Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Law Firm Migrates 100% to the Cloud

Wyse T50 Cloud Computer
November say me working on a project to migrate a local law firm 100% to Cloud Computing. No data or servers remain in their office. All desktops are hosted on servers in the Cloud along with their email server and document management system. All accounting systems used by law firms are also hosted outside their office.

Their Exchange server was migrated to Google Apps. Along with this move additional tools were adopted to remove the need to generate paper forms for administration purposes.

On line forms included Leave Requests, Expense Claims, New Client Opening Requests and more. All integrated into Google Sites for the firm's Intranet.

The new T50 Wyse Cloud computer was supplied and installed with a large number of staff using dual monitors.

It is great to see a law firm move with the times and embrace the latest technology and profit from it.  The firm's computer systems and business are now more secure than ever and they can grow without technology restrictions.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Use QR Codes in Your Resume

Smart up your resumes with a QR Code. This allows a paper documents to have a link to content on the web. Demonstrate your English or Mandarin language skills!

Try for yourself!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

QR Code Software & Applications

Some tips on tools to use to QR codes on your computer.


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Virtual Desktops - Are You Ready?

So you've made the decision to deploy a desktop virtualisation solution to:
  • Increase flexibility, enabling users to work from anywhere on any device
  • Improve business agility and the ability to quickly deliver IT to new employees, remote offices, or recently acquired companies
  • Free up valuable IT resources to focus on growing your business vs. managing your desktops

Desktop virtualisation typically involves running virtual machines on a hypervisor in a datacenter, instead of running individual desktops at the client device level. The centralised nature allows users to access their data and applications from almost any remote device (e.g.. desktop, laptop, tablet, ipad, smartphone, etc.). This helps your IT department to:

  • Maintain corporate compliance
  • Quickly add new users profiles to the network
  • Address corporate security and user storage concerns
I am currently involved with a number of projects that provides for Cloud based email services from Google and virtual desktops. This level nothing in the client office accept some Cloud PC's or Thin-Clients. 

If you wish to explore this for your business let me know. We have now performed this work more than once!

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Future of Retail - cashless?

 

This is worth a review. This is where PayPal is getting to using MobilePhone payments using QR-Codes.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

QR Codes for Wifi login

You may have started to see QR codes around town or in glossy magazines. QR codes are a two dimensional bar-code. But how you can apply them to business and web based content is where the benefits come into play.

Did you know you can generate a QR code for your office or restaurant wifi login? This works for Android phones at the moment.  Simply scan the QR code and the wifi settings including password are past to the network and your phone can login.

There are many ways codes can be used. If you wish to discuss please contact me as I have now worked on a couple of QR projects.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

5 Chrome Extensions Recommended

Google Chrome is growing in popularity as the browser of choice. Last month's statistics put it at 2nd place with 30.5% market share compared to Firefox at 39.5% and Microsoft's IE now down from 1st to 3rd place with 22%. As a Google Apps user, Chrome offers some great tools to enhance our daily life. To install extensions click on the spanner in the top right corner of your Chrome browser, then select Tools | Extensions. Bottom right normally displays Get More Extensions.

Here are a five I recommend:
  1. Send to Google Docs. This extension allows you to upload a PDF version of the current web page you are viewing and saves it into Google Docs.
  2. Google Chrome to Phone Extension. Enables you to send links and other information from Chrome to your Android device. For example a Google map reference.
  3. Chrome Remote Desktop. Allows you to remotely access another user's computer through the Chrome browser for support or may be accessing your home computer from the office.
  4. Web Clipboard. This extension will allow you to use the Google Web Clipboard to store text and HTML content. It uses Google Docs web clipboard, so you can access all your data directly in any Google Apps!
  5. Print via Google Print Cloud. Now you can print any doc/pdf/txt/jpg/jpeg file, Gmail email, attachment or Google Docs document using Google Cloud Print™.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Keeping Google Apps Data Safe

Backupify for Google Apps
This week I had two situations when customers contacted me about their Google data being deleted. The first was a real disaster as a IT provider deleted all the company accounts because they were upset because the customer terminated their IT contract. This put 30 staff and two companies out of business. Did they have a backup?  No.

The second was a case where a user telephoned me to say they had deleted some documents and now wanted them back. Did they have a backup? No.

For the first case we had some luck as I worked with Google and was able to recovery everything for the customer. They now owe me a very big dinner!  I also have a new client. In most cases Google can restore data within 5 days of it being deleted.

