San Francisco, CA, February 16, 2010—BizCloud, the small business cloud computing company, today announced that it will provide a wide range of web-based applications and services to small and midsize businesses via the BizCloud Platform Application Marketplace. BizCloud will source the applications from the Jamcracker Services Delivery Network (JSDN), which will provide the back-end provisioning, delivery, support, and billing.
The popularity of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions with companies of all sizes is increasing rapidly due to the business value that they provide. More and more business owners are realizing that SaaS can improve their business productivity and increase revenue. BizCloud has expanded its offerings with hosted on-demand software services that can help small businesses reduce their IT costs and be more productive as they free up their time to focus on their core business operations.
In today’s competitive business world, small businesses are facing a difficult challenge to stay competitive and find new innovative ways to improve productivity and increase revenue. In order to compete with large companies, small businesses must offer value added services to their customers, and make IT investments to boost efficiency. Technology can help most small businesses grow, but the problem is that they usually have tight budgets to invest in IT projects. They need to invest wisely and find cost-effective IT solutions that can produce savings for their bottomline, and at the same time meet their needs. Here are some useful tips that can help you keep your business technology costs under control:
IT can help small businesses deliver new ideas and help them cut costs through automation of processes. Technology enhancements can resolve certain problems and redundancies in business operations, and provide small businesses with opportunities to improve the customer service, and boost efficiency of employees and resources. Many small businesses put a lot of effort in planning their business activities, but somehow leave IT out of the picture viewing it as a waste of time and money. The reality is that the right deployment of technology can save resources and increase sales for businesses that are using it well. In today’s business world, not having the proper technological resources can put your company behind competition.
Bizcloud as part of its partnership with New Idea Engineering (NIE) will be featuring enterprise search and content management strategy under our technology blog. As Bizcloud is in process of greatly improving the user search experience we wanted to share the best industry expert advice on this topic. We have invited the team at New Idea Engineering to share valuable insight on search with our business community. As always it is through participation and questions that meaningful partnerships and opportunities develop. We will deliver on a engaging conversation around enterprise search technology with you and look forward to your feedback.
Documents vs. Data
Modern search engines employ “fulltext” search, looking for specific search terms in relatively unstructured text. The unstructured nature of the data is the key; it was assumed that most content would be composed of paragraphs of text, with very little formal structure, verses the more traditional fields in a database, with their more rigid INT, DATE and CHAR datatypes. About the only assumption made about a document’s “structure” was that it would probably have a Title of some sort. References to specific numbers, colors or geographic locations may be blindly treated the same as every other word in the document. (See also Entity Extraction.) Hopefully, if a term appears in the title, it will be given a bit more weight, but that’s about it in the basic world of documents.
Software as a Service, or SaaS, is a software model provided by the vendor, typically on a subscription basis and is delivered through an online service. For a small business, costs of buying a software they need to perform various tasks can be very overwhelming. With SaaS, vendor makes the required software available to a business on subscription basis, and charges are based on the product usage.
There are numerous benefits of SaaS for small business, and they include:
- Reduced costs. SaaS applications have low initial costs, there is no need to invest in costly hardware or software which translates to low maintenance costs and no licensing fees.
Your business data is one of your company’s most valuable assets and keeping it secure must be at the top of your priorities. Small business owners often neglect protection of data, either because of the costs associated with it, or because they don’t have technical skills to employ necessary measures. Here are some simple tips that you as a business owner can follow to make sure your business data is secure and that your company is protected from financial damage that is caused by accidents or data security breaches.
Mobile applications can improve your efficiency as they allow you to do business in the moment. This year, more apps will help you stay connected to your company’s data and be productive while you are away from the office. As a small business owner, consider investing some time in educating yourself about the mobile applications that can help you with your business.
This year as the economy slowly enters the recovery phase, small businesses are continuing the search for improvement and they are turning towards new technology trends that are emerging as tools for helping businesses achieve higher efficiency and better costs control. For most small business owners it is difficult to stay on top of ever-changing business technology trends, but there are a select number of them that offer great benefits to small businesses.
In our last installment (IPv6 — The light at the end of the tunnel), we explained what IPv6 is and why it will be important in your near future.
In this installment, we’ll address some of the questions raised in that post and in responses to it as well as some details on how to start planning for IPv6 and what you, as a business owner need to know to get this moving. First, however, I’d like to thank those that posted comments on the earlier post. I encourage others to comment as well. Your comments help make these posts better. Now, on with the new content…
I wonder what John L. O’Sullivan would call the apparent movement of digitally hosted anonymous cloud computing environment? It does parallel the wild west movement and settling of the Western US in that the move to cloud computing at times is a an unsecure land grab. As in the early history of the American West, we see there are cases of illegal or unauthorized use of another’s ‘hosted claim’ in the new cloud computing implementation of many new personal, social and professional functions over the internet. As this “digital land grab” continues many companies will be expanding their offering from traditional ‘installed software functions’ to their internet infrastructure.
The resources and potential seem unlimited today.