PDQ Computers Limited http://www.pdq.co.uk/ Latest news from PDQ Computers Limited, as well as insight and commentary on... en-GB Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:36:00 +0000 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:39:05 +0000 Are you ready for GDPR? http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2018/02/08/are-you-ready-for-gdpr Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:36:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2018/02/08/are-you-ready-for-gdpr

The clock is ticking away.. You have until 25th May 2018!

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is out of date and has needed updating following the impact of technological innovations over the last 20 years. This will remain in UK Law following Brexit. The main purpose of GDPR is to give individuals a greater level of control over their personal data. This means that all companies who hold any customer information will be subject to strict rules. This involves taking a risk-based approach to data protection to ensure appropriate policies and procedures are in place to deal with the individuals’ rights provisions, as well as building a workplace culture of data privacy and security. In breach of GDPR, companies can be fined up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 Million (whichever is greater).

There are some positives to GDPR. We believe, with change comes opportunity. This is a great opportunity for organisational change and to get your business ready for the future, so the new regulation presents the chance to transform your business culture and processes for the better.

We understand that new regulations can be puzzling and is it difficult to find the time to carry on with daily business and implement the required procedures. We are a trusted adviser and can assist you in getting ready for GDPR and enable you to demonstrate that steps have been taken to follow the regulation.

How Can PDQ Prepare You For GDPR?

1. Identify what personal data you hold and where it's held

2. Conduct how personal data is used and accessed

3. Establish security controls to prevent, detect, and respond to vulnerabilities and data breaches.

4. Keep required documentation, manage data requests and breach notifications

 Contact us today to get GDPR compliant.

Microsoft Silver Datacenter Partner http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2017/04/19/microsoft-partner-silver-datacenter Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:50:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2017/04/19/microsoft-partner-silver-datacenter

Having already achieved Microsoft Gold and Silver Partnership awards in the past we are very pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded the Microsoft Silver Datacenter competency.

This helps to differentiate PDQ as a forward thinking company developing Microsoft infrastructure solutions that deliver robust, scalable platforms for a modern Datacenter environment.

Additionally, by attaining Microsoft’s Competencies provides our company with access to exclusive content and resources from Microsoft which enables us to strengthen our team’s expertise in new developments and ultimately provide a better solution to our customers.

Social Media Risk http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2017/03/02/social-media-risk Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:43:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2017/03/02/social-media-risk
Social Media

Social networking has changed the way we interact with friends and associates. While social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram  & YouTube play a significant role in our lives, they are also a high risk for security threats.

With hundreds of millions of users online, these tools not only attract friends and family wanting to stay in touch, but they also attract people wanting to know about you for the wrong reasons. Be aware of the top five security threats currently out there to help you stay safe online.

1. Having Your Identity Stolen

Identity thieves gather personal information from social media sites. Even if you have your account on the highest security settings, there are still ways for an identity thief to get your information. Most social network sites have information that is required, such as email address or birthday. It’s common for an identity thief to hack an email account by using social information. For example, a common technique to get personal information is by clicking on “forgot password” and trying to recover the information through email. Once the thief has access to your email account, they then have access to all information on your social networking sites.

So what can you do to protect yourself? You don’t have to delete all your social profiles or hide from the real world; just take these precautions.

  • Have a strong password. The stronger your password, the harder it is to guess. Use special characters like symbols and capital letters when creating your password. Also, don’t use “common” passwords, like your birthday or your child’s name.
  • Be careful with your status updates. Often, we innocently post status updates that would give an identity thief information they need to steal our identity. For example, you may post “Happy birthday to my mother!” and then tag her in the post. Likely, your mother’s maiden name will be associated with that tag now. A popular security question is “What is your mother’s maiden name?” and if you share that online, you run the risks of identity thieves getting the answer to this commonly used question.
  • Don’t reveal your location. You can use a fake location or make one up from another city and state. You may even be able to leave this information blank. Be cautious and never use a city and state where you live.

2. Getting Your Computer Or Social Profile Hacked

Hackers love social networking, going right to the source to interject malicious code. The codes hackers use can steal your identity, inject viruses to your computer, and obstruct bank account information, to name a few. Shortened URLs, such as those created on bit.ly, are especially susceptible to hackers. Shortened URLs can trick users into visiting harmful sites where personal information can be compromised because the full URL is not seen.

