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How One Small Company Outsourced IT to a Cloud-Computing Platform

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This story appears in the October 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Denise Doll-Kiefer used Mindshift to cloud things up at her staffing firm.
Denise Doll-Kiefer used Mindshift to cloud things up at her staffing firm.
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There's really no such thing as a typical day at the office for most Salo employees. The majority of staffers rarely set foot inside the firm's downtown Minneapolis headquarters. Salo provides finance, accounting and human resources staffing and placement services to customers across the Twin Cities region, outsourcing workers on a permanent and an interim basis. That means the Salo team exists in a state of near-perpetual motion--a challenging IT proposition even in the age of constant connectivity.

"We're always sending our employees to different client locations, which is very data-intense," says Denise Doll-Kiefer, Salo's chief financial officer. "We were looking at purchasing more servers, but that's not cheap."

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