If it’s not broken, why fix it?

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It’s our mission to change the way business owners think with regards to the technology. Our company was born from a desire to help small and mid size businesses. We want to help them to deliver more using the technology that’s available.

So many business owners stick with the technology they have due to the professional relationships they have built with their suppliers, the price and we’ve heard it many times ourselves, the thought of it’s not broken, why fix it?

Well, you may want to ask yourself, what impact is that mind-set having on your business?

What about the question, is your IT improving your business and helping it grow?

You may want to consider the impact your current technology is having on the environment?

Are you saving time and money?

That’s why here at Cloud Shepherd, we’re offering a complimentary review of the technology you use, the IT processes you have in place, where your IT is currently taking your business and where it should be headed!

The idea of the review is to allow you to look at your business from the outside in, specifically your technology. We help our customers grow by focusing on their core strengths knowing they are underpinned by reliable effective and fully managed technology systems.

For more information you can speak with us on 0800 368 7373 or email chantall.herbert@cloudshepherd.co.uk. Whether you have a specific direction or project in mind, or, you just want a coffee and a chat about the things you do and how moving to cloud computing can improve your business then get in touch.

 

#WorcestershireHour Festival of Business proves great for business!

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We were one of many businesses from across the county who took part in the #WorcestershireHour Festival of Business on the streets of Worcester City Centre back in September.

The day enabled us to build relationships with like-minded companies as well as re-connecting with existing contacts, it was also a great way of boosting the brand awareness for the company.

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We supplied a kindle, which involved entrants tweeting with the hashtag #WinAKindle on why they should win!  The lucky winner, St Pauls Hostel was chosen by Stuart Allen, Founder of Worcestershire Hour.  The kindle has gone towards the charity helping the reading / creative group they hold for the residents.

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Kristian Stott, CEO of Cloud Shepherd commented ‘ Taking part in exhibitions such as the #WorcestershireHour Festival of Business is great for brand awareness.  We enjoyed the event, it was great to see so many people getting involved, clients, local businesses, school children and even consumers were taking an interest!  We’re already planning our exhibition stand at the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business expo in March and look forward to seeing everyone there.

 

5 Ways The Cloud is Changing How The Corporate World Does Business

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The world of information and data continues to grow and as it does, the cloud is there beside it. Noone, is more appreciative than the corporate world.

So why is it changing the world we live in?

Upgrades made simple…

We all know, that time when software is due for an update, it can be a daunting task for any size business. Imagine if you’re a massive corporate.

However, because cloud providers such as ourselves look after every aspect of cloud computing, no business, including the corporate ones have to worry about making sure they keep track of the updates and when they are due.

We take care of all updates and all upgrades. Meaning that businesses, like yours, can get on with their job, their working day doesn’t have to stop whilst the updates take place…

Lower operational costs

The cloud saves your business money in two ways; IT staffing and equipment costs.

Cloud providers such as ourselves take care of everything, all of the maintenance and the system updates, so it means the corporate players can cut their IT budgets in half, at least. We’re not saying to you that Cloud Computing services don’t cost money, they do – but it’s a fraction.

Equally, because of all the equipment, i.e servers are off-site, every business will save money, but corporates will see the bigger cost savings by avoiding costly upgrades / upkeep.

Scalability…

With corporate companies comes massive amounts of data. Another reason why the cloud is so beneficial. The cloud is extremely scalable, which is essential for the changing data storage needs of the corporate world.

What happended before we had the Cloud? Well businesses had to waste time, as well as money upgrading servers and expanding their storage needs.

Using Cloud providers such as ourselves, increasing / decreasing storage is easy as all you have to do is contact us. The best part is the change, it’s often instant.

Work anywhere, at anytime on any device

The cloud is an everywhere platform, it gives any business, unparalleled mobility particularly in the corporate world.

The cloud makes working from anywhere, at anytime on any device possible. Whether that means employees want to work from home or share files with colleagues around the world.

Another bonus is the cloud helps keep the corporate world on the same page, all the time – how? Files, data, and documents are kept in a central storage location, so can be accessed at any time, anywhere, again on any device.

Storage Security

Keeping your data off-site is the thing most businesses shy away from the cloud is mentioned, however the cloud is one of the most secure forms of data storage available.

Why? Information is is stored in the cloud and not the actual device itself and because of this business data is always secure and accessible, even in the event of theft.

We understand that the cloud is easily accessible, however providers take extra measures to protect stored data by only granting access to users, how? With encrypted passwords.

Also, providers also use the most up-to-date security monitoring software to ensure security breaches don’t happen.

When it comes to the cloud and cloud computing in the corporate world, it plays a giant role. Have you integrated the cloud into your company’s plans?

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