Abila MIP in the Private Cloud

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  • Basically, I want to make sure that everyone understands exactly what the cloud is, particularly as it relates to Abila MIP and help you decide whether the cloud is right for your organization.
  • Grant:Browsers are just a user interface and represent just one way to view your data in the cloudAccessing the data from multiple forms, not just a browser
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  • Thank you Wikipedia! The idea of the cloud is that your software an the servers that they run on are no longer in your office.All you need to worry about is the device that you will use to connect to and run your application. Abila MIP in this case.- Application, Platform, Infrastructure
  • I hate when presenters read slides and this will hopefully be my only exception…I will break this definition down on the next slides.
  • Computing resources: You all have them. We all think of them as servers. This includes not just the hardware but also the Windows user licenses, electricity, and the man hours required to deploy, maintain, backup, and upgrade hardware and software.It is not uncommon to hear “Our server runs fine, we set it up and never need to touch it. It just works.” That makes me nervous because servers do not maintain themselves and if they are not maintained, you may be on the road to future trouble.
  • GrantImage courtesy of http://www.tomshardware.com/news/sun-ships-18-tflops-datacenter-a-box,4757.htmlWhere is your data, where is your server;
  • GrantImage courtesy of http://www.tomshardware.com/news/sun-ships-18-tflops-datacenter-a-box,4757.html
  • Why would you do that? Your organization likely relies on trusted advisors today.LawyersCPA’s / auditorsPayroll providersRegardless of whether it is payroll or cloud computing, there has to be a sound reason to put your trust in someone external to your organization and that is what we will talk about today.
  • Agility improves with users' ability to re-provision technological infrastructure resources.CostDevice and location independence[ReliabilityScalability and elasticityPerformanceSecurityMaintenance
  • Software required on workstation?Yes, web browserYes, Microsoft RDP and or Internet ExplorerOption to purchase license vs. renting software?Typically not. If you want to keep using, you keep paying.
  • Grant:Replace with our SNO snapshot
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  • GrantDo we want to reveal this now? It really helps the message
  • Cadillac analogy
  • Lease vs. buy your carPurchase of extended warranties,This is the real point of my presentation. Many of the folks that I talk to simply look at the price of the cloud and attempt to decide based on that alone.There is a reason that you have invested in Abila MIP and don’t use Quickbooks. Quickbooks is great but Abila MIP provides many features that QB does not. Those features were important to your organization and as a result you made the investment in Abila.
  • Anyone could replicate this infrastructure but it would be very expensiveOn that same note, we sometimes see orgs over buy when setting up their servers.So, compare to what most companies do, hosting will be an increased feeCompared to replicating the cloud infrastructure, the cloud is much cheaper. Leasing car vs. buying. Nicer car when leasing.
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  • Abila MIP in the Private Cloud

    1. 1. PRIVATE CLOUD AS A COST EFFECTIVE DEPLOYMENT OPTION EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT CLOUD-BASED SOFTWARE FOR ABILA MIP FUND ACCOUNTING Kevin M. Massey, CPA NonProfit Technologies, Inc. kevin@cpaz.com © © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA 1 COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA Grant Howe, Vice President Research and Development Abila, Inc. grant.howe@abila.com
    2. 2. SESSION OBJECTIVES  Explain what the cloud is specifically in the context of Abila MIP.  Cost/benefit: Provide you with information that will help you determine if hosting your Abila MIP system in the cloud makes sense for your organization. 2 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    3. 3. ABOUT NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGIES  Abila Partner since 1998  Cloud provider since 2001  Over 1,000 Abila MIP clients  Over 200 hosted Abila MIP clients (over 2,300 users)  Abila Development Partner  Microsoft Gold Certified Partner 3 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    4. 4. BEYOND THE BROWSER Its not just about the Internet browser, its about your data. What are my options? 4 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    5. 5. PRIVATE CLOUD IS ABOUT YOUR DATA  Secure access from anywhere  Secure and regular backups  Anytime, anywhere access from many devices and interfaces 5 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    6. 6. WHAT IS THE CLOUD? This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license 6 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA .
    7. 7. WHAT IS THE CLOUD? Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet). The name comes from the use of a cloud-shaped symbol as an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it contains in system diagrams. Cloud computing entrusts remote services with a user's data, software and computation. - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 7 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    8. 8. COMPUTING RESOURCES Use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet) 8 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    9. 9. WHERE IS MY SERVER? You just can’t hug a cloud server “I am the cloud” Inside a server container Example of “blackbox” server 9 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA Image courtesy of tomshardware.com
    10. 10. WHERE IS MY SERVER? “Trailer Park” Roofless Cloud datacenter concept 10 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA Image courtesy of tomshardware.com
    11. 11. WHAT IS THE PRIVATE CLOUD? Cloud computing entrusts remote services with a user's data, software and computation.  Essentially, you are outsourcing the management of your Abila MIP software to trusted service provider 11 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    12. 12. BENEFITS OF A PRIVATE CLOUD  Agility  Cost  Device and location independence  Reliability (disaster recovery)  Scalability and elasticity  Performance  Security (compliance/privacy)  Maintenance 12 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    13. 13. ABILA MIP PRIVATE CLOUD Browser-based application Software required on workstation? Is that included with Windows? Server in the cloud? Server managed by team of professionals? Option to purchase license vs. renting software? Option to install product on-premise at a later date if my needs change? 13 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA Abila MIP
    14. 14. ABILA MIP IN A BROWSER 14 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    15. 15. ABILA MIP ON MOBILE 15 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    16. 16. ABILA MIP ON A TABLET 16 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    17. 17. ABILA MIP IN THE CLOUD  No more servers, backups, maintenance, upgrades, etc.  Use Abila MIP from any device, anytime, from anywhere.  Sleep well knowing that your software and data will be safe, secure, and available when you need it. 17 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    18. 18. WHAT IS MY ROI?  The answer is, it depends.  Compared to what?  How much more am I accomplishing/gaining as a result of this investment? 18 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    19. 19. PRIVATE CLOUD VS. TYPICAL ON-PREMISE On-premise Physical location Private Cloud Server room in your office Commercial Data Center Survive natural disasters Redundant: - Power (generators) - Data (internet) - Heating / AC - Physical security Virtual servers Hosted on redundant physical hosts Servers Stand alone Windows Server Utilize SAN storage No single point of failure Automatic failover Team of certified professionals: Responsible for maintenance Abila MIP You or your IT staff Microsoft Citrix Firewall / Security 19 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    20. 20. DECISION TREE  Does the cloud offer a higher level of service than my current infrastructure?  Will my organization benefit from the cloud?  Is that benefit justified by the cost of moving to the cloud? 20 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    21. 21. SUMMARY  There are many benefits to moving your Abila MIP system to a private cloud.  The decision must be made in the context of the additional services provided and not cost alone.  A private cloud allows you to focus on your business of achieving your organizations mission. 21 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA
    22. 22. ABILA MIP IS AVAILABLE IN THE CLOUD You don’t have to be a technology expert to make smart software decisions. If you would like to hear more about Abila in the Cloud, talk to your partner or Abila account manager about what solutions are right for you! 22 © COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2013 ABILA

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