Omri Erel is Marketing Director of WalkMe. Any business enterprise, be it small or big, is always on a lookout for improving their productivity by performing tasks faster, quicker and in the most economical way to increase their profitability. In the case of small enterprises, the challenges are many, above all to be competitive, constantly improve quality standards and price their product competitively in the increasingly cutthroat business environment. Yet in today's times it has become very easy for small businesses to constantly improve without going too far. More than 30 percent of small business owners are increasingly reaping the benefits of cloud computing, to study, organize or lead their enterprise by using the cloud based software. Every small enterprise aims to achieve more effective business goals. This is possible by implementing more and more cloud based software to assist in running the day-to-day business. Software solutions catering to all requirements of a small … [Read more...] about Cloud Computing Smart for Many Small Businesses
The popularity of cloud computing for businesses is undeniable. With an ever-increasing number of mobile devices that have constant Internet connectivity, the cloud is one of the best ways to boost efficiency and collaboration within your business. What was once seen as a revolutionary way to do business is now the norm, and according to a new report, it's about to change again. Market Research Reports recently released a 15-section report on the future of the cloud for network operators and cloud service providers. According to the report, the cloud is moving beyond simple computing and data storage into a new realm of communications, applications and content. This evolution is evident in the existence of communications products like Google Voice and cloud-based payment solutions for mobile commerce. [Cloud Computing: A Small Business Guide] The report contains information on the different types of cloud solutions, enterprise challenges presented by cloud computing, personal and … [Read more...] about Cloud Computing Grows Up
Cloud computing continues to change the way businesses work. It creates a new way to facilitate collaboration and information access across great geographic distances while reducing the overhead associated with maintaining what was once an expensive series of resources. As a result, software companies are more flexible and cost-effective and allow consumers to purchase only what they use rather than off the shelf as a large initial investment. Despite how many companies regularly use cloud-based services, many individuals don’t fully grasp the terminology associated. The jargon that comes with the cloud is understandably confusing, so here’s a quick breakdown of common terms. Cloud computing Rather than storing data locally on individual computers or a company’s network, cloud computing entails the delivery of data and shared resources via a secure and centralized remote platform. Rather than using a company’s own servers, it places the use of resources in the … [Read more...] about A Guide to Cloud Computing Terms
By 2014, cloud computing is expected to become a $150 billion industry. And for good reason — whether users are on a desktop computer or mobile device, the cloud provides instant access to data anytime, anywhere there is an Internet connection. For businesses, cloud computing also offers myriad benefits, such as scalable storage for files, applications and other types of data; improved collaboration regardless of team members' locations; and saved time and money by eliminating the need to build a costly data center and hire an IT team to manage it. Most businesses, however, have one major concern when it comes to cloud computing: Exactly how safe is the cloud? Although most reputable cloud providers have top-of-the-line security to protect users' data, experts say there is no such thing as a completely safe cloud system. [Cloud Computing: A Small Business Guide] From security holes to support issues, below are eight risks all users take when migrating to and storing … [Read more...] about 8 Reasons to Fear Cloud Computing
Is virtualization right for your business? How about cloud computing? Don't know the difference? That's OK — most non-IT folks don't either. The word "cloud" is often thrown around as an umbrella term, while "virtualization" is often confused with cloud computing. Although the two technologies are similar, they are not interchangeable, and the difference is significant enough to affect your business decisions. Here is a guide to help demystify the tech behind the jargon. In a nutshell, virtualization is software that separates physical infrastructures to create various dedicated resources. It is the fundamental technology that powers cloud computing. [Cloud Computing: A Small Business Guide] "Virtualization software makes it possible to run multiple operating systems and multiple applications on the same server at the same time," said Mike Adams, director of product marketing at VMware, a pioneer in virtualization and cloud software and services. "It enables businesses to reduce … [Read more...] about Virtualization vs. Cloud Computing: What’s the Difference?
