ESP Projects Event – Knowledge Sharing Day Roundup

ESP Projects
23rd November 2009 1 Min. Read

Success! Friday 20th November will go down as the best ESP Projects Knowledge Sharing Day yet!

We had presentations from every member of the ESP Projects team and practical demonstrations throughout the day. Technology topics included Virtualisation with Hyper-V, advanced features in Symantec Endpoint Protection, a Comparison of Imaging Tools and an overview of web programming languages (and what they are all used for) for non-programmers. We also discussed some crucial new operational procedures at ESP Projects, looked at an improved method for providing Remote Support to smaller clients and had a glimpse of what ESP Projects might be doing in 2019! Phew! A long – but highly productive – day indeed!

IT Volunteers

ESP Projects
21st October 2009 2 Min. Read

iT4C has been sponsored by the Nominet Trust to pilot a mentoring programme. iT4C has volunteers who have an IT qualification but are not currently employed. The volunteers are supported by an experienced IT professional as their mentor to help them complete an IT project for you. Do you or an organisation you know have a project that needs them?

iT4C is looking for website work, database work, some strategy or research projects that are going to help your organisation do what it does even better with good technology to assist. Would you be happy to work with a less experienced volunteer in this supported way? There will be the chance to network with others who are joining in, get access to wider advice and support from all the programme participants and via free advice and guidance seminars. If you think you have a project that is right for a less experienced but qualified volunteer then please email the following details to iT4C at info@it4communities.org.uk :

Define: Blogging

ESP Projects
21st October 2009 2 Min. Read

A few years ago ‘blogging’ became the greatest thing since sliced bread. For those afraid to ask, what happened was that countless thousands of otherwise unconnected amateur journalists discovered that they could post their comments and opinion about anything and everything on the internet with ease. The interesting thing here is that these web logs (i.e. ‘blogs) could – and now frequently do – carry equal validity, respect and even be as popular as mainstream media. It is not uncommon now for professional journalists to monitor the ‘blogosphere’ as a primary source of newsworthy material.

Cloud Computing Advantages & Disadvantages

ESP Projects
21st October 2009 5 Min. Read

Cloud Computing is a concept you will undoubtedly be hearing more of, so we’ve written a brief introduction covering some of the advantages & disadvantages of Cloud Computing, a rapidly growing method of working.

Essentially Cloud Computing is about saving money and time. As you will no doubt be aware, computer networks are usually owned by the people using them and all of the equipment is typically installed in the owners’ offices. Every organisation has thus invested in its own infrastructure (servers, PCs, network switches etc) and must shell out for all the costs and hassle of supporting it.

Sharing Outlook Calendars

ESP Projects
21st October 2009 2 Min. Read

A ‘shared Outlook system’ is one of the top requests put to our IT consultants when they visit new or existing customers. Few need persuading that Outlook is a pretty handy way of storing and organising email, contacts and calendars. Indeed it can also synchronise with a wide range of mobile phones. The drawback is that – until recently – sharing this information with other people, or setting up ‘group’ calendars and contact lists has necessitated the purchase of a Microsoft Exchange Server, with all its attendant costs.