Take Advantage of Cloud Services

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Take Advantage of Cloud Services

  1. 1. Take Advantage of Your Cloud Services
  2. 2. Cloud Advantages • Users typically choose cloud computing to achieve a goal, whether it be cost-savings, efficiency or productivity • Depending on the ultimate goal you’re looking to achieve by using cloud computing, the answer to this varies
  3. 3. 1. Review Cloud Features • When you first sign up for an online service, take time to explore all the features – Example: Did you know you can create a catch-all email address in Google Apps? – Did you know you can install the Dropbox app on multiple computers as well as a mobile phone?
  4. 4. 2. Utilize Centralization & Integration • The more disparate your cloud services, the harder they are to manage • Difficult to streamline a process to integrate all these applications • To remedy, find cloud providers that solve multiple problems at once for you – If you can’t just find one, identify a few that integrate well with each other
  5. 5. 3. Educate Your Organization • It is important to educate your employees about how to use a new service • Go over basic features and benefits, or point them to a tutorial they can use in their spare time • Encourage employees to find and share additional features that they may come across
  6. 6. 4. Find a Forum, Vendor or Colleague to Help • Depending on the service, there may be a user forum, FAQs, support, or a colleague who already uses it to assist you • Begin a dialogue around ways to use the service, troubleshoot issues and discover new ways to use it
  7. 7. Take Action! • Following through with #4 is a great way to discover tips and tricks specific to that application • Thankfully, Backupify is an easily usable application and its features are straightforward – Other services such as Google Apps and Salesforce are more complex • Find ways to effectively navigate these apps to maximize the benefits of your cloud computing investment

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