ACS' head of Cloud Solutions, Stephen, shares how discussions with two different clients inspired him to reflect further on the significance of WiFi for businesses and how Maslow's modernised Hierarchy of Needs.
In the second episode of Office Move HQ we look at how to find the perfect space and create a design concept that is right for your business culture.
As you are reading this you'll be aware that the majority of our time is spent in front of a computer screen or device, and with the modern technology available to us there should be no reason why some of this work time can't take place at home or in any other location.
On Friday, Loch Lomond was subject to the arrival of roughly 15 ACS employees and their guests.
This blog gives you an idea of what we all go up to but before I go into any sort of detail, I think I can speak for all of the group when I say, we have had a ball!
Take a look...
Cloud Technology is a subject that is discussed A LOT!
In today's blog, Hannah takes a look at what an SME business could look like in 5 years time if they DO and DO NOT embrace cloud technology.
Welcome to Office Move HQ!
This is the start of a blog series all about what to consider before an office relocation, what not to forget when you are in the process of moving, and how to maximise your decision to move & limit the downtime it causes your business.
Today's blog will focus on how to choose your 'Office Move' team, considerations when looking at location, and how to start planning your budget.
If somebody broke into your home and without your permission took your things, it would leave you feeling angry, unnerved, and frustrated. For those of you out there that own businesses, how would you feel if somebody stole your vital data? Shut your systems down? Stopped your business from operating?
This blog is all about how you can start to protect your business from the above types of crime.
How many of you have continued with work outside of your normal office hours? Thanks to the accessibility that modern technology provides us with, work has become more of a 24/7 endeavour for many people.
In this blog, we will discuss workplace wellbeing, what it actually is, and how your business can adhere to the requirements of the modern workforce with a few ACS examples...
I have just spent a week in Toronto at this year's annual Microsoft Partner Conference, otherwise known as WPC.
In this blog I would like to share with you just some of the key and exciting takeaways that customers, colleagues, and friends of ACS should all give thought to and be aware of in order to improve our businesses...
Take 14 VERY competitive ACS employees, put them in brightly coloured t-shirts and ask them to play walking football, netball, bowls, tag rugby, and a team building task, and I can confirm that you will be in for a treat!
Read more and take a look at what the two ACS teams got up to at last night's Northamptonshire Business Games...
Have you ever heard somebody say that SME's are the lifeblood of the UK Economy?
In this blog, we look at the challenges that UK SME's face today and how Unified Communications can help overcome such challenges.
Has your business reached the point where your internal IT resource isn't enough to help drive your business forward? Your business is growing, you are introducing more remote employees into your workforce, or you are fed up of downtime and simply need to step it up when it comes to your IT.
In this blog we address some of the high level things that you should consider when weighing up your IT support options...
Working in partnership with Clarke Rendall, we have collated information that will assist you in choosing the right reception desk and how to make sure the project is successful.
Morgan Homer guest stars in this week's ACS blog after completing a week of work experience here at ACS House.
To find out what Morgan got up to, read more here...
Yes, it is possible for OneNote to get better! This blog takes a look at some of the new APIs that Microsoft has introduced to OneNote's Class Notebook for educators...
Local charity Spectrum recently got in touch with acs for some help on a development project. Take a look at the results in this blog...
If you were to ask a group of people what their opinion on 'The Cloud' is, you are likely to receive a medley of answers.
In this blog, one of our newest family members, Sam, takes a look at the market predictions for the future of Cloud Technology.
Phil Steadman tells us why he loves working here at ACS and provides us with a new perspective on the annual ACS BBQ antics...
Take a look at what happened when ACS took some clients to The Crystal Maze experience in London...
A pedagogical model called Flipped Learning is helping both teachers and students embrace the new ways of working that technology is creating, and some would say it is improving how we learn.
Find out in this blog what Flipped Learning is and how it is revolutionising the K-12 classroom.
Find out what happened in today's blog...
As Instagram is hacked by a ten-year-old in Finland, this blog looks at the implications that poor business data security has on big brands.
The question is, what would you do if a ten-year-old hacking genius got hold of your key business data?
According to The National Office for Statistics, people who work full-time in the UK work an average of 7.82 hours a day. But with the increasing impact of mobile devices and the work styles of new generations, the real hourly average per work day is likely to be much higher.
In this blog, we look at the considerations that business owners have to make when adapting their office spaces for new work styles and generations.
Friday night was the night where we celebrated our successes, our rising stars, and raised our glasses to the future of ACS.
In this blog, Marketing Manager, Paul Gordon, shares the news from the evening's proceedings...
Successes will be celebrated, hard work will be rewarded and Northampton Town dance floors will be full...it can only be the ACS AGM!
Here is some insight into the traditions of an ACS AGM...
HRH The Queen is 90 years old today!
Take a look at some of the biggest developments in technology and workplace during The Queen's 64-year reign...
This year's Premier League victory for Leicester City Football club came as a surprise to some.
Here is how wearable technology helped the team on their road to success...
Cabling is a subject that I am pretty sure has never been made glamorous or particularly exciting, and I am not going to attempt to change that, but here are a few things that might make you think about how important cabling really is for your business...
