After years of rumors, Microsoft finally unveiled Office for iPad in late March. This is a huge addition to the iPad, as demonstrated by the more than 12 million downloads of the product in the first week it was released.
The iPad Just Got More Business-Friendly
One of the biggest business complaints about the iPad has been that it’s great as a personal device and for catching up on e-mail, but you really couldn’t do real work on it. You can now use the core three products—Word, Excel and Powerpoint—on your iPad fairly seamlessly. Microsoft has integrated Office for iPad into their Office 365 suite of products with an annual fee of only $100, which includes online file storage (or you can simply view files in Office for iPad, but not work on them, for free).
A Familiar Interface And Functionality
Just about everything you’re used to within the Office Suite is here on the iPad, optimized for touch screens. These three apps are feature-rich, powerful business tools. And while a menu item or two might be out of place, you’ll soon quickly adapt to the user interface. If you’ve used an iPad and you’ve used Office on your desktop, you’ll be just fine. Advanced features such as change tracking, find and replace are all there, and while there still may be a few things you need to do on your desktop, we’re hard-pressed to find many of them.
Do you have mountains of information stored on your server that you’ll never use, but feel like you should keep?
You are not alone. Given expanding regulatory rules, some businesses save every bit of data they have, just to be safe.
You may be thinking, “What’s the big deal in keeping everything?”
While it is true off-site data storage costs have gone down by about 25% every year, the fact is that keeping your data forever can create big management challenges and lead to retrieval headaches. Most often companies that save everything don’t do so because they think it’s the best way, but because they aren’t sure what needs to be saved.
Every organization needs to save data for its own purposes, such as transactions, accounting records and so on. Not only that, but industry regulations require companies to save certain kinds of content for a prescribed period.
So what should you be doing? Here are 4 data-retention strategies you must consider:
- Start with the storage analysis, not the storage technology or procedures. Know what data has to be kept and for how long. Many times requirements are dictated by industry or legal requirements.
- Segment user populations. Use categories such as executives, back-office employees, sales and people who deal with the company’s intellectual property and treat their data differently.
- Be precise and consistent with data-retention policies.
- Don’t confuse backup with archiving. Since backup systems don’t generally have the granular control needed to save some types of information for a short time and others for longer, using them as archival systems can be costly and risky.
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On my recent quarterly trip to Nashville to meet with my mastermind group, I had the pleasure of meeting world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad.
Diana is not one to quit. In her sixties she came out of a 30 year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. She tried and failed many times, but with each failed attempt she became more determined to continue reaching for her dream. Her motto became ‘find a way!’
She ran into the same obstacles over and over, and failed many times before success, just as business owners often do. Somehow, each time she picked herself up and got back out there, a little wiser and more experienced with every new attempt.
There were many obstacles. She was forced to stop her second attempt after 29 hours in the water, after encountering strong currents and winds that pushed her miles off course to the east. She had to stop her third attempt after about 41 hours, 67 nautical miles through the 103 nautical miles passage, because of jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-war stings and after currents pushed her off course. On her fourth attempt despite potentially deadly Box Jellyfish stings, Diana continued her swim for 41 long hours, but the swim was eventually compromised by the physical effects of the stings.
Finally in 2013, on her fifth attempt and at age 64, she became the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage.
Talk about some serious obstacles in the way, yet Diana did finally find a way! When you have a real dream, there is always a way – find a way!
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
By Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled. She explains the root causes and offers compelling, common- sense solutions that can empower all women to achieve their full potential.
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