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Cloud Computing for Entrepreneurs
Transcript of Cloud Computing for Entrepreneurs
The cartoons in this presentation are my creations. So Many small businesses have a server in a closet that needs to be maintained. Let's free the technology. Move it to the Cloud. In the 1960's, a young Bill Gates joined the school computer club and got access to a mainframe. For all he knew, that mainframe might as well have been in a cloud. Gates was frustrated by the cost, slow response and difficulty in getting access to this "Cloud" and so... ...and so, he made it his mission... "A computer on every desk" But now desktop computers and small servers have gotten so complicated that they are slow, and expensive to maintain With the growth of the Internet than the personal computer I hate Fax machines. I hate using them and making sure they work and filling them with paper. But I have a Fax number on my business card. How do I do it? I use a service that maintains the fax capability for me and they send me my faxes by email. Microsoft is in the software business AND the data business (Bing, Xbox Live etc.) For that kind of data you need these monstrous data centers. But Microsoft doesn't want to be in the data center business. Dell is in the data center business and so they provide data center capability to Microsoft as a Cloud Computing service. There is a wide spectrum of services that fit the Cloud Computing definition. SaaS is a segment of the Cloud Computing world that is of particular interest to entrepreneurs. The concept is the same. Why maintain software when someone else can do it for you as an online subscription? Choosing a particular technology is always second to determining the business process. What is the problem you are trying to solve? What is the value you are trying to create? Once these questions are answered the choices about technology become straightforward. For each business process you will see the "usual supects on the right. They can help any process. Dropbox is a hard-drive in the cloud. Use it to store, share and backup your files. For Entrepreneurs, R&D means coming up with new ideas. This should be a constant process. Here are some example tools to help with capturing those ideas and collaborrating on them. Evernote is for keeping notes, but what makes it special is that those notes are instantly accessible on your computer, on the web and on your smart phone. It also allows you to capture parts of websites and photos. Cacoo is Evernote for diagrams. Your team can collaborate in realtime on drawings of new products. Sales is all about relationships. Salesforce.com, one of the better known SaaS offerings, is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Tool that tracks not only your contact information but also your history of interaction with those contacts. For entrepreneurs, production is really about managing projects. Planbox is a Project Management tool based on the Agile methodology. You track teammembers, messages, files and tasks. Unlike, Microsoft Project, it is simple and dynamic. Unlike the popular Basecamp Saas program, you can make connections between the objects you create. SuccessFactors manages the part of HR called Talent Management (Recruitment, Performance, Leadership and Succession planning.) Teleo is becoming the standard for manging job postings The process of managing warehouses, supply chains and order fullfillment was once the domain of monstrous Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems that only major corporations could afford. There is a great opportunity to provide a scaled down version in the Cloud but there are not a lot of offerings. Some of this functionality is being bundled with other products like SalesForce.com and Quickbooks Online. Look even an old trusted name likk=e Intuit has a SaaS version of Quickbooks, but here comes an upstart competitor, FreshBooks, that claims to be simpler which seems to apeal to new entrepreneurs. There are thousands of SaaS applications and so it is impossible to learn them all but there are certain key concepts that are common to all of them. Here are the steps you need to take to get into Cloud Computing. Most sites have great tutorials for learning more. If you know that you need several services, it may make sense to use a company like the one's mentioned here who provide different tools linked together. Google now provides a way to sign up for SaaS services through their Google Apps Marketplace. The advantage is that they are integrated with your Google Accout. There's always a Dashboard that gives a view of all the objects you created and often provides valuable metrics http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cloud-Computing-for-Entrepreneurs/205127312839291 Join the ongoing discusion on our Facebook page Produced by http://whiteleafconsulting.net This is a technology liability that usually isn't part the core business. Maintenance and Upgrade Costs Support Issues Connectivity Issues