Your Firm In The Cloud

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You have questions about cloud technology and how it can help your business; We have answers. This slideshow is from our recent lunch and learns that we held in Denver, San Antonio and Houston. For more info check out www.bcsprosoft.com.

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  • Course Synopsis: Talk to any IT professional today, and they are certain to share how the cloud is quickly changing the computing landscape. But what is cloud computing, and how can organizations make the move? This session will provide an introduction to cloud computing and clear up some of the most common misconceptions. Topics covered will include the evolution of the cloud, IaaS vs. PaaS vs. SaaS, public vs. private clouds, expected benefits and what to consider migrating to the cloud and when.
  • Today we’ll start by discussing How we got to where we areWhat’s going on now in the industryI’ll take some time to de-mystify the terms associated with Cloud ComputingAnd I’ll talk about the different options for deploymentThen I’ll wrap up with a discussion of the benefits and concernsBefore we begin, let’s do a bit of housekeepingRestroomsTime CheckQuestions before we begin?
  • When it comes to technology innovation, I’m skeptical. I view technology as a tool, much like a shovel is to the ditch digger. I don’t spend my evenings tinkering with computers and you won’t find the latest gadget of the day attached to my belt – unless it adds real value to me. I’ve done the math on Cloud Computing and I can tell you that it is not just a fad – it’s here to stay and in the coming years, every business (including yours) will come to rely heavily on products that are delivered “In the Cloud.” So, it is important for you to understand what “The Cloud” really is and how it can benefit your firm. Congratulations for taking the initiative to learn more about what the future holds for you and your firm.
  • This slide represents the tremendous volume and speed at which the internet is moving. If you think you’re not “In the Cloud,” THINK AGAIN! Every day we entrust applications built in the cloud to do more and more for us.
  • Companies are investing heavily in cloud computing – because it makes sense! The fact that cloud now comprises more than one-third slice of IT budgets suggests the computing approach has gained serious traction within enterprises. And cloud isn’t just being brought in to enhance applications or to save money. One-fourth of respondents from the business side, in fact, report they believe cloud will play a critical role in shaping business strategy.Cloud may grab an even bigger slice of IT budgets in the next few years. Close to two-thirds of companies expect to increase cloud spending in the next 12 months. On average, organizations will increase cloud computing spending by 16%.Seven out of ten add that their IT departments needed to expand their skills base to keep up with cloud trends.Applications that companies will be moving to the cloud within the next three years include email/messaging; collaboration/conferencing; data storage; customer relationship management; and human resources. The strongest private cloud implementations will involve IT infrastructure management; security management; financials; and supply chain management — all planned by a majority of respondents.Even though there are higher short-term costs for implementing cloud initiatives, the majority of organizations (63%) agree or strongly agree that there will be long term cost savings. Concerns about security dominate, however, as the main barrier to cloud, cited by 70%. Concerns about access to information follow at a distant 40%.
  • Businesses are looking for better ways to deploy business management systems. Recently we asked several of our customers to provide feedback on how they are adopting SaaS in their organization.
  • So let’s take a few minutes to define some of the terms that are thrown around today with regard to the internet. Cloud Computing – Metaphor for “The Internet” , but it’s really more than that. Think of Cloud Computing as a process of outsourcing IT services on a subscription (rental) basis.
  • When you move applications to the “Cloud,” they are technically available from any device that has access to the internet, via Wifi or Wireless – tablet, smart phone, PC, or Laptop. I say “Technically Available” because usability issues with some legacy products may preclude them from being accessible on today’s mobile devices. Applications have to be smart enough to understand what device is accessing it and tailor the output for that device.
  • We really need to better define what is pushed to the Cloud and how that correlates to what you are currently doing today. We classify the outsourcing to the cloud three ways: IaaS – Infrastructure as a ServicePaaS – Platform as a ServiceSaaS – Software as a ServiceLet’s talk about each of these in a bit more detail
  • Most likely you are currently using an On Premise method of managing and delivering business technology to your staff and customers. In this example, you can see that you take responsibility for all facets of the infrastructure. You buy the applications and install them on the servers that you own. You take responsibility for installing all upgrades to the software. Backups, Security, hardware maintenance, etc. all fall to you to manage.