The best advice is to never click on a link until you are sure of the source. To tell if a link is safe, you can:

  • Hover over the link. If you hover over a link without clicking, you’ll see the full URL in the lower corner of your browser. If this is a website you recognise, go ahead and click.
  • Try a link scanner. A link scanner is a website that lets you enter the URL of a link you suspect might be suspicious to check for safety. Try URLVoid or MyWOT as possible options.
  • Check shortened links. A shortened link is popular on sites like Twitter where character length matters. Some shortened link sites include bit.ly, Ow.ly, and TinyURL. Use a service like Sucuri to determine if the real link is secure.

3. Inadvertently Letting Stalkers Find You

When you use social networking sites, you are posting personal information. Once information is posted online, it’s no longer private and can fall into the wrong hands. The more you post, the more vulnerable you become to those who may wish to harm you. Even with the highest security settings, friends, associates, and even the brands you “like” on your networking sites, can inadvertently leak information about you. The websites you subscribe to, the apps you download, and the games you play on social networking sites all contain personal information about you. Every time you browse a website, companies can put invisible markers on your computer called cookies. In theory, no two cookies are alike. When you are online, these cookies track your activity as you move from site to site.

To keep sites from tracking your activity, click on the “Do Not Track” feature. Most websites have an option for you to opt out of tracking. You can also clear the cache and cookies on your browser regularly to help prevent any problems.

4. Letting Burglars Know Your Whereabouts

Telling the online world where you’re going and when you aren’t at home is inviting burglars to your house.  Did you know that a run-of-the-mill burglar can break into your home in less than 60 seconds and spend less than 10 minutes stealing your possessions? By telling the world you are on holiday in Europe, you’re letting potential thieves know where you are, how long you’ll be gone, and where you live. Burglars are fond of constant updates, especially about your travel plans. You wouldn’t stand up in the middle of a crowd and announce you’re going on holiday for a week, would you? Of course not, but that’s what you do when you post your holiday pictures and plans online.

When you go on holiday:

  • Avoid posting specific travel plans. Never post when, where, or how long you’ll be gone.
  • Wait until you are home to post pictures to a holiday album.
  • Use highest privacy control. Only let certain groups, like a family group, view your photos.
  • Be selective with the status updates. You can use an audience-selector drop-down menu on Facebook to choose certain groups to see your status updates.
  • Stay offline. You’re on holiday, after all. Relax and forget about the online world for a few days.

5. Becoming Overconfident

One of the biggest threats to online security is overconfidence. Whether at home or at work, many users believe as long as they have a firewall and an antivirus installed, there is no threat to security. Many people also believe that they don’t have anything worth hacking so there’s no need to worry about security. With today’s technology, we are more connected to each other than ever before. When you neglect security, you not only put yourself at risk, but others are at risk as well.

To keep yourself and your information safe, pay careful attention to your online activity. Avoid posting information including:

  • Travel plans (see point 4)
  • Bank account information
  • Your full address and birth date
  • Your children’s’ names, school, and birth-dates
  • Location information, such as the name of your work place
  • Your daily schedule

You can still use social networks for all they were meant to accomplish, but you need to take extra precautions to make sure your personal information doesn’t get in the wrong hands. Know what threats you are most vulnerable to and take steps to protect yourself and your networks.

Request a quotation to check your internal security procedures:

Email: : sales@pdq.co.uk

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Structured Cabling Service http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/structured-cabling-service Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:31:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/structured-cabling-service Professional Service
Cabled Switch

PDQ specialise in the installation and maintenance of fibre optics and Cat5e structured cabling systems for industry and business. Our core business is supplying value for money high quality networks and, designed to meet our clients’ current and future requirements.

We aim to be more of a business partner than a supplier, ensuring that we provide the right infrastructure to help your organisation grow.

We are able to provide a complete business-ready communications including Telephony and Computer solutions, Cat5e and Cat6, as well as multi and single mode fibre optic.

With over 30 years networking history, we have gained the experience to enable us to offer a broad range of data cabling solutions.

We can install data cabling solutions ranging in size from 1 to 10,000 outlets and have experience in a wide variety of different environments including Schools, Hotels, Manufacturing, Computer Centres,  Financial Institutions and to the MOD.


Request a Quotation by contacting one of our Consultants today. Simple fill in our "TALK TO US...." form and let us do the rest.

Key Reasons to Consider Outsourcing Your IT Support http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2017/01/04/key-reasons-to-consider-outsourcing-your-it-support Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:51:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2017/01/04/key-reasons-to-consider-outsourcing-your-it-support

Reduce Your Costs

The average annual salary of an in-house IT Manager is approximately £30 to £40K per annum. Added to this are the costs for recruitment, additional company benefits and on-going training to keep their skills up to date.

