We’ve been absent from the blogosphere for awhile now and thought we’d
make our reentry with a simple definition. Cloud computing. What is it? How
is it different from, well, normal computing? What does it mean for business
owners? Where is it headed?
Generally speaking, “cloud computing” is the use of the Internet to run
applications or store data. Until recently, most software programs ran on
your personal computer. Cloud computing changes that: programs run on a
remote server (or servers), accessed by (but not stored on) your computer.
Web-based email? Cloud computing. Google Apps? Cloud computing. Facebook?
Beyond its technical definitions, cloud computing also implies a host of
benefits and perceived dangers. Here are some of the biggies.
Usability - Most cloud-based applications are easier to use than their
on-site brethren. This especially ... (more)
Our latest product review is of Pipedrive, a new sales management and CRM
tool that features a user-friendly sales pipeline, extensive customization
options, embedded Facebook-like features, and easy collaboration amongst team
members. With sales at the spine of every business, new solutions like
Pipedrive face stiff competition in the marketplace. What makes it better (or
worse) than the rest?
There are several great features of Pipedrive. Below are a few.
Pipeline Sales View
Pipedrive gives a very straightforward, clean view of your sales cycle. You
are able to... (more)
VM Associates is a New York City cloud computing consulting firm. We help
companies transition into newer, better, smarter software. Contact us to talk
about your business, the cloud, and how we might help.
On the heels of yesterday’s announcement regarding Capsule training,
we’re now offering Producteev 101, a weekly group webinar that covers basic
Producteev navigation, use cases and best practices. Look no further if
you’re in the market for Producteev training!
Who it’s for
Anyone just getting started or learning Producteev will benefit from this
hour long webinar. We’ll cover Producteev basics like workspaces and
mobile, but we’ll also look at more advanced stuff like NLP (“natural
language processing”) and general best practice tips. You’ll leave with a
firm handle on gettin... (more)
When small business owners think of software, they think of email, file
management, and…. CRM. Shorthand for “Contact Relationship Management,”
CRMs help businesses organize their customers, leads and sales. Important
Unfortunately, choosing a CRM isn’t easy. The Google Apps marketplace lists
90 of ‘em: GetApp has over 280. There are thousands more (and they all
sound the same). How’s a business owner to choose?
We review (and break) new CRMs every week, so we’re pretty confident when
we spot a good one. Here are 5 tips for choosing your own CRM – hope it
#1 Cho... (more)