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Dont buy a phone system!

Dont buy a phone system!

Posted by on September 1st 2016 in Cloud, Comms

Technology is great! 

Five years ago all we sold were Telephone systems that sit on the wall in the corner of your office and click occiasionally.  You would plug some Phone lines in one side and then plug some Telephones in the other side and you were good to go, the box would sit in the corner gathering dust.  A few years down the line you would want to add a new feature or plug in some more phones only to...

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Whats the point of Networking?

Whats the point of Networking?

Posted by on August 24th 2016 in Cloud, Comms, Computing

Having just come from another Networking Lunch where I had bumped in to a couple of Colleagues who I saw at a different event the week before I was asked, "Why do I bother going to all these different events?"  I am known as a bit of a serial networker and the reason is simple; its proven to continually generate business for me over many years.  As I see it there are ten reasons why we should all get out...

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Stop Texting me!

Stop Texting me!

Posted by on June 16th 2016 in Cloud, Comms, Computing

Finally...

I have got back to my Mobile after a morning of meetings only to find that I have had three text messages from companies who have never asked if they can send me thier latest special offers! 

We all have Junk mail and Clutter on our computers to hoover this up but are given no choice when its a Text mesage.

Finaly the Telephone industry is starting to catch up!  Ofcom (The UK Telecoms Regulator) announced three weeks ago a new "Text...

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So if they say ISDN is dead what do we do now?

So if they say ISDN is dead what do we do now?

Posted by on April 4th 2016 in Cloud, Comms

As you may or may not know BT have now announced that they plan to remove ISDN from the market by 2025.  This is a bold statement as the vast majorty of UK businesses rely on ISDN to make and recieve thier Telephone calls every day.  Although we would of course love customers to rush out and buy a new Hosted Telephone system the change does not have to be as fundamental as you might think.

Most Telephone systems (certainly most...

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The Met Office IT Hall and Supercomputer

Westcountry Digital industry salaries are some of the best in the UK

Posted by on March 30th 2016 in Comms, Computing

We see a lot of white papers cross our desk at Cobalt Towers. One did catch my eye yesterday:  The Government white paper "Tech Nation 2016" in partnership with Nesta talks about the Technical and Digital economy in the UK.  A very dry subject I hear you say but Exeter and the South West have a great write up and come out very well.

Did you know that the Digital Technical economy in the UK current provides 1.56 million jobs and is...

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Ten things to think about when buying a new Telephone System

Ten things to think about when buying a new Telephone System

Posted by on March 17th 2016 in Cloud, Comms

We dont all buy new Telephone systems every day.  In fact on average your new phone system should last you around six to seven years, (longer for Hosted Telephony).  If you are going to take the plunge and buy a new system and its not the sort of thing you look at every day then what should you look for?

Here is what I would consider the top ten things to make sure that your new supplier has...

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Broadband Rant

Broadband Rant

Posted by on January 26th 2016 in Cloud, Comms, Computing

I know that to some in my industry the fact that I used dial up and a modem to get access to the internet from 1994 on Pipex Dial whilst I was at Uni makes me a fossil! To this day I remember my password for my first Eclipse internet account - BKXDOKBP. 

You dialed up and tried to imitate the screaming sound with a whistle while the modems did their handshake. You jump on to Altavista and do a search, get what you...

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Disruptive Technology

Disruptive Technology

Posted by on January 6th 2016 in Cloud, Comms, Computing

Disruptive Technology or Innovation?

Like it, love it or loathe it, technology affects us all every day. Disruptive Innovation has been changing businesses and the way that we do things for years. Wikipedia killed off Traditional Encyclopedias. Rail and Lorries killed off canal boats. More recently you have LED technology making huge impact and savings over old style bulbs.

What does this mean to us as consumers and our business?

For me it’s about staying on the edge of...

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Digital Transformation

Posted by on November 10th 2015 in Cloud, Computing

I attended a very important Microsoft event today and was lucky enough to listen to Richard Reed, a Founder of Innocent Drinks, and Satya Nadella who is the CEO of Microsoft.

Richard's passion about his brand and product is infectious, and this is bottled in their products. 97% of their team are engaged with the business. This is somewhat higher than the average of 75%. He explained this was done by a common passion and communication. He didn't speak about any technology at a technology...

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Cobalt Cloud

Cobalt Cloud

Posted by on May 26th 2015 in Cloud, Comms

Really exciting times at Cobalt Towers with the addition to our product portfolio. 

We view all of our individual products as our toolbox, and nothing goes in that we haven’t broken and then rebuilt. We test everything to a real OCD level. Jim our Sales Director is known as being a bit clumsy, so we give him everything to test from a hardware prospective (if it makes it past him it'll make it to you!) 

We start this process...

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