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Own Cloud – A free alternative to DropBox and Google Drive

Drop Box, Google Drive and other cloud services where you can store your files online are a tremendous convenience to consumers, but in some cases storing your business’s data in places unknown is not the most comforting of solutions, and in other circumstances may actually be prohibited by law or regulations such as HIPPA.

So what are you to do in such cases where storing sensitive data in the cloud is unavailable, and yet you need to be able to access this data remotely? The answer is to deploy a private cloud.
Platforms like Own Cloud give you secure remote access to the data files on your business network, using easy to use Mobile applications for your Mobile Phone or Tablet, thus enabling your business with your own “private cloud”.


This capability is particularly useful for businesses with geographically dispersed work forces that need to collaborate on business documents using simple browser based tools. Not only does this type of solution ultimately save you from paying monthly fees for online storage, but it allows you to maintain the control you need over your digital assets in the one place that matters, inside your business.

Somerville Technology Solutions can perform the implementation of Owncloud in your office, train your employees to power user status, and help you with the deployment of the mobile apps to mobile devices. Never be without your critical business data again.

  • Android
  • iOS (Apple)
  • Mac
  • Windows
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Group Office – Your Online Office

Strictly speaking, Group Office isn’t a pure CRM (Customer Relationship Management) solution in our view, despite the fact that it has CRM like features. It is; however, more like the Swiss Army Knife of office collaboration tools, neatly rolling up multiple key applications into one package, and we thinks it’s great.

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Group Office’s web based interface is all business without the fluff and distractions other solutions sometimes pile on. However, despite being a bit stark, the user interface is well thought out and easy enough to learn after a bit of time with the application. Furthermore, considering how packed full of features this application suite is, it doesn’t overwhelm, as the features are arranged in modules that can be disabled based on assigned user privilege. In other words, you can relegate some users to a single application like email, or group calendar, and yet others can take advantage of the entire suite’s features.

This suite is particularly suited for employee collaboration; however, because it is web based, it can also be made available to customers and partners, albeit in a more restricted manner. One such application that comes to mind is the Files module, which is essentially a document library. This could allow an organization to seamlessly share customer or partner facing documents with outside parties quite elegantly. FTP and Faxing is so last century, as web based file sharing is part of the newer paradigm of information sharing that we enjoy today.

The Professional edition of Group Office includes mobile synchronization, allowing you to sync your calendar(s), address book(s), and task list(s) so that you are always up to speed with new developments, even while on the road.

Somerville Technology Solutions views GroupOffice as an excellent option for small businesses looking for an affordable office collaboration solution that elegantly ties group calendar, email, address books, billing, customer service, and more into a single unified application suite that doesn’t require installing software on every employee’s computer.

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Moodle – Sell Online Courses.

Moodle is the open source platform that lets you build the perfect education solution for your needs.

Expand your capacity to offer educational courses by selling courses online.
Moodle is an Open Source and Free software platform that allows educators to offer courses online, and without the constraints of a physical classroom or facility. This allows many more students to participate during any given course period, and also eliminates the inconvenience of travelling to and from a class site.

The following is a short list of Moodle Features:

  • Offer many courses at the same time using the same platform
  • Designed to be responsive and accessible, the Moodle interface is easy to navigate on both desktop and mobile devices.
  • Collaborative tools allow working and learning together in forums, wikis, glossaries, database activities, and much more.
  • Convenient file management allows dragging and dropping files from cloud storage services including MS Skydrive, Dropbox and Google Drive.
  • Notifications allow instructors and students to receive automatic alerts on new assignments and deadlines, forum posts and also send private messages to one another.
  • Moodle’s built-in media support enables you to easily search for and insert video and audio files in your courses.
  • Offer quizzes and tests online, simplifying grading and grade management


Somerville Technology Solutions can help you integrate Moodle into an ecommerce platform in order to automate the enrollment of students – from course selection and payment, to course completion.


Monetize your expertise by offering courses online.
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