Category Archives: Managed IT

Base 2 Software: Our New Offering with New Capabilities

The world of IT software can be a bit of a minefield, and figuring out who offers what, where and how isn’t always the easiest of tasks.

That’s why we’ve created Base 2 Software. Because for us, IT is more than just systems and processes, it’s about helping your business be the best it can be. 

What Base2 Software Services can do for you: 

Software Solutions and API development: We are fast to market, follow agile methodologies and offer tailor made software solutions, with early feedback and iterative development.

Solutions Architecture: We know the latest in technology inside out, so you can trust us to provide technical leadership with software that scales, and is future proof. 

Mobile App Development: We work across android, iOS and hybrid.

Business Analytics: We help you make the most of your company’s data.

Rapid Prototyping: We take your ideas and find a software solution to support them (fast!) 

Agile Project Management: We manage projects using an iterative approach, with clear and concise user stories, and customer feedback as soon as possible.

Software support and hosting: We provide continued support and maintenance of your existing systems, as well as offering customised hosting. 

Azure Best Practices: We implement solutions for Azure resources to ensure a scalable and cost-effective hosting environment. With the security to match.

The integrations and tools we use to do this:

  • Xero: Online accounting software
  • MYOB: Business management software
  • PowerBI: A data visualisation tool
  • Autotask: IT business management software provider
  • Viator: Tour and travel management online software
  • Zapier: Connects your apps and automate workflows
  • TradeMe: NZ’s most popular auction site
  • Microsoft Teams: The hub for team collaboration in Office 365

Book your free no-obligation consultation today to get started.

New Decade, New Horizons: Top 5 Technology Trends for 2020

The last 10 years have seen technological advancements explode into our everyday lives. We now live in a world led by digital. So, as we move into this new decade, we ask: what’s next? 

With capabilities that look to significantly transform the world of business, we take a look at the top 5 tech trends due to drive significant disruption in the coming years.

  1. Hyperautomation

Hyperautomation deals with the application of advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), to increasingly automate processes and augment humans.

The key thing for businesses here is hyperautomation oftens relates in the creation of a digital twin of your organisation. From this, you’ll be able to visualise how functions, processes, and key performance indicators interact to drive value. Real time intelligence that leads to business opportunities. 

2. Edge Computing

More and more businesses are adopting Cloud Computing, and it is set to be the biggest technology trend of 2020. Edge Computing has solved one of the issues with cloud, as it can process data that needs time, even in remote locations.

Essentially, it can work with little or no internet services or connectivity. The even more exciting news is the jobs this is going to create for those in the tech industry. Definitely one to keep an eye on. 

3.Blockchain

Blockchain is a type of distributed ledger, an expanding chronologically ordered list of cryptographically signed, irrevocable transactional records shared by all participants in a network. 

Many think this is somehow related to cryptocurrencies, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Blockchain is a form of data can only be added. It has a level of security because one cannot change data and no one can take charge of the data because it is entirely consensus-driven. As the tech evolves with this one, so will the job around it.


4. Internet of Things (IoT)4.

Wi-Fi connectivity is due an upgrade – and here it comes! A number of newer tech trends are coming up, with even cars connecting to the internet for further facilities. 

Home Security. Fitness. You name it. IoT is making change by making the internet safer and more efficient. So look out for improved customer services, medical care, and a whole lot of potential.


5. AI Security

Emerging tech such as hyperautomation and autonomous automation offer incredible opportunities for businesses – they also create security threats in new potential areas of attack. 

From protecting AI-powered systems to anticipating bad use of AI by attackers, it is vital security teams are on top of this, addressing these challenges as they develop. 

Excited? You should be. The next wave of tech-wonderment is just around the corner.

All Hail the Humble Email Signature with Professional Office 365

The email signature can often be overlooked in business. When actually, it’s in our every working day as a digital representation of our professional selves, flying in and out of inboxes faster than you can say ‘Kind Regards’.

With this in mind, you want to have an email signature provider you can manage easily. One that provides consistent, well-branded signatures you can feel proud of.

Open your heart (and inbox) then to Signatures for Office 365. Why? We’re glad you asked:

Central management

The Office 365 signature editor tool and library of professional email signature templates is easy to navigate and offers high-quality email signatures added when sent from any device.

Ease-of-use

No specialist IT skills or installations needed. Professional Office 365 boasts a self-service web portal and an intuitive user interface. Easy as.

Simple and effective

After different signatures for different departments? Not a problem. You can also add social media links and marketing banners, and apply those updates instantly.

Super secure

Your email signatures integrate fully with your Office 365 Directory and never leave the Microsoft Cloud. Meaning your business can rest assured with complete security. 

Microsoft Certified support

If you do need any information, Microsoft are to hand with their nifty online knowledge base, video guides and dedicated support engineers.

Market-leading

Built by the best in email signature experts, Professional Office 365 Signatures are a cutting edge SaaS solution you can rely on. There is even an additional Signature Design Service available.


The best part? Base 2 utilize Exclaimer software to manage company wide email signatures from as little as $2 per user per month. To seal the deal and get a quote, drop one of our team a message today.

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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