Thoughts on what businesses actually need from the Cloud, not what vendors wish they needed.

Chris Bliss

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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? Cloud computing. 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)

Pipedrive Review: SaaS Meets Sales Meets Social Meets Sexy

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? What’s Better? 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)

Cloud Computing Makes Business Easier

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. ... (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)

Top Five Tips for Choosing a Small Business CRM

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 stuff. 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 helps! #1 Cho... (more)