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Cloud by Numbers


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Cloud computing is revolutionising the tech industry but it goes much further than that, as it can have great economic impact across a company and indeed across the country. In the Ireland Cloud …

Cloud computing is revolutionising the tech industry but it goes much further than that, as it can have great economic impact across a company and indeed across the country. In the Ireland Cloud Economic Report, produced by the Goodbody Economic Consultants and commissioned by Microsoft, it outlines the potential impact on Ireland’s economy by aggressively but intelligently adopting Cloud Computing across different sectors. At the CloudArena event, we will take a glimpse into the potential future of Ireland and our tech industry.

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  • I’m here to share my vision with you about the future of IT and really of Ireland itself.
  • are those that look at the cloud as a lemming type buzz word drinking game.
  • But we wanted to put some meat behind what we were saying and also to validate that we, as Microsoft Ireland, are actually on the right path as we dive head long into cloud computing as a major component of everything that we do.
  • Cloud Computing sales by Irish firms could ~~reach €9.5bn per annum by 2014 and provide jobs for 8,600 people as current Information Technology activities migrate to the Cloud. New services and markets will also emerge as a result of the Cloud, creating additional opportunities for Irish firms.
  • A great way to communicate the 8,600 jobs, would be to put into perpective. For again, what amount of jobs are there in IT. Is this is a 10% boost to the IT sector, or is this
  • This flexibility will also have benefits for the economy as a whole. The availability of Cloud Computing will boost the formation of new businesses and the creation of new jobs across the Irish economy. This could result in the formation of up to 2,000 additional non-ITsmall and medium sized businesses in Ireland over the short to medium term. These businesses could increase employment in the economy by 11,000.
  •’s start with a quick discussion about where we’re at right now. Lots to add here…
  • There’s two reasons to move to the cloud – improve ROI on things that you were going to do anyway or improve your strategy and thereby lowering barriers to innovation.
  • second reason is to improve your strategy.
  • 80,000 would be a 40% saving on the original cost.
  • A 25% saving on the original cost?
  • 1/200th of the original cost? No way.
  • This is not a joke. Moving to Microsoft Azure reduced the cost of running the test to practically nothing.
  • RyanAir - king of low cost online models. Found HR Locker through keyword search and signed up last year. Currently using it in customer support department. TE Connectivity - $12 billion company with 100,000 employees globally. Using HR Locker for 1.5 years to manage staff in Ireland and 12 other EMEA countries. Lumension - US based software security company using HR Locker to manage annual leave for staff in Ireland, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Singapore. Trade Faciliate - early stage Irish cloud based software company PopCap Games - mobile and web casual games developer using HR Locker to manage annual leave in Irish subsidiary. Staff in Dublin access locally and management can view reports in Seattle. Thomas Cook - Irish operation of Thomas Cook use HR Locker to manage leave in call centre. Avego - Irish software company with offices in Kinsale and Dalian China.
  • The importance of having the software as a cloud based solution is that performance can be tracked on an ongoing bases across seasons, months and changing work patterns. The art of winning relies on the ability to identify change in a timely manner, assess it adapt and execute
  • Here are some of our customers which are primarily focused in Financial Services, Utilities and Government
  •’s a real issue that we are not setting out targets correctly. And we need to be aiming high enough and big enough to make a difference…
  • what’s the path to the cloud?
  • are three things that I want to talk about… Demand SideSupply SideInfrastructure
  • part of it starts with the education system and there is a tremendous amount of knowledge to assume. But we also need to upskill our current workforce.
  • we can’t connect to our users, then the strategy is a non-starter…Ensuring the continued investment in broadband and international internet connectivity to ensure sufficient capacity exists to support the growth of the Cloud industry
  • that I’ve shared my vision with you, I want for you to
  • Before I finish, I need to say a quick thank you to Fritz Ahlefeldt. He’s a Danish artist with obvious talent. He publishes a large amount of his work under creative commons. If you like this art, you can see much more at and support him and his amazing craft.
  • Transcript

    • 1. Cloud by the Numbers
    • 2. Hi – my name is Josh
    • 3. I work for Microsoft Ireland
    • 4.
    • 5.
    • 6. We’re all excited about Cloud
    • 7.
    • 8.
    • 9. Facts
    • 10. Cloud Revenue
      in economic impact in Ireland each year, by 2014
    • 11. In perspective
      Irish GDP
    • 12. Direct employment
      By 2014 there will be an additional
      careers in cloud technology created in Ireland
    • 13. Ancillary benefits
      2,200 additional non-IT small and medium sized businesses
      employed supporting those in the cloud IT arena
    • 14.
    • 15. Why Cloud?
    • 16.
    • 17. Barriers to Innovation
    • 18. A case study…
    • 19. Profile
      Largest deptof education in southern hemisphere
    • 20. Problem before them
      To improve year 8 scientific testing, needed to run 65,000 concurrent science exams across 650 schools.
      Had to decide to on Cloud, vs self-hosted.
    • 21. Self hosted
      Estimated up front cost of
      A$ 200,000
      To procure 300 server infrastructure for project
    • 22. Self hosted
      Continuing costs of
      To maintain and store servers etc
    • 23. Microsoft Azure
      • Scale on demand, power when needed
      • 24. No on-going costs.
      • 25. Total cost for running tests…
    • $80,000?
    • 26. $50,000?
    • 27. $1,000?
    • 28. Just $500.
      300 Servers at $0.12 = only $40 per hour
    • 29. Perspective.
    • 30. Global Reach
    • 31. A case study…
    • 32. HR Locker users by location Jan 1 to 17 April.
      John Dennehy
    • 33.
    • 34.
    • 35. A case study…
    • 36. Staff Balance - Ciaran McGowan
    • 37. The art of winning
      relies on the ability
      to identify change
      in a timely manner,
      assess it, adapt
      And execute.
      Kobe Bryant
    • 38. 6 Advantages of Cloud
      More Focused
      Business App
      Key Business Insights
      Speed of
      / Support
    • 39. Our Clients

      “Our collaboration with Staff Balance resulted in cost savings of over €400,000. We were able to pin-point costs associated with non-core activities using the simulation modeling.”
      Joe Walsh, Head of Sales, Bord Gais
    • 40.
    • 41. So what’s the path?
      So what’s the path to the cloud?
    • 42.
    • 43. 1. Demand Side
    • 44. Educating our users…
    • 45. 2. Supply side
    • 46. Creating a Skilled workforce
    • 47.
    • 48. 3. Infrastructure
    • 49. Connecting Our Users…
    • 50.
    • 51. Most of the artwork used in this presentation is licensed under
      Creative Commons by Frits Ahlefeldt, aka hikingartist Support his amazing craft at
    • 52. thanks to des from
      for help with the
      data visualization…
    • 53. Cloud by the Numbers