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A Thanksgiving Survival Guide for the Workaholic In All Of Us

Thanksgiving is a time to think about all that you are thankful for, but often we just find it to be the kind of holiday that encourages us to start our holiday shopping spree, eating too much food, and spending lots of time with the family- however great or annoying they may be. For the average American though, we all get these pangs of guilt about the kinds of things we could be doing if we just had a few minutes at our desks. Afterall, when Aunt Jessie repeats the same cranberry recipe for the umpteenth time, it’s really not going to help you in any way – especially because there’s nothing that great about cranberries anyways.

Why Salespeople and IT Need to Connect On a Deeper Level

NoIT managers are often stuck between a rock and a hard place, and so are their sales counterparts. Most of the time, upper management wants to create one location for all their corporate documentation like Box or Dropbox, and their corporate security relies on it. Salespeople on the other hand, are really focused on the sales end-goal and some corporate security practices are dropped in favor of sales efficiency. Within the confines of corporate security practices, salespeople are often forced to find a workaround around from their corporate security protocols; resulting in breaking the rules that they deem as less of a security issue. Here ensues a strong butting of heads, but the funny thing is, they don’t realize that they’re actually in the same boat.

cloudHQ Now Integrates with Amazon Cloud Drive

We’re all using different cloud services for different kinds of media: pictures, videos, documents, emails, notes, and more. Whatever you’re storing in the cloud, they all have one thing in common: they’re in the cloud.
We’ve identified 2 major problems with the cloud

  1. Files Get Lost:
    Using the cloud is both inexpensive and efficient. But what happens when you stop remembering exactly where everything is because you’re using so many cloud services? This is an extremely common problem. A great way to make sure that you can still use the apps you want to, but find everything at your fingertips, is to use a central file management system. One place for all your things, but still be able to use all the different services that you love.

  2. Collaboration Is A Nightmare:
    Even if you’ve gone through the trouble to find your file, it’s hard for anyone that you’re sharing it with to open it in their preferred cloud service, and while they won’t tell you anything, it’s annoying for them. And sending documents via email is a disaster- you never have the most up to date version of anything, and searching for them in a sea of attachments is just the worst.

It’s easy to see how the cloud can become such a hassle. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Should You Use A Salesforce Integration Built By A Cloud Storage Company?

tomato-identity-crisisMost enterprises use a form of cloud storage for backups or consolidation of all their documents. The demand for cloud storage is clearly there, and so is supply. However, as the cloud storage market is maturing, cloud storage companies are facing an identity crisis: “pure” storage is becoming a commodity and providers need to distinguish themselves from one another. Most cloud storage companies are choosing to rename themselves from a cloud storage company to a “central cloud system” or something along those lines. Really, it feels a lot like arguing that a tomato is a fruit vs a vegetable. Who cares? A tomato is a tomato. So the million dollar question is: if a cloud storage company is doing a great job at storage, why are they so adamant about changing how you see them?

What is the Best Growth Strategy for Cloud Storage Companies?

The pivot providers are highlighting, is they’re not just a cloud storage company. Even though they aren’t doing anything substantially differently from a few years ago, this new branding campaign has captured the marketing hearts of virtually all of these cloud storage providers. For naive technologists (read: geeks), it seems obvious that providing more features and “virtualizing” data seems like the right approach for cloud storage providers in order to grow their business. For example, when they offer cool user features like: providing different ways to edit files, enriching data transformation, enriching meta-data attached to files, providing different ways to search and manage data, etc. Sadly, instead of providing more of these kinds of features, most providers are too busy trying to expand their footprint by controlling your documents. By doing this, they often miss the mark by making it really hard for you to own your own data outside of their platform.

In fact, cloud storage companies who keep an open 3rd-party API system and express full support for 3rd-party integrators are the signs of a solid platform that understands how the cloud is beneficial for everyone- but these are rare companies. Senad Dizdar wrote that if APIs aren’t available and 3rd-party eco-systems aren’t open, you must ask yourself: Why? Is it because of data protection, or maybe because cloud storage providers want to keep all of your data for themselves. Most storage platforms crave your documents because data is valuable… especially when they get to keep your data dependent on their platform. Sooner or later, these platforms will fall. The rise of user empowerment to choose what kind of platform you want to work in will soon reign king if it hasn’t already, and closed minded cloud storage companies will eventually become exactly what their mantras are: closed.

Take Box, for example. They are a great cloud storage service, but it’s clear that they want to keep your data in their platform. So, what do they do? Simple. They start building integrations with other important apps but with an API key where your documents will locked in Box’s cloud storage. Let’s look at Box’s integration with Salesforce, for example:


Google Drive Down For Almost An Entire Workday

Google Drive had a humbling service disruption yesterday for the majority of its users, whereby virtually no one was able to access any of their important documents.  The disruption included their popular services such as Google Docs, Drive, Slides, as well as Sheets. When users tried to access their documents, they saw a blank page with a “500 server” error on it.

