May 2011

Cloud Tip of The Day

by Marcy Hoffman on May 13, 2011

OfficeArrow: Groupon for Business to Business

” OfficeArrow® is the world’s first online collaborative community developed specifically for Office Professionals, by Office Professionals. With OfficeArrow you can do your job better, faster and with more satisfaction by tapping into a group of trusted friends and business associates – some you already know; others you’ll get to know as you interact with them.”

Sounds interesting but what caught my attention was what the WSJ wrote:

OfficeArrow’s “Deal of the Day” feature offers 50%-to-90% reductions on items such as training software, payroll services and toner cartridges, for one day only.”

Some of the deals I saw on the site:

  • 50% off the Sol Bluetooth Keyboard Case
  • 67% off 1 month of Live Answering Receptionist Services from TelAssistant
  • 50% off a Bronze Logo Design package from LogoMojo by Deluxe

Like the multitude of Groupon clones, OfficeSmart is trying to make their mark in this crowded market but this one may be worth trying out.


Cloud computing changes the way small businesses calculate their costs.

From a recent article, Technology Strategies for Business Plans

A Cost-Benefit Analysis is used to determine the payback or break-even point of any investment over a period of time. Technology continues to advance, and this fact alone makes it worthwhile to conduct a CBA on technology-based equipment and services before making a purchasing decision.

But does this hold true for cloud computing?  Here are 3 ways cloud apps changes the way small business create their Cost-benefit Analysis:

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