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So, what’s the latest in the world of cloud services? It turns out that Amazon, which offers its Amazon EC2 and RDS cloud services through its Amazon Web Services (AWS) brand, will now offer its customers granular control over their data. These Amazon cloud services will now support resource-level permissions, which is good for customers that need to move large amounts of computer and database workloads over to AWS (this is happening more and more these days).

Also, these new granular controls have some customization features that Amazon customers should appreciate. In order to give its customers finer grain control over their underlying resources, AWS is giving customers new features that allow them to define the permissions their users. Basically, different users can have different permissions on all the applications of the network. This ensures that only authenticated users see a company’s most classified data. Very cool!

Of course, our enthusiasm for the strides of our competitors begs the question: Why aren’t we afraid to talk about what Amazon is doing? Because as the best cloud file sharing service there is, we at drive2go are pleased to see that one of the biggest names in consumer technology has finally caught up to our advanced system of user permissions and controls!

We have utilized advanced user permissions and controls from our first day in business, and because we don’t have to worry about supporting an Amazonian infrastructure (pardon the pun), we are able to keep our fees far lower than the big brand cloud competitors. To our cloud file service, the fact that AWS is taking steps to get more secure only substantiates our existing business beliefs in our product. To learn more about the best cloud file sharing service available today, contact drive2go for a free 30-day trial.

This blog post on Cloud File Sharing was originally posted on the drive2go.com website.

Lean Startup Matt Dubois

Here is a pic of me, with my LSM team.  I am pitching an idea that is sure to be disruptive.  Best thing about the weekend was we thought of it while feeling sorry for ourselves after a very rough first 1.5 days.

 

If you have a small to mid-sized business, it’s time to ask yourself a couple of questions about email:

First, how much do you care about keeping data secure? After all, the competition is tough out there and you cannot afford for your company’s proprietary information to be viewed by any other parties. That’s why you need an email platform with airtight security.

But that’s not all. You also need an email platform that has reliable uptime, which means no down networks that keep your employees behind on their correspondence for hours. So next, ask yourself: If the network went down and clients were emailing your employees without receiving any response, what reflection would that have on your company?

Finally, you need an email platform that has the quality of Microsoft Exchange with the affordability of a hosted service. Before you choose one, ask yourself the question, “Which of these providers offers that, plus the security and the uptime?”

Of course, we believe the answer to the last question is outlook2go. Our hosted Exchange email service benefits from:

Serious security: Our Microsoft Hosted Exchange service has Data Loss Prevention (DLP) capabilities that prevent users from mistakenly sending sensitive information to unauthorized recipients. Plus, there are security experts monitoring the network 24/7.

Real reliability: outlook2go has the infrastructure necessary handle as many messages as your employees can compose and receive in a day, and has the most updated defenses against malware and spam.

Better affordability: Unlike a premised based Microsoft Exchange solution, which would require you to pay expensive licensing fees to Microsoft, our Hosted Exchange service removes that headache-inducing expenditure.

It’s safe to say that a Hosted Exchange service like outlook2go is the only practical business email solution there is. To learn more about a secure, reliable and affordable email service for your business, contact outlook2go today.

This post about Hosted Microsoft Exchange Service was originally posted on outlook2go.com

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Vince Lombardi

“Startup success can be engineered by following the process, which means it can be learned, which means it can be taught.”
– Eric Ries

Lean Startup MethodologyThe Lean Startup provides a scientific approach to creating and managing startups and get a desired product to customers’ hands faster. The Lean Startup method teaches you how to drive a startup-how to steer, when to turn, and when to persevere-and grow a business with maximum acceleration. It is a principled approach to new product development.

Too many startups begin with an idea for a product that they think people want. They then spend months, sometimes years, perfecting that product without ever showing the product, even in a very rudimentary form, to the prospective customer. When they fail to reach broad uptake from customers, it is often because they never spoke to prospective customers and determined whether or not the product was interesting. When customers ultimately communicate, through their indifference, that they don’t care about the idea, the startup fails.

 “Using the Lean Startup approach, companies can create order not chaos by providing tools to test a vision continuously.”

ELIMINATE UNCERTAINTY
The lack of a tailored management process has led many a start-up or, as Ries terms them, “a human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty”, to abandon all process. They take a “just do it” approach that avoids all forms of management. But this is not the only option. Using the Lean Startup approach, companies can create order not chaos by providing tools to test a vision continuously. Lean isn’t simply about spending less money. Lean isn’t just about failing fast, failing cheap. It is about putting a process, a methodology around the development of a product.

“By the time that product is ready to be distributed widely, it will already have established customers.”

 

WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER
The Lean Startup methodology has as a premise that every startup is a grand experiment that attempts to answer a question. The question is not “Can this product be built?” Instead, the questions are “Should this product be built?” and “Can we build a sustainable business around this set of products and services?” This experiment is more than just theoretical inquiry; it is a first product. If it is successful, it allows a manager to get started with his or her campaign: enlisting early adopters, adding employees to each further experiment or iteration, and eventually starting to build a product. By the time that product is ready to be distributed widely, it will already have established customers. It will have solved real problems and offer detailed specifications for what needs to be built.

DEVELOP AN MVP
A core component of Lean Startup methodology is the build-measure-learn feedback loop. The first step is figuring out the problem that needs to be solved and then developing a minimum viable product (MVP) to begin the process of learning as quickly as possible. Once the MVP is established, a startup can work on tuning the engine. This will involve measurement and learning and must include actionable metrics that can demonstrate cause and effect question.

