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Security and the Mythical 'Business User'

Security and the Mythical ‘Business User’

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We often talk about ‘business applications’ or ‘business software’ as if they belonged to a separate universe of applications. This often makes sense – some applications (like HR software) only... read more

Online tools for small buisness

How Small Businesses Benefit From Online Tools

Cloud Computing

In today’s world, one of the best things you can do for your small business is take advantage of technology. Online software in particular plays a huge part in the... read more

SaaS Pricing: How to Compare the Cost of On-Premise vs SaaS?

SaaS Pricing: How to Compare the Cost of On-Premise vs SaaS?

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When considering a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution versus a traditional on-premise software application, one needs to keep in mind several factors when calculating total cost of ownership and ROI. These variables... read more

Yahoo and Google Email: A False Sense of Security?

Yahoo and Google Email: A False Sense of Security?

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Steps taken by Yahoo and more recently, Google, to make their cloud email solutions more secure are to be commended.  It’s great to know that data sent between your browser... read more

Mid-Air Collision? The CIO/CFO Cloud Computing Debate

Mid-Air Collision? The CIO/CFO Cloud Computing Debate

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Successfully managing IT strategy is no simple task, particularly when the decision makers’ roles vary from company to company. Research findings from Gartner and Financial Executives Research Foundation, for example,... read more


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Google Drive: The Best Bang for Your Buck

Google Drive: The Best Bang for Your Buck

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There are plenty of apps available for sharing for your business. Some of the most effective apps, however, come at a cheaper price than most would expect. Building on Google... read more

Rethinking Typical Cloud Storage

Rethinking Typical Cloud Storage

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Enterprises are under increasing pressure to manage the costs and logistics around an exploding volume of data. Much of that data is “copy data” – the byproduct of enterprise data... read more

4 Great Reasons to Host Your Phone System in the Cloud

4 Great Reasons to Host Your Phone System in the Cloud

Cloud Computing

Previously, businesses didn’t have a lot of options when it came to choosing a phone system. A piece of pbx (switchboard) hardware was connected to a physical line (or lines)... read more

45% of Global Enterprises Are Running Production-Level Cloud Apps Today

45% of Global Enterprises Are Running Production-Level Cloud Apps Today

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Microsoft’s latest study shows enterprises’ pace of cloud computing adoption continues to accelerate. Nearly half of the respondents (45%) report they have cloud-based applications running in production environments. 58% report... read more

The New Cloud Adoption Playbook Methodology

The New Cloud Adoption Playbook Methodology

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The technology products that you purchase are worthless…unless you adopt them. Last month, I wrote about this concept, framed by the assertion that users must actually adopt a product in... read more

How the Cloud and Your Accountant Can Help You Avoid Costly Mistakes

How the Cloud and Your Accountant Can Help You Avoid Costly Mistakes

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No other profession has their finger on the pulse of the small business economy quite like accountants do, so when more than 200 innovative CPA’s convened for the first US... read more

Unlocking The Cloud: How A Computing Revolution Went Mainstream [Video]

Unlocking The Cloud: How A Computing Revolution Went Mainstream [Video]

Cloud Computing

By now, we’ve all heard about the cloud and the numerous benefits of cloud computing, but how are companies really using the cloud? Working with SAP, Oxford Economics surveyed 200... read more

Best Practices Guidelines for Enterprises in the Era of IOT

Best Practices Guidelines for Enterprises in the Era of IOT

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The term “Internet of Things” was first coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999. At present there are about ten billion devices that are connected to internet. This analytic is expected... read more

The Benefits of True SaaS and the Dangers of Cloud Impostors

The Benefits of True SaaS and the Dangers of Cloud Impostors

Cloud Computing

The cloud services model for delivering software has become wildly popular over the last few years because it offers benefits that legacy, on-premise software can’t match. Its consistent, hassle-free updates,... read more

The “OK, Well, Now What?” of Cloud Infrastructure

The “OK, Well, Now What?” of Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud Computing

High atop the soap box here on Beard Mountain, I’ve been thinking (and quietly pontificating) about technology adoption, particularly the “state of cloud“. People are listening to me because infrastructure... read more