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Take a "People First" approach to transformation

Whether you work in technology, HR or Leadership, this blog is for you.
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How has the tech world changed for IT staff?

It’s now common to find multi-generational tech teams in large corporations,..

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7 potential security risks during a PMI project

During the many changes that take place during a PMI project, you need to..

Hutton Henry
Why PMI projects differ from traditional projects

Once a merger has been agreed and integration planning is underway, it’s..

Hutton Henry
How do staff affect Post-Merger Integration?

Every PMI project is different, but the mistakes made during project..

Hutton Henry
5 reasons why conducting IT due diligence is important

There are always various statistics bandied about regarding the number of..

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What is Post-Merger Integration

Negotiations are complete, and a deal has been agreed. Once a merger and..

Hutton Henry
How to Make Your Tech Projects More Fun

The words ‘work’ and ‘fun’ can go together. But you can’t force it.

By this,..

Hutton Henry
6 things I learnt whilst writing a business book.

Have you been considering writing a business book?  Maybe you have a unique..

Hutton Henry
Have your tech leaders assessed team cultures? 

The way M&A projects are handled has changed rapidly over recent years with..

Hutton Henry
How do you make the deal work?

There are numerous potential benefits of a merger and acquisition, not least..

Hutton Henry
Forget M&A - what's the purpose of all this?!

Our purpose in our business is to help people find opportunity during..

Dave Refault
The Value Of Networking

Welcome back to another one of my blogs, this week its about networking!

..

Dave Refault
Going With Your Gut

 

I’m often told I’m a detail guy.

It’s true – I am slightly risk adverse..

Dave Refault
Six Reasons Why You Didn’t Get The Job

 

We’ve been hiring recently in the Beyond office – with a multitude of..

Dave Refault
Why I Never Felt Entitled (and still don’t).

 

We were having a discussion in the office the other day about how..

Claire Sanders
How do our emotions affect our behaviour?

The way we feel will influence our behaviour in different ways for different..

Hutton Henry
We are all credible.

My family were walking along a main street in a better part of London last..

Samantha Chigbo
My First Reflection as an Apprentice

My first week as a Junior Software Developer had concluded and I found..

Dave Refault
Why I Stopped Reading The News
War.
Terrorism.

Famine.

We are naturally drawn towards these types of..

Dave Refault
Cash is king.  Keeping an eye on the essentials.

 Starting a business is an exciting moment in your life, you’ve made a huge..

Claire Sanders
5 reasons weekly team meetings aren’t a waste of time

We all know how busy our work lives can be and yet there’s still only 5..

Hutton Henry
Why marketing is needed for post-merger integration projects

At the same time as working out your PMI approach, your organisation should..

Dave Refault
We are ISO Certified

Proud to be certified to ISO 9001/27001 International Standards   

Big news..

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Fresh ways to engage your Post-Merger Integration Staff

We’ve looked before at the significance of employee engagement in our..

Hutton Henry
"Selling" is an essential skill for Post-Merger Integration teams.

A few years ago, I was asked to help with a troubled PMI project - the..

Dave Refault
My thoughts on being an Operations Director.

 

  It’s been exceptionally busy in the office over the past few months..
Hutton Henry
How important is company culture to staff engagement?

Every company has its own set of characteristics. These may have evolved..

Hutton Henry
Motivating Demotivated Teams in Mergers and Acquisitions

The post-merger integration phase is a tricky time for all businesses.

In..

Dave Refault
8 Ideas for Maintaining Business Stability.

A fаѕt grоwth business sounds great right? Revenues are up, your getting the..

Dave Refault
Why People Management is Changing for the Better

How often is an organization praised for its people management? Not nearly..

Hutton Henry
Managing multi-generational technology workforces in a PMI project

Today’s technology departments are generally made up of people from diverse..

Hutton Henry
Take a People First, Technology Second Approach to PMI

When you merge two companies, it’s not just two technology environments (or..

Hutton Henry
Avoid Hidden Costs in Your Post Merger Integration Project

Every company’s technology environment is different because it has evolved..

Hutton Henry
Can the Latest M&A Technology Ensure the Success of Your PMI Project?

Deploying the latest technology can play a significant role in the success..

Hutton Henry
Why Your Post Merger Integration Approach Should Link to Your Business Strategy

No two businesses are the same, and no two M&A projects are the same. Which..

Hutton Henry
Are Job Security Fears Holding Back Your Post-Merger Integration?

It’s difficult to get the best from your IT staff when they’re under..

