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Cloud Computing: Is the Hype Hiding the Benefits?

Cloud Computing: Is the Hype Hiding the Benefits? | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
Hyped Cloud Technologies

Among the cloud technologies that are overhyped are big data and platform as a service (PaaS). While Gartner believes that big data will eventually provide a competitive advantage for businesses who use it properly, the company says PaaS is still too new to know how it will play out, though there are multiple possibilities.

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Lock-down On Spam: Top 5 Ways That You Make Yourself Vulnerable [INFOGRAPHIC]

Lock-down On Spam: Top 5 Ways That You Make Yourself Vulnerable [INFOGRAPHIC] | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
As you may well know, we here at Giacom like to ensure that your work life remains relatively spam free: by signing up and using our Hosted Exchange mailboxes, you are being protected by our award winning spam and virus filters at no extra cost. However, we will never beat it completely – spam will always find a way.

 

So, in order to help you out, we have composed a list of the five main ways that you are potentially making yourself vulnerable or at risk of spam – perhaps without even realising. Wrapped together in this helpful infographic, you will find in here some basic practices that will change the way your employees and colleagues think about spam and virus protection and, most importantly, get them spam fighting before you can say “dinner time”. So help us help you to lock-down on that pesky spam; bigger, better and one step closer than ever before.

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A Guide to Cloud Computing for SMEs

A Guide to Cloud Computing for SMEs | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
On many of the work related courses, workshops and training days I have done over the years (and there have been some right old bobby dazzlers I can tell you…), many of them will advise, nay, preach to you, that one of the key ingredients in maintaining a fresh dynamism to your business or company, is constant evaluation and reinvention.

 

Some of this may be in the form of a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) or a regularly updated marketing plan reevaluated on a six monthly basis, or perhaps visiting other companies to see how they operate and going on away days with colleagues to chat and get some perspective away from the everyday in a world that constantly moves, grows and changes all the time.

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Spamalot? Spamaless

Spamalot? Spamaless | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
I used to turn my head for just one cotton-picking minute. Go to the photocopier perhaps, make a brew (not unusual for that to happen several times an hour…) or have a brief chat with friends or colleagues. I look away, take my eye off the ball and step away from my email inbox and on my return I have multiple spam emails, junk mail, trash or whatever else you want to call it. It’s annoying, it’s constant and I wanted it to stop. Immediately.

 

I used to be much more free and easy with bandying about my contact details. Filling in forms and competitions; marketing traps essentially; adding my email address to my website, client newsletters and social media accounts.  Not anymore. I am much more canny and here’s how you can be too.

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Every Cloud...

Every Cloud... | Business Cloud | Scoop.it

Every cloud has a silver lining right? That’s what I’ve been taught from a young age and I believe it to be true.

Yep, it may not always be sunshine and warm weather and let’s be honest, us Brits know a bit about facing inclement weather (especially at the moment – it’s snowing in April as I write people! Snow!) but for every negative turn there is a positive waiting to be found and celebrated.

Times columnist Caitlin Moran wrote about the effects of the terrible British weather on the marvelous state of UK culture and music at the weekend. Could we produce such stunning musical and literary output with constant sunshine in our lives?

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Cloud one of the five IT “game-changers” in latest survey

Cloud one of the five IT “game-changers” in latest survey | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
Communications provider CommScope has released a report, entitled the 2013 Global Enterprise Survey, to assess which aspects of IT were changing the paradigm for organisations around the world – and found that cloud computing and enterprise...

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"Just under three quarters (74%) of respondents currently use cloud services". This is not a small figure!

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Why Google Reader is About How We Talk

Why Google Reader is About How We Talk | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
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Google’s decision to close its Reader service shows that not only is technology changing fast, but the way we use it is too.


Fewer and fewer people were using Google Reader, that is the reason behind the technology giant’s decision to close it’s RSS service. The firm is looking to streamline the products it has on offer and if one is being used by a smaller and smaller audience then, inevitably, it’s going to need less investment and have less of an impact in the long term; cut it off before it loses all of it’s audience.

