Kixo IT – Supporting Tolman Motorsport

Kixo are incredibly proud to sponsor/partner with the Midlands based TolmanMotorsport – A BritishGT racing team. Computers and IT isn’t always the most exciting of subjects (unless your geeks like us)  Racing about in sports cars in way more interesting, we are lucky that we have very interesting clients!

A few months ago we partnered and agreed to provide services and support to the Team. Its Tolman’s first year in the prestigious GT series but the team have a long racing pedigree including WorldRally and Touring cars.

We joined the team mid season so we have been thrown in at the deep end. Since partnering the team has been clocking up points at Snetterton and Spa in Belgium, and last weekend clocked a 1st place at Brandshatch! There a only 2 more races this season and Tolman have been doing amazingly!

Drivers Luke Davenport and David Patterson along with the entire team have been simply storming it! We travelled all the way with them to Spa in Belgium to what has to be the one of the most historical and famous F1 tracks in the world, we wanted to be able to provide them with network, data, and communications unparalleled in the GT series.

Everyone knows F1 is famous for being cutting edge but F1 seems to have lost its spark to the fans, so a lot of people have been looking to BritishGT for the high action and fun it offers. The league has been gaining traction for a long time now and Kixo believe we can help the team progress, and yes we hope to have some fun along the way!

Data is one of the big things for teams now, from logging historical to logging live, and having it all on tap, Big Data is something Kixo can do for Tolman in the British GT series.

We wont be talking to much about what we are doing as its all race secrets but the demand for high uptime, always available, critical data to make race decisions is something we are proud to be working on!

So if you wondered why a IT company had been tweeting about motorsport, now you know why! You can catch the guys winning at BrandsHatch here on Channel4’s catchup service here!

Kixo Partners with Pera Consulting for RGN Events

Kixo is proudly partnering with Pera Consulting and the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network to put on a series of free events talking about IT Tools to help SMBs grow

ICT / IT is an often undervalued area for most small to mid sized businesses. With a recent industry shift, most software is now cloud based. With most applications offering a free entry level model there are now a huge range of tools and platforms available to businesses which can empower people. The problem is now working out the most suitable option for you and your business.

One of the biggest problems for small businesses is hours in the day and management of data. Being organised is key. IT tools can help to give you what you need when you need it.

Small businesses can benefit from tools used by larger companies without the same costs attached, and while we will not be going in too deeply as the specifics of each piece of software, we will outline and demonstrate some of the more powerful and free applications available to users to maximise their hours in the day.

IT isn’t just a broken computer being turned off and on to fix pop up, its tools that drives businesses and people. We hope to enable IT novices create invoices and quotes from their mobiles while out on the road. And switching on more advanced users to Encryption and security, which enables some companies to work in new areas ticking boxes and allowing them to bid for work they couldn’t before. IT can grow your business.

On this course we will cover aspects such as:

  • Basic management of website, domains
  • emails and calendars and contacts on all your devices – Office 365
  • Notes and information gathering – OneNote
  • Communications tools – Skype for business, slack and VOIP
  • Sales Software – BaseCRM
  • Accounts – Sage one
  • Cloud storage – Google Docs and OneDrive
  • Social Media Management – Hootsuite & Buffer
  • Security – Encryption, Anti-virus, Backups
  • Disaster Recovery – Cloud

This session is delivered by Dan Stone from Kixo IT in collaboration with Pera Consulting and the Warwickshire Rural Growth Network.

Is the SuperFish problem Lenovos fault… yes and no

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So lets be up front for a second, we are a Lenovo partner and Lenovo has very rightly had some bad press in the last 2 weeks…. but the good news is most of the Business/Professional users won’t be affected by the SuperFish bug, this is a Home user virus. if you think you are affected please download Lenovo’s removal tool here.

In short the SuperFish bug is malware that steals information for bad purposes, it came pre-installed out of the box with Lenovo computers. So even before your computer was on…. it had a very bad virus. And i think most people who have purchased a home computer/laptop have taken it home and been disappointed with how slow they are, even some of the high end machines. And it boils down to bloat-ware.

So the question come up why do Lenovo and all the other manufactures but software onto your brand new computer that ruin it. Well it comes down to simple economics. To stay competitive and make the computer cheaper to the home customer, manufactures (ALL of them) are paid by the software developers to install their software onto brand new PCs.  The software developers are normally naff backup software or premium anti virus trails but also a lot of games and other trails of services. There have been many cases before and will be in the future of companies that slip through from bloatware to virus, its a very grey line.

So why are business computers more expensive, a lot of the time build quality is higher, support levels are a world of difference, but also they are simply not subsidised by bloatware. IT departments would run a mile having to wipe every new computer.  A common sentence we hear when sourcing hardware for smaller customers is “i can get that cheaper from PCWorld/Tesco” and we don’t for a second argue, but we know your comparing apples and oranges and if you pay peanuts… you will get monkeys less secure computers. That’s why all good it support companies/departments will go through and remove any bloatware from your computers especially if they are brand new!

We wont defend Lenovo for letting people install bloatware and malware, and all manufactures are equally as guilty and it makes good kit look bad. But we are still fiercely proud to be Lenovo partners because they make amazing business hardware and the support is great!

Free tip for home computers, remove anything that looks trashy, games, antivirus trials (yep even AV is loaded now!) anything that looks like its REALLY wants you to click on it. So much software is now web based, the only things that should be installed locally are applications you need/want.
The rest will be junk!

So… Kixo are STILL Lenovo and Proud!

We are now a Lenovo business partner


We are very proud today to announce that we are now an Official Lenovo Business Partner. We work hard to partner with different vendors as we see a very real difference in the support we are then able to give our customers.

By teaming up with Lenovo we know the products better and have a more direct line of support should it be needed. Also this means we get a much more competitive price for you.

Lenovo Yoga Pro 3

Over the last few years we have seen a lot of management staff wanting premium designed computers, traditionally they headed towards apple macbooks and macbook airs, but have been frustrated by the operating system. Since then a lot of manufactures have caught up on hardware design and have really started to produce some amazingly beautiful pieces of kit. Such as the Lenovo Yoga Pro, which are blistering fast computers supported by windows 8.1 that makes for an amazing ultra thin, ultra powerful, ultra stylish laptop.

Lenovo All In One

Also Lenovo have a range of all in one’s, again Lenovo have been taking a share of the iMac market with its range, once more combining huge power, beautiful displays and well designed hardware. Lenovo really have some products to shout about and we have been getting swamped with people wanting them!

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