Whether you own a large server or a small desktop server to handle your office emails , calendars or documents you have more worries than just the hardware. You probably have a UPS in case of power failures, you have to keep reliable backups of your data on and off site, you keep your firewall and server patched against viruses and other nastiness and of course you have the issue of lost data due to hardware failure, theft, fire, etcetera. We had exactly the same problems five years ago and I went looking for a solution. I found one. Google Apps For Business!
I started with just using the standard Google Mail for testing and found that although it would do the job it wasn’t all it should be. Google apps came along just after that and I have moved all of my business over to their servers. The benefits for me are many. I have no servers to worry about. I have a local backup for my own use but my backups are looked after for me. I have no IT costs to speak of any more. I don’t have to sit in my office during the day and my workspace at home at night. I can sit anywhere any time and work from a laptop, desktop, pad or phone!
I can now access my business from anywhere in the world. That probably doesn’t sound too important but after an unexpected family emergency saw me travelling to Canada with no notice a few months ago it was REALLY nice to be able to look up old contact numbers in Toronto, contact my clients back here in the UK to reschedule missed appointments and put them directly into my calendar and have access to documents I was and could continue to work on while sitting in a hotel room in the evening. Free WIFI meant the cost was nothing…nothing! When I got back home there was no messing about with synchronising data or figuring out which document as up-to-date or out-of-date. Same deal with contact information and notes. Everything is done on the cloud instantly. I found it very satisfying.
So back here at home and on a day-to-day basis the benefits are very much the same. My life used to exist around Outlook. My calendar was and is my life! Without my schedule I might as well be a jellyfish flowing around with the tides. With my Android phone however my entire schedule is accessible all of the time by me, my office and my business partners. Of course you can set security levels so only those who need to see or change items can but how nice it is to make changes live without synchronising. Unfettered is good! The same goes for contact list entries and for documents too.
We are now offering to help move your business away from desktops, hard drives and servers and move to the cloud. If you already have a website with us we can tie your existing email address or addresses into Google quickly. If you do not have a website with us we can still help you too. You can move one or hundreds of addresses to Google painlessly and remove your extra IT costs as well. We can show you how.
Give us e a ring if you want to cut your cots and increase your productivity.You no longer have to be tied to your desktop or to your low powered web based email or calendar solution. Move to Google Apps For Business. I think like me you might just feel the weight of the Operating Systems World lift off of your shoulders.
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