Eligible charitable organisations can now receive donated and discounted versions of Office 365, allowing them to take full advantage of the cloud with hosted email and file storage, as well as providing Office applications on your local computer.
Over the past couple of years, Avec's core IT business has shifted significantly from traditional onsite IT support and hardware sales towards our range of online services. It's a trend we see continuing to gather pace, with the rapid marketplace adoption of cloud computing and hosted applications, as well as the increasing importance of online presence and promotion through rich interactive websites, social networking and other new media.
Lisburn Cathedral was one of the big winners in the annual Church of Ireland Communications Competition. For the second year running, the Avec-designed and developed website won first place in the Parish Website category of the competition which is organised by the church's Central Communications Board. The website was praised for its good design, graphics and for being easy to follow. The judges also noted that the site has lots of space and simple but good use of images.
A few years ago we introduced our enhanced hosting service for content-managed websites — sites running popular open source CMS platforms like Drupal, Joomla or WordPress. Most of our clients took advantage of these enhanced hosting packages that ensured that their CMS software was kept up to date with timely security patches for the core system and any add-ons to tackle potential vulnerabilities to intrusion and hacking, as well as providing extra security and backups for peace of mind.