Despite our recent(ish) blog post bashing Microsoft’s cloud initiatives,
there’s a nugget of brilliance in “The Economics of The Cloud,” a
recent paper published by Rolf Harms and Michael Yamartino, head corporate
strategists at Microsoft. It’s a good paper, but the brilliance is in the
When cars emerged in the early 20th century, they were initially called
horseless carriages. Understandably, people were skeptical at first, and they
viewed the invention through the lens of the paradigm that had been dominant
for centuries: the horse and carriage. The first cars also looked very
similar to the horse and carriage (just without the horse), as engineers
initially failed to understand the new possibilities of the new paradigm,
such as building for higher speeds, or greater safety. Incredibly, engineers
kept designing the whip holder into the early ... (more)
There are more visible SaaS offerings, but e-signature services are fast
becoming a cornerstone of cloud-based business. It makes sense – why print
and sign paper documents when everything else is done online? Plenty of
companies are asking that question, and it shows: EchoSign, an e-signature
industry leader, reported growth of 216% between Q2 ‘09 and Q2 ‘10. Not
bad for a company named for a dolphin.
RightSignature is a relative newcomer to the e-signature game, but having
signed Farme... (more)
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Most small business owners understand cloud computing as a tool. A
pay-as-you-go, web based tool. Not more, not less. And they’re pretty much
Thing is, tools matter. They carry distinct advantages and disadvantages,
which are sometimes subtle, long term, and structural. Cloud computing is no
exception: besides the usual advantages, cloud based tools help businesses
become more transparent, more flexible, and (ultimately) more profitable.
1. Cloud computing makes business more transparent.
First off, cloud computing tools tend to centralize everything together. ... (more)
We review small business CRM software all the time. Sometimes we find great
systems. Sometimes not.
More typically, we find systems like Base CRM, a well designed and promising
system that’s almost there (but not quite). Read on for our full review.
The Quick and Dirty Verdict
Base is a web-based CRM built by Future Simple, a venture-backed, Chicago
based software company. As small business CRMs go, Base is pretty damn good:
it’s easy to use, includes some neat features (client spaces!), and boasts
an awesome mobile app. Unfortunately, the expensive pricing scheme, lack of