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6 Technology Trends That Will Change How You Work in 2010

Max Klausner | SmallBizLink

January 14, 2010

Cloud Computing

This fancy buzzword in which data and applications cease to reside on our desktops and instead exist on servers elsewhere promises to make data and programs accessible from anywhere and enable collaboration with teams around the world.

The cloud movement will see a major leap forward in the first half of 2010 with the launch of “Office Web Apps,” free online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote released in tandem with Microsoft Office 2010. Google also looks to be a strong player in the space with rumors of a “GDrive” that will give users infinite storage.

The Big Deal:
Imagine being able to work from anywhere with anyone. Use any computer and access any program or file. Many cloud enthusiasts believe this could be the death of the PC.
  • Save Money: Previously, running your own data center was an expensive headache. Cloud computing eliminates the cost by outsourcing.

  • Leveling the Playing Field: Advanced business systems were previously out of reach for small business owners due to the cost. Cloud computing will allow small businesses to compete with the same tools as much larger companies.

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