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Microsoft Support Ending

by Nicki Dowsett in General, Hardware, Helpdesk, Industry News, IT Systems, Microsoft, Office 2007, Office 365, Uncategorised, Windows 10, Windows 7

Microsoft will be ending support and updates for two of their platforms in 2020. If you are currently using either Office 2010 or Windows 7, it is important to consider your options now.

Microsoft have recently announced that support for Office 2010 will be ending on 13th October 2020. This means that from this date there will be no further extension of updates on this package.

Whilst Office 2010 will still continue to function it does mean that you will be at risk of potentially harmful and serious security risks. We recommend that you look to upgrading to Microsoft Office 365 as a replacement.

MPR IT Solutions are an official Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner and Small Business Specialist. This means we are trained in a number of Microsoft Competencies that directly relate to implementing, migrating and configuring your Office 365 solution. We have vast experience in migrating businesses over to Office 365 and ensure minimal disruption to your daily tasks.

Secondly support will be ending on 14 January 2020 for the operating system Windows 7. Available since 2009, there have been a number of updates since the launch, with the current recommended version Windows 10 now on the market. Please see our earlier blog explaining this.

If you are using Windows 7, either on a personal computer or at your business, now is the time to consider upgrading to Windows 10.  However, before you make the move, it is imperative that you consider any 3rd party software programme installed on your pc/laptop and hardware such as printers, scanners etc. as these may not be compatible.  You will also need to consider the hardware resources available, as Windows 10 is a powerful operating system and therefore requires a large amount of RAM installed.

Our team of experts can audit all of your software packages (e.g Sage) and hardware (e.g RAM, printers and scanners) to ensure these are compatible and where they may not be.  To upgrade without taking this into consideration, you may find that it becomes time consuming and more costly to rectify the issues.

For more information and to discuss your options to upgrade either of these Microsoft products please contact our team on 0800 030 20 30 or email sales@mpr-it.co.uk

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MPR IT are recruiting again

by Nicki Dowsett in Engineers, General, Helpdesk, IT Support, IT Systems, Recruitment

After our previous recruitment drive we are pleased to welcome on board several new members of the team, however as a very busy summer draws to a close, the time has come for MPR IT to recruit again

The vision at MPR IT Solutions has always been to never sacrifice our high level of customer service for growth.  To enable us to provide the high level of service, that our clients demand, we are currently recruiting a number of positions to our Helpdesk.

We are looking for hardworking, experienced individuals to join our ever-growing team.  We require team members with a variety of skills that will allow us to maintain the exemplary service we already provide.  Interacting with customers will be required daily via multiple forms of communication, including on the telephone and through email, so excellent communication skills are essential.

2nd Line Support Engineer

The role consists of providing technical IT support to a wide variety of companies and will require someone who can adapt to different situations and changing demands using their skills to work through issues in a methodical and dynamic manner.

Daily tasks will include customer liaison, processing tickets for support requests using remote access tools and sometimes on-site visits, being the escalation point for the 1st Line team whilst managing their own workload.  Strong investigative and technical skills are critical for this position within a fast paced and sometimes high-pressure environment role.

3rd Line Support Engineer

The position of a 3rd Line Support Engineer covers the more complex areas of design, configuration and support of Windows server environments and networks.

You will be liaising with clients as a technical lead, supporting new client onboarding, future planning of client IT systems; including system design, deployment and maintenance, whilst also providing ongoing 3rd line support as a key member of our Helpdesk team. The successful candidate must show a diverse mindset and hard-working ethic with exceptional verbal and written communication skills.  You will be able to manage your own workload, be an integral team player and have a genuine passion for IT.

