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.
Microsoft’s Biggest Client, or Just a PR Stunt? – Part II This is the concluding part of a two-part article. For the first part, please see Microsoft’s Biggest Client, or Just a PR Stunt? – Part I . There is another possibility at play here. If Microsoft manages to sell the viability of its cloud offerings to the Indian government, this freebie can actually result in paying contracts in other areas. And as we all know, governments are big spenders, even on information technology (See: How Much Can the US Government Save By Going to the Cloud?). Getting buy-in is important
Microsoft’s Biggest Client, or Just a PR Stunt? – Part I On April 13, Reuters ran a news item where “Microsoft announced its biggest-ever customer for cloud computing – software that it hosts on behalf of clients and delivers over the Internet – after winning a contract to provide free services to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)” (). Now, the first thing that struck me was the word “free” and left me thinking, “Does this truly make the AICTE Microsoft’s biggest client, or is this just a PR stunt full of fluff with no solidity?” I looked
Nitro Sets Sights on the Business Cloud; Secures $3.5 Million from Starfish Ventures SAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 3, 2012 – Nitro, a creator of intuitive solutions that enable people to work smarter, today announced that it has secured $3.5 million in funding from Starfish Ventures to fuel aggressive product innovation and recruitment during 2012. This inaugural round of institutional financing will allow the Company to support a rapidly growing global user base and empower advancements for its collaborative cloud roadmap. Bootstrapped and profitable since 2005, Australian-founded Nitro was conceived with the vision to simplify the way people create, edit, sign, and
Trends in Online Collaboration: When Security, Compliance and Productivity Collide Featured Analyst Firm: Gartner Speakers: Jeffrey Man Paul Hands Type: Audio (53 minutes) External collaboration is a major source of information risk. New tools make document collaboration much easier, but may have serious security issues. Learn more about industry trends and demands for security and compliance in online collaboration. When companies share sensitive documents with partners outside the corporate network, security, compliance and collaboration are often seen as a tradeoff. You can lock information down behind the firewall with strict policies and centralized control, but without collaboration. Or you can