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HostingCon 2011- How Not Just to Survive but Thrive in the Evolving Hosting Marketplace in Cloudy World

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Cloud Computing is rapidly evolving the hosting marketplace with the big vendors seemingly eating into the supply chain setting up their own data centers and selling Cloud services direct to the ...

Cloud Computing is rapidly evolving the hosting marketplace with the big vendors seemingly eating into the supply chain setting up their own data centers and selling Cloud services direct to the customer. Yet dig beneath the surface and the Channel still has enormous value to add, it's just different to before. Cloud Aggregation represents the fastest single growing segment according to the latest Gartner research- so partnering with ISV's represents a massive potential growth area. Adding and bundling Cloud services can transform low margin capital intensive businesses into much more profitable ones. But not all Clouds are created equal, with organizations having Security, Data Protection, Proximity and Sovereignty concerns; Hosters have a massive opportunity to offer differentiated services and need not compete on price. Anders Trolle-Schultz and Justin Pirie, SaaS and Cloud Experts, will set the scene and take you through the journey of the new Cloud ecosystem and the roles the traditional Hoster can take in the emerging Cloud marketplace.

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  • Hi My name’s Justin PirieI’m the Cloud Strategist here at Mimecast but I’m best known as an Analyst Blogger in the SaaS and Cloud space.
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  • Hi My name’s Justin PirieI’m the Cloud Strategist here at Mimecast but I’m best known as an Analyst Blogger in the SaaS and Cloud space.
  • 2010 Gartner Hype Cycle for emerging technologies
  • 2010 Gartner Hype Cycle for emerging technologies
  • Cloud and mobile is driving the consumerisation of IT
  • http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/02/07/idc-smartphone-shipment-numbers-passed-pc-in-q4-2010/
  • http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/20/flurry-time-spent-on-mobile-apps-has-surpassed-web-browsing/
  • For the first time in history, consumers have access to better IT at home than at work
  • And consumer facing innovation is driving the market
  • The infiltration of technology in our personal lives is now reversing back into our corporate lives.
  • Oh and subscription businesses are worth 2-3x a services business.
  • Double edged sword
  • Cloud Represents a Perfect Storm for Channel partners
  • A shift from Capex
  • To Opex
  • A shift in focus
  • And a shift from a technology focus
  • To a business focus
  • So why is the cloud so scary for the channel?
  • The cloud offers a lot of what the Channel used to.
  • Disrupts the financial model
  • And the skills
  • We’ve seen this before in other industries
  • Like the travel business- how many people go into a travel agency to book holidays these days?
  • I can’t remember the last time I went to a travel agency- with kayak and comparison sites- I never go there.
  • If you do it’s because you want service- a package, a solution, personalised without any hassle
  • Although cloud adoption has been growing rapidly, it is still unclear where and how the channel can and will add value. Because of this, channel companies have been hesitant to invest, leaving end users with limited access to help when they need it.
  • The challenges facing enterprises building private cloud services or leveraging public cloud services are significantly more complicated than just the technology. Fundamental change is needed in culture, business models, IT architecture, service management and politics — all opportunity areas for the channel to provide business consulting, but very different from the channel's traditional role.
  • Greenfield sites
  • Business processes
  • Hybrid architectures
  • Mean professional services
  • Cloud readyness- tidy up the ecosystem
  • Carrot and stick
  • Any company that relies on the product transaction (hardware or software) to drive attached services revenue supported by ongoing maintenance contracts will have to rethink how and what it offers its customers today and in two or three years.
  • If traditional channel partners don't react quickly enough to the changes in the market, they will be replaced by other channel partners in their accounts.
  • More and more IT providers are attempting to go directly to end-user customers with their cloud solutions only to find out that customers need more than they are willing to provide. This will mean increasing channel capacity to meet demand.
  • The two biggest challenges facing IT providers today are the lack of capabilities contained in their current partner ecosystem and the lack of new entrants with the skills required to further the adoption of various cloud services. Without these capabilities, the entire market will have slower adoption, regardless of the service.
  • Cloud Pro Services in Europe today is $560 million in 2010
  • European Enterprises Will Spend $8.2 Billion on Cloud Professional Services in 2015
  • The new IT environments will have elements of traditional IT, private cloud, and public cloud, and management and integration will become a challenge for which European enterprises will typically choose to hire an external service provider, driving further growth in the cloud professional services market."
  • IDC sees a clear trend that new outsourcing contracts include cloud services, and as much as 25% of cloud professional services will be delivered as part of outsourcing contracts. This has a major influence on the choice of provider for professional services as well as for cloud services: the provider needs to be able to manage both the traditional and the new environment under one contract and needs to be able to migrate larger parts to the new environment during the life of the contract.
  • "Some believe that cloud is just plug and play, but that is not the case for the more complicated existing or new solutions. So professional services will not go away, but they will change and in the longer run beyond 2015 — when migration is complete — account for a much smaller proportion of IT costs.
  • "Another important point is that service providers need to prepare for the rapidly growing request for cloud professional services and have the resources available. Right now, demand is mainly for business cases and roadmaps, requiring both business competence and architectural competence, but on a limited scale. But in a just slightly longer time frame, most if not all consultants need to understand cloud. Vendors have substantial investments ahead of them in creating the necessary capabilities to support this rapidly evolving market."
  • So I think the Channel needs to embrace the Cloud
  • Or face irrelevance….
  • So what to do now?
  • The most important thing is to retain the status of the trusted advisor
  • Which means you need to be educating the customers, not them educating you
  • Cloud is an Evolution and a Revolution
  • So we can’t stay the same can we? Otherwise we could end up like King Canut trying to repel the tide. Obviously the channel needs to evolvehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cnut_the_Great_Obverse.jpg
  • Cloud Services Brokerage- where you aggregate Cloud Services and provide Solutions to your Clients
  • Through 2015, cloud service brokerage (CSB) will represent the single largest revenue growth opportunity in cloud computing. The channel has an opportunity to play a significant role in aggregation and brokerage services, yet few have begun to invest in becoming a CSB.
  • So this brokerage thing- let’s dig into that. Can you really start to make money from selling Cloud Services?
  • Eat your own dog food
  • Hi My name’s Justin PirieI’m the Cloud Strategist here at Mimecast but I’m best known as an Analyst Blogger in the SaaS and Cloud space.

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