  • Many people feel that by keeping business systems on premise, they could more effectively control costs and manage and secure the data better. Security and reliability of on-premise business management systems are, for most organizations a myth. I can’t tell you how many businesses I’ve been in to where the server is located in an unsecure space – a broom closet, behind the receptionists desk, etc. Further, most organizations don’t have adequate backup capability and almost no one has a way to keep their server up and running if the electricity goes out. With many companies having remote offices or employees working from home or on the road, when your system goes down, you’re losing productivity and money. Very few businesses can claim to have anything CLOSE to a 99% uptime of their internal systems.
  • Infrastructure as a Service is the most basic of services. Think of this as having your server hosted by a 3rd party service. Vendors use Virtualization to lower costs of maintaining multiple servers.
  • Vendors that provide this service are generally experts at maintaining optimum performance of the equipment, but you are still responsible for installing and maintaining your applications. This means that you’ll still be managing upgrades, performing integrity checks, etc. Locally, RackSpace provides IAAS services
  • A term we hear a lot these days, whether in an on premise or hosted environment, is “Virtualization.” Essentially, virtualization software allows you to have a single server that can run multiple operating systems in their own environment, simultaneously.
  • Virtual Machines saves space, electricity, and cost. It allows administrators to more effectively balance loads and better use the resources available.
  • Many companies that talk about having a “Cloud Solution” are really just offering their products in a hosted or “Infrastructure as a Service” environment.
  • Platform as a Service takes on more responsibility for the infrastructure in that the database is also managed by the vendor.
  • When you hear Microsoft say, “Take it to the Cloud,” this is what they’re talking about.
  • A number of vendors have specialized in provide PaaS including Google with their App Engine and Microsoft with Windows Azure. You are still responsible for managing and updating the application programs as well as the content delivery.
  • So finally we come to Software as a Service, in which the vendor manages all aspects of your business management systems.
  • Everything is web-based and the infrastructure and delivery is managed by the vendor.
  • This brings us to how the data is stored in the cloud. You have probably heard the term, “Multi-Tenant” when talking about SaaS software. Multi-Tenant is a single database that serves multiple organizations. Single Tenant is when a vendor sets up a Physical or Virtual machine for every client. The results are generally the same, but the Multi-Tenant solution is much less expensive for the vendor to maintain because: Updates only have to be performed once on the single databaseMaintenance is performed on a single databaseSome people worry about the security of a Multi-Tenant solution, but this really isn’t an issue for products like NetSuite as they have a very sophisticated security system built in.
  • Public Cloud - Applications, storage, and other resources are made available to the general public by a service provider. These services are free or offered on a pay-per-use model. Generally, public cloud service providers like Microsoft and Google own and operate the infrastructure and offer access only via Internet (direct connectivity is not offered).Private Cloud - Dedicated system of servers, managed for a single enterprise. Servers can be either maintained on-premise or off-premise at a third party location. Private cloud provides greater control and performance, besides providing greater security for data and applications.Best suited for industries that are highly regulated (defense, healthcare, etc) and enterprises that run strategic applications that require high performanceHybrid Cloud - Combine the best of private cloud (security, control) and public cloud (flexibility, cost) installations. In a hybrid cloud installation, the enterprise maintains a private cloud that takes care of the normal workloads and utilize the public cloud during peak workloads and dealing with less sensitive data. Best suited for organizations dealing with data of various sensitivity and with highly variable workloads.
  • There are some great reasons that business is moving to the cloud. Reliability, Security, Scalability
  • But there’s another more sinister cost associated with On-Premise implementations. It’s called “Version Lock.”91% of all IT Budgets are focused on maintaining the status quo and only 9% is allocated towards innovation. The result? 66% of all customers running on-premise business management systems are on OLD VERSIONS of the software. Why is this important? Because companies that don’t stay current on their software will get locked in to the “OLD WAY” of doing business and won’t innovate. But it gets worse – After 4-6 years of being locked in to an old version of the software, the cost of upgrading is as much or more than the cost of changing systems entirely, so many business owners/managers opt to change entire systems. Businesses running on Cloud products are automatically updated as new version become available – it’s part of the fee. Plus, since vendors need to keep you on the current version, they have to make available training so that you’ll know what’s new in the software.
