Making Cloud applications work together is one of the biggest problems today. Many businesses are finding that their selection of Cloud apps didn’t take into consideration all of the username, passwords not to mention that one Cloud app doesn’t know that the others exist.
There is a lot to consider when picking Cloud applications. Today we’ll look at username, passwords and sending things between apps.
Single Sign-On is a dream. You log in once, just like the old days and from then on you can just open anything you want to. It doesn’t work this way in the Cloud. Every application has it’s own username and password.
There are two (maybe 3) solutions to this problem
- Use Roboform to remember your usernames and passwords for you.
- Use a Portal to keep your most often used applications together and logged in
- Use a Cloud suite
Roboform: Roboform is a password remembering and generating tool. It will remember all of the usernames and passwords you use. You can access them from any device too. When you visit a website you to into your Roboform bookmarks, click the site you want and poof it goes there and logs you in all in the fell swoop.
There’s a business version of this tool too. So you can share usernames and passwords with other people in your company securely.
I have hundreds of online accounts. You’ll be surprised at how many you have too.
Use a Portal: The Office 365 suite comes with a single sign-on portal. Portals aren’t perfect because not every website will cooperate with single sign-on but more and more do. We can add and then publish them to everyone in your company so each persons portal doesn’t have to be created individually.
Use a Cloud Suite: Just like Windows, Office and Servers were the base of most business networks, so too the Cloud needs a base. We think that Office 365 forms an excellent base. It comes with most of the functionality that everyone needs today and it all works together. Between Office, new Cloud only apps, OneDrive, Sharepoint and Skype business versions we find that it is taking the place of 5 or more separate cloud services that some of our clients were using. Since they all work together and integrate with your Apple or Windows devices it provides a solid foundation from which to build your Cloud infrastructure.
– Amy. President, Harbor Computer Services
p.s. Did you schedule your security training yet? We’ve got a free license of it waiting for you. Just ask. Forward this email or have us sign up your co-workers so they can get these emails too
About Harbor Computer Services
Harbor Computer Services is an IT firm servicing Southeastern Michigan. We work exclusively under contract with our clients to provide technology direction and either become the IT department or provide assistance to the internal IT they already have. We have won many awards for our work over the years, including the worldwide Microsoft Partner of the Year in 2010. We’re the smallest firm to have ever won this most prestigious award. Most recently we were recognized as one of the top 20 visionaries in small business IT by ChannelPro Magazine (2015). And in 2016 as the top Michigan IT firm for Manufacturing. There are a few simple things that make Harbor Computer Services the best choice for your business. •We are Professionals •We are Responsible •We are Concerned About The Success of Your Business