Netpremacy prides itself on being a friendly, fun, and exciting place to work, we like to think that our working style is dynamic and modern. Our normal office environment is lively, usually with people competing on table football, or collaborating on projects in our open plan, Google-themed spaces.
On 16th March 2020, one-week before the national lockdown was announced, Netpremacy made the decision to close the office and send everyone home to work. Fortunately, it was easy for us to transition into remote work because of the technology we have available.
However, something we did find difficult, like many other businesses, was keeping up the team morale, and making sure we were keeping the Netpremacy community spirit alive.
In the beginning, we ran a themed quiz every couple of weeks. These were fun, and it was a great way to allow conversations between groups of people who wouldn’t necessarily speak during work.
After seeing a demand for people to socialise outside of work (but inside their living rooms) we decided to take it to the next level, so we formed our social committee: NetSocial.
Meet the team
Our amazing Netsocial Team was formed to keep up communication across the company, to provide support in unprecedented times, and to organise social activities to suit everyone’s taste.
The logistics were easy. Google Meet’s new features and updates over the last year have made it effortless to host a video call and organise a social online. You can now play good quality sound using the “share Chrome tab”, organise break-out rooms, and even use the raise-hand feature to get noticed on calls with a high number of participants.
The fun, but difficult part, was thinking outside the box. How can we cater for everybody? How do we make it exciting? How do we make sure that people are having fun?
Below are some of the events our NetSocial team has run:
- Bingo – We had a £20 Amazon voucher up for grabs, and we used https://myfreebingocards.com/ to make sure there was no cheating! We played Bingo near Valentine’s Day, so we used the website to generate Bingo cards with Valentine’s themed words – it was a great success!
- Online Escape Game – This event was highly anticipated, we had to split up into teams of 6 to be able to play – this is where the breakout rooms feature came in really useful! Each team had a virtual room they had to escape from, this was a Sherlock Holmes escape room edition, the goal of the virtual escape room was to communicate virtually with the teams to solve a murder and escape the room the quickest! The highly competitive were exposed as we were up against each other, with the winning team escaping in 01:02:00. We used this great virtual escape room tool.
- Pilates & Yoga – In normal times, the company benefits from a bi-weekly Ryde session at L1 Performance, right next to our offices. We have a few fitness enthusiasts that are really missing the group classes, so we have set up virtual pilates and yoga to look after our mind and body. These are run by local independent Leeds-based instructors over lunchtime and focus on alignment and posture to help with lots of sitting down and tight hips caused by working from home.
We have some exciting things to come and we can’t wait to share our ideas with you. For now, have a look at our upcoming events to see if you can take any inspiration:
- Pictionary with drawasaurus
- KwizzBit themed quiz
- Retro Bowl League
- Online Book Club
- Creative Corner
- AmongUs (App Game)
Keep an eye out for future #NetSocial posts for inspiration and ideas on how to stay connected with your colleagues. Now more than ever, it’s important to keep up morale and continue socialising, albeit virtually!
Want to join our team? Visit our careers page to see what vacancies are currently available. Can’t see a job description to suit you? Email email@example.com and tell us why you would like to join our team.
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Kevin Jordan, Head of Technical Operations
As I approach my 10 year anniversary at Netpremacy, I wanted to share some of the key values I’ve followed in my time, from my first role in the business as a Support Engineer to my present role in becoming Head of Technical Operations.
I’m very much a self-professed geek and I have a passion for tech in general, which is a big bonus for the industry I work in. I’d also consider myself an advocate for the Google tools that Netpremacy specialises in; however, I actually want the focus of this blog to be on another space I advocate for, and that’s self innovation.
Innovation means introducing something new, whether that be a complete change or improving on something that’s already established.
Typically when people talk about innovation it’s in relation to a product or process. Innovation is a really positive ideal because it’s a sign of continuous growth, adapting to change, and not being stagnant. It’s the same concept for self innovation, but instead, you are applying this to yourself. This can be in multiple forms, both personal and professional, but ultimately it refers to the development of new skills and the broadening of knowledge with the purpose of opening yourself up to new opportunities.
So how do you innovate yourself?
To be honest, it’s not always easy, especially to begin with, but I have found that following these key principles, whilst avoiding some potential pitfalls along the way, can help you on the path to self innovation.
