Written by: Jon Dale | @smallfishcoach

I apologise in advance for my enthusiasm with the cloud. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry, I’ll probably talk about it a lot over the new few months so, if you don’t unsubscribe, you’ll learn as much as you want to.

For now, let me just say that the old way of doing things is to have software on a computer somewhere (your laptop or a server or something) and to use it to make your life easier.
There are problems with this – you need to back up your data regularly.

Ever had a computer die on you and you lose a load of work you’ve done? My friend Bill Larkin (Larkin Electrical http://larkinelectrical.com.au/) got attacked a couple of weeks ago.

He said it was not pretty. One of his team opened an attachment in an email and clicked the go button and, before she knew it, the deed was done. Everything was frozen and he had a demand for $600 to release the passcode to get his data back.

He didn’t want to pay, rather he paid an IT guy $600 to fix up the computer. It cost him $500 and a whole day of not being able to use that computer (so a useless member of staff for a day) and he never got some of the data back.

He backed up his data so the disaster was minor not major but annoying all the time. If he’d been in the cloud he would have had more protection – the cloud providers have virus protection and they back up their data every few minutes or so.

It’s a whole new world. I’ll be running a webinar on this topic in the next month or so. Watch out for it if you’re interested.

For now – here are some examples of cloud computing services:

Internet banking



Xero (accounting)

Workflow Max (Project Management)

Are you stuck in the old world? It’s time to think about moving.

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