What to move to the cloud: A more mature model for SMEs

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By Chris Chesley, Solutions Architect

Many SMBs struggle with deciding if and what to move to the cloud. Whether it’s security concerns, cost, or lack of expertise, it’s often difficult to map the best possible solution. Here are eight applications and services to consider when your organization is looking to move to the cloud and reduce their server footprint.

What to move to the cloud

1. Email

Obviously in this day and age email is a...

By GreenPages Technology Solutions, 20 November 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration.

New report lays out how best to migrate your existing applications to the cloud

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The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) has published a new document assessing best practice for migrating applications to the cloud, including data transfer requirements and application performance management (APM).

The latest 16 page release is a supplementary document to the 28 page behemoth (pdf) released in December 2013 outlining a migration roadmap for businesses in six easy steps; assess...

By James Bourne, 17 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Migration.

Hidden costs and locations: Solving the mystery of cloud solutions for businesses

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The cost and functional benefits of migrating services to the cloud have been well documented, but as more solutions are introduced to the market, choosing the right one is presenting many businesses with a real challenge. The industry is becoming increasingly crowded, so we have simplified the research process and singled out five key things organisations may not know about the cloud to help them make the most informed decision.  

Beware of hidden costs

Many businesses...

By Dave Paulding, 27 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Migration.

How Carlsberg is deploying Office 365 to move its operations to the cloud

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Danish beer brand Carlsberg is rolling out Microsoft Office 365 for greater enterprise collaboration, according to details of a customer case study from Redmond.

Carlsberg is rolling out this technology initiative under the banner of ‘GloCal’, which “aims for global efficiency while staying true to its local roots,” and chose Microsoft Office 365 as the optimal solution.

Employees use a full range of Microsoft products: Exchange Online for email; Lync as a...

By James Bourne, 27 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Microsoft, Migration.

How the cloud has made HR better

You know the cloud has taken over when even the most reticent of industries - legal, financial - shift to the cloud, and even discuss Europe-wide private clouds specifically for their industry.

It seemed for a long time that the traditional reasons for moving to the cloud - i.e. reduced cost, increased flexibility - were the key drivers behind the shift towards cloud-delivered software, but some professions are seeing wider benefits. Let's look at the example of Human Resources - another of those industries...

By Gareth Cartman, 11 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Legal, Migration.

Six of the best: Business, backups and the BBC

The latest edition of Six of the Best, featuring the CloudTech editorial team’s favourite links from around the web, has either a slightly hotchpotch feel to it, or covers an extremely wide range of cloud computing stories over the past couple of weeks. We’ll leave it up to you to decide.  

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By Cloud Tech, 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Editorial, Migration, Storage.

Moving your law firm’s data to the cloud: Easily said, easily done

This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel.

In a profession notorious for being slow to change, cloud-based solutions for many of the traditionally office-based systems like...

By Logicworks, 14 February 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Industry, Legal, Migration, Security.

Cloud computing in legal profession: New report promises “sunny” outlook

Cloud computing services and technology is on the cusp of mass adoption by the legal industry, according to a report from LexisNexis.

Nearly three quarters (72.4%) of firms surveyed said they were more likely to use the cloud this year, with adoption levels among attorneys in smaller firms hitting 40% - a number which is 10% higher than previous surveys.

This consensus is so grounded that, for the majority (38.7%) of the over 275 respondents, cloud systems will overtake on-premise in the legal profession...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Legal, Migration, Research, Trends.

How cloud-based systems can reduce your HR burden in 2014

Keeping up with the day-to-day HR needs of a growing workforce can significantly affect your efficiency. Paperwork, approvals, requests for information and staying compliant: all take you away from your strategic focus. A cloud-based HR system can help remove the administrative stress from your growing HR needs and allow you to concentrate on your business.

You already use the cloud

It’s amazing how many people are aware of ‘The Cloud’ but don’t...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 15 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Industry, Migration.

Rackspace survey: Hybrid cloud is future for three in five enterprises

You can’t move at the moment for surveys advocating the importance of hybrid cloud strategy – and this latest one, from Rackspace Hosting and conducted by Vanson Bourne, is no different.

60% of IT top brass see the hybrid cloud as the bright, shiny future for IT operations, with a third of that number (19%) completely integrated, compared to only 41% who are partially hybrid-oriented.

The primary reason for hybrid adoption over pure public cloud systems was more control, according to 59% of those...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise, Hybrid, Migration, Research.

