Well, what is it? Does it really matter?
Let's focus on a question that should be key to all decisions to buy something, what benefit does it provide me?
If we focus on this in purely a benefit/cost analysis:
- Free to trial the majority of software and cheap to purchase
- Access anytime, anywhere
- Less hardware requirements, you need only an internet connection
- Regular, free, updates with little/no downtime
- Support? - It's usually free & included
- Simple to use
Who can benefit from the cloud the most?
Small business has the most to gain, however, everyone that likes information and places a value on it's availability should be looking into this.
For instance, Google, now has an "apps" site, with programs that provide the basic spreadsheet & document platforms that can be stored online, shared amongst peers and usage history tracked at no cost.
What's available in the cloud for my business?
- CRM - Client Resource Management (Client Database). We use WorkFlow Max
- Payroll - has a great, easy to use product
- Mail - Google can actually host your mail and domain for free
- Share Portfolio Management - Sharesight, can link into platforms like Xero and provide all the extra data on your portfolio automatically.
So, I want to work in a cloud with my business where should I start?:
is a great way to get started in the cloud, with a simple, easy to use, versatile platform.
From September live feeds from all major banks & credit unions will be in place daily. No more bank reconciliations!
Want some help deciding what to use? Why not drop us an .
Alternatively, all the sites mentioned above have free trials, try them out for yourself and see the potential in the fluid concept of the cloud.