What cloud services should I know about?
June 15, 2012 7:05 AM Subscribe
What are other cloud services I should consider as an IT admin for a small organization? Should I worry about knocking myself out of a job?
posted by bellastarr to computers & internet (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I work in an organization of around 350 employees, spread across 5 or 6 locations, some connected by fiber, others with VPN connections. As I am the only IT person for the organization I am very big on the KISS principle and not re-inventing the wheel.
While I'd love to spend time coding new projects, I think it's easier a lot of the time to just pay the bucks and use something out there already. For instance, our organization rents out 3 very big pieces of unique, heavy equipment to the public. It's all kept track of by hand now (paper forms!), and that has worked fine in the past but the equipment is getting rented more often and I am pushing to use something like appointment-plus to simplify reserving the equipment and keeping track of it.
We also use 37signals Backpack for internal document sharing across the remote locations though we have a Windows based central file server in the main offices. (By the way, I'm looking at an alternative to this if anyone has suggestions...Backpack was ok at first but it turns out to be very inflexible in a lot of ways..any ideas??)
Side thread:...I'm concerned as I keep trying to make things simple for users and myself I'm going to end up without a job because I'm making things too easy for everyone!..?
What other cloud services are there I could be using now that still need an IT person to manage?