5 Myths about Salesforce

As Salesforce partners, Prolocity is always looking for ways to enhance customer experience. This week, Prolocity is debunking 5 myths about Salesforce.

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Myth 1: Salesforce is only for tracking Sales

It’s no secret that Salesforce started as a Customer Relationship Manager for Sales staff. However, since its inception in 1999, Salesforce has evolved to a comprehensive platform that can manage any aspect of a business.

Myth 2: Salesforce can’t support the needs of my industry

A common misconception is that Salesforce is only good for Sales or Service Industries. However, this simply isn’t the case. Salesforce has expanded offerings to include focused industries such as:  Financial Services, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Retail, Manufacturing, Communications, Media, Government, Automotive, Higher Education, and Nonprofit.

Myth 3: My business process is too unique for Salesforce

Its an understatement to say that no two businesses are ran the exact same way. Salesforce recognized the need for an adaptability early on and created a completely customizable platform. Taking it a step further, Salesforce created the AppExchange which lets you search for apps to further customize the platform to your needs.

Myth 4: You have to know a lot about technology to use Salesforce

When Salesforce started, one of the main goals was to let customers/users be able to edit their system. They recognized the skill needed to run most business software and decided to create something new. What used to take years to learn can now be learned in months.

Myth 5: It will require a lot of money to get started using Salesforce

Unlike other products, Salesforce targets all business sizes and is made to be scalable. They have several editions of the platform that start at only $25.00/per user/per month.

Prolocity’s cloud consultants deliver strategy, design, implementation, training, and optimization services to ensure that businesses are getting the most out of the technology. Their solutions leverage the world’s #1 cloud platform, Salesforce, to deliver best-in-class solutions and accelerate success! Prolocity Cloud Solutions serves the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area locally and also provides Salesforce implementation and Salesforce training services nationally through the use of cloud technology.

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
407 Vine Street, Suite 219
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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Covington, Kentucky 41011


During the Season of Giving, Give Back with Pledge 1%

As Salesforce partners, Prolocity is always looking for ways to enhance the customer experience. This week, Prolocity is focusing on Pledge 1%. Pledge 1% is a movement encouraging companies to cultivate a culture of giving back. Several companies have already taken the pledge such as Salesforce and SPCA. Pledge 1% asks companies to donate 1% of equity, product, and/or time.

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1% Equity

One of the ways you can donate through Pledge 1% is by pledging 1% of equity. Pledge 1% encourages companies to donate equity to any organization of their choosing. They make it as easy as filling out an allocation form that allows Pledge 1% to pass along 100% of the cash value of the equity or profit allocated to the nonprofit chosen. The allocation It can be changed at any time and Pledge 1% will provide ideas of nonprofits in your community. To provide an example, Salesforce uses 1% of founding stock to offer grants focused on technology innovation in nonprofits and development programs.

1% Product

Another way you can give back through Pledge 1% is by pledging 1% of product. Whether this means a physical product or service your company provides, the idea is to provide the product for free or at a deeply discounted rate to nonprofits. There are a multitude of ways that products can be donated. For example, Salesforce facilitates the donation of up to 10 licenses per company through their foundation to nonprofit organizations. This means that 10 users can use Salesforce for free, no strings attached. A simple application is all that is needed to get started in the program.

1% Time

The last way you can donate through Pledge 1% is by pledging 1% of time. By implementing and promoting a Volunteer Time Off (VTO) policy at your company, you can encourage employees to donate time giving back to the community. Several companies use a blended approach of offering both corporate and non-corporate volunteer days. This helps foster a giving culture by allowing employees to donate corporate time to support a cause they are passionate about. Some companies even offer programs that match employee volunteer efforts with corporate dollars. As an example, Salesforce employees are awarded 6 paid days of volunteer time to use over the course of a year.

Prolocity’s cloud consultants deliver strategy, design, implementation, training, and optimization services to ensure that businesses are getting the most out of the technology. Their solutions leverage the world’s #1 cloud platform, Salesforce, to deliver best-in-class solutions and accelerate success! Prolocity Cloud Solutions serves the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area locally and also provides Salesforce implementation and Salesforce training services nationally through the use of cloud technology.

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
407 Vine Street, Suite 219
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 414
Covington, Kentucky 41011


Survive the Holidays Even with a Full Plate at Work

As Salesforce partners, Prolocity is always looking for ways to enhance customer experience. This week, Prolocity is focusing on how to survive the holidays with a full plate of work. By using one or more of the featured apps below, you can proactively get things done and work smarter, not harder.