Hutton Henry
Bring in A Fresh Pair of Eyes to Look at Your Post-Merger Integration

If you’re someone who has been closely involved in an acquisition are you..

Hutton Henry
Attitude is Everything in Post-Merger Integration

The success of any post-merger integration project is heavily reliant on..

Hutton Henry
Combining Two IT Infrastructures to Make One Perfect Environment

Almost 30% of respondents said that their post-merger integration fell short..

Hutton Henry
Project Manage for Post-Implementation Success

The quality and quantity of advance preparation you undertake will directly..

Hutton Henry
First Day Nerves, Second Day Business as Usual

So often, the focus of a post-merger integration technology project is on..

Hutton Henry
Prioritise Your Customers in Your M&A Integration

Although negotiations on your latest M&A deal may have been completed to..

Hutton Henry
5 Stages to Post-Merger Integration: Part Five – Evolution

This is the last blog of a 5-part series on the challenges of Post-Merger..

Hutton Henry
5 Stages to Post-Merger Integration: Part Four – Day One Cutover

This is part four of a series of five blogs discussing the challenges of and..

Hutton Henry
5 Stages to Post-Merger Integration: Part Two – IT Due Diligence

IT due diligence – a bit dull, isn’t it?

It sounds incredibly dry, but if..

Hutton Henry
5 Post-Merger Integration Challenges: Part One – Employees

What is a Post-Merger Integration?

Mergers and acquisitions, or "M&A," are..

Hutton Henry
Why I ditched my Apple Watch.

I was given my Apple Watch as a very generous present back in 2015 when the..

Hutton Henry
Sysadmin 2.0 - The Rise of Job Insecurity

Introduction

When tasked with a major technology transformation, you will..

Hutton Henry
7 IT Due Diligence Headaches to Avoid

Introduction

In regards to M&A deals two common observations are made:

  • The..
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Six common mistakes during M&A technology integration

Introduction

Technology transformation within Merger & Acquisition..

Hutton Henry
Whitepaper: M&A Technology Project Challenges

I know from experience that not engaging IT staff and, more importantly, not..

Hutton Henry
How M&A IT projects differ from a traditional IT project

In order to plan a more effective M&A IT transformation and deliver a better..

Dave Refault
Windows Server 2016 - Part 3

Welcome back to our series on Windows Server 2016.   This week we are taking..

Dave Refault
Windows Server 2016.  Part 2.

Welcome to Part 2 of our blog on Windows Server 2016.   In the last part we..

Dave Refault
Windows Server 2016 - What's new in TP 4?  Part 1.

Windows Server 2016 is due for release in Q3 of this year, however with most..

Dave Refault
Windows 10 on your mobile - NOW!

That's right - if you have a compatible handset, you can upgrade your phones..

Dave Refault
Cortana at Work.

Love her or hate her - Cortana is here to stay.   Up till now Cortana has..

Hutton Henry
Whitepaper:  Windows 10 for business

Considering Windows 10 for Business?

It's fair to say Microsoft's strategy..

Hutton Henry
Keen to learn Microsoft Azure IAAS but pushed for time?

The challenge:

I read a recent survey of Windows contractors and..

Dave Refault
Windows 10 brings greater Enterprise Mobility.

 As an IT Pro, standardisation used to be the utopia of device management...

Dave Refault
Windows 10 Privacy Settings.

You’re in control.

Dave Refault
Windows 10.  The Top Five Best Bits for the Enterprise.

Windows 10 is now on over 200 million devices, but should you make the move?..

Dave Refault
Beyond are Gold Partners!

Having clearly demonstrated a high level of proficiency within the above..

Dave Refault
Windows 10. Five months on.....

So we are just starting a brand new year - how's things shaping up for..

Dave Refault
Windows 2003 Web Servers – Seriously? 

THOSE GOOD OLD WEBSERVERS:

We hear a re-occuring theme at present as we..

Hutton Henry
The Rise of the Humans

Is Big Data Creepy?

Cloud Computing. Big Data. Cyber Security...

Hutton Henry
Windows Server 2003 EOL Videos

We have posted a lot of text-heavy posts on this blog regarding Windows Server..

Hutton Henry
Windows Server 2003 EOL: 50 Shades of Grey (matter)

I run a business that profits from this need to migrate from 2003 Server..

Dave Refault
I want to upgrade to Windows 10! NOW!

Windows 10 is coming...

So if you have a legitmate copy of Windows 7 or..

