Evolution or Transforming? Cloud Economics Applied

The economic realities of cloud are real. Today, how cloud is changing voice communications?

 

Businesses are seeing the value of what cellular technology and mobile phones have brought to consumers and are now wanting that same technology applied to business. From an economic perspective, the following advantages of cloud-hosted PBX solutions.

 

Operating Expense vs Capital Expense. Most businesses today want to defer spending as much as possible. Outlaying monies for equipment ties up much needed operating capital today with the hope that equipment provides some sort of long-term return. With cloud-hosted voice solutions, the outlay for capital is minimal (or zero), and the on-going costs are expensed monthly. Direct costs, direct value.

 

Predictable. How much does an on-premise system cost a business? Most of the time it is unknown. Why? Because so many cost items factor into the equation – line costs, hardware maintenance, software maintenance, equipment replacement, personnel cost to administer, etc. – that many businesses don’t really know. With cloud-hosted PBX, the cost is per-user-per-month. No guessing.

 

Scale up, scale down. The beauty of cloud. 30 employees today, 35 next week? No problem. 30 employees today, 28 next week, also not a problem. Need to spin-up a seasonal or temporary project number, no problem. Flexible. Powerful.

 

So, next time more on application of cloud economics, stay tuned …

 

[This series will be focusing on the question of, “Is cloud technology revolutionizing or transforming?”]

 

Evolution or Transforming? Transforming Business Economics

New business practices are developing daily. Today, how is cloud transforming economics of IT.

 

How is the cloud transforming business economics?

 

Cost of ownership. Remember when buying infrastructure, software, almost anything in IT, also carried with it a stream of continual costs? Cost to support, cost to maintain, cost to re-license, etc. The initial acquisition was only the tip of the iceberg. With cloud, think of a car rental. Pick what I want to drive, for the duration, and I pay for what I use. No more tires, oil changes, car washes, engine repair and on and on … Want Office and Email? How about $20 per month?

 

Cost to administer. The care and feeding of IT has also been a sore spot for many traditionally. Adding or deleting users, updating software, installing on system, deleting off systems … all a headache. Cloud IT is built from the ground-up to be consumable. It has to be or it fails. Think of it as a technology smoothie. Want to manage all your users across the US for hosted PBX? Here is your browser. Can you click checkboxes?

 

Consumptive cost model. The beauty of cloud. Variable, consumptive costs. I pay for what I use. No upgrade costs. No licenses to track. Per user, per month. Predictable. Scalable up or down. Bueno.

 

So, how do you apply these cloud economics to business? Stay tuned …

 

[This series will be focusing on the question of, “Is cloud technology revolutionizing or transforming?”]

 

 

 

Evolution or Transforming? Revolutionizing Business Practices

Last time we answered the question. Yes, the cloud is both evolutionary and transformative. Today, a look at examples.

 

How is the cloud revolutionizing business practices?

 

New paths to new business models. Business in the cloud can happen anywhere, at any time, by anyone. No geographic “location” to lease or buy as a business owner. No showroom to fund and refresh. No rules that typically constrain a go-to-market strategy, whether you are a mom-and-pop or multinational. Dream.

 

No barriers. A new formula etched in the proverbial cloud should be:

Mobile device + internet connection = new business.

 

No longer “sell and run.” Mentality of the cloud it long-term. That alone has meaning to those who get long-term. Customer service, great customer service, is mandatory for survival.

 

Ready for the cloud as a business and/or as a consumer? The next post will address the transforming of business economics.

 

[This series will be focusing on the question of, “Is cloud technology revolutionizing or transforming?”]

 

 

 

 

 

Evolution or Transforming? The answer is …

Yesterday, we looked at the numbers. Today, the answer to the question: Is cloud technology revolutionizing or transforming the way we consume IT?

 

YES!

 

For some organizations, the cloud is an evolution. Taking existing capabilities and changing how they are delivered. A great example are the capabilities traditionally delivered by Microsoft. Email, Office – now delivered via one platform in the cloud – Office365. Same capabilities, different delivery.