For more information and full job descriptions please email: Claire@mpr-it.co.uk

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Exclaimer Cloud – Email Signatures for Office 365

by Nicki Dowsett in Exclaimer Cloud, General, IT Support, IT Systems

Exclaimer Cloud – Email Signatures for Office 365


MPR IT Solutions are pleased to announce that we are now authorised partners with Exclaimer Cloud – an email signature management service used in conjunction with Office 365. With a cost just £0.99 per person per month (plus initial set up and configuration costs) – Exclaimer is a simple straightforward service that means professional email signatures can be designed, managed and are automatically added to all emails sent from any device in one easy place.

Key Features & Benefits

  •  All Office 365 users get a full, dynamic and professional email signature when sending from every device, including smartphones, tablets and Macs.
  •  Email signatures designed and created using the cutting-edge Office 365 signature editor or choose from a variety of different template designs designed by the market leaders in dedicated email signature management solutions.
  • Individual personal contact details taken from your Office 365 Directory, guaranteeing that every user has the correct information in their email signature. Then, we can personalise each user’s signature with a photo image or anything else you decide is pertinent.
  • Easily add additional email signature elements like social media icons, promotional banners, legal disclaimers and more.
  • Ability to create internal, external or departmental signatures and allow your users to choose an Office 365 signature in Outlook as they compose a message. They’ll also see the signature on messages in their Sent Items folder!
  • Option to amend and add marketing campaigns to run over a time period you decide upon.
  • Email signatures are ‘stamped’ by Exclaimer’s regional Azure servers, passing email messages back to Office 365.
  • Built with the highest levels of security and control in place, this service has been awarded the ISO 27001:2013 Certification.

Options available:

  1. Once MPR IT have completed initial configuration and set up, we can offer a days training session so you can create your own your email signatures and control changes as you require.
  2. Through the Exclaimer Portal you can design your email signature with a standard template alternatively if you have a design in mind Exclaimer can create a new template for you.
  3. MPR IT manage your email layout design and create the email signature for you.  When you wish to make any changes or add promotional banners we can make these changes for you.

(all subject to additional costs)

Please contact MPR IT Solutions on 0800 030 20 30 option 2 or email us: sales@mpr-it.co.uk for full detailed information and pricings based on the number of employees and set up/configuration costs.

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Blolite Fibre training from Leviton

by Nicki Dowsett in fibre optics, IT Systems, Structured Cabling, Training

Many Thanks to Tony Simmons and Chloe Barnard from Leviton for taking time out to visit our new Office in Henwood Ashford and update MPR Technical Services engineers, Brad, James, Chris and our new Project Manager, Dave Thompson on the latest Blolite Blown Fibre IM2000 installation equipment in preparation for some upcoming Blown Fibre installation projects. Installing Blolite MicroDuct is a fantastic way for our clients to futureproof their Sites and Buildings for current and emerging technologies in fibre systems, saving unnecessary CAPEX costs that installing Dark Fibre incurs. Our clients won’t have to pay for their fibre requirements until it is actually required.

For more information on how MPR IT can install fibre cabling and future proof your business please contact us 0800 030 20 30 or see our website

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Happy 11th Birthday to MPR IT Solutions

by Nicki Dowsett in Audio Systems, CCTV, Engineers, fibre optics, Fire Alarms, Hardware, Helpdesk, Hosted phone, IT Support, IT Systems, Microsoft, MPR, Office Move, point to point wirless, Server cabinet, Software, SQL Server, Structured Cabling, TV Distribution, Web Hosting, Websites, Wireless networks

Early in 2008, three friends – Alex, Richard and Andy became disenchanted by the way IT Support was provided to businesses in Kent and the South East. They felt that customer service and relationships were not a priority and it would result in many businesses bouncing around support companies on a regular basis.

After many discussions the three friends took the decision to start a new IT Support business offering a more pro-active relationship with customers, with the aim “To never sacrifice our high level of customer service for growth, we hope and believe that through good customer service our business will become the market leader in Kent.”

In the late spring of 2008, MPR IT Solutions was born in a small garden office with Alex, Andy and Richard utilising their individual skills to provide daily support and installation of network infrastructure. 