Dave Refault
Windows 2003 EOL Tech Brief: P2V Activation woes…

One of the useful side effects of Windows 2003 decommissions is to take the..

Dave Refault
Windows Server 2003 EOL Tech Brief: Don't over-Complicate IT

Windows 2003 EOL - Data Migration Challenge

One of the major hurdles we've..

Hutton Henry
Benefits of Infrastructure Reality

INTRODUCTION:

Something I've seen many times in business is the lack of..

Hutton Henry
Windows Server 2003 EOL: Legacy Scripting a necessary evil

INTRODUCTION:

We've established that a Windows server migration and..

Hutton Henry
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Windows Server 2003 Decommissions May Mean Facing IT Debt

INTRODUCTION:

A common scenario we have encountered during  a Windows..

Dave Refault
Tech Brief - Upgrading a Windows Server 2003 and RAID disk drivers (Part 3)

INTRODUCTION:

In the first two articles in this series we covered some ..

Hutton Henry
Windows 2003 EOL - Process Part One: Application Layer

It is likely you will need to manage a number of Line of Business ("LOB")..

Dave Refault
Tech Brief - Upgrading a Windows 2003 VM running on Hyper V. (Part 2)

INTRODUCTION:

Many Windows 2003 servers have already been P2V’d as IT..

Hutton Henry
Windows Server Migrations - a "cats cradle" of inter-dependencies

On the surface it looks simple. Your business runs 25% of old servers. They..

Dave Refault
Windows 2003 EOL – What are my options?!

As you all know, Windows 2003 has been the reliable workhorse of the..

Dave Refault
Tech Brief – Windows 2003 to 2008 In-place upgrades - Part 1
By now we’re sure that many of you are knee-deep in Windows 2003 server..
Hutton Henry
Windows Server 2003 EOL A Malware Developer's Opportunity

INTRODUCTION:

Writing on the eve of Windows Server 2003 reaching its end of..

Hutton Henry
Reporting KPIs to consider for Windows Server 2003 Projects

Reporting complexities of a Windows Server migration can be simplified by..

Hutton Henry
Complexities of a Windows Server 2003 Remediation Exercise

Windows Server projects are not limited to...Windows Server

For those that..

Hutton Henry
Windows Server 2003 Migration - What's in it for Me?

I'll present this as a fictitious Microsoft Exam scenario.

Contoso Records..

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Rush to Migrate from Windows Server 2003 Means a Minimising Talent Pool

Let's face it- if you have not chosen to migrate from Windows Server 2003..

Alexxa Farrelly
A bad break up story: Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003, 2015's worst break up. 

Let's face it- we all know a..

Hutton Henry
Windows Server 2003 Migration and End of Life

INTRODUCTION:

It struck me recently there are not that many blogs dedicated..

Alexxa Farrelly
The Cost of Staying on Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 is almost old news. Or is it? 

Recently, it is estimated..

Alexxa Farrelly
3 Myths: Why Not to Migrate from Windows Server 2003

In about 2 weeks Windows Server 2003 will be unsupported. If you have not..

Alexxa Farrelly
IT Security Proves Top Threat for 2015

At the halfway mark through the year we are exploring what is said to be..

Alexxa Farrelly
How will standardising your IT environment help your business?

With businesses more accepting to change and cutting costs emerging as a..

Alexxa Farrelly
What is Windows 10 Missing?

A look into what the new Windows 10 upgrade will not include...  

Alexxa Farrelly
Six Tips to Consider During a Windows Server 2003 Upgrade

How do I migrate from Windows Server 2003?

We have given you compelling..
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How CIOs are Improving IT Performance in 2015

Digital Technology To Play a Large Part in Improving IT Performance 

With..

Alexxa Farrelly
Free Windows Migration Planning Tool for Windows Server 2003

Microsoft Lends a Helping Hand with Windows Server 2003 Migration..

Alexxa Farrelly
Why Upgrade from Windows Server 2003 Now?

Looking to migrate from Windows Server 2003? The reasons to do it now...

..

Alexxa Farrelly
Windows 10 Encompasses 'Smart Home' Potential

Window 10: AllJoyn paves the way for future tech trends. 

Alexxa Farrelly
5 Ways Windows 10 Can Benefit your Business

As mentioned hereafter much anticipation, the official release date of..

Alexxa Farrelly
Windows 10 Official Release Date: July 29th 2015

The Windows 10 Release Date has been announced!

First announced in April..

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First Female Winner-Microsoft Apprentice of the Year 2015

The Future of Technology: Women and Apprentices?

