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  • Cloud computing has been around a long time – Application Service Provision in the 1990’s!
  • Cost savings in several areas:Potentially no need for IT staff (or paid for IT support) No need to buy software – normally based on how many “seats” or users per month You are always on latest version Some applications are free for 1 or 2 usersAllows easy access from a range of locations – and devices (e.g. smartphones and tablets as well as PC and laptops)Allows sharing and filing to be done in a common area – accessible to all. Examples – www.dropbox.com, www.skydrive.live.com (part of Microsoft) and www.mega.co.nz – Kim Dotcom’s businessDisaster recoveryMarketing tools – e.g.Extensive Customer Relationship Management tools (e.g. Salesforce www.salesforce.com – 100,000 + customers)Email Marketing tools (e.g. MailChimp www.mailchimp.com – 3 million business users)Virtual business – you can save money on premises costs, increase staff satisfaction by working from home (or anywhere)
  • Your data would be held on servers belonging to a third-party – so how comfortable are you with this. There are two aspects of this risk:Data security – but a cloud computing firm is probably more capable of ensuring security of clients data than the client is themselves – they will use up-to-date security and backup systems that most SMEs couldn’t implementWhat happens to your data if the Cloud Computing firm goes bust? Many of these firms are small dot-com start ups and none too stableCost – it may appear that Cloud Computing is cheaper, but be careful to compare like with like – e.g. does Cloud Computing offer you all the benefits that your current software does – and if not, are they unimportant? Also ensure you can add or subtract users one by one, not e.g. in blocks of five.Inflexibility – you may be locking your data into their proprietary formats – e.g. it is not possible to insert a document created in another application into a Google Docs spreadsheet If telephone support for your software is important for you, you are unlikely to find this via Cloud based systems – most support is via email or even via a user forum. If working on cloud based applications, 2Mbs connectivity (the minimum that would be available under the Superfast Broadband project in 10% of the Nottinghamshire areas) is required. (24Mbs will be available in the rest of the county) Improvements in mobile connectivity via Wi-Fi hotspots, 3G and soon 4G mobile phone services will also allow Cloud Computing usage away from base.
  • If you can use BBC iPlayer without too many issues, Cloud Computing services are generally fine – and BBC iPlayer will work at 2Mbs….It’s also important to note the growth of 3G (and now 4G) mobile telephone networks and Wi-Fi hotspots -
  • Also many others e.g. Amazon, Google Drive, MegaUpload (50Gb) etc
  • Cloud computing 2013

    1. 1. Cloud Computing What is it – and how can my business benefit? John Owens
    2. 2. Agenda • • • • • What is Cloud Computing? How’s it tie in with faster broadband? Google Apps for Business & Google Apps Marketplace A few online applications Questions
    3. 3. What is Cloud Computing?
    4. 4. “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” Source - Wikipedia " Cloud Computing will be as influential as E-business” Source Gartner.com
    5. 5. Does anybody use Cloud Computing? 65% Bank Online 1 Billion users 800 Million users 425 Million users 282 Million users 200 Million users 7 Million Business users 150 Million iCloud users 286 Million users 5 Million business users Apple – 47,000 apps downloads /minute 50 Million users 3 Million business users
    6. 6. What are the possible benefits? • • • • • Potential cost savings Flexible working – “work anywhere” Sharing & Filing Marketing tools Virtual business
    7. 7. What are the downsides? • • • • • Security issues Cost Inflexibility Lack of support Possible downtime – you need good, fast broadband connectivity
    8. 8. How’s it tie in with faster broadband?
    9. 9. • You need good, fast broadband connectivity to benefit • The Superfast Broadband for Notts project aims to deliver: • 24Mbps to 90% of county • 2 Mbps minimum to the rest • The minimum 2Mbps will allow you to use BBC iPlayer…. • Check at www.speedtest.net
    10. 10. Google Apps • Googlemail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Sites, Google+, Groups for Business & other apps… • Secure, web based - access your data from anywhere / via Smartphone, Tablet etc. • Collaborate /share e.g. data and calendars • Integrate other free /paid for apps from other vendors too
    11. 11. Google Apps for Business • £33 per annum Premier Edition per user • 30 day free trial • 99.9% uptime SLA for Premier Edition users • Further information: www.google.com/apps
    12. 12. Google Apps Marketplace • HUGE range of 3rd party applications • Often single sign in with Google login • CRM, Project management, Accounting, Security, Admin etc.
    13. 13. A few online applications….
    14. 14. Microsoft Office 365 • “Software as a Service” (SaaS) • Cloud based email with your own domain name • Web based viewing & editing of Word, Excel, PowerPoint & OneNote • Shared calendars • Public Website, etc. • £3.90 / user /month • http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/online-software.aspx
    15. 15. Marketing Tools www.surveymonkey.com
    16. 16. Marketing Tools www.mailchimp.com
    17. 17. Sharing www.yousendit.com
    18. 18. Sharing www.dropbox.com
    19. 19. More Applications….. • Almost all new software is being developed this way • Office Productivity Suites • Accounts Systems • CRM Systems • Website Systems • Financial & Payment Systems
    20. 20. Questions

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