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Cloud Email. Ten Things to Know.

Cloud Email. Ten Things to Know. | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
You’re moving your email to the Cloud? These are the things you need to know.

Email is probably the first piece of technology you associate with the Cloud. Think of Gmail, Hosted Exchange, Outlook; these are all cloud based systems we understand. One of the reasons it’s so popular is that it’s quick and easy to set up.

Easy doesn’t mean you don’t need to think about it, however. You need to decide the service or platform you want to use as well as the questions and queries you should be putting to the provider to make sure the service you’re getting is as safe and secure as it can be.

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The Cloud’s About How You Work, Not How Cheap it is

The Cloud’s About How You Work, Not How Cheap it is | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
The Cloud isn’t a new piece of kit any longer. Giacom’s prediction for services like Exchange hosting at the end of 2012 was that while the past twelve months were spent educating people and introducing them to the new technology, the next twelve would be about take up and innovation.

 

When you’re selling something for the first time, the tendency can be to focus on cost rather than innovation. It’s understandable. Cost is obviously the easy way of grabbing attention, especially when business budgets are being cut across the board, in IT as well as everything else.

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Cloud Atlas? It’s All About Remapping Our Work

Cloud Atlas? It’s All About Remapping Our Work | Business Cloud | Scoop.it

So. It’s after work. It’s been a long week and, quite frankly I’m looking forward to two days off. My friend and I are sitting, supping our well earned Friday beers and musing on what the possibilities are for the next two days.

“Hey”, says my friend. “Do you know what I’m excited about? Cloud Atlas. The creativity, the inspiration. It’s about past, present and future. It just feels so now.”

I nod sagely.

“I know exactly what you mean. It’s all about potential. You’re not tied to one fixed place or point in time. The possibilities are endless”.

My friend looks excited. She likes a well thought out discussion.

“And also,” I continue, warming to my theme, “The impact it has on small to medium business is extraordinary.

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Bridging the Gap Between IT and Business

Bridging the Gap Between IT and Business | Business Cloud | Scoop.it

It is all about self-determination. Technology has always been viewed as an empowering medium. The idea that unites every blog and paragraph written about cloud computing is the fact that it puts power back in your own hands, exactly where it should be.


The potential for this is huge. The new generation of dot com entrepreneurs have been able to get their enterprises off the ground because their costs have been more 21st century than last century. No need for office facilities, they can operate entirely out of the cloud; hosting is the new rent. It means they can focus on getting their business off the “virtual” ground and running effectively and efficiently without concerning themselves with the need to meet next month’s bills before they even start.

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A Whistlestop Tour of Email [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Whistlestop Tour of Email [INFOGRAPHIC] | Business Cloud | Scoop.it

There are some things that are such a big part of our lives that we take them for granted.

 

Take email over there in the corner. Email has been a around for 40 years. But does it get any credit? Noooo. All it gets is people moaning about content, about them arriving too late or too early. No one looks email in the eye, shakes its hand and says “we’re just really happy to have you around”.

 

On our Exchange servers, we process 1.25 million emails daily and globally, 2 billion are sent every day. 2 BILLION! On average we spend 2 hours everyday on email. That’s longer than most of us talk to our mothers! So let’s raise a glass to email as we take you on a whistle-stop tour of it’s high points.

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Commuter World

Commuter World | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
The daily commute. Discuss.

For those of us who use public transport to get to work, the daily commute can provide many opportunities…

For some it provides a small window of beautiful slumber, an additional sleeping opportunity, making up for the lack of snooze you didn’t get the night before. Bliss. Although snoozers beware – the commuting power nap can sometimes cause embarrassing snoring side effects and unintentional dribbling on strangers’ shoulders. Awkward.

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Take a Risk in the Cloud

Take a Risk in the Cloud | Business Cloud | Scoop.it

Triple dips, the rise in self-employment, loans for SMEs and pension schemes; the business news doesn’t have a great deal of pleasant reading for UK commerce right now. In fact it can be understandable if many simply want to keep their head down, ignore the news and just get on with it, minimising any risk to their company as they go along.