In the world of technology,..

Alexxa Farrelly
Make scheduling your IT Environment check-up that much easier...

Health and Data Protection durign a Windows Migration

Health and data..

Alexxa Farrelly
Windows Migration Tools Made Simple

 

Migrate users and computers to secure modern systems...

After using the..

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Office365 Migration Tools

Thinking about an Office 365 Migration?  

Lens provides Project Managers..

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Office 365 Migration Management

Office 365 Migration Basics

Cloud based migrations are occuring more and..

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How to Plan A Windows Server Migration: Part 2

Planning a Windows Server Migration

In part one of this series (here) we..

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How to Plan A Windows Server Migration: Part 1

Windows Server Migration Planning Tools...

As it is almost time to say..

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Windows Migration Management Tools

How to manage OS End of Life during A Windows Migration

As a part of the M..

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Identify Cost and Reduce Risk during a Windows Migration

Reduce risk during a Windows Migration with Model Mapping

This feature of..
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Project Management during a Windows Migration

Project Management tools to assist Windows Migration projects.

As part of..

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How To Record Issues During A Windows Migration Project

A deeper dive into tools for a windows migration project... 

As mentioned..

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Windows Migration Risks, Issues, Decisions and Actions

As mentioned in our initial ARID postinitiating a windows migration project..

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Minimise disruption and cut costs during a Windows Migration

Review and Remediate during your Windows Migration

The Remediate portion..

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Assess Your Project Risks During a Windows Migration

Planning ahead for your Windows Migration...

not only increases overall..

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Management Tools for a Windows Migration

A look into your Windows Migration...

High level project management tools..

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How To Be More Transparent: Planning A Windows/Office 365 Migration

Project Management focused, the Planning section of Lens is dedicated to..

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How To Track Risks before a Windows Migration Project

Implementing Lens across a number of computer systems, people, applications..

Alexxa Farrelly
Discovery: Windows Server Migration Tools Part 2

As mentioned in part one of this blog series, Lens allows you to view your..

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Discovery: Windows Server Migration Tools Part 1

Lens allows you to view your discovery data from many perspectives. For..

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Planning your Migration Project Discovery

Assess IT Assets before, during and after a Windows Migration

We wanted to..

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Increase customised Enterprise visibility during Windows Migration

We wanted to create a solution for businesses that could be extensible and..

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Office 365 and Windows Migration Software

Help for Office 365 and Windows Migration

When we meet Enterprise clients..

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10 Best New Features in Windows 10

10 Best New Features in Windows 10

Recently Microsoft announced to the world..

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Windows 10 Upgrade Observations

INTRODUCTION:

I recently upgraded a test laptop to the latest Windows 10..

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Windows 10 In-Place Upgrade from Windows 8.1

INTRODUCTION:

We could not wait to get our hands on the latest Windows 10..

Stephan
SCCM 2007 OS Deployment SQL Database Connection Issues

SCCM 2007 OS Deployment SQL Database

When developing a Windows build via MDT..

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The Windows 10 Business Case

Innovation lies ahead...

We were fortunate enough to watch the recent..

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LENS: Asset Management Software available now!

INTRODUCTION:

Our "hybird asset-management and migration tool" is now..

Stephan
SCCM 2007 and Windows Update Failing

Having met a frustrated client in need, it reminded me that even when you..

Stephan
SCCM 2007 re-installation failure and remediation

I decided to share a few discoveries I made along the way to doing the..

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When Windows 8.1 comes into its own

I make no secret that I like Windows 8.1, and I happily acknowledge that I..

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Using the Surface RT and Office 365

As someone who had tried various manufacturers tablet PCs in the past I had..

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Lync and presence and why it works for me!

As a project manager with a team who can often be spread across the country..

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Office 365 - a myriad of connected products!

We recently met with a potential customer to discuss Microsoft Office 365...

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Windows 8 Childs play?

An archive blog post wich is interesting to read considering the up and..

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SCCM 2012 Software Centre UnInstall

If you need to un-install the SCCM 2012 agent you may find Software Centre..

Alex
Office 365 - Granting/Revoking Permissions via PowerShell

This entry explains how to both grant and revoke permissions in the Office..

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There’s a growing trend in the Enterprise and I am not talking Bring your..
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Microsoft Apprentice of the Year Award 2014

My Journey as an Apprentice

I remember very clearly the week prior to..

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In the 80's the main seller of computers was Boots the Chemist. They used to..

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