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!

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,

FIND OUT MORE HERE.

08 May 2019

Tech and Tea with V1C: The Venture 1 Consulting Podcast!

Venture 1 Consulting is today delighted to announce the imminent launch of our first in a series of podcast shows, Tech and Tea with V1C.

Each episode of the Tech and Tea Podcast series will treat listeners to the wealth of knowledge that the fantastic technical team at Venture 1 has; as well as exposure to exciting special guest presenters from time to time! With over 100 years of combined experience between the team, we’re delighted to share our stories and industry insights with you, our listener. Episodes will be posted on iTunes, Spotify and the Venture 1 Podcast Page.

Join Venture 1 and guests as we dive deep into the questions you want answering on a range of technical topics from Cloud, Storage and Infrastructure, to the latest and greatest Security solutions. Venture 1 will both educate and entertain listeners in an informal, chatty atmosphere. So grab yourself a tea and let’s talk tech with V1C!

 

To stay up to date with every episode as it is released, sign up to our newsletter here.

 

We look forward to you joining us and sharing our real life experiences of working with the latest technologies!

10 Jan 2019

News: Venture 1 confirm deployment partnership with Talon

Venture 1 Consulting is delighted to announce a new partnership with storage solution experts Talon. As strategic deployment partner, Venture 1 Consulting is able to engage with businesses at an enterprise level to help gain maximum benefit from using one of the best technology solutions currently available for data storage, having already installed at one of Venture 1 Consulting’s key clients. Venture 1 Managing Director Mark Thurston believes that:

 

Talon is a remarkably clever, agnostic and flexible solution. With its ability to solve a genuine business challenge of distributing files and still being able to maintain file locking in a distributed file system”.

 

If you’d like to know more about Talon, CLICK HERE

If you would like to ask us any questions on any other topic you feel we could help with, give us a call or send us an email today and we’d be more than happy to have a chat!

 

Services@venture1consulting.com

+44 (0)20 8405 6434

14 Dec 2018

How many users can you effect with an expired software certificate?

Well according to Ericsson, tens of millions…

 

On Thursday last week (December 6th 2018), millions of UK O2 users were unable to text, call or use their 4G connections.
Late that same evening the Swedish technology company Ericsson, which creates most of O2’s back-end network admitted that the service downtime was due to an expired certificate! These certificates manage the way a service is provided to O2 customers and put simply, the software will not work if the certificate isn’t up to date or has expired!

This meant the certificate had to be reissued and updated which is also why users were kept offline for so long, with each Network node having to be updated manually, one by one. Ericsson CEO, Börje Ekholm stated:

 

"The faulty software that has caused these issues is being decommissioned and we apologize not only to our customers but also to their customers. We work hard to ensure that our customers can limit the impact and restore their services as soon as possible."

 

Most O2 customers were off line for almost 24 hours, causing chaos for all O2, Tesco Mobile, GiffGaff, Sky Mobile and Lyca customers, which all use the O2 network. O2 has since apologised and has given all customers credit for two days of their monthly airtime subscription.

15 Dec 2017

News | VDI Performance Review for a Local Authority

Venture 1 recently conducted a performance and configuration review of a medium sized VDI estate (circa 400 users), for a well-known local authority.

Venture 1 was able to use its expertise in VDI end user computing to produce a detailed and comprehensive report that allows the Council to address the shortcomings of the current environment and improve the overall user experience whilst reducing the total cost of ownership and the operational efficiency of the IT department as a whole.

If you’d like to know more about how Venture 1 could help you with your VDI solution, or would like to ask us any questions on a topic you feel we could help with, give us a call or send us an email today and we’d be more than happy to have a chat!
Tim.