Is #WYOD of the future arriving sooner?

Has Google taken a huge step forward in bring WYOD to the forefront even sooner?

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With the announcement that over the next few weeks that Google are releasing tools to developers to help them bring forward new App’s and integration of platforms to WOYD‘s – what will this actually mean?

Whist this may start allowing App’s to be more widely available on item’s like Glass and may other devices appearing on the seen, the real question you need to start thinking, this is now but how can I be ready for all this?

Yes the devices can offer the ability to have navigation facilities, be able to record events, take photos, read texts and answer calls, are you thinking behind this? Content marketing is now becoming the real important factor in helping you to get your services, offerings and products known to the wider market but again, are you thinking beyond this?

The opportunity for you to add further developments to how you really promote your company is huge and whilst you may not be able to jump on board with this now, you really need to start laying the foundations.

Many companies and organisations are already having to play catch up by offering daily updates via Social Media, adding and changing photos frequently, the endless possibilities of video integration and even what you are doing now – reading this blog post – many aren’t using blog postings as an added dimension….

Many things are being revealed and discussed at SxSW but will you be taking notice of what is being said, released and shared? This and CeBIT have both seen major announcements this past weekend (8th & 9th of March 2014) plus with Gartner taking placing today and tomorrow (10th & 11th of March 2014) as new ideas, technology and applications are brought to the wider arena.

So, don’t get scared or worried by all this technology, the present is here now……

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and……

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the future is arriving……

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Why Cloud? 2nd of 3 simple understand guides to help you…

CLOUD COMPUTING FOR MIDSIZE BUSINESSES

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PART TWO:- WHY CLOUD….

  • There are a number of reasons why midsize companies should consider cloud as an option for meeting their challenges and addressing their priorities. Cloud is simple to deploy quickly. You pay just for what you use. It allows internal resources to focus on higher value IT services to your business. How does it do this? By offering:-
    • Single virtual appliance workloads
    • IT development and test environments
    • Mature packaged offerings, such as email, collaboration, salesforce automation
    • Web application assessments for security and compliance
    • Isolated workloads where latency between components is not an issue
    • Desktop, storage, backup and restore solutions and services

Using these Cloud capabilities and solutions, you can:-

    • Increase agility
    • Turn information into insight
    • Protect data, application and systems
    • Connect and empower people
    • Drive effectiveness and efficiency
    • Enable your internal resources to focus on providing higher-value IT services to your business

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The following sections describe how:-

Increasing agility

In this complex and uncertain world, midsize companies  struggle to keep pace with change. This becomes difficult when business processes cannot be altered as fast as the market demands. Also, the high cost of maintaining the infrastructure that supports applications and services can make it difficult for midsize companies to accommodate market changes. Because Cloud computing simplifies infrastructure management and builds inflexibility, it helps increase business agility because applications can respond immediately to new business requirements. Cloud computing makes it possible to manage service levels in a controlled fashion, route traffic based on changing demands and run more workloads with fewer servers. In addition, you can significantly speed time to value when you deploy business process management (BPM) solutions and other workloads from the cloud. In short, the increased agility provided by cloud can help you roll out new products faster.

Turning information into insight

Having access to the right information at the right time is what enables smart businesses to make the right decisions in a timely fashion. Yet, a recent IBM Institute for Business Value study discovered that one in two business leaders do not have sufficient information from across their organization to do their jobs. Business analytics and reporting can help. With business analytics, companies take information that is either isolated or scattered all over their organizations and transform it into insight that can improve decision making and company performance. However, many business analytics solutions are compute intensive, requiring a great deal of processing power.

Cloud computing offers an alternative to acquiring the power, servers and applications for business analytics by making it possible to access a single business analytics environment capable of supporting all users in the company. Midsize companies can take a self service approach to delivering business analytics services to new divisions, departments and users that reduces time, resources and costs.

Protecting data, applications and systems

Midsize companies understand the need for information security, but still struggle to manage the cost and complexity of a myriad of security technologies for everything from threat prevention to email security, vulnerability scanning and security event and log management. However, it is possible to secure data, application, systems and infrastructure at a lower cost—by taking advantage of security solutions that are available on the Cloud.

Cloud-delivered security enhances the security of the IT network in a practical way, requiring fewer IT resources and providing access to security experts whenever it is needed. In addition, there are no hardware and software licenses to purchase and no associated maintenance fees. The cloud delivery model also helps reduce security complexity because companies do not have to manage, configure and patch a proliferation of security devices and  technologies.