  • Here are the top 5 reasons business owners are turning to the cloud to solve their business issuesImproved Business Agility – Create, deploy, and manage business critical applications – quickly. Let’s say, for example that you get a new contract that requires you to hire an additional 20 employees. If your business systems are deployed on premise, you will have to upgrade or possibly replace your current hardware/software systems. This is time consuming and expensive. If you are implemented in the cloud, it is a simple phone call to add the additional users. Plus, when the project is over the costs sunk in to upgrading the on premise systems are sunk costs that cannot be recovered or reduced.Generate an attractive ROI – When comparing the cost of on premise vs. cloud, you have to consider the cost of purchasing, maintaining, and upgrading hardware over time. You must also calculate the potential cost of down time due to various hardware failures (virus, drive failures, natural disasters, etc.). There are also various labor costs that must be included in the analysis, such as cost of managing upgrades, backups, etc. Accelerate Time to Value – Time is money and putting your business systems on the cloud is FAST. On premise implementations require the creation of infrastructure and that takes time and money. Jump Start Innovation Programs – Once your business systems are implemented in the cloud, it is easy to provision a “Sandbox” to test new processes before going live. Elasticity and Scale – One of the key promises of cloud computing is limitless capacity. This elasticity and scalability are key factors in allowing small businesses to compete against the big boys. As your business expands, you don’t have to rely on IT staff and DBA’s to give you the tools you need to grow.
  • In other words, Increased productivity is a result of moving to the cloud, according to the Institute of Management Accountants. Streamlined operations, speed of deployment, lower TCO, are all important drivers, and of course, let’s not forget that a cloud solution is available anytime and anywhere that you have an internet connection
  • Adoption of the cloud is hindered by skepticism, so let’s talk about the concerns.
  • But some of you may have concerns about the cloud. Is my data secure? Is it Mature?Is it Reliable?Do I still own the data? YES! In the case of Deltek Vision, they have taken their Project Management software to the cloud by partnering with Amazon – one of the pioneers in cloud infrastructure. They have operated for several years with greater than a 99.95 percent up time. By the way, not many companies can boast that their systems have been up anywhere near as regularly over several years. Deltek Vision is the leading project management software in the PS space and no one has the maturity in the market that we do. And your data is yours – no matter what. If you decide to bring your system on premise for some reason, you can download it and import it in to whatever system you choose
  • While your concerns about a Cloud Based solution are valid, there are some things you can do to mitigate the possible dangers. Interview the vendor to insure they have the infrastructure in place to support your needsJust because a vendor offers a “Cloud” solution, doesn’t mean that it is secure. Recently, one of our customers implemented a IaaS solution, from an IT firm that advertised that they would host the server at their facilities. The idea of not having to manage backups, maintain the server(s), etc. was appealing. When a data issue occurred and a restore of the data was required, it took over 48 hours to get the backup restored, costing thousands of dollars in lost time. The really scary part of the story is that the IT vendor at one point told us that the restore had failed and they couldn’t recover ANY of the data!! Only after multiple tries and by employing the assistance of a 3rd party programmer were they able to recover the data. A Cloud provider MUST be able to insure they have a tier one data center, adequate staffing, redundancy, etc. – if they can’t provide that, they should not be entrusted with your business data. And just because it’s a “Big Name” doesn’t mean that they aren’t vulnerable. In February users of Microsoft Azure (PaaS) were unable to reach their data for over 48 hours because someone at Microsoft forgot to renew the Security Certificate for the entire Azure Network, causing a worldwide, cascading failure for all Azure users. (and BTW, they had a similar failure LAST February)!!!
  • There are a host of security and licensing issues to think about when considering a partnership with a Cloud provider. We have put a lot of thought in to how to determine if a vendor can meet your needs and in a moment, I’ll give you a way to receive our white paper that will help you wade through the issues and make a decision that is right for your firm.
