The Canterbury earthquakes helped elevate ‘cloud’ computing as a platform of choice for SMEs wanting to minimize their risk exposure. But does it have that silver lining for all businesses? Kevin Kevany reports. You might think New Zealand’s business owners – indeed every Kiwi with a computer – would have been on the phone to the nearest ‘cloud’ computing service provider on the morning after the first Christchurch earthquake. While terra firma was in turmoil in the months that followed, authorities from one end of the “shaky isles” to the other checked buildings and even speculated on where the next volcano might appear in our major city.
The Canterbury earthquakes helped elevate ‘cloud’ computing as a platform of choice for SMEs wanting to minimize their risk exposure. But does it have that silver lining for all businesses? Kevin Kevany reports.
Disaster? What disaster?
Jo Smith, marketing and operations manager for TimeFiler, has 13 years’ experience in implementing HRIS systems throughout New Zealand and Australia, and is widely considered one of the top consultants in her field. She and her colleagues experienced three office moves in a year in Christchurch.
“Despite our own immediate difficulties we are immensely proud that we were able to provide vital support to St John and the people of Christchurch,” Smith adds.
The future of accounting
Typical of the young entrepreneurs who are seeing the ‘cloud’ as an opportunity to start with fewer barriers to entry, a larger catchment area, and to prosper sooner, is Justin Keen.
What’s the hold up?
What is holding back SMEs from floating onto the ‘cloud’?