Saturday, December 11, 2010

Chrome Notebooks for Small Business

A few posts back (A Pure Cloud for Small Business? How would that look?), I commented about how a small business might embrace "cloud" technology, move data and apps to the cloud, and then use cloud connected devices to greatly simplify their IT infrastructure - saving money and time (aren't they the same for most small businesses?). The following video provides a brief, but striking, demonstration on how that whole process might look, especially with regard to time savings. Take a peek:

So, if putting an end user to work (or back to work if your netbook is damaged by ice cream) is as simple as providing a new Chrome Notebook for access to your Google Apps account, does this spell the end of IT departments, outsourced support providers and system administrators? I don't think so. Does the Chrome OS/cloud computing model foretell a change in the way small business information technology is "done"? You bet it does! We in the IT support community must embrace the new methods and technology exposed by a pure cloud computing model. We must get to know how our customers use IT to do their business and help them find the right tools and methods to enable them to compete. And that's an ongoing, constantly evolving process! It is an interesting and exciting challenge for us small business IT service providers.

Is your IT service provider talking to you about ways to move your business processes to the cloud? Visit our website at for information. We are talking about the cloud (and beyond!) to our small business customers.

Our Geeks On Call franchise in Charleston, SC is a Google Apps Authorized Reseller. We see our job in this new information technology support "climate" as helpers in moving our small and medium sized businesses to the cloud.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

What is the cloud? Ask a 10 year old.

Many small business owners shy away from moving their business processes to "the cloud" simply because they don't understand it. They think it is only for the "big guys" or it's too complicated. In reality they should be making it a high priority to understand cloud computing and how it can benefit their business. In doing so, they would discover the cloud is for businesses of any size and it simplifies rather than complicates their systems. There is another reason they need to understand the cloud - the next generation (if not the current generation) of customers, employees and competitors DO.

Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, has produced a short video in which some pretty sharp "10-somethings" explain the cloud in simple and quite interesting terms. Keep in mind these kids have no experience of life "pre-cloud". Check it out:

At Geeks On Call in Charleston SC we have witnessed a new willingness on the part of small business to move their business processes to the cloud. Our preferred platform for small business is Google Apps for Business because it is crazy affordable, robust and simple. For almost all small businesses it is practically a "no brainer". If you are a small business owner you need to Get Google Apps Now!