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  • Great Google Apps Add-Ons for the EnterpriseApps to make Google's office wares more appealing for the enterprise. Click to Continue
  • is continuing its assault on Microsoft’s dominance of the multibillion dollar market for productivity software.On Monday, Google is unveiling new versions of Google Docs, which includes document, spreadsheet and presentation editors, all on the Web, offered free to consumers or for an annual price of $50 per user for businesses.Google first released these productivity apps in 2006 and then, as now, the focus was squarely on real-time collaboration. In the new document editing apps, up to 50 people can work on the same document at the same time, literally conducting letter-by-letter tug-of-wars over individual words. The new editing apps are faster and more responsive than earlier versions, it’s easier to import different kinds of files to the cloud and images can be easily shifted around within pages, a feature that was missing before.Since the new versions don’t have all the features of the originals, like auto-translation, Google will offer them as a preview option for a few months, while keeping the old versions. Also, Google says that come May and for the foreseeable future, users will no longer be able to work with Google Docs offline, which is a considerable shortcoming that could leave some business users disappointed.Microsoft’s Office 2010, coming this spring, will have its own collaboration and cloud features, of course, so this will continue to be an uphill battle for Google.Melissa Webster, an analyst at IDC, said Microsoft’s productivity software tools are years ahead in terms of overall features, but that Google has focused on pushing the ball forward in the particular area of real-time co-authoring of documents. “That’s a small percentage of total usage,” she said. “But it’s kind of one of those high-value features that, when you need it, you need it.”This is an area where Google appears determined to undercut one of Microsoft’s key strategic strengths. Last month, Google acquired Docverse, a company focused on creating collaborative tools within Microsoft Office.Major Update for Google Docsvia Google Operating System by Alex Chitu on 4/12/10Google Docs has been constantly updated since 2006, Writely and Google Spreadsheets have merged, but adding new features became increasingly difficult. Now that browsers are much better than they were four years ago and cutting-edge apps like Google Wave can run in a browser, it was time for a new beginning."We decided to rebuild the underlying infrastructure of Docs to give us greater flexibility, improved performance and a better platform for developing new features quickly. Today, we're pleased to announce preview versions of the new Google document and spreadsheet editors and a new standalone drawings editor, all built with an even greater focus on speed and collaboration," says Jonathan Rochelle.The new versions of the Google Docs will be rolled out in the coming days and you'll be able to try them when you see a message at the top of the page: "New version".Besides using a new infrastructure, the document editor and the spreadsheet editor will add many new features. The document editor has real-time editing, sidebar chat, a new commenting system, better formatting and an improved importing feature. The spreadsheet editor brings back auto-complete, adds a formula bar for editing cells and you can now drag and drop columns. There's also an application for creating drawing collaboratively: Google Drawings. "The new standalone drawings editor lets you collaborate in real time on flow charts, designs, diagrams and other fun or business graphics. Copy these drawings into documents, spreadsheets and presentations using the web clipboard, or share and publish drawings just like other Google Docs."Google Enterprise Blog says that the offline mode will be transitioned from Google Gears to the native HTML5 implementation. "The new Google Docs editors will take advantage of faster rendering engines in modern browsers as well as new web standards like HTML5. As a result, we need to temporarily remove offline support for Docs starting May 3rd, 2010. We know that this is an important feature for some of you, and we are working hard to bring a new and improved HTML5-based offline option back to Google Docs."Google Docs really needed a major update, especially now when Microsoft Office's web apps are about to be launched.--------------------------The obvious has happened. Writely and Google Spreadsheets have merged and the new products is named, not Google Office, but Google Docs & Spreadsheets. The strange name will probably be modified, as Google Docs & Spreadsheets & Presentations is just not a catchy name.The good news for those who hated Writely's interface is that the unified interface is similar to Google Spreadsheets'.Also now you can let collaborators invite other people. "The people whom you've invited can now add other collaborators to that spreadsheet. You can decide whether you want this capability turned on for each spreadsheet individually - the default for new spreadsheets is to allow collaborators to add other collaborators."The next logical move would be to add a new web application for presentations and to integrate all these applications with Gmail, Google Calendar and Picasa Web, so they can share attachments, photos and documents. Some pieces of the puzzle are still missing, but Google can't deny they don't want to build Google Office.
