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Category Archives: Cloud

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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Common cloud 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 watching: Cloud security solutions to protect data

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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Software as a Service defined: What is SaaS 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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Cloud watching: The hybrid cloud trend (Part 1)

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 are gaining popularity among CPA firms 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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How to Grow 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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Understanding the ‘Cloud’ – A Guide to Cloud Computing

This nebulous term can mean a lot of different things. In a broad view, the Cloud is everything that you access virtually. For example - you are reading this article in the Cloud right now. You’ve virtually accessed our website through a cloud system called the World Wide Web. Your email account is in the ‘Cloud’. Your social media platforms are in the ‘Cloud’. If you just got a Skype…
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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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