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Why iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox Can’t Truly Protect Your Data

Today, most people understand cloud applications and cloud computing, but some still question the... read more

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Securing data in a moderate budget

Just a few years ago, the volume of data produced worldwide exceeded 1 zetabytes. This is equal to... read more

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Inventory Management Software

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BYOD – Creating a Balance Between Flexibility and Safety

Personal mobile devices and external data access promotes flexibility and improves employee... read more

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Sam ShehzadOwner at Local Web Design Consultant
Nice Article. http://www.localwebdesignconsultant.com.au/
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Very interesting article. So it seems that even BYOD might work well for many businesses it might also create a fair bit of pressure on employees? That is, if a work policy also relates to your own device.
Server, networking and security

Data protection - a game changer for businesses

Individuals and businesses of all sizes are witnessing an explosion in the volume of data they... read more

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Varun ChandwaniSoftware Engineer at SavvySME
Useful information and data provided. Thanks
Sam ShehzadOwner at Local Web Design Consultant
Informative article.Thanks for sharing it.
Hardware and software

Backup — Help When You Need It Most

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word backup? Generally the word... read more

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Rose OldChannel Business Manager at Acronis
Thank Jef, I think so too. To feel safe just set up an automatic schedule for your backup, so it can be done automatically.
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Helpful article and very important topic. I'm personally a bit neurotic due to previously losing mounds of files and data from hard drives that died on me. I'm still not great at doing this task regularly but I tend to save my data to at least 1 cloud storage company (sometimes 2), have hard copies printed out and filed and also saved on a portable hard drive and/or thumb drive. It is definitely over-redundant but better than unrecoverable.
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How do I find potential clients interested in software development and management?

Can anyone suggest, how to reach the clients who are looking for software and mobile apps... read more

Steve OsborneOwner at Smarthinking
Figuratively, you find out where they live. Then use a combination of appropriate inbound and outbound tactics to reach them and convey your message.
Richard ForrestOwner at Forrest Marketing Group
Have you thought of partnering with a lead generation expert. We have worked with a number of companies in the software area helping them book face to face or telephone appointments with prospects. Perhaps something to consider?
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Innovative Solutions: Securing and Storing with ‘Cloud’ Computing

As I mentioned in one of my first articles the assumption that cloud computing is less secure than... read more

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Gavin KeaneOwner at Cloud Made Simple
Hi Federica, Thank you for your comment. To answer your questions: No, every cloud provider offers different solutions. Some offer only one type, some a few options, but the great providers offer all options. Xero is a public cloud application. I hope this helps - Gavin
Federica Spooner
Do all cloud providers offer public, private and hybrid? Is this a common thing? E.g. Does Xero have this feature?
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How do you manage all the widgets for your website?

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How do you locate what's slowing down a Wordpress website?

Wordpress heads, I'm wondering what the most efficient way is to locate whats slowing down a WP... read more

We normally use:https://gtmetrix.com/http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/Good thing is they summarize what's in "yahoo yslow" and "google pagespeed".As for image optimization, I rely heavily on https://tinypng.com/A CDN will help and as mentioned by Jeff, do not over use custom/web fonts.Hope that helps,AdityaWeb Design Melbourne
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
I would also add use an image swapper that loads image size based on the device (that way high resolution images aren't pushed to mobile devices).Condense icons and small images into image sprites to reduce loading (multiple http requests)Look for plugins that conflict with other plugins or themes you are using (when different versions of jquery are loaded it causes multiple loads and potential syntax issues)If you have ads on your site, have them called via the footer or a RESTFUL API call (don't front load them if you don't absolutely have to, they will slow your site down)Don't overuse custom / web fonts, each additional font adds to the loading time, also if not processed quickly will add to "flashing" where text appears default first and then flashes to update to the intended font)
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Cloud Computing For Your Business

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Do I have to register the domain name?

If I'm using a website builder for instance and the domain name I want is already paid for do I... read more

Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
As Aditya said, there's no need ot register if a custom domain name is included in your subscription to a website builder (such as squarespace or wordpress). So it shouldn't be an issue.
Hey Mike,If the domain name is already paid for and the registrant is under your name, then it is yours.There is no need for you to re-register the domain, in fact, you / anyone can't re-register the domain.You can check it out by go to this url: http://www.whois.com/whois/YOUR_DOMAIN_NAME*Replace "YOUR_DOMAIN_NAME", with actual domain name.Hopefully that helps,Thanks,Aditya WardhanaWeb Design Melbourne
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What cloud solutions do you recommend?

