Chris Brown, CEO of Twin Networks recently traveled to New York City to attend Oracle Cloud World.
Many of Twin Network’s customers have completely outsourced their IT department to Chris and his team and highly value his direction and services. He has written the following document and wanted to share his experience.
1. At the most basic level the concept of the cloud is simply outsourcing IT resources to a service provider. The promise of the cloud for business decision makers is lower costs, quicker fulfillment of services and greater ROI.
• 88% better use of resources
• 89% greater business agility
• 87% increase in rapid implementation of business models
• 87% lower capital expenses
• 81% fewer operational issues
(These numbers are based on Computer world strategic marketing services: Feb-March 2014)
2. The cloud is radically shifting the traditional paradigm where a business unit was held captive to the resources that their internal IT department had to offer. More and more business and IT leaders are becoming peers as the table. This continued progression will invariable allow businesses to drive their projects forward via cloud based initiatives. The end result will be that the internal IT department will become a supplemental stake holder to the success of the project.
3. Most remember Oracle simply as a manufacture of a database technology. Over the last few years Oracle has made several acquisitions to position themselves as a viable cloud services delivery vehicle.
• Oracle currently operates nineteen class 4 data centers across the globe.
• Over 24,000 virtual machines run in Oracles Cloud.
• Oracle is responsible for over 354 Petabytes of cloud based storage.
Cloud service providers are standardizing on some verbiage to communicate the services that they offer.
• Data as a Service (DAAS)
• Software as a Service (SAAS)
• Platform as a Service (PAAS)
• Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS)
4. These services can be used in any combination that suits the business. The transition to the cloud does not have to be all or nothing.
• In the last three years 1 in 2 companies have abandoned a cloud based application initiative due to integration issues.
• 54% of businesses have missed project deadlines in the last six months dude to cloud integration problems.
• 50% of cloud adopters have failed at cloud integration.
(These numbers are based on a research paper by Dynamic Markets – Cloud for business managers: The good the bad and the ugly 2013.)
5. Business could substantially reduce the large the capital and operational expenses associated with the following areas of IT.
• Data Center Management
• Disaster Recovery Systems
• Test and development environments
• Data Backup and retention
• Email Services
These areas are also a safe way to introduce a company to the cloud with a high rate of success. Skilled project management and knowledge is required to migrate an initiative to the cloud. This responsibility must be shared carefully between the business, IT and the chosen vendors.
Feel free to contact Chris and see how he and his team can help your business become more efficient by using this type of approach. Twin Networks is an agile business and helps their customers succeed each day by becoming more agile themselves.