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Intelligent Decisioning achieve ISO 9001, ISO 27001 & Cyber Essentials certifications

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ID are constantly developing, and quality management and cyber security certifications are something worth shouting about!

ID ISO 9001 cyber security certification
ID ISO 27001 cyber security certification

What is ISO 9001?

ISO 9001 is the international Standard for quality management. Businesses that are certified commit to consistent quality and customer satisfaction. The certification can also help a company to expand their client base and open up more opportunities. 

What is required to become ISO 9001 certified?

“Intelligent Decisioning Ltd. already had a lot of requirements needed for ISO 9001 in place as they had already achieved certification in ISO 27001, the Standard for information security management. Meeting the requirements for ISO 9001 was therefore a breeze for them. 

Internal Information security and quality awareness are gained through training, company culture, values and strong internal processes and policies, all of which support the organisation for further success and improvement. Intelligent Decisioning Ltd. implemented all of these processes and are now set to continue to strive to satisfy their customers.”

Karen Knaggs, QMS UK

As well as gaining first time accreditation for ISO 9001, we were recently reaccredited for ISO 27001 (Information Security).

What is ISO 27001?

ISO 27001 is recognised worldwide as the standard for information security management.  

How did we achieve ISO 27001?

ID  demonstrated that we meet the high standards set by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) through our achievement of the ISO 27001 cyber security certification.  

To qualify, we proved that we could not only prevent but defend against potential data system vulnerabilities. This was achieved through a comprehensive suite of information security controls.  

An annual audit, carried out by an external third party, ensures these systems continue to meet the stringent requirements set out in the ISO 27001 standard.  

We also recertified as a Cyber Essentials organisation to further strengthen our position as an organisation who prioritise the security of information. 

A word from our Managing Director

 “We are planning to use our accreditations to provide our customers with increased reliability and security of our systems and information, improve customer and business partner confidence, increase our business resilience and align more closely with customer requirements.”  

“Intelligent Decisioning Ltd are committed to quality management and keeping customer data safe. Achieving ISO 9001 and 27001 has allowed Intelligent Decisioning Ltd to successfully tender for a number of opportunities that would otherwise have been out of scope”   

Managing Director, Andy Smith

Get in touch to  find out more about the ISO 9001 / 27001 principles that we follow, we would be delighted to speak with you.  

If you would like to check our certificates then visit http://www.qmsuk.com/verification  and use Certificate Numbers 377602021 and 288302018.  

Email: info@id-live.com 

Telephone: 0845 643 9726 

Meet Ellen, our new Marketing Coordinator!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself! 

I’m Ellen, I’m 21 years old and have just graduated from the University of Nottingham studying English. I’m from Essex and my biggest goal is to be able to travel and meet as many people from around the world as possible. 

Give us some fun facts about you! 

I have a twin sister and three other siblings, so I have always been used to a busy and hectic lifestyle! Over the years I’ve tried numerous hobbies– netball, piano, clarinet, football (for a very brief and unsuccessful period of time), cricket, ballet, and musical theatre. My friends would describe me as crazily busy as I’m always piling projects onto my plate and am constantly in search of the next challenge or adventure! 

Give us three emojis to describe your first impressions of the team! 

The computer emoji because they’re all tech wizzes with a lot of knowledge about things I didn’t even know existed! The handshake emoji because even remotely everyone was very welcoming, and I can already tell they care about working together as a successful team. The T-shirt because I was very happy to hear that they take a relaxed and casual approach to workwear (particularly since on my first day it was 28 degrees!)

What will be your biggest challenge in your first few weeks?  

My biggest challenge will be settling into a full time remote working week as I’m so used to being out and about and seeing lots of people.  

Where did you hear about us and why did you choose us? 

This role was advertised on a recruitment agencies page at my university. I thought it would be so exciting to branch out and start working for a company working in a completely new field to me. I think working with ID will be great for me as I’ll be able to work alongside their current marketing strategist and eventually learn how to develop and implement successful marketing strategies of my own. 

Meet Nathan, our new apprentice!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Nathan I’m 19 years old and I live in a little village called Underwood in Nottinghamshire. Being very active from a young age I was always doing a variety of sports either football, cricket, kickboxing and fishing.

Give us some fun facts about you!

I think the achievement I am most proud of in my life is achieving my black belt in kickboxing but like many things this was briefly stopped through injury. A Lego man is how I am described when it comes to why I stopped sport as dislocating body parts on a moments notice is a specialty of mine. Now that I don’t participate in many sports I can usually be found in the gym or fishing on the weekend no matter the weather.

Give us three emojis to describe your team!

The laughing emoji because as being serious and hard at work the office can always find time to have a good laugh. The baby emoji describes how I fit into the team as being the new means I have a lot to learn from the team as everyone’s knowledge is mind-blowing which I plan on gaining as much of this knowledge as I can. The hand shake emoji because everyone in the team is so supporting and respectful of each other, which makes for great collaborative working and being able to get that helping hand at a time of need is always there.