  • Service Summary or DescriptionThe service summary section usually appears in the introductory section of the SLA. It should always state the name of the provider and the name of the customer. This summary will enumerate the obligations that you, the customer, must fulfill in order to satisfy the SLA. For example, you may be asked to provide up-to-date contacts, network topologies and customer escalation paths. This section will usually list the support level (e.g., gold or platinum) you have purchased. The support level determines how fast the service provider will respond to your service requests, how many service requests you’re allowed per week or month, how often you will be notified during emergencies, and most important, what your general service availability guarantee is. HardwareService providers host security services in a variety of ways. Some will install dedicated hardware at your site. Some will provide you with dedicated hardware, but it will sit in the provider’s own network operations center. And others will provide the security service through virtual domains that share, with other customers, the same physical hardware located (again) at the service provider's site. Regardless of the method used, the service provider should state clearly in the SLA how the service is to be provided. Once you’re sure of the hardware in use, you will be able to ask intelligent questions about hardware specification, performance, throughput, size, upgrades and so forth. SoftwareMost service providers use products from name-brand companies such as Check Point, ISS, Cisco, and others. Other service providers will use open-source software such as Snort for IDS. It’s important to know what software will be used for the service you have purchased. Your company may have specific requirements, such as avoiding unsupported open-source software on any of your IT infrastructure. In that case, software such as Snort may be out and the service provider must use vendor-supported products. Knowing what software is used also allows you to better understand the relationship between the service provider and the software vendor. For instance, if your service provider is using Cisco PIX as the firewall software but there’s no CCIE on staff, that would certainly be a cause for concern. Service AvailabilityThe service availability section may be the section you're most familiar with. This section describes exactly what service level guarantee you will receive. One of the most critical service-level guarantees is uptime percentage. For example, 99.5% uptime means that your site can potentially be down for 216 minutes per month without any penalty for the service provider. If the service is down more than the guaranteed level, the service provider will compensate you for that period of time. It is critical to understand what the service provider considers to be downtime. For example, most service providers will not consider upgrades to constitute service downtime; therefore, you will not be compensated for those periods of unavailability. Other service-level guarantees the agreement may specify include how fast the service provider will respond to your service requests, how long upgrades will take, how fast service providers will detect and report problems, and so forth. Another critical consideration is how the service provider will be penalized if the service-level guarantee is not met. In most cases it simply means the service provider won’t bill you for that period of time. Service RequestsSLAs generally provide for a number of standard service requests per month and a number of emergency service requests per month. Understanding when the service call will be considered an emergency request will allow you to properly plan for changes. For example, if the service provider considers any requests you want performed outside of standard business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) to be emergency, and most of the changes you want fall outside of that time frame, you may have a problem. There are other things to consider when negotiating your service-request needs. Some service providers may limit the number of IT personnel from your company allowed to open service requests. Others may consider certain service requests to count as two requests. Some service providers may charge extra for certain service requests. Naturally, the list goes on. Monitoring and ReportingNetwork administrators can find it extremely frustrating if they’re unable to quickly perform troubleshooting when the network is unexpectedly down, or if they don't have the resources to quickly do forensic analysis when an incident is detected. These days, service providers are doing a much better job of providing reports to customers on bandwidth utilization, uptime analysis and log management. However, there’s still quite a bit of difference among service providers, and you'll need to ask a number of questions. For example, does your service provider offer the most up-to-date configuration online for your review? Will you receive daily, weekly or monthly reports based on your firewall, IDS or VPN logs? What about ad hoc or custom reports so you can perform troubleshooting or forensic analysis? And will you be assured of backups of all configurations? Availability, responsiveness, quality and communication are important elements to consider for any service provider SLA. In the next four articles in this series, we will discuss each of the above sections in detail, including the specific considerations for each topic, why it matters, what you should expect and the norms are among service providers.
  • Embrace Change - The cloud represents a once-in-a-decade opportunity for business executives to reinvent their organizations. For small businesses, the economic benefits of consuming externally hosted resources and services are too compelling to ignore.Make a Business Decision (not an IT Decision) - The business value of the cloud is impressive. Evaluate the many benefits and total cost of ownership of cloud solutions and compare them with traditional alternatives.Think “Cloud = Outsourcing” - External clouds are simply “Version 2.0” of the global trend to outsource functionality in order to realize business value. Therefore, it is critical that companies evaluate their choice of a cloud vendor in the same way that they evaluate and select an outsourcing partner.
