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Why Secure Email is Essential for Your Business

Malware most commonly reaches your business through email. As attacks become more sophisticated, your business could be vulnerable. A malware attack means more than just a security risk. If attacked, your business runs the risk of lost intellectual property, productivity, business reputation, time and money. The average total organizational cost of a data breach in the U.S. is $6.5 million, and an average of 250,000 malware variants are detected every day.

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Malware is any software created to cause damage, but there are different types and considerations when looking to protect your small business. What types of malware are threats to your small business?

  • Spyware is software that gathers information on a user or organization without their knowledge.
  • Trojan horses are malicious programs that trick victims into installing on their computer.
  • Phishing is an attempt to acquire sensitive information by posing as a trusted entity.
  • Worms are standalone programs that replicate themselves to spread to other devices.
  • Ransomware restricts access to system data, demanding ransom to remove the restriction.
  • Viruses are malware that replicate by inserting copies of themselves into other programs, files or hard drives.

Unprotected emails open the door to attacks. Most viruses, Trojan horses and worms are activated when users open attachments or click links in email messages. Without proper protection, you’re opening the door for costly and damaging attacks. The right preventative measures, however, will guard your business against the loss a malware attack brings. These include secure email hosting, email encryption, using a secure email server and anti-virus protection.

Malicious or criminal attacks are the primary cause of data breaches: 49 percent involved a malicious or criminal attack, 19 percent concerned negligent employees and 32 percent involved IT and business process system glitches. Businesses can build up their defenses by using a paid, hosted cloud. Fortunately, Microsoft Office 365’s Exchange Online cloud-hosted email for business fortifies your IT defenses with a variety of tools like robust antivirus protection, automatic patching and anti-spam filtering.

As attacks become more sophisticated, advanced security, privacy, encryption and anti-virus technologies from Office 365 can be your best defense. To learn more about the protection that Exchange Online can offer your business, check out the infographic, “Guarding against email attacks.

Thanks to the Microsoft Office Team for this contribution.


What Does the Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal Mean for Your Business?

Microsoft LinkedIn DealWith the recent announcement of Microsoft’s $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, many businesses that use on Microsoft products are wondering how the union of the tech giant and the world’s largest professional social media network will affect them. Here are three ways that this partnership could benefit your business:

Selling will become more social than ever

Many salespeople who currently use LinkedIn for generating leads and closing deals can only see potential opportunities via their individual connections and networks. Microsoft Dynamics CRM users will be able to connect with LinkedIn Sales Navigator, which will enhance their ability to build more meaningful relationships with prospects and customers through user data, leading to better sales results.

Mega marketing

The acquisition will offer marketers more opportunities to engage directly with LinkedIn’s 433 million (and counting) users. One such potential way to do so is with the LinkedIn Lead Accelerator, which could be used to maximize retargeting results for Bing ads. Advertisers who use LinkedIn ads and other offerings from the network’s Marketing Solutions services may be able to expand their reach to other areas of the Microsoft suite, including Outlook, Office365, and Skype.

Making it easier to get the job done

In his email to Microsoft employees about the LinkedIn acquisition, company CEO Satya Nadella said, “This combination will make it possible for new experiences, such as a LinkedIn newsfeed that serves up articles based on the project you are working on and Office suggesting an expert to connect with via LinkedIn to help with a task you’re trying to complete.” LinkedIn Learning (based on the acquisition of educational site Lynda.com in 2015), will also be integrated into Office365, which means that employees who want to learn new skills could find courses without having to leave Office and search the Internet for e-learning opportunities.


The future of video conferencing—3 trends breathing new life into a decades old industry

The future of video conferencing

For decades, video conferencing has been a nice-to-have feature for most businesses, but not a necessity. Thanks to advances in both hardware and software—as well as the growing demand for visual communications among millennials in the workforce—that’s all about to change.

Despite the decrease in bandwidth costs, both hardware and software continue to improve video quality while using better compression methods that eat up even less bandwidth. This has helped reduce the costs of video conferencing services and devices, which has led to a widespread adoption in the workplace. Today, virtual meetings can be held in large video conferencing rooms dedicated to cross-team collaboration, on mobile devices like tablets and cell phones or while simply sitting at a desk using VOIP or a conference phone.

As technology continues to improve, here are three trends to expect for the future of video conferencing:

A younger workforce will expect high-quality video conferencing services

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Cisco recently reported on a growing trend in video conferencing with younger employees stating the stark difference between today’s leaders and leaders of the future. Those in leadership today are very enthusiastic about technology and want to use it where possible, whereas leaders of the future will be dependent on technology and therefore will expect to utilize it throughout their daily lives.

A joint survey performed by Redshift Research and sponsored by Cisco provides context for this statement. According to the survey, 87 percent of young respondents would prefer to work for a more “video-enabled” organization over one that limits its investment in video conferencing. In addition, 84 percent of respondents believe that they would rely on virtual meetings with video for one out of every four interactions at a minimum.

In addition to expecting video as an almost default collaboration tool, 75 percent of young professionals surveyed say they will not settle for low quality. This expectation stems from growing up with technology that continues to improve at warp speed.

Video conferencing will be used for more than the traditional virtual meeting

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In a recent Q&A session, Lovina McMurchy, general manager of Skype Advertising, stated that Skype averages 8 billion hours of social video calls each year—this has been the case since 2011, when Microsoft acquired the company. The growing trend of video calls will continue to change how people interact with one another and combat some of the stigma associated with choosing video conferencing over face-to-face meetings.

In addition to the growing social use associated with video conferencing, it is now becoming more commonplace during the modern interview process. Global companies often seek global talent, but traveling out-of-state for a job interview isn’t always the best approach. Because of this, a recent study conducted by PGI suggests that 66 percent of job candidates prefer video interviews over traveling to meet a potential employer. This is even becoming more common with local candidates that might need to meet a large team whose schedules do not align.

Video conferencing has also become a popular feature of quality enterprise business solutions. By integrating video conferencing services with enterprise systems, employees are finding new and unique ways to run virtual meetings that go beyond traditional methods. In the same Redshift Research survey about video conferencing, respondents were asked about future features that would help them improve meetings with enterprise integration. Fifty-four percent of respondents showed interest in customizing the viewer’s experience with social media sharing tools. Twenty-one percent would prefer real-time language translation and pop-up bubbles that provide LinkedIn and Salesforce information on meeting participants.

Virtual reality will take video conferencing to the next level

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Video conferencing services let participants communicate on many levels beyond a traditional conference call. Through viewing facial expressions and body language, participants are able to experience different non-verbal cues, which often make up 93 percent of standard communication. Through virtual reality, participants can take virtual meetings even further.

By wearing a headset like the HoloLens, which combines both virtual and augmented reality into one experience, meeting participants can all sit in the same room together, no matter where they are physically located. This is accomplished via holograms that can be viewed through the headset.

With traditional video conferencing, participants only look into a camera and onto their screens to see one another. This often leads to missed eye contact and a continued feeling of separation. With technology like the HoloLens, participants can turn their head to the left to look at the hologram of the person sitting on their left. They can turn to their right to interact with the person on their right. In addition, they can share projects and manipulate them in real-time as a team. All of this can be done in a virtual environment set in the physical world.

These are just three trends of many set to change the way we interact with one another through video conferencing. As technology continues to evolve, virtual meetings will quickly become the norm and the board room conference phone will become nothing more than a retro paperweight.

Thanks to the Microsoft Office Team for this contribution.


Here’s why private and hybrid cloud are here to stay –

When private and hybrid cloud technology first appeared, some pundits predicted that they wouldn’t last. Wasn’t everything going to the public cloud? But last they did, and there are several good reasons why private and hybrid cloud are here to stay.

For one thing, some companies are balking at the cost of maintaining public cloud deployments once their workloads and storage grow into the tens of petabytes. In addition, some vertical markets (financial services, for example) mandate tight internal security controls, so the public cloud is not an option for many aspects of their business. Finally, enterprise customers want to be able to choose the cloud solution that’s best for them, and they don’t want to be mandated to use public cloud if their circumstances dictate otherwise.

Public cloud providers rake in billions of dollars in service fees because using a public cloud is an easy thing to do. With a few mouse clicks, users can activate cloud resources and scale them indefinitely without having to worry about housing or maintaining hardware or developing the in-house expertise to build a cloud on premises. Cloud computing was born as public cloud, and many cloud computing advocates felt that on-premises or co-located clouds were just a fancy name for the same old data centre resources.

Hybrid clouds on the rise

But rather than declining, private and hybrid cloud deployments are growing because these approaches have valid roles within enterprises. In most cases, it’s not an either/or decision between one type of cloud and another. A more likely scenario is that most enterprises will use a mix of public, private and hybrid clouds as IT departments try to balance security, costs, and scalability.

