“Cloud based Offferings”
We used to call these ‘computer bureaux’
We used to be extremely concerned about handing custody of our business critical data and trade secrets to a 3rd party.
Nothing has changed.
Handing over control of your property to someone else doesn’t let you abdicate responsibility for it.
Computer systems, like nuclear power stations or space shuttles, will always fail. Lots of examples of hacked sites, and cloud based systems failures to prove it.
The only question is how much risk you are prepared to take with your company.
‘social networking’ is merely another way of taking money from the gullible. email is superior for most things – for one, it’s private, and can be made confidential if necessary. Anyone I want to email, I have the email address for. Anyone who knows me can find my email address and mail me, or phone.
And speaking of gullible – isn’t that just why ‘companies are taking notice’ ? – anywhere the gullible gather is fair game to the hawker, the mugger ( look up the origin of the word) the confidence trickster and the ethical salesman. I have no problem with that. I’d liek some of that free money. Just lets not pretend they are valuable.