On 30 November in Newcastle, the Lunaticks Society are holding an event on cloud computing for business. It promises to be an interesting discussion on modern computing, security and the general benefits of “the cloud”.
As a business owner, I’m a big fan of cloud computing and host most office functions online.
But it’s while I am traveling that the benefits and ease of cloud computing are magnified. I can check-in, contribute, edit, chat, and generally work from almost anywhere via my laptop or, as is the case on my current trip to San Francisco, via my iPad or iPhone.
We use 37Signals services, Highrise for contact and deal management, and Basecamp for project management. Both of these have iPhone and iPad apps so it’s really easy to access our crucial information anywhere. Yammer has been a new addition to our office to help us all stay connected and host threaded discussions and share files. It is the application I use most for work when I am not at work.
WordPress apps allow me to update our websites, check traffic and moderate comments, while a few analytics apps help me check client sites. Then Google’s suite of online products pretty much take care of the rest – documents, calendars etc.
All this allows me to be pretty productive as long as I can get online, which is not too hard in wired-up San Francisco. I’m writing this sitting outside on an incredible sunny day at the Samovar Tea Lounge in Yerba Beuna Gardens. It’s a very nice way to work.
So while, you’ll hear plenty of professional reasons to cloud compute at the Lunaticks event, let me assure you, mobility is one of the biggest reasons you should look at it.