Anyone who has ever used an iPhone is using cloud computing and may not even realize it. Whenever you input your apple ID and password, you are accessing your Apple icloud. By default, many applications like photos and documents will be saved "in the cloud". If you have ever upgraded your iPhone, and then entered your apple ID and password into the new device, you are aware of an amazing thing that happens. Your new device downloads everything that was on the old device. All applications, content and even your current screen saver, lock screen and ringtone are pulled down from the cloud and loaded on your new iPhone. The cloud also makes features like "Find My Phone", and remote locking and erasing of a lost device possible.
One of my New Year's Resolutions was that this year, I plan to physically talk to my friends and clients more and rely on impersonal e-mail less. Last year, I had a client looking for a voIP cloud phone system to replace his company's PBX. He was so impressed with my proposed solution that I thought that I should also try implementing it. I don't impress very easy but loved everything about having a Virtual PBX in my office and all of my communications simplified down to one phone number. As my old landline could not do video calls, SMS, or receive faxes, this was a no brainer. Two of my favorite features are Video Calling and being able to share my screen with four users simultaneously. This is great for my webinair tutorials. Did I mention that my office is now any place that has an ethernet port or computer that I can plug my business phone into. This makes moving from one office to another a piece of cake. No more expensive wiring jobs or expensive monthly PBX maintenance contracts. I've found that my office phone system follows me anywhere there is an internet connection which makes life better!
Face the facts! That old expensive analog Private Branch Exchange (PBX) was impressive in it's day but as useful as a typewriter today. You can ride it like it's the Titanic or bail now for today's Digital voIP technology. One of the common objections I get is people seem to think that a voIP system utilizing the internet cannot be as reliable as an analog system. The reality is that cloud voIP is more reliable for several important reasons. First, with a voIP system, your "PBX" is not in your office, it's in the cloud. Even if your office had it's internet connectivity interrupted, you can either take your voIP office phone anywhere there is an ethernet computer port to plug into. You can also set up your cellphone to ring if you don't answer your office line.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.