  • There’s no question that Google is setting its sights on taking some of Microsoft’s marketshare in the productivity suite space. Last year, Google announced a new plug-in that syncs Google’s enterprise versions of Apps, including Gmail, contacts, and calendar, with Microsoft’s Outlook. And Google just acquired Docverse, an application lets users collaborate directly on Microsoft Office documents. Today Google is taking another swipe at Microsoft with a new tool that makes it significantly easier to…
  • Cacoo is a user friendly online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site maps, wire frames, UML and network charts. Multiple users can edit the same diagram in a simultaneous collaboration.
  • Cloud Computing 2011

    1. 1. Cloud Computing 2011<br />Presented by:<br /> David Cieslak, CPA.CITP, GSEC<br /> Arxis Technology, Inc.<br /> 805-306-7800<br /><br />
    2. 2. What is Cloud Computing?<br />A few definitions…<br />Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like electricity.<br />The use of a Web services such as Flickr or Google Docs to perform the functions that were traditionally done with software installed on an individual computer.<br />A new generation of computing that utilizes distant servers for application access, data storage and management<br />2<br />
    3. 3. Why Cloud Computing?<br />Reduced internal IT infrastructure<br />Backup & redundancy in the Cloud<br />Predictable monthly costs<br />Low/no cost upgrades – always running the latest version<br />Anywhere, anytime access, on ANY device, i.e. everything through a browser<br />No/limited install of local files & programs<br />
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    5. 5. Agenda<br />Office/Productivity<br />Mid-market Accounting<br />CRM<br />Communication<br />Remote Control/Support<br />File sharing & online storage<br />Utilities<br />Reference<br />Entertainment<br />
    6. 6. Browsers<br />Internet Explorer 8<br />Google Chrome <br />
    7. 7. Google Chrome Extension<br />IE Tab Classic<br />
    8. 8. Microsoft Internet Explorer 9<br />Windows 7 and Vista Only<br />Better screen layout<br />Much faster! <br />New Tab page<br />Download Manager<br />Search in the address bar<br />Notification Bar<br />Pinned Sites<br />Add-on Performance Advisor<br />Hardware acceleration<br />HTML 5 support<br />
    9. 9. Browsers<br />Stealth browsing<br />Kiosk/full-screen (F11)<br />
    10. 10. Office / Productivity<br />
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    12. 12. Search –<br />iGoogle –<br />Maps –<br />Gmail –<br />Calendar –<br />Voice –<br />Reader –<br />Picasa –<br />
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    17. 17. MS Office Web Apps<br />
    18. 18. Must use full version of MS Office 2010 to create/save Excel, Word and PowerPoint files.<br />Files stored on SkyDrive, can then be edited using web versions of MS Office 2010 Web<br />
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    20. 20. Latest version of Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), which has millions of business users today<br />Anywhere-access to email, documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device<br />Work seamlessly with Microsoft Office<br />IT-level phone support, guaranteed 99.9% uptime, geo-redundancy, and disaster recovery <br />Pay-as-you-go pricing<br />
    21. 21. Latest Office applications, seamlessly connected and delivered with cloud services<br />Includes new “Office Web Apps” - online companions to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote<br />Review and make light edits to documents directly from a browser.<br />
    22. 22. Built on the same technology as Exchange Server 2010<br />Includes: <br />Built-in archiving<br />Optional Conversation View<br />MailTips <br />Web-based tools for managing online deployments<br />Microsoft handles ongoing maintenance, patches, and upgrades of the Exchange infrastructure<br />
    23. 23. Always-up-to-date antivirus and anti-spam solutions<br />Disaster recovery though continuously-replicated, geo-redundant data centers. Third-party certified to international standards<br />Robust management tools that keep IT administrators in control of user permissions, distribution lists and security policies similar to a sophisticated on-premises deployment<br />
    24. 24. Interoperable with most devices including PCs, Macs, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and iPhones as well as all major web browsers<br />Large 25 GB mailboxes and the ability to send attachments up to 25 MB<br />24/7, IT-level support over the phone, the web or email<br />
    25. 25. Small Business<br />1-25 users<br />$6/mo./user<br />Enterprise<br />$24/mo./user<br />Kiosk users<br />$2/mo./user<br />Education<br />TBA<br />
