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Embracing Hybrid Cloud Services In Traditional Industries

Due to the many commercial benefits and the world of possibilities, cloud computing is now a mainstream model being adopted for the IT savvy business that has growth on its agenda. In my time working at iland, a global cloud services provider, I’ve also witnessed first-hand how more and more industries are increasing their focus on the cloud as a way of protecting themselves against cyber threats, human error and natural disasters, all while maintaining industry compliance.  Unfortunately, it is often the case whereby industries that stand to gain most from cloud technologies are the very ones that suffer from slower adoption rates; perhaps due to sensitivities around data security. That being said, as cloud adoption continues apace across EMEA, companies in even traditionally conservative......

6 Points To Ponder When Converting From Microsoft Dynamics To The Cloud

The IT industry is ruled by Microsoft for a long time with a wide range of software development services and hardware solutions. Microsoft has numerous software applications that offer various services. One of such applications is the Microsoft Dynamics that is an amalgamation of Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP and Customer Relationship Management or CRM. It is used to record the various CRM communications like emails, meetings, phone calls, etc. along with the time, date, subject and other details of the communication. However, with the advent of the latest technology called the cloud, most of the organisations are considering to convert their database for better administration, scalability, and cost-cutting. Even before considering the procedure of the conversion, it is important to ......

Cloud ERP Evolution: CFOs Are Realising It’s When, Not If

As every business evolves, it seeks out ways to better manage its growing operations. This evolution is often built on acquiring a complex array of applications – bought and used at different times for very specific business functions. Do you remember when you invested in your first accounting programme, or inventory management or HR system? And the result? A disparate technology landscape that, as it grows and ages, inevitably introduces inefficiencies – leaving companies struggling to maintain clear sight of the bigger business picture and make the right informed decisions. The phrase “many hands make light work” does not apply to the typical siloed business application infrastructure. In our experience, too many employees are dissatisfied by the proportion of time they spend......

Stop Judging Web Hosts By Their Names: Being Smarter About The Choice

The bandwagon of blogs and websites is getting awfully crowded right about now. Everybody’s jumping on it and with good reason. Having a personal blog is becoming as routine as having an email address or an iPhone. People want to show off their personalities and make some money by promoting products that they hope their followers and friends will fall in love with. Companies with websites aren’t stopping there; they’re adding blogs to make the sites more interesting to visitors who might be looking for more general interest articles that are educational at the same time. If you’re ready to get your own website, then you’ll have to first pick a web hosting service, following the selection of a suitable domain name. The hosting service is responsible for making sure your site goes live. With......

What Is Hybrid Cloud And How Can It Benefit Connectivity?

While not the only barometer of the embryonic, the escalating and the potentially important, Google Trends does illustrate evolving developments better than most. Search for the term “hybrid cloud” on Trends and you’ll see a mountain of public interest rise from sea level in early 2010 to today’s current peak.  There have been significant milestones along the way, yet interest in hybrid cloud has never been greater than it is today. According to our recent IDC research report, 53 percent of European enterprises currently or plan to use a hybrid cloud solution for their corporate IT. Why? Hybrid cloud offers a number of benefits to your business, chief among them the ability to take control of corporate IT assets in the service of business objectives, such as growing into a new market or im......

Embracing Hybrid IT: Complexities And The Skills Gap

In recent years, the adoption of cloud IT services within organisations has increased at a dramatic rate. IT departments are now subsequently facing various hurdles between integrating such cloud services and managing distributed environments. These issues have further been complicated by an increasing lack of visibility, with resources split between on-premises and cloud infrastructure services. This, combined with the ever-present need to develop new skillsets to keep pace with rapidly evolving technology trends, has presented a fresh set of challenges in the day-to-day life of IT professionals.   The Skills Gap For Hybrid IT Concerns  With 92 percent of survey respondents having implemented hybrid IT services in the past year, it’s clear that IT organisations are beginning to realise th......

Retailers Should Look To The Cloud To Power Their Wi-Fi

Which aspect of retailing has a direct impact on staff productivity, cooperation and collaboration between stores, customer experience and future product development and marketing? In-store Wi-Fi might not be the first thing to spring to mind, but it actually has a close relationship with all of these factors – and many others – which is why delivering reliable, secure and cost-effective Wi-Fi should be a major priority for retailers in multiple different vertical markets. The reality, however, is that in an environment with severe pressure on profit margins and ever-stricter regulatory frameworks, many retailers are struggling to deliver high quality Wi-Fi. But there may be a solution. Why Wi-Fi Matters Wi-Fi for retailers has two possible audiences – staff and customers. From a staff per......

Legacy Vs Cloud Vs GDPR

There are many tempting reasons for companies to consider the future of their legacy IT estate in light of the increased functionality and lower operating costs of cloud services. However, with the increased data protection requirements arising from the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which takes effect on 25th May 2018, it is recommended that a formal risk vs. reward analysis is taken, to ensure that legislative compliance can be fully met. Legacy IT infrastructure is normally under the direct control of the organisation, perhaps hidden away in a basement or nearby data centre facility. Understandably this gives IT Managers a close relationship with their assets, and they will probably have sole responsibility for their physical and technical security. As an alternative, clou......

5 Ways Cloud Accounting Is A Boon For Startups

Entrepreneurship is being seen as a rewarding proposition but, it is equally associated with inherent risks and failures. We are not getting skeptic here, but the facts clearly suggest that only a fraction of entrepreneurs make it to the elusive rich club. Therefore, as soon as you launch your startup, you have to tick all the boxes and put every working strategy in place in order to make it successful. Accounting is one such important aspect of a business and its poor handling could lead to serious problems for you. Which is why, cloud accounting can solve your problem in this regard. Moreover, greater numbers of small businesses are now using cloud accounting to address different data security issues. What Actually Is Cloud Accounting? “Cloud Accounting” refers to software that is hosted......

How The Cloud Could Close The PCI DSS Compliance Gap

With heightened concerns around data theft surrounding credit card information, businesses that take payments either online or over the phone are obligated by law to ensure they offer customers the highest levels of data security possible. This can be achieved through compliance with the twelve requirements of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). However, it can be a struggle to maintain a fully PCI compliant security solution in-house.  Technology is constantly evolving, and to keep on top of this can be draining on budget and on internal resources. Having said this, another compliance challenge is that the size of the company’s Cardholder Data Environment (CDE) needs fully protecting. This is because PCI DSS compliance applies to an organisation’s entire CDE, which......

How To Improve Customer Experience With Cloud Telephony

There is a Japanese saying “Customer is God”. The customer is rather the king. For any business organisation to survive in this cut-throat competitive market the first and foremost preference should be given to enhancing customer experience. A satisfied customer is your key to success and serves as an asset to the company. With numerous companies providing similar products/services a splendid customer experience is differentiating factor which makes your company preferred choice for your customers. It facilitates customer acquisition and retention. Cloud telephony has evolved as a windfall to companies to provide unmatched customer experience. It helps the companies create a flexible and agile environment. It facilitates rapid response to the ever changing and modernising business needs. P......

Cloud Telephony: Is It For You?

Telephones and telephony were one of the first communications platforms to be widely used. For most of their 150 year life span telephony has existed as traditional hard wired, exchange based technology. In the last 10 to 15 years a radical change has taken place with advent of IP telephony (IPT) which uses internet technologies. Unified communications is the term used for the collection of separate means of communication such as telephony, video and chat. This was a big change for a long-established industry. The shift proved to be so popular that today it is predominantly only IP telephony products that are available on market. Most providers of IP telephony supply similar products, with the only differentiators being the ranges of features and reliability. As with traditional telephones......