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Is My Small Business Safe in the Cloud?

small business safe in the cloud

While the cloud is changing the way people store and share information, it has also raised serious questions about security. From celebrity photos to your credit card information, it seems like the news is continuously filled with stories about one hack or another. If you are seriously considering migrating your company to the cloud, it is necessary to take a deep look at this question: is your small business safe in the cloud?

The answer is both yes and no. In all honesty, handing over your information to an Internet-based storage facility creates a risk that some unauthorized user is going to gain access. Of course, there is also a risk that your physical storage facilities will suffer from a break-in. Luckily, just as you can add security measures to a physical storage unit, there are many things that you can do to safeguard your data in the cloud. If you are smart, and follow these security steps, you can rest assured that everything you store in the cloud remains safe and secure.

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How to Use the Cloud in Your Small Business

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We’ve spent the last few weeks talking about the cloud: what it is, how it works, and what you need to know. While you should have a good solid foundation about the cloud at this point, there is still one lingering question: how do you actually use the cloud in your small business?

We’ve briefly talked about some of these cloud services when talking about the pros and cons of the cloud. While there are many different cloud programs, services, and platforms, in the end there are four basic ways that you can use the cloud in your small business.

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10 Things to Consider Before Moving Your Small Business to the Cloud

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Many small business owners are seriously considering moving their company to the cloud. The thought of easy access to their information, reliable backups, and reduced costs seem to make this choice a no-brainer. However, there are a few things to think about before moving your small business to the cloud. By considering these 10 factors, you’ll make sure that you are actually making the best decision for your small business. 

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Tech Academy: The Cloud

the cloud

“The cloud” is a term that is thrown around a lot in modern technology and business conversations. From storage, to software, to backups, many different services promote the fact that they are cloud-based. But just what is the cloud? And why is it a good thing? Or is it? In today’s Tech Academy, we’ll take a look at this technology that is changing the way the world does business.

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No Excuses: 5 reasons why you should fire yourself as your IT guy

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We love talking to small business owners. We love your passion. Your vision. Your commitment. Your desire to have an impact. We see the blood, sweat, and tears that you pour into your business. We respect the endless hours that you spend trying to make your business a success.

We also see your fear. Your fear of failure. Your fear of making a mistake. Of losing your customers. Of not meeting your bottom line. Of not being able to “cut it.” Above all, we see your fear of change.

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5 Technology Tools Every Small Business Needs

technology tools every small business needs in 2015

Have a desire to improve your business? You’re not alone. All over the world, thousands of small business owners are working to protect, enrich, and expand their companies through investing in and using the best technology for their businesses. To help you get ahead of the pack, here is our list of 5 technology tools every small business needs.

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Essential Goals for Every Small Business Owner

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Usually, January is the month for resolutions. The list of goals for the upcoming year can range from getting in shape, to planning a great vacation, to getting finances in order, and so much more. However, for a small business to succeed, it is important to continuously set, examine, and redefine your goals throughout the year. As days pass by, and distractions pop up, goals keep you focused on what is important for your success. To help you on your path, we’ve pulled together a list of  5 goals for every small business owner. By adopting these goals, and working towards them all year long, you will see your business grow and thrive.

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Should My Small Business Hire a CTO?

should my small business hire a cto

Consider this. You wake up one morning with a fantastic idea. An idea of how to make people’s lives better. Simpler. Awesomer. It also happens to be an idea that seems guaranteed to bring you business success. After careful thought and planning, you eventually put the idea into action. Whether by yourself or with a trusted partner (or two), you open up your business. Your dream has finally become a reality.

In the beginning, you’re pumped. You’re ready to take on every single challenge. Then, slowly, you start to realize something. There are A LOT of things to think about. As your business grows (including your customer base and your number of employees), you find that so many precious moments of your days are stolen away by someone else’s problem or question. You find yourself continually frustrated with the lack of time you have to actually focus on the things that YOU do well.

Sound familiar?

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Tech Academy: What is a CTO?

what is a cto

CEO. CFO. CMO. COO. CXO.

No, you’re not looking at a text message from your teenager. These are just a few of the CO acronyms found in the business world. While some of these titles may seem familiar, others can leave a small business owner scratching his head. One commonly confusing position is the CTO (Chief Technology Officer). To help you understand this important role within a company, today’s tech academy is going to take a deeper look at the role and functions of this job.

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