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Unified Information Strategy

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This week we have focused on spring cleaning. First your inbox, then your Apps. Yesterday I shared an inside look that using Evernote to capture ideas and information as it streams by on social. Today let's get real about the Cloud. J. Kevin Parker's post, Why You Need a Unified Information Strategy lays out a strategy you and your organization can use to deal with all that data.

 It's 8:15 am. Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

It's time you moved your data files to the Cloud. It's where all your programs and Apps live. It's time to move your data off your hard drive. I know what you're thinking. What if you get hacked? The only folks who need to worry are political parties and celebrities with sex tapes. For everyone else, the benefits of Cloud storage vastly outweigh the unreasonable fear of breach of privacy or data loss. The benefits include:

  • All your data, available all the time, from anywhere, on all your devices. I have a Kindle library. I can read any book, on any device. It's part of Amazon architecture.
  • Never lose another file, ever. I use Dropbox for Cloud storage. It's integrated into my folder structure. It performs a backup (syncing) in the background, continuously. Eliminates the need for a separate file backup system.
  • Collaboration is much simpler with the Cloud. You can share a file or an entire folder with members of your team. 
  • Storing your data in the cloud eliminates the need to track duplicate copies of your file. 

Two years ago I moved all my files to the Cloud. In my experience, not only does the Cloud have a silver lining; if you are ready for a unified information strategy, it's golden.

 

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