Opinion on cloud services in Europe still fiercely divided

Research from Quocirca in conjunction with CA Technologies has revealed that opinion on cloud services in Europe is still fiercely divided.

The Quocirca report divides respondents into three potential categories; ‘enthusiasts’, ‘avoiders’ and ‘blockers’, and found that overall 57% of those polled were ‘cloud positive’.

In Europe, 22% were considered enthusiasts, for whom “cloud is the future for much of [their] IT requirement”, whilst a further 35%...

By James Bourne, 09 August 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Migration, Security.

How to save money before taking the first step into the cloud

Cloud hosting can bring many benefits to both small and large businesses, but before you fly into the software sky, it’s always worth looking at the business case before any such move.

Application vendors will no doubt be shortly banging on your door with their options and proposals for hosting your current services in the cloud. Let’s stop to consider a few things before you sign away on any new hosting contacts.

The benefits

There are plenty of benefits for moving to cloud hosting for both your...

By Neil Cavanagh, 31 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Migration, Vendors.

Cloud still number one IT investment priority, says report

Over the next five years, cloud computing is still the highest priority for investment, according to the latest piece of research from Compuware, alongside Research in Action.

16.5% of companies cite cloud as the most important area of their IT portfolio to strengthen, ahead of mobile IT (13.5%), business analytics, big data and in-memory (11.3%).

It’s not a surprise that cloud is pretty big news this year too. Cloud infrastructure (12.5%) is the top area of investment for IT in 2013. Renegotiation of...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Migration, Research.

NSW state government in Australia mobilises cloud services pilots

Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector TechnologyThe New South Wales state government in Australia is taking visionary but practical steps towards cloud services adoption via a program of pilot projects. The projects recognize the need to treat cloud services as an emerging trend to be investigated and evaluated hands-on. It is a practical organizational learning exercise, not an ideological quest or a whole-of-government “grand plan”. Cloud services adoption is best driven at an agency-by-agency...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Migration, Mobility.

The hows and whys of moving your contact centre to the cloud

The key responsibility of the CIO is to ensure an organisation has the technology it needs to function cost effectively, while at the same time remain a competitive force.

Nowhere is this more relevant than in the contact centre industry. If a contact centre does not have technologies, such as interactive voice recognition (IVR), multimedia queuing or real-time speech analytics, then it risks not being able to meet customer expectations of service.

However, buying-in all of these solutions can be an large...

By Dave Paulding, 15 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Enterprise, Migration.

Telcos keep the noise down at Cloud World Forum

David Molony, Principal Analyst, EnterpriseTelcos have launched a series of credible cloud services offers, and there is a perception in the market that they can now compete with global systems integrators in the converged ICT space. But telco noise levels are set low. There’s a tentativeness in their marketing (which may be deliberate) but, more importantly, they are not getting the direct advocacy they deserve from their global MNC customers.

Tier-2 telcos ramp up cloud services

Telco cloud service providers were...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 03 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Migration, Trends.

Cloud being “smothered” by CIO IT concerns, claims new report

As cloud computing continues to materialise and mature in the fabric of today’s IT, one of the primary barriers to widespread adoption is the high proportion of legacy ICT in many companies.

That’s according to the latest survey, this time from NTT Europe polling 300 CIOs and IT decision makers on current trends, barriers and solutions.

56% of those surveyed cited the complexity of their IT layout as the biggest barrier to large scale cloud adoption, with the figure rising to 70% in the public...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Migration, PublicSector, Research, Security.

Gartner finds big shift to cloudy offices in 2015

According to the latest push from analyst house Gartner, to misquote Mark Twain, the reports of legacy’s death are greatly exaggerated.

Gartner’s most recent figures show that cloud office systems only represent 8% of the total office market – rising to 33% by 2017, and 60% - or 665 million users – by 2022.

The latter figures suggest a healthy state of affairs, with Gartner suggesting that the big push to cloud would occur in the first half of 2015.

Similarly, the use of email as...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Migration, Research.

97% of SMBs say security positively impacted by cloud adoption

Over 95% of respondents in a comScore survey of French SMBs said cloud adoption had a positive impact on security, as well as noticing unexpected benefits, such as up-to-date systems and antivirus protection.

The study of French small to midsize businesses with between 25 and 499 PCs was conducted by comScore and commissioned by Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, although the respondents were made unaware of Microsoft’s involvement.

88% of those polled said they had noticed improved uptime as a result of...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2013, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Migration, Research, Security.