Monthly Archives: March 2016

3 Reasons Your Business Needs Google for Work Support

More and more companies today are choosing tools such as cloud accounting and Google for Work as crucial components of their businesses, and for good reason. These are important as they can make running a business a great deal smoother and also drastically improve efficiency.

Google for Work includes some applications which are extremely popular with businesses today. These include Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and many more applications, all of which are free of charge and offer numerous benefits to users. In fact, these are so popular with businesses that it has been reported that 60 recent of Fortune 500 companies use them.

However, as with any technology, problems can arise and therefore it is a great idea to invest in support of some form. Although Google does offer support, finding a great IT specialist that can offer these services offers a number of specific advantages over the free options – here are three reasons your business needs independent Google for Work support.

Firstly, one benefit of hiring your own support is that you will often get a quicker and more personalised service than compared to free mobile support that is typically on offer. Although this can be excellent and can respond to a variety of queries and concerns, free support does often not provide the depth and responsiveness of paid independent support.

An example of this is when a company suffers issues with their applications on a busy Monday morning and right before a number of important scheduled meetings or presentations where important information from Google apps is required. In these instances, high quality professional support could be required right away in order to find a solution.

Many excellent IT companies will be able to offer this high level of support that answers companies’ problems and concerns rapidly and effectively. These IT support providers might even have a hotline in place to respond to all problems that occur, 24 hours a day. This can be extremely beneficial for companies operating around the world on different schedules.

In addition to this responsiveness, a second major advantage of hiring Google for Work support is that the companies that offer this also often provide useful information such as how to set up these applications. For many small businesses or those simply moving over to cloud computing, this can be a tricky thing to do alone and without the assistance of an IT expert.

A good idea for companies that are looking for help setting up is to choose an expert that has vast experience helping businesses set up with cloud computing. These experts will often know the ins and outs of how to transition to cloud computing, and more often than not Google apps will be included in the package.

This expertise will help you and your business get off to a flying start with cloud computing, eliminating some of the most common concerns and issues that arise when many businesses move over to this particular way of working.

Lastly, the third reason why seeking Google for Work support is a great idea for many companies is that these apps work on a variety of devices, which can cause many operational issues for people who are not as good as they would like to be with technology. In many cases, support does not end at the emergency hotline or phone call, but training is provided too.

Look for a IT support company that can help with using Google for Work on many different devices, and is fully able and prepared to train staff on using these devices when necessary. These are three good reasons why you should invest in great IT support to help you and your business make the most of the excellent Google tools now available for business.

How Clean Is Your Cloud?

Cloud computing has been a hot topic for these past few years and it’s bringing its best game in changing the technology world, making life easier and faster. On the other hand, global warming has been an age old environmental topic that has got the world at its mercy. It is a term used to describe the century scale rise in the average temperature of the earth’s climate change and its related effects. But the question is, how does these two totally different topics have any relation and how do they affect each other?

Computer expects and environmentalist have questioned if cloud computing is an actual game changer or green washing. Cloud computers have been progressive in its advancement for years now. Another question that is asked is how clean is your cloud? Is the cloud harming the environment in any way?

With a general overview of both arguments, I would say it causes less harm to the environment as expected. From the environmentalist’s view, data centres are needed to keep up with the cloud server capacity intake resulting in high energy consumption meaning high level of consumption of fossil fuel which is harmful to the environment.

On the other hand, computer experts argue that there is a resource virtualization that has a single running multiple operating system that run simultaneously. This causes a tremendous reduction in the server footprint meaning the server occupying less space which is beneficial to the ecology thus reduce power consumption.

Also, in relation to cloud computing it is argued that data centres tend to be more energy efficient compared to server room. Many industries and companies now using the cloud infrastructure have resolved to data centres instead of server rooms. This is both beneficial to the companies and to the environment as well. The data centres are designed specifically for supporting large amount of computer hardware.

Despite data centres’ contribution to global warming, data centres are still finding ways and means to be energy efficient. They are less build-up of heat due to data centre virtualization. When there is a virtualization of data centres that means less hardware is used resulting in less heat been generated which in turn benefits the environment.

In addition to the data centre virtualization, there is a reduction in the carbon dioxide footprint like preferably using free cooling thus the natural air to cool data centres to using air conditioned devices to cool, energy monitoring software and power saving standby modes.

Even though users of cloud computing are trying to reduce its effect on the environment, there is still negative effects from the use of cloud to the environment. It is reported that the IT responsible for as much greenhouse gas generation as aviation industry with some server farms consuming the energy equivalent of 180000 homes. There is an old saying that a man cannot serve two masters but I think Cloud computing is defying that adage by serving two masters thus harming the environment and saving the environment at the same time.

High end organizations like Google and Yahoo are also trying their best to promote greener data centres by reducing energy consumptions at its data centres by increasing its use of renewable energy.

Small companies and individuals can also do their possible best to help save the environment by using the cloud server to store information for easy access than printing sheets of papers every day. This will go a long way to help the environment.

From my perspective, my cloud is fairly clean. The cloud users are finding ways to make it more beneficial to the environment. It will take time for every cloud user to be on board but as long as the process is on-going and significant contributions are being made, my cloud is fairly clean.