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The benefits of cloud computing….most of the time.

The cloud is changing the way we conduct business. Specifically, it is  changing the way we  gather and disseminate information and even to an extent, our personal relationships. Cloud-based apps that allow employees, partners, and clients to share information anytime, anywhere represent a paradigm shift, the effects of which we have only begun to realize. The Cloud allows companies to respond to clients and situations quickly benefiting from the clouds anywhere, anytime capabilities. According to a recent Harvard study responding to leads within the hour generates 7X the conversions rate.

But there are still circumstances where you shouldn’t use technology, the Cloud included. Here are 3 occasions when you need to come on down from the Cloud and pick up your pen or your phone:

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Cloud Computing and the Role of IT Professionals in Small- to Mid-Sized Businesses, is a survey of more than 500 SMB (small medium business) decision-makers by Zoomerang Online Surveys and Polls. The results don’t reflect what we are seeing in the market but I have to wonder if this is a case of semantics.

Some key points from the survey:

  • 67% of IT workers involved with other activities: