The risk of vendor lock-in is a major hurdle to cloud adoption, yet small businesses that adopt cloud services tend to have better revenue growth and improved productivity.
CRM is intended to be a full lifecycle solution for managing customers from marketing to after sales support. This article shows a starter sales solution that can broadly be implemented within five days and cost you less than $10,000.
With all the hoopla going around about Cloud Computing, we thought it worthwhile to share a more formal definition from a reputable body.
Many IT “infrastructure as a Service” providers offer hybrid cloud services allowing you to purchase compute services as needed based on your peak. Cloud computing is still a couple years away mainly because only a few players are offering the “brokering” service that is required to make it easy to purchase computer (i.e. cpu, memory or storage) resources on demand.
One of the main limitations of existing Microsoft editions is that it does not work well in the age of “touch” tablets and phones.
Australia spends $22.4 Billion for outsourcing IT services. Why? A good external group of IT consultants lowers risk. In our experience, even mid-size companies with a group of in-house IT people do not have the same level of skill as a group of external consultants.
One of the benefits of Cloud Computing is that you can access it from anywhere. In the event of a fire or other emergency in your office, your data is still safe and reachable. Redundancy and back-ups in IT are like insurance. There are many levels of redundancy and back-up. The more you depend on your IT system for your business, the more you should spend in redundancy and back-up(s).
You can thank large organisations for the proliferation of new commodity services. The aim is to use the savings in the commodity area to invest and develop new premium service areas like mobility.
A recent customer quotation for a WAN service for multiple locations was a reminder that there are still huge price differences in from the various service providers. For five sites across Australia, three quotes were gathered for a similar WAN (Fiber, MPLS, etc.) services. One quote was $13,000 per month and others were $3,500 & $4,800 for similar services!
CRM is one of the original “killer applications” for cloud computing where you pay as you go and only pay for what you use. In fact, the cloud based CRM leader, SalesForce.com, has been pushing the on-line model for many years. The big difference with Microsoft announcement is (see blog for more).
The pigeon has long been used to courier data with dependable speed and drop-out rates. Getting files backed up or moved to an off-site location can sometimes take hours, depending on the size of the data transfer and your internet connection.
The LBS market is worth almost $13 Billion USD by 2014 according to Juniper Research. Part of the reason for the growth of LBS is the combined popularity of social networking, smartphones and cloud computing.
Facebook has more than 700,000 business accounts and LinkedIn profiles are often used as CV hunting grounds — should your business jump into it?
The Australian government is already talking up telemedicine and education examples as remote usage ideas for the National Broadband Network. Other examples such as security related eye or thumbprint scans or logistically related delivery or warehouse inventory tracking could all be improved by integrating with mobile phone.
Cloud Computing needs inexpensive broadband with high data transfer rates included. This is one area that Telstra does not provide good value for money and shopping elsewhere is smart on the pocket book. Australia ranks 59 in the world in terms of average upload speeds and 40 in average download speeds.
The latest craze in the IT (Information Technology) sector is Cloud Computing. Some call it the new frontier. The Wild West is here, bringing with it opportunities for new companies.
IDC estimates the market for public cloud products and services at $16B in 2010, growing to $56B by 2014. Gartner more optimistically estimates the cloud market at $150B by 2013 while Merrill Lynch estimates the market at $160B by 2011. And of course, the article that spurred this post quoted AMI research’s estimate that SMB cloud spending alone will reach $100B by 2014.
Despite the overwhelming success of SharePoint (with more than 100 million sold and $1Billion in revenue), there are many businesses that do not know much about it.
The short answer is that businesses, even small ones, do not always make a decision on up-front costs savings.
The CEO of Microsoft, Steve Balmer, reportedly told a reporter in New York in March 2009, “Anything that has been a server needs to be a service.” His statement is a good summary of Microsoft’s strategy, and gives you an indication of where things are going. In short, both Virtualisation and Software as a Service (SaaS) are component parts in the overall Cloud Computing trend.
You are not going to make your enterprise hardware cheaper than the big boys operating in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) space. This means the real place of innovation and growth is in Platform as a Service to take advantage of this new commodity-like infrastructure by building private infrastructure to work seamlessly with the public cloud resources.
The most significant benefit of Cloud computing is elasticity, which is the ability to automatically scale out based on demand and users’ quality of service requests. Having a VPN set-up with dynamic provisioning allows you to do this. Alternatively, set up a broker between the private network and the cloud provider and to manage traffic/demand based on pre-defined security policies.
This article compares prices (roughly) of Australia hosters that are currently offering pay-as-you-go infrastructure.
The commodity layer of Cloud Computing is rapidly maturing, leaving room for the next wave of innovation. Market Oriented Infrastructure, Continue reading