Superfast Business - Introduction to the cloud 2014


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Superfast Business - Introduction to the cloud 2014

  1. 1. Introduction to the Cloud Clare Jenkins Poundbury Systems
  2. 2. • Simply means not here What is the Cloud
  3. 3. • Who are you? • How much do you know about the Cloud? • What would you like to get out of today? Introductions
  4. 4. • The Cloud has been around for a long time • Matured over time • Most people use the Cloud without realising – Gmail – DropBox – Skype The History of the Cloud
  5. 5. • Faster Broadband What is the biggest facilitator to Cloud adoption?
  6. 6. • Agility – Quick to deploy – Quick to increase • Lower capex • Less ties to a location • Suits the ‘modern way of working’ • IT support provider agnostic • Global access • Multiple devices per person What is the biggest driver of Cloud Adoption?
  7. 7. • Speech recognition • 3d printing • Cloud Computing Technologies Change
  8. 8. • Companies need to start preparing for an influx of mobile device use in the workplace • The Cloud will become and even more integral part of ALL IT needs Predictions – Gartner’s top 10 IT predictions for 2014
  9. 9. Some figures to think about
  10. 10. How the spend is split
  11. 11. Where the spend is coming from
  12. 12. • You can store: – Document – Spreadsheets – Pictures – Gantt charts – Etc etc Cloud for Storage
  13. 13. • The size of your company • The type of hardware you use • The software you use • Where you are based (with a few exceptions) It doesn’t matter about…..
  14. 14. • Backed up automatically (depending on the provider) • Accessed from anywhere • Less hardware on your site – Quieter – Cheaper – Cooler – Neater Benefits of storing documents in the Cloud
  15. 15. • Software as a Service – Word processing when you need it • Platform as a Service – Provides a computing platform as a service • Infrastructure as a Service – Provides a range of infrastructure, hardware, storage, processing power Each gives a different level of control and responsibility The Cloud as a Service
  16. 16. • In essence, off the shelf vs custom built • Private Clouds can be accessible by the public but they are controlled by an individual organisation for their own benefit • Office 365 and Google Docs are Public Cloud services, where the end user can buy their own personal space. • Private Clouds are generally more expensive and take a large degree of skilled IT resource to support and deliver them. This means they also often take longer to launch. Private vs Public Cloud
  17. 17. • All synced with every device • Things to check – Mailbox size – Where data is held – Is it available if the broadband isn’t there Cloud as e-mail
  18. 18. • Project Management • CRM • Finance • Collaboration (can be tied into or separate from Project Management) • Lots of different providers, lots of different functionality, lots of different pricing models Cloud as Productivity
  19. 19. • Unified Communications – Phone / messenger / presence • Skype / Microsoft Lync • Google Hangouts • Webex • All designed to save time and money. Less travelling, quicker meetings, much more flexible, people can come in and out for short periods. Cloud to Communicate
  20. 20. • The choice is yours • Plenty of free trials • Is your choice compatible with the software you use and like? • Do you want to keep business and personal ‘things’ separate? The Cloud is what you want it to be
  21. 21. • Clare Jenkins