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The Monthly Download—January 2024

Put these 7 things in your 2024 IT strategy

As we enter 2024, it’s the perfect time to set the stage for an AMAZING year. And one crucial part of this is reviewing your IT strategy.

You don’t have one?? It's a great time to pull one together then.

Think of it as your business’s tech roadmap – a clear plan that shows how you’ll use technology to drive growth, efficiency, and innovation.

We believe your strategy should cover these 7 areas:

1. Business goals alignment: Your IT strategy should align seamlessly with your business goals. It’s not only about your technology, it’s about how that tech can help you achieve your bigger objectives.

2. Security first: Cyber security is no joke, and your IT strategy should make it a priority. Protect your data, your customers’ trust, and your reputation.

3. Budget and resources: Outline your budget for tech investments and ensure you have the right resources in place to execute your strategy effectively.

4. Technology stack: What tools and technologies will drive your business forward? Make sure your IT strategy identifies the right solutions to meet your specific needs.

5. Scalability: Think about next week, next month, next year, not just today. Your IT strategy should be flexible enough to grow with your business.

6. User experience: Don’t forget about your team. Consider how your tech choices impact your employees’ daily work – a happy team is a productive team.

7. Data management: How will you collect, store, and use your data to make informed decisions?

An effective IT strategy isn’t just about following the latest tech trends blindly. It’s about harnessing the right technology to drive your business forward, all while keeping an eye on security and your bottom line.

Creating or refining your IT strategy can feel like you’re diving right in at the deep end, but you don’t have to do it alone. We can help you create the right strategy for your business.

Get in touch.

What's happening at RCT this month?

We are thrilled to kick off 2024 with a bang! We are looking forward to another year of dedicated support for both our loyal clients and newcomers. As we step into the future, our enthusiasm for Lunar Voice remains unwavering, and we can't wait to share the exciting developments on the horizon.

Business gadget of the month

TP-Link RE700X Wi-Fi extender: If your team ever work from home, we bet some of them suffer from patchy Wi-Fi. Sometimes this is caused because they’re working too far away from the router. That’s where this TP-Link Wi-Fi extender comes in. The performance is great, and you can link them together to create a network across a home.

$89.99 from Amazon.

Technology Update

Microsoft is saying goodbye to its Tips app for Windows 11

Microsoft thinks Windows 11 is so easy to use you won’t need its Tips app anymore. The tech giant’s added it to a list of features that will be deprecated.

While Microsoft will continue to update the app with new content for as long as it’s preloaded in Windows, Tips is likely to vanish entirely with the next major update (expected in the summer).

Tech facts

  • Google’s original name was “Backrub” because it analyzed the backlinks to websites. These are still considered one of the most important factors in determining the importance and visibility of a website.
  • The first 3D printer was developed by Chuck Hull in 1983. It was called a “stereolithography apparatus”, later the SLA-1. This was the starting point of a new era for manufacturing.
  • Co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first YouTube video on April 23, 2005. “Me at the Zoo” is 19 seconds long. Jawed stands in front of elephants at San Diego Zoo and talks about their long trunks. It’s had 294m views

Inspirational quote of the month

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

—Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft

A New Month, A New Tech Quiz

1) Which tech term was originally coined by John McCarthy in 1956?

2) In websites, what is ‘CSS’ an abbreviation for?

3) What’s Phantom Vibration Syndrome?

4) What two categories can AI be classified into?

5) What’s the name for the measurement and statistical analysis of people’s unique physical and behavioral characteristics?

The answers are below.

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  2. Cascading Style Sheets
  3. When someone thinks their phone is vibrating (in a pocket, for example) but it isn’t
  4. Weak AI which can only perform a specific task such as playing chess, and Strong AI which can perform any IT task a human can
  5. Biometrics

New to Microsoft 365

Let Copilot organize your tabs for you

Is there no end to Copilot’s ability to keep you more organized and productive? Apparently not.

Now, you can ask your AI assistant to organize your tabs in Microsoft Edge. It will group together tabs that are similar and use colors and labels to help you tell the groups apart. Simply open Copilot and ask it to “organize my tabs”

For any help or advice, get in touch. It’s what we do.

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