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5 Tools to Make Your Transition to the Cloud Easier

5 Tools to Make Your Transition to the Cloud  Easier

Cloud computing is more popular than ever, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Of the many benefits that cloud supporters say the technology brings, the most impressive include providing businesses with better productivity, more capabilities through cloud applications, and allowing companies to reduce costs while still expanding their reach. This has lead to more and more businesses adopting the cloud for their regular operations. In fact, a recent cloud survey conducted by RightScale showed that 88 percent of enterprises are currently using a public cloud. That number is only expected to climb in the future, making the cloud market a highly competitive one. You may be convinced cloud computing is the right option for your business, but the question remains: what’s the easiest way to make the move to the cloud? Luckily, tech companies have come up with special services designed just for that purpose — easing the transition into the cloud.

1. SAP Cloud Transformation Services

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    Through SAP Cloud Services, companies can get a better idea of how to take advantage of the cloud. While there are many services out there that help out once you’ve already made the move, SAP Cloud Services helps your company by working closely during the “before” stages. SAP essentially helps you plan out a detailed cloud adoption strategy that helps you determine your objectives and goals, choose what services are right for meeting those goals, and outline what benefits you stand to gain. As with any business decision, a detailed plan geared toward making the cloud transition can help you avoid mistakes in the future.

    2. Dell Cloud Marketplace

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      There are many cloud options available, and choosing one or the right combination of several can be a painstaking process. That’s where Dell Cloud Marketplace comes in. This special tool allows you to compare the large variety of public clouds, picking which one you think will work best for you business. At the same time, Dell Cloud Marketplace allows you to purchase and configure those public clouds and cloud applications while managing them from one easy-to-use interface. If you are still wondering what cloud computing and how it can help your business, Dell put together an eBook (Demystifying the Cloud) to help answer any lingering questions you may have. In short, the tool helps make the cloud more accessible and manageable, which makes for a much easier transition, especially for those companies that are new to cloud computing.

      3. Rackspace Migration Services

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        If your business already has a hosted environment but you wish to move it to the cloud, Rackspace Migration Services might be the right fit. The service allows you to move applications, email, servers, and databases to the cloud with minimal fuss. If you have a simple environment, this can be done for free, while complex environments can still be moved smoothly. Like other services, this one offers consultations with experts, which help formulate and execute a cloud migration plan. 

        4. IBM Cloud Marketplace

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          IBM Cloud Marketplace

          also works to help you determine what kind of cloud services would be the best for your company. Through a simple interface, you can determine what options you want to pursue and what kinds of platforms, applications, and infrastructure you need to use in the cloud. Options can also be broken down by what kind of role your business will be responsible for. In this way, you can check out IBM and other services before making a final decision.

          5. Oracle Transition Services

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            Like some of the other services mentioned, Oracle Transition Services effectively helps you determine how best to make the move to the cloud. The service provides guidance in transitioning to a configuration that represents the right fit for what your business is trying to do. Oracle also provides upgrade assistance and support, which can help make a cloud transition much less worrisome. All of these services are delivered under cost controls, ensuring that your company will get its money’s worth. Each of these services comes with its own unique features and strengths, but they all have the same goal in mind: easing the transition to the cloud. Depending on the company, such a move can be intimidating, but the benefits of cloud computing all well worth the effort. With these services in hand, your business can make its leap into the cloud as seamlessly as possible. The resources are there; you just have to take advantage of them. The result will be a much more agile business primed for years of growth.

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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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