2015 has been a fast year so far, and if you hadn’t noticed the calendar, we just passed by the halfway point. For many small businesses, now is the time for assessment, reflection, celebration, and adjustments. Are you on track? What have you been doing well? What can you do better? Where is your industry headed and where do you fit in?
If your organization is technology-focused, there is still much to do before the calendar switches to 2016. In today’s blog post, we’ll take a look at some considerations that will help take your business to the next level.
1. Adapt to Cloud
Recent surveys show that cloud adoption is growing faster than usual. Numbers show that 62% of organizations will run 100% of their IT in the cloud by 2020. Small businesses are also adopting cloud at a faster rate than the enterprise. No matter the size of your business, transitioning to the cloud is a good call. Among the benefits of cloud are a remote workforce, lower costs, off-premise managed services, and better security.
Did you hear the big news? Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Mac. Yep, Mac users are going to finally get a new version of Office. The last release was way back in 2011.
The all-new design is perfect for people who switch between Macs and PCs regularly. If your small business fits in this category, you have plenty of company. According to Microsoft, roughly 75 percent of the Office for Mac customer base is made up of cross-platform users. These are typically people with a Windows PC at work and a Mac at home. Sounds familiar right?
There is only one catch to this life-changing news. Office 2016 for Mac is not fully available until September.
But, if you are an Office 365 subscriber, you can get Office 2016 now!
The latest version of Office for Mac includes support for Retina displays, the signature ribbon interface, task panes, cloud integration, multi-touch gestures and a full screen view mode.
To start right now, all you need is an Office 365 subscription (Office 365 Home, Personal, Business, Business Premium, E3 or ProPlus), which includes the rights and access to use Office applications on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices, along with additional value in OneDrive and Skype.
Don’t have Office 365?
Well, that is not a problem because myhosting makes it easy to add the productivity suite to your business thanks to our new cloud marketplace.
By purchasing Office 365 from the marketplace, you not only get a powerful software solution, but you get the full support of myhosting’s cloud experts behind you. That includes setup, data migration, security patches and software updates. It’s worth mentioning that this applies to all products in the marketplace, not just Office 365.
Get Office 2016 for Mac today by becoming an Office 365 subscriber via the myhosting marketplace.
Otherwise, Office 2016 for Mac will become available as a one-time purchase option this September. (more…)
Lots of interesting news this week, including a few wins for cloud technology, a few challenges and some exciting software announcements. Here are five stories that will help keep you in the know. Check back next week for even more curated stories.
IPv4 Depletion – The Well is Dry
By Tom Millitzer
“All the speculation is over as ARIN announced that IPv4s numbers are depleted and it is effectively out of inventory, activating its waiting list last week. Groups needing the asset will need to source them from a free market.
An IP is an address that directs an Internet data stream where to go; that number is at the innermost core of how the network functions. Internet engineers speculate its replacement standard, IPv6, will not be in fully implemented for at least five, and possibly eight years. This announcement is not a surprise but will shake the Internet world. I am going to sort out this quagmire. For a great primer for this article I suggest you read my previous blog on IPv4s.”
Imagine if the hardest part of running your day-to-day business was choosing what kind of muffins to get the staff each morning. That would be sweet, wouldn’t it?
But, no. Instead of chocolate chip or cran-apple, you are dealing with bigger issues that usually begin with managing infrastructure and the business software that your company operates on.
Constant version updates, shoring up security, adding new users to the system and then, actually doing the task at hand in the most productive way. It’s easy to spend weeks of your life just maintaining something as basic as providing email for your team.
You need that time back. You need it to be simple to communicate no matter where you work from.
You need to do business in the cloud.