COVID-19: Don’t let it hinder your business

COVID-19 GRANT SCHEME

On the 16th March 2020, Malta Enterprise issued a guideline document and an application form under the Business Development and Continuity Scheme to facilitate employers providing teleworking arrangements to their employees who can carry out their work from their residence. The call shall support employers to invest in technology that enable teleworking and to partially cover the costs of teleworking solutions.

ELIGIBILITY

The call is open to all undertakings irrespective of size and sector. The support will be given to employers who incur eligible teleworker expenses pursuant to a teleworker agreement.

GRANT VALUE

The grant is limited up to €500 per teleworking agreement and €4,000 per undertaking and is in the form of a cash grant.

ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

The grant shall be awarded against 45% of the eligible cost which must be incurred after the 1st of March 2020. The following costs are eligible for this cash rebate:

  • Purchasing and/or leasing of computer hardware (included operating systems) which are considered portable including installation and setting up of connectivity software
  • Communication solutions (hardware and software) that allows different users to connect to their place of work (VPN, Point-to-point connection or similar)

HOW CAN WE HELP?

Get in touch to give us the opportunity to discuss the right solution of how we may help you achieve a remote working setup in order for you to become a true modern workplace. Whether its team productivity, collaboration and file sharing or deploying your apps to the cloud for remote access, we may help you achieve this mobility without the trade-off on security.

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Navigating Business 2020 Workshop

On 10th March 2020, Veracloud, together with Bluefort and in collaboration with Microsoft, hosted its first-ever joint event on how business navigation should take place in 2020 with the use of Microsoft 365.

We delved into real-world scenarios to identify:

  • What puts our business’ security and information at risk?
  • How can we lower operational costs and be sure of business continuity?
  • How do we make better business decisions?
  • What can we do to differentiate from our competitors?
  • When will A.I. become affordable and attainable for us?

The event allowed us to give our guests a closer look at how these challenges affect modern business today. In addition, we also shared effective strategies and tools to help navigate through the business journey in 2020.

With the help of Microsoft 365’s offering, our attendees now have the knowledge to achieve the Modern Workplace, therefore, helping their workforce become empowered in the way they conduct their day-to-day operations.

How are they empowered? The Modern Workplace allows its users the opportunity to work:

  • Together – Give every individual the technology to collaborate with colleagues
  • Anywhere – Give your people the tools to work from any location
  • Securely – Protect your systems and devices with robust solutions

In conclusion, we showed how Microsoft 365’s solutions will have an important impact on how an organisation operates. These solutions revolve around 5 unique technology pillars:

  • Productivity – A suite of state-of-the-art office software tools for desktop and mobile
  • Collaboration – Multiple ways to communicate among individuals and teams
  • Security – Robust antivirus, data protection, login security and device protection
  • Analytics – Measure individual team and business performance with machine learning
  • Voice – Online rich voice and video conferencing

For those who did not attend, feel free to reach out to us as we would be more than happy to schedule a one-to-one session to help you achieve the true Modern Workplace.

Exchange 2010 – End of Support (EOS)

On October 13, 2020, Exchange Server 2010 will reach end of support. If you haven’t already begun your migration from Exchange 2010 to Office 365 or Exchange 2016, now’s the time to start your planning.

Exchange Server, like almost all Microsoft products, has a support lifecycle during which we provide new features, bug fixes, security fixes, and so on. This lifecycle typically lasts for 10 years from the date of the product’s initial release, and the end of this lifecycle is known as the product’s end of support. When Exchange 2010 reaches its end of support on October 13, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide:

  • Technical support for problems that may occur;
  • Bug fixes for issues that are discovered and that may impact the stability and usability of the server;
  • Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered and that may make the server vulnerable to security breaches;
  • Time zone updates.

Your installation of Exchange 2010 will continue to run after this date. However, because of the changes listed above, we strongly recommend that you migrate from Exchange 2010 as soon as possible.

Why Shift to a Modern Workplace

Productivity and collaboration are of the utmost importance in today’s office environment. No longer are the days where you only sit at your office desk, in front of the same desktop computer, during the same time frame. You are mostly like a person who is working on a variety of different end user devices, from anywhere at any time.

In today’s world having this ‘work wherever you are’ luxury is not enough. Users still need to be connected in real-time to their colleagues but this must be done in a secure and reliable way whilst keeping simplicity at the forefront of the solution. Users expect this from their employer. How is this possible? Leveraging the cloud through Microsoft’s Office 365 makes it easy.

At #Veracloud, we enhance your team’s productivity and collaboration
in a secure and reliable environment. We do this by:

  • Allowing you to securely access your applications and data with almost any device, anywhere, anytime
  • Giving a fulfilled Modern Workplace service where you only pay for the services you actually use
  • Offering non-binding consultation to discuss the possibilities of the Modern Workplace in a personal conversation to explain how the journey takes place
  • Supporting you and your employees with competent and professional staff at an affordable monthly price

For further information, please view our Modern Workplace page or simply contact us for your free consultation. Simply email us at [email protected] and leave the rest to us!

Office 365 Application Performance With Cisco Intelligent WAN

IT directors and network administrators today have a tough job. They somehow need to balance an ever-expanding collection of mission-critical applications with the rising costs of private WAN solutions. The cloud has only made this more difficult. Many private and hybrid cloud resources as well as Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, such as the Office 365 application, can quickly monopolize the available bandwidth leading to unacceptable latency issues. In response to this dynamic, companies are looking to leverage the internet to route critical traffic as opposed to dumping more money into their private WAN contracts. Cisco offers an Intelligent Wide Area Network (IWAN) solution, and it has the potential to drastically improve performance and cut costs.

What Is An Intelligent WAN?
On one level, an intelligent WAN is just like any other wide area network. It connects the office’s local area network (LAN) to the wide reaches of the web. It is the highway by which office staff can access the internet. Cisco IWAN takes this concept one step further and provides network administrators an additional level of control. Instead of being structured with primary pathways flooded with traffic and secondary pathways waiting in the wings, an IWAN can alleviate congestion in the WAN and improve performance.