Are there more to this list? Skype, Xero, SharePoint, BaseCamp, Asana, Office365, GoogleDrive,... read more

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Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
SAASU as alternative to Xero.Mailchimp for email marketing.Zoho for entry level CRM capabilities.Just to name a few...
Brad Lyons at Rodcha
A lot of cloud services available to the market today can be installed on your own servers so you have full control over the data plus have the advantage of using cloud. A lot of people will say you have to give up something for convenience. Most common thing people give up is privacy, however in the business world the only thing you need to give up is money, and that is only if you don't want to use the free software. If you want the benefits that come with cloud services then you can simply host them yourself. Dropbox: can be replaced with OwncloudSkype: can be replaced with an opensource voip platformFacebook: I have my own version of Facebook running on my servers for testing and developmentSalesforce: Very easily replaced as there are heaps of alternatives. I have an alternative to Salesforce running on my servers, clients can login, see updates on their accounts and interact with me. All on my servers.Desk.com: Yep there are even alternatives to this lovely piece of software.The truth is opensource is very popular with the general public but not as popular as it should be with the business sector. The beauty with opensource is the community of developers working around the clock to improve the software. In a lot of cases you will find opensource software more stable and reliable than commercial software. Microsoft Windows/Linux is a good example. Another more well know opensource project is called Android. Chances are if your not using a iPhone you are using an Android phone, in fact Android has market share over the smart device market. More people are using Android then iPhone, more people use Android devices than any other smart device competitor. So when it comes to cloud solutions it pays to have a look around at what is available. In most cases if not all cases, an opensource version will be available. Enjoy the benefits of cloud and enjoy retaining ownership of your own data.
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What are the main differences between cloud and desktop accounting software?

I'm considering the two options mentioned above, but I'm not that sure about what the differences... read more

Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
A key main difference for small business is it efficiently gives you, your staff, contractors, book keeper and accountant all real time access to the same primary account system. Automated bank feeds can reduce cost / time in doing reconciliations.Other benefit is it can provide seamless integration into other cloud systems you may be running, such us shopping carts, CRMS and billing systems etc.
Tim HoopmannOwner at Cornerstone Group
Hi Federica,Personally having used both within my business and judging by your requirements, a cloud-based solution would be the best option suitable to your needs. Basically, desktop is the original method of managing your books. With the advent of technology there are other options for you to choose from. In the long-run desktop will be less effective, more costly in terms of system updates and doesn’t offer flexibility for your firm. The cloud however, is a platform that allows for you to access your data online – anytime, anywhere and from any device! Major benefits of the cloud: 1. Being in the cloud allows for you to work remotely, you don’t always have to be in the office giving you more freedom 2. It is secure and backed up daily 3. It is extremely easy to navigate 4. All of your financial data is available in real-time and from one source of truth 5. You have access to real-time, accurate financial data which gives you a better understanding of your cash flow 6. If you are to grow your business, your accounting platform can easily adapt to the expansion Disadvantages of Desktop Accounting: 1. It is not as flexible in comparison to the online platforms 2. If your computer was to crash you could possibly lose all of your data, unless you back up daily 3. You can’t connect cloud based apps or add-ons to desktop software. Apps often provide greater functionality for your business 4. Due to manual processing, you may have higher bookkeeping fees. A cloud platform will allow for you to streamline the majority of your processThere are many different cloud accounting platforms you can choose from, the major ones being Xero, Intuit QBO & MYOB. One great point to mention however is that as you have 22 casual staff, automated payroll solutions will be great for you as you can move away from manual time sheets and your employees can access all their details, payslips, entry to request annual leave and entry of their daily hours all in one location! Have a look at the services of HR2PAY www.hr2pay.com.au which would be great for your payroll and HR needs.Please contact me for any further information and hope this has helped.
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Innovative Solutions: 5 Signs your Business is ready for a Cloud Solution

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What's the best way to set up a website?

