Entry #3: 7 Reasons to Leverage “The Cloud” For Small Business

A lot of noise is being made over the emergence of “The Cloud” and cloud computing.  But many SBEs don’t really know if “The Cloud” offers any tangible benefits. As major technology companies invest more resources into this category we need to constantly monitor its evolution as many viable services are already available.

Why spend your time on it? Because the benefits are significant.  Since our business is cloud-based telephony systems, we’ll use it as an example, but the same attributes apply to most SaaS (software as a service) applications:

  1. Reduce Costs/Save Money – Eliminate capital for hardware and infrastructure investments and cloud based telephony will often reduce your monthly communications expenses.
  2. Seamless Scalability – Add users as your business grows without concern over outgrowing your current telephone system
  3. Automatic Updates– No need to invest in upgrades or be concerned with obsolescence, upgrades are performed offsite and automatically during off hours.
  4. Remote Access– Employees can access & update information wherever they are, voicemails sent directly to smart phones, integrated with Outlook, Lotus Notes, etc.
  5. Outsource Non-Core Functions to Experts– A team of network and security professionals monitor and manage your services 24×7 so system outages are easily identified.
  6. Built-in Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity – No matter what’s happening in your region (storms, power outages, etc.) your business keeps running regardless of what happens at your physical location.
  7. Business Opportunity– Because SBEs are lean and can move quickly, selling cloud computing products and services present a great new business opportunity.

We’ve come to acknowledge that the pace of innovation is moving cloud-based services into the mainstream.  Now is the time to evaluate the opportunity for your business.  And although our expertise is in telephony, and we’re happy to review those needs with you, feel free to contact us for a review of “The Cloud” and you.

Elyce Klein
National Accounts Manager
Single Source Telecom
T – (877) 577-1954
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April 2012: The Supplier Spotlight Monthly SBE Contest.

Sponsored by Supplier-Connection – An initiative of major US companies committed to spending more with US-based small businesses.

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About Dan Gallo

I'm a small business lifer, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door as a kid in The Bronx. I've played guitar and enjoyed baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). Just prior to marrying Kim in 1983 I became a Christian. We have two sons; Daniel's a musician & social media expert with a smart, insightful sense of humor, and Adam who recently graduated from Brooklyn College double majoring in Creative Writing/Literature and Anthropology. Adam now works in the non-profit sector. Since 2002 one thing we love to do together is go on service/missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent 60+ weeks in Belize with this missions organization http://twaw.org. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and been self-employed ever since. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in '04. After 2 years w/ the acquiring company I started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Small Business Consulting, Fund Raising/Capital Raise-up Campaigns, Sales Strategy, Outsourced Sales Agency work, & Digital Marketing Programs (Social Media, SEM, etc.) since April 2006. Notable projects: Hired as Small Business Advocate and Social Media Director for IBM's "Supplier-Connection" - Feb '11-Dec '13. Hired as COO to help turn-around late stage start-up software company myVRM. Jul12-Dec '13 Hired as CEO of CoupleWise.com, a Digital Health2.0 app, to write business plan, raise seed capital, & completely redesign and relaunch the app. Aug '16 I won a Finalist spot for MassChallenge UK's 2016 fall cohort in London from Sept thru Nov. Started Oct15 - Current. I enjoy helping turn-around struggling small businesses, and launching new business ventures. Feel free to contact me with opportunities.
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