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With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be stressing about getting things done. It seems that everyone has the same mentality this time of year, to get as much done as possible before the holidays hit. Before the requests come pouring in and your inbox is swamped, utilize these practices to survive the holidays even with a full plate.

Keep Up with Social Media

It’s no secret that social media drives business and is a necessary part of the average company. However, it is usually one of the first things to get neglected when work piles on. If there was a way to keep up with social media without logging in Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on a daily basis, it would be a lifesaver. Luckily, such a way exists with social media management tools such as Salesforce Pardot and Buffer. Both Salesforce Pardot and Buffer allow you to plan posts in advance by linking to your social media pages. Once posts are planned, these social media management tools post on your behalf without having to login. Not only does this save time, but it is an easier way to keep up with social media.

Stay on top of Marketing Campaigns

Most businesses rely heavily on marketing to drive new deals and keep customers up-to-date with promotions and updates. Since marketing requires planning and expertise to “hit the mark,” it would be beneficial if campaigns and promotions could be planned in advance to reduce anxiety when things get busy. Fortunately, both Salesforce Pardot and MailChimp can remedy this problem. Both applications allow you to create contact lists that will receive custom emails from your company. Like the social media management applications, they can also be created as far in advance as needed. By completing more detail-oriented work ahead of time, you can stay on top of the marketing campaigns. 

Avoid Communication Missteps

If you have ever had an important email not get the attention it needs because you were out of office, you know the importance of avoiding communication missteps. As luck would have it, there are tools available to help you avoid common pitfalls. These tools include setting an early out of office responder, including time off in your email signature, and creating rules for forwarding emails while you are out. In certain email systems, you can set an out of office notification as far in advance as you like. This allows you to set up a clear, detailed response now instead of last minute. Including time off in your email signature provides notice in advance to your clients and colleagues when you will be unavailable. If you create special rules for forwarding emails, you can dictate emails marked as urgent, immediate, or ASAP to forward to another colleague to action.  

Prolocity’s cloud consultants deliver strategy, design, implementation, training, and optimization services to ensure that businesses are getting the most out of the technology. Their solutions leverage the world’s #1 cloud platform, Salesforce, to deliver best-in-class solutions and accelerate success! Prolocity Cloud Solutions serves the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area locally and also provides Salesforce implementation and Salesforce training services nationally through the use of cloud technology.

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
407 Vine Street, Suite 219
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 414
Covington, Kentucky 41011


EMERGING 30 – Prolocity Recognized for Stellar Growth

emerging-30-logo-designeeFor the second year in a row, Prolocity Cloud Solutions was recognized by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as one of the region’s fastest growing businesses. To qualify for this recognition, companies must have achieved at least $250,000 in revenue, been in business for four years, and have an average annual growth of 15% or more over the past three years. This year’s designees were recognized at the Northern Kentucky Chamber’s Emerging 30 Celebration Presented by Strauss Troy on October 20th. The NKY Chamber of Commerce reserves this prestigious award to those they feel are reaching new heights and are contributing to a vibrant community.

Reaching New Heights

Since receiving the Emerging 30 award last year, Prolocity Cloud Solutions has looked for even more ways to reach new heights. By focusing on enhancing the customer experience, Prolocity has widened their reach and found new ways to make Salesforce even more attainable for businesses.  The average business notes 3 main hurdles for implementing Salesforce:  training, time, and money. As Salesforce partners, Prolocity recognized these issues and provides achievable solutions. Prolocity offers virtual training tailored to client needs, a QuickStart program that can be implemented within 2 weeks, and a financing option to make the process even more affordable.

Contributing to a Vibrant Community

Prolocity Cloud Solutions also recognizes the importance of technology on the community. As the technology field is ever changing, so is the education to prepare the business leaders of tomorrow. Prolocity recognizes this and actively engages with several local organizations to help re-build education programs in the technology field. Additionally, Prolocity has launched an internship program to help college seniors and recent graduates gain on-the-job training.

Prolocity’s cloud consultants deliver strategy, design, implementation, training, and optimization services to ensure that businesses are getting the most out of the technology. Their solutions leverage the world’s #1 cloud platform, Salesforce, to deliver best-in-class solutions and accelerate success! Prolocity Cloud Solutions serves the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area locally and also provides Salesforce implementation and Salesforce training services nationally through the use of cloud technology.