Backupify Snapshot - Download Google Apps data
The second case, well nothing we could do. I recommend customers implement Backupify for Google Apps. For US$3 a month how much time and effort is that going to save? Call me if you would like to try a test account.

Employees Leave
There is one other scenario users should appreciate, if a staff member leaves your employment an you wish to use their active license and not purchase a new one, simply deleting their account may not be the right approach. If you delete their account all documents that are owned by the user would be gone. So if that person had shared pricing documents or marketing information with everyone, it will be all lost.

To fix this there are a couple of tricks. First up, Backupify will allow the administrator to download and export an entire Google Apps Account with Backupify’s Snapshot tool. Backupify Snapshot— a new tool that enables people to archive Google Apps data by downloading and storing it locally, so they can delete or re-use ex-employees’ accounts. Once this is done you can use the Google tools from the Admin Console to reassign ownership rights to another users. Also consider using tools from Cloudlock.com

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Google Releases Gmail Off-line

This week Google released the much awaited off-line mode for Gmail and Google Apps for Business. This application is free and an extension within your Chrome browser. Gmail off-line manages a local cache of your emails so when you no longer have an Internet connection, you can continue to read your messages and create new messages which will be sent out once an Internet connection is available again.


To enable off-line mode visit the Chrome market place which is available under your Chrome settings, select Tools, Extension. Then search for Gmail. Once installed your email will start becoming visible within moments.

The client is designed to be easy to use and the search engine is lightning fast. We recommend companies use off-line mode when their Internet connection is not reliable. This will allow staff to continue to work no matter the Internet line is up or not.

We expect Calendar and Docs off-line to be released later this month.



Saturday, 27 August 2011

Wyse T50 Cloud Computers in Hong Kong

This past week I spent an afternoon installing the new Wyse T50's for a client. They are very impressive. The units are compact and well designed.

The T50's offer various connections including Web, Citrix, Microsoft and VMware VDI.

The T50's had Linux Ubuntu as the operating system and included Chrome as the browser. I configured the T50 to connect to a Microsoft Terminal Server via RDP and things were up and running in no time. Wireless, Network and VPN all supported.

The staff were very impressed with the performance of these units and priced under HK$2,000 each. REAL VALUE.

With Rackspace about to release their Virtual Desktops in Hong Kong, Wyse offer an excellent solution for the company that wants to adopt Cloud Computer right down to the hardware!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Ginbox for iPad and iPhone

Ginbox (formerly know as MultiG) is specifically designed for people that have multiple Gmail or Google apps accounts. It was designed and implemented for both the iPhone and iPad.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Cloud Backup Options for Servers, Laptops and Workstations

I am often asked about better ways to backup workstations, laptops and servers. With the Cloud now offering unlimited storage there is some very good options to organise and manage your backup files. Pricing starts as low as US$3.95 per month.

Typically the solutions available replicate or copy your data to the Cloud which provides an off-site backup. Which technically is the best type of backup. No need to use tapes or local USB drives. This also makes it very easy if you have a new computer to simply copy all your files and folders onto that computer without taking hours of work.

Within the backup area solutions generally fall into a couple of areas:
  • replication, synchronisation and backup tools
  • backup and restore only
My advice to customers is to first consider what service you require and then second, what type of computer are you considering, e.g. is it a workstations, laptop or server. The solutions below all have their purposes and each product is a little different.
  • Nomadesk - a replication and synchronisation solution which is recommended for laptops. This supports Cloud backup, daily snapshots and replication to another location. This would allow a laptop to be in sync with your workstation in the office. So when you go on a trip and take your laptop all data on the laptop would be the same as your workstation and vice versa, as well as a backup being available in the Cloud. The Cloud offers the user the ability to also access these files from any browser or iPhone if you did not have access to your own computer. The key feature of Nomadesk for laptops is security. Nomadesk encrypts all data on the laptop in a virtual drive so it cannot be accessed or read by anyone that does not have the password to load the Nomadesk client. This is important if you lost your laptop. The addition of a feature called Theft Guard allows the user to send a remote delete command to the laptop so the next time someone tried to connect to the Internet the data will be wiped. Some of my clients have installed DropBox however I prefer the security features and pricing model of Nomadesk. Pricing is US$35 per month for unlimited users and data storage.
  • LogMeIn.com - Logmein Backup offers an interesting approach to backup. It allows computers located anywhere in the world to be backed up to a storage server or backup server anywhere. This could be a Cloud based server and storage from say Rackspace or it could be a physical sever in your office. The fact it is now easy to backup a user's PC in your office in China and send the files back to your office in Hong Kong is very useful. This works for servers, workstations and laptops. Pricing starts around US$3.95 per month per computer.

