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Cloud is revolutionizing small business and lowering IT costs while upgrading the
software and technology that are rapidly becoming available to small companies …
…which, until recently, was reserved for the bigger players. The cloud has changed the way individuals and organizations of all sizes leverage technology.
Here Comes Cloud Summit 2014!
The 5th Annual Summit is an exclusive cloud conference for service practices, business owners, entrepreneurs, accounting and legal pros, and existing cloud users, to learn of the latest in cloud business solutions.
Four years ago SMBs really started becoming enamored with the breakthroughs that cloud migration promised. First mover SMBs had accepted the marketing message (and hype)—and began transferring over email, data, and entire office server functions to realize the obvious advantages.
Fast-forward 24 months and you could hear rumblings of a different sort, about some cloud providers—primarily because the service itself, its delivery, and what defines a comprehensive IT environment were misunderstood by both vendor and client alike. Cloud migration, as it turns out, does not always end well when combined with a remote vendor agreement.
Cloud Migration, Like Pizza Delivery?
For fun we’ve simplified the full gestalt of cloud migration, likening it to pizza.
The new cloud IT ecosystem has brought us heretofore unimagined capability and capacity for even the smallest of companies – newfound abilities to compete, build brand recognition and reach new market penetration. There are also new risks that must be circumnavigated …
The old mantra for businesses, “location, location, location”, has given way to connectivity– which now translates to new opportunity. As technology rapidly evolves, businesses and consumers increasingly connect irrespective of place and time.
The New Cloud IT Ecosystem
Where businesses once easily identified their respective vendors and service providers, the identification of providers within the new service ‘delivery chain’ are no longer so easily recognized. Among the benefits of the new cloud IT ecosystem is the ability to reach beyond historical boundaries.
Thus the risk for many businesses today lay in not fully understanding with whom, and in how, the traditional technological borders are being dissolved.
Where’s the safest place to store your crucial business files and data?
Not on your local hardware, which can fail, or in physical file cabinets.
Nowadays, to insure you’ll keep them secure forever, you move them to cloud based storage. Here’s a new infographic from Intuit® Tax Online that demonstrates why cloud based storage is safe, secure and accessible from anywhere at anytime
Cloud based storage can
eliminate Russian Roulette
Many SMBs often play Russian roulette with their data and files, choosing the most basic storage and archiving procedures. Or even non-existent.
Cloud based storage services are actually far safer than those fearful suggest, if maintained properly. In truth, cloud storage services are helping many SMBs establish rock-solid business continuity plans for the very first time ever. In most cases, these solutions are far more cost-effective and secure than traditional on-site solutions.
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America’s biggest trade group of CPAs & accounting professionals has drawn a line into the sand against the Internal Revenue Service “The IRS’s new rule regulating tax return preparers is an unlawful exercise of government power,” Barry Melancon, president of the American … Continue reading
In recent years, cloud-hosted virtual server solutions and services have accelerated in popularity, for good reason, and many or most SMBs and financial firms are at least investigating this new paradigm for financial, business and IT management. Business application hosting … Continue reading
Savvy entrepreneurs are increasingly adopting cloud computing technology, enjoying efficiencies that were previously available only to the largest of firms. See also: Cloud Summit 2014, Not Just For Accountants Anymore! New businesses must carefully manage their resources, which is why … Continue reading