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“You NEED to be in the cloud!”

5 reasons the cloud may not be right for your business. An excerpt from our recent webinar "You NEED to be in the cloud! Everyone else is doing it, right?" which can be found at aldridge.com/webinars. What is the cloud? The definition of the cloud has evolved over the years, and even today the answer depends on who you ask.  To simplify, the cloud is a product and service ecosystem…
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5 Reasons the Cloud Is Wrong for Your Law Firm

The cloud is both the present and future of computing. But is it the best choice for organizations like law firms that have special requirements, obligations, and liabilities other organizations don’t have? If you can’t get comfortable with these five considerations, the cloud may not be right for you. 1. Immature use of cloud technology Just to be clear, the technology used in cloud computing is time-tested and proven. After…
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Protecting Critical Business Data: Practical Steps for the Cloud-Computing Era

Join us for free lunch and a panel discussion on protecting your data and your business. Join us for free lunch and a panel discussion on protecting your data and your business. Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., BBVA Compass Tower Join us for free lunch and a panel discussion, moderated by Vice President Mark Leary of The Aldridge Company, to learn practical guidance to secure your data and…
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Time to get your faxes into the cloud

We’ve talked about the many different cloud services available, however, one business function has been largely left behind when it comes to cloud services and this is the fax machine. Once a crucial instrument of business communication, it’s usefulness was largely diminished when email took over. While many companies probably still have a fax machine, and likely use it on a semi-regular basis, it can be hard to justify maintaining…
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Google vs Microsoft, who rules the cloud?

The cloud and programs based in the cloud are a popular tech trend, with many companies introducing services and programs with features that use them. One of the most seemingly natural fits with the cloud are office communication and productivity suites. The two most popular cloud based office suites are Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365. However, both these offerings often have business managers scratching their heads, wondering which is…
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Cloud terminology that floats you away

With the recent launch of Google Drive, Microsoft’s update to SkyDrive and numerous mobile devices launching in the next few months with cloud storage apps included, the cloud is most likely 2012’s hottest tech trend. With what seems like every technical company offering a cloud service, there’s been a large amount of confusing technobabble floating around. Here are 10 of the most common cloud terms and what they mean. Cloud.…
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Top Cloud Trends for the Year

Cloud computing systems are continuing to grow and become more popular, especially with small businesses. And as cloud services continue to grow and evolve along with the needs of users and clients, we are sure to see some positive developments for the cloud this year. Anyone who tells you that the cloud has reached a peak is definitely mistaken. While cloud computing is already a powerful IT service that has…
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Cloud Email Using Google Apps and Microsoft Office

For companies interested in trying out cloud-based services, email maybe something worth trying. Here’s a breakdown of two options from two industry giants that may be worth considering. Google Apps Google Apps is a service from Google that started in 2006, with the introduction of Gmail—a hosted email service, and which later incorporated other apps such as Google Calendar, Groups, Talk, Docs and Sites. Google Apps allow customers an independently…
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Google Ventures into the Retail and Online Shopping Market with Google Wallet

Want to pay for merchandise without whipping out a credit card? Google makes this possible with an electronic internet-based service called Google Wallet. You simply swipe your smartphone over a participating outlet’s cashier, and the transaction is complete. Smartphone technology has grown by leaps and bounds these past few years, and having a smartphone these days is almost synonymous to being online all the time. Software giant Google has decided…
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Can You Get Your Data Back from the Cloud when You Need It?

While the cloud can be a good place to store data and backups, you need to make sure you can quickly get it when you need it. Restoring data is a critical component of any disaster recovery planning initiative. In case of a disaster or unforeseen occurrence that requires you to recover your data, you need to ensure that you can bring it back online within a time frame that…
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