  • Mozy - Mozy is a backup and restore solution, like your traditional backup systems. However no backup tapes are required as the data is sent to the Cloud. Mozy also offers the ability to retain an additional copy locally, e.g. may be to a USB drive attached to your workstation, thus providing a Cloud (off-site) and local (on-site) backup copy. Mozy belongs to the EMC group of companies so their backing is strong. Mozy I recommend for home PC backup and office workstation backup. Mozy allows the user to define what needs to be backed up and does a good job of presenting the key options including Documents, Photos, Music, and Browser Favourites. Cost effective solution at around US$30 per user per year. Android is also supported allowing access to your backup files on-line which is technically the same as accessing your workstation or home PC.
  • Backupify - Backupify is Cloud backup to the Cloud. I strongly recommend Backupify to those companies (like myself) that have embraced the Cloud 100%. Backupify backs up your Cloud data with connectors available for Google Apps plus all your social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Read my earlier Blog posting on Backupify.
  • Syncplicity - Worth a mention. Provides a mix of features however is best suited for file sharing and data sync with the added feature it can sync documents between your hard drive and Google Docs. So all your Cloud stored documents can also have a local copy on your hard drive. This is different to backupify as their solution is backup to the Cloud and not your local drive. The product has features similar to Mozy and provides replication and sync features like Nomadesk. Syncplicity offers an easy ability to share one folder only with a team member without the need to have the complete dataset replicated to that user, something Nomadesk does not provide.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Google Takeout Launched

In a nut shell, Google Takeout allows you to take out your data from specific Google Services. Each of the services will be tidily backed up to a zip file in open formats that can be imported into other, non-Google web services if required. First up Takeout only supports the easy exporting of Buzz, Picasa, your Google Profile, Contacts, and Circles — but the eventual plan is to provide easy exporting for every Google service.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Me on the Web - Monitor the Web

Google's Dashboard gets Me on the Web. This is a sort of identity management tool to help users see and control what others are saying about them in social media Websites. To do this you use two new tools available under your Account detail, these are "Me on the Web" and "Alerts".

Alerts can be used to monitor the web for news items and anything you have interest in. A message can be sent to you once a day with a summary of all items or whenever they occur. With the integration of Me on the Web and Alerts, you can configure your name and any of your emails addresses to be monitored and you will be notified.

GPS Location and Google Maps

How to get GPS coordinates by using Google Maps.
  1. Open Google Maps to the vicinity of where I would like coordinates.
  2. Right click mouse button and select "center map here" from the drop down button.
  3. Paste the below javascript into the browser's URL address window.
  4. Click the "go to the address in the location bar" button usually to the right of the address.
  5. A popup appears showing the coordinates of the center of the map like this: (22.306989047453026, 114.17129248380661)
  6. Copy and click either "OK" or "Cancel"
  7. Paste the coordinates into Google's "search maps" text box after you remove the parenthesis and click "Search Maps" - this will prove it is right.
  8. A popup appears with a marker for the centered spot. The popup has the coordinates in both Decimal Degrees and Degrees, Minutes, Seconds.
  9. Refine as and if necessary, now you can insert into your GPS device.
code: javascript:void(prompt('',gApplication.getMap().getCenter()));

    Saturday, 11 June 2011

    Backups in the Cloud - All in one place!

    Many companies that venture towards the Cloud have concerns about backup. How do you backup your data when it is in the Cloud?

    It is a good question. Some would argue there is no need to backup your data as vendors like Google or Zoho have very good hardware environments which include backup systems. However one may wish to have an independant solution to ensure this is being done and the data is in a second location, just in case.

    If you are using Google Apps, Backupify offer an excellent solution for less than US$5 per month for 5 Google Apps accounts. Daily backups will be scheduled by Backupify including your Email, Contacts, Calendars, Sites and Documents. And for all your social network information who is backing up your Facebook Fan pages, or your 500+ Linkedin contacts? Backupify has your backups covered for social networks with integration offered for Facebook and Linkedin.

    Google and Zoho do perform backups to protect your data residing on their systems, this protects you from their hardware failure. However, what happens when the error is you and not the SaaS provider? What happens when you delete something and later need to recover it? How do you do that? Call Google? Don't think so.

    For those Google Apps customers using Google Postini Archiving Services then you will be protected as email can be recovered. However whatabout your personal or project calendar? How do you recover a calendar if you delete it in error? What about a document in Google Docs?

    One-Click Google Docs Restore by Backupify from Backupify on Vimeo.

    So you see, even in the Cloud it is worth having a second copy to ensure you don't waste time if something is accidently lost. Backupify is easy to use, simply select the services you wish to backup and a nightly schedule will run to ensure a backup is made of your data.

    You can also add in your Picasa holiday photos for good measure. Those family holiday photos are worth more than a few documents right?

    Contact me if you wish to try out Backupify - who aim to be the single location for all your Cloud apps backups. A good idea.

    Sunday, 5 June 2011

    Do You Really Need Microsoft Office?

    I stopped using Microsoft Office 4-5 months ago. Do I miss it? No.

    Companies spend a lot of money on Microsoft Office and it is certainly a huge money spinner for Microsoft. When most communications are performed in Email today, what do people use Word for anymore?

    Let me tell you how I operate.

    Firstly I am 100% in the Cloud. So I use Google Docs for all of my document requirements. Is it as good as Office? Feature for feature, no. But I don't even know how to use most of what Word offers. If I need to write a formal letter then Google Docs meets all my requirements. And this is FREE!

    Does Google Docs do any thing Word can't do? YES. You can edit a document in the cloud with up to 50 people simultaneously! This is a huge feature that saves a load of time when the alternative is 10 versions of a document being sent around your company via email and then someone having to consolidate everyone's comments into one document. I have had customers in two-minds about moving to the Cloud until the moment they saw this feature. Then the penny drops. There is no turning back. Read more about this.

    What happens if I must read a Word or Excel document? I can upload them to Google Docs and they convert to Google Docs format. While the conversion is sometimes not 100% I have a backup process by using Microsoft's viewers. Microsoft offer FREE document viewers. It can be downloaded here. You can view and print Microsoft documents without any trouble.

    If I am off line and do need to use a Windows installed word processor then I have started to use LibreOffice Writer. This is also free along with Open Office which both support the Open Document format standard as well as Word or Excel for their spreadsheet version. You can download the free version of LibreOffice here.

    Google will offer off-line mode for Google Docs by the end of the summer. Then you can edit all those documents off-line as well.

    Google Docs, Open Office and LibreOffice can save documents as Word or PFD so you can still share documents in that format if required. But I really question a company spending so much money on Microsoft Office licenses when it offers almost no value over the FREE alternatives in the market.

    If one or two users are power users then you are justified to spend the money.

    If you are using unlicensed software then none of this will matter to you however to put things in line you can simply replace your unlicensed software with valid licensed software and protect your business in doing so - all for FREE. If however you are using old licensed software then you can stay where you are or if you are considering an upgrade, think twice. Consider the free options available. A 10 user company could say as much as US$5000.

    Cloud Identity Management

    OneLogin enables users to sign in once – to their local area network or OneLogin – and gain one-click access to all their web applications without having to enter a password again. OneLogin integrates with all your company's web applications, in the cloud and behind the firewall, using SAML, OpenID, form-based authentication and proprietary protocols. And you can easily integrate in-house applications too.

    A few features of this solution and technology I like include:
    • ability to generate complex passwords for each application to increase secrurity levels for access to web applications. The passwords are complex in format; an example is 3$,{73zLL>hz#j
    • integration with directory services from Microsoft (AD), LDAP, and Google Apps for user name synchronisation and login authentication
    • restrict an IP range, this will allow a company to only allow staff to access the applications from their office network
    • full reporting on who is using which application
    • easy to roll out a new application by simply placing it on the OneLogin application interface
    • support is provided for a "one-time password" generated by a token, this is installed on my mobile phone from VeriSign. I have set this just for administrators and people that need to access bank accounts, this adds an additional security level similar to what HSBC offer their customers
    • SAML integration for Google Apps and Zoho for full security control of these applications, this will mean access to Google Apps can be control and not used outside of the office, a combination of SAML and IP addresses settings will achieve this
    • roles based security grouping of application access
    • organisation of applications under tabs
    • user can add their own additional applications
    • US$5 per user per month

    Corporate Data Protection from Phishing

    Many technical solutions have been proposed to combat phishing, but none of them are fool proof. The only effective ways are educating users about how to detect phishing as well as eliminating passwords and this is where identity management tools like OneLogin can help.

