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Priscila Bernardes

Priscila Bernardes
Passionate about relationship building, Priscila leads Lancom’s customer experience and growth initiatives. With an Executive MBA and a decade of IT experience, Priscila loves challenging the status quo and finding innovative ways to service our clients, while sharing what she is learning with the community.
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Written By Priscila Bernardes Sep 13, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Cloud Computing

Amazon or Azure: Does it matter?

In a pretty short space of time, businesses have become spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing cloud infrastructure and platform providers – but the two undoubted leaders and most commonly-encountered options are Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure. Which one is right for you, and does the choice really matter?

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Sep 6, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Efficiency Cloud Computing Microsoft Office 365

Office 365: It's a whole lot more than Outlook, Word and Excel

Have you ever bought a new television only to find out months later that it has a feature that you didn’t even know about?

The TV turned on and you were able to binge watch your favourite show, so what does it matter? Well little did you know you can order pizza from your TV and it’s delivered fresh – wish you knew that now.

Microsoft Office 365 is very similar to this, most people only have a few uses for it; email, word and excel (we’re happy with that). As it is always the case , there’s more to it, and today we take the time to review some additional features that you probably haven’t even heard about, and explain how they can change the way you work.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 30, 2016 9:30:00 AM

IT Security

The 5 habits that will prevent you from being hacked

Some people fall victim to hacking from scams and malware more often than others do. It isn’t by luck that this is the case, either. Instead, it is the vigilant and the cautious who know what to look out for who tend to stay safer, while those who aren’t in the know are far more likely to get caught out.

Protecting yourself from hackers can be a relatively easy process. In fact, if not as easy as 1-2-3, try 1-2-3-4-5. These are our top tips which can make you (and your staff members) all but unhackable.

 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Efficiency

Four must-have Chrome extensions

 

Pretty handy as it pops out the box, there are ways to make Chrome even better: extensions. Perhaps the only real problem with extensions, however, is that you really are spoiled for choice. That’s what we’re here to help with. Check out our top four extension pics which make Chrome truly shine.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 16, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Cloud Computing

Hosted and cloud: Not the same thing

Is a hosted application or service the same thing as a cloud one? It may seem that way, but simply put, it just isn’t. However, this is a commonly-made mistake. Let’s have a look at the differences between these two methods of delivering applications or services.

Starting with cloud solutions, the general point is usually this: If it is in someone else’s data centre, then it is a cloud solution.

Except, there is more to it than that. While this is necessary, it isn’t sufficient to earn the ‘cloud’ name. Indeed, just being in someone else’s data centre is far more likely to make it a hosted service. That’s because this is precisely what is meant by ‘hosting’. Just like when you host a guest, so too an application or service in someone else’s data centre is a ‘guest’ which is just looked after by that host.

There are other qualities which make a solution ‘cloud’ rather than hosted. It starts with that service being hosted in a remote data centre, and the list keeps going. Additional factors include:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 9, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Efficiency IT Security

Top tools for better and easier security

Very little is secure on the internet these days and for proof of that, just wait for the next email you receive from a trusted company – LinkedIn, LastPass, or pick one – asking you to change all your passwords because… hackers have been at it again!

The thing is, remembering passwords has to be one of the great challenges of our age, particularly since any half-way good one requires the abilities ofMnemosyne. And it’s not just a password issue, either. With the internet demonstrably insecure, can you even depend on password strength alone to secure sensitive details, like credit card numbers?

Yes, there is good news, because there are a number of apps available for that (and this post lists our top 3 picks).  

Take at least some of the hassle out of forgotten passwords and the ongoing challenge of coming with a new one, protect your transactions and take advantage of public wifi without the risk with these three easy-to-use tools:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 2, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Efficiency Innovation Digital Transformation

What's this 'digital transformation' thing really about?

There’s so much hype around ‘digital transformation’ that, in typical tech industry style, it’s quite possible that the very meaning is lost as everyone assumes that everyone else knows exactly what it’s all about. Sometimes it’s a good idea to take a step back to the basics: just what is digital transformation – and why is it important?

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jul 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Efficiency IT Security

Windows 10: To upgrade or not upgrade?

There is precious little time remaining to take advantage of Microsoft’s Windows 10 free upgrade programme. As July 29 approaches, so too does the deadline for those still on Windows 7 and 8 to upgrade at no cost. Making the move will not only save you money, but Windows 10 represents a stable, mature and above all, better experience than anything which has come before.

Upgrading, of course, is a more complex consideration for business PCs than it is for personal ones.

The major issues are twofold:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jul 19, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Efficiency

What makes IT projects successful?

If you want to know about failed IT projects, you don’t have to look very far. In fact, if the Standish Group’s Chaos Report is to be believed, over two-thirds of all software project will fail. Let’s set that aside for the moment and instead consider the other side of the coin – the brighter side. What makes IT projects successful? Check out these five top factors that we believe are essential for a decent shot at getting it done on time, within budget and with a satisfactory result.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jul 12, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Innovation Software Development Digital Transformation

The secret world of APIs

Whether you’re a tech-head or a businessperson, or just someone who uses technology regularly in your daily life (in other words, all of us), APIs work for you every single day. But they are also invisible to nearly all of us, doing their vital thing out of sight and out of mind.

So, just what is an API and why does it matter?

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