Row Challenge

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Row Challenge

Dynamic Edge face ‘Titanic’ battle in Aberdeen rowing challenge …

A Dynamic Edge team are hoping to cause a splash as part of a long-running rowing event.

David McCready, Mike Cordiner, Scott Millar and Mark Runcie have signed up to compete in the Aberdeen Inter-Company Row, which takes place on Saturday, June 28.

Organised by Aberdeen Boat Club, the race will see crews of four people from up to 40 businesses and organisations take to the River Dee. It is strictly for novices who have no prior rowing experience.

The all-day event consists of a round-robin stage in which each crew completes a minimum of three races over a 500m course. Successful crews then move on to the knock-out stages with prizes on offer for the best teams.

The team – called Titanic Edge – has been through rigorous training with the help of an experienced cox.

Managing director Stuart Winterburn, who took part in last year’s event, said: “It’s a terrific event albeit physically demanding; it takes a great deal of effort and, most importantly, teamwork to do well.

“The guys involved are learning how to work together and gel as a unit in slightly unusual surroundings away from the office. We wish them well and the entire Dynamic Edge team will be there on the day to cheer them on.”

Now in its 30th year, the Aberdeen Inter-Company Row is one of the UK’s leading corporate rowing events.

For further information visit www.abc-dee.co.uk/inter-company

Dynamic Edge expert’s advice after cyber attack warnings

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A flurry of recent high-profile – and alarming – warnings has at least given businesses the opportunity get on the front foot when it comes to averting cyber attacks.

First the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), along with the FBI and other cyber-crime experts, issued a stark warning after it was discovered that more than 15,000 computers in the UK, and millions more worldwide, could be infected by malicious software (malware). Companies should be ready for a hostile attack, they said, at any time.

This threat, which applies to users of Windows operating systems, could cost businesses and individuals across the country millions of pounds as the malware targets sensitive information such as bank details.

If that wasn’t enough, experts then warned that it was ‘when’, and not ‘if’, when it came to cyber attacks on North Sea oil and gas operations.

Delegates at an industry gathering in Aberdeen were told of a significant rise in the number of reported attacks, and heard that offshore platforms had already been targeted. Whether the virtual assailants were hackers, environmental activists or even hostile states, the message to companies was clear: be prepared for more of the same.

A key element to averting such attacks is to ensure that staff at all levels of the company are kept up to date on the latest guidance and procedures for minimising risk and are confident using the business’ IT systems.

Rob Hamilton, Chief Executive at Aberdeen-based IT business Dynamic Edge, said: “An in-depth strategic approach is required for overall security, however, there are straightforward steps that businesses can take to help protect themselves against external threats

“No bank or card issuer will ever contact you by email, asking you to enter all your personal and financial details online. If you receive a message like this, report it to your bank, then delete it. Your IT department or service provider should also be informed.

“If you receive an email from an unknown source, do not open it and do not click on any attachments.

“In addition, anti-virus software should be up to date; an anti-spyware package should be installed; firewalls should be used; software/operating systems should be up to date and passwords should be changed regularly.

“These rules should form part of a broader plan across the entire organisation that is continually revisited and revised as and when required.

“It may sound simplistic but often it is the fundamental dos and don’ts that need to be followed with communication between the IT team and staff vital to avoid ongoing issues.”

Dynamic Edge support keeps AFC Ladies on the ball

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A north-east women’s football team is targeting success on and off the field thanks to backing from innovative IT business Dynamic Edge.

A leading managed IT service specialist, Dynamic Edge is supporting Aberdeen FC Ladies through the provision of software consultancy and IT support which is enhancing day-to-day communication among players, coaches and support personnel.

The city-based company has installed an innovative solution, valued at £12,000, which has aided information sharing and collaboration on everything from training, match preparation and tactics to diet, fitness and travel arrangements. The system can be accessed quickly and remotely by both coaches and players.

Additionally, Dynamic Edge sponsors midfielder Susan Murray and has provided matchday and programme support for the team, which plays its home games at Sunnybank Football Club’s Heathryfold Park.

The team plays in the Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL), which is contested by 12 teams with a split towards the end of the season. The league season is played between March and November.

Aberdeen Ladies has made a promising start to the league season. The Dons also reached the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup where they lost 2-0 to Glasgow City.