    If your users only have to remember one password, i.e. to their Single Sign On (SSO) portal, it will be easier for them to detect phishing attempts. Plus, if none of your users have a Paypal password, they can't be tricked into entering it on a fake PayPal login page.

    Saturday, 14 May 2011

    Google Cloud Print support for iPhone & iPad

    PrintCentral Pro 2.0 for iPhone and iPad, now offers support for Google Cloud Print. Cloud Print allows users to register their printers with Google’s Web services and wirelessly print documents from Gmail, Google Docs, and other sources. Yes, this means that you can print from an iOS device over Wi-Fi, 3G, or even EDGE to any printer anywhere in the world, as long as it’s plugged into the Internet and Google. PrintCentral Pro 2.0 should also convert Web pages, documents, and e-mails into PDFs much more quickly. Print SMS messages and more.

    New Features for Online Appointment Scheduling

    18 months ago I discovered the SuperSaaS appointment scheduling system.

    This is an excellent add-on to any web site where seminars or meetings can be arranged by the public. This can also be used for booking conference or meeting rooms. This includes the ability to PAY on-line using Paypal. So seminar bookings can be sold and controlled so only 20 seats are sold.

    Suggestions include:

    • Business Centre for meeting room booking and payment
    • Parent / Teacher bookings
    • Financial Education Services seminars
    • Language Training Centres
    • Fitness Instructors
    • And more

    A recent update includes:

    • Coupons. You can now let your users enter a coupon code that results in an automatic discount. Coupons can be limited to a particular date or other prerequisites such as "only valid on the first appointment". It's also possible to upload a batch of single use vouchers, which is useful for Groupon-type deals. (More info)
    • Advanced pricing rules. The ability to set prices has been greatly expanded. You can now change the price of an event based on how much room is left or how many days are left until an event takes place. You can also add surcharges for optional items. (More info)
    • Enhanced encryption. SuperSaaS has always encrypted sensitive information such as credit card numbers. However, if the information in your account is particularly sensitive then you now have the option to encrypt all communication with our server, including all pages viewed by your users. (More info)
    • Single sign-on plugins. If your users already log in on your own website we have plugins available that can automatically log users into you SuperSaaS schedule. The registration information from your site is used to create or update the user information on SuperSaaS as needed. The plugins are available for the systems "Joomla", "WordPress" or "Drupal" and are free to download and use. (More info)
    • Expanded autotext. The number of "magic words" that you can use on the schedule and in e-mails has been greatly expanded. For example, there is now an option to display a specific message to mobile users, and one to automatically include an HTML form with the confirmation e-mail. (More info)
    • Lots of small tweaks. For example: Show multiple different opening hours in one schedule. Give preferred customers a permanent discount. Display the month calendar horizontally instead of vertically. Improved tutorials.(More info)

    Tuesday, 5 April 2011

    Cyberslacking - a real drag on companies

    The solution for many firms seems to be to simply block the websites on which they believe their employees will waste the most time. Studies have shown social media to be a major time sink, as well online games and personal email.

    A study from DNS-resolution service OpenDNS, "2010 Report on Web Content Filtering and Phishing" details just what sites companies were most likely to block last year, be it social networking websites or sites that have a reputation for fostering procrastination.

    Top Ten Blacklisted Websites
    Blacklists are typically used when there is no desire to block an entire category in principle, but there is a focus on preventing traffic to specific websites based on a combination of their popularity and content.
    1. Facebook.com —14.2%
    2. MySpace.com — 9.9%
    3. YouTube.com — 8.1%
    4. Doubleclick.net — 6.4%
    5. Twitter.com — 2.3%
    6. Ad.yieldmanager.com — 1.9%
    7. Redtube.com —1.4%
    8. Limewire.com — 1.3%
    9. Pornhub.com —1.2%
    10. Playboy.com — 1.2%

    Saturday, 2 April 2011

    Google Cloud Print

    Google Cloud Print is built on the idea that printing can be more intuitive, accessible, and useful. Using Google Cloud Print you can make your printers available to you from any Google Cloud Print enabled web, desktop or mobile app. To get started printing using Google Cloud Print, connect a printer to your account. Google supports both cloud ready and classic printers.