1. Acceptance of criticism
Receiving and providing open feedback is really important because it keeps us honest. Here I’m specifically talking about being on the receiving end, which can be a little tough but you can’t improve if you dismiss feedback. I say it’s tough because it is hard to hear that something you’re doing and that you’re passionate about isn’t quite right or could be done better.
Your initial reaction is probably to be slightly defensive, which isn’t necessarily a negative because it shows you care. However, try not to let this cloud your judgement and influence your response to the criticism. A technique that I have used is to alter my point of view, by changing my perspective to that of a neutral party, so I can listen to the reasons behind the criticism taking emotion out of it. If you’re truly passionate about something, you’ll want to strive to make it the best it can be, and this can only be done when accepting criticism.
2. Step out of your comfort zone
Again, this is not a simple thing to do as it can be scary embarking on something new that you’re not comfortable with. However, if you become open to this and try to see it as an exciting process instead, it will reap rewards in the end by giving you the opportunity for both; experiencing or learning something new, and broader career paths. Whether this is learning a new product, public speaking or building upon soft skills such as attending a managerial course, stepping out of your comfort zone can be incredibly enriching. I’ve found that it has been the main element to have boosted my confidence, which has played a key role in advancing to each of my new positions at Netpremacy.
3. Embrace failure
I’m sure everyone experiences failure on some scale in their career, and let’s be honest it never feels good. Just remember that nobody is perfect, mistakes happen and although it’s easier said than done, try not to be too hard on yourself. It should be an opportunity to learn, own your failures, and use them to help you grow.
As a side note to this point as well, I’ve often found that some of the best business relationships come from failures. That’s because it’s your reaction to failure that’s really going to be recognised and what will be remembered – so I’d encourage when this does happen to avoid placing blame and focus on why it went wrong, how to fix it, and what can be done to avoid it in the future.
4. Imparting knowledge
I find this a key element, not only in growing yourself but the team around you. It’s difficult to continue expanding your knowledge when you are always known as the “go to” person on a particular topic. I understand that it can have the allure of giving you a sense of security, however, you create a funnel and you’re ultimately isolating yourself. By imparting this knowledge it means you can share the burden but more importantly, it gives you more flexibility to build expertise in a different area. It’s a great opportunity to inspire others to take on those responsibilities, which can also help them start their own journey of self innovation.
Here I’d like to flag something to avoid which is comparing yourself to others as it can be quite detrimental to this process. I’m not saying don’t do it at all, just don’t have it as an ideal. Everyone is different, just like every product is different and once you start to put all the focus on comparing yourself to another, you’ve already lost as you’ve immediately put a ceiling on yourself. People also learn at different paces so others may advance quicker in some subjects, which can be discouraging. It’s helpful to learn from others, understand their progression paths and the journey they’ve taken, but don’t make this the reason for what you’re doing.
I’ve lived by this mantra of self innovation in my time at Netpremacy, which has led me on an incredible journey. From joining Netpremacy with very little experience to be a Support Engineer, growing my knowledge by working on break-fix issues. Moving onto configuring Google Workspace environments and migrating data as a Technical Deployment Specialist. Then onto becoming a Customer Success Manager, where I had the opportunity of understanding customer requirements and consulting on strategies, giving me great insight to how businesses operate. Finally now, as Head of Technical Operations, where I can use all the knowledge I’ve absorbed over the years and apply them to the company I owe much of that opportunity and experience to. But it doesn’t stop here, I continue to live by this mantra as I hope to inspire and coach others on the path of self innovation.
If you are looking for a wide array of opportunities in a thriving business, or are simply looking for a change in career. Visit our careers page to see what positions we are currently recruiting for.
2020, the year we went home, to work
It’s fair to say that the year 2020 will go down in history. This was the year we were forced out of our comfort zones and had to adapt quickly to unprecedented change. It has undoubtedly been a different year for everyone. We are proud to say that we have actively been involved in making a difference, and helping businesses when they have needed it the most. Below are just some of our highlights from 2020.
This year has been a record year for Netpremacy and our rapidly evolving Customer Success services. Now more than ever businesses have needed an engagement partner to ensure successful and continued adoption of the Google Cloud stack, as well as helping them to navigate, survive, and thrive amongst a global pandemic. Over the course of 2020, Netpremacy has taken on 5 new CSS customers. We are proud to add these to our community and look forward to continued growth in our team going into 2021.
