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Why Cloud Computing 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 time previously spent worrying about backups, updates and installs to actually run your business.

Business software isn’t what your business is all about, so don’t let it be. Let specialists who want to grow with your business offer a service that you need for an affordable price. That’s cloud computing, that’s software as a service.

Email, Calendar, Docs: Google Apps
CRM, Project Management: Solve360
Email Marketing: Mailchimp
Accounting: FreeAgent Central

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Chris Bliss works at VM Associates, an end-user consultancy for businesses looking to move to the cloud from pre-existing legacy systems.