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    28. 28. Friendly online drawing tool that allows users to create a variety of diagrams such as site maps, wire frames, UML and network charts. <br />Multiple users can edit the same diagram in a simultaneous collaboration.<br />
    29. 29. Brainstorming<br />Drag n Drop<br />Share with friends<br />Print & Save <br />Free<br />
    30. 30. Started asblogging application <br />Today - state-of-the-art publishing platform and content management application<br />Thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes<br />Free<br />
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    32. 32. Online personal finance service – over 1 million users<br />Enter & track spending – compare to budget<br />Connects to nearly all banking institutions that support Internet banking. Details updated daily.<br />Visual analytics<br />Notified of upcoming bills, low balances, unusual activity, etc.<br />Easy, quick setup<br />Secure<br />Free<br />Recently purchased by Intuit<br />
    33. 33. Free online invoicing tool designed for small businesses and freelancers to create, send and track the status of invoices. <br />So simple to use that you can create and send your first invoice within minutes.<br />Mobile version<br />Accept credit card payments through your smartphone<br />Get real-time tracking of who paid you<br />Use your existing merchant account or sign-up for a new one<br />
    34. 34. Free – 3 clients<br />20 clients - $20<br />Unlimited - $30<br />
    35. 35. Mid-Market Accounting Software<br />
    36. 36. Mid-Market Accounting Software<br />
    37. 37. SAP Business ByDesign<br /><br />
    38. 38. Financial Management<br />
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    40. 40. Executive Management<br />
    41. 41. Business Analytics<br />
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    43. 43. CRM - Marketing<br />
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    46. 46. SAP ByDesign for iPhone<br /><ul><li>Always online for accessing the latest company information
    47. 47. Real-time analytics with access to predefined reports
    48. 48. Full sales force support on iPhone including access to important customer information
    49. 49. Native iPhone user experience
    50. 50. Available soon in the iTunes Store free of charge
    51. 51. Access to the ByDesign system via a secure https connection
    52. 52. Data security as there is no local persistency</li></ul>Key Features of ByDesign for iPhone<br />
    53. 53. Sales Overview<br />Role Sales Representative or Key Account Manager in FP2.5:<br />Account & Activity Management<br /><ul><li>My or All accounts/contacts
    54. 54. Activity lists
    55. 55. Related fact sheets
    56. 56. Creation/modification of contacts or activities. </li></ul>My Today's Appointment:<br /><ul><li> list of your upcoming appointments</li></ul>Lead & Opportunity Management:<br /><ul><li> create leads and opportunities
    57. 57. track/develop business opportunities. </li></ul>ATP check / sales order list<br /><ul><li> Overview of actual sales orders
    58. 58. create new sales orders with ATP check</li></ul>… on the go<br />
    59. 59. Manager Overview<br />Role Manager in FP2.5:<br />Access to list of approvals(sorted by priority & due date)<br /><ul><li> Sales price list approval
    60. 60. Quote approval
    61. 61. Shopping cart approval
    62. 62. Payment approvals (debitor/creditor)
    63. 63. …</li></ul>Accept, reject, forward, or send approval back for revision.<br />11 pre-configured sales reports<br /><ul><li> Personalized views & variants.
    64. 64. Filter and sort selected report</li></ul>Key user can easily make other reports available or create new ones.<br />
    65. 65. CRM<br />
    66. 66.<br />Sales Cloud<br />Service Cloud<br />Chatter<br /><br /><br />
    67. 67. Sales, Service, Marketing & Workflow<br />5GB of storage<br />Access via Outlook, Web and offline<br />99.9% uptime<br />$44/user/month<br />
    68. 68. Communication<br />
    69. 69. Voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype<br />Conference calls with three or more people<br />Instant messaging, file transfer and screen sharing<br />
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    71. 71. Universal chat client<br />Connections with – Windows Live, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ, Google, Jabber, Facebook<br />Pop out buddy list<br />Secure (when using the HTTPS URL)<br />Free<br />
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    74. 74. Social Networking (business use)<br />Business rolodex; discussion groups; employee search & screening <br />Micro-blogging; knowledge expert!<br />Use business pages to augment existing web site/presence<br />Limited business use<br />Limited business use<br />
    75. 75. Manage multiple Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn & accounts in one place<br />Organize and filter streams in columns<br />Schedule Tweets<br />iPhone app available<br />Free<br />
    76. 76.