This year we held our first of a kind, week-long digital event. This was an exclusive event, held specifically for our CSS customers only. The week consisted of 14 sessions, and 21 hours of content. There was so much knowledge and content shared that we wrote a half time round up, and an end of week round up blog to cover just SOME of the topics covered. This was a successful and well-received format that we will definitely be taking into 2021 for our customer base.
We are always proud of the people and customers that we work with, and this year is no different. Throughout 2020 we have spoken on how we helped DFS to transition to Google Workspace and how they used Google Meet to work seamlessly amongst a global pandemic. We were also proud to have helped Loxam to adapt quickly and get their workforce working from home in a matter of days. Finally, we told our story of how we helped Iglu to move seamlessly to the cloud. These are just some of the projects we have worked on this year and will be continuing to tell our stories in 2020 going into next year. To keep up to date on all the fantastic logos we work with, head to our customer success page.
Netpremacy is known for its expertise in the Google Workspace arena, and since winning the “Google Cloud Global Partner of the year – work transformation enterprise” it’s safe to say we are a safe pair of hands and a trusted partner in this area. To enhance what we already offer, we have expanded a whole other level of our cloud services. These are our solutions, which add to and enhance the Google Cloud technology stack. Some of the fantastic solutions launched this year are:
And that’s just the beginning! Look out for our brand new website launch and a whole host of new solutions, coming Q1 2021. To be the first to hear about our new releases, subscribe to our newsletter here.
There have been some fantastic updates and events from Google this year. Firstly was the Google Cloud Next on air event. This consisted of 9 weeks of Google content on industry insights, product updates, case studies from the field, and much more. We thoroughly enjoyed the brand new concept of Google Cloud Next: OnAir, and wrote a series of blogs on our highlights. You can read them all here; Google Next week 1 industry insights, Google Next Half time round up, Netpremacy’s final Google Next highlights.
The second BIG announcement we were very excited to see was the brand new launch of Google Workspace (formerly G Suite). Google made the change to Google Workspace which is now a more collaborative interface, that is more suited to a mobile and collaborative way of working. New features such as all information available in one tab mean that working remotely has never been easier. We spoke about the latest updates and features in this blog.
When lockdown hit, we had to adapt, and fast! Although we are a mobile workforce and were born in the cloud, we previously networked and educated audiences through physical events. We were quick to the mark and saw that the market needed cloud experts, and a helping hand to educate and facilitate mobile working in businesses that had perhaps never had to do this before. Our first webinar series, “Helping people work remotely with G Suite (Google Workspace) “ provided information, advice, tips and a helping hand to ensure our valued customers and audience were armed with the knowledge they needed to continue to work and stay connected when it mattered most.
You can watch the recorded sessions to learn more about how Google Workspace is keeping businesses connected here:
Webinar series 1
After the initial shock, businesses began to adapt and thrive in ways that they had never previously imagined. That’s when we brought out our next series – “Help your business to thrive in a digital environment”. Watch the recorded sessions below.
Webinar series 2
Next up was our 3rd Webinar Series: Transform your business with G Suite & GCP. We joined forces with Google and Fintech North to discuss all things data, and how businesses were using G Suite tools to return to the office.
Webinar series 3
Our fourth and final webinar series of the year focused on a brand new work environment, and how a digital first approach was now at the forefront of many businesses’ minds going forward. We demonstrated the new Google workspace interface, and celebrated women in technology alongside influencer Sarah Tulip, and guest speaker Jordan Winokur at Google.
Webinar series 4
A new way of networking
Recently, we created that environment and invited a specific few technology leaders in the Retail industry to “sit” at our virtual roundtable. We then had honest and open conversations about the challenges 2020 has brought and how they are looking to overcome them.
This was a successful discussion, our attendees were all given bespoke coffee hampers to start the morning off the right way.
We were joined by Becky Postlethwaite, Google Cloud Industry Manager in Retail at Google. A retail specialist with knowledge in the market and deep trusted relationships with Retailers in the Google Cloud space. Running the session was Ben Trood, Head of Business Development and Netpremacy retail specialist. Finally, the session was chaired by our Head of Customer Success and transformation guru, Martin Russell.
Read more on what we learned about business challenges in today’s climate.
Our team is what makes Netpremacy who we are, without the camaraderie and teamwork between our team of “Netpremer’s” we would not be as strong as we are today. Our team has evolved and expanded over the course of 2020, and sees no slowing down as we approach 2021. This year we welcomed 11 more recruits with some exciting career opportunities becoming available going into 2021. If you think you would make a great fit, head to our careers page to see what positions we currently have available.
