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What is "in the Cloud"?
End users access cloud-based applications through a web browser or a light-weight desktop or mobile app while the business software and user's data are stored on servers at a remote location. Proponents claim that cloud computing allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance, and enables IT to more rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand.

Put simply your data and applications sit on a remote server accessed via your web browser.
Maintenance of the remote server is handled by the provider as is the security and backups of your data.
ManageMySales do supply a backup utility for you to backup your data onto your own computers.

What happens if my Internet goes "down"?
It is extremely important that you have stable internet access. ManageMySales recommend that you purchase an internet "dongle" (extremely inexpensive) for the odd occasion.
As the system is "cloud" based, one could go to another location to access your system.

Is my data secure?
The hosting suppliers that ManageMySales recommend have a 7 day a week backup system that runs continually.
All programs and data is secured by passwords that you set up via your management utilities, allowing you to grant different levels of access to your staff.

Cloud computing passing many small firms, MYOB survey finds September 10, 2012 PerthNow
FEW small businesses are taking advantage of cloud computing technology, but many who do say they have seen their revenues rise in the past year, a new study has found.
A survey commissioned by business software provider MYOB found that 79 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) did not use cloud technology, only 14 per cent said they did, while others did not know.
Cloud computing allows access to a shared pool of programs and sites, usually via the internet, as opposed to using an individual computer software.
The survey of more than 1000 SMEs found that 53 per cent of those who use cloud computing were more likely to have seen a revenue rise in the past year.
"The advantages of using cloud computing for business came through loud and clear," MYOB chief executive Tim Reed said when releasing the findings.
Forty-two per cent said cloud computing provides the ability to access data from whatever location they wanted, while 28 per cent were able to have their team members work remotely.
About a quarter said cloud usage reduced IT issues and a similar amount of those who responded said their data was better protected and safer online on external servers.
Mr Reed said cloud usage can provide a serious competitive advantage.
"The power of the cloud provides the freedom to work anywhere at any time, to be with your customers, partners and suppliers while still enjoying a connection to the office," he said.
Mr Reed said he was surprised that four in five respondents do not use cloud given the prolific use of internet banking and email alone.
The main reasons for not using it were lack of knowledge (27 per cent), unsure of storage safety (26 per cent), other business priorities to take care of first (22 per cent), security of data on other servers other than their own (21 per cent) and not tech-savvy enough to feel confident using (17 per cent).
"Despite the technology industry's best efforts to teach others about the concept of cloud computing, our research shows a disconnect between SME cloud usage and their understanding of it," Mr Reed said.
"I question whether we need to rethink our educational direction when encouraging their move to the cloud."