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Meeting Disaster Averted with Cloud Apps

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Clark AtwoodBy Clark Atwood, Vice President, Concierge Communications

It was 7:35 p.m. PDT. The work day was not nearly finished. They seem to drag on into the night these days. The agenda and presentation for tomorrow morning’s meeting had not been organized. To complicate matters, the two of us that needed to prepare the meeting were not only in two different parts of the country, one of us was on a plane. I was in my home office in Arizona; Terrapin Solutions’’ Andrew Pryfogle was cruising at 39,000 feet headed to New York.

The solution? A real cloud-based application. Andrew, on a Wi-Fi-enabled plane bound for The Big Apple, was on instant messaging (see photo below). Sure, he was also using his iPad 2 to access his remote desktop, but we needed quick responses to complete our agenda. E-mail was just too slow. Instant messaging over 30 minutes did the trick. Quick, efficient messages were exchanged, the agenda was outlined, questions were posed and documented and a PowerPoint presentation was prepared.

More and more we have options to stay connected, to stay productive and stay on top of what is important. Many people may say that we are too connected. They may be right, but a video conference with instant messaging from 39,000 feet – now that is cool (and productive). That is a real cloud-based application.

Clark Atwood is chairman of the Cloud Services Coalition, a consortium of master agencies focused on cloud services. He also is vice president of technical sales for Concierge Communications, a master agent for more than 40 communications providers. A 19-year veteran of the computer and communication industries, Atwood has been a VAR business owner and has served as the chairman of the Novell Gold and Small Business Councils. He also has worked in sales and management for VARs that focused on local area networks, storage area networks, clustered firewalls, security, software development and more. Atwood has obtained many technical sales certifications, notably as an IVR/ACD engineer.  He also is a member of the 2010-11 Channel Partners Conference & Expo Advisory Board.

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