With a strong belief that building relationships with customers, understanding the requirements of the business and employees it would give a clearer idea as to how technology can support and help customers to grow their own business.  By offering impartial advice in simple terms and by not being tied to any one supplier means that MPR IT Solutions can ensure that the hardware and software required is the best to meet the individual needs.

11 Years on from the start

Over the last 11 years the business has grown substantially with an annual turnover of £1.4million, employing 24 people and supporting over 250 businesses across the South East.  With a customer base comprising of a wide variety of customers from small home run businesses to large multi-office business throughout the UK and everything and anything in between.   

The team handle over a thousand support tickets each month with 97% closed within an hour.  To ensure that the level of service doesn’t reduce in any way we regularly ask for feedback and are immensely proud that we score 5/5 in 99% of our surveys. A large proportion of customers have been with MPR IT for many years and are happy to recommend our services to other business, it is clear, that the vision initially formed has proved to be a success.

Moving to Henwood Industrial Estate

The new office on Henwood Industrial Estate

Since the time spent in the garden office, MPR IT have moved several times to keep up with the on-going growth of the business and need to expand. 

It was agreed at the end of 2018 that MPR IT would need to consider another move, and so we have recently relocated to the Henwood Estate.  Using our own team of Engineers, we could guarantee the task of fitting out our new home would meet all the requirements we need today and pre-empting any future expansions.  The project to refit the office took about 3 months and involved using our own knowledge, experience and skills.  Once the initial building work was completed the team set about refitting the office from scratch using the skills and services that we offer to our own customers.

With so many changes in technology since MPR IT Solutions was first conceived, it was clear from the onset that our skills and offerings would need to become more and more diverse.  No longer just offering daily IT Support, MPR IT now offers a wide range of services and products, including installation of Structured Cabling Networks, Server Infrastructure, Wireless networks, Point to Point Wireless, Fire Alarm, CCTV and Door Entry/Security systems along with Audio Visual installations.

Training & Encouraging the Team

Since the start of MPR IT Solutions we have employed 7 apprentices supporting local people to learn and qualify within the IT Industry.  We strongly believe that young people should be given the opportunity to learn new skills and the chance to have a career and always open to take on more in the future.  Many of our apprentices have gone on to stay with us and once qualified have become valued field engineers within MPR IT Solutions.   Support is provided for any team member that would like to further their knowledge or qualifications.

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March Team Member of the Month

by Nicki Dowsett in General, Helpdesk, IT Support, IT Systems, MPR IT Work, Team Member of the Month, Uncategorised

March Team Member of the Month

Each month the team at MPR IT are asked to put forward their nomination for Team Member of the Month and their reasoning behind the decision.

We are pleased to announce that this months winner is none other than Bill Van Doorn. Having been with us since 2015, Bill joined us to work and support the Tech team. 

Bill came out on top of a close battle between several employees, here are some of the comments from the team:

“Well organised.”

“Always available to help.”

“My go to guy whatever the problem.”

Originally from Holland, Bill moved to the UK to join the team at MPR IT. Starting his career in IT in Holland, when the industry changed in the early 2000’s he decided to leave IT.

Following his passion for cooking, he trained as a chef working his way up from Sous chef to Head chef in various restaurants with expertise in classic French and Italian cooking.  After 10 years in the profession he decided he was not enjoying it as much as he had been. So decided to get back into IT, so he packed up, left everything behind and moved to Ashford to start a new chapter in his life.

Bill is a very busy person outside of his work life and is also a music producer and has co-founded his production company.  He also is very interested in on-line gaming. And still loves to cook for friends and family – not forgetting the team in the office!

Since joining MPR IT he has taken on the role on the Tech helpdesk and is also responsible for our stock room due to his great organisational skills.  He continues to further his knowledge in IT studying in his spare time and is pleased to have made the move to work within the team .

Congratulations Bill – Well deserved winner.

