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July 28, 2022
At Cobry, we live and breathe data. We’re always searching for new ways to make data as streamlined as possible - and to maximise its effectiveness within Google Cloud Platform.  Today we’re talking about …
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July 15, 2022
Data classification in Google Workspace allows us to apply a variety of different labels to your files in Google Drive. This allows you to better organise and categorise your data, as well as enhancing …

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August 10, 2022
Consider this a checklist of items that you can probe within your organisation to check whether you are data-driven or not. These are the same questions that we use to scope out where a …
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August 5, 2022
Here we go into detail about how we deliver a data project and ensure that everyone is aligned to achieve maximum results. A Looker project plan for maximum success We’re happy to give you …
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August 3, 2022
In this blog, we answer what you need to do to build an effective team that can use data to make decisions, from recruitment to technology to processes to data models. Building a data …
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August 2, 2022
In this blog, we take a fresh look at dynamic groups in Google Workspace. Firstly, how do Google Groups work? Google Groups are a way of organising Google users that share the same permissions. …
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July 28, 2022
At Cobry, we live and breathe data. We’re always searching for new ways to make data as streamlined as possible - and to maximise its effectiveness within Google Cloud Platform.  Today we’re talking about …
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July 25, 2022
In the last blog post, we discussed how GCP fits into every stage of the data landscape thanks to its variety of tools. Now we’ll be honing in on two in particular that are …
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July 18, 2022
Every organisation needs technology that supports them with data. GCP does that really well, but how? This blog aims to cover that.
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July 15, 2022
Data classification in Google Workspace allows us to apply a variety of different labels to your files in Google Drive. This allows you to better organise and categorise your data, as well as enhancing …
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June 23, 2022
Thinking about booking a discovery call with Cobry but would like some more info to decide if it would be worth your time? You’re in the right place! How long will it take? Discovery …
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June 16, 2022
How Cobry visualise our customer information on Looker. We explain how we extract, transform our customer information all the way from source to value.
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June 8, 2022
The first step to solving any problem is diagnosis; this article aims to not only help you spot the most common organisational data problems, but also discuss different strategies you can employ to fix …
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June 1, 2022
“We need better data governance.” Makes you tremble a little, doesn’t it? A little scared. A little bit of dread. Makes you think about what the next initiative, policy, or software your colleague or …
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May 29, 2022
Google Chat’s intuitive interface makes it easy to use from the get-go, whether you’re a complete beginner or transitioning over from another messaging tool like Slack.  It does have a bunch of less obvious …
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May 24, 2022
What are some things you wish people knew about data? On the flip side, what are some data myths you wish they didn't believe? Data is no stranger to misconceptions, oversimplifications and half-truths. Read on …
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May 18, 2022
At Cobry, we love data. We’re always searching for new ways to use our data, and since Google Cloud Platform is the cloud of choice for everything from data storage to machine-learning analyses, we …
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May 16, 2022
“Sustainability” largely entered the business lexicon around the time of rising environmental consciousness, when talks of “going green” were becoming increasingly pronounced. A few years ago there was a dramatic shift in the business …
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May 9, 2022
Why data is important to making decisions, how to spot common data problems, and how to fix them.
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April 14, 2022
It feels good, doesn’t it? Your team has a new collection of software and tools that will make your work much easier - hello automation, hello efficiency, welcome to a brighter tomorrow for your …
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April 11, 2022
Google Cloud Platform presents the ideal one-stop-shop for all things data, from collecting it to applying it in your everyday activities. We’ve put together this cheat sheet to demystify the whole process!
