Evernote never stops trying to make everyone’s life easier. With over 100 million users, Evernote wants to be the home of things you need to remember.
That’s great for Evernote users, but what about Microsoft OneNote users, Google Docs, or Slack users? Sure, each have different features, but they’re all trying to be the home of our cloud-based memory. Some integration is possible, but there’s a limit to how many online accounts people will use. Interestingly, 85% of smartphone users use apps, but only 5 apps experience heavy traffic.
In the eventuality of a harassment incident between employees, it’s your job as a business owner to prepare your organization’s compliance with the law. If you don’t, you can expect monetary repercussions that are easily avoidable. There are 3 aspects to know:
In order for your organization to be found guilty, the physical location of where an employee endures harassment by another, usually makes no difference if it’s in a business environment. Allow me to explain: if they’re together at a business affair, or at the office, it’s clear that there’s an in-person interaction of which you might have better control over. However, with the onset of employees working from home, sexual harassment can still occur within platforms that encourage employee conversation. Some of these platforms are: Podio, Asana, Yammer, and Slack.
The digital transformation of the last couple decades has turned the practice of law, which was paper-powered into one which runs on emails and PDFs.
One of the most popular platforms amongst law firms is Google Apps for Business, which costs $5 per month for each user (or $50 when paid in advance). As a powerful web-based suite, it’s a natural choice for firms looking for a secure, easy-to-use set of productivity tools.
Gmail, Calendar (which integrates with Gmail), and Google Docs are the three most useful for lawyers. As all lawyers know, you spend a lot of time writing emails and sending dozens (sometimes thousands) of documents for most cases. Lawyers also spend a lot of time working with many who use different platforms (Evernote, Microsoft, Dropbox), which is where cloudHQ is already proving useful for our legal customers.
With a simple cloudHQ sync, lawyers can backup emails and attachments in shared folders to their Google Drive, instantly simplifying numerous aspects of trial preparation and working with clients and other involved parties.
Before explaining how law firms can maximize their productivity with a label sharing sync, let’s briefly consider the question of privilege.
Cloud collaboration is rapidly becoming an indispensable part of modern business. Once hailed as a service relevant exclusively to the IT industry, Cloud Services have become integral to SME’s, hospitals, major pharmaceutical chains, and even disaster response services. As the cloud continues to grow in reliability and efficiency, its part in day-to-day business operations is flourishing. Let’s take a look at why:
Thanks to Cloud collaboration, the days of document emailing are finally behind us. Instead of employees using a weary chain of email forwarding to share information, relevant documents and data can now be centralized through the cloud. Since the cloud can be accessed remotely by any employee with the necessary security clearance, business projects can be completed and stored more efficiently than ever before. As Cloud providers continue to offer improved project management services, the Cloud is well on its way to becoming an unparalleled asset to workflow optimization.
Microsoft OneNote is one of the most useful tools in Microsoft’s growing suite of cloud services. Conveniently, with cloudHQ, you can easily sync it with other cloud-based services, which is a great way to get more done quicker because these days it can feel like no one has enough time.
Here are our top tips for 3 of the most essential cloud services in any businesses’ tool kits:
Within OneNote is Office Lens, which is a great new way to photograph documents, whiteboards, and business cards.
Not long after Microsoft SharePoint was launched, it was described as “the next must-have technology” for businesses, with press releases and articles claiming it was “one of the fastest-growing products” in the company’s forty-year history.
Microsoft is known for shipping billion-dollar products, with SharePoint being one of those. In 2014, Jared Spataro, general manager of SharePoint announced that they achieved “double-digit growth for each of the last 18 quarters,” which ensured they hit $1 billion in revenue “faster than any other Microsoft product,” according to TechRepublic.
Analysts are impressed, with Forrester saying that “Microsoft probably [has] more net new growth opportunity sitting in front of them than probably anyone in the market,” with an emphasis on SharePoint and Azure, an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud service.
