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Lets talk business: Cloud computing for the small and start up business.


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This presentation on how cloud computing can work for small business. was the opening of the 2011 City Of Sydney's "Let's Talk Business" series.

Lets Talk Business is a program of four practical learning and networking events at Sydney's Customs House to provide the most up to date information and case studies on digital technology transforming the way Small to Medium Enterprises do business.

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Lets talk business: Cloud computing for the small and start up business.

  1. 1. The Networked Business How cloud computing is revolutionising business
  2. 2. What is the cloud? <ul><li>Millions of computers working together </li></ul><ul><li>Shared services </li></ul><ul><li>redundancy </li></ul>
  3. 3. Cloud computing is nothing new <ul><li>Return to early days of computing </li></ul><ul><li>Client server </li></ul><ul><li>Expensive </li></ul><ul><li>PCs took over in 1990s </li></ul>
  4. 4. Scalability <ul><li>No capital cost </li></ul><ul><li>More flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Can change with business plans </li></ul>
  5. 5. Teamwork   <ul><li>Business relies on collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>PC based software works against this </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud services build in collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Teams are more than your staff </li></ul>
  6. 6. Mobile working <ul><li>Mobile working has been the weakness of older technology </li></ul><ul><li>Remote access has been complex and unrelaible </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible Internet makes it possible </li></ul>
  7. 7. Dismantling edifices <ul><li>IT is a big structure within business </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud dismantles most of the barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Big business has identified the opportunities </li></ul>
  8. 8. Barriers are falling <ul><li>Cloud almost eliminates capital costs </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourcing services run on the cloud </li></ul><ul><li>Startups are using the cloud </li></ul><ul><li>You can get ideas to market quickly </li></ul>
  9. 9. Not always free <ul><li>The Internet has trained us to expect free </li></ul><ul><li>Many services have costs </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility is the key </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud favours small business </li></ul>
  10. 10. The risks <ul><li>There are real risks </li></ul><ul><li>Any business process involves risk, it’s a matter of identify risks, understanding and managing them </li></ul>
  11. 11. Security <ul><li>People over estimate their own security </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud is generally safer </li></ul><ul><li>Complex passwords </li></ul><ul><li>Secure logins </li></ul><ul><li>Log off shared computers </li></ul>
  12. 12. Terms of service <ul><li>All cloud services have ToS </li></ul><ul><li>These can be arbitrary </li></ul>
  13. 13. Reliability <ul><li>How reliable is the service provider </li></ul><ul><li>SLAs don’t matter </li></ul>
  14. 14. The case for business cloud computing <ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Low entry costs </li></ul><ul><li>Scalability </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul>
  15. 15. More information twitter: @paulwallbank