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Guest Post: Cloud-based Management for Start-ups

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Posted on July 24th, 2012 by Mark Jones in Guest Posts, Tech

CloudCloud computing is a development that could change the computer industry. Technology heavyweights such as Microsoft, IBM and Google have already invested millions of dollars into its research, reflecting a growing belief that it’s a method of computing that’ll continue to grow in prevalence, changing, for the better, the way we use computers in our personal and business lives.

If you’re a start-up or small business owner and not too tech savvy, you may wonder what cloud computing actually involves. Essentially, it involves a significant shift in IT system workload with remote, rather than local computers, running everything from e-mail to word processing. You’d simply log into a web-based service that would host all the relevant programs for your business and then go from there. If you’re a user of Hotmail, it would be similar to logging into that.

How, then, can this IT development be used in the management of your business and, most importantly, help save you and your business money?

Firstly, using remote rather than local computers in your businesses management can work to take away numerous IT costs. You’ll no longer have to fork out unwanted payments on things such as software licensing or potential upgrade expenses. Simultaneously some companies offer cloud-based management that’s free of charge, making the switch to the cloud even more cost-effective.

Amongst these free-of-charge cloud-based management providers is Google Drive. Essentially, Google Drive provides a place to create and share your work online, allowing you to access your documents from anywhere. This is clearly beneficial with regards to productivity and efficiency, as you and your employees will have the ability to manage documents, spreadsheets, and presentations at any time and anyplace, provided they have access to an internet connection. In short, the data isn’t confined to a hard drive on one employee’s computer or your businesses internal network.

Equally free of charge is Trello, which acts solely as project management system. It’s received glowing reviews from Tech bloggers and journalists alike through its providing of an online, user-friendly, collaborative tool for project management. In essence, you put tasks onto cards that you can arrange into columns or lists and you then move them as the project develops. These are put onto boards, which would represent your particular project. To collaborate, you invite people to join your board and once they join, you can then drag people to items within your project to keep track of who’s working on what. It’s outrageously simple but very effective, saving the need for mountains of paperwork and time-consuming meetings.

In a stuttering UK and global economy, with money and budgets often tight, the use of cloud software is clearly beneficial, freeing up funds for other areas crucial to the success of your business. Not only that, it can also improve productivity and efficiency. These cost and time savings can mean little if you seldom monitor your server performance though, which, if carrying problems, could lead to website downtime. This can have obvious implications, driving away potential business. Companies like UKhost4u can help to counter such problems through their web hosting service, providing a market-leading, flexible approach to web hosting for start-up and small businesses, all for a reasonable price.

There is some sunshine through then clouds then, well, in the business world at least.

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Mark Jones is freelance business journalist and blogger specialising in new technologies.

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