 

For other organizations, the cloud is a transformation. Taking existing capabilities and replace with something completely new. A local cloud company – TSheets – took time tracking from pencil and paper/Excel spreadsheet to a completely new paradigm and are enjoying tremendous success. Same result (tracking time) transformational process.

 

So, evolution or revolution? The cloud is both. How is it revolutionizing business, more on that tomorrow?

 

[This series will be focusing on the question of, “Is cloud technology revolutionizing or transforming?”]

 

 

Evolution or Transforming? Numbers Don’t Lie

Yesterday it was a question of “what is cloud?” Today, what are the impacts and specifically, how many people are moving capabilities to the cloud?

 

Back on the late 80’s, personal PC’s became cool. What a change in how people related to machines at work and at home. Then comes the 90’s and the Internet and these machines (computers) started talking to each other. Fast forward to the 2000’s and everything social – people are now talking … en masse. Now, the cloud – taking computers, people and combining them into one massive conversation. The world is talking 24×7.

 

Quantifying the impact.

 

How much is the world changing to cloud? Here are some of the latest statistics.

 

2017 – Small businesses (<1,000) will buy 9 cloud services. Many of these will be net new business relationships, not partners of the past.

 

2018 – 27%, nearly one-third, of all software will be cloud-based. It is the fastest growing business segment in IT, software-as-a-service.

 

So, evolution or revolution? Cloud is both. More on that tomorrow.

 

 

[This series will be focusing on the question of, “Is cloud technology revolutionizing or transforming?”]

Evolution or Transforming? What is Cloud?

In this series I will be discussing the question of, “Is cloud technology revolutionizing or transforming?” This question was raised at IngramMicro’s cloud summit a few weeks ago and it stuck in my mind; so much so, I decided to speak on this topic at an upcoming technology show in May.

 

As an introduction, I think people find cloud exhausting. It is like trying to describe wind. Where does it come from? Why does it blow a particular direction? Why does it blow some days and not others? Cloud is the same way. We feels it, we know it is there … but where IS it really?

 

Clip from “Sex Tape” movie  (7 sec.)
(NOT a sex tape movie, but the movie “Sex Tape.” Safe for all.)

 

So, it is a mystery. It is an enigma. It is really a colloquialism that describes computing in the same way as we would describe a cloud in the sky. Clouds are formed by droplets of water that are, of themselves, not visible, but when densely formed together appear as a single object in the sky. Cloud computing is the same: a dense set of computing resources that, when working together, appear to be one giant computing resource.

 

This phenomena, like clouds, have many different forms.  How companies – new and old – adapt will dictates whether it will be evolutionary or transformational for them.  Stay tuned.

TED Talk Friday: Driverless Cars

I, too, lost close friends during high school to car accidents – two in one accident.  I see a lot of promise in this technology.  Won’t bring back lives, but can save them going forward.  Sebastian, we hope your dream comes true.

 

 

 

What Can You Do With Office 365? Simplify IT Management

Simple. Management. Two words that mean a lot when paired with each other. For those who oversee IT, they are a match made in heaven. One of the biggest costs for an organization is managing IT and, for many, those cost are not easily identifiable, buried in the complexity of salaries, software cost, etc. With Office 365 the management and cost are simple to understand AND IT is easy to manage.

 

Our current blog series will be exploring Microsoft Office and its value today, especially to small- and medium-sized businesses. There is probably no greater value in the technology space than Office 365 … and we are going to give you a-reason-a-day during this blog series.

 

Simplify IT Management

 

Imagine a world with no hardware. I wonder if you can. Imagine a world with no licenses to manage. I wonder if you can. Imagine a world with one administration console for managing mail and productivity. Don’t wonder on all these … YOU CAN! With Office 365 you get simplified IT … and it all comes with your Office 365 subscription. Here are some details on what you can do.

 

NO Hardware: For running an Exchange environment, the name of the game is hardware: servers, disk drives, constant administration of mail stores, troubleshooting, etc. With Office 365, no more.

 

Back-Up: Oh, need another server to back-up your mail? Archive your documents? Store email for future audit? Again, do it with Office 365.

