IF YOU START RIGHT YOU END RIGHT. Last week I was brought in to do a security assessment for a small business. Their email had been compromised and they were concerned about their vulnerability and the possibility of a compromise happening again. Fear was everywhere. When your tech environment is compromised it can leave people feeling vulnerable. As I reviewed the environment I learned a few things.
HOW TO SUCK LESS. You’ve written a requirements document. You’ve done your due diligence. And now, you’ve selected a new app to run your business on. You can almost taste success. Salesforce, HubSpot, NetSuite, Intact, you name it. Heck, even Quickbooks if you’re just starting out. Now that you’ve chosen the software your company will run on. You’ll need to implement it. And that’s when things start going south.
YOUR VISION YOUR CLOUD. Microsoft Azure is a cloud service that allows your business to build a portion of your tech environment in the cloud. Need an app in the cloud? Go Azure. Need storage in the cloud? Go Azure. Need to compute in the cloud? Go Azure. Azure’s got you covered. Microsoft Azure is a great place to build your tech environment. But there’s a catch. It has to make sense.
Spoiler alert. The future of small business tech is still… Cloud. I was in a conversation the other day and someone asked the question. Where do you see tech in the next 8 to 10 years? My answer as usual was cloud. If you’ve followed my articles for any stretch of time you’ll know that I’m a big proponent of cloud. Ever since the inception of the internet I’ve been preaching cloud.
EAGLE EYES. Sometimes when a problem is tough. Having another set of eyeballs really helps. Heck, sometimes when a problem is simple. Having another set of eyeballs really helps. As someone who regularly is called in to help solve problems--I’ve built some skills. One of those skills is in sourcing eyeballs. Or more specifically, sourcing solutions.
WHO’S GONNA RIDE YOUR WILD HORSES? Every small business in America has a tech environment. Comprised of computers, networks, apps and services. It all needs care and feeding. But how do you do that? You’re a small business. You’ve got a handful of employees. Maybe a few handfuls. And hiring a technical person or team isn’t in the budget. And so you make due.
12 REASONS WHY CLOUD IS COOL
1—It’s Always On, Always Accessible
2—It Offers Flexible Pricing Plans
3—It Helps You With Compliance and Privacy
4—You Can Collaborate Inside and Outside Your Organization
5—It Makes You Look Good
6—You Get Built-In Safety and Security
7—It’s User Friendly
9—No Updating or Patching Required
10—You Don’t Have To Worry About Servers And Maintenance
11—It'll grow with your business
12—Software Licensing Is Built-In
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