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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow – as long as you have a “Snow Plan”

I follow @Mcallistersrcvy on Twitter, mainly because their MD @markamcallister and the rest of the team provide excellent real time updates on road and traffic issues around Surrey and Hampshire.

This week Mark and the team have been providing #SurreySnow updates and according to their latest tweets, and I quote “Models today continue with cold suggestions. Next Fri & Sat poss 20 inches of snow & max temps of -4 deg c” there is the potential for some serious snow and the conditions could be worse than we saw in December 2010.

My new year’s business wish was for a fast start for 2012, January has been excellent but we want to keep it going in February and the last thing I think any business needs right now is the chaos that the cold, fluffy, white stuff seems to bring to our lives.

So last year we invested in technology that enables us to work wherever we want to, no matter what snow or erupting volcanoes want to throw at us.

I am not going to bore you with the full details but obviously I have my smartphone (A Nokia Lumia 800, running Windows 7.5) and my laptop, a 3G data connection, my critical business applications are run by Microsoft Office 365 (email, video & voice conferencing and collaborative working through Sharepoint) and all my customer details are hosted with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

This means that whatever I want to do I can get full access on both my phone and laptop to whatever I need, and more than that our entire team of 7 people can access all the same documents and details from wherever they are too.

If the snow comes we will hold our sales meeting via Lync (the conferencing and instant messaging part of Office 365), we will be able to share our sales forecast in Excel on everyone’s device of choice at the same time and any one of us can edit it accordingly, once we are done we can save it to Sharepoint ready for the week after.

Now I am sure there are many of you that can already do the same via a number of different systems and set ups, but there will also be a huge number of your clients, business partners, family and friends who cannot.

We would like to help these people, all you have to do is put us in touch.

Callmaster Mobile enters the blogging world!!

It has taken some time but with a new year comes new objectives and we have been talking for some time about how to share our knowledge of the mobile world and what better way than with our own blog.

Our company has changed so much in the last 6 months, we have relocated, we have recruited and we have become “more than just mobiles”.

Over the next few posts we will share with you everything that is new, our partnerships with Disability Challengers, Farnham Rugby Club and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, all the latest technologies available at your fingertips on a pay per user per month basis and the benefits that these advances can bring to your working life.

We would like to hear from anyone who would like to “guest blog” for us and share their knowledge and experiences of “mobile” so do get in touch if you are interested.

We promise to keep you up to date on the latest phones and tablets that we rate and recommend, we will tell you about Microsoft Office 365 and all the amazing components that enhance the way we work (hey, it might be good for you as well!) and we hope to enlighten you about near field communications (NFC), Fastdox and Digital Pens, Hosted Telephony, converged fixed line and mobile solutions and unified communications.

So, to kick us off, who uses mobile applications for work or maybe Angry Birds for fun? Who doesn’t because their handset of choice is a BlackBerry and finds BlackBerry App World limited? Well the good news, coming soon to a town near you, android developed apps are going to be available on BlackBerry handsets. The question is, is it too little, too late?

We shall see….