For a lot of smaller businesses, an in-house IT specialist is a luxury that they simply cannot afford. However, they are still left with a large potential cost to their business in periods of downtime resulting in loss of productivity and staff spending their valuable time trying to solve problems they do not completely understand.

Outsourcing to PDQ, your costs are reduced and consolidated into a fixed payment allowing you to easily budget.

Lack of In-House Expertise

Your business IT needs may peak and trough, so there isn’t enough work for a dedicated person. You may be a small company and simply don’t have enough space for another member of staff.

Although you are heavily dependent on your IT systems to run your business, you can’t justify a full-time, in-house employee. Therefore, there are no experts on hand if you have a critical failure and you will need to resort to costly emergency support should this occur.

Using PDQ support you can call a dedicated Service Desk and speak to an IT technician as often as you like. A team of experts are always on hand to proactively monitor systems and help fix any problem you may encounter.

Complement Your In-House Expertise

You may have a dedicated IT person in-house or a designated employee looking after your IT in addition to their normal job. You rely heavily on them for the continuity of your IT systems to run your business.

What happens if there is critical failure and they are on holiday, off sick, at an external event or meeting?

What if they are already dealing with a crisis and another one arises at the same time?

Or if there is a serious issue and they try everything they can think of, but it is beyond their capabilities?

Using PDQ you always have a team of experts on call that are never off sick or take any holidays at the same time. They can come up with solutions to complement and support your own internal IT staff.

Recruiting Your Own IT Staff

Perhaps you’re thinking about employing your own internal IT person. If you are not from a technical background how do you ensure that you recruit people with the right skill set for your business.

Recruitment is a tough, time-consuming and expensive process. It is easy to be confused with technical jargon and this could turn out to be a costly mistake for your business if you employ the wrong person.

Using PDQ you don’t have to worry, we can either provide you with permanent onsite personnel or a drop in service. Having an on call team of highly trained IT specialists equipped with the latest industry qualifications, most up-to-date technical knowledge and skill set available will give your business the edge.

Focus on Running Your Business

Your time is precious and should be spent concentrating on your core business activities like your staff, costs and most importantly meeting the needs of your customers. The last thing you need is to waste time worrying and sorting out IT issues.

Using PDQ will give you complete peace of mind, take the stress out of managing your technology needs and allow you to focus on running your business.

Increase Staff Productivity

You may think that you are saving money by keeping the responsibility for your technology in-house and distributing it internally. The likelihood is your employees are not focusing on their primary roles and are being constantly distracted trying to deal with niggling IT issues which is dramatically reducing their productivity.

Using PDQ your employees can call a dedicated Service Desk where a technician will quickly diagnose and fix their problem. This will speed up problem resolution, reduce your downtime and allow staff to be more productive by focusing on their core roles.

Utilising the Latest Technology

IT is a constantly changing environment and technology is transforming at a rapid rate. How do you find out if there is a new product, software upgrade or application that may be able to benefit your current operations?

PDQ is at the forefront of technology provision and will have a range of partnerships and accreditation with industry leading technology providers such as Microsoft, HP, Dell, IBM and Cisco to name a few. We gain advanced intelligence and training regarding the latest technological developments and solutions that will be able to help improve your business.

Access to Additional Services and Solutions

Are you worried about your business continuity? Need a disaster recovery plan? Want to support an increasingly mobile workforce? Need to reduce your print and telecommunication costs? Need an Information Security Policy or new telephone system?

PDQ have extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of IT solutions and through our consultative approach we will understand your business needs prior to making a recommendation. We are able to provide you with a range of on-going additional services and specialist advice.

Issue Avoidance

You may base your current IT strategy on a ‘break/fix’ scenario. This means that by the time you know there is a problem, your business and staff’s productivity has already been affected and you typically experience prolonged periods of costly downtime. 

Using PDQ as your provider we can focus on issue avoidance by proactively monitoring your systems 24 hours a day. Problems can be identified and rectified before they affect your business, reducing any downtime and making sure that your IT services are always available when you need them.

Welcome to our brand new website http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2017/01/04/welcome-to-our-brand-new-website Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:20:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2017/01/04/welcome-to-our-brand-new-website

Here at PDQ we aim to make your visit and overall experience to our site as trouble free as possible. We fully understand that your time is valuable, so with just a few clicks you can either find in-depth information about our services, leave your details on our enquiry form for us to do the hard work for you or open a live chat with one of our qualified consultants.

