Moving Your Business and Moving to the Cloud

February 11th, 2013

One of our partners recently wrote a great article on moving your business and moving to the cloud.  We thought we'd share it with you.

Why is it a good time to consider a cloud solution while you are planning a move? Here are factors that you need to consider for your move:

Do I need a server room or closet? Utilities? Back up power?
How much equipment do I need  to move? Do I need new servers? Does my current system allow for future growth that my space allows?
What type of Internet bandwidth is needed and is a static IP address needed?
Can I reduce my office space/lease costs by allowing employees to work remotely?
Business continuity – How will I keep my email flowing during the move?

Kim Walker, cloud expert with Franklin Moves, says “Everywhere you turn people are talking about “the cloud”.   Have you been thinking about a cloud solution but now that you are planning a move you put it off? You might think it is too much to handle at once – and you would be right, but you may be able to move to a cloud solution in advance of your physical move and have a win-win situation to help keep your business up and running and minimize the businesses downtime.

Simple Tips for Preserving Your Smartphone’s Battery Life

October 25th, 2012

Smartphones are wonderful tools. They let you watch movies while you’re taking the train to work. They let you make reservations at that hot new French restaurant, map out the quickest route to the theater in the next city, and give you access to the hottest online games.

Got Screen ADD? Here’s How to Fight It

October 25th, 2012

Do you suffer from computer-screen attention deficit disorder? Here are some warning signs: You have five Internet Explorer tabs open at once. You’re working on three Word documents at the same time, and you’re fiddling with two open spreadsheets, too.

iOS 6 – Some things to consider when upgrading your iPhones and iPads to the new operating system

September 20th, 2012

Alright, iOS 6 is finally here, so now what?
First off, I’ll start by saying that I am totally loving the new features and have not had any “side effects” from the new update.  As someone that updated to the new iPad the last go around, I finally get a real version of Siri and the native GPS navigation and spoken directions I was hoping for 🙂

A summary of the new features is listed here http://www.

Bring-Your-Own-Device Takes Off in the Workplace, But What Are the Risks?

August 29th, 2012

Are you able to access your computer network at work with your iPad? What about your iPhone or laptop computer? This trend, known as bring-your-own-device or BYOD, is on the rise in the workplace. It makes sense: when companies encourage their employees to bring their own devices to the office, these same companies don’t have to spend as much on desktop computers and other high-end equipment.

Video Conferencing Tips & Tricks

August 29th, 2012

Video conferencing is a fantastic tool and is becoming more prevalent in small businesses.

But as is the case with all new technologies, you need to know how to use it correctly.

We've put together a quick one page guide on how to effectively use video conferencing.

The Small Business Guide to Cloud Computing

May 22nd, 2012

You’ve undoubtedly heard the term “cloud computing” being used over the past couple of years, and you may be wondering what all of the buzz is about.

In this brief guide, we’ll explain the concept of cloud computing, the benefits and potential risks of using cloud computing, and things you should consider when evaluating cloud computing for your business.

Some Alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint

April 2nd, 2012

When it's time to create a business presentation, most of us automatically turn to Microsoft PowerPoint. For as long as computers have taken up space in cubicles, PowerPoint has dominated the world of visual-based business presentations.

Here are some great web-based alternatives to PowerPoint.