My Cloud Has A Silver Lining Version 4


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The Internet and “cloud computing” is all a buzz in today’s world. Are you looking at moving applications and services out to the Internet? Are you tired of constant upgrades and hardware which never seems to stay current?

There is a major shift in the way small business in Calgary, Red Deer and in general are looking at the way they run applications in their business. Today, many small businesses run Microsoft Outlook online, access documents via Microsoft SharePoint, host online meetings with Live Meeting and run many other services online.

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My Cloud Has A Silver Lining Version 4

  1. 1. My Cloud Has A Silver Lining Tips for the Small Business Owner Stuart R. Crawford Vice President, Business Development Bulletproof InfoTech 403.206.2233
  2. 2. Question: Is the cloud another .com? Will it bust?
  3. 3. What business owners are looking for <ul><li>Increase sales </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease costs </li></ul><ul><li>Streamline processes </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with clients </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce complexities </li></ul><ul><li>Build trust </li></ul><ul><li>Business technology and the RIGHT support can help you accomplish your goals and dreams! </li></ul>
  4. 4. The way we always did it <ul><li>Design a business plan </li></ul><ul><li>Form a team </li></ul><ul><li>Determine a direction </li></ul><ul><li>Get some computers, servers, applications </li></ul><ul><li>Hire an IT Guy to support it </li></ul><ul><li>Get busy </li></ul><ul><li>Business changes </li></ul><ul><li>Replace IT with newer stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Sell our business </li></ul><ul><li>REPEAT </li></ul>
  5. 5. The world is changing!
  6. 6. Enter cloud computing? <ul><li>What is cloud computing? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leverage the Internet or private networks to run programs on central servers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share programs with others from one location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Runs like “electricity” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why cloud computing? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Replace onsite and costly IT solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plug in and get going in days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pay for what you use or reduced cost model </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cloud computing is a simple idea which can have a huge impact on your cash flow, your revenues and your bottom line. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Two Types of Clouds <ul><li>Private Cloud </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Single company or organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You own the infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hosted in your office or data centre </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideal for larger organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Public Cloud </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared publicly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pay for what you use, subscription model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideal for small business </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Business Story <ul><li>Oil and Gas Firm </li></ul><ul><li>Calgary, Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Business Need </li></ul><ul><li>Real time field data to head office </li></ul><ul><li>Private cloud over the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Cost Savings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced Travel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced IT infrastructure cost </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What are the benefits? <ul><li>Enterprise Cloud Computing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost less to maintain and implement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subscription based </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More Scalable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grows as your business grows “elastic” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More Secure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Security is shared amongst all tenants </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More Reliable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Service Level Agreements and enterprise class infrastructure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Small Business now can leverage the same tools as the big boys </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compete on even ground </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep up to date without the costly upgrades and hardware investments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your IT team can focus on business goals </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Compare Cloud Computing to something we know <ul><li>The Office Tower </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Space </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Security </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Power </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Resources </li></ul><ul><li>You can still customize your own space </li></ul>
  11. 11. What service are available in the cloud? <ul><li>Email Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosted Exchange </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spam Filtering </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosted SharePoint </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disaster Avoidance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Backup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disaster Recovery </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The List is Endless </li></ul>
  12. 12. Examples of Cloud Services <ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Store videos online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Companies leverage YouTube to store marketing video, saving costs associated to storage and streaming </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Windows Azure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Servers on demand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Live Meeting and other services online </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. What more can a small business do? <ul><li>Social Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Word Processing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe Buzzword </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conferencing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Live Meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe ConnectNow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to Meeting </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Business Story <ul><li>Investment Firm </li></ul><ul><li>Calgary, Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Business Need </li></ul><ul><li>Centralized Email, shared calendars and contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronization with mobile devices </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise-like solutions on a small business budget </li></ul><ul><li>Solution – Microsoft Hosted Exchange and Bulletproof’s Managed IT Services </li></ul>
  16. 16. Pick a provider and stick with it <ul><li>Select a Cloud Service vendor and stick with it. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Select a provider which offers the best fit for you. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ties into your business apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applications need to work together </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Changing providers is not easy. </li></ul>
  17. 17. The myths to cloud computing <ul><li>I don’t need IT support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FALSE – You will need additional IT management and consulting. You will no longer require technical work to the same degree. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your desktops, printers and security still need to be managed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I don’t always have an Internet connection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some services still need connection to the Internet, check with your service provider. However, some hosted models now offer offline services. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My data is secure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Always check on where your data is and how you can get it back </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Before jumping into the deep end <ul><li>ALWAYS, trust in a Trusted IT Business Advisor to help you. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember traditional IT is skeptical of cloud based services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some IT providers are threatened by the loss of traditional sales </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evaluate your business needs and do your homework </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is this the best solution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does it meet the operational requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other software solution, does this fit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check compliance and government regulations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offsite date storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy, Financial and local laws </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. QUESTIONS! <ul><li>Thank You! </li></ul><ul><li>Stuart R. Crawford </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletproof InfoTech </li></ul><ul><li>403.206.2233 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@scrawforditm </li></ul>