 

Office On-Demand: Imagine using Office on up to 5 devices, personal or work systems. Imagine accessing from your work Windows computer and your home MAC or tablet. Imagine traveling and accessing on your mobile. Imagine not worrying about upgrading Office upon every version change. Imagine with Office 365.

 

One Administration Console: can you manage Users, mail, policies, etc. from one place? You can with Office 365.

 

Looking to simplify? No worries. Office 365 has your simple.

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What Can You Do With Office 365? Hoard Data

One of the more popular shows on cable television is about people who hoard – some one particular thing, others everything. In the IT world, if we dare to admit it, people do the same. You know them (or may be one of them), the person who has a copy of every e-mail since the dawn of email. The person who saves each version of the sales PowerPoint, “just in case.” Well, if you are an data hoarder, good news with Office 365 – you have 1 Terabyte of storage. Happy hoarding.

 

Our current blog series will be exploring Microsoft Office and its value today, especially to small- and medium-sized businesses. There is probably no greater value in the technology space than Office 365 … and we are going to give you a-reason-a-day during this blog series.

 

On-Line Storage

 

The concept of on-line storage has been made popular by such applications as Dropbox, Evernote, Box and a myriad of others. The idea is you pay a monthly or annual fee and get a slick interface to storage your data. With Office 365 you get that capability with OneDrive … and it comes with your Office 365 subscription. Here are some details on what you can do.

 

Store Files: Duh. What about storing ALL your files on OneDrive. Never worry about having access to your specific laptop/desktop, access anywhere on pretty much any device, in the cloud.

 

Back-Up: storing files in the cloud is the same as back-up, right? Not necessarily. Use OneDrive for system back-up targets. If and when your system fails, your restore point is in the cloud. Have a Word Press blog or website? Use your OneDrive as a back-up target in the same manner.

 

Sharing Files: the OneDrive interface allows you to share files with others with the click of your mouse. Share files or folders, protect access, limit read/write/copy capabilities.

 

Synchronize: want your data on OneDrive to be accessible on your local device, no problem. Sync the files and folders that you want, leave the rest in the cloud. Save space on your local machine and always have your data available. No internet, no problem.

 

Data hoarder? No worries. Office 365 has your addiction.

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What Can You Do With Office 365? Online Meetings

A few years ago the idea of “on-line” meetings was, well, not readily accepted. This meant going out and finding a third-party provider (Webex, etc.), a monthly cost commitment (whether you used your minutes or not), and the complexity of setting it up and using each time. Today, times have changed. On-line meetings are a click away … literally.

 

Our current blog series will be exploring Microsoft Office and its value today, especially to small- and medium-sized businesses. There is probably no greater value in the technology space than Office 365 … and we are going to give you a-reason-a-day during this blog series.

 

On-Line Meetings

The first question you have to ask yourself when using Office 365 is, what kind of meeting do you want to have? Is there more than one? Hold-on, here are the options (at least the ones I have used and can think of.)

 

Instant Messages: Lync allows you to see everyone you want to see within your organization as well as external. You see by their “Presence” whether they are available, busy, away, etc. You can IM individuals or groups, add and subtract people on the fly.

 

Phone Call Meeting: right click on a name and select “call.” In a call and want more to join, click the button to add more. The more the merrier, right?

 

Video Meetings: have a cam on your laptop or Surface? Initiate a video call on-demand. Check your hair first.

 

Schedule a Meeting: person you are looking for not available or not answering? Right click and schedule a meeting. See their calendar, pick a time and send. Future meeting is set.

 

Can’t Remember ….: Remember having a meeting but need to know when or the content of the discussion? Right click on the person in Lync and instantly find previous meetings and discussions.

 

Yammer: need to have discussions that are on-going, utilize Yammer. Like “Facebook for business,” Yammer allows discussion to thread and everyone participate in the dialog.

 

Take your pick. On-line meetings have never been easier nor have there been so many choices. Find out more by clicking on the link below and downloading an overview flyer for Office 365.

The Office You Know – Office 365

 

Then, what are you waiting for? Click below and get your free trial of Office 365 E3 for free!