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7 Good Reasons Why You Should Consider Online Backups

This is the kind of benefit that using online backups provides. These services provide much better, safer and reliable storage, and here is how.
Automation
Online data backup is completely automated, making it easy for you to backup data without having to physically do it yourself. All you need is to set the software based on whether your preference is for daily or weekly backup, and your information is uploaded automatically. There is no need for you to worry about switching tapes or taking backups home.
Comprehensive report
This is what makes online backup organised, safe and progressively structured, even though it is run quietly behind the scenes. It provides you with well-presented and extensive statistics in the form of email notifications detailing changed, deleted and new file information after every single backup. This kind of information prevents your productivity from being hampered, and puts you in control of the backup system operations.
Privacy and security
Storing information online provides better security and privacy, so that only you have access to your sensitive information. This is because backups are stored with encryption codes and passwords that only you have access to. Most online storage services send their encryption data online, straight to secured servers, so that it can remain secure until rapid restoration is required.
Multiple locations
Data storage systems such as online backups store the data and information you upload in different locations around the world. This is to ensure that all your data is available for restore, even if a server in a certain location falls victim to a natural disaster. This feature also gives you the power to transfer data from your PC to any other system of your choice, wherever it is in the world.
Fast restore procedure
With online backup services, restoring your data requires only the click of a button. To restore data you can either do it through the software, or by logging into your backup service provider account, where you can easily select the exact file you want to restore. And you can do this anytime, from anywhere in the world.
Improved efficiency
We all know that the better the information technology efficiency, the better result your company will deliver. Online backup provides IT efficiency by eliminating the risk associated with traditional storage systems. You do not have to worry about tapes or disks, and all hassle is eliminated.
Cost-effective
Storing your information online provides a cheaper means of storage than most other systems. While traditional means of backup incur upfront payment in terms of hardware and backup software, online backups and storage charge you monthly, based on the amount of information you have stored.

This article was written by online author David Hamer, who is an expert on data storage and backup procedures.

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What Ever Happened to the Paperless Office?

Back in 1975 an article in Business Week entitled “The Office of the Future.” proclaimed that we would have the paperless office by now – what happened? I see people’s desks and there seems to be as much paper as there always was – post it note, reports, phone messages, notepads. With a PC sitting on every desktop, it would seem that we wouldn’t need as much paper.

One theory

One theory is that we’ve just made it so much easier to generate paper. For certain there are a lot more things to print, documents, spread sheets and no end to the things you can find online. When it comes to printing, it’s true that you can generate a whole lot of paper with just a click of your mouse. Not like the old days where someone had to type it out first or you had to make copies, which at least people were mindful of the expense.

Do you trust your computer?

Social scientists theorize that at least for now, people still don’t complete trust their computers. Having an important report on paper gives people that sense of security that they won’t lose it when their PC crashes. Another reason is convenience. It’s just so easy to scribble a note on a sticky, plus you can put it somewhere that you won’t forget it. With a PC, you usually have all your monitor real estate dedicated to the task at hand, so it’s easy to lose track of a note or reminder.

Is this high tech?

Even in the movies they still show high tech offices with a computer on every desk that are more than likely networked together, and yet people will converge on the front desk to get their phone messages. This is definitely one paper use that should have been eliminated from all offices over a decade ago.

Then there’s the ubiquitous post it notes. I get that they’re convenient, but is this really an efficient way to store important information? Using software to handle this is easily just as fast (assuming you can type) and light years easier to search.

Good news

The good news is, we are using less paper. Paper use has dropped since 2000 so at least on the whole, we’re using less. Based on what I see in offices however, desks are holding as much paper as they ever have.

Mark Lawson is CEO of Telexis, maker of PHONEslips an easy to use office management software solution.

 

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The Future of Brands

Until recently, big brands seemed as though they were unshakeable. If a company was known, respected, and popular, you could be confident that it wasn’t going to go anywhere. In the last 10 years, however, that has all changed. Just look at this short list of companies that have failed in the last decade: HomeBase, 3DO, Tiger Electronics, Kwik Save, MFI, Rosebys, Woolworths, Habitat, and the Sun-Times Media Grop.

