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February 25th, 2015

Cloud 3_164Are you tired of hearing all the hype about the Cloud revolution? Do you just want to know what the deal is with this IT service? Will it really help your business gain profit and increase efficiency? If you’re sick of all the fluff surrounding Cloud Computing, read on. We’ll unveil its true value and how you can effectively integrate it into your business.

You might say that many businesses sign up for the Cloud because it is touted as a revolutionary technology. And if you’re one of those that has already hopped on the bandwagon, you may actually be among the soon-to-be disappointed.

The reasoning behind this is simple. Businesses who get the most out of the Cloud know which specific problems it will solve for their organization before they even sign up. They know which workflows and tasks can benefit from, and have their efficiency boosted by, Cloud technologies. And they’ve identified how the Cloud can rewire their work processes.

The true purpose of the Cloud

Did you catch the word “efficiency” in the block of text above? If you did, then you’ve identified the true value the Cloud brings to a business. Don’t believe the hype that the Cloud will somehow magically boost your bottom line. Although it has that potential, the Cloud is all about efficiency. It can save you time searching for important documents, updating software, and replacing documents stored on a lost laptop. And it enhances efficiency and collaboration among your staff. What's more, when your business is in the Cloud, your business is everywhere. And that means increased efficiency.

Where businesses go wrong with the Cloud

Besides jumping on the Cloud bandwagon without considering where it can benefit your business, a major reason the Cloud fails for SMBs is because they’ve chosen the wrong vendor. The truth is, some vendors are going to try and oversell you on Cloud services you don’t need. Instead of getting a whole suite of Cloud services such as software plugins, a new Cloud infrastructure and development platforms, maybe your business would benefit much more by just keeping it simple with Google Apps. Sometimes pork and potatoes are going to beat a steak. It really just depends on your objectives.

Secondly, if you’re a small business, make sure the IT provider you’re talking to caters to small businesses. If their target customers are large enterprises, you’re likely going to be overpaying for a service that doesn’t align with your business model.

Does the Cloud really add value to my business?

Have no doubt that the Cloud can improve efficiency if you know where to implement it. A study of 757 SMBs by Exact and the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research found that one in five SMBs surveyed had implemented Cloud technologies, and 78% of those were operating at levels above industry standards.

In conclusion, is adapting the Cloud going to instantly start making you money? Likely not. But it will impact your business in other valuable ways for the long run. You’ll have increased flexibility, scalability, improved processes and streamlined workflow. Is all this good for business? Well, what do you think?

To figure out how the Cloud can effectively fit into your business model, contact us today.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

February 23rd, 2015

SocialMedia_Feb23_CYou’ve been waffling around on social media for months, hoping to get that increased spike in business you’ve heard rumors about. But after storming out of the gates, signing up for Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and others, you’ve seen little by way of results - and have less than a few hundred social media followers to show for it. Not to worry, there are some proven strategies that will leave you smacking your forehead and wondering why you didn’t think of them. Read on for some sensible social media tips that will get your business rolling.

Undoubtedly, the most important strategy to use in your social media plan is...to have a strategy to begin with. Know how much time you can dedicate to social media, block out the hours to focus on it and don’t waste that time checking out friends’ vacation photos or celebrity twitter feeds.

If you don’t have a strategy, you’re going to waste time posting irrelevant updates that won’t engage with your audience. To help you plan an effective social media strategy, here are three crucial tips to get you off on the right foot.

Initially focus on the big three

Most social media experts agree that the three platforms that generate the most business leads, engagement and brand exposure are Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter. When you’re getting started, your efforts should be primarily focused on these three. After you’ve gained followings here, then you can start forging paths into YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest amongst others.

Post at prime exposure times

Studies have shown that around lunch and dinner time are ideal posting times (since everyone is uploading photos of their meals). As for which days, many marketers agree your posts are most likely to get noticed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So these are the times to deliver those high-impact messages you’ve been randomly shooting out.

Find the value in your post

On social media, you should always be focused on selling your services, right? Wrong. Only 15% of your posts should concern news about your business and its products. The other 85% should focus on providing fun, valuable and timely content.

When you create a new post, you should ask yourself what’s in it for the customer. What do they get from reading it? Seriously, why is someone going to share your post or talk about your business unless it adds value to their life? Think about the posts you share personally. Do they provide value to your friends and family? We’re guessing the answer is yes.

For more tips on how social media can create buzz for your business, contact us today.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

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February 19th, 2015

How Cloud Computing Can Cut Your IT Costs By Half, Provide Automatic Disaster Recovery And Free You To Work From Anywhere On Any Device

     If you are a business owner or executive questioning what this “cloud hing” is and wondering how it can help your business, then it’s critical for you to attend this Executive Webinar You’ll learn what Cloud Computing is, how you are already using it, and what most IT consultants don’t know or won’t tell you about moving your company’s network to the cloud. Join us as we look into what the benefits and draw backs can be with moving your network to the Cloud. You’ll have a better understanding as to whether your company can take advantage of what the Cloud has to offer. CEO’s, CFO’s, and IT Executives encouraged to attending.

