We’ve been absent from the blogosphere for awhile now and thought we’d
make our reentry with a simple definition. Cloud computing. What is it? How
is it different from, well, normal computing? What does it mean for business
owners? Where is it headed?
Generally speaking, “cloud computing” is the use of the Internet to run
applications or store data. Until recently, most software programs ran on
your personal computer. Cloud computing changes that: programs run on a
remote server (or servers), accessed by (but not stored on) your computer.
Web-based email? Cloud computing. Google Apps? Cloud computing. Facebook?
Beyond its technical definitions, cloud computing also implies a host of
benefits and perceived dangers. Here are some of the biggies.
Usability - Most cloud-based applications are easier to use than their
on-site brethren. This especially ... (more)
Last month I did a presentation for small business owners at the American
Chamber of Commerce in Paris. For many businesses, “cloud computing” is
just a marketing term that’s being pitched to them, hot buzz words thrown
in their faces. I wanted to really outline what cloud computing is, and how
it can make a real difference for their companies.
The takeaways are simple: By partnering with a service provider to run your
business software (and keep it running), you free up all the... (more)
The going is good, and we’re still screwing it up
We’ve been helping companies utilize new and powerful technology for just
under three years now. It has been fantastic. We’re growing rapidly and
seeing the sea-change in how some businesses are using software. But what’s
even more astounding is the fact that so few people really are aware of just
how available fantastic new services are.
If anything has become evidently clear to me, it’s a profound disconnect
between the businesses we’re helping and the awareness about the next
generation of software that is readily available to t... (more)
A few weeks ago we were called by a frantic young business owner. His
problem? His business – a 3 month old roofing company – was winning more
deals than the founders and crew could manage. They were hiring sales reps
and managers fast, but needed a system for, well, everything. Task
management, sales management, invoicing, P & L – they needed it all, and
they needed it ASAP. Sound familiar?
Cloud Computing Swat Team, Converge
Our first call together was on a Thursday evening. The company – let’s
call them Claybourne Roofing – was hiring 8(!) new sales reps and holding
an orien... (more)
When small business owners think of software, they think of email, file
management, and…. CRM. Shorthand for “Contact Relationship Management,”
CRMs help businesses organize their customers, leads and sales. Important
Unfortunately, choosing a CRM isn’t easy. The Google Apps marketplace lists
90 of ‘em: GetApp has over 280. There are thousands more (and they all
sound the same). How’s a business owner to choose?
We review (and break) new CRMs every week, so we’re pretty confident when
we spot a good one. Here are 5 tips for choosing your own CRM – hope it
#1 Cho... (more)