Cloud Computing: The Path to Freedom

This page is for the attendees of my speech, Cloud Computing: The Path to Freedom

Thank you for coming and hearing the ideas and strategies for using cloud computing in your business to increase your own personal freedom.

With those ideas, you have an opportunity to take action to reduce overhead costs, start using simpler technology systems and service your customers with more elegance and ease.

Recap of Cloud Computing: The Path to Freedom

You can play the slide deck above to refresh your memory from the main points of the talk. Here is a generalized flow of the talk:

1. Cloud computing is everywhere.

  • We bank, email and and buy things using cloud technologies.
  • It takes more strategic thinking to run our business with cloud computing.

2. The internet is your computer.

  • You can use computing power in internet facilities.
  • You can store files online in the cloud.
  • You can collaborate with others on information.
  • You can run your business from any place with any device any time.
  • You have continuity and security built in for your business.

3. You can pick your cloud infrastructure

  • Public
  • Private
  • Hybrid

4. Tips for Moving Into the Cloud

  • Start small
  • Think big
  • Ensure data compatibility
  • Understand agreements
  • Compare services

5. Cloud computing and freedom

  • Work remotely
  • Travel
  • Extend your customer reach
  • Have zero IT worries and costs
  • Work with anyone anywhere
  • Keep your data secure

You can increase your own freedom by setting up or replacing old technologies and infrastructure with the cloud. What could you start on? What is costing you?

Actions to Consider

The idea of cloud computing can be something you agree with to increase your own freedom. Here are some actions you can take as next steps:

  • Replace your email server with the Google Apps and migrate your data. Make life easier for yourself by getting rid of any servers that can fail in your business.
  • Go paperless and set up a Shoeboxed account to outsource scanning and digitizing your documents into the cloud securely and privately for yourself.
  • Work outside of your office one day of the week. Take note of what systems and technologies you are dependent on in the office. Consider replacing this with a cloud software solution.
  • Remove any office phones and replace them with a virtual cloud PBX phone directory system like RingCentral or Grasshopper.
  • Move your computer files into an online cloud storage service. Start working with these files in your web browser or mobile device.
  • Work with remote employees or contractors and collaborate using a cloud-based project management system.

These are just a few ideas which you can start. The important thing is to try a solution, evaluate it and continually improve your business processes using the cloud to familiarize yourself with the cloud workflow.

Thoughts

I am sure you have thoughts from our time together to spur you in your specific business requirements. I enjoy dialoguing and exploring ways that the cloud can help you.

If you have any further questions, feel free to fill out the form below. I would also appreciate any comments or thoughts on how this impacted you. Thank you.