Yet there is one piece of news that should have SMEs and business owners pricking up their ears. A report in Forbes magazine claims that for small to medium size businesses who want to expand or grow, they can mitigate their risk by using the Cloud.

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Small Businesses Accelerating Growth in 2013 with Cloud Computing

Small Businesses Accelerating Growth in 2013 with Cloud Computing | Business Cloud | Scoop.it

Have you ever found that one thing, that one tool or that one app just makes all the difference?


For women, it might be that one item of clothing or accessory that you might have picked up for cheap and all of a sudden it became indispensable, unique and necessary for EVERY outfit, ever.

For men it might be * sweeping generalisation and stereotyping klaxon! * a gadget or tool that makes all the difference to those DIY jobs of misery or perhaps something (a cable perhaps?!) that enables your PC to DO WHAT IT’S SUPPOSED TO. (I have no idea by the way, men and DIY are and always will be, a mystery to me…

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The Cloud Fuels SME Growth

The Cloud Fuels SME Growth | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
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The last seven years have been fairly rocky for small businesses. Admittedly, they’ve been fairly rocky for a lot of people but the global recession with it’s inherent instability and lack of revenue raising has made it difficult for small businesses to grow and expand. For many it’s been hard to just stay afloat.


One thing that SMEs have focused on during this period is to look at the most cost-effective approaches to working. Increasing productivity as well as making the most of their staff and resources is what has enabled many SMEs to win new customers as well as working for existing ones, without having to move to larger premises for example, or hire more new staff.

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Got An Idea? Ask the Cloud For Help

Got An Idea? Ask the Cloud For Help | Business Cloud | Scoop.it

How often do you see a celebrity on TV and think “I want to know where I can get that dress they’re wearing?” Very often, Shazam are hoping.

 

If you’ve never heard of Shazam they are one of a new breed of creative companies who have taken the consumer by storm armed with nothing more than an app and a great idea. Launching six years ago their initial concept was simple: You know when you’re in a bar or you’re watching telly and a song comes on. You like it, or you know it from somewhere but you just don’t know who the singer is? Shazam helps that. Open the app, and click record. The app then tells you what the song is and who it’s by. It also provides a link so you can buy the song for yourself.

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The Superheroes of the Cloud

The Superheroes of the Cloud | Business Cloud | Scoop.it

1. SaaS: The Superman of the Cloud

It’s a principle that Superman fights for; truth and justice. He’s also there when you need him, not taking up space in the corner of the office and draining resources; shout out of the window and Superman will appear through the clouds.

SaaS, or Software as a Service is “on-demand” Cloud software. Priced or a pay-by-use basis it allows businesses to get the benefits of the Cloud in a flexible way that suits their budgets and operation, rather than having to incorporate a new system wholesale, regardless of whether it suits you and your business. SaaS enables you to outsource your hardware and software meaning you use it only when you need it and it’s stored on the cloud provider’s server.

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Singin’ in the Cloud

Singin’ in the Cloud | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
I think many people just a little bit younger than myself may have missed out on buying their first music single as a seven-inch record, which is a sad tale. I took the utmost pleasure in the purchase of Elton John’s I’m Still Standing, which frankly, is a ruddy classic. I hold my head up high on that one, although maybe not so much for some of my latter album picks (Milli Vanilli anyone?) but hey, you can’t win them all. So as a child of the 80s, I, as everyone else did too, excitedly moved from vinyl onto tapes and willingly thrust myself into the future, and started buying CDs (shamefully, Simply Red’s Stars being one of my first CD buys, oh Mick, what was I thinking…?). But anyway, I digress….
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What’s Driving Corporate Cloud Computing?

What’s Driving Corporate Cloud Computing? | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
You may think that the big corporate cloud computing experts in the sky are the ones driving forward the Cloud revolution that has been happening before our very eyes for the last few years.

 

However, I’ve got news for you kids; it ain’t the big businesses that have the influence and the sway for the ongoing and huge growth developing all around us; but rather it’s the home cloud adopter helping the big companies come on board with all things cloud.