    77. 77. Remote control / Support<br />
    78. 78. PC or Mac<br />Secure 128-bit encryption<br />Remote printing<br />File sync & transfer<br />Multiple Monitor support<br />Guest invite<br />$14.95/month<br />
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    80. 80. File Sharing & On-line Storage<br />
    81. 81. File Sync across multiple computers, and the Web<br />Automatically syncs when files change<br />2GB free / up to 100GB paid<br />Windows, Mac & Linux<br />Secure – <br />Transmitted via SSL <br />Stored with AES-256 encryption<br />SAS 70 certified<br />Mobile apps available <br />Use this link to sign up! <br />
    82. 82. Free & paid plans<br />SSL transmission / 128-bit encrypted storage<br />Multi platform – Windows, Mac, phones<br />Folder independent<br />File versioning<br />Administrative control<br />
    83. 83. Senduit<br />100MB/filet<br />Not secure<br />Max 1 week before expiration<br />Gigasize<br />600 MB/file – Free<br />2GB/file - $3.95/mo.<br />Paid version is secure<br />
    84. 84. Outlook plugin<br />Active Directory integration<br />File repository<br />Client portal<br />Desktop client<br />Pricing:<br />1 user - $20/mo.<br />5 users / $100 mo.<br />
    85. 85. Branded<br />Client portal<br />Unlimited clients<br />Pricing:<br />10 user - $60/mo.<br />2 users - $30/mo.<br />
    86. 86. Scheduled, automated on-line file backup<br />Windows & Mac versions<br />Home version<br />2 GB Free<br />Unlimited space for $4.95/mo.<br />Multiple file snapshots – up to 30 days back<br />Open/locked file support<br />New 2X feature manages both local and web copy<br />
    87. 87. Utilities<br />
    88. 88.<br />Shortens links<br />Available for one off use or Side bar<br />Real time click stats and analytics<br />Free<br />
    89. 89. Xmarks<br />.Xmarks(free, Premium upgrade $12 per year) synchronizes all your bookmarks and saved passwords among Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. It permits you to create distinct profiles so that you can have one set of bookmarks for home and another set for work, and you can change profiles on the fly<br />
    90. 90. Designed to detect and resolve PC performance issues that develop over time<br />Low level driver technology detects when you’re frustrated by your PC and tells you which application is causing it. <br />Soluto harnesses the power of the crowd to learn which actions really eliminate frustrations and improve user experience, and leverages this user wisdom for the benefit of all PC users.<br />
    91. 91. On-line to-do list management<br />Get e-mail, SMS or IM reminders<br />Share tasks<br />Access via cellphone apps (iPhone and Android)<br />Manage offline<br />Use with Google Calendar<br />Free<br />
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    93. 93. DNS content filtering<br /><br />Free<br />
    94. 94. Reference<br />
    95. 95.
    96. 96. Free encyclopedia<br />Multi-lingual<br />Written collaboratively by largely anonymous Internet volunteers who write without pay<br />Every contribution may be reviewed or changed<br />Notable numbers<br />3,313,610 articles<br />20,546,613 pages<br />12,476,555 registered users<br />
    97. 97. Online dictionary and search engine for computer and Internet technology definitions.<br />Full-time experienced editors gather information from standards bodies, leading technology companies, universities, professional online technical publications, white papers and professionals working in the field.<br />Free<br />
    98. 98. Goals:<br />Make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. <br />Collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. <br />Build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries.<br />
    99. 99. Set goals, track and learn virtually anything<br />Create your own study lists<br />Examples – learn a foreign language, study for an upcoming exam or memorize capital cities.<br />
    100. 100. Locate, learn about and review businesses, including…<br />Restaurants<br />Hotels <br />Shopping<br />Services!<br /> Mobile apps<br />
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    103. 103. Travel search site<br />Find – flights, cars, hotels, cruises <br />
    104. 104.
    105. 105. Rumor de-bunking<br />Urban legends & scams<br />Submit a rumor<br />
    106. 106. Entertainment<br />
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    109. 109. Extensive music library<br />Favorites, playlists, libraries<br />Phone applications available<br />
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    112. 112. Play internet content to PC, Mac & Linux<br />Playback personal content<br />Push content to your TV with optional Boxee Box by D-Link<br />
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    116. 116. Arxis Technology – Overview <br />Established in 1994; merger of two CPA firms<br />Locations: Simi Valley, Huntington Beach, Chicago, Phoenix<br />28 employees; 18 consultants<br />Charter member: Information Technology Alliance<br />Resellers of Sage, SAP, Intuit & Microsoft software<br />
    117. 117. David M. Cieslak, CPA.CITP, GSEC<br />Principal at Arxis Technology, Inc.<br />Frequent speaker for AICPA, Flagg Management, Sleeter Group, K2 & numerous state accounting societies<br />Currently serves on the CalCPA Board of Directors & Sage Mid-Market ERP Partner Advisory Council<br />Named one of Accounting Today’s 100 Most Influential People in Accounting eight times<br />AKA “Inspector Gadget”<br />Phone: 805-306-7800<br /><br /><br />Twitter: dcieslak<br />
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