Cloud Computing Compliments Cold Climates

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The title's a tongue twister for your practice.

I know it's cold when certain things add to the slight clutter on my work desk or netbook bag: gloves, scarf and Burt's Bees Beeswax lip balm with clove oil. The temp in Pensacola got as low as 31 degrees Fahrenheit this morning. Shivers ... brrrrrr.

Cloud computing is a change that businesses should embrace in 2011, especially in the midst of the freezing temperatures and snow in virgin territory. Absenteeism, traffic accidents, illnesses and more negative business catastrophes increase because of the commutes still expected.

Much to the surprise of cloud computing pioneers whose companies easily continue business even in the worst weather condition because they do just about everything over the Internet in a flexible, scalable, successful manner, others still insist on everyone traveling Monday through Friday to the physical congregation at an office or the headquarters.

But voice, video, SMS, docs, conferencing, technical testing and other typical business tasks can take place in the cloud via the Internet and enable everyone to work when, where and how they wish.

According to, Rob Lovell, chief executive officer at cloud computing provider ThinkGrid, claims that allowing employees to communicate from anywhere in the world means work can continue as usual, even when they are unable to make it into the office.

"Using cloud computing," Mr Lovell continued, "can remove the boundaries of the traditional workplace, while making IT costs more flexible because of the pay-as-you-go nature of internet-based services."

Other companies who provide such services to help business keep working no matter the weather include:

3CX IP PBX, Airespring SIP trunking and voice over Internet, Commetrex fax over Internet, Kaltura open source video platforms, Rad-Info cloud computing consulting services, Rack Space managed hosting, and others listed at

One of the biggest counter-responses is that the leaders in a company do not believe that their employees will get the work done that is required from home or while traveling.

I'd like to add that the best kind of employees thrive in this atmosphere of trust, dependable work capacity, and proactiveness. I do.

Go ahead and sign up for ITEXPO East scheduled for Feb. 2-4, 2011 with many networking activities set for pre, during and post event in one of the warmest areas of the USA ... Miami Beach, Florida. These is even a Cloud Communications Summit scheduled during the Conference along with a few dozen other highly valuable co-located summits.

So, how's the weather where you are? Any snow? How much? None here yet in Pensacola, Florida. Not since February 12, 2010!

Depending on your schedule and where you are in the world, we also recommend the following events for late winter and spring 2011. PTC in Hawaii,_Malaysia&date=14-17_March_2011 Mobile Commerce Summit Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Convergence India in New Delhi I+C Jakarta, Indonesia CTIA Wireless, Orlando, FL.

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