Building innovation culture

Aug 01 2019
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Comunet are now 3 years into establishing our innovation program and have just completed our 2nd all-of-staff innovation hackathon "One Team Challenge".

On the journey there have been hits and misses, but overwhelmingly positive outcomes that are now being realised across the business. 

Here are 6 lessons learnt from our experiences in building a stronger innovation culture.

Cybersecurity - "Things that keep me up at night"

Mar 28 2019
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I've been asked a few times over the last few months or so what it is that keeps me up at night - mostly in the context of business risks for Comunet - but it extends naturally to our partners and clients. Of late, I've consistently been giving the same answer - Cyber security.

There's almost never a day that goes by where we hear another local story of a business who has felt the impact of a cyber attack - mostly ransomware and phishing, but sometimes some other type of compromise.

Comunet joins the Access4 partner program.

Mar 25 2019
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We are happy to announce that we joined Access4, Australia's partner of choice for Cloud Unified Communications Solutions and support services. Access4 provides the most up to date version of the BroadSoft platform and their SASBOSS provisioning and support portal provides us and our clients with empowerment to manage customers locally and seamlessly and track usage and costs. 

Myth Busting Cloud Security - It's all about Risk Management.

Jul 09 2018
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Almost 6 months into leading the teams at Comunet, I’ve had quite a few people ask me what is the biggest surprise or challenge that I’ve come across. 

Probably not-surprisingly, it’s been dealing with the common misconception that “the cloud” is less secure than on-premise solutions – which is exacerbated by the ambiguity that exists in many organisations around cloud computing in general. 

Cloud computing has now been around long enough to no longer be a fad, and the statistics around cloud use and security incidents leave little room for debate on the fact that, configured correctly, Cloud Services (such as those provided by Microsoft or AWS) are more secure than on-premise solutions. 

Getting On Track with Microsoft Planner

Aug 11 2017
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Staying organised is crucial to the success of any individual or team. It is no surprise, therefore, that many software options have been created to help us achieve this goal. In this blog post, we wanted to look at a relatively new option that Microsoft have introduced, called Microsoft Planner. Planner is available with the Office 365 suite, and we have been fortunate enough at Comunet to have a closer look at this platform. From the outset, we realised that Microsoft have taken a very different approach to how tasks and plans can be structured and organised, hence the reason why we were keen to share some of our insights with you in this blog post today.

Here’s The Answer - Previewing Microsoft Forms

Jul 28 2017
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Over the last few months, we have been covering some of the new programs available in Microsoft’s Office 365 suite. Today, we wanted to write about a new service that has only recently been previewed to the public – Microsoft Forms. As the name suggests, Forms is a platform that allows you to create forms that can be used as surveys, quizzes and polls. It was originally launched as part of Microsoft’s Office 365 Education package, but is now being expanded into commercial markets. We have been able to take a closer look at this new software and have outlined some of the key features and benefits below.

It’s Showtime! How Amazon’s Echo Show Can Improve Workflow

Jul 21 2017
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Back in March, we wrote a blog post about how AI Assistants are fast becoming the new productivity tool in workplaces. In this post, we mentioned how Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot devices are key examples of voice-enabled devices that are leading this charge. Little did we know at the time that Amazon were preparing for the release of a new addition to the Echo range – the Echo Show. The Show was launched in May and has already received favourable reviews from the likes of Wired and Endgadget. Essentially, the Show is an Echo device which comes with a 7in touchscreen (slightly smaller than the screen size of an iPad Mini). This opens up a range of possibilities for Echo’s underlying Alexa technology to be used for both home and workplace use. Indeed, being the early-adopters that we are, Comunet recently received an Echo Show device to use in our own office! In this blog post, we want to discuss the business applications of the Echo Show and how it can improve your organisation’s productivity.

iOS 11 – What to Expect from Apple’s Latest Mobile Operating System

Jul 07 2017
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In 2017, the iPhone celebrated its 10th birthday. It was introduced by Apple on June 29 2007, and with the launch came the arrival of the first iOS. Over past ten years, this mobile operating system has evolved over multiple versions, with the latest (iOS 11) expected to arrive in the third quarter of 2017. This upcoming release has already generated much publicity about how it will change the way we use our Apple mobile devices (particularly iPads). In today’s blog post, we want to have a closer look at the features that are generating this anticipation.

Innovating Faster with Microsoft PowerApps

Jun 30 2017
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These days, it is hard to imagine our lives without apps. Whether we are using these applications on our smartphone, desktop computer or through a web browser, apps have the ability to streamline and simplify various processes for an organisation’s customers and employees. But how do organisations streamline and simplify the app creation process itself? In this latest addition to our blog posts on Microsoft solutions, we will be having a closer look at PowerApps, the company’s platform which aims to make app development easier.