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When looking at a website as the answer, the first thing to do is understand the question. 1. How will customers find me?2. How will customers engage with me?3. How will customers purchase my product or service?If the answers to all three of these questions is your website, and you have a solid business plan in place I would recommend investing in an expertly built website.There are services out there, as Aditya has advised, like Wix and Weebly that allow you to build your own website, and certainly many of these have ecommerce plugins. Alternatively a platform like Shopify was built primarily for e-commerce use.I have used these platforms myself and I have found them to be serviceable. For small businesses, for 'brochure' sites they can do the job. The advantage however in going to an external provider is their expertise in understanding the online customer experience and building a framework and design that meets and exceeds your customers' expectations.Just like all beers aren't equal, nor are all website designers and programmers. It is important that you look at their online portfolio - what else have they delivered? Is the website built around a custom Content Management System (CMS) or open source or licenced? The web team should take the time to map out the customer journeys and the personas of the people using the website and then build the architecture and sitemap to support that. HOW the website works should come before WHAT it looks like. If it looks pretty but no one can use it and no one purchases from it, it is a failure. Lastly I would recommend you work with a team of designers and developers, not someone solo - the design brain and the developer brain need to operate differently, and often in conflict and you will find the best people do one or the other, and work with someone/s who do the stuff they aren't great at.
Brad Lyons at Rodcha
Wordpress is a very good option, as Jef pointed out maintenance can be an issue if you use poorly coded plugins and themes. The best way to maintain a wordpress website I have found is to only used paid themes and plugins from reliable sources. There are a number of places you can buy them from that have good reviews. If you buy plugins and themes from reliable developers you will notice there are many updates that get emailed to you. The good wordpress plugin and theme developers are making well over $200k per theme or plugin they make so they are not cutting costs when it comes to updates and customer service. Most places will have api keys so the themes will auto update. My Wordpress sites and themes are all set to auto update so I don't have an issue with updates. It is important though to make sure you don't have too many plugins as they can conflict with each other, they may work now however an update could cause a conflict. A simply rule is, if you need a lot of plugins to run your website you should probably hire a programmer and have them custom build a website for you. For a basic business or eCommerce websites you can do that yourself very easily.
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My Work Phone transforms personal smartphones into cloud-based work phones

Business owners usually juggle their lives between their personal and work phones. Two phones allow...read more

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VoIP phone systems versus mobile and landline alternatives?

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Skype is what I live off. I have phone numbers setup so people can call a local number (numbers setup for different states and countries). That call will come to me no matter what country I am in and the customer has no idea. This is great and doesn't cost the client or me anything for the international call. Also I have the ability to receive the calls on the mobile, great for when I am out of the office and want calls to come through. I believe Voip is a much better solution for any business, even if you are within the main country you offer services in. With Skype I have never had an issue with call quality, regardless of the country I am in. You just need to make sure you have good internet. And at the end of the day if you are working in an office or from home you will have good internet anyway. I had a client call me about a data purchase, I was not able to access the data at that time (not near my computer) however my business partner was. I messaged him only to find out he was in the middle of nowhere. I was in Thailand and he was busy travelling, I believe he was just over the Thai boarder at the time by a river at the edge of the jungle, yet I was still able to message him via Voip and he was still able to run a query on the data via his laptop in the middle of nowhere. Within a few minutes he sent the summaries to me on Skype and we worked out the rates. All while we were both out of the office and in remote areas, and the entire time I had the client on the phone. He called a local QLD number and had no idea that someone was running queries on a server that is in the USA from the edge of a jungle just out of Thailand, and communicating with my business partner via Skype while I was also speaking to them on Skype to get the answers they needed. I have unlimited calls to any landline in the world and I believe I pay just over $10 per month. I pay around $80 per year for the phone number I wanted (ends in DATA) and that is it.
Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
VoIP with all the PABX features of a sophisticated phone system is the way to go providing the call quality is equal or better to a traditional landline. If it isn't then it can not be classed as true business grade, and it would be a step backwards / compromised service. As for mobile, I still see this a secondary call option (when you must be mobile and make calls) and not when you are in your office with access to a real phone system. Call quality isn't as good on mobile and limited exposure can only be a good thing for reducing radiation to your brain.
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Ms Sophia McMahon

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