A big thank you to all of our partners, customers, and workforce for making 2020 the successful year it has been. We look forward to continuing our work moving into 2021, and wish everyone a safe, and Happy Christmas.
Realise the true benefits of digital transformation with Google Workspace
It is no secret that the retail industry is forever changing. In order to keep up with consumer trends and behaviours, businesses need to constantly adapt to stay ahead of the competition. New strategies and processes need to be implemented. It is more important than ever to optimise the most valuable asset to your business: data. But before you begin with implementing these complex strategies, you need to start from the very beginning: are you using the right tools for your digital transformation?
Get ahead with the omnichannel approach
In March 2020, the world ground to a halt. High Streets were empty, roads were quiet, and an eerie stillness put doubt into businesses across the globe. Without an online presence, many retailers wouldn’t survive. This was the driving force to innovate faster. Many had to upgrade their technology, not only to implement these digital strategies but to also continue working, remotely. Read our first blog in the retail series: “An enhanced retail experience with AI and Machine Learning” to understand why the omnichannel approach is important to succeed.
To help tackle these challenges, Google has been working on industry-specific solutions. Through driving operational improvements, capturing digital and omnichannel revenue growth, and help make data-driven decisions. Watch Google’s Next: OnAir session “Planning for retail’s new priorities” for further details.
Stay productive and collaborative with the right technology stack
Just because you have identified the solutions, does not mean you can enable them straight away. The biggest obstacle businesses have faced is the cultural shift from working in an office to now working from home. Most companies were simply not set up for a remote workforce. In order for retail businesses to deliver a brilliant customer experience, keep up with consumer demand, and excel in a digital environment, they need organisation robustness – systems, processes, productivity, and collaboration.
Google recognises these challenges and prides itself on enabling businesses to thrive in a digital environment. The collaboration and productivity tools within Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), are everything you need to get anything done. Earlier this year, Google announced a better home for work. The main applications are now fully integrated with each other, bringing together the core tools for communication and collaboration.
Gmail: Made into a more collaborative space, with tools from Meet, Chat, and more all being accessible in one interface.
Chat: Create tasks, upload files, and join a Google Meet from your chat window.
Google Meet: Hold a video call on any device, no matter where you are. Send a calendar invite with a link to a Google Meet and transform the way you host a meeting.
Google Drive: A safe place to store all of your files and has a powerful search tool to find your files quickly.
Docs, Sheets & Slides: Everyone can work together on the same document at the same time. Create, edit, and share documents directly from within your browser.
Download our latest White Paper: “How Google Workspace helps businesses thrive & plan for an unpredictable future” and learn why Google Workspace could be the best technology stack for your organisation.
How Google Workspace has helped organisations transition to a remote way of working
When the first UK lockdown was announced, the DFS group decided to immediately close down all operations, pause deliveries, and halt manufacturing. DFS was then left with just an online presence, and had no other option than to furlough 5,000 members of staff. However, after exploring their options, they decided they wanted to align their business wherever possible and to improve collaboration and communication as a business.
Netpremacy partnered with DFS to ensure that the business was able to stay online and to keep the business running smoothly throughout lockdown. DFS saw numerous advantages of Google Meet Hardware for remote meetings; the simplicity of use, native integration with calendaring, seamless, and reliable video conferencing.
Read the full case study here.
Google’s vision for the future of technology in retail
Thanks to the collaboration and productivity tools, Google is able to solve the basic challenges of remote working and can help drive digital transformation. This allows retailers to focus on their marketing strategies, digitise their processes, and ultimately serve their customers better.
Being successful in the retail industry today requires technology to solve big problems. Whether that’s stock inventory, customer experience, or analysing data. Google continues to innovate and has multiple tools and solutions specific to retail (view here).
Further reading: With Christmas just around the corner, learn how to use your data to prepare for the busiest shopping period of the year with our second blog in the retail series: “Is your retail business ready for a surge in online sales?”.
Download our new Collaboration & Productivity White Paper to explore the key areas of digital transformation and a new way of working
Download our “Guide to Adapting to a Digital Workplace” to explore the key areas of digital transformation, and how Netpremacy can help implement these into your business. Also learn the results of the biggest POC ever to understand what the immediate impact of the pandemic has had on businesses, the attitude towards remote working, and what this means for the future.
