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In the previous two weeks, I wrote about why the cloud is important to you as a business leader and provided some rationale for economic justification of cloud adoption. Over the next three weeks, I will take apart the three key components that comprise the cloud: infrastructure, platform and software as a service. Each is delivered as a cloud-based service. With an understanding of these components, you will be able to keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to significantly impact your organization's top and bottom lines. The main topic of this week and the most fundamental component of the cloud is infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This component refers to all the elements of delivering a Web-based service including servers, Internet connectivity, transport routing and sometimes higher-level functions for enhanced performance and scalability. The bottom ... (more)

How and When to Automate Your Small Business

Everyone talks about using software to automate their business, but few actually are doing it. Even fewer are doing it well. The problem is that automating processes with software seems like a daunting task. Not only do you have to dive into the details of your business process, but someone has to become an expert in enabling technologies and then bridge the two disciplines. My opinion is that organizations rarely push software automation more than 20 percent of the way into their process. They trudge forward doing things the way they've always been done or applying stopgap measu... (more)

Who Knew Clouds Were Green?

Cloud computing vendors and applications are sprouting up all over the place. At our company, WorkXpress we now use a range of cloud computing products to power several full-time mission critical functions. Key examples include our telephone system (we are very happy with Grasshopper.com), our email (we have 50 free email accounts through use of Google App's, http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/index.html) and our business software (we use WorkXpress.com for such things as project management, sales force automation and accounting). We also use cloud based services to sat... (more)

Hats Off to the Cloud: A Personal Cloud Success Story

Whenever the issue of cloud computing is brought up in business circles, I get a range of responses. There are the eyes-wide-with-wonder folks, the people who truly enjoy and embrace new technology and for whom the cloud is the next great mystery they are waiting to see revealed. Then, there are the middle-of-the-roaders, the people who see cloud computing as an extension of the Web and software-as-a-service, and are willing to take the marketing buzzwords in stride to realize new benefits. Finally, there are the scrooges. These are the people for whom cloud computing is nothing... (more)

Mobility – Cloud Computing’s Partner in Crime

As I mentioned last week, a reliance on cloud computing technologies made it very easy to move my office from point A to point B. One aspect I intentionally skipped was our network infrastructure. The cloud is pretty useless if you don’t have Internet access. For most businesses with more than a couple employees, Internet access means getting a service provider to run a line to your business. It means a wiring closet and a router, and it means enabling connections throughout your office space. And if you want wireless, it means setting up all access points and security, and then... (more)