What has been one of your biggest challenges so far?

My biggest challenge would be settling in to a full time working week as being a college student before working here does not compare to being at work every day.

Have your perceptions about Intelligent Decisioning changed from what you knew about Id before?

This is not my first time ‘working’ for ID as being a college student before here I came on a work experience with ID that gave me a very little insight as to what ID do on a day to day but working here has proved that there is never one day as same as the next.

You started at Intelligent Decisioning as an apprentice, where did you hear about us and why did you choose us?

As previously ‘working’ for ID made me really want to be part of the ID team, as I am always willing to learn and try new things, which I thought that I can get out of being part of the ID team.

Joe, apprentice infrastructure technician

Meet Joe, our apprentice Infrastructure Technician

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As apart of our getting people into work scheme we are putting the spotlight on our new apprentice to share his experience at working at Intelligent Decisioning. Meet Our Infrastructure Technician Joe!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Joe, I’m 20 years old and I’m from a place called Bebington on the Wirral but I have moved to Nottingham to pursue a career in IT. My aim for the future is to climb as far up the ladder as I can and to continue to develop my IT skills, so I can be at the center of projects with big clients.

I am a highly motivated person who is passionate about new innovations, is always keen to take on new and unique challenges and isn’t scared of taking risks. I enjoy working at Intelligent Decisionings because no 2 days are ever the same, and I enjoy that I have been given responsibilities in client related projects from an early stage, showing the company has faith in me and is keen to get me involved as much as possible.

Give us some fun facts about you!

Outside of work, I am extremely passionate about sports and when I was younger represented either my school or local teams in 6 different sports. While nowadays I don’t play sports as much as I used to, I can still be found winning money on fantasy sports on Draftkings of a weekend and am very keen about my fitness and staying in shape.

Give us three emojis to describe your team!

I’ve chosen the handshake emoji as the team are all welcoming and supportive and always happy to help each other if someone is having an issue or needs to know anything. I chose the running emoji as a lot of the office are keen runners and some of us can be seen running around Strelley of an afternoon on a nice day. Finally, I chose the fire emoji as this is a very passionate team and this team all have a desire to improve themselves on a day to day basis and to carry out our work in the best way possible.

What have you enjoyed so far about being an Apprentice at Intelligent Decisioning?

I’ve really enjoyed the environment of the office so far, everyone is willing to work as hard as they can to bring the company forward but there’s a good balance of humor in the office to keep things from getting overly stressful. I’ve also enjoyed that the directors and senior staff have been very supportive of my progression and have made sure to always keep me busy. Additionally, I’ve enjoyed the down days I’ve been a part of so far as this has given me the opportunity to get to know the team outside of a working environment and has helped me settle in nicely to this job.

What has been one of your biggest challenges so far?

I would say one of my biggest challenges have been adjusting my lifestyle from being a student to now suit a 9-5 job and making sure I’m always in the right state of health to be on top of my game. Inside the office, I’d say my biggest challenges have been learning how to work with SharePoint and getting to grips with the Mercury Intranet this company provides, but I am relishing these challenges and have enjoyed the work I’ve been doing here so far.

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A User’s Guide to Content Types

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Since SharePoint was first introduced in 2001, content types have been a key feature in the way it is used to managed documents and files. A content type combines important information such as metadata (a summary of the content), how it should behave, it’s workflow and other settings to be applied to a category of items or documents.

As an example, we could define a content type “Invoice”; this could then be applied to all invoice documents within a SharePoint library. Within this content type, we could have the following attributes:

  • The template for the document
  • Columns representing items of metadata – date, client company, billing address, value…
  • A behaviour requirement to automatically display the Document Information Panel when a new file of this content type is created to input the required metadata
  • An Information Management policy detailing the retention policy

SharePoint ships with a number of useful default content types. Many of these contain similar properties to file types that you would store on your own computer, such as the “digital assets” content types – audio, video and image. These content types contain information about the title, publisher, length (for audio and video) and date of creation. There are also document and list content types for basic pages, forms, blog posts and announcements.

Whilst the default content types are sufficient for many SharePoint users, it may be necessary for your organisation to create custom content types. This is useful for company reports, sales proposals, case studies and other specialised content. This is most easily achieved by editing an existing content type from one of the large collection of pre-defined site content types in the Web Designer Gallery. It is also possible to create a custom content type from scratch in the Web Designer Gallery by setting a parent content type, for example, “Digital Asset”.

Content types are defined for a site and will apply within the site and its subsites. However, if you want a particular content type to be used across your organisation you may want to publish it on multiple sites or site collections. Using a Managed Metadata service in SharePoint allows you to publish content type to specified sites, known as “subscriber sites”. For more on content type publishing, read Microsoft’s guide here.

