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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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          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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            Published on September 20, 2018

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

            Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

            In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

            Minimizing Tabs

            Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

            Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

            Incognito Mode

            Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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            1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
            2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
            3. Download extension New Incognito Window

            This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

            Save Webpages as PDF Files

            Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

            Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

            Open Recently-closed Tabs

            Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

            One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

            The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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            Solve Mathematical Problems

            Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

            For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

            Play Media Files

            Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

            In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

            Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

            With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

            Stay Focus(e)d

            Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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            Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

            With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

            This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

            Grammarly for Editing

            Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

            You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

            Loom

            There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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            There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

            With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

            Chrome Calendar Extension

            No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

            Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

            Final Thoughts

            Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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