4 Ways That Cloud Hosting Has Changed How We Do Business Cloud hosting has lowered the barrier to entry for IT provisioning, provided improved collaboration tools and platforms, driven innovation, and increased choice. There is a huge amount of hype surrounding the concept and implementation of cloud technology. Marketers have grasped the potential messaging and branding benefits of the cloud with both hands. As is often the case, cloud boosterism has produced a predictable backlash from traditionalists in the IT world. No one wants to be thought of as bandwagon jumping or buying into the flimflam of marketers, but there’s
Zero Distance: Getting Closer to the Customer With Cloud technology becoming more and more central and critical to the day-to-day operations of business, the need for clear guidance and understanding, both in technical terminology and customer service strategy is becoming greater than ever. Decision-makers are no longer allowed the time to review and digest new developments and trends over days and weeks, or to turn to focus groups for answers. Change happens now, and if a company is not fully on-board, a customer might just leave for the more up-to-date competitor across the street. This is the reason for a
White Paper: Global Cloud Perspectives To help us understand what business leaders think about ‘the cloud’ and the impact of cloud collaboration to their businesses, we asked Forbes Insights to conduct research. In response, Forbes surveyed over 500 senior executives from global companies with sales ranging from $250 million to over $20 billion, and interviewed 15 executives. The study examined the ways business leaders increasingly look at cloud collaboration as a way to increase productivity, accelerate business results, and enhance innovation and collaboration across borders and functions. The Collaborative Revolution A collaborative revolution has been brewing for well over
Cloud – Based Productivity Solutions for SMBs Especially for small businesses, the cloud environment brings the most valuable benefits. The physical infrastructure deployment and maintenance, the need for specialized IT staff and the expensive software updates are just some of the aspects small businesses would not worry about if they would switch to cloud-based applications. But let’s see what kinds of productivity tools are out there in the cloud for SMBs:Cloud computing solutions should be the natural option for small businesses. In a recent survey released by Spiceworks, 62% of the SMBs interviewed reported that they are using some type of cloud application.
Key Differences Between Server and Desktop Online Storage Many people are saying that 2013 will be the “break-out” year for cloud storage. A number of factors are pushing online data storage offerings – including file sharing, backup, archiving and more – beyond the consumer and small business market and into big business datacenters. Below, I’d like to highlight some of the key differences which set server and desktop/laptop online backup and storage services apart, in hopes that this might give you some insight into how the space has developed and evolved over the years. Desktop Online Backup In the past, most work
Companies That Pass On UCaaS Don’t Know What They’re Missing This post is sponsored by CIO Collaboration Network and Avaya. As the helicopter hovers above the water, a young lieutenant checks his HUD. It shows an altitude at 8 meters with wind gusting at 17 knots. His eyes flick to the right and he checks his position. Right on target. “Team Alpha, this is Bravo. Are you ready?” The diver receives an affirmative response. But then a warning sounds, followed by a computerized voice: Priority message alert – Rescue target identified as known drug smuggler. Proceed with caution. “Did you hear that, Alpha?
Stuck In The Clouds: The Issue Of Data Ownership While the immediate benefits of cloud services are typically clear to new users, individuals and businesses alike are becoming increasingly aware of a looming issue: vendor lock-in. As these users amass large amounts of data in their cloud-based accounts, from email to pictures and everything in between, they are learning that exporting that data can pose a significant challenge. Vendors often rely on the fact that once you are comfortable using their services it is difficult to leave and move that data out or to another service. For individuals, this can mean
Democratizing Business Communications Through The Collaboration Cloud This post is sponsored by CIO Collaboration Network and Avaya. In my previous post I wrote about the importance of collaboration in modern business and postulated about possible reasons behind it. Today, I am going to explore a related topic – communications. Now, effective communication is the key to effective collaboration, which we have already discussed, is the key to business success. However, modern businesses face several challenges in this critical area. “Man is by nature a social animal,” wrote Greek philosopher Aristotle more than 2,000 years ago. While it’s as true today as it was then, technology