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Prevention is always better than a cure

Prevention is always better than a cure

“Prevention is better than the cure” that’s why protecting your IT Systems against cybercrime, disasters, malicious intent is always better than having to face the pain of a cure when the damage is done.

While no one can guarantee 100% protection for your IT Systems, you can limit the risk by being prepared against the threats of cybercrime, disasters or malicious intent. If you fail to prepare the likelihood is you will be facing the cure, if prepare to fail then you have done yourself a big favour and the chances of facing the cure is far less likely.

TechSecure from HCS is a comprehensive practical approach to Securing and Protecting your business. HCS will carry out an independent audit of your business focusing on the following areas;

  • User Accounts Security
  • Company Policies (Internet, email, remote, BYOD)
  • Servers
  • Workstations (desktops/laptops)
  • Network equipment
  • Vulnerability/Penetration testing
  • Backups
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
  • Remote Access
  • Wireless
  • Email
  • Internet Access
  • File shares
  • Tablets/Smartphones
  • Printing Security
  • Application Security

 

The information gathered during this assessment will generate the information needed to identify the security weaknesses in your business. Armed with this information HCS will then work with your business to formalise a security strategy that will have you prepared and limit your risks to the threats of cybercrime, disasters or malicious intent.

The ex CEO of CISCO John Chambers once said, “There are two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those who don’t know they have been hacked”. In my opinion, there is a third type of company, “those that will be hacked in the very near future”. Don’t get hacked and have to face the cure, be prepared and get as secure as you possibly can, Be TechSecure.

For more information on TechSecure visit our website www.hcs.ie\techsecure or call us on 01 8734120/051 595200.

 

We are looking for another .net developer

We are looking for another .net developer

The HCS Software Division is a growing team of currently 6 software developers who specialise in delivering custom applications on behalf of a number of national and multinational customers. We place a strong emphasis on cloud and mobility and therefore work with the latest in Microsoft technologies to deliver our vision of producing quality software that delivers for our customers. HCS uses the Microsoft development stack of Office 365, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Azure, .NET and SQL.

HCS Business Solutions is now looking for a Senior and Junior .NET Developer  to add to this growing software team. Based in either our Waterford or Dublin Citywest office this is a good opportunity to work in a flexible environment with the latest technologies.

 

Senior .Net Developer

Scope of role

The role is to develop, test, document and implement custom applications within agreed deadlines to the required standard in order to meet the functional requirements set by our Customers.

Key skills

Primary responsibility for the design, development and deployment of software solutions and components based on a mixture of .Net MVC, SQL Server, Azure, SharePoint, Angular JS.

Developing applications from detailed design specifications.

Ability to liaise with clients during the development life cycle.

Experience/Skills:

At least 5 years design and development experience using Microsoft based tools & frameworks such as: C#, .NET MVC, SQL Server, SSRS, Angular JS, Web API, VSO, Azure and SharePoint.

Web/Mobile development experience.

Excellent written/verbal skills.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Understanding and experience of Agile based development methodologies.

Education:

Relevant third level qualification in IT.

Microsoft MCP certifications would be an advantage.

 

 

Junior .Net Developer

Scope of role

The role is to support and work with our senior developers to develop, test, document and implement custom applications within agreed deadlines to the required standard in order to meet the functional requirements set by our Customers.

Key skills

Take responsibility for the development of software solutions as assigned based on a mixture of .Net MVC, SQL Server, Azure, SharePoint, Angular JS.

Developing suitable applications from detailed design specifications that align to the level of experience you have

Ability to liaise with clients during the development life cycle.

Experience/Skills:

At least 18 months development and support experience using Microsoft based tools & frameworks such as: C#, .NET MVC, SQL Server, SSRS.

Excellent written/verbal skills.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Understanding and experience of Agile based development methodologies.

Education:

Relevant third level qualification in IT.

Microsoft MCP certifications would be an advantage.

Leave the file server!

Leave the file server!

Well hello there! For users of a file server, I am delighted to say that the time has finally come whereby I can now happily recommend for you to leave the file server and instead, use SharePoint Online!

The main reason that you should do this, is that on 1st March 2016 Microsoft upgraded SharePoint storage from 10 gigabytes to 1 terrabytes, which is obviously a substantial increase.

Obviously then, 1TB will store a lot of files – a lot more than anyone who has been using SharePoint all along would be used to!

A secondary reason to switch to SharePoint Online instead of continuing to use a file server, is the fantastic new Windows 10. Why? What’s so special about Windows 10 you might ask?

Well – the single biggest complaint from SharePoint users who use SP as a file store is the SharePoint interface itself.  However, with Windows 10, this is no longer an issue, and here’s why:

To eliminate the problem of the shaky SharePoint interface, we do so by mapping a drive to SharePoint. We could do this before on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, but it was a very flaky feature to say the least. But in Windows 10, it’s not flaky at all. It is rock solid! I have been using it myself for 6 months now and also have a number of very satisfied customers who are delighted to be using it also.

However, if you can’t (or don’t want to) upgrade to Windows 10, all is not lost. So don’t worry! If you absolutely must continue using Windows 7 or 8 then we have a secret third party tool that helps to make this feature work consistently also.

Contact me directly on nphelan@hcs.ie if you want to know what it is… I can’t give away all my highly sought after trade secrets to my competitors!

HCS can quickly assess your existing file server – call us today to leave yours! Tel:  01 8734120 or 051 595200

Also, remember – Windows 10 is free to download before 29th July 2016. However, after that you have to pay – and we don’t even know how much yet! So you really are better off downloading it NOW and if you end up not liking it, you can just downgrade back to what you had before – simples!

Psssst – If you’re wondering how on earth a mapped drive to SharePoint works, then check out this quick video: Click Here

Windows 10 Should I upgrade or not?

Windows 10 Should I upgrade or not?

Windows 10 FREE upgrade from Windows 7, 8.0 and 8.1 is available until 29th July 2016. After this date you will have to pay for the upgrade (price unknown as of yet) or the alternative is to buy a new PC/laptop with Windows 10 pre-installed. So should you upgrade or not?

While Microsoft will declare many new features and benefits around functionality, speed and security which for majority of users is irrelevant the single reason to upgrade in our opinion is Windows 8.0 or 8.1. Windows 8.0 and 8.1 is not a pleasant experience for the business desktop user due to its metro style interface and the removal of the start button. Windows 8.0 and 8.1 was more tablet focused and forget about the business desktop user.

Windows 10 however solves this and puts the business desktop users back into the user experience again. The Windows start button is back and while its more modern than Windows 7, Windows 10 in our opinion combines the best of Windows 7 and 8 to give a singular device wide experience for every user including desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile.
In our opinion if you are using Windows 8.0 or 8.1 you should upgrade to benefit from a better desktop experience. If you are using Windows 7 then it’s a matter of preference.

What you need to consider before upgrading?

While system requirements for Windows 10 is minimal for a modern desktop PC, you need at least 16GB of free disk space. The most important thing to consider are the applications you run and do they support Windows 10? (eg. Sage, Quickbooks, Dynamics etc..)

Test Windows 10

If you have a number of PC’s to upgrade on your network HCS recommends upgrading 1 pc to start with as a test. Work with Windows 10 for a period of time to ensure every application or peripheral device that your company uses works as expected. After a successful trial roll out to all other users.

If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 and need help, speak to your account manager at HCS today or contact sales@hcs.ie.

 

 

We’re hiring a .Net Developer

We’re hiring a .Net Developer

The HCS Software Division is a growing team of software developers who specialise in delivering custom applications on behalf of a number of national and multinational customers. We place a strong emphasis on cloud and mobility and therefore work with the latest in Microsoft technologies to deliver our vision of producing quality software that delivers for our customers. HCS uses the Microsoft development stack of Office 365, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Azure, .NET and SQL.

HCS Business Solutions is looking for a .NET Developer based in our Waterford office to add to our growing software team.

Scope of role

The role is to develop, test, document and implement custom applications within agreed deadlines to the required standard in order to meet the functional requirements set by our Customers.

Key skills

Primary responsibility for the design, development and deployment of software solutions and components based on Microsoft Technologies.

Development of Custom SharePoint Web Parts.

Developing applications from detailed design specifications.

Ability to liaise with clients during the development life cycle.

Experience/Skills:

At least 2 years design and development experience using Microsoft based tools & frameworks such as: C#, ASP.NET, MVC.

Experience of using SharePoint 2010/2013 and SharePoint Designer a distinct advantage.

MS SQL Server experience essential.

Web development experience.

Excellent written/verbal skills.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Understanding and experience of Agile based development methodologies.

Education:

Relevant third level qualification in IT.

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