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
407 Vine Street, Suite 219
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 414
Covington, Kentucky 41011


Run Your Business from Your Phone with the Salesforce1 Mobile App

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As cloud computing consultants, Prolocity is always looking for ways to enhance customer experience. This week, Prolocity is focusing on the Salesforce1 mobile app. The Salesforce1 mobile app allows you to run your business virtually. The Salesforce1 mobile app allows you to stay connected by managing your day, managing your sales, and accessing your information.

Manage Your Day

The Salesforce1 mobile app keeps you connected by helping you manage your day. With the ability to view your scheduled events, you can access a daily summary within seconds. The Salesforce1 mobile app directly links to contacts and accounts to keep you organized and provide a high ease-of-use. The app includes a notes feature that allows you to jot down items immediately after meeting. 

Manage Your Sales

The Salesforce1 mobile app allows you to close deals faster by managing your sales from your phone. Opportunity creation, approvals, and sales tasks can be updated without having to log on to a computer. This flexibility lets you move faster as information can be communicated faster to the rest of your company. The Salesforce1 mobile app helps you stay in the loop on your account updates by sending notifications straight to your phone.

Access Your Information

The Salesforce1 mobile app brings your Salesforce information to you front and center no matter you go. You can get a picture of how your business is doing with live updates and feed changes. The app increases accessibility by displaying your custom list views, custom objects, and apps on your phone. Not only does this allow you to work faster, but it allows you to work smarter. The Salesforce1 mobile app gives you the ability to review metrics and make informed decisions even when on-the-go.

Prolocity’s cloud consultants deliver strategy, design, implementation, training, and optimization services to ensure that businesses are getting the most out of the technology. Their solutions leverage the world’s #1 cloud platform, Salesforce, to deliver best-in-class solutions and accelerate success! Prolocity Cloud Solutions serves Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati and provides Salesforce implementation and Salesforce training services nationally through the use of cloud technology.

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Salesforce Consultants Cincinnati

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
407 Vine Street, Suite 219
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 414
Covington, Kentucky 41011


Increase Your Data Quality & Work Faster With GridBuddy

As cloud computing consultants, Prolocity is always looking for ways to enhance customer experience. One of the ways Prolocity accomplishes this is through the use of apps. Over the next several weeks, we will be highlighting apps Prolocity either uses internally or has implemented for actual customers. 

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The app in the spotlight this week is the Salesforce native app GridBuddy. GridBuddy allows users to get the most from their Salesforce data by bringing all relevant information into one workspace. Available on the Salesforce AppExchangeGridBuddy increases productivity, provides higher user adoption, and improves Salesforce data quality. 

Increase Productivity

The first way GridBuddy allows users to get the most from Salesforce is through increased productivity. GridBuddy enables users to create views that display relevant data in one workspace. This allows users to better utilize Salesforce as all the information they use is front and center. GridBuddy provides multi-object filters that can easily narrow data down to the exact records needed. All GridBuddy grids and views are fully customizable so you can edit or create views in no time. With GridBuddy, users no longer have to click around Salesforce to access or update the information they need. They can now spend more time actually doing their job.

Higher User Adoption

The next way GridBuddy allows users to get the most from Salesforce is through higher user adoption. GridBuddy provides a data view similar to spreadsheets. Since users are used to spreadsheets, the familiar look and feel provides users a tool that takes minimal training to learn. With this ease-of-use, users are more likely to switch over, support, and adapt to a Salesforce implementation. The only change they will likely notice is that it is even easier to use the #1 Customer Relationship Manager after adding GridBuddy. If you are looking for a way to get a better ROI through higher user adoption, GridBuddy is the solution

Improve Salesforce Data Quality

The last way GridBuddy allows users to get the most from Salesforce is through improved Salesforce data quality. GridBuddy allows users to act on multiple records at once. Similar to editing a spreadsheet, GridBuddy lets you create and edit records on a singular or batch basis. By allowing for mass data updates across many fields and objects, your data can be cleaner faster. Users no longer have to update information in several places or open records one-at-a-time. GridBuddy provides the ability to update once and be done. Think of everything you can do with better quality data.

 

Prolocity’s cloud consultants deliver strategy, design, implementation, training, and optimization services to ensure that businesses are getting the most out of the technology. Their solutions leverage the world’s #1 cloud platform, Salesforce, to deliver best-in-class solutions and accelerate success! Prolocity Cloud Solutions serves the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area locally and also provides Salesforce implementation and Salesforce training services nationally through the use of cloud technology.

