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Congratulations! The spark is ignited. Your small business is gaining traction. You are ready to hire your first few employees and move into an office. You are going to need some IT services, perhaps including:

  • E-Mail
  • Calendar
  • Company address book
  • Telephone services
  • FAX services
  • Company website
  • Online store
  • Shipping/mailing
  • Customer relationship management
  • Word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Accounting and bookkeeping
  • File storage
  • Version control

Oh and by the way – you want all this stuff to work on your windows PC, your brother-in-law’s Mac, your own iPad, and your nephew’s Android phone.

You have heard everyone raving about something called “SaaS”  (“Software as a Service”) or perhaps about “Cloud Computing” but every time you look closer, they seem to be discussing farms of thousands of servers (whatever they are). You have found some vendors websites, or perhaps seen Superbowl advertisements, but you really haven’t been able to find concrete information about what works well and what doesn’t work so well for small businesses like yours.

You have come to the right place. This blog is starting in January 2013. We will be reviewing concrete topics such as e-mail hosting and comparing real-world results and costs from real vendors.

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