Revolutionizing Entrepreneurial Technology in the Cloud

Revolutionizing Entrepreneurial Technology in the Cloud

The current pandemic has accelerated the transition of small businesses to online cloud computing. Microsoft reported that due to the surge in usage of their cloud service that they have focused their efforts on meeting the demand. Other software producers are emphasizing publishing cloud-based programs which they believe to be the future of technology.

There are many benefits to cloud computing. Cloud-based servers, storage, and software can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. Your team can collaborate from their devices at various locations.

Salesforce.com a cloud service provider of customer resource management (CRM) software lists 12 advantages of cloud computing.

1. Cost Savings: Easy access to your data will save time and money. It’s a pay-as-you-go system, paying for only the services and storage you use. These factors lower costs and increase ROI.

2. Security: Users have said that the powerful encryption used by cloud services makes it very difficult for hackers to access.

3. Flexibility: Cloud services can quickly meet the demands of your business without spending money on expensive and complex updates to your computer system.

4. Mobility: Staff, freelancers, and customers can access information from various locations which are updated immediately.

5. Insight: Data is money, cloud-based storage offers analytics helping you to produce customized reports thus allowing you to create strategic plans.

6. Increased Collaboration: Team members can view information and work jointly on projects.

7. Quality Control: Single format for documents and single location storage. Data will be consistent with explicit details of corrections and amendments.

8. Disaster Recovery: “Cloud-based servers provide quick data recovery for all kinds of emergency scenarios.”

9. Loss Prevention: Data on PCs can be permanently lost through malfunctions, aging hardware, errors, or theft of a laptop.

10. Automatic Software Updates: No need to take time to update software patches or to pay for the new version. Cloud storage is safe and easily accessible.

11. Competitive Edge: “A Verizon study showed that 77% of businesses feel that cloud technology gives them a competitive advantage.”

12. Sustainability: Cuts town on paper waste, improved energy efficiency due to a reduction in commuting.

If you’re planning to transition to the cloud you should do it incrementally and I suggest you start with Microsoft Cloud 368. This is a compressive package offering all the basic programs. It’s estimated that over 90% of businesses use MS office software making the transformation easy.

Microsoft 365 is the productivity cloud that brings together best-in-class Office apps with powerful cloud services, device management, and advanced security.
The MS 365 package includes all of the following Cloud versions of the MS Office suite.

Word, a full-featured writing tool including spell and grammar check.

Excel, a spreadsheet program that is used for data storage, organizing, and extrapolating data.

Powerpoint, designed to create electronic presentations consisting of a series of separate pages or slides.

OneNote is a program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users’ notes, drawings, screen clippings, and audio commentaries.

OneDrive is a file hosting service and synchronization service.

Outlook is a personal information manager web app from Microsoft consisting of webmail, calendar, contacts, and tasks services.

Teams, allow you to access, share, and edit Word docs, PowerPoint, and Excel files in real-time.

While researching the information for this blog post I signed-up for this suite of office software and I will be using it to interact with my colleagues.

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Unlock the Advantages of Cloud Computing for Small Business

Unlock the Advantages of Cloud Computing for Small Business

Before I go any further I want to say that I’m not an IT professional.  My background is in sales, marketing, and supply chain management, but my point of view on this topic is as a user of the software.

We have all experienced the evolution of computer technology during the past several decades. My first computer in the 1980s was a Zenith, the operating system was DOS 3.1, and there was no hard-drive. This computer was primarily a word processing tool. Next came the various incarnations of Windows and Macs, followed by mobile devices.  During this evolution, these tools have dramatically changed the way we use our business tools.

The newest trend in technology is cloud-based platforms which include storage, online office programs, and communications.  In this segment, I will cover the storage use of the cloud and in future posts, we will discuss office programs and communications.

Cloud Storage
The advantage of using Cloud storage is the economies of scale which spread the cost of equipment, improvements, and maintenance to thousands of subscribers. Cloud storage eliminates the need for expensive high powered computers, servers, and security.

There are many cloud storage providers which you can find on Google. In this post, I will cover the Cloud sources that I have personally used.

Dropbox brings your cloud content and traditional files together with the tools you love—so you can be organized, stay focused, and get in sync with your team. With all your files organized in one central place, you can safely sync them across all your devices and access them anytime, anywhere.

iCloud is an Apple product that offers a free plan and very reasonable pricing for larger storage. The best benefit is that you can have every document on your Mac automatically uploaded to iCloud. All of your files can be accessed from Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Google Drive (15GB Free) easy storage and accessible from your devices. The big advantage is that you can purchase a Chromebook computer for as low as $300.00 and keep all your files in the cloud. Unfortunately, there is almost no storage on the laptop.

Amazon Drive is free with a Prime membership account. Like the others, it provides storage for your files. There is an unlimited amount of storage for photos. I store several thousand photos on this cloud.

If you have any comments or questions please email me at nick@kbizbrokers.com