We hope you find our new site easy to navigate, informative and easy to access the right people to handle your enquiry.   

Thank you and we look forward to working with you in 2017.

20 Years of Success http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2015/07/31/20-years-of-success Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:00:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2015/07/31/20-years-of-success
PDQ Computers celebrating 20 years of success

20 years ago today PDQ was formed and since then we have grown in strength every year.

We would like to thank all our Customers, Staff and everyone that has had an involvement in our success over the years and long may it continue.

Thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you.

ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management Certification http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2012/06/15/iso-270012013-information-security-management-certification Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:00:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2012/06/15/iso-270012013-information-security-management-certification

PDQ holds ISO 27001:2013 Certification which is the only auditable international standard which defines the requirements for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). The standard is designed to ensure the selection of adequate and proportionate security controls.

Information is critical to the operation and perhaps even the survival of an organisation. Being certified to ISO 27001 will help PDQ to manage and protect our valuable information assets and give confidence to any interested parties, especially our customers.

"PDQ have always been proud of the service that we offer our clients and the way that we conduct our business including the importance we give to Information Security matters. Now with the award of ISO 27001 certification, this has been confirmed by outside experts who are used to judging standards on a daily basis in a wide variety of trades and industries"

Newsletter - Six http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2011/09/21/newsletter-six Tue, 20 Sep 2011 23:00:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2011/09/21/newsletter-six Stephen Farrar

We are very pleased to welcome Steve as an additional Senior Field Service Engineer. Steve brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him having worked in IT for more than 11 years across many platforms and will be a valuable addition to our growing team.

PDQ Managed Services

Once again our products and services go from strength to strength and our Managed Services is a good example of this.

After the success of our free Network Health Check in April many of our Customers now realise the benefits of our monitoring solution and have decided to enhance their current support plan by incorporating this as an addition to their current solution.

If you are one of the few that haven’t already upgraded your current agreement and would like know more regarding this service then contact your Account Manager or our Sales Team for a quotation.

Cabling Service

After the successful campaign we ran in July providing a cable tidying service, whereby our trained technicians document, tidy and colour code the cables within your cabinets, PDQ are pleased to extend this offer until the end of October 2011. 

Depending on volumes the discounted rate could be as low as £4.00 per point (+ vat). If you would like to know more regarding this service or on general cabling work then contact your Account Manager direct or email our Sales Team for a quotation.

Outlook Signatures

PDQ have recently partnered with exclaimer to offer this easy to use software to enhance your corporate image. 

Outlook Signatures are great for detailing names, job titles, contact details and even cool branding elements into every corporate email that you send, whether it is from your desktop, phone or tablet.

This is an easy way to let your customers know who you are and how to get hold of you and to ensure that all staff within your organisation are using the same format and corporate images. 

Why not try it free for 30 days by clicking here and then contact PDQ for your discounted purchase price.

Newsletter - Five http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2011/04/04/newsletter-five Sun, 03 Apr 2011 23:00:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2011/04/04/newsletter-five

The start of the New Year has proved to be a successful time for PDQ with the employment of more staff to cater for our expanding business.

Lea Castle

We are very pleased to welcome Lea as a new Field Service Engineer.  Lea brings a wealth of experience with him having worked in IT for more than 12 years across many platforms and will be a valuable addition to our growing team.

Chris Clayton

We would also like to take this opportunity to announce and welcome Chris to PDQ.  Chris will be working within our Service Department as an “Apprentice IT Technician” following his successful NVQ & work placement at our Head Office.

Managed Services

Launched early last year our Managed Service Solution has been extremely well received by new and existing customers alike and continues to go from strength to strength.  PDQ have set up a dedicated department to fully manage this solution enabling our staff to focus on our customers needs and tailored requirements.

These include various add-on modules such as Online Backup, integrated Antivirus, Antimailware software and Endpoint Security to name a few.  For more information on these services please contact your Account Manager or Click Here to arrange a free Network Health Check.

Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP1

With the launch of Exchange 2010 SP1 at the end of last year, PDQ have been busy over the last few months implementing this upgrade for a number of our customers providing not only consultation work but the supply and installation of the complete solution with very positive results.

As highlighted in previous newsletters this latest version introduces an integrated email archiving system and long-term retention of files and attachments without changing how you work.

This new version will allow your business to indefinitely retain, share and instantly access all emails along with their original attachments within your network and now with the Web App feature you will have the some functionality whilst accessing via the Web.