Leveraging a private or hybrid cloud computing model has three advantages. First, it provides a clear use case for public cloud computing. Specific aspects of existing IT infrastructure (storage and compute, for example) can be placed in public cloud environments while the remainder of the IT infrastructure stays on premise. For example, with business intelligence applications, it may be better to keep the data local and do the analytical processing in the public cloud rather than migrating gigabytes of operational data to the public cloud.

Secondly, using a private or hybrid model delivers more flexibility in gaining maximum leverage from computing architecture, considering you can mix and match the resources between local infrastructure (which is typically a sunk cost but is difficult to scale), with infrastructure that’s scalable and provisioned on demand. IT departments can choose where best to place applications depending on their needs and cost structure.

Finally, the use of hybrid or private cloud computing validates the idea that not all IT resources should exist in public clouds today, and some resources may never be moved to public clouds. Considering compliance issues, performance requirements, and security restrictions, the need for local is a fact of life. This experience with the private or hybrid model helps users better understand what compute cycles and data have to be kept local and what can be processed remotely.

Is Hybrid Cloud too costly?

The argument against private or hybrid cloud points to large hardware and software investments required and the depth of in-house expertise needed to make it happen. However, newer cloud platforms address these pain points.

In some cases, cloud infrastructure vendors are offering converged (compute/storage/networking) appliances that can be set up and running in minutes. These appliances provide scalable building blocks to support private and hybrid clouds with ample resources, and they deliver a better ROI than traditional data centre hardware.

Another approach is to use standard OpenStack APIs with a self-healing architecture that reduces the management burden. A few vendors use SaaS-based portals that handle management and operations with complete health monitoring and predictive analytics to prevent problems before they occur. By enabling curated updates through automated patching and upgrades, the end user receives the best possible service experience with minimal effort required of the administrator.

So while private and hybrid cloud once required plenty of in-house cloud-building expertise, it’s not true today. Modern cloud platforms address many of the objections to using private or hybrid cloud, and these architectures can work together with public cloud to give enterprises the performance and cost-effectiveness they seek. Today’s private and hybrid cloud platforms provide the same ease-of-use as public cloud infrastructure while delivering the flexibility, security, performance and control many enterprises demand.

Thanks to CloudTechNews for their contribution.


Is that SharePoint in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

What SharePoint’s Mobile App Means for You

By Daniel Cohen-Dumani | May 25, 2016

During “The Future of SharePoint” event Microsoft held earlier this month, Corporate Vice President for OneDrive and SharePoint, Jeff Teper unveiled a very exciting concept — an “intranet in your pocket” — with the announcement of a SharePoint mobile app.

Why did this announcement excite the SharePoint community so much?

To understand what the announcement means, you need an understanding of how intranet solutions — and SharePoint — have evolved.

Desktop-Bound in a Mobile World

Businesses have reaped the benefits of SharePoint deployments for many years, but the emphasis has always been on desktop users, rather than mobile.

At a time when employees increasingly expect mobile capabilities from their work applications and more IT departments are embracing mobility apps for all lines of business — not just fields services and sales teams — being bound to a desktop no longer cuts it. So while Microsoft has made incremental improvements to the SharePoint mobile experience in previous iterations, it still left a lot of room for improvement.

The SharePoint Mobile App

Microsoft’s announcement of the SharePoint mobile application at the Future of SharePoint event was a step in the right direction. This is a first for SharePoint, which previously offered access via a mobile browser, but not a mobile app. The app is available for both online and on-premises deployments.

The SharePoint mobile app offers users full access to SharePoint team sites. They can use the app to check the progress of their group projects, look up people on the company intranet and communicate with their co-workers. It also includes an Office 365 Groups integration, and is available on Windows, iOS and Android.

Mobile App or Not to Mobile App

Putting the intranet capabilities of SharePoint “in our pockets” is exciting, but businesses still need to take a proactive approach to adoption and implementation. The recently announced changes will come in waves, each of which will require oversight and management. So if your business uses SharePoint, you will need to plan for each rollout independently in order to avoid being caught by surprise. This should include alerting your users to upcoming changes and providing training to help them stay up to date.

And it should go without saying, but just because an app is available doesn’t mean it’s right for your business. Determine whether or not the SharePoint app will meet your business needs. Compare the features to the features your users need while on the go. The speed and ease that the app promises makes it sound like a good fit for many businesses, but check before you leap.

A few other newly announced features could have big implications for businesses. Microsoft PowerApps will allow you to easily create and share business apps with your teams. Microsoft Flow automates workflows between Microsoft services and apps, improving efficiency and productivity within your organization. A public preview of PowerApps is already available for those who can’t wait for the full launch later this year.

SharePoint’s Future Looks Bright

This is an exciting time for the SharePoint world. Whereas not too long ago SharePoint seemed to be on the brink of obsolescence, Microsoft has brought it back by reinvigorating the mobile user experience.

We’ve also seen a flurry of turnkey intranet solutions over the last few years, that offer the rapid deployment, simplicity and high-quality user experience which businesses crave. With these latest SharePoint announcements, Microsoft is sending a clear message about its commitment to providing an excellent out-of-the-box intranet solution for its business customers, including those for whom mobile accessibility is a priority.


OneDrive for Business Or SharePoint Team Site?

It’s not unusual to question where your content should be stored in Office or SharePoint On-Premises. It seems these days that you can store your content almost anywhere, but rarely do we realize the impact of our decision. When you’re working with SharePoint, you often have to decide between two places to store your files and that’s either OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Team Sites.

This infographic will try to help you decide between the two.

When Should I Use OneDrive for Business?

OneDrive for Business is meant to be your “me” place at the office. Basically, if you’re trying to compare it to your File Shares, it could be thought as the new “Home Folders” for users or the new “My Documents”.

In terms of technology, it’s often mistaken as just a Sync tool or the new SharePoint My Site, but that simply isn’t all there is to it. OneDrive for Business really is a brand that tells the end user that this is the place you can go to for your files at work, wherever they are.

Yes, you get a personal document library, but you also get an offline sync engine (recently updated), a way to see the files shared with you as well as recently worked on and it also helps you see your Team Sites and their files.

But when we’re thinking about storing files in our OneDrive for Business as a user, we often think about the Personal Document Library within it. What documents go there? Anything you’re not sure should be worked with a team yet or really anything you want to keep sole control over before it moves on to a Team Site.

Not to forget that the OneDrive for Business document library is a lot more limited than the more advanced SharePoint Team Site library. You won’t be able to create metadata or assign workflows either.

Use your OneDrive for Business personal library for the “Me” part of your work, before it moves on to SharePoint Team Sites for the “We” part of the work.

When Should I Use A SharePoint Team Site?

The SharePoint Team Site is meant to be the “We” part of the work for you and your team. In this location, the file isn’t owned or associated to one user, but rather the team itself or the Team Site if you will.

SharePoint Team Sites are a robust solution for enterprise content management, while delivering a simple to use web experience. Within a Team’s site, they can create multiple lists and libraries to store their content as well as enrich it with metadata and more.

There are also many features we don’t find in the personal library of OneDrive for Business, such as workflows, custom views and more. Documents that are owned by the team or project should be stored in your Team Sites. And of course, sometimes documents will first be created in your personal document library and later moved to a Team Site when it grows into a project for example or when more people need to work together on the file.

Use Team Sites for the “We” part of the work and require more advanced content management features for your files.


How To Improve Disaster Recovery Preparedness

If you woke up tomorrow and ran a marathon, how would you fare? It’s highly doubtful that you would successfully run the 26.2 miles without months of training, drills, and exercises.

The same is true for disaster recovery (DR): The chance that you could successfully recover IT operations without having exercised your DR plans on a regular basis is slim at best. The chance that you could successfully recover and meet your recovery objectives is zero. Yet Forrester finds that exercising DR plans is one area in which many businesses continue to fall short.

Although most businesses claim they conduct a full exercise of their DR plans at least once per year, anecdotal evidence suggests that the majority of these exercises are not comprehensive and thorough; businesses – small and large – often just exercise a portion of the plan or a subset of applications. Indeed, many of the organizations Forrester has spoken with know that they need to improve their DR exercise program, but face barriers such as a lack of executive support, limited employee resources and time, and a fear of interrupting vital business processes. If this sounds all too familiar, consider the following 10 best practices for updating and improving your current DR exercise program:

1. Define Specific Exercise Objectives Upfront

Exercising for the sake of exercising is a waste of time. Make sure that there are clear and concrete objectives and goals set up front that will help determine the ultimate success of an exercise. One objective may be as simple as, “Verify our stated recovery time and recovery point objectives.” You could orient other objectives around training, such as, “Familiarize the database administrators with the plans for recovering Oracle.”

