working from home; enable those travelling for business to stay in the [...]

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Improving system efficiencies | Save time by avoiding traffic hot spots

November 16th, 2015|Productivity, Tips and Advice|

Improving System efficiencies is part of our ethos at Pro Drive and our very own Operations Director, Chris Morrell discovered a solution to one of the banes of his personal and working life (and we’re sure one that is a common frustration) - getting stuck in traffic! Chris reports:- I've been on a personal journey [...]

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3 Microsoft Office Productivity Hacks

September 11th, 2015|Company News, Productivity, Tips and Advice|

Starting a new document by using an old one as a template You can start a new document in Office 2013 by copying one you worked on recently.  Simply click on File >Open > Recent Documents Edit a PDF in word No need for expensive PDF editing tools such as Adobe Acrobat. You can now do [...]

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What is IT Manager Syndrome?

August 25th, 2015|Productivity|

I was initially a little nervous about writing this article as it has the potential to be somewhat contentious. However it does describe a genuine issue we see again and again in many businesses across many diverse sectors. It can at best be responsible for holding back the development of a business, but often also [...]

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