The startup will also utilize an investigative development method called the “Five Whys”-asking simple questions to study and solve problems along the way. When this process of measuring and learning is done correctly, it will be clear that a company is either moving the drivers of the business model or not. If not, it is a sign that it is time to pivot or make a structural course correction to test a new fundamental hypothesis about the product, strategy and engine of growth.

“Progress in manufacturing is measured by the production of high quality goods. The unit of progress for Lean Startups is validated learning-a rigorous method for demonstrating progress when one is embedded in the soil of extreme uncertainty.”

 

VALIDATED LEARNING
Progress in manufacturing is measured by the production of high quality goods. The unit of progress for Lean Startups is validated learning-a rigorous method for demonstrating progress when one is embedded in the soil of extreme uncertainty. Once entrepreneurs embrace validated learning, the development process can shrink substantially. When you focus on figuring the right thing to build-the thing customers want and will pay for-you need not spend months waiting for a product beta launch to change the company’s direction. Instead, entrepreneurs can adapt their plans incrementally, inch by inch, minute by minute.

 

PRINCIPLES OF LEAN STARTUP

ENTREPRENEURS ARE EVERYWHERE
You don’t have to work in a garage to be in a startup

ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS MANAGEMENT
A startup is an institution, not just a product, so it requires management, a new kind of management specifically geared to its context.

VALIDATED LEARNING
Startups exist not to make stuff, make money, or serve customers. They exist to learn how to build a sustainable business. This learning can be validated scientifically, by running experiments that allow us to test each element of our vision.

INNOVATION ACCOUNTING
To improve entrepreneurial outcomes, and to hold entrepreneurs accountable, we need to focus on the boring stuff: how to measure progress, how to setup milestones, how to prioritize work. This requires a new kind of accounting, specific to startups.

BUILD-MEASURE-LEARN
The fundamental activity of a startup is to turn ideas into products, measure how customers respond, and then learn whether to pivot or persevere. All successful startup processes should be geared to accelerate that feedback loop.

“Never be ashamed of a scar. It means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.”
scar
My favorite scar?
-The one across my neck from 3 of 12 cancer removal surgeries.
Can you beat that?

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
Henry Ford

There has been big news in the cloud file service industry lately, as two big names in cloud storage made key announcements regarding their services. The problem is, neither of the updates they were promoting had anything to do with upgrades to security.

First, Dropbox announced additions to the Dropbox Platform, which the company hopes will extend the use of Dropbox as a personal cloud file system across every application and device in existence: desktop, smartphone, tablet, you name it. That’s fine…but will their customers’ data be secure on all these platforms? That remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Box (a Dropbox competitor) made an announcement of its own. The CEO declared that the Box personal cloud service will integrate with Salesforce.com, yet enterprise software solutions competitor that Box is integrating with in hopes of moving up the cloud file services food chain. Again, good for them – but what does it offer customers in terms of security?

It is great to make advancements on an industry-wide scale, but when the changes have nothing of value to offer the existing customer base, we find ourselves asking, “What’s the point?” Neither of the changes to Dropbox and Box is focused on security advancements, which would surely be welcome upgrades for their millions of users – users who are undoubtedly concerned about security.

On the other hand, drive2go offers the highest level of security encryption in the industry. When we make changes, we make sure those changes have some kind of security-driven value to offer our customers. If we pass on addition and integration opportunities, it’s because our number one priority is to offer a more secure cloud file service to our customers – and we don’t need to focus on anything else.

Originally written for  Cloud File Sharing  Service blog on drive2go.com

Everywhere you turn, more large companies are jumping into the cloud. They know the cloud is the secure way to store files, and they know that cloud file sharing for business is will protect their shared data in the event of a security breach. In fact, the cloud has become so pervading that now, the biggest names in business and technology are investing big budgets into building up their cloud capabilities, racing to be the first to become the dominant name in cloud computing.

Case in point: Google recently reported that it’s doubling its office space near Seattle to expand its cloud technology team and engineers. Because it is arguably the biggest name in search and it has the power to make or break the visibility of every website, pleasing Google is the goal of every smart webmaster. If your organization understands the influence of Google, then it may be of interest to you that Google values the cloud enough to significantly expand its physical property to make room for a bigger cloud team.

Who is Google competing with in the cloud race? As always, it’s Microsoft. The company that gave us the world we now live in recently invested an astounding $700 million on a new data center to support its cloud expansion. Dubbed “Project Mountain,” the data center is not located in Seattle, as one would think; instead, it is planted in West Des Moines, Iowa, perhaps as a way of positioning the data of MS cloud users literally in the middle of the country. Maybe it’s symbolic, maybe it isn’t – but it proves that Microsoft knows the value of the cloud.

In fact, Microsoft actually preceded Google in this shift; two years prior to the news of Google’s cloud expansion, Microsoft announced that 90% of its research and development investment was earmarked for cloud technology. No matter which of these big tech behemoths wins the cloud computing race, we want you to know that d2 Business Solutions has been doing business in the cloud for more than five years. We may not have the name recognition of Google or Microsoft, but we continue to reinvest into our infrastructure into providing the most high quality cloud storage services and cloud file sharing for business. The fact that these big names know the value of the cloud proves one thing: that we’re doing something right.

Originally posted on my companies blog – The Cloud Computing Race


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