The IT tools we use at Hobbs Parker

A selection of the best IT tools and computer software systems we use at The Hobbs Parker Group

Written by Roger Lightfoot

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BackupPossibly the most important software you will install. We use Veritas Backup Exec and Dell AppAssure. Backup Exec is a traditional and widely used backup product which backs up our files, Exchange email server and SQL database to a remotely located NAS device. AppAssure is a more advanced continuous backup product which we use to backup our databases every 15 minutes. Note that AppAssure needs constant attention and so we are evaluating a similar product Datto.veritas.com | datto.com
AccountsFor most of our business we use Tas Books. This is a simple but very efficient and cost effective product for SME businesses. We have been using Tas Books for over 20 years. Our accounting and bookkeeping business Kendall Richardson uses Xero and Sage Accounts to look after our clients.Xero is a modern cloud based application (like Fabmin) that allows our clients to work alongside our bookkeepers on their books.xero.com
Staff Holidays and SicknessManaging time off at small business can be time consuming and hassle. We use Fabmin which has been built by Spark 9 LLP (part of The Hobbs Parker Group). Fabmin is a simple web app and allows our staff and directors to manage their holidays and sickness quickly and efficiently. It is now used worldwide by 1,000’s of users from a wide range of businesses including the The Raspberry Pi Foundation, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Geerings, The JCB Group and Burgess Hodgson.Try Fabmin free at get.fabmin.com
PDF ToolsFor when we need to quickly edit PDF files.To compress PDF’s smallpdf.com
Online Image EditingMuch cheaper than Photoshop!It’s free too! www.pixelr.com

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