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Month May 2006

Loosing Focus, Or Can You Say NO?.

One of the saddest mistakes businesses make is that by stressing growth and volume (goals that are almost sacred in most companies) they are inescapably, unavoidably inevitably led to compromise their own strategies and turn themselves into undifferentiated organizations that look like everybody else.[...]Hmmm, that hit home. I think this is a very important lesson to be learned, you need to focus on your business, because let's be honest, I do not have enough hours in the day to run my own business, and now I am thinking about getting involved in another business.Further down the line David also says:[...]

Get Ready For Disaster.

This was triggered by the latest storm forecast for the US, which makes for unpleasant reading.But not only a hurricane, flood or other natural disasters can destroy your business, so his advice is a timely reminder for all of us to get ready for a fire or a burglary.... Develop a Disaster Plan for your home or business now so you can rest a little more easily in the future.In short you should read this post and get ready!

SaaS Makes Open Source Software Usable.

Now the enduser "consuming" the software online is removed from the geeky process and can use the software as a normal user.A halfway point is the consulting firm who installs and maintains the open source software for a client, this way the software is free and only the consulting and maintenance part is to be paid for. But even this service can end up costing hundreds if not thousands of pounds, putting it out of reach for small business.SaaS providers offer the install, maintain and usage part for a small monthly fee.

Want to do good?

Late last week, Shel Israel, co-author with Robert Scoble of Naked Conversations contacted me about a forthcoming European tour he and venture capitalist Rick Segal are planning for August. I explained that most of mainland Europe and lumps of the UK will be away on holiday so it might be tough to fill the time.…

SaaS Benefit Number 3: Free Software Upgrade

This is the third part of my SaaS benefits mini series of posts:, looking at the SaaS technology from a users point of view. You can find a link to the previous posts in this series at the end of this post.Benefit Number 2:All software upgrades and bug fixes are free, no installation needed, you are always on the latest version of the software.Have you ever been told by support staff " We do not support this version anymore!"

The Prince’s Trust is 30.

Since 1976, The Prince's Trust has transformed over half a million young lives.... Since the charity was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, it has helped more than half a million young people.WinWeb is proud to be a sponsor of the princes trust by offering our OnlineOffice to all Trust-supported entrepreneurs for two years at no cost.

Business advisor accountant: Philip Woodgate

Having started my series the other day with Stuart Jones, I think it to be a good point to introduce accountants who obviously share my passion for SaaS and have the business advisor approach. SaaS - Software as a Service is such an integral part of business success today, that you can not afford to be hampered in you business development by old technology or by outdated accountant - client relationships.This post is about Philip Woodgate.

SaaS Benefit Number 2: Software runs on Linux, Mac and Windows

This is the second part of my SaaS benefits mini series of posts:Benefit Number 2: Apple Mac OS, Linux, Unix or Microsoft Windows, SaaS run on any computer platform with internet connection.This has to be one of the greatest benefits of the SaaS - Software as a Service technology, you do not have to worry about which operating system you run on your computer, which release of it, how old your computer is, or what system your coworkers are using.Again you just log in, give your coworkers access and they can work with your SaaS application, without any problem, even if they use a different computer platform, it does not matter.Maybe you always wanted to change your computer to a different platform, from Windows to Mac maybe, with SaaS that is not a problem. You will be surprised how many applications exist already.If you are interested to discuss this topic in more detail please visit www.sbqaforum.com, or leave a comment.

TiEcon 2006: Software Luminaries Panel : The Software Richter Scale: 1, 3 or 7?

I see that Stefan started a mini-series on the benefits of SaaS – the Software as a Service model. I thought it would be interesting to insert here my notes from the  Software Luminaries Panel at TiEcon 2006, a Silicon Valley, California Entrepreneurial Conference I attended last weekend..  While Stefan’s series will obviously look at…

SaaS Benefit Number 1: No Software Installation.

The software is made available to you via your browser ( IE, Firefox, Safari and other browsers), but the benefits of this may not always so obvious.Benefit Number 1:You do not need to install the software, you open your browser log in and it works.This has several advantages for you.... Since your printer already works with your browser, it will also work with your SaaS application, no need to interfere.How many hours have we all been sitting in front of the computer screen, pulling our hair out, over some problem a software installation caused.

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