3 Ways Businesses can ready themselves for flexible working

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Flexible work arrangements have long been a feature in the workplace, but as more collaboration technologies move to the cloud, it’s becoming increasingly common for workers to work from home. A recent report by the TUC shows that the number of employees choosing to ditch the office continues to soar, with a 20% increase in home-workers in the last decade. According to Phil Flaxton, Chief Executive of WorkWiseUK and the organiser of National Work from Home Day:

“Increasing mobility and technology is shifting the acceptance or need for traditional office based, 9-5 work patterns, to be replaced by more home-based, flexible ways and periods of work”

Not only has this shift increased the options available to workers, but according to data published by Gallop, the added flexibility has dramatically impacted employee engagement, with the most productive workers reported to be spending just one day a week in the office.


Source: Gallup State of the American Workplace Report 2013

So it’s clear that the ability to spend time working outside of the office environment is not only desirable for employees, it brings numerous benefits for organisations. But companies need to consider their readiness to adopt such working practices. With this in mind, how can employers adapt their work practices to suit the growing trend of flexibility?

  1. Integration
    Within every organisation, there are a variety of ways departments communicate with each other. Whether it’s with instant messaging, teleconferencing, email or carrier pigeon, when you throw long distance in the mix, it can be overwhelming. Despite the number of tools claiming to be able to cover all the niche requirements of collaboration between teams, they usually end up just adding one more source of information to the already overcrowded collection. Instead of trying to cover all bases with one solution, it’s becoming more desirable and realistic to use tools that integrate into a single platform. Microsoft’s offerings in productivity software are ever-growing, and their ability to work with each other is unrivalled. For applications with less cross-compatibility, apps such as Flow allow processes to be linked together; for example, you can use Flow to get a push notification when you receive an email from your boss.
  2. Centralise Information
    As the amount of data storage required by businesses increases exponentially, it’s more important than ever to have files stored in one central location, accessible from anywhere. It’s no longer enough to hold information on a physical hard drive – it’s expensive, insecure and it relies on the user being in the same location as the storage device.  For maximum productivity, your employees need to be able to find the information they need in one place, without laborious searching of archives and trawling through dead links. A digital workplace allows information storing, sharing and collaborative working in a centralised location, and can also act as a training platform with access to internal resources and how-to guides.
  3. Security
    With the ability to access sensitive data from any location, companies have reduced control over the security measures in place when staff work from home. Risks vary from the loss of files that have not been backed up, the theft of passwords or the computer itself being compromised. For these reasons, it’s essential that there is a protocol in place that establishes the rules for working from home or outside the office. Using cloud-based platforms – such as Microsoft Office 365 – allows users to access Office applications, email, calendars and file sharing via a secure connection, with no data being stored on the employee’s own computer.

With the trend of working from home looking set to last, it’s vital that businesses invest in the technology that allows their workers to enjoy the benefits of flexible working. For more information on strategies to improve your businesses ability to allow working from home, check out our webinar on the top ten benefits an Intranet can bring to your business.

How to create an exportable Script Editor web part in Office 365

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The Script Editor web part is one of my favourite tools in my SharePoint development kit as it enables developers and designers to be able to inject HTML, JavaScript and CSS into any SharePoint page without having to open SharePoint Designer.

Great, but… there is a drawback, and a quite annoying one at that… you cannot export a default Script Editor web part.

No way, no export!
No way, no export!

Why is that annoying? Exporting web parts is the easiest way to replicate the functionality configured inside them in SharePoint. You can take your exported web part, store it in your Site Collection Web Part Gallery and reuse it using the Add Web Part button on the SharePoint Ribbon.

However, there is a very simple update you can make to change this and create your own version of the Script Editor that you can export by default.

Add a Script Editor to a web part zone and click the Edit Web Part command from the web part menu. This will open the Web Part Properties pane.

On the properties pane, expand the Advanced section. You will see that there is a field to set the Export Mode of the web part, change this to Export All. This will enable the Export command on the web part menu, which will allow you to save the web part locally to your desktop.

advancedproperties
Export All the things!

After saving the web part locally, rename the file to “ExportableMSScriptEditor.webpart”. You can save this back to you SharePoint site for it be reused by uploading it to your Web Part Gallery.

Go to your site and click the Settings cog to access the Site Settings page, from here you can access the Web Part Gallery under the Web Designer Galleries heading.

Upload your new web part file into the Web Part Gallery using the Ribbon, on the Files tab click the Upload Document button and select the file when promoted by the “Add a web part” dialog box.

Once uploaded, you will be asked to confirm or alter the file name, title, description and group of the web part.

Once that is complete and your new web part is showing in the Web Part Gallery, you can now add this to your page via the Ribbon.

Edit the page, got to the Ribbon and select the Insert tab, click the Web Part button to open the Web Part Picker to find and select your web part to then add to the page.

View the web part in the Web Part Picker
View the web part in the Web Part Picker

It lives!!
It lives!!

You will now be able to Export the web part from the web part menu.

Now that you can use your own version of the Script Editor web part you can create web part functionality and easily export them for further reuse or simply for a quick backup, just in case someone changes and breaks it.

Here is an example of a web part that used the Exportable Script Editor web part as a starting point to display a simple list of links.

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I hope you’ve found this little trick helpful and thank you for reading 😀

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