2. Include Business Stakeholders

Business owners play a vital role in your DR exercises, and they need to be involved from the start of the exercise until you have recovered all services. All business stakeholders should verify the successful recovery of services. This has the dual benefit of ensuring that you have properly recovered business processes with all of their critical components as well as ensuring that business stakeholders know what to expect in terms of recovery capabilities and performance at the recovery site during an actual declaration.

3. Rotate Staff Responsibilities

It’s important that the person who wrote the DR plan is not the same person who executes the test, as it is unlikely that that individual would be available in a real disaster. Some companies Forrester interviewed went so far as to have employees with little specific knowledge of a system executing those tests, such as a system administrator running the database DR test. An important secondary benefit of a DR exercise is training; by assigning staff to take on new roles during exercises, you are essentially cross-training staff in different areas.

4. Develop Specific Risk Scenarios For Your Exercises

Many companies conduct their DR exercises without specific scenarios; they tell the response team to assume the data center is “a smoking hole.” It is important, however, to define specific risk scenarios even for DR testing for two main reasons: 1) It provides a more realistic situation for the response team to react to, and 2) different scenarios require different actions from the IT staff. For example, the DR plan for a short outage at the primary data center that only requires resuming operations would be different from a long-term outage that requires failover (and eventually failback), which in turn would be different from scenarios where only portions of the IT infrastructure were down.

5. Run Joint Exercises With Business Continuity (BC) Teams

In our research, Forrester found that many BC and DR teams run all of their exercises separately and often fail even to communicate when they run exercises. However, you should aim to exercise the full BC and DR concurrently at least once per year. This is especially important if the data center is in the same location as the head office.

6. Vary Exercise Types From Technical Tests to Walk-Throughs

A common misconception in IT is that walk-throughs and tabletop exercises are not necessary for DR exercises. While it’s true that these types of exercises won’t test the technical capabilities of a failover, they are still critical for training, awareness, and preparedness. Interviewees told us that the majority of the time, exercises that didn’t go as planned actually struggled most with communication and employees’ understanding of their roles during the exercise. Non-technical exercises such as walk-throughs and tabletops will help make these processes go more smoothly.

7. Make Sure to Test All IT Infrastructure Concurrently at Least Once Per Year

Waiting longer than a year risks too much change in IT environments and personnel — you need to bring new staff members throughout the organization up to speed on DR plans. The most advanced firms run full DR tests as often as four times per year. In between full tests, most firms conduct component tests that vary in frequency depending on the criticality of the systems and rate of change in the environment.

8. Identify Members for the Core DR Response Team

The stress of working under time and resource restraints for long hours, often during nights and weekends, is something people cope with in different manners. If you are putting together a core response team to lead IT recovery, it’s important to pick people who can work under extreme amounts of pressure (and sleep deprivation). During an exercise or test, identify those individuals who can remain calm and collected.

9. Learn From Your Mistakes

The point of running DR exercises is to find potential barriers to recovery while in a controlled environment. If you aren’t encountering problems during your exercises and tests, it’s more than likely you aren’t looking hard enough, aren’t testing thoroughly enough, or you have designed scenarios for recovery that are too simple. When you complete exercises and tests and you have identified problem areas, use what you have learned to update plans and create best practice documents.

10. Report Results to Stakeholders

If your business has recently made significant investments in improving preparedness, most likely executives, business owners, and other stakeholders want to know what the return is on their investment — how prepared are you? Reporting exercise and test results regularly and in a timely fashion gives executives and business leaders visibility into your DR program. Remember that the results are not pass/fail but should detail aspects of recovery that went well and areas for improvement.

Rachel Dines is an analyst at Forrester Research, where she serves Infrastructure & Operations professionals.

Originally Published on: CIO


Remote workers can do more with less

Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint mobile apps get useful new features

One of the best things about the Microsoft Office programs is the auto save feature which has saved us countless times when our laptop loses battery or the program suddenly closes or something else happens. But that feature was only available for desktop software. Until now. Finally the autosave feature is available for the Word, Excel, and Powerpoint mobile apps, both for smartphones and tablets. There are also app-specific new features in the latest round of updates from Microsoft.

