5 Ways Cloud Services Help Lower Your IT Budget

Cloud computing is the future. There’s no doubt about it. The cloud computing market continues to grow at a staggering rate, and just about every company is using cloud services – whether in public, private, or hybrid implementations.

Buisnessman using cloud services

So if you’re interested in lowering your IT budget and becoming more competitive in the modern business world, investing in cloud services is a great choice. Not sure how cloud services can help you save money? Take a look at this list of 5 ways that cloud services can help you lower your IT budget!

1. No Investment In IT Infrastructure

Investing in IT infrastructure such as servers and databases can be extremely expensive – and even in best-case scenarios, this equipment will likely have to be replaced every 3-5 years.…

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What are the Benefits of Online Audio Converter?

CEOs – are you fancy watching YouTube for work or leisure purpose, but often don’t have time because you obviously have some work to do? Here’s an idea: You can convert the YouTube videos into audio, in such a way that you can listen to those while working or traveling.

Businessman listening to music via headphone

There are many tools you can use for that purpose, but please allow us to recommend one. Read on.

Need for conversion

There are many reasons to convert a video file into an audio file. You might want to hear the latest music for your entertainment or work. You might want to convert an interesting keynote speech that you found on YouTube so that you can listen to it while driving to a meeting.…

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5 Small Businesses Hit Hard by Hacking

When you think of hacking, you never think it’s something that can happen to you. Hacking sounds too much like a distant headline or a plot line from a show like “Robot.” However, contrary to what you might think, small businesses and startups are actually the ideal target for hackers.

Small business hacker

According to the United States National Security Alliance, 60% of small businesses that fall victim to an online attack are out of business within six months. On average, those small businesses have to pay $690,000 just to clean up a post-hack mess.

Small business website security is often ignored. It’s not uncommon for these companies to focus more on revenue than getting the right protection, especially when running a business with the “it could never happen to me” or “I have nothing valuable to steal” mentality.…

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Why Virtual Phone Number is a Must-Have for an Online Business

The idea of a business phone number without any physical lines attached to it is a relative new one. In days gone by, a business would have to pay their local landline provider a premium for access to unlimited long distance, and shell out thousands in initial costs for multi-line phones, IVR equipment and software, and other physical infrastructure needed to answer incoming calls.

Using a virtual phone number

Now, everything can be done on the Internet, using a virtual phone number that routes calls to whatever device you want to use when calls come in, to any member of your team that’s available to take the call.…

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4 Purposes Your Business Website Should Serve

Building a functional business website is a major step in the right direction for your organization. The internet plays far too large of a role in our everyday lives for your business to disregard its power. Your business website puts your business in touch with millions of possibilities in an instant.

Browsing business website from different devices

If you are still not entirely convinced of the benefits of a website for your business, then give yourself a moment to take in a few facts. Here is a brief overview of a few of the most significant purposes of building a business website.

Connection and communication with the world

Building a business website gives your business an instant connection to millions of eyes all around the world.…

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Spending Smart by Maximizing Technological Investments

Technological investments are a part of business. Your business can spend $1 million to invest in new technology and equipment, but how will these technologies transition to profit? That’s the question.

Technology investments analysis

Increased investment doesn’t necessarily mean improved financials.

And small businesses need to know how to maximize these investments, or maybe they shouldn’t invest in certain technologies too early. Oftentimes, a small business will make an investment that keeps them cash-strapped and not able to recoup their money fast enough.

Missed opportunities can be a result of these decisions, which leads to lost financial gain.

Business Case Analysis

Subjectivity in an investment can be offset by business case analysis.…

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Technology in Customer Service: Is It a Good or Bad Thing?

A study done by Forrester found that improving customer experience is the top priority for 72 percent of businesses. With that being said, only 63 percent of marketers in these companies implement new technology to help improve a customer’s experience.

Customer service officer

While the road to adopting technology in customer service might be slow, it’s still prevalent in today’s world. Here’s a quick look at both the efficiency and drawbacks of using technology to improve the customer experience.

Technology Speeds Up Help

In the past, to get help from a company, you would have needed to call in, wait in line and finally explain your issue to a representative.…

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How Companies Can Make Life Easier for Maintenance Employees (and the Company)

Until just a few years ago, large companies looking to improve workflow, cut costs, and streamline processes had to achieve this through months of complex evaluations and costly custom made software. Maintenance processes often topped the list for this sort of organization, as maintenance is a notoriously costly but necessary part of so many businesses, small and large.

Construction worker using CMS\

Construction Worker Planning Constractor Developer Concept

Today, it may still seem costly to reorganize and improve maintenance processes, but failing to jump on this bandwagon now could and probably will end up costing businesses even more.

Going Mobile

For existing businesses, especially those in manufacturing or with large or multiple facilities to look after, moving into this new tech age might seem like a nightmare.…

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Are You Still Using These 5 Obsolete SEO Techniques?

These are the things that typically happen to anything that gets old: they either grow or diminish in value. They either get preserved and perfected, or get stashed and forgotten.

Obsolete SEO techniques

SEO techniques are no exception. Most businesses aim to establish an online presence, and they know how valuable SEO is in attaining their goals. Still, tricks that help websites rise in popularity, and tools that make blogging easy, tend to change over time. Some SEO moves that may have been good when you were starting your blog or website may have already lost their edge as time passed.

That’s one reason why, on my blog at KevinOcasio.com, aside from providing tips and instructions for aspiring bloggers, I also try to keep updated posts regarding new SEO techniques and strategies.…

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Three Comprehensive Tools Across Three Categories For Entrepreneurs

The famous philosopher Thomas Carlyle once said, “Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing; with tools he is all.” In today’s modern, connected world, tools are more than just inanimate objects we build with, but those we use digitally to improve businesses and connect people around the world.

Busy entrepreneur

As entrepreneurs, tools are vital to long-term success. With the right instruments, you can take your business further, get things done quicker, and save money on costly resources. The following tools across three categories — search engine optimization, customer service, and content marketing — help your business do just that.…

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