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
407 Vine Street, Suite 219
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 414
Covington, Kentucky 41011

7 Innovative Features of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides that Advance Collaboration

As cloud computing consultants, Prolocity is always looking for ways to enhance customer experience. One of the ways Prolocity accomplishes this is through the use of apps. Over the next several weeks, we will be highlighting apps Prolocity either uses internally or has implemented for actual customers

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This week is focused on the Google Collaborative apps from the Google Apps for Work suite. There are 7 features of the Google Collaborative Apps Docs, Sheets, and Slides that advance collaboration. These innovative features provide key reasons why you should be using Docs, Sheets, and Slides instead of anything else.

  1. Never Hit Save Again

If you have ever had your computer freeze, crash, or update in the middle of working on something, you will truly appreciate how Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides all automatically save while you work. Gone are the days where you have to periodically stop what you are doing and hit save. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides save your work while you create and creates a revision history. The revision history can be used to see old versions of the same document, sorted by date and who made the change. Additionally, you can rollback to any previous version if needed.

  1. Anywhere, Anytime

In this day and age, we all live on our phones. The ability to download Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides to your phone allows you to take your work everywhere you go. Not only can you access, create, and edit files anywhere and on any device, but you can also share files on-the-go. This allows you to create and share ideas with anyone even if they’re on the other side of the planet.

  1. Do More Together

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides reinvent the way files are shared by allowing multiple users work on same files at the same time. All changes are made in real time and are automatically stored in Google Drive. This eliminates the need to send attachments to keep everyone on the same page as everyone has the latest version at their fingertips. Whether you want to allow others to collaborate with minimal or maximal permissions, Google has you covered. Users can be invited to edit, comment or view on any file with the click of a button.

  1. Works with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, & PowerPoint)

Users are often leery to change to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides from Microsoft Office. They feel like they won’t be able to use or access previously created files. However, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides allow easy conversion between Google and Microsoft Office. Google Docs can import and export numerous file types including PDF, HTML, and .csv, to name a few. The main advantage of converting to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides is that Google files take up no storage. They remain as a web page using in the cloud unless downloaded as another file type. 

  1. Add-Ons

One of the most beneficial features of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides is it’s ability to add customization. With the add-ons tab, you can search and find additional functionality to enhance Docs, Sheets, and Slides. The add-ons tab lets you add, manage and remove add-ons based on your needs. This customization allows you to select additional tools you want or need at any time.

  1. Templates

If you need to create a file quickly, the template feature of Google Docs, Sheets and Slides allow you to do it with style. There are numerous pre-made documents, spreadsheets, and presentations available for customization. Templates save you time by removing the need to format and style files. With a wide selection of templates to choose from, you can now create faster and become more productive.

  1. Edit Offline

Since Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are designed to be used online, you might wonder what would happen if you didn’t have access to the internet. The short answer is that Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides would not skip a beat. Google files can be made available for working offline. When working offline, any new files or change made to existing files will be automatically updated when you get back online. This allows you continue polishing your work without worrying about an internet connection.

Prolocity’s cloud consultants deliver strategy, design, implementation, training, and optimization services to ensure that businesses are getting the most out of the technology. Their solutions leverage the world’s #1 cloud platform, Salesforce, to deliver best-in-class solutions and accelerate success! Prolocity Cloud Solutions serves the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area locally and also provides Salesforce implementation and Salesforce training services nationally through the use of cloud technology.

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
407 Vine Street, Suite 219
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 414
Covington, Kentucky 41011

Enhance Your Document Repository with Google Drive

As cloud computing consultants, Prolocity is always looking for ways to enhance customer experience. One of the ways Prolocity accomplishes this is through the use of apps. Over the next several weeks, we will be highlighting apps Prolocity either uses internally or has implemented for actual customers

The second app being featured is another app from the Google Apps for Work suite, Google Drive. This week we will focus on how Google Drive provides an enhanced document repository for any Google user. Google Drive takes storage to a new level by being accessible, organized, and collaborative.

Accessible

The first notable way Google Drive is enhancing document storage is its accessibility. Google Drive is available anywhere, on any device, by simply logging into your Google account.  Google Drive stores files securely and automatically backs up them up while you work. This backup also serves as a sync across all devices allowing you to  truly be mobile . If you need to lookup a file or folder, you can find it right away with the search tool. The search tool is provided at the top of the page and displays any item that contains the keyword you are using to search. Google Drive extends its accessibility even further with the ability to work offline. If you are somewhere with poor or no internet connection, you can setup Google Drive to save your changes while you work offline. The changes will be applied the next time you are online. 