 

Surprising some might say, given the world we live in constantly reminds us that corporations we see everywhere are the motivating and controlling forces behind global markets and technology trend adopting. However in this case, it’s not just the big-hitters who have the influence and power to create and grow new movements.

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Cloudbusting – Part Two

Cloudbusting – Part Two | Business Cloud | Scoop.it

Now as much as I love Kate Bush (too much) I am not about to write a blog post regarding one of her best loved songs but rather I am here, fair Giacom blog readers, to continue my look into the most common myths associated with Cloud computing and yep, that’s right, you’ve guessed it, bust those myths out the water or rather more appropriately, out the sky.


Last week we looked at how it was commonly thought that the Cloud wasn’t secure * FALSE KLAXON ALARM SOUNDS *, was incorrectly thought to be expensive * KERCHING * and most ridiculously and equally wrong, that the Cloud was bad for the environment * FAMILY FORTUNES: OUR SURVEY SAYS NO *.

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The Great Cloud Mythbusting Post – Part One

The Great Cloud Mythbusting Post – Part One | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
There seems to be an awful lot of cloud talk about at the moment. A lot of cloud myths bandied around and a whole heap load more cloud confusion out there to boot, all served with a big fat side of cloud lies.

It’s time to set the record straight and get to the point, reveal the great truths and bust the myths that lie amongst the Cloud. And in that spirit, so beginneth; the great cloud mythbusting blog post (part one). Read on McDuffs, never look back or alternatively discuss amongst yourselves, send me comments and let’s talk!

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Does Your Company Have an IT Strategy? – Part Two

Does Your Company Have an IT Strategy? – Part Two | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
This week, I’m following on from my blog last week, where I looked at how companies should underpin their very existence and argued that firstly and foremostly by adopting the Cloud at their core, companies could then choose how their business executes it’s work style from then on.

Whether that style is in a hyper-organised, hyper-meticulous fashion or perhaps it takes a more creatively open, less focused and more flowy kind of approach, with ideas and opportunities taking precedence over databases and the like.

Of course, neither is right and neither is wrong and more to the point, neither is my style in reality: I would choose to go with a bit of both and that’s probably the technique of most people’s work adoption. However, basing it around the Cloud still stands as a good methodology in my opinion and it is a viewpoint that the top top managers sharp eye on the bottom line would also benefit from.

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Technology and Business Travel – A Match Made in Heaven

Technology and Business Travel – A Match Made in Heaven | Business Cloud | Scoop.it

This is a daily commuter routine repeated across the country. You stand waiting for the train, you quickly check your email and social media networks as you shiver on the platform. You get on the train. You respond to a few emails, ping a few messages and check your calendar on your phone just to double check what your day has in store.

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Is Mobile Technology Freeing or Restrictive?

Is Mobile Technology Freeing or Restrictive? | Business Cloud | Scoop.it
How you view mobile working probably depends on what kind of boss you are.

 

If you let staff work remotely using a laptop, smartphone or tablet do you think they will  a) be more likely to spend the day on Twitter b) see it as a good excuse to catch up on Breaking Bad or c) be more productive.

 

Answer a) or b) and I’m afraid you’re behind the times. A survey by IT staff provider Modis suggests more and more British workers are relying on mobile devices to complete work outside of their contracted hours. They’re checking emails before they get to the office, they’re checking messages over the weekend and in the evening.

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In With the New and Out With the Old?

In With the New and Out With the Old? | Business Cloud | Scoop.it

A recent blog post on Cloud Tweaks detailed how the continued advancements of the Cloud and cloud computing companies are outstripping growth of traditional computing and technology businesses as year on year growth continues to rise at a predicted rate of 80% up to the year 2020.

 

That’s a lot of clouds growing in the sky right? Yes, yes it is and it’s only going to get bigger.

 

As we become more and more reliant on the Cloud both in our personal lives and work lives, consumers and businesses are moving more and more of their networks to remote cloud companies, with users favouring mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, negating the need to have in house servers, localised computer networks and data stored at home or at the office.

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