- Adapting to a digital world
- The correct setup, MDM & Security
- How Netpremacy have helped businesses to adapt
- Google Workspace – Better collaboration in one interface
- Adapting to work in a pandemic and beyond
- What the people think – our results from the biggest POC ever, analysed
- Will things go back to the way they were?
To find out more, or to see how your organisation can benefit from Google’s collaboration and productivity tools, contact us and speak to one of our specialists: email@example.com
COVID-19 Office Reservation Solution
Every business wants to return to optimum efficiency. So in an effort to get back into the office, Netpremacy has created a solution. Using readily available G Suite tools you can create a complex, yet easy to manage, booking-in system. This means you can monitor and control the number of staff in the office at any given time, and have access to valuable contact trace data.
This method requires little maintenance and minimal admin, making it an easy solution to adopt and manage.
To find out more, or to see how your organisation can benefit from this solution, contact us and speak to one of our specialists: firstname.lastname@example.org
◦ Bespoke COVID-19 back to work strategy
◦ Google Meet offerings – keeping people connected remotely
◦ Fast deployment of Chrome devices
◦ Ongoing support for our customer base
◦ Ongoing webinar knowledgebase
◦ Supporting schools, parents, and children through Google technologies
On the 23rd March 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared that the UK was to be put into lockdown to help squash the curve and help the NHS to deal with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, there have been a number of changes globally that have forced businesses to drastically change the way that they work in order to stay afloat and to survive a global pandemic.
Netpremacy is born in the cloud, and so we took this change in our stride. We were proud to win the 2019 Google Cloud Global Specialisation of the Year – Work Transformation Enterprise award as a testament to our dedication and knowledge within the Google Cloud space. Mobile working is one of our core competencies and before the lockdown was fully declared, our whole team was working from home safely, securely, and collaboratively.
We appreciate that it was not that easy for many other businesses around the UK, and as such we have aimed to be the helping hand that many companies have needed to help get them through this difficult time. As such, Netpremacy has been running a series of webinars throughout lockdown, answering questions businesses may have on this new way of working, as well as offering advice, tips, tricks, and more on how to keep ahead of the game even during a global pandemic.
How DFS responded to the recent COVID-19 pandemic through the use of Google Cloud technologies.
When the lockdown was announced, the DFS group decided to immediately close down all operations, pause deliveries, and halt manufacturing. DFS was then left with just an online presence, and had no other option than to furlough 5,000 members of staff across the UK. Read more on how DFS and Netpremacy worked together to ensure that the business was able to stay online and to keep the business running smoothly when the UK was first put into lockdown.
“As soon as the UK was put into lockdown our number one priority was ensuring that we could help keep our customers up and running safely in the cloud. This was a drastic change for many businesses around the world. At Netpremacy we are agile and used to working remotely, so we took our expertise and shared our services, knowledge, and experience with anyone who needed it. We understood that this was an unprecedented time for so many people and wanted to ensure that we were on hand to help. We will continue to do so long after lockdown is eased, and we believe that this has brought to life a new way of working that perhaps many businesses were not fully aware of beforehand.”
– Andrew Martin, Commercial Sales Director, Netpremacy
Our longstanding and strong relationships with our partners at Google meant that our teams have been able to collaborate remotely and help with ensuring that our customer base had access to everything they needed. Whether that be knowledge sharing, training, or support when making the big transition to working from home.
Since lockdown began, we have been working on a number of solutions to ensure that businesses are using the Cloud to the best of their ability, to ensure that they can work more effectively.
We have been in constant contact with our current customer base to ensure that we can support our customers in any way possible through these unprecedented times.
Getting you back to work safely
Using G Suite tools, (Apps Script, Sheets, Calendar, Forms, and Data studio) our highly skilled teams have built and developed a simple to use booking system which will help prepare businesses for a safe return back to the office. This system ensures that strict numbers are adhered to and that colleagues are kept safe and appropriately distanced when they do decide to return to work. The system allows staff to book a seat on their given day, and to see when their other team members are booked into the office. The bonus of this system is the data it collects, allowing for contact tracing to be quick and simple if a COVID-19 outbreak were to occur in the office.
To help businesses stay connected and to continue working, we have been offering free Google Meet licenses and deployment services, available to new businesses until 30th September 2020.
For more information, download our one-pager or to book in your free* installation contact us on: email@example.com.
