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The Benefits of Leasing: Jump-start Your Business, Conserve Capital

Delaying equipment upgrades and acquisition due to capital constraints slows growth potential. Instead of waiting, many forward-thinking businesses are turning to the power of leasing. 

What is leasing?

Leasing is a pre-approved line of credit that your business can draw down as needed for ongoing equipment and technology requirements. 

There are a variation of lease types – they all allow you to get the equipment you need immediately, generate income and put your capital to better use elsewhere in your business strategy.  

Why lease? 

It’s the fastest, most convenient way to acquire new technology. Plus, it’s a super-flexible and cost-effective way to achieving sustainable growth. Other benefits include:

  • Improved cashflow management – with no large capital outlay
  • Easy-to-manage monthly payments instead of one large upfront payment
  • Regular upgrades and replacement cycles so your business is always up-to-date
  • A redeploy of capital for more efficient use and improved ROI
  • An avoidance of the costs that come with outdated equipment
  • Tax advantages
  • Paying for equipment as you use it to generate profits
  • A responsible disposal of your tech assets at the end of their life 

Which lease?

Every business is different and will call for a different kind of lease. Match your lease to your equipment and choose one that suits you budget and business requirements. 

For example, fast depreciating items suit an operating lease with end of term upgrade options, whilst items with a long useful life might be better obtained on leases with an ownership outcome.

A smart way of acquiring new equipment, leasing is a new and viable avenue for many organisations. Find one that includes all setup costs, licensing and caters to your business needs today.

How Do I Recycle My Computer? The Deal with e-Waste in New Zealand

Every dog has its day. Every electronic device has its final system crash. 

Time to get rid of your beloved Mac? First, the facts:

  1. The components and materials used to create computers and other electronics can be toxic when leaked into soil, atmosphere and water systems via improper disposal. 
  2. Chucking computers and other e-Waste into the trash causes landfills to overflow.
  3. Disposing of your e-Waste properly protects the environment and you and your business against leaks of secure information.

Many companies in New Zealand have tried to recycle the complex mix of e-Waste by several different approaches, but are always hindered by the lack of volume needed to cover the large setup and processing costs. 

In short, we just don’t have the volumes to make recycling e-Waste material viable. 

So, how do you dispose of your computer? Luckily, there is a way. 

With our partners, Computer Recycling Ltd, you can rest assured that your recycling is going to its final resting place without harming the planet.

They use a technical approach to divide out e-Waste:

  • For Reuse 
    • These items are tested and refurbished then marketed to their parent company. 
  • For Recycling
    • These items are prepared, dismantled and packaged.

The team also use data destruction software for your business’ protection and even offer a free pick up service for 10 items or more within a 25km radius of Auckland City.

It really is that simple. 
Do your bit. Get in touch with Computer Recycling today.

The New Kid on the (Ad)Block: Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365

Come again?

Don’t let the name throw you. The concept of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is nothing new. And it’s pretty simple when you start using it. MFA requires the password and one more verification code when signing users into Office 365. In short, it’s basically about keeping your email super secure. 

My email is secure. I’ve got a password. 

If only it were that easy. Office 365 email attacks continue to gain popularity, giving those pesky hackers access to a single email account that is then used to spear phish other accounts within and outside your organisation.

And MFA stops this from happening?

Yup.

Sounds too good to be true. Bet Microsoft have made it a pain to set up?

Not really. As technology advances, what has value is our information. Microsoft are well ahead of us all on this – and they’ve done a pretty good job of making it a fairly painless process. Each user will need to be contacted and setup individually, but that’s the only fiddly part.

Define ‘painless process’.

We configure MFA in the Microsoft admin portal, sign each user in and then follow the setup process (add mobile number, set up app password) and check everything is working and show each member of your team the ropes. Simple as.

And this will protect my business? 

Office 365 MFA is super important when it comes to limiting unlawful access to your business system. The adoption of MFA prevents various attacks designed to gain access to your data and account. It strengthens your security and means your business is one step closer to compliance.

Safety first then?

There is potential for breaches through every device, and from every person that comes into contact with your business. The threat is real. It’s an extra security boost for your business.

Makes sense. And if my business does want to implement MFA for Office 365?
We can help. Speak with one of our friendly team members today, we’ll have you up and running in no time.

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