Are you currently using Cloud Technology in your business?

Many businesses have now started using cloud technology to help improve business processes, but are you?

Cloud technology allows you to work more flexibly, whether you are out and about or sat in your office you can have access to all your documents, files, work etc. Rather than have an existing (possibly expensive) server sat in the corner of an office or a dedicated room a lot of the cloud technology is purchased on a subscription basis, based on the number of users. This means that as things change in a business (staff numbers etc) you will only be paying for what you use.

An example of this is Office365 from Microsoft that we use here at Convallis Software. As the name suggests this is the familiar Office suite of applications but in a cloud environment using secure servers.

In my personal opinion cloud technology is certainly the way to go for a modern business. If you want to find out more how this works please take a look at the following video from Microsoft showing an example of how it works for a small business in the UK.


Blogging 101: Day nine

I’m currently taking part in the Blogging 101 course from WordPress. I’m at day nine, a little behind than others but I’m getting there and learning more each day about how to use blogs more effectively.

Today’s assignment is to build on a comment that I’ve written on someone else’s blog and the one I have chosen is taken from GoPro Starter.

I commented on the Free Workplace Images for your Blog post . The writer of this blog has provided a link to some useful picture resources for businesses. The reason I commented here is that quite often it is difficult to find resources that are needed such as these for a business and having someone provide one is great, even if I may not use them for a while.

Thanks again for this resource John, and I hope to keep finding useful resources from you and other blogs in the future.

Does the Internet change your brain?

Whilst browsing through some technology news/blogs this morning I came across an article and infographic about how the internet changes the brain.

I found reading this quite interesting as it also shows how the internet has grown and changed the lives of people since its inception. What really interested me was the fact that ‘If either the Internet or Google goes down we not only lose our main transactive memory partner but we lose a ton of memories.’ Is this really true? I know for myself that if the internet goes down whilst I’m working I get annoyed and frustrated as I need it for quite a bit of the work I do, but losing memories, I’m not so sure.

I didn’t realise that there was such a thing as Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) although I’m not surprised. I’ve come across quite a few people – mainly teenagers – who if they don’t have access to the internet via any form of technology get irritated and angry. What’s wrong with not having your phone, tablet etc for a while?

I’ve only touched on a couple of aspects of the infographic, but I feel it’s definitely worth a look at and maybe come to your own conclusions.