    Visit: http://www.google.com/landing/cloudprint/

    Wednesday, 30 March 2011

    Google Apps Growing Fast in Hong Kong

    An update on the market from Cloud Solutions. Our level of enquiries for Google's hosted email business suite is growing fast in Hong Kong. With enquiry levels six times higher than 6 months ago with a minimum of one conversion a week being confirmed.

    One of the areas we have seen changing in the past 2 months is the size of the companies serious about moving away from Microsoft Exchange. During 2010 companies under 50 employees were keen to migrate where at the start of 2011 we are seeing companies with 200 to 800 employees planning the migration.

    Hong Kong's demand is strong followed by Singapore, Malaysia and Phlippines.

    Saturday, 19 March 2011

    Discussions in Google Docs



    Google has released discussions in Google Docs, replacing its existing commenting system with "rapid and seamless discussions" that integrate with email. Improvements include the ability to resolve comments to remove them from the visible document, the addition of timestamping and profile pictures to each comment, and @mentions to email and include new people in a discussion.

    Thursday, 10 March 2011

    Skype To Go for Business Travellers

    Skype has just become an even better tool for business travellers with the Feb 2011 launch of ‘Skype To Go’, which lets you make calls at Skype’s low rates from any mobile phone or landline to any other number.

    Skype To Go works by assigning a ‘Skype phone number’ to any mobile or landline you nominate in a dozen countries (including Canada, the UK and Ireland, the USA, New Zealand plus a host of European countries).

    The Skype To Go number is a local number for your location. For example, if you’re based in Singapore but regularly call partners in UK, you could assign a unique Skype To Go number with a Singapore (65) country code to their UK number.

    How Skype To Go can work for travellers

    For the traveller, if you were in Singapore and travelled to UK or Australia, then the Singapore office phone number could be assigned to a local number in the UK. Buying a local SIM card then makes calls via a mobile phone in the UK cheap, if not free depending on the cell phone package.

    Tuesday, 8 March 2011

    Google Message Continuity now supports Exchange Server 2010

    Google's new Postini service called Google Message Continuity now supports Exchange Server 2010. The service allows administrators to backup their on-premise Exchange servers to Gmail, so that in the event of an Exchange outage users can still access their e-mail.



    Service Levels from Google.

    Google's SLA will no longer have an "out" for planned downtime. Customers will receive SLA credits for any downtime - planned or unplanned. Google claims to be the first major cloud provider to eliminate maintenance windows from its service level agreement.

    Previously, Google did not count periods shorter than 10 minutes as downtime. That meant that even though short outages could add up to hours over a long enough period of time, the company had no obligation to compensate users. Google is ending that policy and will now credit users for any amount downtime, no matter how brief.

    Sunday, 27 February 2011

    Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office


    Google continues to target Microsoft customers, to help them move from their legacy Microsoft applications, Word, Excel, Outlook etc to the Cloud where productivity gains are not just words, they are a reality. My experience in Hong Kong is there is a need to offer a transition period rather than going "cold turkey". Users have been happy with the OutlookSync already offered from Google, and now Office Connect is here, this will be a big plus in helping the adoption of Google Docs and what it has to offer.

    Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office brings collaborative multi-person editing to the familiar Microsoft Office experience. You can share, backup, and simultaneously edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents with coworkers.

    To learn more about this great tool and to download a copy check out ...

    http://tools.google.com/dlpage/cloudconnect/index.html

    Features:

    - Simultaneous editing for Word, PowerPoint and Excel files when using Microsoft Office.
    - Google Docs sharing URLs for each Microsoft Office file.
    - Revision history for Microsoft Office files, stored in Google Docs.
    - Offline editing with smart synchronization of offline changes.
    - No Microsoft Office upgrade or SharePoint® deployment required.

    For $50 a year for Google Apps for Business, we’ll get the functionality of SharePoint and BPOS and you get to keep that Office 2007 software you’ve grown to know and love. Learning curves are for the weak-willed but a necessary in larger organizations.

    Been a while ...

    It has been a while since I have been updating my blog. And I am pleased to say, this is because I have been busy. I appreciate this is nothing new for Hong Kong people however busy being productive is different than busy do manual stuff of filling in spreadsheets and doing so much boring working you wonder why sick leave is often required.

    I will being you up to date with some of the offerings in the Cloud that local companies are adopting.