Because Cloud providers manage the data center that the cloud solutions are delivered from and those providers and centers are shared by multiple customers, Midsize companies can feel confident that their systems are secure. Cloud helps provide a valuable backup to on-premises computing.

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Connecting and empowering people

A new generation of social media savvy workers has emerged. They prefer to use communities, forums, wikis and blogs todiscuss and refine ideas with one another and with customers.

In fact, more and more, an organization’s brand is experienced through its people. As a result, there has been a significant rise in demand for social networking capabilities in midsize businesses.

Cloud is an easy and cost-effective way for Midsize companies to provide social networking and other collaborative tools such as email and instant messaging. By moving applications that connect employees, companies and customers to the Cloud, midsize companies can empower employees without the responsibility of maintaining applications and infrastructure. Everything can be done with a web browser. As a result, everyone can work more efficiently and effectively.

Driving effectiveness and efficiency

Improving the economics and elasticity of infrastructure and development processes can help midsize businesses achieve new levels of business efficiency and effectiveness. Moving activities such as developing, testing and accessing applications to the cloud is one way to reduce cycle times, improve quality and lower the costs of these activities. When development and testing is delivered from the cloud, Midsize Businesses can save on most capital and licensing expenses, reduce operating and labour costs with automated provisioning and configuration and improve quality by reducing defects from faulty configurations and poor modelling. Cycle times can be reduced with reuse of codes and images.

When application and business services are provided from the cloud, Midsize Businesses can benefit from efficient desktop management, application monitoring and lower user IT support costs. When they are not being hampered by difficult access to the applications and environments they need to get their tasks done, developers and workers are not only more productive, but also what they produce is higher quality.

Cloud really is ideal for midsize businesses

When you take into account the needs of Midsize Businesses  – doing more with less, reducing risk, higher quality services and breakthrough agility – Cloud is an ideal fit. Accessing business services, software, platforms, infrastructure and security from the Cloud provides all kinds of benefits to Midsize companies who often must work with limited resources and budgets. With Cloud solutions, midsize companies can:-

    • Reduce capital expenditures and operational expenses.
    • Ensure the right levels of security and resiliency for all business data and processes.
    • Improve quality of services and deliver new services that help the business grow and reduce costs.
    • Increase ability to quickly deliver new services to capitalize on opportunities while containing costs and managing risk

With these kinds of benefits, it makes sense to adopt cloud as an integral part of your IT strategy.

Savvy Midsize Businesses are already pursuing the use of Cloud Computing, primarily because it helps them transfer capital costs to operational costs, reduce operational costs, improve product and services time-market and raise levels of quality. The key to achieving these benefits is to be precise about which of your capabilities can benefit from Cloud and move specific workloads rather than simply trying to “cloud enable” an entire IT infrastructure all at once.

How to get onto the Cloud……

1) Finding a trusted advisor with Cloud experience to assess your business processes and architecture and make recommendations –  here are a few examples of people for you to speak

2) Try it for free for one month with SoftLayer, an IBM company. This free one month trial of CloudLayer Computing from SoftLayer allows you to deploy public cloud instances with exceptional features in as little as five minutes.

This is the second part of a three step guide that was produced for Service Address  by Simon Porter who is the Vice President for Mid-Market Sales, Europe for IBM ( for connecting Simon via Twitter – @SimonLPorter ) and thus as a result, it enables Service Address to share the answers to questions that we are commonly asked. We do hope you have found this blog informative….

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What’s The Cloud? 1st of 3 simple understand guides to help you…

ClouD computing FOR MIDSIZE BUSINESSES

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PART ONE:- WHAT IS The Cloud….

Midsize companies often have limited resources and therefore want to make the most of their IT investment (dollars, skills, infrastructure and capacity) to achieve economies of scale. They need innovative, secure and cost-effective ways to cut costs without disrupting current business operations, and improve both efficiency and employee productivity. They also want to enter new markets and find new opportunities, while managing risk, improving business agility and retaining customers.

To achieve these goals, many midsize companies are starting to think differently about infrastructure. Instead of acquiring more storage, adding new servers or server rooms, or “ripping and replacing” inefficient hardware and software, midsize businesses could benefit from the cloud computing model.

Cloud Computing directly addresses midsize business needs…..

 Cloud Computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider integration.”

It rapidly provisions standardized services over the public Internet or a private network and can be used to reduce IT complexity and accelerate business value. It is an entirely new way of thinking about computing and business. And it can lead to extraordinary cost savings and business innovation.

This blog provides a brief overview of cloud computing, explains how midsize companies can benefit, and describes the steps they can take to take advantage of what it has to offer.

Thinking differently about infrastructure…..

