09 Jun 2020

We’ve Moved! Venture 1 Consulting has a New Office!

We are pleased to announce that we have Re-Located from Wimbledon to a more fitting central London location!

Situated just a ten-minute walk from both Vauxhall and Waterloo train stations, we are now based in a wonderful, converted nineteenth century China Factory. With its historical exterior brickwork and stylish, modern interior, the new office facility allows us to better serve our customers and business partners as well as expand and grow as a company. Our new address is:-

 

Venture 1 Consulting

China Works

100 Black Prince Road

SE1 7SJ

 

We look forward to continuing to serve your needs and work with you in the future!

 

 

13 May 2020

Venture 1 asks: 4 things we do to keep sane during Lockdown

Staying and working at home during lockdown is a new and daunting concept for almost everyone. To meet the government’s social distancing guidelines, almost all office-based businesses are currently working 100% of the time from home. We sat down with members of the Venture 1 team and discussed what they had been up to over the last 5 weeks of lockdown. This week, the team have been discussing what they have been doing to stay sane!

Jigsaw Puzzles have been very popular during lockdown. Maxine, Head of Business Development, is currently working her way through an interesting type of puzzle, known as a ‘Wasjig’. A Wasgij is a unique jigsaw puzzle whereby you need to use your imagination to piece together the solution, (example below).

 

 

Charlie, Venture 1’s Marketing Executive, explained that to stay sane during lockdown he has been keeping himself busy at all times. Whether it be before, during or after work, staying active has been key. Physical exercise, such as running 5km every few days, has helped him mentally and physically during this period. Charlie has set himself the target of running a sub 20 minute 5km by the end of lockdown!

Venture 1’s newest member to the apprenticeship programme, Sam, has been spending his time chilling out to music and playing on his Nintendo Switch. Two of his favourite games include Enter the Dungeon and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.

 

 

Finally, Sales & Marketing Manager, Tim, has found that staying in constant contact with friends and family has helped him stay positive. FaceTime, Teams and Zoom quizzes have been on his agenda almost every weekend!

From puzzles to gaming and exercise to Zoom calls, the Venture 1 team have come up with a variety of different ways to stay sane. In the comments below, we would love to hear what you have been doing too!

11 May 2020

Customer Story: SitePro


SitePro gained a competitive advantage by combining onsite sensors and data collection with online data processing and management using Microsoft Azure. As a result, they were able to provide faster and more effective service to their customers, which in turn strengthened the offerings of their customers. It’s a win for everyone.

30 Mar 2020
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Working through Covid-19

We are continuing to monitor the impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on IT projects but of course, working in IT does mean that services can often be delivered remotely.

Consequently, we have identified areas where we think we can help organisations face some of the challenges that the Coronavirus outbreak might be causing by making workers work from home.

 

This includes:-

• Achieving remote connectivity
• Problem solving
• System configuration and set up
• System Architecture
• Design reviews
• Project planning (e.g. future migration/rollout projects)
• IT strategy reviews
• Hosting workshop sessions
• Remote meeting attendance and hosting
• On-line training sessions

 

AND providing remote assistance to customers including:-

  • Endpoint management (i.e. the ability to remotely discover, provision, deploy, update and troubleshoot endpoint devices within an organisation).
  • Endpoint management – system health checks.
  • Application sequencing/packaging/delivery.
  • Endpoint remote connectivity.

 

Our approach is to offer simplified and appropriate remote assistance for customers with sessions:-

  • Scheduled on an ‘ad-hoc’ basis.
  • Remotely delivered ‘on-line’.
  • Billed by the hour.

 

If this is of interest to your organisation and you would like further details please get in touch so that we can schedule a call to discuss your requirements.

20 Feb 2020

NHS reduces major IT attacks since 2017 WannaCry Ransomware crisis

Since 2014, the NHS has suffered 209 successful ransomware attacks according to stats based on Freedom of Information requests. However, the situation has improved dramatically since 2017, the year WannaCry ransomware hit the health service.

 

 

The figures, posted in a report from research company Comparitech, highlight the following statistics since 2014:

  • 209 or more successful attacks, ranging from one computer to an entire system
  • No ransoms reported to have been paid
  • Estimated downtime of 206 days
  • Only 6 attacks were reported after 2017, the year of WannaCry, albeit with the caveat that 20% of hospitals refused, or failed to respond to the survey

 

The research company sent the survey to  254 NHS Trusts, with 184 responding, 20 not responding and 50 refusing to hand over the information requested.

 

A September 2018 government report estimated the cost of WannaCry, aka WannaCrypt, to be up to £92m, most of which occurred in the aftermath, rather than during the attack, to restore data and systems.

 

If you need some advice and guidance on how Venture 1 can help with your businesses security needs,

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05 Feb 2020

Three reasons to migrate your 2008 server applications to Azure

With the 14th January well and truly in the past, support has now officially ended for Windows Server 2008. No more free security updates, free support options or online technical updates. With all that said, below are three impactful reasons for why you should consider moving your applications to Azure:

Innovation

Embrace the tools in Azure to modernize your applications. Focus on business innovation with fully managed services like Azure SQL Database, Azure App Service and Azure IaaS.

Cost Savings

Reduce your infrastructure costs with free extended security updates, using the Azure Hybrid Benefit program and optimize infrastructure usage and cost. For example, you can save up to $750K by moving one hundred 2008 servers to Azure. In comparison, it would cost five times more to run Windows Server in AWS.

Security and Compliance

Counter sophisticated cyber threats with a secure Cloud foundation and help meet compliance requirements with more certifications than any other Cloud provider. Moving to Azure also entitles you to free security updates for three more years after the end of support.

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If you need some advice and guidance on how the Cloud can change your business for the better, whether that be for AWS, Azure or the use of hybrid technologies, please get in touch with us by following the link below:-

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