Newsletter - Four http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2010/09/23/newsletter-four Wed, 22 Sep 2010 23:00:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2010/09/23/newsletter-four

It has been a busy summer at PDQ as we continue to improve our Managed Service solution with additional services monitored and a more comprehensive solution provided. The Network Health Checks which we undertook following the offer in the last Newsletter also produced some interesting, and in some cases quite worrying, results with many discs nearing capacity and an incredible number of critical updates not installed truly highlighting the benefit of the Managed Service to the customers who took advantage of the offer.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 New Arching and Web App Features

With the increasing volume of data being shared and stored in emails, the need to preserve this information has become critical for all businesses, Microsoft have recognised this and introduced Exchange Server 2010 SP1.

This latest version introduces integrated email archiving and long-term retention of your files and attachments without changing how you work. The new Personal Archive feature is a specialized mailbox associated with a user’s primary mailbox. It appears alongside the primary mailbox folders in Outlook and now in the Outlook Web App giving users direct access to archived emails in the same way as non-archived email, permissions can also be set to share these archived folders.

In short this new version will allow your business to indefinitely retain, share and instantly access all emails along with their original attachments within your network and now with the Web App feature you will have the some functionality whilst accessing via the Web. For more information on these new services available on Exchange 2010 please contact your Account Manager or Click Here.


PDQ Computers are a partner of RSA, the premier provider of security solutions for business acceleration. Effective Network security is not only essential to protect your infrastructure and the confidentiality and integrity of your digital information but is also vital to ensure compliance with regulations.

At companies all over the world, the RSA SecurID® solution is used by employees who need secure remote access on a regular basis. But as business models change there’s a growing need to extend this industry-leading security to a broader base of users – contractors and part-time employees who occasionally work outside the firewall.

PDQ Computers would like to introduce you to RSA On-demand Authentication. This technology allows you to provide two-factor authentication to the “casual user” on an as-needed basis and at a lower cost. Please contact PDQ Computers to discuss your security requirements or Click Here.

Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft has launched the latest version of Office, their extremely popular collection of programs designed to simplify a number of everyday business and home computing tasks. Office 2010 has been heralded as more than just an update to previous versions, Microsoft having invested considerable resources to develop a product as useful and business-focused as possible, designed to save you time and present a more professional image to your customers.

Office 2010 has numerous features designed to make your life easier. Co-authoring lets you work on the same document as colleagues in different locations while “Web Apps” provides you with a growing suite of online tools allowing you to work when and where you want.

Outlook 2010 can help you take control of your day with conversation management tools, mail tips, calendar preview, and more. It helps you stay better organized and up-do-date with less effort and find information you need fast.

We have been trialling Office 2010 for several months and have found it a significant improvement on previous versions, with many of the new features proving to be extremely useful. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we would be happy to provide you with further information on Office 2010 or any other Microsoft products.

Newsletter - Three http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2010/09/22/newsletter-three Wed, 22 Sep 2010 15:16:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2010/09/22/newsletter-three

We are approaching the halfway point of 2010 and there has been a lot of activity in the IT sector with new operating systems and core applications released along with a mass of new hardware, from HP Proliant G7 servers to iPads. PDQ Computers remain current with these developments and are ideally situated to provide advice for any new equipment, software or upgrades that you are considering in this very confusing market. Please contact your Account Manager for any requirements that you may have.

Network Health Check

With the introduction of PDQ Computers Managed Service solution this year, we are offering the first 20 customers that respond to this Newsletter a free Network Health Check.

This Network Health Check generates a comprehensive “snapshot” illustrating the current health of your Network. To accomplish this PDQ Computers deploy an agent, subject to your approval, on your network and monitor it for a period of 7-days. When the 7-days are up we generate a summary including several reports which give an excellent overview of your Network including the Hardware, Software, Disk capacity, Patch Status, Uptime and any changes during the 7-day period among other information.

Microsoft Exchange 2010

Microsoft Exchange 2010 is the newest version of the messaging and collaborative software solution from Microsoft. According to Microsoft, Exchange 2010 ushers in the next generation of Microsoft unified communications software as the first server designed from inception to work both on-premises and as an online service and introduces new capabilities to help organisations reduce cost, protect communications, and delight email users.

Microsoft claim that Exchange 2010 reduces your messaging costs by 50-80% and a report by Forrester Consulting, commissioned for Microsoft Corporation in November 2009, confirmed that significant savings were realised.

