If you are reading this, it’s a given that you have at least one email account; many of us have more than one. Those in the corporate world have an IT department behind them to manage their email and their business contacts and calendar programs.
Professionals and small businesses typically do not have the luxury of an IT department to support their information infrastructure. Yet their business information (email, contacts, and calendar) is critical to the success – not to mention viability – of their business. To add to the complexity and vulnerability of a small business, we have not just office desktop computers but also laptops, notebooks, iPads, and smartphones all of which we use to keep us in contact with our lifeblood- our customers and business relationships.
A hosted exchange is a cloud-based service, which means that it can be accessed 24×7 from any of our connected devices; all that is required is an Internet connection and an account. It allows one to access all their business information on any of their connected devices. Multiple email accounts, contacts, and calendar. Sounds easy- sign me up!
Set-up is the hard part – getting them all connected seamlessly takes a knowledgeable professional. However once a system is set-up and properly working, it provides good reliable service including back-ups to protect your mission-critical data.
Recently we helped a client configure multiple email addresses, several hundred contacts and calendar to a desktop, smartphone, and laptop. Another client reports that his system is ‘a thousand times better than before’; we helped him configure a single email address, 1700 contacts and his business calendar simultaneously to his office computer, his iPad and his iPhone. With hosted exchange service professionals and small businesses no longer are at an information deficit to large corporate enterprises.
It’s a technology that no mobile professional or small business owner should overlook.