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8 Signs Your Business Has Outgrown Excel

The year is 1985. The first phone call from a mobile has been made; Bob Hakwe is the Australian PM; Microsoft releases Windows 1.0 and Excel is born. Of all the Office suite of products, it's hard to argue that any of them have changed business more than Excel. Excel is the program that lets everyone play with the numbers to ask 'what if'. And while there was a time when excel revolutionised the way industries worked, we're no longer living in the Excel age. Even Doug Klunger, the lead developer of Excel, admits "Excel lets things look professional, and people assume there's substance behind it". Now just to be clear, we're not against Excel and in fact there is some tasks like static data organisation it's useful for, but for the most part it's not the best way to manage your business processes. If these 8 reasons apply to you, it's a sign you're stuck in the Excel Age.

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Welcome to 2018

Welcome to 2018 and Happy New Year! The New Years festivities have come and gone, Hoddle Street is closed for a week and DCODE GROUP is back for 2018! We hope you all had a relaxing, safe holiday break and are ready for a bigger and better 2018. Here's a few things we're looking forward to for the year.

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Looking back at 2017

The end of the year isn't near, it's here! So with that, we take a moment to look back over our 2017. Thank you to our clients, our partners and our staff for being part of our year at DCODE GROUP. We are lucky to be able to work in an industry that is ever evolving and look forward to continuing our developments in 2018. Here are some of the achievements we realised in 2017.

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Why It Matters You Use and Update Your 'Google My Business'

Google My Business has cemented its position as the go-to for listing your business online. Having a Google My Business Profile allows you to ensure that your business is presented prominently when users search for you through Google - a standard process for many looking for a business online. As part of the listing, Google allows the business to list information about itself, but also allows consumers to post reviews. To get the most out of this free tool, it is important to keep the information up to date and manage the content on the site. Google is taking steps to help you manage this content and improve your listing using new features such as Q&A, Posts and Chat.

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Social Media Updates: What's new?

When the Internet moves, the Internet moves fast. When it comes to Social Media, updates to platforms happen quickly and quietly and therefore they are very easy to miss. In the last few weeks there have been a lot of changes to your social media accounts that can benefit your business; here is a round-up of what's been going on.

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Make sure you're up to date - Microsoft no longer supports Office 07

Microsoft has announced that as of October 10th 2017 they will no longer provide technical support, bug fixes or security updates for Microsoft Office 2007. Although it was released 10 years ago, it can be easy enough to forget to update your software and it serves as a good reminder to take a moment to look at the new options available. Here is 3 of them.

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You Need to Move Your Site to HTTPS Now

More than 50% of all websites use HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) and it's one of the most crucial parts of your website's security. HTTPS, put simply, encrypts and protects information sent between a user and the site as well as validating the website's authenticity.

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To Build or To Buy: What to think about when starting an Online Store

The rise of internet coupled with the era of convenience we live in means e-Commerce (more frequently known as Online Shopping) in 2017 has rapidly grown to a staggering $32.56b in Australia. If you're in the business of selling a product or service, an e-commerce site (commonly called an Online Store) is a great way to jump on this growth. So the question then is, do you "build" or do you "buy"? Building a custom Online Store or using an off the shelf Store both have their benefits, but ultimately it depends on your needs and capability. Regardless of which option you choose, here's some things to consider.

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How To Tell When Your Website Needs Updating

In an ever evolving digital world, your website forms the foundation of the online presence for your business. It's the first point of contact and sets the scene for how users perceive your business - don't miss the opportunity to make a good first impression. While the look and feel of your website must be a strong representation of what your business offers, even more important is making sure that technically it runs well. An out of date site may cause potential customers to very quickly leave whilst a polished site is likely to see an increase in your conversions. But how do you tell when it's time to update your existing site.

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