Recently, shifts in educational budgets have left schools in quite the predicament - in terms of dispersing their funds and determining their technological direction and choices.
As a result of these changes; we have seen the rise of Australian schools adopting and implementing a BYOD strategy.
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device is a solution that allows a student to bring their own device to school whether it be a laptop, iPad, tablet or mobile device and use it on the schools network for educational objectives. Implementing this solution within an educational environment can enable a school to gain the benefits BYOD has been providing within enterprise, but also deliver educational and learning benefits within the classroom.

Below are 5 benefits that a BYOD strategy can bring to a school for both students and staff. 

BYOD in Education

1. Cost Savings – As the Australian government has concluded the federal funding for schools to purchase laptops for students, BYOD is the next to best practical strategy. For a school to supply and to have up to date technology is a costly exchange, placing unwanted strain on its ICT budget. However, with students being obliged to bring and use their own devices, allows a school to save extensively on technology and technical costs. As a consequence, the pressure and demand on a schools’ ICT budget would ease once implementing a BYOD scheme. 

2. Personalised centred learning – The schooling generation of today is like no other. The personal devices of these native tech head students have become a significant part of their everyday life. 
Allowing students to have access to their personal devices for educational purposes enhances motivation and engagement within a classroom setting. On top of this, this scheme bridges the gap between the traditional methods of learning in schools with outside the classroom, informal methods. As a result, involving these devices as an integral part of a student’s learning life will encourage active learning and education as a central part of their everyday life.

3. Work force ready students with 21st century skills – As mobile devices are part of 21st century living and are an integral part of gaining 21st century skills, BYOD would enhance students ability to learn these necessary skills for the workplace. The use of personal devices for calculations, communication, videography and photography allows a student to integrate the device into their daily life; just as it would within the workplace.

4. Continued learning at home – BYOD allows students to access the same device at school and at home. Consequently, it can extend learning opportunities to times and places outside the classroom; using technology that they are already familiar and comfortable using.

5. Enhanced collaboration and communication – Within the classroom, collaboration is crucial for engagement. As BYOD provides students with far greater opportunities to interact virtually with teachers and work with fellow peers on assessments and projects; BYOD can further aid productivity and content creation.

BYOD provides many opportunities to leverage education and learning. Anittel currently work with schools nation-wide and are more than happy to help start up your BYOD solution! If your school or educational facility is considering implementing a BYOD scheme, get in Contact with Anittel on 1300 10 11 12 .

This week sees Microsoft's announcement and commencement of rolling out the new Skype for Business; formerly known as Microsoft Lync, as a part of the April monthly update for Office 2013. Within the coming weeks and by the end of May, current users of Lync Online will be updated to the new Skype for Business with their regular windows updates. 

Clear and smooth communication between employees is crucial for any business. Skype for Business provides this platform and here are 5 Things to know about the software and the unified communication benefits it brings to a business. 


1) Experience Inspired by Skype: If you are familiar and have used Skype before, you probably will already be comfortable with the design and use of Skype for Business. One feature about Skype for Business is that being a part of the entire Skype network, users can search and connect with anyone in the Skype network-inside or outside of an organisation.

2) Integrated with Office: Skype for Business is integrated into the Microsoft Office suite. Skype for Business and Office apps work cohesively together creating easier transitions and fewer interruptions throughout businesses. Users will have the ability to send and receive files of any size - whether that may be photos, videos, written documents or spreadsheets to one or more of their Skype contacts.

3) Group Calls: Group audio, video and web conferencing are combined into one user experience upon a unified platform. Businesses can Skype and talk to up to 25 people for free on one call, where businesses can even include colleagues on their mobile or landline into the group call, just by adding their phone number into the group. 

4) Enterprise grade security: As security is constantly at war with convenience. It is ideal to have all communications protected by strong authentication and encryption. Skype for Business provides a communication and collaboration platform having the same level of enterprise grade security, compliance and control as Lync. This allows businesses to have peace of mind when transitioning to and using Skype for Business. 

5) Reduced cost and complexity: Skype for Business will work with most communication technology, so that businesses can still make and receive calls on PBX phones and join meetings with video teleconferencing systems. This reduces costs associated with supporting multiple services, allowing organisations to use only one solution which includes everything from voice and video to online meetings. 

If you’re concerned or have any queries with your organisation’s migration to Skype for Business, visit or get in Contact Anittel on 1300 10 11 12.

Friday, 07 November 2014 12:57

4 Steps to Improve Your Email Security

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As is the case with modern day business emails and websites, security remains a constant, ever-evolving issue. Anti-virus and harmful emails have become a sort of cat and mouse where mal-ware, ransom-ware, and viruses are constantly evolving and developing, while anti-virus, security software, and services are constantly updating and forecasting to stay ahead of the future threats.

There always remains a portion of responsibility on end users to utilise their best judgement and realise that malicious emails are still around and being sent under false pretences. The safest bet is to not open any emails and especially any attachments or links where the authenticity or source is in question.

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One of the latest emails to go around New South Wales is a false speeding ticket email alleging to be from the NSW Office of State Revenue. The email does look quite authentic and tricks the user into believing they have committed a traffic offence. The email then links to a fake website where the user is prompted to download a file containing the details of the alleged penalty. This file with then install a Ransom-ware, which holds the user’s files for ransom under encryption.

