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Conrad Healy
Making life better with practical smart technology.
Making life better with practical smart technology.
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Funny article about some building acronyms. Best one is MUSCLE - Must Use Skilled Contractors Literally Everywhere!

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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) - is there any good reason not to go this route?
BYOD - Bring Your Own Device. Taking this strategy not only saves businesses the obvious costs on computer hardware but will also increase people's productivity. Knowing how to maximise the opportunities of this strategic approach will save you lots of money else where in your organisation. What's stopping you? 

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Editor’s note: Want to upgrade to the cloud? Explore how Google can benefit your organization on our 11/12 Hangout: http://goo.gl/0DBPgL

Here are 5 easy steps from +Eric Schmidt to get you started.

1. Start by setting up a Google Apps account for your organization. This will allow you to move your standard productivity and communications work to the cloud: you’ll use Gmail for your email (with your own domain, like joe@joescoffeeshop.com); Google Calendar for your calendars; Google Drive to store files; Google Docs to create and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations; and Hangouts to send instant messages and hold video calls. This will free your staff from spending time maintaining servers and installing upgrades. Google Apps is free to schools and non-profits, and costs $50/person per year for businesses and government agencies.

2. Move your other standard business applications to cloud-based equivalents. Popular apps include Workday (HR), Salesforce (CRM), Zendesk (customer service), Netsuite (Financials), and Wix or Weebly (websites). More companies are creating and launching cloud-based business applications every day — check out the Chrome Web Store for more.

3. Move your custom applications to a cloud infrastructure. Many organizations have built their own custom applications or need to be able to do very specialized programming. Most people use Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform or Microsoft Azure. Choose between the first two.

4. Standardize on a modern browser, ideally Chrome. Chrome is built for speed, simplicity and security — and of course it’s free. To make sure that you're protected from the latest threats, Chrome automatically updates whenever a new version of the browser is available. You can also use Chrome on all the major desktop and mobile platforms, including Android and iOS, and sync your tabs and bookmarks between different devices. Chrome for Business includes a cloud-based management console, which lets you customize policies and preferences for your employees easily from the web, including which apps and extensions they receive, across their devices.

5. For hardware, you can now move to a flexible, “bring your own device” policy. Without servers, the only real hardware you need are computers and phones — and a true cloud architecture works well with any operating system: Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Android, iOS. People can choose the device that suits them, and you can then reimburse their purchases and/or their own personal cell phone and internet bills. If you do decide to supply your staff with computers, consider Chromebooks: they boot up in seconds, have built-in virus protection and are dead simple to deploy and manage.
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New logo for my carpentry and construction business. Check out the gallery of work done at www.conradpatrickconstruction.com. Get in touch if you'd like any building done, or pass on and share our details.

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I won candy on the #googlebirthday doodle! Score: 61

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Some more useful features and reasons to use Google Forms.

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Another project completed by Conrad Patrick Construction - http://www.conradpatrickconstruction.com/
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New Roof over extension
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