April 6, 2022
If you're more of a visual learner, check out our company cafetiere below, where we get together as a team and discuss a certain topic. In this one, Google Vault! If you prefer to …
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February 22, 2022
Cobry is an official 1Password partner. Read on to find out how 1Password can strengthen your organisation's cybersecurity down to the individual level! Why does my organisation need a password manager? No longer is …
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November 12, 2021
Welcome to the latest instalment of the Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge. In this edition we are discussing one of Cobry’s core values - sustainability, and the journey we are going through to become …
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October 29, 2021
Google Cloud Next is an annual summit, held by Google, which celebrates the achievements of its customers and partners, and announces Google’s plans for future innovation. This year's summit took place recently and, as …
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October 22, 2021
For many of us, our calendars are the lights navigating us through our world of work. They tell us where we need to be, when we need to be there and what we need …
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September 30, 2021
With the COVID-19 pandemic and the advancements in technology this has provided, a new way of working has become all the more possible. This blog aims to provide an insight into why Google Workspace …
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September 17, 2021
What is a Transformation Lab? Transformation Labs are an essential part of Cobry’s weaponry in the fight against ineffective moves to Google Workspace. Migrating to Google Workspace is a major change for any organisation …
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August 27, 2021
The UK government has urged businesses to adopt cloud technology in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint, given that the cloud is vastly more sustainable than traditional tech solutions such as on-premise servers. …
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August 20, 2021
At cobry, we approach tech support very differently to what you might expect from any other IT provider. This is mainly because we don't consider ourselves as an IT provider, but as a business …
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August 6, 2021
It’s that time of the week again where the team at Cobry get together with a nice warm brew and discuss all things Google Cloud. Over the course of this article we’ll provide you …
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July 30, 2021
In our latest blog, we are discussing the Project Management tool Asana. Project management is a difficult and delicate process, even more so as we have all become distributed teams. Luckily, Asana has a …
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July 23, 2021
Spreadsheets are arguably one of the most commonly used tools across organisations. As such, there are many players to choose from. However, none quite match up to Google Sheets in our opinion. The ability …
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July 16, 2021
Internal communications are vitally important to help nurture collaboration, bolster organisational culture and empower workers. With the increased focus on this type of communication, it's vitally important to look at Google Workspace's (formerly G …
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July 9, 2021
Welcome to this edition of the Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge, your weekly chance to learn something new about a Google Workspace feature, gain an insight into our way of working at Cobry, or …
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July 6, 2021
Online businesses are the norm today, and that’s only somewhat due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s true that the resulting lockdown measures closed down countless offices and forced the companies previously …
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June 25, 2021
Welcome to the highly anticipated part two of team Cobry’s favourite Google Workspace productivity and collaboration hacks. We know you’ve been waiting all week for it, so we won’t make you wait any longer!  …
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June 17, 2021
Welcome to a special two-part edition of the Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge. In the most recent episode, the Cobry team discussed all of our favourite Google Workspace productivity hacks. Turns out there are …
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June 11, 2021
Intranets are used to distribute information across an organisation that provides employees with the tools and resources required to perform their job roles. Traditionally, intranets have hosted static content, content which no longer adequately …
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June 4, 2021
The Jamboard is a cloud-based digital whiteboard solution which aims to unify collaborative thinking through the provision of powerful and engaging tools and robust integrations. It is positioned as both an app and a …
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June 3, 2021
Introduction  A common problem faced by organisations working with both desktop and cloud-based SaaS is the constant moving between environments in order to access applications. This can cause many issues such as workflow disruption, …
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May 28, 2021
As it goes in the world of tech, tools and processes are constantly being replaced with modern solutions that address ever-changing user needs and expectations. Remarkably, organisational email is one such technology that seems …
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May 21, 2021
What is Google Keep? Google Keep is a note-taking application included within Google Workspace which can be used across a variety of mobile and desktop devices. Unlike other note-taking solutions, Keep has a simple, …
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May 14, 2021
It can be tempting to buy Google Workspace licences straight from Google, without support from a partner such as Cobry. This approach, however, will prevent your organisation from enjoying the many, many advantages that …
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May 13, 2021
Introduction Time and time again, organisations quote data protection as one of their top priorities. However, many fail to recognise the risk of forgetting to unshare a file with an external source once their …
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May 7, 2021
Welcome to the latest instalment of The Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge. Most of you will probably know the drill by now. But if not, this is your time of the week to sit …
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April 30, 2021
As teams across the globe have become ever more dispersed, video conferencing has become an integral part of business operations. With an abundance of options available to use, this article will shed some light …
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April 23, 2021
What is Google Drive? In its simplest form, Google Drive is a cloud-based file storage and synchronisation solution where you can store files of pretty much any type. However, it is so much more …
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April 16, 2021
