6 Reasons To Embrace Cloud Computing Now


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While many CIOs point to cost savings as the primary driving force of their Cloud initiatives, a growing number are seeing broader benefits that are focusing their team on delivering greater business value. Hudson CIO Mike Whitmer, and Trex CIO Kirby Miner presented a webinar on migrating to the Cloud and the ramifications on their budgets, their business and their people.

Topics include:

• Real-world Cloud ROI calculations: benchmark your potential for cost savings

• The business case for migrating to Cloud: to share outside the IT department

• How to get started with a hybrid approach: so you can see immediate benefit

• How the Cloud will impact your staff: key issues to address within your organization

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  • 6 Reasons To Embrace Cloud Computing Now

    1. 1. 6 Reasons Why You Should Embrace the Cloud Now! Especially if You’re a Mid-Size Company Presented by Join the Conversation! #WhyCloud Follow @HudsonIT
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Definitions </li></ul><ul><li>6 Reasons to Embrace Cloud Computing Now </li></ul><ul><li>How to Get Started </li></ul><ul><li>Mid-size CIO Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
    3. 3. Global Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations Hudson, North America Presenter Michael Whitmer
    4. 4. Small Companies: Small Staff / Small Base to Support Mid-size Companies: Small Staff / Middle-Sized Base to Support Large Companies: Larger Staff / Large Base to Support IT Support Requirements
    5. 5. Formal Definition of Cloud Computing: Multitenant shared platform and application via third party , usually accessed through the Internet What is It?
    6. 6. But What Does That Mean?
    7. 7. Useful Definition Cloud Computing is the computing technology and services that businesses already know and use, but now, they are acquired, delivered, and paid for in a different way. With Cloud Computing, you don’t own the physical infrastructure . Instead, you “pay as you go” by consuming resources and applications as a service via the Internet. © 2010 Mike Whitmer, CIO and EVP Operations, Hudson
    8. 8. The Cloud Desktop PC Notebook PC Netbook Remote Display Database Servers Mobile Device
    9. 9. Cloud Categories Infrastructure Platform Software
    10. 10. What is Not Cloud? If you need to send a 40 page requirements doc to the vendor …it’s not Cloud. If they are trying to sell you hardware… it’s not Cloud. If you need to rearchitect your systems for it… it’s not Cloud. If it takes you more than 10 minutes to provision… it’s not Cloud. If you need to install software to use it… it’s not Cloud. If you own all the hardware… it’s not Cloud. If you specify the number of machines you want up front … it’s not Cloud. If it requires a large capital investment… it’s not Cloud. Source: “15 Ways to Tell It’s Not Cloud Computing” James Governor’s Monkchips | www.redmonk.com/jgovernor
    11. 11. 6 Reasons Why You Should Embrace Cloud Computing Now 1. Cost 2. Scalability 3. Speed 4. Usability 5. Security & DR 6. Management
    12. 12. Reason #1: Cost Rent & Configure Buy & Customize vs .
    13. 13. ROI Analysis: Moving ERP to the Cloud CLOUD ROI: EMAIL COST SAVINGS ANALYSIS
    14. 14. ROI Analysis: Moving ERP to the Cloud CLOUD ROI: ERP COST SAVINGS ANALYSIS
    15. 15. Reason #2: Scalability
    16. 16. Chart courtesy of GoGrid Outside the Cloud Click here to learn more about Scalability: us.hudson.com/IT
    17. 17. Inside the Cloud Chart courtesy of GoGrid Click here to learn more about Scalability: us.hudson.com/IT
    18. 18. Reason #3: Speed of Technology
    19. 19. Reason #4: Usability
    20. 20. Reason #5: Security & DR Click here for a video with Mike’s thoughts on Security in the Cloud.
    21. 21. Reason #6: Management
    22. 22. IT Staff Concerns 200 IT professionals surveyed… “ If we implemented cloud-based services, many of our IT staff members would perceive that our company was preparing to lay them off.” -Nov. 2009, ProofPoint Study
    23. 23. Before the Cloud vs. After the Cloud Cloud Monitor Network Engineer Storage Manager Sourcing Specialist Cloud Service Manager Open Source Specialist Virtual Systems Manager Systems Manager Network Architect Click Here to Sign Up for a white paper covering “Effect of Cloud Computing on Managing IT Staff”
    24. 24. Cloud Jobs Click Here to Sign Up for a white paper covering “Effect of Cloud Computing on Managing IT Staff”
    25. 25. How To Get Started
    26. 26. Recommended Strategy [Title] [Company] Hybrid Strategy <ul><li>Part Traditional + Part Cloud </li></ul><ul><li>Leave some applications with your current infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Move at least 1 or 2 apps into the cloud </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to add value to your organization today! </li></ul>
    27. 27. Trex is a Mid-Size company deploying a Hybrid Strategy Guest Speaker Kirby Miner Chief Information Officer Trex Company
    28. 28. Company Overview <ul><li>Branded leader in wood-alternative products for outdoor living </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decking, Railing, Fencing, and Trim </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High-aesthetic, Low-maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>$300M Revenue and near 30% Market Share </li></ul><ul><li>“ Green” company, recycling >5 Billion lbs of waste plastic and wood since inception </li></ul><ul><li>Publicly Traded: TREX (NYSE) </li></ul><ul><li>Our Hybrid Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional – ERP, BI (In House) </li></ul><ul><li>Portal / Web Solutions – Infrastructure Hosted </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud Computing – CRM, Payroll/HR*, Safety </li></ul>
    29. 29. Mid-Size Company Obstacles <ul><li>f </li></ul><ul><li>Common Issues for Mid-Size Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Need Large Company, Tier-1 Solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Limited on Budgets and Staffing </li></ul><ul><li>“ Buy vs. Make” Mentality w/o Customizations (Implementers) </li></ul>
    30. 30. Factors to Consider <ul><li>How to Determine the Right Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Primary, Secondary, or Tertiary Application? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where is it being used? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impact on Business? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Initial Investment of Software and Infrastructure? </li></ul><ul><li>On-Going Costs to maintain the Solution? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staffing (skill set, back-up, training) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disaster Recovery, High Availability, Security </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Integration to Other Solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is Using? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dependencies (internal and external) </li></ul></ul>
    31. 31. 6 Reasons Why You Should Embrace Cloud Computing Now 1. Cost 2. Scalability 3. Speed 4. Usability 5. Security & DR 6. Management
    32. 32. Dip Your Toe In!
    33. 33. Connect with Us IT STAFFING IT CONSULTING IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT Hudson IT provides solutions necessary for IT leaders to deliver business value. Our IT consulting services bring expertise to assess, manage, develop and maintain your critical initiatives. Our IT staffing services provide specialized professionals on an as-needed basis, allowing you to maintain IT service levels with reduced fixed costs. Hudson IT is a part of Hudson (NASDAQ: HHGP) with nearly 2,000 professionals serving clients in more than 20 countries. View Case Studies and Contact Info: us.hudson.com/IT Follow @HudsonIT | #WhyCloud 1