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New Office – Server Room

by Nicki Dowsett in Audio Systems, cabinets, Design Inspiration, Engineers, fibre optics, General, IT Support, IT Systems, MPR IT Work, Office Move, Server cabinet, Strcutured cabling, TV Distribution, Wireless networks

New Office – Server Room

As you will probably be aware MPR IT are preparing to move to our new home.  Our new offices will be based at the Henwood Estate in Ashford, and will accommodate our expanding team. We are currently in the process of recruiting for our Technical Help desk and with the extra room we will have there should be no issue for desk space.

The project to refit the new office seems to be running very quickly and we can start to see how the office will be once it is completed.  Our team have worked hard to install structured cabling throughout the entire space for work spaces and AV.  However the cables need to have an endpoint and so this week we are working on the server room.

As you can see before we could consider any installation, we first needed to make the room a clean space.  With walls decorated and new flooring installed our team had the perfect space to work with.  The new space is light and cool – the correct environment for server cabinets.

With the comms cabinet in place the team have been busy connecting the cables in an orderly fashion.  Not only does this mean everything is neat and tidy, it also means that we can identify each individual cable.  Work continues on the server room and we plan to have everything completed in there shortly.

With the end in sight for the project, it is now starting to look like home for MPR IT.  Here is one part of the office space with some furniture starting to go in along with the new carpet. Looks so bright and fresh, we can’t wait to move in.

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Windows 7 Support Ending

by Nicki Dowsett in General, IT Support, IT Systems, Microsoft, Windows 10


Windows 7 Support Ending

Windows 7 software has been available since 2009, and Microsoft will be ending support for this on 14 January 2020.  This means they will no longer provide any updates, patches or general support to the software.  Whilst you will be able to continue to use this version of Windows, you will be vulnerable to security risks.  With the constant threat of Cybercrime, it is vital that you consider the options available to upgrade to Windows 10.

If you are using Windows 7, either on a personal computer or at your business, now is the time to consider upgrading to Windows 10.  However, before you make the move, it is imperative that you consider any 3rd party software programme installed on your pc/laptop and hardware such as printers, scanners etc. as these may not be compatible.  You will also need to consider the hardware resources available, as Windows 10 is a powerful operating system and therefore requires a large amount of RAM installed. Our team of experts can audit all of your software packages (e.g Sage) and hardware (e.g RAM, printers and scanners) to ensure these are compatible and where they may not be.  To upgrade without taking this into consideration, you may find that it becomes time consuming and more costly to rectify the issues.


Why Upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows 10 was released by Microsoft in July 2015, and is now one of the most common used pieces of software on the market.  With many similarities to previous incarnations, it is very user friendly and easy to navigate with a number of enhanced functions.

  • Cortana – Windows 10 comes with Cortana, a voice-activated personal assistant. Cortana can set reminders, inform you of the weather, search the internet and much more.
  • Live tiles – Customisable, live tiles on Windows 10 allows you to have a personalised experience. Just about anything can become a tile, from websites to apps and the tiles can then be resized and moved around as required.
  • Continuum – For a seamless user experience, Continuum lets you carry on working from desktop to tablet and back again. This helps to create a modern, flexible and fluid working style as expected by today’s workforce.
  • OneDrive – OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service which is built into Windows 10. It lets you sync files across PCs and OneDrive devices.
  • BitLocker – BitLocker helps you keep your files safe while BitLocker Go gives you the same functionality while you’re on the move.  It features:
    • Sign in with face or fingerprint – a fast, secure way to sign in
    • Lost or stolen device – remove confidential business information immediately
    • Windows Information Protection – control how employees use business data
    • Windows Defender Antivirus – protects you against malware threats

Windows 10 combines the Windows you already know and adds great improvements you’ll love. Technologies like InstantGo1 let you boot up and resume quickly. And Windows 10 has more built-in security features than ever to help protect against malicious software.

Contact our team today on 0800 030 20 30 option 2, or email sales@mpr-it.co.uk to discuss the requirements for upgrading to Windows 10.

 

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