RIP the old world and why cloud causes inevitable change

By Ian Moyse - Sales Director, www.workbooks.com 

Eurocloud UK Board Member & Cloud Industry Forum Governance Board Member

“We change our behaviour when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change”. - Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

The need for change and acceptance of the fact that your status quo for business may be no longer has never been truer.  I have...

By Ian Moyse, 15 April 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, Trends.

Securing clouds and taking educated steps

The most common objections for holding back SaaS (Software as a Service) adoption, as reported from end customers, are ‘security’ and ‘reliability’.

This is interesting when you consider that SaaS Security is consistently reported as the fastest growth area of SaaS. This ‘security’ objection usually stems from the customers’ perspective; they are concerned about the security of their data held outside their perimeter by the cloud provider.

By Ian Moyse, 12 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, SaaS , Security, SLA.

Cloudy data sovereignty in Europe (part two)

Part one can be found here. Part two examines the 'safe harbour' approach to cloud data, and answers the question: who's ultimately responsible for data in the cloud?

In 2000, the US Department of Commerce created the Safe Harbour framework to ensure organisations put appropriate controls in place for the protection of data when handling European and UK companies’ data that may be stored in the USA (for example an American company who may have regional offices in the UK,...

By Ian Moyse, 28 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data, Europe, Public, Storage.

Cloudy data sovereignty in Europe (part one)

When considering cloud, the inevitable security questions arise: where are your data centres? What happens to my data? How can I ensure the decision I am making does not expose us to risk?

Blatantly ignoring cloud in today’s competitive environment is not a viable option and nor should it be. 

There are a multitude of security areas that encroach on cloud solutions, varying based on whether you adopt a public, private or hybrid cloud approach and whether you use SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS...

By Ian Moyse, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data, Europe, Public, Storage.

Top trends in cloud computing for SMEs

Following Gartner’s recent report on what it sees as the five key trends that will shape cloud computing strategies between now and 2015, here is my perspective on the impact cloud computing will have on an SME audience.

Gartner’s trends tend to focus on the larger organisations, typically 5000 seats and above, yet in the UK 99% of businesses are sub-250 employees and will have different requirements, benefits and considerations when looking to utilise a cloud platform. 

Many customers are...

By Ian Moyse, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: SMEs, Strategy, Trends.

The CRM lottery - will you get the outcome you expect?

Let’s discuss a couple of the heavyweight C words in the IT Sector: cloud and customer relationship management (CRM).

What do they have in common?

Well they have both certainly provoked a lot of press coverage and airtime; both have driven large brand name vendors to jump in with big investment, acquisitions and marketing hype; both have helped drive each other’s growth and both certainly have had customers debating what and when they should elect to use such a solution.

CRM has been a hyped...

By Ian Moyse, 15 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Acquisition, CRM, Vendors.

Are your employees wasting your bandwidth?

Recent studies demonstrate that upwards of 25% of Internet bandwidth in an office are consumed by employees misusing the internet. According to Gartner, the average growth of business email volume is 30% annually, with the average size of the email content growing in parallel. Add to this the growth of Web misuse from streaming media, downloads, file sharing, social networking, and spam, and it becomes pretty clear that the mismanaged cost to business of non-work-related Internet use is already bad and...

By Ian Moyse, 02 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO.

Why more education is needed on cloud

2012 is rumored as the tipping point for cloud. For the last four to five years, we have heard that cloud (Internet-delivered solutions) is about to go mainstream, however, this year it is not the hype, but real user benefits that are driving adoption.

What do I mean by this. Well people are not going out looking for cloud-based solutions (“I want some cloud”), instead they are looking for a solution to a real problem. Some users are unknowingly using a cloud-based solution (either in their...

By Ian Moyse, 16 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Industry, Strategy.

How consumerisation is driving cloud acceptance

There has been a thunderstorm of growing noise surrounding Cloud Computing in the past 24 months. Vendors, analysts, journalists and membership groups have all rushed to cover the Cloud medium - although everyone seems to have their own opinion and differing definition of cloud computing. According to the most common definition, it is Internet-based computing where shared resources, software and information are supplied to users on demand, rather like a utility company would supply electricity, water or...

By Ian Moyse, 13 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Consumer, Security.

How cloud is rewriting IT market channels

The big C when it comes to Cloud for the Channel is Conflict. I have been presenting and visiting partners around Europe for the past several years and listening to the opinions and input from vendors, Vars, Resellers, MSP’s, ISP’s and a variety of channels by varying name definitions and one things for sure, the Cloud has certainly stimulated debate. 

Whether it be concern, nervousness, confusion or mistrust, a lot of negative feelings have been generated in the channel by the C word. And...

By Ian Moyse, 08 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, SaaS , Vendors.

How scammers use your personal data against you

Ever received an email unsolicited (yes we know you get spam) to your work or personal email address? Found an account of yours compromised and that you can’t log in? Gone onto messenger and had messages from someone you don’t know popping up? So just how do they do that? how do they know who you are and how do they get your email or messenger IDs, and is there anything you can truly do about this?

I often see an email in my Hotmail inbox from someone I know that looks out of context, not...

By Ian Moyse, 02 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Trends.

Why selecting a 'safe bet' cloud vendor is critical

The cloud delivery model gives vendors a great amount of power. It is easier to create, deploy, maintain and enhance a service than it has been at any other point in computing history. Just look at Facebook, which grew to 500 million members in a very short period of time. People readily share within it, many with a limited understanding of the potential risks to their private information.

The ability to make an enhancement and almost instantly put it into the customer’s hands is immensely powerful...

By Ian Moyse, 02 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Security, Vendors.