 

Join us for a Free Webinar on June 20 at 10AM

How to Register:

https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/284335703

Call: 623-806-8484

Email: Gloria@stsarizona.com

February 19th, 2015

How Cloud Computing Can Cut Your IT Costs By Half, Provide Automatic Disaster Recovery And Free You To Work From Anywhere On Any Device

     If you are a business owner or executive questioning what this “cloud hing” is and wondering how it can help your business, then it’s critical for you to attend this Executive Webinar You’ll learn what Cloud Computing is, how you are already using it, and what most IT consultants don’t know or won’t tell you about moving your company’s network to the cloud. Join us as we look into what the benefits and draw backs can be with moving your network to the Cloud. You’ll have a better understanding as to whether your company can take advantage of what the Cloud has to offer. CEO’s, CFO’s, and IT Executives encouraged to attending.

 

Join us for a Free Webinar on June 20 at 10AM

How to Register:

https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/284335703

Call: 623-806-8484

Email: Gloria@stsarizona.com

February 19th, 2015

How Cloud Computing Can Cut Your IT Costs By Half, Provide Automatic Disaster Recovery And Free You To Work From Anywhere On Any Device

     If you are a business owner or executive questioning what this “cloud hing” is and wondering how it can help your business, then it’s critical for you to attend this Executive Webinar You’ll learn what Cloud Computing is, how you are already using it, and what most IT consultants don’t know or won’t tell you about moving your company’s network to the cloud. Join us as we look into what the benefits and draw backs can be with moving your network to the Cloud. You’ll have a better understanding as to whether your company can take advantage of what the Cloud has to offer. CEO’s, CFO’s, and IT Executives encouraged to attending.

 

Join us for a Free Webinar on June 20 at 10AM

How to Register:

https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/284335703

Call: 623-806-8484

Email: Gloria@stsarizona.com

February 19th, 2015

How Cloud Computing Can Cut Your IT Costs By Half, Provide Automatic Disaster Recovery And Free You To Work From Anywhere On Any Device

     If you are a business owner or executive questioning what this “cloud hing” is and wondering how it can help your business, then it’s critical for you to attend this Executive Webinar You’ll learn what Cloud Computing is, how you are already using it, and what most IT consultants don’t know or won’t tell you about moving your company’s network to the cloud. Join us as we look into what the benefits and draw backs can be with moving your network to the Cloud. You’ll have a better understanding as to whether your company can take advantage of what the Cloud has to offer. CEO’s, CFO’s, and IT Executives encouraged to attending.

 

Join us for a Free Webinar on June 20 at 10AM

How to Register:

https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/284335703

Call: 623-806-8484

Email: Gloria@stsarizona.com

February 19th, 2015
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They say breaking up is hard to do; but when it comes to choosing between your old familiar tape drive and risking your company’s data, it should be a no-brainer. Tape drives are notorious for failure — and if you are still swapping out tapes as your only backup source, here are 4 reasons you need to break it off:

 

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February 19th, 2015

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February 13th, 2015

BC_164_CAre you prepared for when the unexpected strikes? According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, approximately 25 percent of businesses don’t reopen following a major disaster. The truth is that disasters happen every day, regardless of location or business size – simply switch on the news for proof. So obviously, it’s wise to think ahead and plan for the worst. Here are some ideas to get you ready for a disaster before it hits.

The difference between disaster recovery and business continuity

While it’s easy to overlook the differences between a disaster recovery and business continuity plan, there are actually some key variations you should be aware of.

Disaster recovery is the restoration of business operations and IT infrastructure after a disaster has already occurred. Business continuity, on the other hand, is focused on maintaining business operations and profits throughout a disaster. While disaster recovery is mainly focused on the slice of time immediately following a disaster (how you replace your equipment and restore IT infrastructure asap), business continuity looks at the bigger picture – the continuity of the company as a whole. It ensures you can run your business and maintain profits during the process of recovering from a catastrophe. It generally includes a disaster recovery plan as part of it.

Creating your business continuity plan

The first step in creating your plan is to identify which of your IT assets are vulnerable to disaster. To do this, you need to ask yourself some important questions, starting with what might happen if you were to lose the functionality of a specific asset for a day, a week or even longer. Answering this question will help you identify your most critical IT assets; the ones that are integral to your business operations.

Here are some other important questions to ask when drafting your business continuity plan:

  • What is the purpose of my business continuity plan?
  • What disasters can affect my IT infrastructure?
  • What are my key business areas?
  • Which different business areas, assets and departments depend on each other?
  • What is the longest amount of time I can go without functionality of IT assets?

Once you can answer these, it’s time to start planning. Write down your thoughts, and then contact an IT provider like us for assistance. We’ve helped countless businesses just like yours prepare themselves in order to remain operational throughout catastrophes. We can also help you identify potential problems that you may not have thought of.

Need help creating your business continuity plan? Contact us today to see how we can help you stay running and turning profits when disaster hits.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.