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We will be exhibiting at this years Farnborough Business Expo – Find us at Stand 45!

We will be exhibiting at the Farnborough Business Expo this year!

The Farnborough Business Expo is an event for all businesses in and around Farnborough. If you are looking to start up your own business or grow your current business, there will be a lot to interest you. The day will involve many exhibitors showcasing their businesses, keynote speakers and networking opportunities.

We will be on stand 45 near the centre of the main exhibition hall. Come along and visit us on the day. Our team will be there to answer any questions you may have and you can get involved in our competition that could land you the chance of winning some very exciting prizes!

You can get your tickets here and you can find out more about the event on the website.

The event will take place on the Thursday the 26th of April 2018 at 10am-3pm at The Village Hotel, Farnborough.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Preferred Partners

Introducing: Our Preferred Partners

Here at Coretek, we have some exciting news! To be able to extend the range of services that we can offer to our current and future clients, we are proud to have aligned with a carefully selected group of preferred partners.

Throughout the next few months, we will be putting out a varied range of content aimed at helping small and medium businesses reach more clients, work more efficiently and much more.

Initially, we will be putting out content via our blog and social media channels but plan to extend this to events and workshops in the future.

Watch this space for more information on our preferred partners coming up very soon.

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Romsey Primary School upgraded to Promethean Interactive Flat Panels – here’s how it went…

We recently installed 3 Promethean Interactive Flat Panels into one of our schools, Romsey Primary School. They wanted to upgrade their projectors and whiteboards for something that they could use “all in one”.

To use the whiteboards they are able to connect their laptop or PC via HDMI to the Interactive Flat Panel. It will then essentially work like a giant touch screen computer!

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Interactive Flat Panels are a great way to get the teachers and students involved with the lesson. The ‘crisp image and brilliant colours’ in the Promethean Flat Panels make it easier to read. Also with Promethean, you get free next-generation interactive lesson software which is trusted by teachers worldwide.

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How big tech companies are getting young girls involved with STEM on International Women’s Day

As you may already know, today is International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day that celebrates the political, economic, social and cultural achievements of women. IWD is also a day for accelerating gender parity. Not one government, charity, women’s network or organisation is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. Many organisations run their own IWD related campaigns and schemes. This year the main campaign is around #PressForProgress. The #PressForProgress theme is a reminder that, despite all of the progress that has been made in gender equality, there is still a long way to go. So Press For means to keep fighting for progress for equal rights.

We decided to celebrate this by looking at what the tech industry are doing for girls and women right now.

Microsoft have come up with a great scheme this year, they are encouraging younger girls to become more involved within technology. They have named it #MakeWhatsNext. They’re inspiring the next generation to become science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leaders. It is statistically proven that only 16% of women globally graduate with STEM degrees and Microsoft are encouraging young women to change this. This is a scheme that they have been continuously pushing out since International Women’s Day 2016.

One way that Microsoft are doing this is by holding, throughout March, DigiGirlz events all around the world. These events give primary and secondary school girls the opportunities to connect with Microsoft employees, participate in technology and computer workshops and learn about careers in technology.

They are also using the hashtag #MakeWhatsNext which is being used on social media to share great stories about women and girls in STEM.

To help girls take action and shift the perceptions of STEM jobs, Microsoft has partnered with LinkedIn and are going to be launching a tool called Career Explorer. This will go live on MakeWhatsNext.com on Tuesday the 13th of March 2018. This tool will be powered by LinkedIn and will highlight different ways that STEM is in demand and will then show girls how to pursue their skills and passions in specific areas.

So Microsoft want to encourage you to get involved. You can do this in many ways such as keep the conversation going with your children and in your schools if you’re an educator. You can share the below video to show young girls how their passions can turn into solutions for problems today.

https://www.facebook.com/Microsoft/videos/10154505903218721/

Other ways that you can take part in International Women’s Day is by taking a pledge online for how you plan on working towards gender equality. Or you can submit your #PressForProgress photos that show your commitment to gender equality to info@internationalwomensday.com – these images will be shared throughout social media and on the website. Follow the hashtag #IWD2018 for more news and information.

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Coretek celebrate National Apprenticeship week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week. This is a week for employers and apprentices to come together to celebrate the success of their apprenticeships whilst encouraging others to start a career as an apprentice.

Here at Coretek, we have always supported apprentices. Previously, we have had apprentices in finance, marketing and IT. We wanted to hear from a few of our employees who had previously been or are still apprentices.

