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What is the Cloud?

You hear about the Cloud, you read about the Cloud and you see advertisements about the Cloud all the time.

So what exactly is the Cloud?
Here is a short piece that might lift the fog from the Cloud.

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September 2014 Small Business Technology News from Jefric Consulting

September 2014 – Keeping up with key business / technology issues in the news is difficult. Let Jefric Consulting help you.

Click here to view the September edition of our monthly Small Business Technology Newsletter.
http://www.jefric.com/news/201409.JefricConsultingNewsletter.html

All newsletters can be found here.
http://www.jefric.com/news/news.htm

Technology is an essential tool for success. Your business can use technology as a strategic asset rather than treat it as an expense.

Jefric Consulting provides IT consulting services and custom technology solutions for Small Businesses. With over 35 years of business and technology experience, we are uniquely qualified to work with you and understand your company goals, develop and execute a strategy that delivers the results you want in a cost efficient manner. Solutions include Windows (Small Business) Server, Exchange E-mail, remote access, mobile computing, office collaboration and much more. Where appropriate, off-premise hosted solutions are available, reducing the need for onsite office computing equipment. We want you to get the most value from technology and work smarter, not harder, improve efficiency, and increase revenue and profit for your small business.

Jefric Consulting is a Microsoft Partner, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and a Microsoft Cloud Essentials Partner.

Web: http://www.jefric.com
Blog: http://blog.jefric.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jefricllc

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August 2014 Small Business Technology News from Jefric Consulting

August 2014 – Keeping up with key business / technology issues in the news is difficult. Let Jefric Consulting help you.

Click here to view the August edition of our monthly Small Business Technology Newsletter.
http://www.jefric.com/news/201408.JefricConsultingNewsletter.html

All newsletters can be found here.
http://www.jefric.com/news/news.htm

Technology is an essential tool for success. Your business can use technology as a strategic asset rather than treat it as an expense.

Jefric Consulting provides IT consulting services and custom technology solutions for Small Businesses. With over 35 years of business and technology experience, we are uniquely qualified to work with you and understand your company goals, develop and execute a strategy that delivers the results you want in a cost efficient manner. Solutions include Windows (Small Business) Server, Exchange E-mail, remote access, mobile computing, office collaboration and much more. Where appropriate, off-premise hosted solutions are available, reducing the need for onsite office computing equipment. We want you to get the most value from technology and work smarter, not harder, improve efficiency, and increase revenue and profit for your small business.

Jefric Consulting is a Microsoft Partner, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and a Microsoft Cloud Essentials Partner.

Web: http://www.jefric.com
Blog: http://blog.jefric.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jefricllc

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iOS or Android?

As a technology professional I do my best to stay vendor agnostic, understanding that technology is often a very emotional experience to professionals and individuals. Each person might find different value in functionality and features that others might not agree with. Nevertheless, I am often asked for my “opinion” and recommendation; tablets are no exception.

My first tablet was an iPad 2, a remarkable device to this very day even though it has been upgraded three times (by Apple) since I purchased it. My second tablet was a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro, a shiny new device that I have had for about three months now and barely use for anything other than watching video.

I was originally attracted to the Galaxy Tab Pro by the Multi-user / Multi-window support, something I thought I needed and wanted. After three months I have never created a second user account on the device and have only used the Multi-window feature about a half dozen times. This is not surprising to me since both devices are for business use by one user, me.

The Samsung has a brilliant display, compared to my iPad 2 which is pre-retina display. The performance of the two is nearly identical, as is the price once you get all of the needed accessories. Unfortunately this is where the Samsung drops off my radar! I am comparing an iPad 2 to a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro! Shouldn’t I be “wow’ed”?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro touchscreen is awful! I have to slow my typing down to less than 300 baud to get any degree of accuracy. The WiFi on the Samsung regularly drops the network connection, even when I can see the access point and the battery lasts a fourth of the time of my iPad 2 (probably due to the iPad Smart Cover, which the Samsung does not offer).

The App support on the Android platform lives up to the negative hype of the platform fragmentation that you read about in the news. Not all tablet apps work on the Samsung and very few phone apps work on the tablet. When I first got the Samsung I put it next to the iPad and tried to download the complete set of comparable apps that I had on iOS for the Android device. After three months I am still coming up very short!

If you have never used an iOS device you will probably love the Android platform, but if you are like me and started with iOS, you may be very disappointed! I can’t wait for the next iPad Air to come out.

Let me know what you think.

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July 2014 Small Business Technology News from Jefric Consulting

July 2014 – Keeping up with key business / technology issues in the news is difficult. Let Jefric Consulting help you.

Click here to view the July edition of our monthly Small Business Technology Newsletter.
http://www.jefric.com/news/201407.JefricConsultingNewsletter.html

All newsletters can be found here.
http://www.jefric.com/news/news.htm

Technology is an essential tool for success. Your business can use technology as a strategic asset rather than treat it as an expense.

Jefric Consulting provides IT consulting services and custom technology solutions for Small Businesses. With over 35 years of business and technology experience, we are uniquely qualified to work with you and understand your company goals, develop and execute a strategy that delivers the results you want in a cost efficient manner. Solutions include Windows (Small Business) Server, Exchange E-mail, remote access, mobile computing, office collaboration and much more. Where appropriate, off-premise hosted solutions are available, reducing the need for onsite office computing equipment. We want you to get the most value from technology and work smarter, not harder, improve efficiency, and increase revenue and profit for your small business.