“My vision has always been for CSS to be focused on unlocking the full potential of the Google product suite, this requires both Netpremacy and Customer to be far forward-thinking and always working towards that. Recent times have had me and our customers thinking differently, we have all had to adapt very quickly to Covid-19. What has been constant though, is technology is no longer a barrier. What we are now focused on is the creation of a feedback loop with those working from their homes all over the world. We want to know what is and is not working, letting people know we are listening and working towards constant improvements. There is a new normal but it will be created by those that are living and working it every day, so we had best listen!”
– Martin Russell, Head of CSS, Netpremacy
Looking after our current customers will always be our number one priority, we value our relationships with our customers above all else, and it was important to us that we made sure we were there to help in any way possible.
It’s not just current customers that Netpremacy has helped. Due to the pandemic, we have seen new relationships form with businesses across the UK. We first began to speak to Loxam when they urgently needed 100’s of Chrome devices to ensure that their whole company was able to work remotely.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the dynamics of project delivery for our chrome deployment services, with some of our customers requiring immediate and fast deployments to enable them to keep connected and “business as usual” while working from home. The Netpremacy delivery team has successfully adapted to the change in pace and understood the urgency in which customers wanted the deployments delivered. A perfect example of this was the chrome deployment project with LOXAM PAD. The team was engaged and ready to support the customer immediately with the whole chrome deployment completed within days minimizing any downtime.”
– Jordan Brown, Project Manager, Netpremacy
Following the delivery, both Netpremacy & LOXAM PAD pulled their teams together for a crash course on all things Chrome. After a few calls, the team at LOXAM PAD was up and running and enrolling devices within hours, with Netpremacy observing and supporting across the whole journey.
They were rolled out and deployed within 3 days of delivery, so 200 members of the LOXAM PAD workforce were now fully operational and could continue working remotely. This rapid delivery and deployment is a testament to the hard work and effort the team at Netpremacy put into providing the right solution for their customers, and another great example of how Google’s browser first solutions have a real impact when it’s needed the most.
Read more on how we worked to get LOXAM PAD up and running in days.
We are also proud to be supporting the next generation by helping schools maintain learning through these difficult times. Schools, parents, and children are able to get the support and training they need, through Google technology, so young people can continue their education while learning from home. Learn more about the Government’s Schools of England Platform Provisioning Programme here.
In this new age, even when businesses do begin to return to the office, we understand that this has opened up a new way of working. Some companies may return to the office, whilst a vast majority have now learned that they can survive and thrive remotely if they need to. Hear from Alastair Lumley, Account Director at Netpremacy, on his predictions for the future of working remotely, and how he sees the workplace changing.
If you would like Netpremacy to help implement these solutions into your business please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Netpremacy & Google can help you utilise G Suite & GCP to become more digital and mobile
Register now for our 3-part webinar series, featuring guest speakers from our partners FinTech North, and Google Cloud, as we discuss:
• How to create a return to work strategy with Google technology
• Increasing collaboration and productivity in the manufacturing industry
• How to use smart analytics to stay ahead of competitors
Follow the links below to find out more and how to register for each webinar.
How ML & Smart Analytics are helping FinTechs understand their data
Date: 09/07/20 Time: 11:00-12:00
Join us, FinTech North, and Google to learn about the power of Machine Learning, and Big Query. Hear more on how FinTechs are driving their business forward thanks to Google Cloud. Understand how businesses are using data to gain a competitive advantage, and how Big Query is the tool that makes this possible.
- Alastair Lumley, Netpremay
- Tom Anderson, Netpremacy
- Julian Wells, Director, FinTech North
- Richard Ashby, Google Cloud
How businesses can use the G Suite tool-stack to return to work
Date: 22/07/20 Time: 11:00-12:00
Sign up to our webinar to understand how businesses can use tools from G Suite to create a complex and intelligent booking system, to get your teams safely back up and running in an office environment.
Hear from Google and Netpremacy on what our plans are for getting back to the office, and how we are using tools from G Suite, App Script, and Data Studio to do so.
Manufacturing with G Suite during and post-pandemic
Date: 23/07/20 Time: 11:00-12:00
Sign up for our webinar to hear how manufacturers in the industry are increasing their agility and digitizing their way of working thanks to Google Cloud.
To sustain a business we must transform digitally and culturally. G Suite has been a go-to solution for many organisations within the manufacturing and distribution market, providing that competitive edge during times of uncertainty.
If you are unable to attend these webinars, but would like to find out more, please contact us.
