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Category Archives: Cloud

Business Continuity in Houston: 2 Ways Your Company Can Prepare During Hurricane Season

Your business may have weathered the latest storm but don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet—hurricane season is in full swing and doesn’t end until November 30. Your organization should be prepared for disaster, but you don’t have to wait for your company’s next IT audit to fine tune the plans already in place. Now is the time to reevaluate your communication strategy and establish or revise your business…
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Construction Firms and the Cloud: How Cloud Tech Can Help You Save Time and Money in the Field

Does your construction firm need real-time remote access to files while on the job site? Are critical projects sometimes delayed because of IT functionality failures or restricted access to business-critical resources? The goal of remote access technology is to create a seamless work environment for your company's users no matter where they are. Your firm’s team is likely working on-the-go and needs access to office files and resources no matter…
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Remote Access Security Risks

  If your business uses Office 365, who controls your file permissions? If your business uses a remote desktop solution, how often are users required to change their passwords? How will you know if a network compromise occurs? Every organization is different and so is every remote access solution. Your IT team or managed IT services provider must be able to implement, monitor, and manage the security of your remote…
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Exchange Online vs. In-House Exchange

Microsoft Office 365's debut in June 2011 forever changed the IT capabilities of small to medium size businesses. However, it also presented thousands of companies with the questions, "Should I switch from an on-site Exchange server to Office 365's cloud-based email solution?" and, "How do I compare Exchange Online and in-house Exchange?" It can be a comprehensive task to accurately compare Exchange Online and in-house Exchange. We have worked with…
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Common Concerns: Protecting Data in the Cloud

Protecting data in the cloud is one of primary concerns of companies looking to adopt the technology. Companies are often intrigued by the benefits the solution provides, but are reluctant to store their valuable data in the cloud. Essentially, if the business value of implementing the cloud offsets the security risks that accompany the technology, an organization should consider a transition to cloud computing. According to the FBI, more than…
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Cloud Security Solutions for Data Protection

The Internet of things (IoT), development of mobile device capabilities, and shift in employee working habits are changing the way businesses store and share information. A primary contributor to this change is the increasing reliance of companies on cloud technology. A joint study performed by Emergent Research and Intuit predicts the percentage of U.S. small businesses that utilize cloud computing will increase from 37% to 80% over the next six…
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SaaS Defined: What is Software as a Service and How Can it Help Your Business?

What is SaaS? The IT industry is evolving and a primary part of this evolution is the increasing emphasis on software as a service (SaaS) offerings. According to Gartner, the SaaS industry does not point toward signs of decline as its poorest segment is expected to see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.7% through 2019. Software as a service is a software distribution model where a third-party provider…
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The Hybrid Cloud Trend

The rise of the cloud has spurred a drastic change in the way companies do business. Cloud computing has made significant strides since its launch in the late 1960s, but the technology has yet to reach its full potential. To stay ahead of the curve, organizations will be pressured to position their business to take advantage of new cloud innovations, such as the hybrid cloud, as they become available. The…
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Cloud Services Gaining Popularity Among CPA and Law Firms

Cloud services are gaining traction among law firms and CPA firms as security becomes less of a concern. Cloud hosted applications can provide your firm with unique methods of collaboration at low-cost, affordable rates for nearly any size organization. The adoption of cloud services has become increasingly popular in the last decade as organizations demand more efficient means of storing, sharing, and accessing information. Data stored via the cloud is essentially…
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Growing Your Business in the Age of Cloud Technology

At Aldridge, we have been in business since 1984. We’ve seen the growth of technology, and we’ve watched as many Cloud tools have become available for small businesses, not just the huge corporations. With the growing use of these tools, there also comes the growing requirement to make some changes. The growth of the cloud technology, like email, has obviously been a highly effective Cloud tool that is now the…
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