Organized

The next notable way Google Drive is enhancing document storage is through organization. Google Drive creates one place for all your documents, files, and folders. All items on Google Drive can be created, moved, or deleted with ease. With familiar functionality, items can be dragged and dropped to new locations. Saving to Google Drive is also easy. Files can be saved directly from email to Google Drive. Items needing attention can be marked important or favorite with the use of stars. Starred items appear in a separate folder for easy viewing when needed. Google Drive also provides customizable organization functions with features such as:  list or grid viewing options, sorting by date or name, and the ability to color code folders.

Collaborative

The last notable way Google Drive is enhancing document storage is through collaboration. Any item stored on Google Drive can be shared with anyone through email or with a link. Sharing provides three separate permissions depending on the level of access the shared user should have. Once a file or folder has been shared from Google Drive, the folder icon changes to give a visual indication that it has been made public. But Google Drive takes collaboration even further by giving users the ability to edit items at the same time. All items creating using the Google apps suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms) can be opened by more than one user at the same time. All edits and changes appear as they occur for real-time collaboration.

 

Prolocity’s cloud consultants deliver strategy, design, implementation, training, and optimization services to ensure that businesses are getting the most out of the technology. Their solutions leverage the world’s #1 cloud platform, Salesforce, to deliver best-in-class solutions and accelerate success! Prolocity Cloud Solutions serves the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area locally and also provides Salesforce implementation and Salesforce training services nationally through the use of cloud technology.

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
407 Vine Street, Suite 219
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Salesforce Consultants Kentucky

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 414
Covington, Kentucky 41011

Pardot for Salesforce: B2B Marketing Solution

Pardot for Salesforce is a B2B Marketing Solution that bridges the gap between marketing and sales to drive better quality leads, to help qualify those leads through lead nurturing, and then score all those activities so sales teams can prioritize the leads they are working with. Pardot’s features include CRM integration, email marketing, lead nurturing, lead scoring and grading, social posting, and ROI reporting/analytics.

With Pardot, your sales team is empowered with their own marketing machine to accelerate sales. The marketing team can push out campaigns and increase brand awareness, and the handoff to a sales rep to pick up hot leads is seamless. This is a huge differentiator for a sales team, because it drastically improves your response time. A sales rep can engage with a prospect the moment they become active! You can manage your qualified leads from anywhere, anytime with the Salesforce1 mobile app.

Pardot categorizes your leads based on the prospect’s activity score, so sales reps can focus their time where it matters most. It also allows you to send and track all one-to-one communications using pre-created templates & content, and then report on which of those templates proved to be the most effective. Say goodbye to writing emails from scratch every time you communicate with a prospect!

By combining the #1 CRM in the world, Salesforce, with the incredible marketing power of Pardot, your sales and marketing teams will be able to work together like never before.

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Prolocity’s cloud consultants deliver strategy, design, implementation, training, and optimization services to ensure that businesses are getting the most out of the technology. Their solutions leverage the world’s #1 cloud platform, Salesforce, to deliver best-in-class solutions and accelerate success!

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Salesforce Consultants Cincinnati

Ohio

Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
407 Vine Street, Suite 219
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Salesforce Consultants Kentucky

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Prolocity Technology Solutions, LLC
50 E. RiverCenter Blvd., Suite 414
Covington, Kentucky 41011

 

 

 

Gartner Report Predicts Major Shift to Cloud Computing Services

A newly released Gartner report predicts that by 2014 users will store more data in the cloud than on their personal computers. Gartner analysts said they believe that this shift will provide users with greater flexibility and enable them to be more productive. The report further notes that this cloud computing shift will require organizations to rethink their strategy for delivering applications and services.

Steve Kleynhans, Gartner VP of research, goes on to say that “Major trends in client computing have shifted the market away from a focus on personal computers to a broader device perspective that includes smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices.” “Many call this era the post-PC era, but it isn’t really about being ‘after’ the PC, but rather about a new style of personal computing that frees individuals to use computing in fundamentally new ways to improve multiple aspects of their work and personal lives.”

Gartner also describes five “megatrends” that are driving the shift toward the “personal cloud.”Continue Reading