The Cloud

The cloud is one of the latest buzz words in the IT community that describes how a business maintains records such as accounts and contact management. The simple notion is that instead of buying and loading software onto office bound computers, a business rents that software and uses it online. It offers a far greater flexibility of use and enables access to data on the move and anywhere there is an internet connection.

This is nothing new. We were selling such services fifteen years ago, long before broadband was commonly available and even before emailing was the common way of communicating in the way it is today. They were expensive and internet access was limited.

The difference is that now this service is freely available to businesses of all sizes and all budgets. Access to the internet is universal and so it is now genuinely possible for any business owner to manage his affairs on his smartphone, laptop or even internet cafe. They are not tied to their PC or their office.