Ever since businesses started going online back in 1994 or so, the content has always been the biggest challenge.
It seems that the cloud is getting a lot of press nowadays. Critics claim ‘the cloud’ is just another marketing buzzword, while proponents contend that ‘the cloud’ is a fundamental paradigm shift in how people use technology. Perhaps it is both. I don’t think it really matters.
What really matters is how it affects your day-to-day life. The reality is, there are some amazing ‘cloud’ tools and services available today that do make life a little easier.
Here are my top 6 favorite cloud apps that I recommend to everyone.
6. – When Google first launched Google Docs in 2006 I was skeptical. A lot has changed since then, and I now use Docs every day. While there are some features I miss from Microsoft Office, the pros now outweigh the cons.
Have you ever wondered “Does my business need to get a server?” When you really start considering this, here are a few of things you might want to think about. Do we need to be able to access files from remote locations? Are we concerned whether our files are being backed up? Are any of our files updated by several people regularly? If you said yes to any of these, there is a good chance a small business server is for you.Over at Startupnation there is a good article on the reasons you might want to buy a small business server. Here are a few key reasons from the article listed below.[starlist]
Do you know exactly how much you spend on IT support for your office? To get to this number, you need to first look at your company financials. Let’s break this down.
First, see if there is a place within your expenses that will accommodate “technology.” The typical account is “professional services” but you really need a sub-account; something like “IT support costs”. If you already have something like this, look carefully at the transactions because more often than not, equipment costs have been placed under the same umbrella, and really they need to be moved into a different account for assets or a capital expenditure.
There are countless types of systems, software, and hardware out there that require support, maintenance, and specialized knowledge to run efficiently and effectively. When something breaks breaks in your office, who do you want to call? Someone paid by the hour, who is in and out as fast as possible? Or would you rather call someone who knows you and your business and wants to not just fix your problem, but make sure it take steps to stop the problem from happening again?
There is a great article over on Carolina Newswire on how to determine if managed services are right for you. Here are a few of the key points that they cover: