PRODUCT REVIEW: THE CYGNETT CHARGEUP PRO POWERBANK

With the workforce being so mobile today we all know that you can get power banks for your mobiles and tablets, but did you know that you can now get a device to charge your laptop on the go as well? We were recently asked by Cygnett to complete some testing of their ChargeUp Pro USB-C 20,000mAh power bank with a number of new laptop devices.

Here are some of the impressive features from this unit:

Size and design

The unit is available in two colours: black and teal. It’s a sleek exterior design and well-rounded edges.

It feels like a quality product with its protective soft touch shell.

Laptop charging

The device is able to deliver 45 Watt to a compatible power delivery complaint laptop.

These compatible laptops include MacBook Pro, HP X360, Dell XPS13, Lenovo Yoga and HP Gen5 ProBook just to name a few.

Not just for your laptop

This unit also supports your everyday devices via its 2 USB-A ports. Plus it can charge these devices quickly, with up to 27W for phones.

Get your phone, tablet and laptop all charged before that meeting, road trip or flight.

 

This unit has been designed to charge up compatible laptops for the person on the go, which we found worked well across a great range of products. It’s a must have for anyone that is planning a holiday, especially with kids. We found that as a result of the unit’s large capacity we were able to get a very impressive amount of phone and tablet recharges from a single cycle. The unit was given a solid workout over a weekend and the team was extremely impressed with its versatility. A perfect Christmas present for the tech junkie or businessperson!

 

For more information or to purchase a unit check out www.cygnett.com

INTERVIEW: BAYLEYWARD ARCHITECTURE

We spoke to Directors Nick Readett-Bayley and Richard Newling Ward about their award winning architecture firm, BayleyWard.

How did you get into Architecture?

Richard: I was in hospitality for a number of years, and I came to recognise that I just had a passion for creating exciting and engaging spaces for people to enjoy. I suspect you’ll find that most architects have a very different answer, many would likely talk about the built environment, whereas interior designers’ focus tends to be more micro.

Why did you choose to start your own business?

Richard: There comes a point in your life when you want to write your own destiny. To drive your own designs rather than being told what to do whilst working in service of someone else’s ideals.

I get out of bed every day because I know I have the freedom to design things that I’m passionate about, coupled with the personal freedom that working for yourself provides. I also love that creatively, I can build something out of nothing on any given day.

You work hard, celebrate the wins, manage the losses, and it all balances out.

What is the biggest IT related hurdle you have faced?

Nick: Initially, working with start- up budgets means that there are periods where it is necessary to fulfil IT needs in-house – simply to save money.  Although this choice did save a small sum of money in the early days, the decisions that were made, and the solutions they provided were only temporary.

Solutions were not tailored for the long-term, and did not cater for the business’ future IT requirements. Therefore, we were not properly set-up – with servers, internal graphics cards, ram, etc – to achieve long-term efficiency, agility and delivery.

How did SSDL help you along the way?

As a new business, we often tried to source and upgrade our hardware and software in-house. We took advice from other businesses and design-related peer groups. Although our choices were good, they were not good enough. SSDL helped us to identify better solutions, that would save time and drive better efficient outcomes in communication, storage and speed.

We now only make our IT decisions after consulting with the professionals at SSDL. SSDL have helped put us on the right IT on track by making our day-to-day IT activities run smoothly, confidently, and efficiently.

What’s a great IT related lesson you’ve learnt so far?

If you seek advice, you will find the answers with the Professionals. Those with real  IT experience will make the critical difference for your business.

Finally, we’d love to see one of your favourite designs from 2017?

This is the recently completed “Barney” project on St Georges Road.

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INTERVIEW: JASON ROBINSON

We had a chat to Jason Robinson, one of the Directors from clients RBK Advisory.

What does RBK do?

RBK is a new age accounting and advisory firm born out of frustration with the old ways and systems of accounting practices. Below are a few of our differences:

  • We up front quote the years worth of work
  • We package the yearly services up and invoice by direct debit monthly
  • We provide free phone & email support to clients
  • We focus on the client relationship first – everyone receives the partner’s mobile phone number and the partner is always the first point of contact
  • We conduct tax planning meetings with all stakeholders are mandatory pre 30 June

Our clients feel comfortable to call and liaise whenever they have a problem as they aren’t “on the clock”. We find this allows us to provide better service. The more we liaise, the more beneficial the relationship will be for the client. There is no ‘bill shock’ for want of a better word. The more organised we are around tax planning, the better the outcome is for the client, it also helps adhere to ATO legislation.

Overall we are a young, technology driven firm who are eager to provide great service to our clients. We understand this is a very personal relationship and we  treat it with the respect it demands.

 

Why did you start RBK?

We’ve all worked at large and small firms alike and found there was a real disconnect between the fee structure & value provided by the majority of accountants. On top of that, many firms were promoting technology as an enabler but were barely using technology themselves (think old servers on site, standard working hours at the work location, inefficient processes that were billed to the client). We also didn’t like punching the time clock in 6 minute blocks and sending out invoices to clients that they weren’t expecting. It drove us to come up with our own model, one that has proven to be very successful having from a few hundred clients initially, to now serving over 2000.

How has IT played a role in your business?

For RBK Advisory, we have a lot of sensitive information. So immediately, security was a huge priority for us. Really early on we moved from Google to Microsoft 365 due to the added security setting and additional power it offered. On top of that, we wanted to be mobile, everything needed to be in the cloud (when we launched the business I was doing tax returns in Bali by the pool).

 

How has SSDL helped with your business?

We grew and we grew fast. We needed to be able to scale. In the past 12 months, we have added more than 1 new team member per month. This has meant thousands of dollars invested in new hardware, however we’ve barely noticed the software side of things. We up our subscriptions with each new team member, their devices are easily setup and added to our IT system and before we know it the new team member is ready to fire! SSDL advised us from day one on the software and systems we had to have in place to allow that growth to happen and without SSDL investing that time and energy into learning what our plans and ambitions were, I don’t think it would have gone as smoothly, so we have them to thank for that.

 

Finally, favourite app right now and why?

It’s so hard to pick just one so I’ll give you my categories:

Accounting – Xero (we live our lives on this and it connects us to our clients crucial financial information in real time)

Bookkeeping – Hubdoc (it connects us to our client’s financials documents through an easy to use app, receipts, bank statements, invoices etc.)

Personally – Trello (task management, to do lists, reminders and so much more)

Business – Microsoft Office365 and Microsoft Azure, we couldn’t run our business without it!