Matt Archdale, Support Technician –

“My apprenticeship was the Level 3 (Advanced) IT Apprenticeship Gold Standard Programme which I studied at the Highbury College in Portsmouth. I received 2 qualifications.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Professional competence for IT and telecoms professionals – During this course I had to demonstrate competence in using software & hardware maintenance, and demonstrating an understanding of a wide range of end-user support methods. Work for this course was completed both in the college and at the workplace, with a correspondent from the college meeting me in work time to set curriculum based tasks which suited the work I carry out on a daily basis at Coretek.

These tasks included demonstrating an understanding of health & safety procedures, creating a project plan documentation based on the use of Microsoft Project and implement the project into a real-life situation, as well as displaying an understanding of advanced concepts found within the IT industry.

CompTIA Network + – I studied in both my own time and at the college for the CompTIA Network+ exam. I believe the reason that I was able to pass this exam was partly due to my own studies but also as the exam material had a lot in common with my job which I had been carrying out with Coretek.

Coretek gave me the time and space I needed to study for the exam and complete the coursework which was required by the college. Without the freedom to schedule time during the working day to get these tasks done, I doubt I would have been successful in completing the apprenticeship. The fact that Coretek was as flexible as they had been with me during my apprenticeship is something that I am truly grateful for.”

Bethany Kibler, Marketing Assistant –

“I received a Level 3 Diploma in Digital Marketing for my apprenticeship. I studied this through 3aaa Apprenticeships in Southampton.

This diploma consisted of one day of work within the apprenticeship centre a month and then tutor visits every few months to the workplace. This course was made up of multiple modules, to name a few; The Business Environment, Social Media Concepts and Branding, SEO and Paid Search, Email Marketing, Marketing on Mobile Devices, Website Creation, CMS Management and more.

Coretek really helped with my progress in this apprenticeship. Whether that was getting help on work I didn’t understand or being given as much time as I needed to get all of the work completed. This was pivotal in the completion and passing of this apprenticeship. For that, I am very grateful!”

We believe that apprentices are a great addition to the company and are vital for bringing a fresh approach to the business.

World-Book-Day

Coretek celebrate World Book Day

For those who do not know, today is World Book Day! So what is World Book Day? Its is a day of celebration for authors, illustrator, books and reading. World Book Day is celebrated in over 100 countries all over the world and this is the 21st year that there has been a World Book Day.

The main aim of today is to get children of all ages to come together to celebrate reading. This is done by children dressing up as their favourite character from a book and by each student receiving a book token that has been kindly donated by National Book Tokens Ltd., which they can use to get £1 off a book.

We decided to celebrate World Book Day by celebrating one of our team members’ contributions to the literature industry.

Our Senior Systems Engineer Consultant David Green has contributed to multiple books as a technical reviewer. One of his proudest contributions was for the book Getting Started with PowerShell by Michael Shepard. This book provides a really good grounding in the basics of PowerShell and how to get started. Also included in this book are advanced concepts in PowerShell such as an introduction to functions and modules. This was the second book that David reviewed and the one that he contributed the most to. You can see a little bit about David and who he is (or was in 2015!) at the front of the book. But it is throughout the book that you will see his technical contributions.

Also recommend by David himself is a video course, rather than a book called PowerShell 3 Jump Start which is one of the most entertaining and informative video courses David has seen.

So, what are you doing to celebrate World Book Day?

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Snow reason your Business can’t stay open!

With the inclement weather this week, we felt we should let you know that we’re still here and are open.

Our team are ready and on-hand to help with your IT queries remotely. Any site visits may be postponed (weather dependant), but the phone lines and ServiceDesk will still be manned.

This is due to the way in which we are able to harness the power of our own CoretekCloud Workspace-as-a-Service platform, and hosted phone system. These powerful tools allow our team to work from anywhere (in the world) with their full desktop set-up, as though they were in the office.

If you are still fortunate to be able to get to and work from your office, great, we’d love to hear from you!

However if you need to work from home and need assistance, not a problem – give us a call! We are open until 6pm this evening.

Stay safe in the snowy weather and don’t forget to give us a call or drop us an email if you need support, or if you want to talk about moving your business to the CoretekCloud.

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What are the Benefits of Workspace as a Service and how do they differ from Desktop as a Service?

You may or may not know that we provide Workspace as a Service here at Coretek. So what is Workspace as a Service? Workspace as a service, or WaaS for short, is essentially a ‘business in a box’ that only needs a computer and an internet connection to get started. All of your business documents, emails and applications are available. WaaS can be accessed with many different types of devices and you can take advantage of collaboration services provided by Office 365 to further augment this.

