Small Biz Tech Buzz, Issue #108

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2426″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Hello, and happy ‘Pi Day’! (The date is 3/14… get it? 🙂) Welcome to the most recent edition of Terrapin Networks’ Small Biz Tech Buzz!

Today I want to touch on some of the things the “experts” don’t often tell you; but that you should make sure you’re doing anyway.

6 Myths About Cloud-Based Computing (That the Experts Aren’t Being Clear Enough About)

  1. You must have everything for your small business located in the cloud. Not true; many small businesses work best with a combination of cloud and local (on-premise) systems.
  2. As long as your password is secure, your files are safe. Not true; good passwords help, yes, but a strong firewall, anti-spam measures, good backup and a consistent security system are all needed as well.
  3. Once you’ve set up your cloud-based network, you’re good to go. Not true; cloud-based networks need supervision in order to remain secure and, in some cases, compliant. If you’re not monitoring internally, make sure your outsourced provider has a system in place.
  4. Cloud computing is nothing but a fad. Once again, not true. Research firm Gartner predicts that companies will spend $788 billion on public cloud services in the next four years. It’s here to stay because there is real value to any business, including small business.
  5. The cloud is not reliable. Not true; Like any network, a cloud system requires a strong and secure backup in place. This increases reliability and almost guarantees near-perfect uptime.
  6. The cloud is an actual cloud. Well, no. The term “the cloud” simply refers to the ability to access your information from wherever you are. If you’ve ever replied to an email from your phone, then opened that same email on your desktop at work, and then opened it again on your laptop at home… you’ve accessed the cloud. Your data, your information, on any compatible device.

Curious how using the cloud could benefit your small office? Let’s chat! We offer many cloud-based services to meet some very specific small business needs. I’d be happy to discuss how they could potentially benefit your company.

From all of us here at Terrapin Networks, we’ll see you from the cloud in our next newsletter-

 

 

 

Timothy Gillen CNE, MCP
Small Office Tech Specialist
Founder and President, Terrapin Networks

If you’re new to me, or to my company Terrapin Networks, here’s a little about us: Based in Traverse City, Michigan, we provide small office tech solutions exclusively for small companies with 1-15 computer users. We have a unique perspective on small business and the utilization of technology; with some 25 years’ experience in the tech field and small business owners that go back over 40 years in Northern Michigan.

Oftentimes a smaller company can feel underappreciated and neglected by the ‘larger’ IT support firms. These firm’s model is based on getting “seats”, so they’d much rather support a single business with 50 users than 5 different companies with 10 users each. We turn that upside down – we’re all about the small office with 4, or 8, or 12 computer users. We’ve made it a real niche, and in the “outsourced tech services” world it is quite unusual. You can read more about us, who we are, and our backstory here. You can read more about us, who we are, and our backstory here.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2421″ img_size=”full”][vc_custom_heading text=”Was your small business in the news recently? We want to hear about it! Send us the article and we’ll feature it in the next newsletter. ” font_container=”tag:h5|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20italic%3A400%3Aitalic”][vc_column_text]

Meet the 26-Year-Olds Who Purchased Leland’s Falling Waters Lodge

 “We’ve had lots of jobs, but this is our … career,” Heston says. “We both love the area a lot.”

Local Manufacturers Voice Concerns Over White House’s Proposed Tariffs

It’ll start driving up our prices”, says Mike DrBruyn, president of Great Lakes Stainless. “We’ll immediately have to start paying higher prices for all materials we need to make our products.”

Businesses Need to Attract Talent to Northern Michigan

Businesses can’t afford not to get more aggressive in attracting solid talent to our region, says Jim Tinsdale in this opinion piece from the Petoskey News

One Hot Product: CooLED CEO Sees Growth In The LED Market

Business has been so good that last year that the company moved from Eighth Street to a larger facility on Robinwood. And Burden said the company is growing so fast, he is already looking to move again.

Local Company Promethiant Develops More Efficient Seat Warmer Technology

A startup based in Michigan called Promethient Inc. has developed a new seat warmer technology that it says is more efficient and durable than similar systems from competitors.

Short’s Brewing Co. Overcomes Obstacles, Keeps Growing

The brewery so far has invested $5.7 million in equipment and $8.5 million in buildings in Bellaire and Elk Rapids, Short told the Traverse City Record Eagle . He projects $18.7 million in sales in 2018.

Home Builder’s Association Goes to Class in Suttons Bay

“The end goal is to start developing the next generation of trades workers,” said Judy Vajda, HBAGTA executive officer. “It’s just planting the seed.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2422″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]

 Facebook rolls out job posts to become the blue-collar LinkedIn.

Low-skilled job seekers worldwide will soon be able to use Facebook to find job posts, as the site prepares to roll them out to 40 more countries.

Geofencing allows businesses to set up specific zones to gather data on users. Is it right for your business? How is your information as a consumer being used?

The Cloud: Need-To-Knows Before Going All In

It’s vital that the business understands exactly what benefits it will achieve and any issues or challenges that might need to be overcome. Here’s what you should know about your business relying on cloud-based technology. 

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Please consider this our ‘ANTI TECH TIP’  for the week, and don’t do this!

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