Midsize companies require flexibility and agility to respond to change, to innovate rapidly and to achieve faster time to market so they can profitably grow their business—even while facing resource constraints and a need to reduce costs. However, it can be difficult to be flexible and agile when you consider the infrastructure and computing challenges that are affecting midsize companies in the form of:

    • Lost business opportunities—Midsize companies are losing business opportunities because their IT environments lack the agility and scale needed for innovation. They need infrastructure with an amplifying effect, one that enables them to compete with larger companies
    • Complex IT change management—Change management processes used by midsize companies can be very complex and this can result in errors
    • Costly infrastructure investments—Investing in new infrastructure can be costly in terms of upfront outlay and the “rip and replace” process
    • Server sprawl with low utilization—Many midsize businesses are experiencing server sprawl but usage levels remain low while others don’t know what resources they are using or what they cost
    • Security, audit and compliance—Compliance, auditing and security patching are taking a significant toll on midsize company budgets
    • Difficulty funding new IT projects—Midsize companies are not able to fund new IT priorities because their IT budget is being spent on maintaining their current infrastructure

As a result, midsize companies need innovative, secure and cost-effective ways to cut costs without disrupting current business operations, improve efficiency and employee productivity, enter new markets and find new opportunities, manage risk, improve business agility and retain customers. To achieve these goals, it’s time for midsize companies to start thinking differently about infrastructure. Instead of acquiring more storage, adding new servers or server rooms, or “ripping and replacing” inefficient hardware and software, midsize businesses could benefit from the cloud computing model. The Cloud provides an amplifying effect that enables midsize companies to compete with larger companies.

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It’s time to consider The Cloud…..

In recent years the Internet has taken on greater significance as a conduit for an enormous amount of computing capability. Using the Internet to gain access to and deploy computing resources is often referred to as a “cloud computing.” In a nutshell, cloud computing changes IT services delivery in the same way that ATMs changed banking and the web has changed commerce.

The Cloud provides applications, data and IT resources using virtualised computing resources and you can use it to acquire computing services that can help improve business performance and control the costs of providing IT resources to your organization. Four major categories of cloud computing services have emerged that transform how IT services can be used:-

1) BPaaS 

The first category is cloud business processes as a service, which makes business processes available from the cloud using web interfaces and exploiting web-oriented cloud architecture. The provider of the business processes is responsible for the related functions. Examples include multi-tenant, self-service provisioning, elastic scaling and usage metering or pricing

2) SaaS

The second category is cloud software as a service, which makes a provider’s enterprise applications, analytics and collaboration available to consumers from the provider’s cloud infrastructures using a thin client user interface. Customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning and business analytics software are examples of enterprise applications that you can find in this layer

3) PaaS

The third category is cloud platform as a service, which deploys consumer-created or acquired applications created using programming languages and tools (supported by a provider) onto the cloud infrastructure. Examples of these applications include database applications, middleware, development tools, Java and Web 2.0 application runtimes

4) IaaS

The fourth category is cloud infrastructure as a service, which provides provisions processing, storage, networks and other fundamental computing resources to the consumer. Servers, networking, data center, storage and security are examples of what this category of cloud computing delivers

 Public / Private / Hybrid…..

The Cloud is also not limited to one type of deployment. There is a spectrum of options available for you to choose from. The most common is a public cloud option. At the other end of the spectrum is a private cloud deployment where a company owns, manages and controls all the resources. It is also possible to merge the options between public and private and create what has been coined a “hybrid cloud.” Companies can elect to design and build their own cloud computing environments, putting in place the infrastructure, hardware and software needed to operate and manage a private cloud. Or, they might decide to manage only certain layers, such as the application layer, and tap into a public cloud or a third party-owned private cloud for the infrastructure and platform layers. It is one of the most effective ways that midsize companies can meet infrastructure and computing demands without breaking the bank.

How to get onto The Cloud…..

1) Finding a trusted advisor with cloud experience to assess your business processes and architecture and make recommendations –  here are a few examples of people for you to speak

2) Try it for free for one month with SoftLayer, an IBM company. This free one month trial of CloudLayer Computing from SoftLayer allows you to deploy public cloud instances with exceptional features in as little as five minutes.

 

 

This three step guide was produced for Service Address  by Simon Porter who is the Vice President for Mid-Market Sales, Europe for IBM ( for connecting Simon via Twitter – @SimonLPorter ) and thus as a result, it enables Service Address to share the answers to questions that we are commonly asked. We do hope you have found this blog informative….

To learn more about how we can help you understand The Cloud better, then contact us via here or complete the form below:-