You may have previously heard of Desktop as a Service but not Workspace as a Service. Workspace as a Service is a complete, managed solution, whereas Desktop as a Service is a self-managed solution. The positives of Coretek for management, advice and consultancy shine through for this type of service, so no technical knowledge is required, we do the setup and maintenance work for you. All you need is an internet line.

Not just a desktop – your whole business in a box

You have your own personal space and a secure space for your business files and applications. We fully support applications such as Sage Accounts, Basic PAYE tools or almost any other productivity application. Many of our existing clients have bespoke applications running in their environments as well.

Work from anywhere in the world

With the remote access capabilities, you can really work from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection.

Requirements change? – Expert support you can talk to

CoretekCloud Workspace as a Service is a managed service and if your requirements change you can get in contact with us and we can make the alterations you require for your business to succeed. We can provide guidance on IT strategy, security and compliance, as well as technical implementation services.

Proactive security and support services

With CoretekCloud, almost every major security issue in the last year has been mitigated on day zero. We provide constant proactive maintenance and security solutions to make sure your business is safe.

Cost reductions from removing onsite hardware

If you have an on-site server, you are looking at continuous expenses which can add up. You will be looking to change your server every 5 years or so as technology is continuously improving and moving on. This can become very expensive, especially if you have multiple servers. With Workspace as a Service, you simply connect to your cloud environment which is hosted in our CoretekCloud data centre, which removes the cost of the on-site hardware. For our Cloud solution, you pay on a per-user, per-month basis. This works out as considerably cheaper and due to a regular recurring cost, it is easier to budget for.

Coretek celebrate another year in business!

On Sunday the 11th of February, we saw the anniversary of our 19th year in business!

Coretek was born on February the 11th 1999. Our Managing Director Garry Miller vowed to provide a real alternative to an IT Industry where the companies were more concerned with their profit margins rather than providing a good service.

In the past 19 years, Coretek has grown as a company. From supporting a handful of local schools and businesses to now supporting IT environments serving literally thousands of users, with clients spanning 10 countries and 4 continents.

We decided to take a look at what we have done over the past 19 years through a video of memorable photos.

Let us know any of your memories with Coretek! Catch us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Or even email our enquiries@coretek.co.uk or call us on 0800 304 7444 to let us know!

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Introducing our Finance Administrator – Will!

Introducing you to our Finance Administrator – Will! He takes centre stage in this months Meet The Team. Read on to find out all about Will…

What is your role at Coretek?

My role has many names: The Enforcer, Master of Coin, or just Finance Administrator. I basically handle the accounts.

How long have you worked in IT for?

I have worked at Coretek for 14 months and this is my first job in IT. I only do the accounts, but I’ve had to learn a lot of technical jargon in order to understand it all.

What is something that not many people know about you?

If I told you that, then many people would no longer not know it.

What is your favourite film?

I’m more into TV series’ at the moment. (Discovered The X-Files a couple of years ago, so slowly making my way through all of those). I don’t really have a favourite film, just whatever I fancy at the time. Right now I’m the mood for a Batman film, probably The Dark Knight.

How do you spend your spare time?

My partner and I have recently bought a house, so most of my spare time is spent doing DIY now. At the moment I’m trying to spend time in the garden, getting it ready to grow some food!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

The more I think about this, the more issues I can find! I know a popular one is to fly… but in the film ‘Chronicle’, one of the chaps gets struck by lightning! And Matilda’s power just no longer works – imagine having that power taken away from you… If I had to pick something, I would probably just control time. To be able to speed up or slow down time could be quite helpful, as long as you don’t consider the drawbacks…

What is your favourite food?

Pizza. But it has to be right. At a restaurant, I’d have a thin crust BBQ chicken. Take away, I usually go for a meaty one (with garlic mayo dip). Home-made can go either way, depending on how we feel. One of our first house purchases was a pizza oven for the garden; I’m hoping to get lots of use out of that this year!

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If you were an animal, which animal would you be and why?

I quite like birds, so I’d probably pick the hyacinth macaw… It’s basically the biggest, bluest flying parrot around – pretty incredible!

What is one thing that you could not live without?

I’d probably go with taste – I would hate to eat or drink and not be able to taste things. Imagine not being able to taste pizza! Or coffee! I don’t really want to think about that any more.

What have you always wanted to do, but never done?

I’ve always wanted to restore a classic car. It’s something that I can still see myself doing at some point in the future, I just need the time. And space. And money.

Take a look at our Meet The Team page to meet the rest of the team!