Prevention is key in this scenario. While the NSW Office of State Revenue advises that they do not issue penalty notices via email, some users may not think to check beforehand.

While no system can be 100% secure, there are steps and actions we can all take to keep our systems secure:

1) Have a quality, well managed, up to date IT system from Servers down to the end users.

2) Keep Software, Antivurs and Operating Systems up to date with patches and security updates.

3) Subscribe to Alert Services like the Australian Government’s Stay Smart Online which will keep subscribers up to date with current threats and alerts.

4) Use good judgement and be weary of unsolicited or strange emails especially when links/attachments are involved.

If you’re concerned with your organisation’s security, please get in touch with your account manager or Contact Anittel on 1300 10 11 12.

Microsoft have built out a compelling offering in Office365 over the past few years and it’s time to look at the options and investigate whether it’s appropriate for your business to look at going down the path of implementing O365.

If you’re looking for the short version of this blog, the short answer is yes – it’s a good idea! The longer version is yes with some caveats.


What is Office365?

Office365, put very simplistically for most organisations, is a cloud based version of the server software that you use today – Microsoft Exchange (email), Microsoft Sharepoint (intranet) and Microsoft Lync (unified communications) along with, depending on which version you choose, either web based Office Apps, or full Office 2013 installed on your PC. For most of our clients, the version including the full Office 2013 licence is the most appropriate version to move to in order to keep the user interface that most businesses are familiar with and reduce the re-training and adoption costs for end users. 

Why would you choose Office365 over traditional on-premise deployments?

For most businesses, managing IT infrastructure is a sideline to the more important task of getting things done inside of their business – being able to outsource all of their server costs, patching and management, and pay on a per user/per month basis frees up time and capital for other more important tasks inside of your organisation. Quite simply for most businesses, the cost of upgrading to the latest version of Office in a traditional way (buying a license per PC) would be far greater than moving all of their server infrastructure to Office365 and essentially receiving the latest version of Office for ‘free’. When you also combine this with the cutting edge features you get and the significantly decreased cost of equipment on premise and management costs, you’ve got a very cost effective solution.

Why might you not choose Office365?

There are a few particular use cases where Office365 may not be a perfect fit for your business – these are:

• You are subject to a regulation that all of your company data must be domiciled in Australia (or that additional oversight requirements are in place that complicate compliance)– Office365 has a number of worldwide data centres however currently there is no datacenter in Australia for Office365 and further even if one is built there is no guarantee that your data will be domiciled in Australia which means that a thorough review of all risk and regulatory requirements need to be undertaken before going down this path

• You already have a significant investment in on-premise infrastructure of a recent revision and also have a current version of Microsoft Office (2010 or 2013) and aren’t looking to upgrade to the latest version

As you can see, that’s a pretty limited group of people who should investigate further whether it’s appropriate, but for almost all other organisations Office365 holds the promise of lower capital expenditure and significantly decreased on-going management costs.

Anittel can help advise you on whether Office365 is the best choice for your specific business requirements and also assist with obtaining the licensing and moving your services to the Office365 cloud platform.

Contact us today to start this discussion!

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Congratulations to Anittel Albury for making it to the finals in 2 categories at this year’s Chamber of Commerce Business Awards; Excellence in Small Business and Excellence in Commercial, Professional & Business Services. In addition to this, we also want to congratulate Dan Fewster, our Location Manager at the Albury office, for making it to the finals for Outstanding Young Business Person.

Monday, 09 December 2013 00:00

IT Trends of 2013 - HOT or NOT?

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It’s been a whirlwind of technology phases and crazes in 2013. We take a look of what were considered the Hot or Not IT trends of 2013.

HOT! Cloud
It’s been around for a while now, but in 2013 we saw serious growth in Cloud deployment, which looks to accelerate in the new year. Cloud back-up, email and virtual servers make sense for many businesses, and suppliers have announced ultra-aggressive pricing that makes the move to the Cloud even more attractive.

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I’d like to post on the upcoming Privacy Act amendments which has been entered into legislation and takes effect in March 2014. Many people are unaware of the changes to the existing Privacy Act and the effect it will have on small businesses (anyone over $3M in revenue is subject to this act).

For companies that are affected by the act, it’s very important to understand what it means to you and your business and the steps that will need to be taken to ensure that you don’t become one of the first companies in Australia to be punished under the act.

Anittel Group Limited (ASX: ‘AYG’- ‘Anittel’ or ‘the Company’) is pleased to announce that it has received project signoff to move forward with the rollout of the Tasmanian Government’s new communication system. The signoff follows successful testing and finalisation of Service Level Agreements.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 17:10

5 Reasons Why You Need to Upgrade from XP Now!

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Despite recently celebrating its eleventh birthday, XP is still the second most common Windows Operating System in Australia after Windows 7. But all things must come to an end. Next year Microsoft will cease support for Windows XP. That doesn’t mean all Windows XP will stop working from that day onwards, but it does mean that newly discovered security holes will not be patched by Microsoft.

Following on from recent success in securing Managed Telephony services for the Tasmanian Government, the Anittel National Service Desk located in Albury is expanding by a further 4 positions. The 5 year contact with Tasmanian Ministers Department will see Anittel roll out managed telephony services to approximately 45,000 desktops. The minimum value for the contract over 5 years is $17 million, but it is anticipated to be as high as $45 million if the full term extension options are exercised.

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