What is the Cloud?
The cloud refers to software and services that you can access from the Internet. This can include all kinds of useful software like accounting software, email services, document storage, word processors, spreadsheets and the list goes on and on. The great thing about the cloud is you don't have to maintain it. You typically pay to use the software but you don't have to worry about making it work or keeping it up-to-date. That reduces your maintenance costs, ensures you always have the latest software, and makes your software accessible from almost anywhere.
What kind of software could I use?
Today, virtually any type of software is available as a cloud application. Some of the more common applications that can be cloud based are accounting software (like Quickbooks Online), Collaboration applications like Drive or Office 360, storage like Drop Box and the list goes on and on. If you have type of software on your desktop or laptop computer, there is probably a cloud based version or equivalent.
Ok, the cloud sound great. Where do I get started?
This is where HCI can help. We have several cloud based offerings we can help you with. The first is Apps. Our Apps software is based on the Google Enterprise Apps suite. This includes email, calendars, document storage, word processing, spread sheets, presentations, website builders and a whole lot more. Our version allows business to do some exciting things like share calendars, contacts and documents with other users from the same business. This allows for easy collaboration on new documents or spreadsheets, easy scheduling of people and resources and a central location for data storage and sharing. These applications are also mobile compatible so you can use them from your phone or tablet on the go. The costs are kept simple with a monthly fee per user. Contact HCI today for more information or to schedule a demo.