ACS employees are often referred to as the ACS family and our head office is nicknamed ACS house, can you sense a theme occurring?
So in light with this theme, I thought I would give myself the challenge of describing the ever-expanding departments of ACS as if they were members of a family. Here is what I came up with...
What does the word busy mean to you? How truly productive are you when you say you are busy?
In this blog Hannah shares 5 tips that you can introduce into your day to day routine to help make sure that your busy time, is also productive.
Starting tomorrow, Wednesday 30th March to Friday 1st April, Microsoft is holding its annual Build conference for developers in San Francisco.
Here is a breakdown of what we should expect this year...
Sally has worked at ACS for 13 years.
In this blog she tells us why she loves her job...
Cloud technology is fashionable but necessary.
In this blog, we look at where to start with the migration process. Some friendly advice and tips you can follow.
Email is a revolutionary system that the majority of people use on a daily basis. Ray Tomlinson, the systems inventor has sadly died at the age of 74.
As we lose one of the internet's great pioneer's, our latest blog discusses the efficiency of email today...
I speak to other business owners on a daily basis, and no matter what the project or topic of discussion, a question that I always find myself asking is, "What is your objective?", and one of the most common responses that I get is, "We need to be more efficient."
Here are some quick tips on how I think businesses can start to do this...
After such a huge success last year, ACS is pleased to announce that The Cloud Academy, in partnership with Microsoft and The Chambers of Commerce, is back for a second series in Northampton, Milton Keynes and London.
Find out more in this blog...
Stephen Souch, ACS's biggest Batman fan, has worked at ACS for 8 years.
In this blog he tells us his story and why he loves his job at ACS...
Generation Z are the students and universities graduates of today and the employees and consumers of tomorrow. They buy things based on battery life, interact with their favourite brands using mobile applications and it's highly likely that business owners will have to recruit them via their phones one day.
Open plan environments are without a doubt dominating the workplace but there is still a need to provide private spaces.
Acoustic pods can achieve this for you. Here are a couple of ACS recommended solutions...
The 'digital classroom' is a conversation topic that never sits still as the relationship we have with technology allows the classroom to be an ever-changing environment.
But the real question is, how close are we to the digital classroom? To help you answer that question, here are 5 of the top Education predictions for 2016.
Marketing Manager, Paul, or PG as he is known to most, has worked at ACS for 10 years.
In this blog he tells us his story and why he loves his job at ACS...
Technology means that we can work from anywhere. As we become more mobile in how we work it is easy to forget what might seem like the small things, like how our workstation is setup. These 'small things' can in fact have a huge impact on our health.
So here are 3 quick fixes to a healthier workstation.
ACS' resident 'Belieber', Paige, has now been a member of the family for 18 months.
In this blog, she shares with us some of the personal reasons why she loves her job at ACS...
Anybody ever managed to get all the way to London only to realise that they don't need to be there? No, just me then!
Here is how my technology saved me.
Credit Controller, Charlie has worked at ACS for 9 years. Here is why he loves his job.
New ACS family member, Amey, shares some personal reasons as to why she loves her job at ACS.
IT support or a managed service is all about removing stress from the customer, minimising loss of productivity and making sure that day to day a client’s infrastructure is running as efficiently as possible.
Here is more about what is included in an ACS Managed Service...
ACS' Marketing Executive, Hannah, shares some personal reasons as to why she loves her job at ACS.
I am very excited to tell you that I am writing this blog standing up. That's right, for the first time I am working from a height adjustable desk. In this blog I will share with you some of the benefits these desks could have for your workforce...
In this blog I will share with you some of the benefits these desks could have for your workforce...
Meet the Surface Book, the device that Microsoft is introducing as 'The Ultimate Laptop.' In this blog we look at some of the features that this new gadget has to offer the world.
It's 2016! Welcome to a brand new year everyone!
ACS is now officially in its 21st year of business, and to celebrate, we wanted to share with you some of the predicted Technology and Workplace trends that the year has in store.
The ACS team take on the 3rd of their World Record Challenges and this week it is Mince Pies.
Click here to see who won and how the challenge unfolded...
The Northamptonshire Chamber of Commer has announced the arrival of two new Directors to its Board.
Read our blog to find out more about the new Directors, one of which is our very own Jon Thorpe.
Do you have an inner litterbug? Are you guilty of dropping litter when you think it doesn't matter?
Check out the new app that is trying to tidy up Britain, 21st century style.
Last week the pub chain JD Wetherspoon announced that the card data of 100 customers was stolen from its database after being hacked. Find out more about the repercussions the company is facing, along with the stories of other household brands who have suffered from the touch of hackers.
This afternoon the ACS team took on the second of our Guinness World Record attempts - The Cream Cracker Challenge!
See how the challenge unfolded...
Follow ACS' company page on LinkedIn, like our post, fill out the form and you will be one step away from winning a Microsoft Lumia 950.
Last Thursday was the 2015 Chamber Awards, an annual event organised by the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) and also an evening that proved to be huge for the Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce.
