In recent years, office life has become a lot more fluid as software enables many companies to offer a remote working option. If you don’t currently offer a remote working option, how can you build a system that allows staff to work remotely if they can’t make it into the office?

In a traditional office environment, employees would come to the office on time everyday, work a full day and leave at the end of the day. However, with a growth in commuting distances, and the impact that accidents and travel delays can have, as well as unpredictable events like child sickness or doctor's appointments, attendance in the office is not always possible. Add to that fairly long-term disruptions like the Waterloo station closure, and a certain train line potentially leaving your staff stranded due to strikes, your business can lose a lot of productive hours due to lateness and stress. Offering a remote option can not only allow your employees to keep working when these situations occur, but research suggests they may also be more productive.

Software projects that go wrong are a project manager’s (and CEO’s!) nightmare. The famous analogy of the differences between what the customer wanted, what was scoped, designed and then finally delivered are legendary. Whilst we all laugh at the cartoons, when software projects go wrong it can be both painful and expensive – for all concerned.

So how to complete the perfect project? Here at Intrepid we’ve used our extensive experience and in-house processes to design steps that can help to smooth the road in software project delivery. By stepping through these processes in turn, or just using one of them to help clear issues, you can enable much more successful delivery.

Intrepid celebrated another great social last night – collecting crystals at the iconic ‘Crystal Maze’ live experience in London. 12 crystals won! These monthly socials are an important part of life at Intrepid, as most of the team are often working away on client site for much of the week. Getting everyone together as a team means that we can all work together more effectively, especially important when we often have a virtual team working on a project. Past events have included Crazy Golf, board games at London bar ‘Draughts’ and bowling.

News this week has been full of the latest ‘crypto’ attack, with big corporations and government agencies reporting that operations have been disrupted by the hackers. Following on the heels of the much reporting ‘Wannacry’ ransomware attack last month, companies really need to consider the impact that such an attack would have on their businesses, as the likelihood of being targeted increases.

It's easy to panic when the news is full of cyber attacks targeting big corporations such as the NHS and major airports. But there are few simple steps that anyone can take to keep your machines safe and users protected.

Following our recent office move, and continued team growth, Intrepid is really pleased to welcome Daniel Oreta to the newly developed position of Client Account Executive.

Daniel joins Intrepid from leading software company Infusion, where he was responsible for business development and execution in capital markets across the entire EMEA region.  His skills in account management, project delivery and sales strategy will be put to good use as Intrepid has ambitious growth targets for the next few years.

Following our recent office move, and continued team growth, Intrepid is really pleased to welcome Daniel Oreta to the newly developed position of Client Account Executive.

Daniel joins Intrepid from leading software company Infusion, where he was responsible for business development and execution in capital markets across the entire EMEA region.  His skills in account management, project delivery and sales strategy will be put to good use as Intrepid has ambitious growth targets for the next few years.

Over the past week or so the news has been full of BA’s latest woes, with the bank holiday weekend getting off to a disastrous start for many holiday-goers.  BA and more importantly their customers endured around 48 hours of catastrophic system failure, meaning that flights couldn’t leave, check-in was impossible, and bags couldn’t find their way to the right destination.  Even the customer app was down, leaving pre-checked in passengers unable to enter security at Heathrow and Gatwick – the UK’s busiest airports.

The way we work is evolving – ever more applications and tools are being added to the knowledge workers arsenal. Trello, Slack, Teams, Hangouts, JIRA, Confluence, Office365, SharePoint, OneDrive, Box, DropBox - the list feels endless and that's before mentioning any industry or profession specific applications. Each user has an identity (or user account) on each of the applications. A typical small business with 30 users may be using just 5 different applications and this results in 150 individual user accounts!

We’ve all seen the media coverage of the latest ransomware attack – not least because it hit one of the UK’s biggest institutions – the NHS.  Headlines have focused on operations being cancelled and hospitals sending patients home.  So what was the attack, what damage did it do – and should you be worried?

Last week the team at Intrepid went to see modern day philosopher, author and leadership guide Simon Sinek speak in central London. We’ve always been interested in the way Sinek views todays' workplace and what he has to say about modern human motivations for choosing a career path and company.

We’re celebrating a month in our new offices!  We moved into The Office Group’s Euston space in April, and we’ve really enjoyed being a part of their collaborative workspaces.  It’s a great creative environment, and being able to network with other new businesses and companies has been a real benefit.  We’re even able to bring the Intrepid mascot, Milo into the office to help with HR!  If you’re passing through Euston, pop in and say hi!

Intrepid have moved!
 
Over the past 6 months, the Intrepid team have outgrown our office base near Aldgate, and as part of our continued success, we've relocated to new, modern office facilities next to Euston station.  Perfectly situated for our clients across London and the South East, the new offices provide a base for our fast growing team of consultants, software developers and IT support engineers.

One of the newest members of the Team is Alexander Smith who has joined us as Senior Systems Engineer from Endava.  With over 20 years’ experience in IT, most of which spent working on Microsoft operating systems and networks, Alexander’s primary focus will be to help maintain and improve the physical and virtual infrastructures of both Intrepid, and our clients.  We’re really excited to have him on board.