It does make sense that auto-save will eventually come to mobile devices since you are more likely to lose connection, get a battery drain or malfunction and any other errors that might happen while working on a document on your smartphone or tablet. All three apps will also now get version history, so just in case you wanted to go back in time, you’ll be able to choose from several save points. So even if there is auto-save now, you can still go back to certain points of history in the document.

Another new thing, at least for Word and Powerpoint, is that you’ll finally be able to experience real-time collaborative editing support. There may still be a few bugs here and there, but eventually, it will hopefully become as smooth as with the web apps and Google Docs themselves. Meanwhile, Powerpoint also gets another new feature called “Designer”, but only for the tablet version. There is now a tab called “design ideas” where it suggests to you what theme or layout would work best with a certain picture.

The rollout has already started so you can check the Play Store if your apps are ready for these new features. You can also get the APK if you don’t want to wait.


Train Your Employees on Cyber Security

Rachel Bailey

Have you ever thought about what you’d do if your small business fell victim to a cyber attack? According to NetIQ, 34% of companies don’t have a crisis response plan for a data breach or cyber attack. The best place to start: by training your employees on cyber security.

Data protection and cybersecurity practices should be incorporated into the initial orientation of your new hires. It should also be an area of training that’s regularly updated in tandem with constant developments in technology.

If your company deals with sensitive client data, your policies may differ slightly. No matter which industry you fall in, though, your employee handbook is a great place to house these important safety details.

Here are some things to talk to your employees about:


Now’s a great time for your HR and IT department to collaborate on what employees can install and keep on their work computers. Downloading outside programs can open the door to security vulnerabilities in your network.


While this may seem like common sense, many consumers still are creating and using uncomplicated passwords (ex. 123456. Yes, I’m being serious). Long words with a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters and a mix of numbers and symbols are best. Don’t forget to change them routinely.

Social Safety

In the social world, many people tend to reveal a good amount themselves on various profiles. This can allow hackers to “scrape” the sites and use the information to create messages that appear as though they’re coming from friends.

Red Flag Alert

As mentioned, staying cyber-secure starts with your employees’ awareness. So the more training you provide, the better equipped they’ll to recognize things such as phishing scams, malware and viruses. If your company actually handles sensitive data, your cyber security procedure is likely a bit more intensive. Encryption, shredding of documents, and confidentiality issues all come into play.

But whatever industry your small business is in, keeping your employees up-to-date with procedures will be your best defense against cyber criminals. And don’t forget to have a response plan in case something were to happen.


How the Cloud Can Save You Money

As more companies look at moving their applications to the cloud, one question circulating in the business community is around the potential savings of making the move. And to be completely honest, some of the cost savings are difficult to measure because there simply isn’t enough data yet for an accurate comparison.

But one thing is certain: when businesses move to the cloud, there are financial benefits you may not have considered.

Most companies are looking for a bottom line savings. Perhaps because they’re reducing or redistributing headcount. Or they no longer pay annual maintenance fees. But you need to think beyond the traditional IT cost savings when you’re evaluating cloud.

Here are three surprising ways that moving to the cloud can help your bottom line.

1. Increased Business Agility and Flexibility

If your business experiences fluctuations in volume, there is a significant benefit to taking advantage of the cloud. By having a fully scalable “pay for what you use” model, you are allowing your business to grow or change organically without having to worry about how your data usage fits into the game. You don’t have to worry about purchasing licenses that never get touched or huge increases as your organization evolves.

2. Avoid Large Capital Investments

On-premise data storage typically comes with some pretty hefty price tags in the form of up-front equipment and installation expenditures. It’s difficult to manage for new or growing businesses that want to reinvest in their mainstay instead of storage racks. By switching from a CAPEX to OPEX model, your organization is free to grow and change while avoiding large initial expenditures and strengthening the ROI of your storage investment as your business continues to grow.

3. Business Continuity Protection

One of the most important facets of running a successful business is ensuring that your customers feel like they can rely on you. By moving your data storage to the cloud with a reliable partner such as Dorset Connects, you ensure that your access to that data is efficient and constant. Whether your industry requires you to transmit large sensitive documents or your employees need an email system that can handle some heft, having reliable cloud data storage can absolutely contribute to the experience that your customers have when they work with you.

Moving to the cloud has many benefits, and reducing your bottom line is certainly included in that list. Whether you’re looking to save capital up front, have more flexibility with your data storage needs or provide your customers with better business continuity, partnering with Dorset Connects will enable you to enjoy the opportunity to reduce your bottom line.