Cloud computing has evolved into a powerful business tool for both big name corporations and small businesses alike. Whereas costs and lack of service options once limited cloud accessibility for small businesses, today's cloud environment and future outlook show that cloud computing is more affordable than ever. Kirill Bensonoff, founding partner at ComputerSupport.com, and Calvin Wilder, CEO of SmartBooks, recently held a webinar called "2014 Cloud Trends Every CFO Needs to Know," discussing where the cloud is going and what that means for small businesses. Bensonoff and Wilder identified price trends among cloud providers, as well as security concerns that are relevant amidst recent NSA spying revelations. The two also discussed the cloud services available to small businesses, the rate at which these services are growing and the biggest players leading the market. [Cloud Computing: A Small Business Guide] One of the glaring trends in cloud computing is the downward trend in prices, … [Read more...] about Cloud Computing’s Sunny 2014 Forecast
Cloud computing can be confusing. If you're considering a cloud service for your business, here are three questions to ask: What type of cloud computing does your business need? How much are you willing to pay? Can you deal with the security risks?To help you answer these questions and better understand the cloud, here is our cloud computing guide for small businesses.Cloud computing gives users access to data wherever they have an internet connection. In today's ever-changing business climate, it's critical that small business owners get what they need right when they need it, whether they're on their computers, tablets or mobile phones – or in the office, out in the field or on the road. This is exactly the convenience that cloud computing provides.Cloud computing is an umbrella term for different types of cloud services, including these: Cloud storage – stores and backs up your files for regular access and for sharing and syncing them across devices. Cloud backup – … [Read more...] about Cloud Computing: A Small Business Guide
The latest issue of Google Friends Newsletter explains ‘Cloud Computing’ and ‘Living in the Cloud’ – Full excerpt from the email:Lately you may have been hearing a lot about "cloud computing" – a phrase that describes the notion of using web-based software to work on, and share, your own information and files via the Internet instead of having to store them on your hard drive. Businesses are taking a closer look at harnessing the power of "the cloud" because of the efficiencies it can create for them, like burdening IT departments less, helping employees to be more self-sufficient, and not having to invest in hardware infrastructure. But the cloud works for regular folks too.We’ve been seeing some great examples of people "living in the cloud" to manage their personal lives more easily, including a couple we recently heard from who planned their entire wedding using web-based applications. There are a whole host of tools out there, like Google … [Read more...] about Cloud Computing, Living in the Cloud – What Do They Mean?
Cloud Computing can help your business reduce costs as you don’t have to invest in hardware and other physical infrastructure, your data is stored on a secure location and you only pay for what you use – there are no licensing fees associated with cloud computing.That said, there are some important legal issues that must be taken care of before you sign-up with any of the cloud vendors for your business.These issues, discussed below, are more relevant for business owners who are planning to shift to the cloud and may not really matter if you are a consumer who merely uses the cloud for storing emails or office documents. 1. The Physical Location of your Data 1a. Where is your data stored physically? 1b. If a dispute arises, what will be the place of jurisdiction?Say you are a business owner in China and your cloud service provider is based in the US. The vendor will definitely prefer settling the case in in an American court but as a customer, do you have the … [Read more...] about The Legal Issues Around Cloud Computing
Can rains and thunder-storms affect cloud computing?Last year, a retired high-ranking official of the Indian government managed to convince a TV reporter that bad weather can actually disrupt cloud based services. His argument was that your computer makes a connection to the cloud (the “physical cloud” that turns into rain) and thus cloud services won’t work as expected in the absence of clouds.The hilarious video recording quickly went viral on YouTube and here’s short version of the same but with English subtitles. 51% says bad weather can interfere with cloud computingIt turns out that the concept of “cloud computing” is indeed confusing to a majority of users. A recent survey commissioned by Citrix has found that most Americans associate the tech term “cloud” with the actual physical cloud. When asked what “the cloud” is, a majority responded it’s either an actual cloud, the sky or something related to the weather. … [Read more...] about Does Bad Weather Affect Cloud Computing?