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Is Cloud Computing Services Right for Your Business?

Employee Emeritus Employee Emeritus ‎12-14-2010 09:35 AM

cloudcomputing.JPGLast month we hosted a free webinar on cloud computing where Julia Hansen, COO of Business Insider spoke about her journey in selecting and choosing the right company for her business to deliver cloud computing services.  She talked about the benefits of cloud computing for her business - the cost savings and the efficiency it offered. 


Many small- and medium- businesses, such as Business Insider, with 20-1000 employees, are focused on several key challenges to help drive productivity, improve infrastructure capabilities and support a mobile workforce.


Work is no longer location-based, but, rather, an ongoing activity, and employees need access to the same set of productivity tools whether they are in the office or on the go. The ability to meet these challenges is often stalled by limited financial and IT resources, the need to maintain high security standards, and growing IT capacity requirements to better serve employees and customers.


These challenges are driving more small and mid-size companies to cloud computing services and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. Businesses should take a close look at how applications delivered via the cloud can help reduce up-front costs, supplement IT resources, and help meet budgetary demands with flexible pricing models. When implemented correctly, the total cost of ownership can decrease over time. Despite these advantages, many mid-size companies are hesitant to adopt these new IT capabilities due to security concerns and a lack of familiarity.


Learn what cloud computing is and what it can do for your business later today (Dec. 14 at 1:15 p.m. EST) at a free live webinar hosted by Verizon Business featuring guest a presenter from VMware.


In this webinar you’ll learn if cloud computing is a good option for your business..  With cloud computing there is no need for your company to purchase and manage onsite hardware and software.  To see a short video on Verizon’s cloud computing service click here.


With cloud computing, information (such as documents, reports, presentations, videos, etc.), software and more are easily attainable via the computer or smartphone on-demand (when you want it) over the Internet. 


If you are using cloud computing services for your business, please share how it has benefited your business.  If you’re not currently using cloud computing and have questions, we would like to hear from you.




How To Save Time And Money For Your Business With Cloud Computing

Employee Emeritus Employee Emeritus ‎11-08-2010 08:01 AM

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Guest blog post from Julie Hansen, COO and publisher of Business Insider, a business website with deep financial, media, sports business and digital industry verticals.


When you start your business, you want to do what you love, not set up computers. But getting IT right is one of the biggest challenges for small business owners. Choosing hardware, software, and someone to run it all saps valuable time you'd rather devote to driving revenue or recruiting top-notch employees.


That's why cloud-computing can be a boon for small businesses, saving time, money, and energy better spent elsewhere. Moving essential computer services into the cloud alleviates the need for locally-managed file servers to handle email and contact software, among others.


Business Insider, the fastest-growing business news site on the web, runs entirely "in the cloud." In this webinar for small businesses, we'll share what we've learned and how it has benefited our business.


Join us this Wednesday at 2 pm ET for this live webinar on how small businesses can boost their bottom lines by using the cloud. Click here to sign up in advance. 



Learn About The Google Tools To Help Run Your Business Better

Employee Emeritus Employee Emeritus ‎08-13-2010 06:54 AM

1366i7F350162F3991270Guest blog post from Chris Cameron a technology journalist writing mainly for ReadWriteWeb - a blog about the Web and technology. 


Join me tomorrow at 2 p.m. EST as I host a free webinar presented by the Verizon Small Business Center.  I’ll show small business owners interested in getting a better understanding of the various options made available from Google for managing a business in the "cloud."


Over the course of the hour long webinar, you will not only just learn about Google's tools, but you will also gain some contextual understanding of how these tools can play an important role in the workflow and organization of their small businesses. And luckily for the attendees, I will not be the only person speaking for the entire hour. I will be joined by three guests that will provide their own unique perspective on Google Apps and other ways to extending the tools offered by Google.


Trada CEO and founder Niel Robertson will join the webinar to go over Google's AdSense and AdWords programs and how small businesses can take advantage of them. Trada is a Boulder startup that helps businesses of all sizes better manage pay-per-click ad campaigns by leveraging the power of crowdsourcing.


Also joining the webinar will be Expensify co-founder David Barrett. Expensify is a service that can integrate with Google Apps to help make the process of tracking expenses within small businesses quick, painless and seamless. Expensify is part of a larger collection of tools which live in the Google Apps Marketplace, and David will explain both how the marketplace works and how it can help small businesses.


And finally, the third guest is Caige Nichols, a serial entrepreneur and lead web developer at Zion & Zion, a Phoenix-based ad agency. Caige will provide the webinar attendees with context for using Google Apps with a startup - a process he has lots of experience with from his history of entrepreneurship.


Never heard of these tools? Then you should take a lot away from this webinar. Already have an understanding of them? Well there's something for everyone, I promise! So please register and spread the word and we hope to see you on the live free webinar tomorrow!  Click here to register and bring your questions.  If you can’t make it, catch the replay later this week.

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Tumara Jordan

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Tumara is a contributor to the Business Markets Marketing team and she currently manages Social Media marketing campaigns.