The squad, which trains three or four times a week, is targeting a successful season. And the team’s manager, Allan Smith, believes there is plenty more to come from the squad.

He said: “The team has made a bright start to the season and I’ve got faith in this group of players that we can finish higher in the league than last year’s 6th place. We know it’s going to be another tough season as the league is always very closely fought, but we’re hopeful of reaching our goals as well as performing well in the cup competitions.

“We’re delighted to receive this generous support from Dynamic Edge. The sponsorship has made a real difference to our team and helped us to become a more professional outfit. The key thing for us has been the IT set-up for the team, which has enhanced communication for all the players and coaches.”

Rob Hamilton, managing director of Dynamic Edge, said: “We’re delighted to support Aberdeen Ladies in any way we can. The team did well last season and all of us at Dynamic Edge hope that they’ll continue to be successful for years to come.”

For more information on Aberdeen FC Ladies visit www.aberdeenladies.co.uk

Established in January 2009 by managing director Rob Hamilton, Dynamic Edge offers a comprehensive range of IT and communications services to the north-east business community.

Rob is also a board member of Aberdeen-based charity Inspire, which helps people with learning disabilities and additional support needs.

Dynamic Edge targets further growth after Funding Circle boost

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ABERDEEN IT BUSINESS INCREASES TURNOVER BY 21%

Innovative IT business Dynamic Edge has increased year-on-year turnover by 21% and targeted further growth by raising capital through Funding Circle.

A leading specialist in cloud computing technology, Dynamic Edge raised £100,000 through the crowdfunding initiative – which enables online peer-to-peer lending as an alternative to traditional sources of funding for small businesses.

In February, Funding Circle received a £40m injection from the state-backed British Business Bank in order to provide loans to small and medium-sized businesses across the country. This followed a similar investment of £20m in March 2013 which Funding Circle has since lent to more than 2,000 UK businesses, helping to create an estimated 6,500 jobs.

Rob Hamilton, chief executive of Aberdeen-based Dynamic Edge, was able to attract 350 private investors for his business proposal through Funding Circle.

He said: “We made the decision to use Funding Circle as not only did it provide the business with a no equity loan with fixed monthly repayment fees, but the entire process was extremely straightforward; it took just three weeks from completing the initial application to receiving all of our funding.

“Although we had heard positive feedback from other companies who had used the initiative, it was still something of a step into the unknown. We are delighted to have been backed by 350 investors who have all recognised the growth potential of our business.”

Dynamic Edge recorded turnover of £750,000 for its March 2014 year-end – a rise of 21% on the £618,000 recorded for its previous year-end. It expects turnover to rise further to £1m by 2015.

The business now plans to open an office in London by the end of the year, while it is also exploring a potential acquisition in the Central Belt.

Additionally, the company, which currently employs 14 people, is looking to increase its team to 20 by the end of this year.

Rob Hamilton added: “It’s been an exciting time for the business, particularly given our encouraging growth figures. Our team’s reputation for excellent customer service has been an important factor, as demonstrated by the number of clients that have stayed with us since the beginning.

“We are actively looking to add skilled people to the team, while the added capital raised through Funding Circle will allow us to invest in the business over the coming months – including plans to expand into other areas of the country.

“We are currently in advanced discussions with a number of businesses in London and are hopeful of finding a solution in the near future. Additionally, we are continuing to explore opportunities in other parts of Scotland should the right deal become available.”

Established in January 2009 by chief executive Rob Hamilton, Dynamic Edge offers a comprehensive range of IT and communications services to the north-east business community.

Rob is also a board member of Aberdeen-based charity Inspire, which helps people with learning disabilities and additional support needs.

In early 2010, Dynamic Edge was identified by Microsoft as its first partner in the UK to strategically lead with cloud computing, which is now an established mainstream technology.

Cloud technology reduces or eliminates the need for server hardware, with all applications and business systems available in the cloud – and accessible from around the world. This can help businesses significantly reduce costs and increase productivity, while it also allows them to tap into a wider pool of resources.

Dynamic Edge has a portfolio comprising more than 100 clients and works closely with companies in the oil and gas industry as well as business services, commercial and legal firms. The company also specialises in assisting charities and third sector organisations manage their IT and communications requirements.

Additionally, the business provides managed IT services, hosted voice solutions, proactive support, security and disaster recovery. The company has its own state-of-the-art data centre premises which provides essential backup storage for clients.