Thanks to technology, small business owners can work productively from just about anywhere - the car, the airport, home - with pretty much just an internet and/or cell phone connection. However, while you’re working from home just as well as at the office (or maybe your office IS in your home) you may not want to announce to the world that that’s where you are. A barking dog or neighbor’s lawnmower may not be the background sounds you’d like for an important conference call.
Business have to be reminded (hence this post) that your precious business data, be it customer information, your own personal data (social security numbers, credit cards numbers, etc), contracts, banking information and so much more are all accessible via the Internet in many cases. It is critical that you ensure you and your staff are safe computer users.
Lenovo recently launched a free "Lost and Found" service for customers who install Absolute Software's Computrace on their computer systems. This new services makes it very, very easy for lost ThinkPads to be returned by good Samaritans.
For those of you using hosted applications as the foundation of your companies day to day business operations, one of the challenges you might be facing is the myriad of applications (both hosted and non-hosted) you have that are not integrated.
As businesses use more and more web applications, their productivity is increasing while their security is being reduced. With traditional software, it was limited to the computer it was installed on and you could integrate its security with your company's overall network security.
Companies have a lot of things they can invest in. Their employees. Technology. Their customers. Higher salaries for executives. Infrastructure. And more. However, it's hard to find the right blend of what and how much to invest in.
One of the huge advantages of web based applications is that developers can create software that is very little to market and distribute to customers. Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine, at last week's GrowSmartBiz conference spoke about this.