Business Info - issue 151

IN THIS ISSUE 04 What’s New A round-up of new products for work and home 07 B ulletin The challenges of hybrid working 10 O ffice Design Five non-negotiables of the future workplace 12 R ecruitment The truth about the skills gap 14 M onitors Not all the monitors are the same – and here’s why 16 I nteractive Displays SMART helps businesses navigate the challenges of hybrid working 20 Software Why it pays to prepare early for a move toWindows 11 24 Infrastructure Is your infrastructure ready for AI? Terry Storrar outlines what’s needed 26 Cloud Aled Sage explains how moving to the cloud can help businesses shrink their carbon footprint 27 Analysis Beware rising cloud costs, warns CloudStratex 28 MPS Quocirca highlights growing demand for broader workplace service offerings 30 MFPs Sharp launches new devices for the smart workplace 33 Broadband Britain’s IT infrastructure fails one in four hybrid workers 34 Workplace Tim Richards, CEO of precision timing specialist Hoptroff, picks the half dozen things he couldn’t do his job without Editor: James Goulding 0780 308 7228 · [email protected] Publishing Director, Social Media &Web Editor: Neil Trim 01732 759725 · [email protected] Advertising Director: EthanWhite 01732 759725 · [email protected] Art Director: Nick Pledge 07767 615983 · [email protected] Advertising Executive: James Trim 01732 759725 · [email protected] Business Info is a controlled circulation magazine. 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ISSN 1464-8814 Design: Sandtiger Media – FOR THE LATEST INDUSTRY NEWS VISIT: WWW.BUSINESSINFOMAG.UK “ ” Comment Kingswood Media Ltd., 10 Amherst House, 22 London Road, Sevenoaks TN13 2BT Tel: 01732 759725 • Email: [email protected] BUSINESS INFO GET YOUR FREE COPY To make sure you get every issue FREE, as soon as it is published, just visit, click the ‘FREE Registration’ button and add your details to our mailing list. @BinfoMag BinfoMag If you no longer wish to receive Business Info magazine please email your details to [email protected] The cost of living crisis is usually presented as a consumer problem. It is also, of course, a big challenge for businesses facing a triple whammy of rising costs for energy, raw materials, products and services; escalating wage demands and recruitment costs; and the risk of falling sales as they are forced to put up their prices and/or customers decide to cut back on their expenditure. According to a survey of 1,000 SME owners by Fiverr, the cost of living crisis has so far cost UK SMEs an average of £186,000 each; 85% of respondents say they have already lost money due to inflation and increased living costs and 22% have received requests for salary increases. Under such circumstances, it can be tempting to delay or cancel investment in new technology, albeit at the risk of becoming less productive and competitive and potentially missing out on opportunities to save money by eradicating inefficiencies in the status quo. On page 20, Andrew Carr, CEO of Camwood, does a good job of explaining why businesses should start preparing for the move toWindows 11 now, pointing out that doing so will enable them to gain control over application estates that have bloated by an average of 30-50% sinceWindows 10 was deployed and seize the opportunity to eliminate unnecessary expenditure on licences for unused, duplicated or out of date software. On page 14, Dave Hadden, Head of Solutions at EIZO, explains how taking a total cost of ownership approach to procurement can provide the justification needed to shell out for new, better quality monitors. As an example, he points out that paying a little more for a monitor that consumes less energy will reduce office cooling requirements and thereby save money on air-conditioning. Another factor that should be considered as part of the mix is employee wellbeing. Giving people the tools they need to do their jobs safely and efficiently (in the workplace and in a home and/or remote office) won’t only generate benefits in terms of productivity, it will also contribute to employee wellbeing which survey after survey shows is vital for talent retention and recruitment. Typical is new research by Towergate Health & Protection which found that 42% of HR decision-makers view support for the emotional, physical, financial and social health of staff as a major reason why people stay with their companies; 31% view it as a big reason why people choose to work for them in the first place. A technology upgrade might be a small price to pay if it keeps employees happy in the midst of a national skills shortage. James Goulding, Editor, [email protected] 03 magazine