Cloud storage is surging in the small business world. Popular names such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Apple iCloud are used by companies. A 2015 survey by Clutch found that out of 438 participating small businesses, about 53% were storing data in the cloud. These are companies with as many as 1,000 employees. There are many other storage providers on the market, including VMware, SolidFire, Docker, OpenStack, etc.
The majority of cloud vendors provide similar services. While many articles point to how to select one over the other, how your business stands to benefit is an important factor. Many business leaders focus on the concerns. The benefits, however, are many and often outweigh any downsides. That does depend on your company and industry, but the challenges that have arisen with cloud storage in the past have yielded effective solutions now widely available.
Network and data management are much less of a burden when you use cloud storage. Here are five ways small businesses are benefiting from it today.
In the Spring of 2016, CMSReport.com should be celebrating its 10th anniversary as a niche website for the content management industry. For more than a decade now, I have been the site's owner, editor, and primary writer. Early on, I understood this site needed to do what most CMS related blogs didn't do at the time: treat open source CMS and proprietary CMS as equals. When you treat people and the communities/companies they represent fairly, good things happen and doors open. Through CMS Report I have had amazing access to some of the best web developers, marketers, content strategists, analysts, and senior executives the industry has to offer. Despite all this good fortune, I now find myself asking a simple question.
Corporate IT will need to manage a wide range of issues affecting the IT strategy agenda
Matrix42, a top provider of software for workspace management, today revealed that Unified Endpoint Management tops the list of IT trends that companies will see in 2016. Other areas of IT that will have a major impact include mainstream adoption of wearables and smartwatches, Internet of Things, Social ITSM and workspace aggregation.
Oliver Bendig, CTO of Matrix42 has analyzed the trends affecting the modern IT workspace and identified 10 key areas that companies will need to manage in 2016.
SEO is important for most businesses as a source of sales leads or e-commerce revenue — often the most important. For any SEO campaign to succeed, the company website must be properly configured and maintained; if it isn’t, Google will not be able to read or understand the website’s content, and as a result won’t display its pages to search engine users. For all intents and purposes, the company will be invisible.
To make your CMS website perform for SEO, pay special attention to these three areas.
1. How to Resolve Technical SEO Issues
The very best way to keep a website functioning smoothly for SEO is to set up a Google Search Console account and use the site crawl errors report function. The purpose of this report is to alert you to any website issues that are preventing Google from reading and interpreting your website. These issues include duplicate content, site speed deficiencies, broken links and URL problems.
Organizations have to constantly change and tailor their business strategy to meet the changing needs of internal and external customers. However, in recent years, they have not been prepared to take advantage of the digital paradigm that has enveloped and embraced every aspect of the customer lifecycle. The explosive growth of e-commerce, mobile and social media has completely altered the customer’s lifestyle and buying habits. Companies looking to ride the wave of digital transformation need to have a digital strategy in place in order to make the most out of their digital investments. It is equally important to have a sound understanding of the digital lifecycle and identify business processes which would benefit by going digital.
Modern day businesses face two fundamental challenges – reducing costs and growing revenues. Juxtapose this with the tremendous tech disruptions; what we get as a result are more robust, meaningful, and proven ways of doing business. These include –
As was mentioned earlier this week, today is the day Drupal 8 becomes official and is released for public consumption. The last time CMS Report was given the opportunity to talk about a major Drupal release was in January 2011 with the release of Drupal 7. If you thought the three year waiting period from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 was long, waiting nearly half a decade for Drupal 8 certainly feels like a lifetime in the world of content management. During this cycle of development, Drupal's own open source community has evolved and its developers have introduced hundreds of changes into the Drupal content management platform.
This week unroole added a new ‘starting point’ website for their users built entirely with Bootstrap components. unroole ‘starting points’ are a convenient and efficient way for launching full featured websites with a single click. They come packed with configurable widgets, building blocks of web pages, and Blueprints for pages from which pages can be cloned.
Google is a company that definitely needs no introduction. Starting off with a search engine embedded with artificial intelligence now this tech giant has taken the market with great ease. In the wake of advancement in internet connectivity devices and components, Google is all set to stun the market with its hardware capabilities. OnHub is the latest addition to the Google hardware family which has been launched in partnership with TP link.
One of the top priorities of Google is to have additional security when compared to the other machines that are available. OnHub has many intriguing features that demonstrate how security should be one of the most vital considerations in the workplace. The following are some points worth mentioning in this regard:
I admit it. When looking at the calendar my eyes have been focused on November 19, 2015. This is the date that Drupal 8, under development since 2011, is expected to be released. But for Drupal 6 users, the beginning of Drupal 8 also marks the beginning of the end for Drupal 6 support. Announced on Drupal.org, Michael Hess writes that Drupal 6 will reach end-of-life on February 24 2016.
As announced in the Drupal 6 extended support policy, 3 months after Drupal 8 comes out, Drupal 6 will be end-of-life (EOL).
On February 24th 2016, Drupal 6 will reach end of life and no longer be supported.
Within the past couple days, I've received emails and phone calls from TERMINALFOUR's marketing best encouraging me to cover the company's latest news. The announcement concerns new software from TERMINALFOUR, which the company believes will help universities drive students to register to attend through better online engagement. The company already works with leading universities across the United States including the University of Florida, Texas Woman’s University and Central Wyoming College.
I've included TERMINALFOUR's announcement below. TERMINALFOUR has incorporated a ‘Form Builder’ and automated migration tool into v8.1 to help increase engagement. The company's past experience in working with universities have shown the migration tool allows site administrators to automatically migrate up to 93% of their content. That's an impressive number as anyone that has ever worked on a migration project well knows. I've worked on some projects where the automation was "zero" due to the joys of an in-house customized CMS. It's one of the reasons I recommend CMSs like TERMINALFOUR instead of letting your IT shop build their own CMS.