Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Shuttle Buses) — Oh My!

Talk about moving at the speed of light—it’s all in a day’s work.  This year has seen me using automobiles, public trains and airplanes, and shuttle buses in a single day multiple trips to reach my destinations.  Whether it’s for business or pleasure, it is always a relief that I can stay connected with family, friends, and my business contacts and networks. As many of you know traveling light these days is the key to moving rapidly through the maze of social and business interactions.

Having contacts and files accessible from a laptop computer, smartphone, tablet, or eReader (my personal favorite) is like having a virtual SoHo office available at all times.  It means you don’t have to sweat it if you forgot to write down the name of a contact or address, or if you left a file back at the office. With today’s technology, accessing the data on your favorite device is just a few clicks away.

It also means that when collaborating with others, whether working on final plans for a family reunion or that big presentation or proposal, everyone can stay in the loop and add their own input in real time.

It is all about being connected — to people and to devices — and the availability to plug in when you need to. That is the buzz these days. Some applications allow that more easily than others. They allow for unlimited storage per computer and the ability to compartmentalize and specify what information is “shared.” This way, you can protect the business jewels (so to speak) or the family’s secret sauce.

Businesses are taking advantages of applications like these in many ways:

-to keep track of clients info (i.e., buying history, special requests), inventory, shipping and deliveries

-to create folders that are only accessed by your customers with user names and passwords provided by you

-tax info over a number of years, employee info

The ability to have that your data available to you anywhere and at all times where you have Internet connection via the the “cloud” and you make the decision about what is shared—is the best of both worlds.

How are you maximizing your connectivity? Are you collaborating with others on personal or work plans?


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