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How Cloud Computing Saves Small Business Resources

Every creator of a new small business hopes its operation will result in lucrative profits. The types of profits generated will often depend on the business owner and his or her staff expertise.

Even if the business can generate large amounts of income, the outfit will not turn a profit if the owner does not know how to reduce the amount of money that’s paid out in operating expenses. As explained below, cloud computing may be the one of the best new resources for small businesses in their effort to turn a profit.

Tracking expenditures and technology cost

In the quest for greater financial efficiency, one of the first things a business owner should do is review how much money is being spent and where the money is going. Hard figures for these elements are the bedrock for the business owner’s ability to make profitable business decisions.

A specific area where business owners should look closely is how much of the company’s resources are being spent on technology. Whether the company has hired a permanent full-time employee to handle technical concerns, or pays a contractor to be on call, technical support can be very costly if the owner does not know how to make the essential adjustments.

Reducing costs by using cloud computing

A more specific area of tech that should be reviewed when evaluating cash flow with an eye toward cutting expenses are the hardware and software applications the business uses. Because hardware and software can add a significant amount of expense to the budget, small business owners are increasingly turning to an alternative that can be used to reduce spending significantly.

The alternative that many small business owners are looking at for their operations is cloud computing. By turning to cloud computing as a means to reduce expenses, some firms have quickly integrated it into their infrastructure as a staple in their business plans.

Cloud computing is designed to use or at least share the resources of others, so it can save companies a significant amount of money on their expenses. Companies that specialize in cloud computing supply the hardware and software that various clients make use of.

For example, if a company has been thinking it will have to invest $50,000 to buy new servers for its operations at the end of the quarter, it may avoid that cost by implementing a cloud computing solution. That means the servers it was intending to purchase will be replaced by an infrastructure that uses the resources of an off-site network provider.

This kind of business practice allows a business owner to rent resources instead of spending a large sum to purchase them.

Weighing the alternatives

While there are many advantages to this kind of infrastructure in your business plan, there are drawbacks as well. One involves data security, since the company’s sensitive information will be handled in an off-site environment instead of in house under lock and key.

Before a business owner chooses this type of network infrastructure, therefore, it will need to review the provider’s reputation, data security measures and practices, and disaster recovery plans — all of which are vital to the success and the failure of the overall organization.

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How Cloud Services Can Help Your Business

In today’s economy, small business owners are more interested in finding ways to increase productivity, save money, and reduce time at the office. The more your business can automate, the less you have to worry about. When you leave the drone work to cloud services, you increase your chances of getting home in time for dinner with the family every night.

Cloud services are beneficial

Cloud services offer a number of benefits to small businesses and their owners. The biggest benefit is that cloud services store all your information in one place. You don’t have to worry about having a number of different software programs that can only be accessed from one computer or another.

With cloud services, you have the ability to use apps that can be accessed by anyone in the company from anywhere in the world, at any time of day or night. This is one of the most important of the many benefits cloud services have to offer.

Apps that make life simple

When it comes to running your business, you’d probably be far more productive if you didn’t have to worry about all the little details of everyday business activities. With an app like DropBox, you and the rest of your employees can have easy access to any of your files at any moment, from any device that has Internet service.

This means you can open and work on that file your coworker was working on in California, from your meeting room in Miami. You can collaborate on projects with this app because anyone working on the project can make changes, additions, and deletions at any time, all of which immediately update on everyone else’s device.

Productivity apps

Microsoft and Google are names you recognize. They’re also names that can help you manage your office productivity. With apps designed to keep track of your time, your calendar, and your appointments, you will also know what’s going on in your office the second a change is made to anything.

Saving money

Another benefit of cloud services is the ability to save your business a significant amount of money. You can save on everything from Internet costs to operating costs to shipping costs. The many different available apps can help you to save money, increase productivity, and become more successful.

Cloud services are imperative for the success of any small business. Their benefits far outweigh any reason you possibly could have not to utilize this service. There’s no time like the present to start saving money and time, and laying the groundwork for greater success.

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Listening to the same old songs and commercials being played on the radio stations we often listen to in our cars just won’t cut it anymore. Many of us love technology and wish there was more offered for our vehicles, but without the hassle of connecting wires and using tools. We enjoy uploading songs to our iPhones and other Apple devices, but usually can only play them with an mp3 connecting while driving in our cars.

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FCC Looks to Satellite Spectrum for Broadband

U.S. regulators proposed easing restrictions on satellite companies in a move aimed at freeing more airwaves to feed the growing demand for wireless broadband services.

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to seek comment on a plan to let satellite companies partner with other business seeking to build land-based networks or to lease their spectrum to other companies in a secondary market.

The FCC also sought public comment on allowing satellite companies to relinquish spectrum in return for proceeds from future airwaves auctions.

The plan could affect about 90 megahertz of spectrum, held by companies such as SkyTerra Communications Inc, TerreStar Corp and Globalstar Inc, that is particularly suited to broadband delivery.

The FCC’s National Broadband Plan aims to open up 500 megahertz (MHz) of airwaves by 2020.

The FCC is also trying to persuade broadcasters to relinquish about 125 megahertz of spectrum under a voluntary plan.

The satellite move comes after the FCC in late March approved an application by Harbinger Capital Partners to acquire SkyTerra, a mobile satellite services company.

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Starbucks to Offer Free Wi-Fi for Everyone

Starbucks has just announced that starting July 1, 2010, everyone who enters a Starbucks store can access their Wi-Fi Internet absolutely free. That is, of course, if you happen to be at a participating company-owned location (which shouldn’t be a problem since there are thousands of them).

From Starbucks:

Starting July 1, you’ll be able to enjoy free, one-click, unlimited Wi-Fi at all company-operated Starbucks stores in the United States. What does that mean? It means:

  • Free – no Starbucks Card required
  • One-Click – no username or password needed
  • Unlimited – no 2-hour restriction

Just visit your neighborhood Starbucks, open your browser or mobile device and click to connect. It’s our way of providing you with a great digital experience to go with your cup of coffee.

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Comcast May Offer 105Mbps Shortly

It may be possible to receive broadband at speeds of 105 Mbps from Comcast as early as next week. Oddly enough Comcast has not widely promoted this but a customer has posted a copy of his most recent bill with the following statement on it.

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Techvert at the 2010 CTIA Wireless Show

Last week the TechVert crew stormed the Las Vegas Convention Center to check out the CTIA Wireless show. CTIA is the largest wireless conference in the world. They bring together vendors from the hottest segments in the wireless space including converged communications, mobile internet, computing and mobile data.

This year they had an area assigned specifically to mobile applications, which was tons of fun, getting to check out new and soon to be released applications from Motorolla and other well known companies. While at the show, we saw the latest technologies from traditional leaders such as Samsung, Google and Motorola. However the conference also showcased emerging companies and applications such as Zephyr Technology, mPayy and KnockingLive.

We can’t wait for next year’s conference and will keep you updated when we know more.

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