Hello and welcome to our September 2012 newsletter.
Time has certainly been racing by recently with plenty to keep us all busy. Amongst the busyness it’s wonderful to see the trees and flowers starting to bloom once again, signifying that spring is upon us. It’s a great opportunity to really stop and smell the roses (or whatever you have blooming nearby!) and look forward to the warmer months.
With new seasons come opportunities for change – not only in nature but our own lives and businesses. We’ve been helping quite a number of businesses recently with their own changes, many starting to use cloud technologies. This includes a mix of email, communications tools, servers and backups.
Whilst it can seem a bit confusing at times, the paradigm of working with cloud services is actually not new at all. Consider your web site, mobile phone voicemail or Internet banking services – these are all examples of “cloud technologies” that we use almost every day. “Cloud services” simply refers to technologies and capabilities that don’t rely on us making a capital investment – we’re using technology that someone else has built up and for which they assume the risk.
Another example would be visiting a restaurant – you’re eating food that’s been prepared in a kitchen that someone else has set up and maintains; you’re simply consuming the output of that kitchen. This is very much a non-technically associated example but does (hopefully) help to show that “cloud” is actually not that new – it’s simply the types of services we’re consuming that are new.
We’ve worked with companies from all over Australia move from on-premises equipment to cloud based services, be it for email, collaboration & communication tools, web hosting, backups, accounting systems and complete user operating environments (also called Remote Desktop Services). There have been some amazing results we’ve seen for these businesses with improvements ranging across multiple categories including cost reduction, reliability, performance, scalability, storage, user access and worker productivity.
A common misconception we’re encountering is the thought that you need to move your entire business into the cloud – that’s simply not the case. You can start small, get comfortable, and then migrate more services as is appropriate for your business.
Contact us if you wish to know more – it doesn’t need to be as difficult, or as scary, as some might have you believe.
Keep an eye out too for an invitation to our Windows 8 information sessions coming soon. Microsoft will be officially releasing this new operating system on October 26 (US date) and there will be many exciting new technologies in the wake of its release. There’s also the amazing new Windows Phone 8 devices, in particular the Nokia Lumia phones. We’re very excited about the new toys we’ll have to play with before Christmas!
We wish you every success for the coming months, and beyond.