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5 Misleading Myths about Cloud Systems for Business Which Need To Be Debunked

5 Misleading Myths about Cloud Systems for Business Which Need To Be Debunked

When most business owners think of cloud services and systems, they think of big name Web Service Providers like Amazon or Apple. For many people in the business world, the term “cloud” has been seen more as a dirty word than a popular buzz word. Businesses that may be benefiting from the technology and services of the cloud systems are held back by myths and misconceptions about the way the cloud works. Here five of the most common myths and misconceptions that need to be debunked.

1. “It’s not secure”

Security and the safety of information & data is naturally the biggest concern businesses have when it comes to using a cloud based system. Their common concerns often boil down to these main anxieties:

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▪    The platform used for the cloud is too open to outside access and leaves data vulnerable

▪    Multi-tenant platforms cannot be secured accurately and are insecure against hackers

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▪    Data is contained in a foreign data center and not subjected to local laws and regulations

With an appropriate cloud system in place these concerns really are not necessary.  The vast majority of cloud service providers offer options that provide a wide range of security solutions and that also offer customization that allows for access to files and data while animating a high level of security.

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2. “It won’t be reliable”

Outages do happen and like any business, some cloud system providers do experience higher rates of outages and down times than others. This is why it is important to do your research and look into all the available providers that you have access to. Whether you are looking for a cloud based phone for your business, data storage, or file sharing options you need to take the time to make sure you truly understand what the cloud is and what it can offer you, your business associates, your customers, and your team members.

3. “Cloud platforms are always restrictive”

Public cloud phone and storage systems are most often designed with automation and standardization in mind. Some cloud systems allow for a certain level of customization and optimization that can help tailor the services to your unique need. Business servers offered by an industrialized cloud system will offer a unique approach that will give enough options for customization and diversity so that you can find one that fits your unique needs and will serve you well. Cloud systems do not have to be restrictive and you are not always tied down to a single package deal so be sure to look around and find one that is best for your business.

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4. “It’s simply another IT catch all platform”

Being able to adequately and concisely describe what cloud computing is and what is can do for the customer is paramount to having a successful sales pitch. Highlighting what specific ways that unique business can benefit from using the cloud system is important to help get the final sale and convince them to give cloud computing a try. The number one thing most business need is to be more organized. In a world of digital files, records, and transactions, so much can become misplaced without the standard paper trail that so many businesses are used to. By highlighting how the cloud computing system helps streamline and sped up organization and business operations, we can show our clients how a business can improve and stay up to date with the newest management systems.

5. “It has limited application”

The services offered by cloud based systems are often misinterpreted as being limited in their applications, but this is the final myth that needs to be disproved. The cloud based systems that are available to businesses makes it easier than ever to continue business as usual. Connecting with customers and clients is easy and you have access to amazing functions and services including conference calls, file sharing, data storage, phone services, and more – all at a fraction of the price that normal methods cost. Cloud systems also allow you greater freedom and flexibility in terms of what you can do and how your business can grow.

Many modern technological advances have changed the way businesses work and operate. One of the most talked about changes involves the creation of the cloud and the virtual storage and access platform that it offers business big and small. Businesses that could be benefiting from the cloud systems are often times held back by misgivings and fears that they have which have been fueled by myths and misconceptions about how the cloud works. We have debunked five of the most common myths and you are now better prepared to discover how the cloud can help your business be even more successful!

Featured photo credit: Cloud network concept via cloud9realtime.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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