As well as applying problem solving solutions we are also technological consultants who can sit down and offer you advice and assessments to guide, educate and suggest. Whether you already have a form of cloud computing or are wanting to know whether you should have it, we are happy to help you in any way possible.
In most cases the answer is yes but the most appropriate question is to what extent?
The key benefits of cloud computing being:
Keeping your IT services up to date at all times whilst eliminating costly upgrades associated in the past.
Scaling up or down becomes simple to cater for your needs.
Simpler, cheaper mobile and flexible working across multiple devices. Many cloud platforms now have extensive mobile working solutions built in.
Reducing capital investments required and the risks associated with traditional IT approaches.
Enable greater collaboration and management across work teams in multiple locations, internally and externally.
More than ever the term "cloud" is being used to describe lots of computing areas and often the term isn't very helpful.
"Cloud" is often being used to describe various IT solutions and services often without explaining to the unwary buyer what exactly is meant.
Firstly, lets focus on software applications. To us at Quadris, a much better explanation of cloud software is the term Software As A Service or SaaS for short.
Examples of SaaS software are everywhere from Gmail and G-Suite to Salesforce.com to Office 365. The idea being that the core software platform is a multi-tenanted environment, meaning that each customer (a business or a member of the public) has their own area within the software controlled by their user access permissions.
SaaS solutions may have other offerings such as desktop apps and mobile apps that work seamlessly with the core platform.
(This is different from software providers who install a dedicated installation of the software for each customer.)
Microsoft's Dynamics 365 product is a SaaS offering. Whereas, a Microsoft partner offering a hosted Dynamics CRM service is not SaaS but merely the Dynamics CRM on-premise software deployed in a location of their choosing but not at the customer's premises which means it is accessed via the internet. Because of this, the provider will often call it a "Cloud" offering.
However, this is a very different offering to Microsoft's own CRM application that now is part of their Dynamics 365 SaaS service.
A number of software vendors attention is fixed on the development of their SaaS services and not on their traditional on-premise products.
So you may find that as an on-premise customer you receive less new features than if you purchased the SaaS equivalent.
However, this can work the other way around too. Some vendors are stripping out features from their traditional on-premise software to quickly implement them into a SaaS offering so they don't get left behind. So the unwary buyer can get caught out believing everything in their on-premise version is available in the SaaS version - not necessarily!
In lots of ways! Simply put, IT infrastructure fits into three categories:
In this category lies a huge range of capabilities from global infrastructure players like Microsoft Azure to private individuals running services from their homes - all under the name of "Cloud". So be aware about the capabilities of the services you are buying.
Equipment that resides in the location that it is mostly used from e.g. a head office. Before the internet arrived most IT infrastructure was deployed on-premise.
These are infrastructure as a service offerings (IaaS) where the services are accessed through an online management interface or control panel. The major players being Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google.
Our consultants help you vet "Cloud" solutions from software suppliers to make sure you know what you are buying.
For the solutions and services we provide we clearly define what the performance, security and data protection capabilities are.
We explain what your "cloud" solution options are and how they stack up versus more traditional approaches.
We provide configuration, migration and training services for organisations looking to adopt Office 365
Any queries you have about understanding cloud computing please get in touch, we will be pleased to hear from you.