Exchange 2010 provides larger mailbox sizes without the need to purchase expensive storage hardware and handles continuous replication doing away with the need to use the clustering feature of windows server which requires an Exchange Server Enterprise Edition Licence. In addition to these savings a new feature of Exchange 2010 combines continuous replication technology with on-site data replication and off-site data replication reducing the cost of Disaster Recovery and Backup systems.

PDQ Computers are more than happy to discuss your requirements for an Exchange upgrade and recommend an installation.

Hot Server Boom

The Met Office have promised another barbecue summer and while it will be fantastic if they are right this year there are serious implications for Server performance.

It is generally recommended that the optimum temperature for servers is 18° - 27° C and this can easily be exceeded in server racks during the summer. Servers, Routers and Switches all produce heat and operating in excessive temperatures can cause failure and significantly reduce the life of components.

If your server room is not air conditioned we suggest that you give this serious consideration; even if the Met Office are wrong, server temperatures can greatly exceed those recommended even in a normal British summer. Maintaining the temperature of your server room within recommended limits is essential for the optimum performance of your equipment; PDQ Computers can assist with this, providing solutions from IP Temperature Probes through to comprehensive server monitoring.

Steve Morgan

We are very pleased to welcome Steve Morgan to the service team as a new Senior Engineer. Steve brings a wealth of experience with him having worked in IT for many years both in the UK and overseas across many platforms.

Newsletter - Two http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2010/04/22/newsletter-two Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:16:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2010/04/22/newsletter-two

2010 has so far been a busy year at PDQ Computers and we continue to make progress with our planned improvements to both services and infrastructure. Our Backup and Disaster Recovery Services have been greatly enhanced by our improved communications and we are pleased to announce the launch of our Managed Services. In addition to these developments we are delighted to welcome Don Parker and Mario Smith as new members to the PDQ team.

Managed Services

PDQ Computers are proud to now offer a comprehensive Managed Service which consists of various service level offerings that provide affordable proactive IT management and support. We provide a range of proactive services designed to optimise your technology investment and maximise the productivity of your people and business.

We have made a significant investment of both time and funding to select and purchase the right tools and develop advanced processes and methodologies to deliver superior services that match your needs.

Our focus is to keep your IT systems operational, available and secure so that you can focus on the everyday demands of expanding your business, managing costs and increasing revenues. For more information on PDQ Managed Service please visit our website at PDQ Computers Managed Services or contact your Account Manager.

HP ProLiant Servers

At a time when there is an ever increasing amount of Government Legislation to insure a business’ minimum impact on the environment and businesses are expected to have a “Green Policy” HP have met the challenge by introducing their ProLiant G6 servers and are now set to release their G7 servers this month.

The ProLiant G7 Servers are built for energy savings and include HP Thermal Logic Technologies to reduce power consumption by as much as 96%. Power savings are achieved through a combination of innovative energy-saving features which monitor and optimize the power consumption of the server and it’s components.

HP believes the operational efficiencies in the servers mean they will pay for themselves in as little as two months. As an HP Preferred Partner PDQ Computers are ideally positioned to supply these state-of-the-art servers to you and help reduce your environmental impact.

Don Parker

We are very pleased to welcome Don Parker to the internal service management team. Don brings a wealth of experience with him having worked in the industry for over 20 years in all areas of IT support.

Newsletter - One http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2010/03/09/newsletter-one Tue, 09 Mar 2010 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.pdq.co.uk/news/2010/03/09/newsletter-one

Despite the "Big Freeze" across the South-East in January, PDQ Computers have made significant progress with the implementation of new and improved services planned for the year. Following the launch of the new web-site at the end of 2009, development has continued on the back end to integrate the site with our service systems to provide clients with an improved service delivery. Throughout 2010 PDQ Computers plan to improve and develop our service offering. Please contact your Account Manager for any IT requirement that you have and keep an eye on the website.

Infrastructure Improvements

New infrastructure improvements have been made providing PDQ with fibre connectivity and making uncontested symmetrical dedicated pipes available to clients with speeds of up to 100 Mb. These improved communications greatly enhance our business continuity and hosting services.


We would like to remind you that we have many manufacturers’ accreditation's and partnerships including HP Preferred Partner status and Cisco partner status. Through these partnerships we benefit from special pricing and vendor support. For any Hardware requirement please contact your PDQ Account Manager or visit the Current Deals page, passing on special offers which we receive from vendors and distributors.


Symantec Hosted Services have launched a new suite of product bundles this week to meet demand for hosted email management and comprehensive threat protection services. Please contact your PDQ Account Manager for more information and to take advantage of the promotional pricing of these bundles.