The cloud is big news for small businesses.  Empowered by the cloud, even the smallest business can be more competitive and more secure from the dangers of a volatile economy.  But the cloud is not without risks.  The key to using the cloud well is to do your research, plan, and partner with a cloud provider you can trust.

Meet TWT Group

TWT Group has teamed up with to provide readers with information about how the cloud can work for small businesses.  We’re a small business, too, so we understand how difficult it can be for small businesses to keep up with knowledge and trends happening outside their areas of expertise.  That’s why we were glad to offer our expertise.

Technology. Wisdom. Trust. That’s the commitment the TWT Group makes to our clients and that’s the commitment we now make to our readers.  We believe in making a difference.  We’ve prided ourselves on providing focused, high-quality, worry-free computer and network IT support and solutions to our clients.  Now, we will focus our commitment on bringing you the information you need to jump on the cloud with confidence, no matter whom the managed service provider is that you choose.

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Before you learn what the cloud can do for your business, you should know that “cloud computing” or “the cloud” is a means of providing computer technologies as a service regardless of where you are or what you need.  Advances in Internet technologies makes the cloud possible, which means that reliable Internet access is required to use cloud services.

With your business cloud in place, you can store and process data, communicate with others, and synchronize files across multiple devices, multiple users, and multiple locations.  You will no longer need the IT infrastructure to support all your applications, data, and processing needs.  Access is provided to you as a service.  This empowers businesses of all sizes with improved scalability and customizability.  With the right products and services, the cloud can empower your business with the optimum technologies without the premium prices.

Cloud cons

Businesses are jumping on the cloud without all the information they need.  If you don’t understand the risks of using the cloud, you can’t mitigate those risks.  Meanwhile, hackers and other disreputable entities are slipping in unawares and accessing data businesses thought were secure.  Providers go out of business.  People don’t know what to do to stay safe in the cloud.

TWT Group is committed to providing small businesses with the information they need to jump on the cloud for good, while avoiding the harm the cloud could do.

The cloud conversation

We will be covering how to use the cloud to boost your communication capabilities, how a cloud backup system can safeguard your business, how to keep your data secure in the cloud, how to use your cloud to empower your mobile employees, how the cloud provides business continuity in the event of disasters, and much more in our future posts.  We invite you to return, so you can learn more about how you can get the most out of getting your small business on the cloud.

It’s time to get your head in the clouds.

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I’m Shawn Freeman, an entrepreneur, personable geek and founder of IT services company TWT Group. I’ve worked on big and small tech projects, and have never let the corporate ladder dictate my path to doing what I love. I’m passionate about cloud computing and data security, and like to share my ideas in and on the TWT blog. IT should be the easiest part of your day. I’m passionate about exceptional IT services and being better, faster and more affordable than the big guys. TWT Group works with partners in oil and gas, accounting, agriculture and more across western Canada. Want to hear more? Email me at