Guest Post: Phil Simon on Cloud Computing
BenefitsAs we speak, the Firm is completing its transition to a cloud-based voice over internet protocol (VOIP) telephone system. The Firm had an onsite server-based VOIP system that was initially a great investment that has become obsolete. We are moving to the cloud-based system for both technological enhancements and for certain hard cost savings. It will better interface with our billing software so that we can capture more billable time. Also, we will be able to take advantage of addition flexibility away from the office. Second, we can now eliminate our T1 line and the expense related to the phone line. In turn, this will lead to $12k savings in the first year alone with the potential for additional billings.
IssuesThe transition to the cloud has not bee without glitches. After one year however, the true power is being realized. We are only beginning to utilize the flexibility of the systems both to work on large files and scale down for the smaller files. We are in the process of continuing to foster a culture conducive to flexible work and build a platform for collaboration and innovation. It’s all very New Small!
Tips for You
- Date before you get married. Try sites like Mozy for simple backup just to get your arms around it. Make sure that you’re comfortable before throwing all of your data and apps there.
- Dont’ expect clouds to purify bad data or inefficient business processes. Garbage in means garbage out.
- Realize that there are security risks with everything, including the cloud. There is way to keep data completely secure, even if you lock it in a vault in your home.