Jefric Consulting is a Microsoft Partner, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and a Microsoft Cloud Essentials Partner.

Web: http://www.jefric.com
Blog: http://blog.jefric.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jefricllc

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Twitter for Business

If you’ve wondered about the value of Twitter for your business, you might want to check out https://business.twitter.com/

Twitter is trying to step up their image in the business space. Many companies are finding value in building their following and using it to answer client questions, offer promotions, announce new products and services and more.

You can find big names like Coke, BestBuy, Microsoft, Dell, Sony, Samsung, etc. pushing out announcements and deals every day.
Local businesses are following as well.

It’s not just teenagers announcing what they are watching on TV.

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June 2014 Small Business Technology News from Jefric Consulting

June 2014 – Keeping up with key business / technology issues in the news is difficult. Let Jefric Consulting help you.

Click here to view the June edition of our monthly Small Business Technology Newsletter.
http://www.jefric.com/news/201406.JefricConsultingNewsletter.html

All newsletters can be found here.
http://www.jefric.com/news/news.htm

Technology is an essential tool for success. Your business can use technology as a strategic asset rather than treat it as an expense.

Jefric Consulting provides IT consulting services and custom technology solutions for Small Businesses. With over 35 years of business and technology experience, we are uniquely qualified to work with you and understand your company goals, develop and execute a strategy that delivers the results you want in a cost efficient manner. Solutions include Windows (Small Business) Server, Exchange E-mail, remote access, mobile computing, office collaboration and much more. Where appropriate, off-premise hosted solutions are available, reducing the need for onsite office computing equipment. We want you to get the most value from technology and work smarter, not harder, improve efficiency, and increase revenue and profit for your small business.

Jefric Consulting is a Microsoft Partner, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and a Microsoft Cloud Essentials Partner.

Web: http://www.jefric.com
Blog: http://blog.jefric.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jefricllc

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May 2014 Small Business Technology News from Jefric Consulting

May 2014 – Keeping up with key business / technology issues in the news is difficult. Let Jefric Consulting help you.

Click here to view the May edition of our monthly Small Business Technology Newsletter.
http://www.jefric.com/news/201405.JefricConsultingNewsletter.html

All newsletters can be found here.
http://www.jefric.com/news/news.htm

Technology is an essential tool for success. Your business can use technology as a strategic asset rather than treat it as an expense.

Jefric Consulting provides IT consulting services and custom technology solutions for Small Businesses. With over 30 years of business and technology experience, we are uniquely qualified to work with you and understand your company goals, develop and execute a strategy that delivers the results you want in a cost efficient manner. Solutions include Windows (Small Business) Server, Exchange E-mail, remote access, mobile computing, office collaboration and much more. Where appropriate, off-premise hosted solutions are available, reducing the need for onsite office computing equipment. We want you to get the most value from technology and work smarter, not harder, improve efficiency, and increase revenue and profit for your small business.

Jefric Consulting is a Microsoft Partner, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and a Microsoft Cloud Essentials Partner.

Web: http://www.jefric.com
Blog: http://blog.jefric.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jefricllc

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April 2014 Small Business Technology News from Jefric Consulting

April 2014 – Keeping up with key business / technology issues in the news is difficult. Let Jefric Consulting help you.

Click here to view the April edition of our monthly Small Business Technology Newsletter.
http://www.jefric.com/news/201404.JefricConsultingNewsletter.html

All newsletters can be found here.
http://www.jefric.com/news/news.htm

Technology is an essential tool for success. Your business can use technology as a strategic asset rather than treat it as an expense.

Jefric Consulting provides IT consulting services and custom technology solutions for Small Businesses. With over 30 years of business and technology experience, we are uniquely qualified to work with you and understand your company goals, develop and execute a strategy that delivers the results you want in a cost efficient manner. Solutions include Windows (Small Business) Server, Exchange E-mail, remote access, mobile computing, office collaboration and much more. Where appropriate, off-premise hosted solutions are available, reducing the need for onsite office computing equipment. We want you to get the most value from technology and work smarter, not harder, improve efficiency, and increase revenue and profit for your small business.

Jefric Consulting is a Microsoft Partner, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and a Microsoft Cloud Essentials Partner.

Web: http://www.jefric.com
Blog: http://blog.jefric.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jefricllc

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March 2014 Small Business Technology News from Jefric Consulting

March 2014 – Keeping up with key business / technology issues in the news is difficult. Let Jefric Consulting help you.

Click here to view the March edition of our monthly Small Business Technology Newsletter.
http://www.jefric.com/news/201403.JefricConsultingNewsletter.html

All newsletters can be found here.
http://www.jefric.com/news/news.htm

Technology is an essential tool for success. Your business can use technology as a strategic asset rather than treat it as an expense.

Jefric Consulting provides IT consulting services and custom technology solutions for Small Businesses. With over 30 years of business and technology experience, we are uniquely qualified to work with you and understand your company goals, develop and execute a strategy that delivers the results you want in a cost efficient manner. Solutions include Windows (Small Business) Server, Exchange E-mail, remote access, mobile computing, office collaboration and much more. Where appropriate, off-premise hosted solutions are available, reducing the need for onsite office computing equipment. We want you to get the most value from technology and work smarter, not harder, improve efficiency, and increase revenue and profit for your small business.

Jefric Consulting is a Microsoft Partner, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and a Microsoft Cloud Essentials Partner.

Web: http://www.jefric.com
Blog: http://blog.jefric.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jefricllc

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