Thoughts on Cloud Computing
Jamie Mathy, CTO of Mavidea Technology Group, LLC
computing. It is impossible to be a geek in the
business world and escape the latest news on cloud
computing. Every magazine, newsletter, and website I
use to do research for
Mavidea customers keeps doing their best to sell
me on cloud computing. I'm used to it – we geeks
love new technology -- a lot of times far more than
our ends users do. Normally these ideas burn
brightly for 6-9 months and then just fade away, but
cloud computing seems to have a fuel that refuses to
die. Cloud computing articles are showing up in
trade magazines for attorneys, accountants, benefits
planners, and manufacturers. Instead of me
introducing these new technologies to our customers,
they are asking me about them.
this change in the adoption cycle? My guess would be
that the economic conditions of the last 24 months
have most business owners looking for any way to cut
or curb costs in their business. Want to guess what
cloud computing articles are pitching to those same
owners? You got it – reduced costs. Does cloud
computing reduce costs? Well…sometimes.
leads to the bigger question – what is cloud
computing? That seems to be the magic question. No
two companies or industry trade groups seem to be
able to come up with the same definition. I
participated in an industry forum for CRN Magazine
last year where 10 CIO / CTOs attempted to address
some of the fundamental questions and concerns
surrounding cloud computing. Every one of us had a
different idea of what cloud computing is.
of the definitions I have seen, I think
Wikipedia's is the best:
"Cloud computing is Internet-based computing,
whereby shared resources, software, and information
are provided to computers and other devices on
premise is simple – let's break down the definition
"Internet-based" – Cloud computing moves the
software out of your office out onto the Internet
"cloud". The software could literally be housed in
any datacenter in the world, although our use will
mostly be based out of US datacenters for speed. All
access to the data will be from an Internet
connection – it could be at work, home, a hotel, or
a coffee shop down the street.
Find Out Why Social Media Is
A Must for SMBs
used with permission from the
HP Small &
Medium Business Site
Let's start with
the bottom line: If you're not participating in social
media, your business is missing out. You no longer have any
excuses ("I'm too busy" or "It's overwhelming"), it's time
to get engaged.
In a recent survey
by ROI Research reported in MediaPost, 40 percent of those
surveyed use social sites to connect with brands and
products. Thirty-seven percent learned about a new product
or service from a social networking site, and 32 percent use
social networks to recommend products or services to
And it's not just
consumers. In a recent study conducted by Business.com, more
than half of small-business owners reported using social
media sites to gather information about companies, products
and prospects before buying or doing business with them.
networks are effective sales tools as well. According to the
Inbound Marketing Report, 41 percent of Twitter and LinkedIn
users, 44 percent of Facebook users and 46 percent of
businesses with a company blog say they acquired customers
through those channels.
Obviously it's time to jump on the social media bandwagon.
Are you ready? Here's a quick overview.
The most widely-known general business networking site,
LinkedIn is useful if you sell business-to-business products
or services, want to build a reputation, or are seeking new
employees, vendors or partners.
Get started by
creating a profile and creating a unique URL for it that
comes up in Google search results.
privacy settings so your network is notified whenever
you update your profile. Update frequently so your
contacts get regular reminders about you and your
6 Ways To
Ensure Your Email Gets Read
by Sally McGhee
used with permission from the
Microsoft At Work Site
If you're like
a lot of us, you get so much email every day that you might
spend as little as 15 seconds scanning a message to
determine how it applies to you. Now, imagine that other
people are reading your email the same way. If they can't
quickly identify the purpose of your message, they'll
probably delete it or leave it in the Inbox for "later"
later ever comes.
article, I give 6 tips to ensure that your email messages
are read and get the attention they deserve.
1. Make the
purpose of the message clear
When recipients receive your email message, they should be
able to see at a quick glance how the message relates to
them and why it's important. They may be looking at a
preview of your message in Microsoft Outlook or on a Windows
phone or Windows Mobile device, such as a personal digital
assistant (PDA). Or they may see only Subject lines in their
Inbox. If your Subject line is confusing and irrelevant,
your email will surely get deleted in a hurry. Here are some
examples of what can be included in Subject lines to make
sure the reader opens your mail:
subject heading such as "Action Requested," "Response
Requested," "FYI," or "Read Only," depending on the action
indicated in the body of the message.
meaningful objective or supporting project that the message
relates to, for example, "FY '05 budget forecasting."
action if applicable, for example, "Consolidate departmental
•The due date
if applicable, for example, "Due by July 7."
Michael Frahm was born January 26th, 1987 in
Wiesbaden, Germany. When he was four, his family
returned to the US, moving around to various states
including Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina,
Kentucky and eventually to Illinois in the summer of
1998. David attended college at Illinois State
University (ISU) in Bloomington, IL and graduated in
2010 with his undergraduate degree in Information
Systems. While attending ISU, he worked for the
University’s Enterprise Systems Support as a Help
Desk Technician, supporting the staff of the
university. Before graduation, David joined the
Mavidea team as a Help Desk Analyst. In his spare
time, he enjoys card games such as Dominion, board
games, role-playing games such as Dungeons and
Dragons and even Live Action Role-play (LARP). David
loves spending time with his girlfriend, Hillary,
they have been dating for over four years and he
plans to propose soon!
plan via testing.
annually is the crux to creating and preserving a viable
recovery plan. Test every aspect of your recovery plan,
from internal and external communications to regaining
power to rebuilding networks.
insight gained during this exercise to make your plan
stronger, so that when an event does occur your business
will recover smoothly and as efficiently as possible.
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