On the surface letting your staff use their personal Gmail or Hotmail account for business purposes doesn't sound like a bad idea. You offload the responsibility and costs assoicated and you can utilize one of the many free email service providers instead of paying for your own email services or Exchange server.
Here are a few items you should consider before letting this happen.
First of all, we want to extend our sympathy to Jeremy McMaster. Jeremy's mother passed away on July 29th after a very brief illness. Jeremy will be back in the office next Tuesday.
The holiday weekend is here almost. Our offices will be closed from Friday at noon until Tuesday August 6th at 9 am. I hardly want to mention it, but we will also be closed for Labour Day Weekend – basically the same schedule.
As everyone knows Viruses are not limited to our individual computers, but they have ability to attack and shut down immense networks. Networks such as CNN, Microsoft and most recently the Apple Developer Network have been taken down by one virus or another. Apple is particularly noteworthy, since they have always been seen as virtually immune to virus attacks.
It's estimated that the web contains some 4.75 billion indexed pages as of this date. As you can imagine a very small percentage of those websites actually work or produce anything. At TDG we have been working for years, looking for the solution or formula that make a website actually produce what it's owner wants.
We realize that some websites are for information, some for commerce; some secure websites organize the entire life of a company or organization – and much more. So it seems that the first thing that we need to know about any given site is – what does its owner want from it. That is the starting point. We call that the Discovery Process, which is essential for any good web development. All too many people say: "I need a website", but have absolutely no strategy for its successful execution.
When I went to Notre Dame University to pursue graduate studies in the mid 1980's, I went out and made a huge purchase…a Kaypro CPM computer. It was magnificent at the time. It folded up like a medium size suitcase and had two 5.25" floppy drives. I managed to get through all of my graduate studies with that system. It was however, not much more than a glorified typewriter with a little bit of storage. More importantly it was the beginning of a whole new world of IT that would serve the intellectual, business, and personal needs of society.
Our IT department has recently expanded into the whole area of home/office automation and security. It's a pretty exciting field which changes much of the way in which our homes and offices work. What we can provide can virtually make the home or office operate on its own, which has great every-day benefits with additional benefits when you are away from your home or office for vacation or business.
The equipment that we are using at this time is exclusively Honeywell. They are a world leader in the manufacturer of control systems. Their systems are state-of-the-art, reliable and cost-effective.