Can You Work if you go Offline?
The interesting thing about these applications is that if you lose your internet connection or it’s slow, or the supplier goes offline, it probably won’t make a lot of difference to your business. But now there are a lot of quick to turn on business critical applications out there. Ease of use is a big attraction with examples in finance and file sharing, and there has been a rush to sell these products and use them without necessarily considering the risks.
If you can’t buy a song from an online music store your life will barely skip a bit. If your business can’t function or is seriously slowed down then you have a problem. For the moment we’ll take as read that the applications you might be using or considering are secure, which is essential for valuable business information.
This is just a side effect of using early stage technology.
Business Continuity is Critical
If your business slows down or stops you’re losing money. Local PCs are capable of running your business critical applications, so why has everything gone web only. The simple answer is that it’s easier for developers.
Technology has now caught up. Hybrid technology that synchronises everything on your PC instead of leaving it just in the cloud is now available. If your internet connection goes down you can carry on working. And because it’s still synchronising with secure cloud servers all the benefits of easy file sharing, and web access when you need it are still available.
The cloud was just the beginning. The hybrid online/offline app is now here, delivering all the cloud benefits plus your ability to do business all the time, protected. And now the price has come down far enough to bring this business essential technology to small business and startup business. Wasn’t the idea of a laptop PC so that you could carry your work with you?