  • Your Firm In The Cloud

    1. 1. • The Journey• Current Trends• Definitions• Deployment Models• Benefits• Concerns• Q&A http://www.bcsprosoft.com
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    3. 3. • 27+ Years Experience• 1,500 Clients across all 50 States, Canada, and Mexico• Offices in San Antonio, Houston, Denver, Honolulu• Award winning partners with http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    4. 4. • We’re the leading provider of business management technology in North America and the Pacific.• National Partners with Sage Software, Deltek and NetSuite.• We provide small to medium-sized businesses with the technological experience and expertise necessary to achieve financial goals, maximize operating efficiency and realize potential. http://www.bcsprosoft.com
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    6. 6. End-User Expectations Cloud Computing Mainframe Client Server Internet Software as a Service Innovation ■ Distributed users ■ Matured into Integrated BusinessInnovation ■ Single system ■ Delivered and managed remotely Suites vs Best of Breed processing ■ True Software as a Service ■ Resource co-location Applications: Multi –tenant, Subscription based ■ Remote access of solutions of traditional “thick” client applications ■ Focus on non-core business functions Time http://www.bcsprosoft.com
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    8. 8. • Survey of 1650 IT and Business Executives shows that on average 34% of their current IT budgets are now allocated to Cloud Computing Solutions• 63% of companies expect to increase cloud spending over the next 12 months• Spending will increase, on average by 16% IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing, January 2012 http://www.bcsprosoft.com
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    10. 10. • Cloud computing… – The word "cloud" is used as a metaphor for "the Internet" – Cloud computing is the process of outsourcing IT services – such as servers, storage and applications – to a shared platform accessed via the Internet. – End users access cloud based applications through a web browser or a light weight desktop or mobile apps while business software and data are stored on servers at a remote location. – Services are provided as a utility, most often on a subscription basis – Saves money and energy, as a vendor maintains the infrastructure and applications that run in the cloud environment instead of the organization. http://www.bcsprosoft.com
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    12. 12. On Premise IaaS PaaS SaaS You manage Applications Applications Applications Applications Data You manage Data Data Data Runtime Runtime Runtime Runtime Managed by vendor Middleware Middleware Middleware MiddlewareYou manage Managed by vendor O/S O/S O/S O/S Virtualization Virtualization Managed by vendor Virtualization Virtualization Servers Servers Servers Servers Storage Storage Storage Storage Networking Networking Networking Networking http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    13. 13. Applications • All resources managed by the Data end-user organization. Runtime • Everything is private and Middleware controlled.You manage O/S Virtualization Servers Storage Networking http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    14. 14. • On-premise – All computing resources (software applications, data storage, email, etc.) chosen, implemented, maintained, upgraded and integrated directly by the end-user organization.• Maintaining an on-premise computing environment is a big challenge, and often expensive.• Historically thought to be more secure and cheaper, but this is not true for most firms. http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    15. 15. On Premise IaaS Applications Applications • Virtual infrastructure Data You manage Data • Virtual desktop Runtime Runtime • Backup and recovery Middleware MiddlewareYou manage O/S O/S • Managed cloud Virtualization Virtualization Managed by vendor security Servers Servers Storage Storage Networking Networking http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    16. 16. • IaaS is defined as computer infrastructure – physical computers or virtual machines, raw (block) storage, firewalls, load balancers, and networks – being delivered as a service.• This is the most basic cloud service model.• IaaS providers supply these resources on demand from their large pools installed in data centers. Usually billed on usage and how much of the resource is used - compared to the traditional method of buying software and servers outright.• May also be called enterprise-level hosting platform. http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    17. 17. Virtual machine technologies enable one physicalworkstation or server to run multiple operatingsystems and related applications at the same time.A virtual machine uses virtualization software andselected hardware devices to create an emulatedoperating environment. http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    18. 18. • Most common form of cloud setup• 3rd party service providers give you shared computing resource in their datacenter for an hourly fee.• Physical servers at the data center are turned into many virtual server instances, each of which can be run by a different enterprise.• Virtual machines can provide the best utilization of resources by keeping machines from going idle.• Best suited for workloads that are highly varying (most websites, blogs) and smaller enterprises that don’t need the flexibility and control of a private cloud.• Very cost-effective, but might not be suited for high performance computing. http://www.bcsprosoft.com
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    20. 20. On Premise IaaS PaaS You manage Applications Applications Applications Data You manage Data Data Runtime Runtime Runtime Middleware Middleware MiddlewareYou manage Managed by vendor O/S O/S O/S Virtualization Virtualization Managed by vendor Virtualization Servers Servers Servers Storage Storage Storage Networking Networking Networking http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    21. 21. • Paas - cloud providers deliver a computing platform and/or solution stack typically including operating system, programming language execution environment, database, and web server.• Typically, PaaS facilitates deployment of applications, application development, testing, and also supports the building, testing and hosting of Web applications.• PaaS enables IT to develop, test, deploy, host, and also update from a single streamlined environment. May also be referred to as cloudware. http://www.bcsprosoft.com
