Cloud Business Apps

Security & Trust

As technology advances and mobile devices become more and more prominent in the workplace, Mobile Device Management has become a major consideration for businesses of all sizes. With an increased demand for MDM solutions has come an influx of cloud-based SaaS applications, implementing an over-the-air method of connecting multiple mobile devices, moving away from the previously used but less comprehensive EAS (Emergency Alert System). With the increased popularity of corporate mobile devices as well as BYOD (bring your own device) being used by businesses of all sizes, companies need a way to connect, control and protect these devices. The main features most users are looking out for are security, protection and access control; mobile application enablement; data control and synchronization; common configuration settings and policy management; and monitoring and reporting functions. (more…)

Cloud Computing Is Inexpensive, Safe And Green

By Stephanie Watson, 7 August 2012

When people find out that I work from home using Internet technology to do everything from meeting with clients (Skype), to final delivery of end projects (Dropbox) and that I leverage the cloud from start to finish because it saves me time, money, energy and effort, they are usually shocked. They'll say things like, "What do you mean you don't meet clients in person?" and, "What do you mean you don't have that software on your computer?" I've been doing this since the mid 1990's, with wonderful results, but it has only been lately that others have jumped on the cloud business apps bandwagon. This makes my job a bit easier in convincing a client to use cloud-based systems. I don't have to explain near as much about how it all works. Unfortunately, there are still holdouts. If you're still waiting in the wings and are worried about the expense, safety and security of the cloud, read the following to learn more. Let me know what you think! (more…)

As a small business owner one of your major concerns probably involves keeping all your personal and client data secure. Depending upon what kind of business you have and the kinds of data you keep about your employees and clients will depend on how far you go toward protecting that data. If you have credit card, social security information, drivers license numbers, or other private information about your employees and clients it's not only a moral imperative that you keep this data safe, it is a legal one too. (more…)

Cloud computing has "unique attributes that require risk assessment in areas such as data integrity, recovery, privacy  and an evaluation of legal issues," Gartner says. Now that businesses  are increasingly tapping into the cloud, they need to pay close attention to these risks more than ever. In line with such concern we had an interview with Nicole Black, a lawyer and legal technology author. In this post, Nicole introduces us to the world of legal technology and addresses the topic of data safety in the cloud. (more…)

Ever since the April 27, 2011 when tornadoes occurred in my area of Alabama causing a week long power outage, and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, disaster recovery has been on my mind. Before the tornadoes, I wasn't using the cloud in a way that best protected my data. I still used all the systems based on my PC, such as Outlook to check email, and My Documents to store documents. I did use some cloud based systems with my clients for project management, but I needed to go farther. I had not considered what would happen if disaster struck. What if I could not access my computer, or even my external hard drive? What if I couldn't get to my email, or my client's work? What would I do? I hadn't given it much thought until disaster really did strike. (more…)

Contracts are essential and important for small businesses. However, the effort associated with negotiating and signing a contract is equal to bureaucracy. This week we will review a solution that makes one part of that process simple. We will review eSignLive, a cloud-based electronic signature service. (more…)

Online software (aka cloud apps), as opposed to traditional software installed on your computer, enables you to move your business forward faster, easier and cheaper than ever. As the cloud becomes a more popular option for small business, your choices for accomplishing what you need done expand. Let's look at a couple of examples on how the cloud can be uses and what are the pros and cons of working in the cloud. (more…)

Top Apps for Business that Do just What You Need

By Christophe Primault, 4 October 2011

While millions of individuals spend their days using apps for playing with wingless birds or for mobile entertainment, there are many online applications built to improve business productivity. According to our research at, there are more than 10,000 active business web applications designed specifically to improve business practices. Many business apps have been developed in small chunks to serve specific business or vertical needs and they offer free basic versions, affordable subscriptions and some are available free of charge for a limited number of users. While there are many apps to you help you run your business or department -- determining which are the right solutions can be daunting.  One way to gage whether or not an app is the ONE for your business is to better understand which products are popular with other small businesses. Which ones are affordable or scalable to your size? (more…)

The enterprise cloud revolution is upon us. IT organizations everywhere, from small and mid-sized businesses to Fortune 500 companies, are moving from on-premise application software to on-demand, cloud-based services. (more…)

Sometimes, I wish we were back in simpler times when I had to remember only my email username and password. Given the increasing amounts of information that we have to deal with, login credentials should be the least of our worries. Unfortunately, the worldwide web's growth has paralleled an explosion of sensitive and behind-closed-doors information. I went into tizzy recently when I forgot my online banking username and password. I tried practically every variation of my personal detail; eventually, I had to request a machine-generated impersonal password that was gibberish but, apparently, compliant with their strict password requirements. This week we will review a product that claims to make things easy. Okta is an online identity management solution that takes care of managing your credentials and access web-based applications – both in the cloud and behind the firewall. We will review it's interface, functionality, and see how it can be of use to you. (more…)