It took Google nearly 6 hours to repair their popular cloud service. Here’s a screenshot of  what we saw when we tried to access our Google Apps status page:

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This is their second service disruption this week – their last disruption was on 10/21/14 from 7:07 PM until midnight.

If your business depends on cloud services, these kind of service disruptions are costing you money.  For example, if your Salesforce records have links to Google documents, and your sales meeting just started, you’ll be missing out on critical information to make any kind of informed decision.

How To Build Your Landing Pages With Collaborators

A well-designed landing page is the key driver for converting visitors into signups. According to a HubSpot study, companies that have between 31 – 40 landing pages garner 7 times more leads than those that have only 1 – 5 landing pages.

Photos, videos, rich graphics, and a simple call to action are all features of landing pages that’ll get you noticed – and will help get you the conversions you’re after. Clearly, you’ll also need to optimize your page through A/B or multivariate testing, load time, SEO,and other elements in order to manage the details involved towards providing a smooth front-end user experience.

We’ve been testing different landing page tools, and we found a newbie that’s boasting some major chops: Pagewiz. Its straightforward, easy-to-use building platform lets you design and launch a customized and optimized landing page in about an hour. It features a simple landing page design tool that offers a wealth of optimized page templates, built-in automated A/B testing, SEO tools and plugins, real-time statistics and analytics, lead exports, integrations and more.

The Dropbox Bug: Why You Need to Back Up Your Data Now, Even If It’s in the Cloud

If you’re one of the millions of people that use Dropbox for backup of their important files, or maybe even as their only digital storage space, you may have heard about a bug that was recently discovered in the cloud storage service. If you haven’t, you’re not going to like what you hear.

Dropbox recently confirmed that a bug in its Selective Sync feature caused some users’ data to be deleted.Some of you might have received a message from Dropbox like this:

We’re reaching out to let you know about an issue affecting Selective Sync that caused some files to be deleted from Dropbox. This problem occurred when the Dropbox desktop application shut down or restarted while users were applying Selective Sync settings.

Based on our investigation of this issue, we think you may be among the small number of users who were affected.

If you haven’t used Selective Sync before, you can stop reading now because you weren’t affected.

If you have used Selective Sync, we wanted to check whether your Dropbox may have been affected. We’ve set up a personalized web page where you can see if there are files that shouldn’t have been deleted and try to restore them.

NEW! Integrate Salesforce With Your Cloud

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As far as CRM goes, Salesforce is undoubtedly the top dog. For any sales process, its features are rich, and it adequately understands the sales flow from different sales process touch points: before, during, and after. In fact, it’s become a CRM success in large part due to the development of apps on their AppExchange Marketplace; which is very reminiscent of the way that Apple built out their App Store empire. Knowing how mission critical it is to handhold a client (or their user experience) through your sales process, most companies who value their clients will likely be using Salesforce’s CRM. Their targeted clients are primarily mid to large businesses, and their users comprise of: (1) salespeople, (2) customer service representatives, or (3) upper management personnel so that they can track the sales success of their teams or regions.

Should You Integrate Evernote With Your Cloud?


Should You Integrate Evernote With Your Cloud

You probably already know that Evernote is a great way to take notes, collect digital materials for projects, make to-do lists, set reminders, and generally organize your work in one place across all your devices. What you may not realize is that you can also integrate your cloud seamlessly with Evernote; which means that you can access all your important documents, even on the go.

Real Estate Agents, Streamline Yourselves With Evernote

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Staying organized can be a difficult task, especially for real estate agents on-the-go: showings, appointments, document management, collaboration—does it ever slow down? There are not many great choices when it comes to organizational apps or programs. Many of the currently available apps and programs are not compatible with other platforms or devices. But there is one handy tool that stands out from the rest, and that is Evernote. While Evernote may sound like just another typical note-taking app, it is actually much, much more than that; and in the real estate business, it can quickly become a real estate agent’s right-hand assistant.

Evernote for real estate agents

Evernote allows agents to quickly jot down notes from meetings, phone calls, etc. If driving, you can simply use the dictation feature and talk to Evernote. An audio file will be saved and you can transcribe it later.

You can take photos using the camera on your mobile device directly from Evernote. The photos will be saved in Evernote and can be tagged for simple searching at a later time.

Documents can be created, edited, shared and stored using Evernote. To-do lists can be created and managed to ensure you don’t miss any important appointments or tasks. To put it simply—Evernote is like a complete, virtual office that follows you everywhere you go.

Keeping Your Data Safe From Unauthorized Access and Deletion: Dropbox, Credeon, and cloudHQ

People love Dropbox because it’s so convenient and easy to use. But those who use it for business are faced with two challenges: how to make sure their confidential data is protected from unauthorized or malicious access, and how to protect that data against malicious or accidental deletion.

There’s an easy way to do both, when you combine Dropbox with Credeon and cloudHQ.

The Convenience and Concerns of Cloud Storage

You probably already know that Dropbox is an extremely effective and popular cloud storage service that many businesses use for seamless sharing, storage, and backup of important data in the cloud. It makes collaboration simple and convenient.

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