Brian Conheady of Astec Computing (pictured below, far right), a well-known Hastings business success, led a workshop in the town at the White Rock Hotel with FSB.
The event aimed to discover how to harness the power of the cloud. Cloud computing is a growing trend in the information technology world where software, apps and data storage is on secure remote servers (the cloud) rather than on existing computers within business premises.
The attending businesses heard about the benefits from CEO Phil Astell (pictured centre right) including data security, cost-effectiveness and efficiency, in that software is automatically updated with latest applications across the business.
As one of an elite group of companies with Microsoft Gold Partner status, Jake Taylor of Astec Computing (pictured centre) led the business audience through a ‘how to’ guide to Office 365. The tools and apps discussed included OneDrive, Planner and Flow.
The workshop also covered forthcoming data protection regulations (GDPR) and how, using the cloud with a package like Office 365, enables teams of people to collaborate on projects, sharing files from remote locations.
Synchronising data also enhances the power of mobile phones to complete a range of work tasks whilst on the move.
Nicolae Trofin, Chairman of FSB 1066 Country branch (pictured left, with Kerry Byott, Branch Secretary, centre left) said: “We are pleased that Astec Computing, as one of our member firms, shared their knowledge and expertise with colleagues from the small business community, tonight. They provided a very insightful guide to cloud computing and the future of Information technology in business.”