Newsletter 2013.06

Welcome to the METHOD IT Newsletter for June 2013

Truly Private Cloud Computing

Internet and data privacy concerns have been thrust into the spotlight following recent events. But there’s no reason to grow wary of the numerous benefits cloud computing can offer your business under the right circumstances. We offer you a truly private enterprise cloud solution hosted in a high-end datacenter in central Tokyo, self-contained and tailor-made with full transparency as to where your data is stored and how it is accessed.

Our Method Managed private cloud solution puts a powerful, reliable and scalable modern IT infrastructure at your disposal. Built on redundant systems using industry standard trusted manufacturers, Method Managed gives you the resources you need when you need them without any of the hassle of maintaining your own servers.

New Nerd Nests

As of June we have two new killer offices (or ‘Nerd Nests’ as we like to call them) in Tokyo and Hong Kong. More details and pictures to follow on our blog and SNS accounts. Please note that our administrative address will remain the same.

Tips & Tricks

10 Surprise Benefits of Windows 8.1

With Microsoft’s forthcoming update to Windows 8 addressing a lot of initial customer concerns, the new OS really does deserve a second look. Check out this slideshow of some lesser-known features in Windows 8.1 that will be a boon to enterprise users.

BYOD Case Study

Are you running or thinking about introducing a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) IT policy in your workplace? This revealing case study from the CIO of a US law firm offers some pointers for handling sensitive data, user needs and lost or stolen hardware in a BYOD environment.

News from the Web

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The Net Springs a Leak: Edward Snowden and PRISM

Without a doubt the biggest ongoing drama in tech at the moment is the story of former CIA and NSA employee Edward Snowden, and the implications of the documents he chose to make public regarding government Internet surveillance programs. Going back to where it all began, here are the original leaked PRISM PowerPoint slides (in all their aesthetically-challenged glory) and the Guardian video interview with Snowden that revealed his identity to the world.

Apple WWDC: iOS Gets a Controversial Makeover, iTunes Radio, New Macs and Mavericks

Big news from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference – iPhone and iPad will get a major facelift and heaps of new functionality in iOS 7, now out in developer beta with a public release due in the Autumn. The flat, technicolor redesign with Jony Ive at the helm is a significant departure from the iOS we’ve all gotten used to over the past several years, and is drawing praise and criticism in equal measure online. Less sensational but just as interesting are the new features touted in iOS 7 for business users.

souped-up Macbook Air featuring the latest, fastest 802.11ac Wi-Fi and promising ‘day-long’ battery life, a radically redesigned Mac Pro (think Darth Vader does Dyson), streaming music service iTunes Radio and ‘Mavericks’, the first feline-free version of OS X, were also unveiled at the event.

Steve Jobs the Movie

The first official trailer for the movie ‘Jobs’ made its appearance over the weekend of June 21-23. The bio-pic stars Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and is due for release in the US on August 16. The Japanese release date iKnownot.

Beat the Heat with USB Necktie

For the salaryman who has everything. Want to go ‘Cool Biz’ but forced to stay formal this Summer? This snazzy necktie with built in USB fan will help you chill out at work. Yours for only ¥2,980 (US$30).

Join Us

We are always searching for highly-skilled, intelligent IT contractors who can handle responsibility and know how to take the initiative in a fast-paced multi-lingual environment.

Currently we are looking to add the following members to our team:

Tokyo

  • System and Network Administrators
  • Support Engineers (Native-level Japanese)
  • Sales/Business Development Managers
  • iOS and Android Developers

Find out more about positions in Tokyo

Hong Kong

Cantonese/English bilinguals required. Mandarin a bonus.

  • System and Network Administrators
  • Sales/Business Development Managers

Find out more about positions in Hong Kong