For businesses, SharePoint is a swiss army knife, but increasing productivity means knowing your way around. Here are a few ways you can get the most from SharePoint.
Get everyone on the same page. When you sync your Salesforce reports in real-time to Sharepoint, you can give your entire team the knowledge of what’s going on with your business, so that they know where they need to hustle most.
Amazon Simple Storage Service, known as Amazon S3, is part of the cloud giant’s AWS division. Amazon S3 is a great way to store data and files cheap, given that there’s no setup costs or minimum fee, which means you only pay for what you use (at the end of the month, by credit card).
Amazon S3 recently turned nine years old, which is when they announced the introduction of Cross-Region Replication. With AWS divided by regions, like counties and states on a map, Amazon customers often need to store data in different regions from their primary locality.
Storing the same files in numerous locations is normally part of complying with an increasingly stringent regulatory environment when it comes to companies handling sensitive data.
It’s also a matter of safety, with some also opting to store files in Amazon Glacier, a dirt cheap long-term option ($0.01 per gigabyte), which only costs when you retrieve data (it can take 4 -5 hours to thaw out your files). Should multiple backups ever fail, or your office incurs fire or water damage, you have a backup of everything, like an insurance policy.
Google Apps is one of the market leaders in the enterprise cloud space. Once upon a time it was true that no one got fired for buying Microsoft Office. Now, Google Apps is the safest and most cost effective bet for the workplace.
Competitively priced, at $5.00 per-user per-month, with Vault for an additional $5 per month, TechRadar describes it as “a very compelling service for businesses”.
Microsoft has also taken to the cloud, with Office 365. The difference is, whereas 365 takes all the functionality of Office; Google doesn’t want to be all things to all people. Instead, while equally powerful, they’ve gone for the less is more approach.
This core functionality is ten products, grouped into four main areas:Plugged into the Google ecosystem are hundreds of other apps from third-party developers, like Salesforce and Evernote, which supplement the core functionality of Google Apps.
Whether you are a team of two working on a press release or a team of two dozen working across different sites, cities and time zones, Google Apps makes it easy to coordinate, communicate and sync files and documents.
All of this is great for businesses and their employees, but with the number of corporate cyber-attacks steadily increasing since 2005, domain-level admins have to be more vigilant than ever.Google is not impervious to attack. Neither is your domain or web host provider. Threats can come from all directions, at any time. Internally and externally. Always assume, for the sake of the organization you work for, that there is a constant clear and present danger.Here are a few ways admins can safeguard Google Apps with some useful hacks.
Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has become the unlikely face of Shadow IT, thanks to the media uproar caused by the news that she used a personal email address while at the State Department.
Some politicos noted that this wasn’t on the large scale of typical Clinton family scandals, but Republicans presidential nominees have to bang the Benghazi drum when they have the opportunity. A private email account also raised concerns that Clinton was conducting diplomacy with world leaders behind the back of the diplomatic corps.
However, it’s unlikely that someone in Clintonland wasn’t aware that this could cause problems later on. So why take the risk? Knowing what they know about presidential campaigns, why did a Clinton go to the effort of having a server installed in their Chappaqua, New York home?
When Apple iPhone was first launched, back in those innocent days of 2007, it was a lot more than just a fancy phone. After the App Store was launched a year later, it irreparably changed the smartphone market.
At that point, it went from being nicely designed phone to a powerful tool, capable of doing much more than we all imagined in 2007. The success of the long-awaited Apple Watch, announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook in San Francisco, CA on Monday 9 March, 2015, will also depend on Apps.
The Apple Watch ranges from a $350 sports model, made of stainless steel, to an 18-karat gold watch, which starts at $10,000 (up to $17,000). Has Apple finally jumped the gun, or will demand quickly follow considering Apple’s strong fan-base of customers?
Interestingly, the watch is not a standalone device. In order to make a call, you’ll still need your iPhone within Bluetooth range. So, unlike futuristic gadgets in James Bond or Star Trek, you aren’t technically making a call from your wristwatch – your phone is still doing the heavy lifting.