Want to see AppSheet in action and hear about it from the experts? Cobry is co-hosting three exclusive events alongside Google which will explore AppSheet in the Construction, Energy and Financial Services sectors. Sign …
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April 2, 2021
For years now, the way we work has been rapidly digitised and distributed. Some have been at the forefront of this trend. However for many, the onset of Covid-19 accelerated this change and organisations …
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March 26, 2021
Welcome to the 20th episode of The Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge. This week we are discussing Google Groups - probably a lesser known Workspace service, but a gem nonetheless. Let’s dive in!  What …
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March 12, 2021
Welcome to this Friday's edition of the Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge. This week we are discussing a topic that is dear to many of team cobry's hearts - Google Chrome devices. Specifically, we …
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February 26, 2021
Security is essential to any organisation and whilst in the past technology was the weak link that caused businesses to succumb to malware attacks; we find now that people (or rather, human error) is …
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February 19, 2021
It's all hands on deck in this week's Cobry Cafetiere, as we have a live demo on how to build an app in only 4 lines of code. "How can this be true"? I …
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February 12, 2021
This week in the Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge we are discussing Change Management. This is a favourite topic of ours as managing change is an integral part of what we do. Change Management …
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February 5, 2021
Welcome to episode number 13 of The Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge - lucky for some! This week we're discussing Google's telephone solution Google Voice. So grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and let's …
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January 29, 2021
Welcome to the latest edition of the Cobry Cafetiere! This week we are quenching our thirst for knowledge through discussion of the topic Google Hardware. So, without further ado, let's jump in! Google Hardware  …
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January 26, 2021
It comes as no surprise to us that increasing numbers of organisations are looking towards the cloud as a means to embrace new technologies and the ever-changing nature of the modern workplace. This drive …
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January 22, 2021
Welcome to the Cobry Cafetiere! I'm sure you know the drill by now, so let's get stuck in. This weeks topic - third party tools. What are Third Party Tools? Third party tools are …
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January 15, 2021
Welcome to your Friday morning Coffee break with us here at Cobry. If you haven't been here before, this is the time of the week where you learn as we do about all things …
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January 12, 2021
Contents IntroductionShared MailboxesThe Problem with current Shared Mailbox solutionsWhy Hiver?Hiver Use CasesGetting Started with HiverCreating a Shared MailboxAdding your Shared Mailbox to Gmail Introduction This is a complete guide to the Google Workspace 3rd …
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January 8, 2021
Welcome to the first 2021 instalment of The Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge! In case you missed us last year, this is the time of the week where we get together to quench our …
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December 10, 2020
Welcome to the Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge - our weekly dose of Cloud and Caffeine. Here, we encourage you to learn with us about all things Google Workspace. This week, we are discussing …
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December 9, 2020
Analysts report that by 2021, a ransomware attack will take place every 11 seconds.  If you are one of the many professionals that don’t feel prepared for such an attack, or you are worried …
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December 4, 2020
Welcome to the latest edition of the Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge. Our weekly dose of cloud, company knowledge and - of course - caffeine! Join us on our mid-morning break and learn as …
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November 27, 2020
The Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge Welcome to the Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge! Incase you’re new here… this is an insight into our weekly coffee break where we talk about all things cloud …
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November 20, 2020
Migrating to Google Workspace | The Cobry Cafetiere of Cloud Knowledge Bored of insignificant, at-home coffee breaks? You no longer have to be, because you now have the opportunity to join ours! Each week, …
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November 11, 2020
This guide is for people that want to elevate their data collection and aggregation within Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) by using the popular Google Sheet third party tool - Sheetgo. This guide will …
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October 29, 2020
On the 6th of October 2020, a blog post from Google paired with social media activity, press releases and everything else you can imagine helped to pave the way for the launch of G …
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October 8, 2020
Remote working and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approaches are now the norm throughout society. This means employees using their personal devices to work and access corporate data. Whilst an excellent display of resourcefulness …
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September 17, 2020
Working from home can put extra strain on trying to optimise the way you use your time. So it’s vitally important you use the tools at your disposal to ensure you’re maximising each day’s …
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July 30, 2020
A lot of businesses use a Gmail.com account as their means of emailing and potentially collaborating on documents. Whilst this may seem like it’s working well at the moment and you may be wondering …
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June 16, 2020
When moving organisations to the cloud, we often find the biggest pushback against Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) is the change from Excel to Google Sheets. As a long time user of both Excel …
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May 28, 2020
With Google Meet’s current free availability, we thought it would be worthwhile to share some information on Google Meet - Google Workspace's (formerly G Suite) video conferencing solution.  How Cobry use Google Meet Firstly, …
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May 4, 2020
When the global pandemic COVID-19 hit the world earlier this year and almost everyone was suddenly required to start working from home, I noticed that there were typically two responses from organisations: Most organisations …
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March 31, 2020
Some of you may be familiar with Google Chat bots, some of you may not, so in that spirit I’ve gone into a little detail about two built-in Google Chat bots that you can …
