Cloud Storage – Better reassess your strategy with Microsoft.

Better reassess your Cloud Storage SkyDrive strategy with Microsoft. Microsoft Online Division (Meaning Cloud Computing, including their Cloud Storage SkyDrive business.) is losing money hand over fist. This is not a sustainable business model. In an article by Jay Yarow posted on Business Insider today 7-2-12, it states a bleak prospect for Microsoft’s Online Division.

Microsoft’s Online Division Is Taking A $6.2 Billion Write Down Because Of Its Failed aQuantive Acquisition. As earlier posted in this Blog on October 9, 2011 the Online business at Microsoft is hemorrhaging cash. Add $6.2 Billion to this graph.

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Microsoft Online business performance

How long will the Microsoft Board of Directors tolerate this kind of financial performance for this Division? Something has to give. The question is – What?

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You as an individual need to make many difficult decisions in your life. Some are pretty obvious. There will be change in the Cloud Computing Group at Microsoft. Your data is at risk. In 2009 Yahoo closed it’s “Briefcase” Cloud Storage offering. Apple, just closed it’s MobileMe Cloud Storage offering (2012) and replaced it with iCloud, BUT DID NOT OFFER to move your data. You need to do that yourself. If you can figure it out yourself.

The financials at Microsoft’s OnLine Division do not bode well for consistency and sustainability of this offering.

Call to Action: Control your own destiny. Manage your data locally by having a local copy of all of your data, with an archived copy in a safe remote place. Then and only then use Cloud based Storage Service offerings. This cannot be more clear to me. Our information as individuals is at risk. Is it clear to you? I hope so. Please note, I am not saying do not use these services. I am saying make them a “Part of your strategy” not your entire strategy.

Regards,
Peter

Peter Gailey
The Personal Information Management Coach
The PIM Coach
www.PIMCoach.com

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Information overload? Data Deluge? ALERT!

Information overload? Data Deluge? ALERT!

Gartner, A leading Analyst firm reports: Average storage per household will grow from Continue reading

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Information Overload and Social Media – Poll numbers

Information overload and Social Media – Poll numbers reveal 79% of audience feels symptoms of Information overload. This is a revealing statistic when you consider that Social Media is a minor portion of the information that is inundating us as individuals every day. The conclusion is that with the addition of other data sources included in the Data Deluge that effects everyone, information overload is a universal issue effecting everyone.

Choices are necessary / mandatory to “Tame the Data Deluge” in our personal lives.

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Cloud Storage and Personal Information Management Strategy

Personal Information Management – “PIM Coach tip of the day”.

Google is about to announce the specifics of their increased on-line storage capabilities. Microsoft is pushing their online storage for individuals and Small and Mid size business. Proceed with caution. Here’s why… Continue reading

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Personal Information Management – Enterprise Scope and Scale, and you.

Personal Information Management is all about data. I have been trying to deliver the message that there is a “Data Deluge” happening in our personal lives. There is more data being generated than there is Continue reading

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New findings for small business relate to you as an individual.

Persoanl Information Management (PIM) by backing up your personal information and data is critical to your personal well-being. A recent article in the small business section of Foxbusiness.com illustrates how important the proper backup of data is for Continue reading

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Personal Information Management – PIM – Learn to manage interruptions

Learn to manage interruptions. Personal Information Management is critical to our daily lives. Interruptions to the flow of our activities are huge impediments to our efficiency.

Research released by Jonathan Spira, CEO and chief analyst at Basex reveals Continue reading

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Simplify your life – Convert to Digital delivery! PIM tip

Every household in the U.S. receives 84 pounds of direct (bulk) mail each year. We use three working days to sort and decide what to do with it. Reference from – Para Publishing

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This is a MUST Read regarding Personal Information Management (PIM)

This is a MUST Read regarding Personal Information Management (PIM)

Results of a survey conducted by Wakefield Research include the following (Note-1):

* 51% of Americans have experienced a computer crash where they lost ALL of their digital files.
* More than one-third (39%) admit they have never Continue reading

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Keep personal information (PIM) and work data seperate! Here’s why.

Keep personal information and work data separate! Here’s why.

Cisco Systems recent study data: “68% of employees and 71% of college students believe corporate devices should be used for Social Media and Personal use, too” See Note: 1

This is an understandable set of conclusions, and desires on the part of employees. But a very bad policy choice for both the companies and the individuals. Here’s why. Continue reading

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