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Learn about our 3-step strategy for getting the most out of your data
Now more than ever data is becoming one of our most valuable and most governed assets. Data is all around us and it’s something that we are all using to our advantage. Such is our dependency on data and understanding it, we have teams dedicated to analyzing it, understanding it, dissecting it, predicting it…. The list goes on.
The tools at our disposal are endless and the skill set of data scientists and engineers is constantly growing and improving. However, one thing that is often overlooked, and is potentially the most important thing to consider and understand is actually, what do we want to know? And how do we build a strategy to help us get the most out of our data?
Netpremacy is Google’s 2019 Global Partner of the Year for Work Transformation Enterprise. Our work over the past decade has been dedicated to understanding organisations’ longer-term strategies, understanding what’s driving some of the world’s leading brands, and how data is beginning to play a significant role in this. This ranges from the tools they use for collaboration and innovation all the way to a fully functional data strategy. Our large team of engineers are extremely skilled in the use of Google’s analytics tools and helping identify and build out a longer-term data strategy.
Below are some of our top tips on how to build a data strategy, and what to look out for along the way.
Step 1: Understand the business & look for a quick success
Before we even begin to look at what new tools we can use, it’s integral we understand what direction the business is going in.
- Are we looking to increase online sales by 20%?
- Are we looking to enter a new market?
- Are we striving for better operational efficiency?
Once we understand the direction of the business we can identify what we need to know and the questions we want to ask. We’ve found having 4-5 initial use cases or problems to solve builds a good foundation for a proof-of-concept or pilot programme to get started.
For a lot of organisations, this can be a new concept and something that needs traction within the business, as when done correctly and with complete buy-in from the business, the benefits can be staggering.
Now we’ve identified the direction of the business, it’s time to choose a problem that can be solved relatively quickly and easily, but will have a big impact on stakeholders across the business. That could be simply understanding buying trends for a specific demographic & building a view of the customer. Once we have a level of trust and success in the business it’s much easier to find new use cases, funding, and momentum to keep the data strategy going.
Step 2: The Requirements & Governance
Once the areas where we can have the quickest and immediate impact have been identified, what will really help us gain momentum internally is to understand what data we need:
- What types of data are we going to capture and work with? Think Structured vs Unstructured, Transactional, or Relational data.
- Do we need to augment what we currently have to supplement the analytics we can run?
- What sources of data do we have in the organisation?
- Read our blog on BigData to learn more
Understanding this is key as without the right data and quality the outcomes will be heavily impacted and could make or break any long term data strategy before it gets started.
As mentioned at the start of this blog, data is quickly becoming one of the most governed and controlled assets in the world and with new regulations such as GDPR its integral that we have the correct governance in place. This means truly understanding the data we hold, is it secure? Do we need permission to use it? Who is responsible for it, How do we keep it up to date?
Step 3 – Skillset and technology
Finally, we understand the strategy of the business, we know what data we have and the governance around it. We can now look at what technology we want to use and who is actually going to use it. Do we have the resource in house? Are we lucky enough to have skilled data engineers waiting for a project to come up and the technical resource to house petabytes of data, query it in seconds, and get an answer? The chances are probably not! But we can work on building the internal capabilities, as there is a significant increase in training courses, qualifications & employees who understand data and can leverage a wealth of different technologies to better gain insights from the data we have
We also need to take into account where this data is going to sit. Do we have the infrastructure to do this all in house? Unlikely!
This is where cloud providers like Google Cloud come into play.
As we are looking at housing and querying large quantities of data that are constantly changing and growing, we need the correct environment. We need to be agile, adaptable & make sense of data quickly in order to get the maximum impact across the business. This is why the majority of companies are choosing public clouds such as Google Cloud Platform and using tools like BigQuery to help them.
We’re lowering IT overheads as we don’t need dedicated local hardware. We don’t need to build our own complex analytics tools. We can simply use the market-leading tools available, make sense of petabytes of data in seconds, and then use this to have a positive impact on the business.
Sounds simple right?
These strategies can get extremely complex when we start trying to please everyone, and we need to tread carefully or the use cases will grow and the complexity grows with them. This is where a well thought out and constructed strategy comes in and helps keep us on track.
Netpremacy is uniquely placed to help when it comes to creating data strategies and implementing them. Over the years we’ve understood what makes a successful strategy, built up a team of dedicated engineers who are experienced in Google’s Cloud Platform & have implemented some of the largest data strategies and projects spanning multiple verticals from Retail all the way to Energy & Utilities.
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