Cloud Business Apps

Security & Trust


As you may have noticed, we're big-time cloud lovers around here, and we are loving the transition away from fixed media and physical processors to cloud-based, scalable solutions. But security is a common – and totally understandable – concern when considering whether or not to move your files and other digital assets to the computing cloud. (more…)


How secure is your small business accounting app?

By Jennifer Riggins, 9 July 2014

We spend a lot of time talking about why you should ditch spreadsheets in favor of an accounting app -- automating, error-proofing, scalable, saves you time and money -- but we don't touch on enough on the topic of security. Which is more secure -- book-based bookkeeping, Microsoft Excel, downloaded accounting software like Quickbooks, or the trendy cloud-based accounting? They each have different pros and cons Today we look to weigh the risks versus the benefits of using an accounting app to manage the day-to-day of your small business in the cloud. (more…)


ERP for Head of Class Businesses

By Jennifer Riggins, 23 June 2014

We help you guys find the right enterprise resource planning system (ERP), but we don’t always follow up to see how it’s going. The fact is, many people pay for an ERP that’s essentially useless. If you don’t put the time in upfront and implement it the right way for your team, an ERP can be a total waste of time and money. That’s why it’s essential that you take advantage of free demos and free trials to test out if an ERP is right for your business and, especially, to test if an ERP software company has the right customer service for your business. (more…)


Mobile IT Risk Management

By Jennifer Riggins, 18 June 2014

Whether you provide a service or build a product, every new development you make should be made with the end user in mind. The ongoing trend is always toward simplicity and mobility. And this day and age, it's all assumed that you are going to do this very quickly. This is the principle behind Samanage Service Desk Software's continued growth and development, focused solely in the cloud, all in response to the workforce trend of BYOD -- bring your own device. These are principles that frankly we at GetApp just adore. (more…)


If you watched Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) on June 2, 2014 you surely heard presenters Tim Cook and Craig Federighi repeat the word “Continuity” several times. Continuity is a feature set that Apple has developed. (more…)



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…)