With PC sales in decline and Windows XP no longer supported, businesses have some decisions to make. What hardware should we use to get the job done going forward? The computing landscape has changed considerably in the last 10 years. Gone are the days of Microsoft dominance. The cloud has enabled collaboration from anywhere. Tablets and smartphones are now the devices of choice. People expect to work from anywhere with any device. Google is leading the way in the cloud (Google Apps for Work as an example) and with Android mobile devices. Basically, they’re innovating technology that makes work better. One Google initiative that has gone largely unnoticed by businesses to date is the Chromebook. It’s a new breed of computer that is fast, secure, and cost effective this is easy to manage.
What comes to mind when the name ‘Google’ is mentioned? As a company, Google is know for their search, cloud computing, software, and online advertising technology. Many consumers are familiar with Google’s products (such as Google search engine, Google Apps for Business, Google+, Google AdWords etc.) but there is more to Google than meets the eye. Did you know that Google is actively involved in developing technology that will change the way that you interact with the world around you? Check out the recent infographic created by etoro to learn more about Google’s current technology projects, achievements, acquisitions, and revenue growth over the years:
In Part 1 of this blog series, I took a look at Chromebooks from a macro level and highlighted eight key features that businesses should take note of. In Part 2 of this blog series, it’s time to switch gears and look at the meat and potatoes – the Chromebook apps. Chrome OS is essentially a glorified web browser (albeit a nice one) and requires you to run cloud-based apps. Given the growth in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), there are apps for most typical business requirements but are they good enough to replace their traditional desktop competition? Let’s take a closer look at the apps that are available for Chromebook users:
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is the practice of allowing employees to use their personal mobile devices for work. With the growth in business cloud apps that run on leading mobile platforms like iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android (Samsung, Motorola, HTC etc.), BYOD has become an attractive option to business owners. Here’s our list of the top 4 reasons why BYOD is an attractive option:
Are you interested in running your Canadian nonprofit organization (NPO) from a browser? Do you want to use industry leading solutions that for-profit companies are using except get the use of them for free (or at a discounted rate)? Here are 10 cloud apps to take a serious look at: