Hudson CIO Series: 6 Reasons for Cloud Computing

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Hudson Global CIO, Mike Whitmer, discusses how mid-size companies can realize the benefits of cloud computing. Includes real-world cloud ROI calculations and suggested Hybrid approach to getting started. Bottom line - don't fall behind your competition! CIOs should be leveraging the cloud now.

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Hudson CIO Series: 6 Reasons for Cloud Computing

  1. 1. 6 Reasons Why You Should 6 Reasons Why You Should Embrace the Cloud Now! Embrace the Cloud Now! Especially if You’re a Mid-Size Company Especially if You’re a Mid-Size Company Join the Conversation! #WhyCloud Follow @HudsonIT Presented by
  2. 2. Agenda Definitions 6 Reasons to Embrace Cloud Computing Now How to Get Started Mid-size CIO Perspective Q&A
  3. 3. Presenter Michael Whitmer Global Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations Hudson, North America
  4. 4. IT Support Requirements 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
  5. 5. What is It? Formal Definition of Cloud Computing: Multitenant shared platform and application via third party, usually accessed through the Internet
  6. 6. But What Does That Mean?
  7. 7. Useful Definition Cloud Computing is the computing technology and Cloud Computing is the computing technology and services that businesses already know and use, but services that businesses already know and use, but now, they are acquired, delivered, and paid for in a now, they are acquired, delivered, and paid for in a different way. different way. With Cloud Computing, you don’t own the physical With Cloud Computing, you don’t own the physical infrastructure. Instead, you “pay as you go” by infrastructure. Instead, you “pay as you go” by consuming resources and applications as a service consuming resources and applications as a service via the Internet. via the Internet. © 2010 Mike Whitmer, CIO and EVP Operations, Hudson
  8. 8. The Cloud Desktop PC Notebook PC Mobile Device Netbook Remote Display Database Servers
  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 vs. Buy & Customize Rent & Configure
  13. 13. CLOUD ROI:Analysis: Moving ERP to the CloudANALYSIS ROI EMAIL COST SAVINGS
  14. 14. ROI Analysis: Moving ERP to the Cloud CLOUD ROI: ERP COST SAVINGS ANALYSIS
  15. 15. Reason #2: Scalability
  16. 16. Outside the Cloud Chart courtesy of GoGrid 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 Will Cloud Mean Layoffs? Yes No Not Sure 200 IT professionals surveyed… 23% 47% 30% “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 Network Engineer Open Source Specialist Systems Manager Cloud Service Manager Storage Manager Virtual Systems Manager Sourcing Specialist Network Architect Cloud Monitor 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 Part Traditional + Hybrid Strategy Part Cloud Leave some applications with your current infrastructure Move at least 1 or 2 apps into the cloud [Title] Allows you to add value to your organization today! [Company]
  27. 27. Guest Speaker Kirby Miner Chief Information Officer Trex Company Trex is a Mid-Size company deploying a Hybrid Strategy
  28. 28. Company Overview Branded leader in wood-alternative products for outdoor living Decking, Railing, Fencing, and Trim High-aesthetic, Low-maintenance $300M Revenue and near 30% Market Share “Green” company, recycling >5 Billion lbs of waste plastic and wood since inception Publicly Traded: TREX (NYSE) Our Hybrid Environment Traditional – ERP, BI (In House) Portal / Web Solutions – Infrastructure Hosted Cloud Computing – CRM, Payroll/HR*, Safety
  29. 29. Mid-Size Company Obstacles f Common Issues for Mid-Size Companies Need Large Company, Tier-1 Solutions Limited on Budgets and Staffing “Buy vs. Make” Mentality w/o Customizations (Implementers)
  30. 30. Factors to Consider How to Determine the Right Environment Primary, Secondary, or Tertiary Application? Where is it being used? Impact on Business? Initial Investment of Software and Infrastructure? On-Going Costs to maintain the Solution? Staffing (skill set, back-up, training) Disaster Recovery, High Availability, Security Integration to Other Solutions Who is Using? Dependencies (internal and external)
  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 Hudson IT provides solutions necessary for IT leaders to deliver business value. IT STAFFING Our IT consulting services bring expertise to assess, manage, develop IT CONSULTING and maintain your critical initiatives. IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT Our IT staffing services provide specialized professionals on an as-needed basis, allowing you to maintain IT service levels with View Case Studies and reduced fixed costs. Contact Info: Hudson IT is a part of Hudson (NASDAQ: us.hudson.com/IT HHGP) with nearly 2,000 professionals serving clients in more than 20 countries. 1 Follow @HudsonIT | #WhyCloud

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