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Here at VM we’re planning our spring 2011 conference tour and we’re happy to say there’s a lot going on in the world of presentations and meetings about cloud-computing. Deadlines are fast-approaching though, so check out the list we’ve put together below and see if there’s something happening near you… hope to see you there! Note: this list is incomplete and bound to change. Descriptions were taken off the sponsoring organizations’ websites and so may not reflect content and/or quality. Don’t hold us accountable if a conference sucks. What: Global Services Conference 2011: Enabling Business Transformation Through Global Sourcing When: January 27, 2011 Where: NYC Cost: $1295.00 conference fee for consultants/providers Info: http://www.globalservicesmedia.com/events/gsc2011/ “There are… forces playing out in the industry that define the next generation of services ... (more)

Why Cloud Computing Makes Sense For Small Businesses

submit_url = "http://www.vm-associates.com/2010/04/10/why-the-cloud-makes-sense-for-small-businesses/"; Last month I did a presentation for small business owners at the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris. For many businesses, “cloud computing” is just a marketing term that’s being pitched to them, hot buzz words thrown in their faces. I wanted to really outline what cloud computing is, and how it can make a real difference for their companies. The takeaways are simple: By partnering with a service provider to run your business software (and keep it running), you free up all the... (more)

Definitions for Dummies: What Is Cloud Computing?

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... (more)

Fresh off the press – Solve360 training!

We’ve long loved Solve360. It’s really good. That’s why we gave them an A+ review, why we partnered with them, and it’s why we’re now offering weekly Solve360 support and training. That’s right – weekly Solve360 training. Twice a week, every week, we’ll be teaching “Solve 101” and “Solve 102” webinars. We’re educators! Who it’s for New to Solve360 but struggling to find your way around? Interested in those small-but-helpful features that could make or break your workflow? Or maybe you’re a Solve360 veteran, but need a refresher on some advanced usage tips? We’ve got a webinar ... (more)

Producteev training is out the door!

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)