Rick Meekins

Rick Meekins is the Managing Partner at Aepiphanni, a Business Consultancy, an Atlanta, GA based small business consultancy that provides Management Consulting, Implementation and Managed Services to business leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to improve or expand operations.

I had a great conversation, yesterday, with Scott Sherman, the COO at KIS Business, about the realities of “Cloud Computing” as SAAS office products are  being called.  According to Moderro Technologies, applications included in your cloud will include services such as:

According to Sherman, the problem with Cloud Computing has to do with security – keeping your company’s private information, private.  If you think about Governor’s Palin’s predicament with her email account, you have to take into consideration what could happen to your company’s information, in the hands of the wrong people.

Does this mean that you are stuck paying office rent for the next 20 years?  Definitely not.  Your ability to be mobile and to collaborate with workers anywhere in the world may be closer to your horizon than you realize.  Being able to pick up and work anywhere, anytime will help your productivity, substantially.

Does this mean that you have to purchase and maintain your own server – as if you have nothing better to do?  Not reasonable.

Does it mean that you have to take a risk with some of the free services?  Probably not the best option, either.

It means that you’ve got to find a solution that will work for your organization.  Consider the following as you plan for your integration.

While you may not be ready today to invest in a mobile office, or you feel a product such as Windows Live Small Business, Google or ZOHO may be fine for you, do not rush into this at the last moment.  Like any business decision, be decisive and committed to doing it the right way, set a goal for getting it done, set up a list of criteria for quality and do your homework!


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