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Connecting Cloud Computing to an Agile Business Model

How does your business meet the constantly changing needs of your customers? If you have a plan in place to respond quickly and change the way you do business to meet new developments in the marketplace, you have what is known as an agile business model. Agile businesses have a leg up on the competition because they can get customers what they want faster, no matter how their needs change. Cloud computing can play a role in this model, and here's how.


The Essentials of an Agile Enterprise

Before we go any further, it's important to note what the essentials of an agile enterprise are. An agile business keeps tabs on all essential operations and compares them to the industry standards as they develop. It also examines trends so it can effectively predict troubles that might be coming up in the future. The goal behind all of this analysis is to make a predictive business model that can adjust to any issues as necessary. For example, a book publisher with an agile business model would keep tabs on publishing trends, sales comparisons between eBooks and traditional formats, and the price of paper. When something changes such as paper costs increasing, they are already well-situated to handle it.

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Using your Company’s Website to Enhance your Remote Network

Are you getting everything you can out of your company’s website? Many people make the mistake of assuming that if they or their business don’t specialize in marketing or communications, they don’t need to worry about what their website looks like. In truth, your company’s website is not only a powerful communication tool that can connect you to customers, but it is also a way to help employees enhance the utility of the business’s remote network.


What’s on your Website?

The first step in analyzing additional uses for your company’s website is to take a look at what you have up right now. Did you go fully interactive, with lots of information for potential customers, or do you just have a single home page with your business hours and relevant contact information? The latter is fairly common with smaller companies, but it’s a good idea to take some time to add a layer of depth to your content, even if it’s only a few blog entries or some advice articles. When it comes to boosting the utility of your business network, it also helps to have a section available to employees. This should be placed in an out of the way area of the website so casual customers don’t stumble upon it.

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When a Computer Virus Infects a Remote Network

What happens when, no matter how careful you are, a large-scale virus hits your network? Computer security is one of the most important things you can focus on in any business, but even the best security can get compromised. Just as important as knowing how to prevent computer viruses is knowing what you can do when your network becomes infected. With remote networking, where many different devices can be affected, this becomes even more important.


Unique Challenges Facing Remote Networks

The difference in handling a virus between a normal business network and a remote network is the fact that there are many other devices and connections to think about. If you allow employees to network using their own devices, some of them might not be under your control at all. This means that even if you manage to purge the virus fr om your network, you still have to account for the possibility that it might be lurking on a remote machine, ready to re-infect your business. If your business is small enough, you can work around this problem by asking all users to bring their devices in to make sure they are clean. If that isn’t possible, you’ll need to consider other workarounds to make sure you’re safe.

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Breaking down the Enthusiasm Barrier and Getting your Employees Interested in Mobile Networking

As strange as it may seem, one of the problems that some companies run into when it comes to creating a remote network is a problem of enthusiasm. Many employees may be intimidated by the idea of networking remotely, especially if they aren’t entirely familiar with mobile devices. Likewise, some supervisors are hesitant to accept the idea of remote work because they can’t monitor an employee’s time. Here are some ways to break down those barriers.


Technological Concerns

Learning a new system can be intimidating, especially as people get older and become more accustomed to the technology that they use on an everyday basis. Because of this, some people may not be willing to make the jump to remote networking because they don’t want to learn more about their mobile devices. Many people purchase mobile devices for one or two tasks, never learning how to use the full array of technology at their fingertips. This barrier can be overcome by connecting with your employees on a personal level when it comes to the technology. By showing them how learning more about a mobile device can benefit them personally, it encourages them to learn more for business.

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