A study of 400 SMBs using cloud business applications said the cloud model has helped them reduce costs, improve cash flow and increase employee productivity.
A high percentage of SMBs, 87 percent, said the ability to use business applications has given them a competitive advantage. The Full story by Jack McCarthy, CRN.
Blair Miller over at Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Patch has a great monthly column exploring computer issues, new products and technical advice. In the past she's discussed small business apps for the ipad. This month she covers how a business can keep track of billable hours and expenses, other project management tools and the white hot pinterest social network. Check out AOL's Patch Network for Tech411 other local business perspectives.
The buzz about cloud computing turned into a loud roar in 2011. But despite the hype, the cloud remains a mystery to many small business owners who are busy with the day-to-day operations of their company, and not scouring the web for the latest technology news. Nevada's Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET)
This NY Times article is about the merger of a Google Apps Reseller and Salesforce Reseller.
Cloud-based business software has come of age: the consultants are consolidating, investors are placing bigger bets, and the online giants are aiding their smaller allies. New York Times Technology.
The Governor's Office of Information and Technology has selected Google to provide e-mail and calendar services for all Colorado state employees, the state announced today. The state said the decision will allow it to eliminate "disjointed and aging" e-mail systems and provide a single e-mail solution to all employees. The move will save approximately $2 million a year, said officials.
Read more: Colorado selects Google to provide e-mail and calendar services - The Denver Post