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    23. 23. On Premise IaaS PaaS SaaS You manage Applications Applications Applications Applications Data You manage Data Data Data Runtime Runtime Runtime Runtime Managed by vendor Middleware Middleware Middleware MiddlewareYou manage Managed by vendor O/S O/S O/S O/S Virtualization Virtualization Managed by vendor Virtualization Virtualization Servers Servers Servers Servers Storage Storage Storage Storage Networking Networking Networking Networking http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    24. 24. • SaaS is a software delivery method that provides access to software and its functions remotely as a Web-based service.• Software as a Service allows organizations to access business functionality at a cost typically less than paying for licensed applications since SaaS pricing is based on a monthly fee.• Also, because the software is hosted remotely, users dont need to invest in additional hardware.• Software as a Service removes the need for organizations to handle the installation, set-up and often daily upkeep and maintenance.• Software as a Service may also be referred to as simply hosted applications http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    25. 25.  Vendor provides software Data application, hardware Center infrastructure, backup/security and Operations Development support in exchange for a fee Q?  Access and fees are based on usage A (Subscription)Help Desk  Application is delivered over a web browser or other thin client over a secure internet connection Secure Infrastructure  Physical backend hardware infrastructure is shared among many different customers – but logic and data Your Vendors or is kept separate for each customer Partners (Multi-tenant) Your Business Branch Office http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    26. 26. • Multi-Tenant – Single instance of software runs on a server, serving multiple client organizations (tenants).• Single Tenant – Physical or virtual machine is exclusively dedicated to a single client, i.e. software is not shared with multiple customers. This is more expensive for a vendor to setup and maintain. http://www.bcsprosoft.com
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    28. 28. • Dropbox (25 million users / 200 million files/day)• Evernote – note taking on any device / any time• Bit.ly – web URL shortening tool with tracking http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    29. 29. • Public cloud• Private cloud• Hybrid cloud http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    30. 30. • Reduced internal IT infrastructure• Backup & redundancy in the Cloud• Predictable monthly costs• Low/no cost upgrades – always running the latest version• Anywhere, anytime access, on ANY device, i.e. everything through a browser• No/limited install of local files & programs http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    31. 31. On-Premises Software Cloud ComputingOngoing Costs Ongoing Costs• Apply • Ongoing burden on IT • Subscription fee Fixes, Patches, Upgrade • Maintain/upgrade • Training• Downtime hardware • Configuration• Performance tuning • Maintain/upgrade network• Rewrite customizations • Maintain/upgrade security• Rewrite integrations • Maintain/upgrade• Upgrade dependent database applications • Training http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    32. 32. Typical IT Budget Allocation The Result?9% Innovation VERSION-LOCK Current 66% on old 91% versions Maintenance http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    33. 33. 1. Improved Business Agility2. Generate an Attractive ROI3. Accelerate Time to Value4. Jump Start Innovation Programs5. Elasticity and Scale http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    34. 34. Speed of deployment 3% Streamlined Lower cost of business ownership processes 14% 31% Access data from anywhere at anytimeLower upfront 38% expenditure 4% Instant access to new functionality 10% http://www.bcsprosoft.com
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    36. 36. No substantial concerns 9% Security Customization 35% 18%Maturity vs. On- Premise 8% Reliability Ownership of the 14% data Ownership of the 12% application 4% http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    37. 37. • Should be far better than you can afford to deploy yourself – Tier one data center(s) – Encryption & hardened systems – 24x7x365 operations – Disaster recovery center – Redundant hardware and networking – SAS 70 type II audited – becoming SSAE 16• Possible because costs are spread across thousands of organizations http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    38. 38. • What encryption mechanisms do you use for customers’ data?• In how many locations do you store customer data?• What safeguards do you employ to ensure that different customers’ data in a multitenant cloud is kept separate?• How is your data center physically protected?• Which of your employees have access to customers’ data?• How do you authenticate users?• How precisely can you specify the degree of access that individual users have to data? More Detail Available in White Paper... http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    39. 39. 1. Embrace Change2. Make a Business Decision (not an IT decision)3. Think “Cloud = Outsourcing” http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    40. 40. 1. Complete the Questionnaire2. I’ll send you our “How to Choose a SaaS Provider” white paper along with additional details that will help you as you move your firm to the cloud.3. Visit our website www.bcsprosoft.com http://www.bcsprosoft.com
    41. 41. Contact Information Email: Clark.Haley@bcsprosoft.com Phone: (800) 882-6705LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/clarkhaleyhttp://www.bcsprosoft.com

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