It seems no industry is safe. Whether you sell furniture, household goods, toys, or newspapers, the name of your brand isn’t enough to keep your company going when you can’t shift stock from your display units because of an ailing economy.

Brand Advocacy

The power of a brand name used to be an important part of a brand’s appeal when it came to attracting investors. This is still true to some extent, but the draw of a brand name is not as big, or as important, as it once was.

Today, the focus is on brand advocacy. Investors are looking for brands that have loyal customers. They want to see consumers voluntarily doing word of mouth marketing. Campaign agencies such as Buzz-Agent, and street teams, are one thing, but a brand that has people going around and evangelizing without that sort of incentive is even better, and that’s what investors are looking for. Consumers are increasingly starting to shape brands, rather than simply accepting that they should buy whatever brand it is that is designed for them.

Creating Advocates

Building a brand takes a lot of effort. Many brands engage in huge publicity stunts in the early days of their existence, enlisting trailer manufacturers to create special promotional vehicles and display units designed around their brand. The brand truck might travel the country, attracting attention everywhere it goes, and drawing crowds when it stops to do product demos in big cities.

Some brands simply hand out product samples. Others get the trailer manufacturers to make mobile computer labs, with everything from PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS stations in them, to fully featured PCs demonstrating the latest and greatest hardware and software.

Of course, the passing crowd can only generate buzz for so long. For your brand to survive in the long term, you will need to create a group of loyal users that will advocate your product without you having to spend a fortune on PR.

One good example of an advocacy program is the Intel Partner Program. This program is free to join, and offers support, documentation, and promotion to software developers that target the Intel platform. The benefit of this program, to Intel, is that it encourages developers to optimise the applications they write for Intel’s hardware. Developers join the program for the information it provides, get discounts on products that they probably plan on buying, and get a little free advertising. The people who buy the software that those developers write will see that it was designed for Intel based hardware, and will hopefully choose to buy Intel in the future. It’s a long term investment, but a good one for all of the companies involved.

This article was written by Amy Fowler on behalf of Vipex: trailer manufacturers who also offer branded display units.

Amy is extrememly interested in how the recession is affecting businesses of all sizes.

 

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Fun and Games with an Interactive Whiteboard

An interactive whiteboard is electronic display media that is connected to a computer and a projector to enable a group of people to all view the content of a computer screen at the same time. The whiteboard is placed on a wall or a floor-stand and the computers desktop is projected onto the whiteboard via the projector.

The user controls the computer via the whiteboard using a pen, finger or another device.  This allows the teacher or person delivering the training course a greater degree of versatility and interaction during the lesson or training session with pupils, students or trainees.

In a lot of schools whiteboards have become so popular they have replaced the traditional blackboard. In the work environment whiteboards are used in training rooms, board rooms, work groups and any other situation where it’s important for information to be delivered to a group of people at the same time.

Interactive whiteboards come in a range of sizes and specifications. Some allow use by a single user only, whilst others can be controlled by multiple users at the same time. Most interactive whiteboards include software such as maths tools, sounds, templates, and gesture touch applications. These tools really help to make learning a lot of fun and allow the teacher or trainer to provide immediate feedback to the pupils or trainees.

They also encourage learners to ask questions and can develop good working relationships with each other.

Some whiteboard manufacturers restrict software compatibility so only their own works on their whiteboards. This is not a bad thing, especially in the case of the major companies in the interactive learning sector, but it is something to take into consideration when during the research stage.

There are a number of benefits to using a whiteboard:

  • Learners  easily absorb more information compared to lecture-style teaching/delivery
  • They encourage group participation and discussion which frees concentration from note taking
  • The teacher/trainer can provide quick and rapid feedback to ensure all learners have a full understanding of the topic
  •  They encourage team-work in group situations
  • Lessons/tutorials/presentations can be stored and viewed at any time (useful for providing retrospective lessons/tutorials/presentations)

As well as being an educational tool to deliver lessons and information to people in the room where the whiteboard is situated, they can also be used for long distance learning or communication. The in-built tools of some interactive whiteboards allow users to draw circles or arrows on the screen to highlight points of interest. Some of the more advanced whiteboards allow all users to not only see program documents like Word or Excel, but to make changes to the document too.

Stephen Thomas writes for JP UK, a leading supplier of electrical equipment to schools, universities and businesses.

 

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