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March 24, 2020
We’re all busy people and sometimes committing to being in the office for your entire working day is difficult. Maybe you need to pick your kids up from school (or look after them while …
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March 17, 2020
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (in a hermetically-sealed bunker), you’ll be aware of the increased instances of Coronavirus worldwide and the demand for remote working that this has created. We don’t want …
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March 9, 2020
Security & compliance is higher up on organisations' agenda than ever before and it’s not surprising. The five main trends identified by the National Cyber Security Centre in the period between October 2018 and …
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February 27, 2020
As usual, Google continues to roll out updates to G Suite apps, whilst also adding new features to ensure that the user experience is always improving.  The updates span across the whole G Suite …
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January 28, 2020
Change Management is a tricky thing. You balance the needs of the client with the restrictions of their organisation.  Defining the desired outcome is key, yet often overlooked.  According to Mckinsey, "70% of change …
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January 7, 2020
There are many reasons that organisations move to the cloud; enhanced security, increased mobility, better data access and improved collaboration to name just a few. However, you’re not reading this blog to find out …
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October 24, 2019
G Suite has grown and evolved a lot over the past 10 years. There's now a range of different G Suite editions to better suit the wide variety of organisations that utilise Google's office …
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October 14, 2019
I have been an avid user of a Chromebook (and therefore Chrome OS) since 2012, when I purchased my first - the Toshiba Chromebook 1. Over the ensuing years, I also gained experience using …
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October 1, 2019
Google Workspace is rapidly becoming the enterprise's go-to office suite thanks to its intuitive interface and collaboration tools. Although Microsoft Office remains the leader in terms of volume of users, Google Workspace has made …
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September 10, 2019
12/08/22 Update: G Suite has been rebranded to Google Workspace. However, all information below remains relevant. Google Workspace has grown and matured a lot over the past ten years and so have the companies …
August 28, 2019
G Suite Offline By now, you likely know all about the cloud computing power that G Suite (also known as Google Apps for Work) offers when working online, either through sending emails, creating events or …
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August 14, 2019
Financial Companies Seize Path to the Cloud When Board meetings within the Financial Services sector start addressing the subject of migrating to the Cloud you can be sure that this technology has matured to …
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July 29, 2019
Update: if you're a visual learner, you may want to hear the Cobry team discuss endpoint verification over a team meeting. If not, read below! What is Endpoint Verification, and why is it important? …
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July 24, 2019
Organisations are now adopting the latest technology to streamline a range of business administration and processes, one of the latest being Cloud Telephony.  Cloud Telephony, such as Google Voice (an additional Google Workspace service), …
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July 8, 2019
Edit 12/08/22: G Suite has been rebranded to Google Workspace, however, everything below still applies. What is Chrome Device Management, and why is it important? Device management simply means managing the applications, access, security, …
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July 3, 2019
In January 2020, Microsoft will be ending support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 (January 14th, 2020). Here’s why that’s happening, and what you can do about it. It may not seem that …
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June 5, 2019
Enterprise IT has come a long way in recent years, and the days of running businesses solely from desktop computers have certainly passed. Laptops are, of course, still incredibly popular and are arguably the …
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April 24, 2019
Google Next '19 was the latest of Google’s annual events to unveil new features, products and plans for the future. It took place in San Francisco in the second week of April, and also …
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April 18, 2019
Update 12/08/22 - G Suite is now called Google Workspace. However, all of the information below is still current and relevant. There are many Google myths out there, which is understandable as Google is …
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April 4, 2019
Update 07/04/2022: We updated this blog; as G Suite is now Google Workspace, the information below still applies. Google Workspace was designed with simplicity in mind, as Google’s mission statement is “to organize the …
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March 19, 2019
Update: This blog was written in 2019, before the launch of Google Workspace. All pricing here is incorrect; however, we're keeping it up as a marker in time. If you're looking for accurate pricing, …
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March 12, 2019
Are you a business owner or IT manager? If you are, then as you're reading this blog post right now, your users are being targeted by phishing campaigns. Let me use 3 statistics to …
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March 7, 2019
Since the term “Cloud Computing” was first coined in 2006, by then Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, there have been countless myths surrounding the concept. In this blog, we’re going to cover the 5 most …
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February 18, 2019
When Google created Google Workspace (or Google Apps as it was originally known), making collaboration on document-editing effortless for teams was central to its design. Allowing multiple people to edit a document at the …
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January 25, 2019
In modern workplaces, we often find ourselves working on projects or creating documentation alongside external companies. Whether that’s a creative agency, a product supplier or one of your own clients, the chances are, you’re …
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January 8, 2019
While we at Cobry specialise in helping companies move to the cloud with Google Workspace, we also help companies with related hardware - whether it’s Jamboards, Hangouts Meet Hardware or Chrome Hardware, we can …
May 13, 2018
The big day has now long passed. GDPR Day. May 25th, 2018 - a date that many of us will be hard pushed to forget. While the day has passed, we’re still hearing from …
February 8, 2018
Onboarding Onboarding lays the foundation for every IT interaction with new employees. Passwords, technical support, security issues and new equipment. All of these time-eaters can be minimised with efficient onboarding. So here are a …
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