Today we announced Cloud Computing day. The idea is that on Friday 12th December we’ll be encouraging small businesses all over the UK to attempt to ditch traditional installed software in favour of web-based solutions.

Will you be joining in? If so, I’d be really keen to hear your comments (post  them on the wall of the Cloud Computing Day Event on FaceBook). If you’re reading this page then you probably already use our award winning online accounting software – so that’s that side of things covered. Here’s a list of some of the other applications that are out there:

Email
GMail
Hotmail

Word Processing, Spreadsheets, etc
Google Docs
Zoho

CRM
HighRiseHQ
Really Simple Systems

Interesting that Google seem to have quite a rounded offering. No wonder Microsoft are saying that they’re moving Office over to a web-based app. They were slow to embrace the internet, have they also come late to the Cloud Computing party? They’re certainly coming to the party according to a press release last month:

As part of a strategic companywide shift toward embracing web-based solutions, Microsoft today announced plans to deliver Office Web applications – lightweight versions of Office – through web browsers

Anyway, back to the matter in hand…

In an ideal world, the only application you should have to fire up on you computer is a web browser. What I’m going to find really interesting are the areas where we can’t find any web-based apps. So keep a note of where you have to revert back to old-fashioned locally installed software and let us know.

If there’s a gap, then there could be an opportunity for a budding entrepreneur to fill it.

So note the date in your (web-based?) calendar, research what’s out there and get ready for the first Cloud Computing Day on 12/12/2008.

Post your experiences of the day to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=35664877484

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