Monthly Archives: November 2011

Cloud computing and Google Apps

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Google has been striving hard to take cloud computing technology to next level since more than a decade. Innovation is delivered to enterprises at a rapid pace with the feedback from more than hundreds of millions of users in real world. Google quickly learns about the new features or refine the existing features that deliver value businesses, with the help of feedback from the huge user base. These features are delivered to enterprise customers with in no time.

Increase productivity with rapid access to innovation

Google’s infrastructure design and web has been the crux to deliver innovation at a faster pace. Multi-tenant infrastructure helps Google deliver improvements to the entire customer base in short durations. With efficient systems to distribute updates Google can deliver new features and functionality on weekly basis or even less. With more than 100 improvements made to Google enterprise products in 2009, customers were not concerned about these updates and patches. These updates are very short compared to the industry standards where traditional servers are updated every four to six years. The reason being long delays in releasing the enhanced versions by the software vendor.

Google applications are browser based, which is the main factor to deliver innovation at unprecedented pace. All the updates are available to the users by just refreshing the browser. These application are also available on mobile devices, leading to more productivity due the fact that they are accessed anywhere anytime from any device. With traditional software that are installed on local machines it will a labor and money consuming affair to frequently upgrade all the clients so that the users get access to latest features.

Cloud computing – ABC

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‘Cloud Computing’ is you get to hear a lot these days, what is cloud computing? What it can do to you and your business.

What exactly is cloud computing and where is the cloud?

In the initial days of internet, it was often depicted on charts as a cloud. In today’s world data and even programs don’t have to be on your machine; but can be hosted on a remote computer or server accessible through internet – or ‘in the cloud’.

Cloud computing simply means taking out the major computing task from your machine, and rather perform it online on some other high end machine, and bring a bunch of benefits to you and your organization.

Today especially small businesses are able to access the high quality infrastructure once only available to few larger organizations with huge upfront investment in technology. Your hosted service provider with expertise in computing looks after all the technology needs, whether it may be software or hardware. You only have to access your applications or documents over the internet.

Many popular programs like ERP, CRM and Email and office suites are available on cloud and many of which are free. Irrespective of the application you choose cloud computing brings you the following benefits…

  • Save Cost: ‘pay-as-you-go’ eases cash-flow by saving you from upfront CAPEX cost.
  • Support: With your service provider taking care of all the updates and maintenance you simply have to use the application. You are always on the latest version of the software available.

  • Storage: Your data is secured and storing data online is cheaper than having it on your PC.

  • Reduced risk: Backing up your data is the responsibility of your service provider. You get all the high end physical and logical security for your data which is not always possible to have it our own premises.

  • Access anywhere: Access all your data from anywhere any time from any device via internet.

Even though cloud computing is new, hosted solutions are becoming more mature and prevalent. In future only basic software required to run your device will be available on your device and rest of the data in the cloud. Going online or cloud can keep your organizations financial feet firm on the ground. Leaving you to do only what you are good at your business rather than looking after IT.

SME’s things you should consider while evaluating payroll software.

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Availability of hundreds of payroll software makes decision making difficult. But, finding one that matches your distinct requirements of your organization can be be extremely demanding. You have a choice of buying the payroll software outright or you can go for SaaS payroll (Software as Service).

Sharing Information: Processing payroll is just the beginning. Important thing is how easy and secure is i to share the Payroll information with others, such as your employees and legal authorities. Online payroll gives you secured access any where any time over Internet. Hence making information sharing secured and easy.

Cost: One of the important elements that a small to medium-sized enterprise should look for is the complete cost of purchasing the software. The advantages or money saving should be more that you are willing to spend on the application. Cloud payroll or Online Payroll can help you significantly cut your CAPEX and minimize your OPEX.

Legal Requirements: Payroll software should be able to meet your legal requirements. The payroll software should be able to perform all the required calculations for the local taxes and generate reports that needs to be submitted to the local authorities. Cloud payroll are easy to update as and when there are changes in the legal requirements.

Customer support: before you finalize any payroll software, you have to make sure that the vendor provides excellent customer support. Online payroll requires less support as they are used over browser lot of issues that are related to installation and updates are avoided.

Existing customer feedback: Please take the list of customers from the vendor and speak to them to know about the credibility of the vendor and service. This will help you understand what you can expect in future from the vendor.

These few above mentioned points will help you to decide which payroll software you can go for.