Today, 5 ACS employees have attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to drink a bottle of ketchup with a straw. But who prevailed as the champ?
People are calling them the laptop killers but which one really comes up trumps? The battle between Apple & Microsoft is no longer PC vs Mac, it is now all about battle of the super tablets.
Our Marketing Executive, Hannah, shares some of her personal highlights from Microsoft's Future Decoded 2015.
On Friday morning, ACS and the Northamptonshire Chamber were host to 32 people for the first of The Cloud Academy series. The event was a huge success with businesses from multiple sectors gathering to discuss how cloud technology can make day to day asks easier.
It can only mean one thing, the ACS 20 year ball. A great night was had by all and with this blog we wanted to share some of the highlights with you our trusty reader.
Some of you who know ACS quite well might have noticed that we have recently taken the plunge and redesigned our website. I wanted to share with you a few of the reasons as to why we changed our site, how the project has unfolded and what we have learnt along the way.
The Chambers of Commerce are working in partnership with Microsoft and local company ACS to present "The Microsoft Cloud Academy." A regular breakfast meeting with everything you need to know about modern working and the business benefits of cloud technology.
TalkTalk, a huge player in the mobile phone market, announced last Thursday that they have been subject to a cyber-attack. The company has since confirmed that the personal and banking details of customers may have been accessed by hackers.
Aircharge offers the latest in wireless charging solutions for the office, home & public spaces.
As technology continuously shapes the workplace businesses are looking to create comfortable, flexible working environments that encourage mobility.
A new wave of apprenticeships is predicted to be the saving grace of the digital skills gap. Vocational qualifications are being increasingly promoted as an alternative to University, offering a more direct path into industry for younger people.
Firstly a little background if I may...My name is Jon Thorpe and I am one of the managing directors of acs office solutions. I have lived and breathed the world of technology since graduating from Northampton University with a degree in IT and Business, some 26 years ago to my disbelief!
The expectations of the workplace and how people interact today is miles away from historic practice. Here are 10 tips on how to let collaboration flourish in your business.
Business owners continue to search for methods of helping their workforce cope with the pressures that come with modern work styles, one of the answers becoming increasingly popular is height adjustable desks.
Microsoft has taken its time with the development of Windows 10 and you can definitely tell when you look at some of it's defining features.
This fantastic all in one device is the best in its field at seamlessly adapting to any environment it finds itself in.
All of the highlights from the ACS team Three Peaks Challenge. Find out how the 12 characters got on over the weekend in their adventure to raise money for The Stroke Association.
For the first time ever the smartphone is the UK’s most popular device for going online!
We know that people today connect with digital content more than ever and day by day it is easy to see that more and more people are working on the move...
Collaboration basically means to work together, and right now, our technology, workplace environments and everything in between are increasingly focussed on helping this type of work culture thrive.
Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite, otherwise known as EMS is Microsoft's answer to mobile device management. The product is built from a combination of cloud solutions that allow businesses to better manage their mobile devices, apps, and the various user requirements that come with mobile working.
Well, I am back from V Festival in one very happy piece. What a weekend I have had. The music was top notch, I have witnessed a guy drum with his ears, and I got to wear my pineapple skirt in public - life is good.
Windows 10 is available today and the reviews are already circling the market. The new operating system is currently available free to all Windows users, both existing and new. Has this new OS started a new era for the technology giant?
Welcome to the third and final blog of the series: Top tips when changing business devices. Last time we discussed what to consider when changing the tablet devices within your business, today we will look at the almighty smartphone.
Global brands are benefiting from Office 365, take a look at what they have to say about the solution.
The way people communicate today there is a nickname for every generation, every workstyle, it's #this and #that with nobody ever really understanding why they put the # in the first place. The millennials as we know them were probably the first generation to be completely exposed to technology as it is now used, but who are they??
Lano is Orangebox’s largest table range, designed to meet the increasing need for practical tabling with expansive scope, from the smallest meeting table to very large conference configurations.
Welcome to the second post in our blog series of "Top tips when changing business devices." Following our blog on what to think about when changing your laptop, here are some top tips on what to consider when changing tablet devices, especially within a business capacity.
You know that frustrating feeling you get when you lose signal on the move? It feels like you can’t get anything achieved and that productivity will just stop, well that doesn’t have to be the case.
It is difficult knowing where to start when looking for new devices for your business. This blog series will share some of our top tips on what to consider when making these changes. Let's start with Laptops.
Skype for Business has been introduced to the market as the enterprise version of our beloved Skype. You can now use the platform within your business with the peace of mind that it is secure, compliant, and controllable.
5 top tips on how to maximise mobile working within your business.
Harc from our partners Ocee Design has been created to facilitate the basic need to listen and to provide a place to cut out or reduce the surrounding noise.
The environment we work in has a huge impact on both our mood and our behaviour. Fully understanding this, ACS know how important it is to help your business develop long-term strategies that ensure your IT infrastructure complements your office environment.
When contemplating how to develop mobility and collaboration using Office 365 there is a lot to consider, it can be hard to know where to start. ACS work closely with clients to ensure that all preparations are made prior to looking at migration.