There’s a reason I’ve written so much about cloud computing (sometimes called software-as-a-service or Web-based software services).
It is one of the defining trends shaping the small business market in the 21st century. For small businesses determined to grow, yet constrained by limited finances, cloud computing brings powerful benefits. Cloud computing means you can:
- implement technology without large up-front capital costs — to get to market quickly.
- expand infrastructure quickly as your business grows, without stopping to hire new staff, buy new computer equipment, install software and get it up an running.
- be freed from the burden of managing servers, maintaining and upgrading software, and managing databases — all of those responsibilities are handled for you for a monthly, quarterly or annual fee.
But when choosing any technology solution, you probably have questions:
- how secure is my data online?
- will the vendor be around for the long haul, or suddenly stop supporting the service leaving you in the lurch?
- with so many services and vendors today, how do you choose the best one for your situation?
- how do you make one technology service “talk to” or inter-operate with other technologies you use?
To answer these and other questions — and demystify cloud computing — MyVenturePad is holding an online event you can participate in for free. Here are the details:
When: September 28, 2010 – 11:00 am Eastern (New York time)
Speakers: A strong line-up including: Reed Hastings, founder of Netflix; Deborah Farrington, a venture capitalist with StarVest Partners; Jeff Stiles of SAP; Lisa Larson of Drugstore.com; Jim O’Neill of HubSpot; and Brent Leary of CRM Essentials.
Where: This is an online event you can participate in from the comfort of your office, via the Web. Register for the Cloud Summit here.
Follow on Twitter: Use the hashtag #CloudSummit to follow the discussion on Twitter
This promises to be an event with lots of meaty information. I’ll be attending and learning — don’t miss this one.