cloud computingMoving to the cloud is “the thing” to do in the business world, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Migrating your business’ operations to the cloud may seem like a daunting task. How do you get your employees on board? What programs do you use? Should I outsource to a third-party service provider? These are just a few of the questions running through your head, but just know that it’s normal.

Today, we share an article from about how to work effectively using the cloud while remianing productive. If you’re thinking about making the shift to cloud computing, here are some tips.

Manage Customers with Salesforce
This customer relationship management tool lets you keep track of your entire customer base in one place, online. You can easily share files and customer complaints across the company on one virtual platform.

Use Google Drive
Whether you’re at the airport and need to write up a presentation or want to take spreadsheets of sales data with you to a meeting, the tools in Google Drive let you do most of the things on your desktop nearly anywhere.

Store Files in Box or Dropbox
These Cloud-based data storage applications offer lots of space for free. And if you need more, it’s likely cheaper than physical storage. Plus, you’ll never lose your data in a fire or a flood.

Use an Online Payroll Service
This essential function, which once took hours, can now easily be accomplished by phone. Reports and paystubs are stored in the Cloud, so you’ll never worry about not paying employees just because you’re not in the office.

Do Accounting Online
“Doing your books” should be a metaphorical term these days. With online accounting, no software is required and invoices, expenses, and income statements are always on hand (and easily accessible) for your accountant. Apps like these are plentiful and it’s remarkable how cheap they’ve become.

Great Lakes Offers Cloud Computing Services

If you’re looking to move your business operations into the cloud, we’re here to help. Whether you’re considering a small step by moving your email server to Office 365 or you’re ready for our complete cloud solution, Great Lakes is ready to guide you and help you make the transition.

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