‘Cloud’ is much more than a buzzword. It can help your business achieve greater efficiencies and growth but how do you get started? Sopra Steria discusses how to make the transition from developing a cloud strategy to making it a practical reality in a world filled with uncertainty, increasing regulation, competition and security risks. “In my many years of experience finding the rewards of flexibility and efficiency that Cloud can bring requires a pragmatic approach; treat cloud like a transformation and start small if necessary”, says Patrick Joubert CEO Beamap Consulting, a Sopra Steria company.
…if you want to understand the benefits the Cloud can bring but don’t know where to start;
…if you want to build a strategy that enables your organisation to take full advantage of the Cloud;
…if you want to want to work with experts who know how to secure your Cloud and wider organisation.
To find out more watch our video and visit soprasteria.com for more information.
by Shaunvir Singh – Managing Director & Mandeep Kaur – Head of Client
Offshoring to India has long been synonymous with cost saving. But VirtualEmployee.com, the pioneer of the Cloud Company and Cloud Employees, has taken offshoring to the next level – literally into the cloud!
○ VirtualEmployee.com pioneers new Cloud service, called the “Cloud Company” which is further empowering offshoring.
○ Data security legislation and solutions such as virtualization make offshoring to India safe.
○ Offshoring is good for Western economies. Large corporations have been offshoring for years, now smaller enterprises can gain a competitive edge to compete in an increasingly globalised market place.
So, what exactly is a Cloud Company and who are these Cloud Employees? A Cloud Company is a readymade, scalable office in the cloud. Cloud Employees are dedicated staff that you work with remotely via the internet.
Simply put, both the Cloud Company and Cloud Employees operate on the same principle as other cloud services (IaaS, SaaS, etc). You only pay for what you consume, while the nitty-gritty of maintenance of that service (the management, HR, legal issues, tax, recruitment, setup, hardware, accounting, and infrastructure) is taken care of by the cloud service provider.
How would you benefit from running a Cloud Company?
1. Greater freedom to focus on your revenue generating activities. A Cloud Company spares you involvement in the tedious (though crucial) tasks that are needed to run any business such as HR, accounts, recruitment, etc. We take care of all this for you leaving you free (mentally and financially) to divert your finances into your core business activities. Best of all you no longer have long-winded government protocols to follow or the fear of a law suit being slapped on you by an irate laid-off employee.
2. Immense scalability. So, a) Your time to market is instant. You get an office and staff immediately, without delay and so you don’t lose out on sales in that setting up period. b) With no fear of incurring capital or start up investment losses, you have the confidence to launch more products and services. This in turn c) enables you to galvanize your true entrepreneurial spirit as you are no longer paralysed by the fear of huge financial losses.
3. Greater mobility and flexibility. With your office and staff in the cloud, you can work from anywhere in the world, which is widely considered to be the new rich.
In conclusion, offshoring with VE is all about innovation, scalability and flexibility. And, oh, did we mention cost saving?
Nigel Beighton from Rackspace explains how cloud drives step change for businesses.
A few years ago we were asking: what is cloud – today people ask how can we use it right?
Nigel Beighton, VP of Technology and Product, International, from Rackspace says that businesses can make great economic benefit from the cloud. In his interview in The Telegraph Studio, Beighton explained Can the three fundamental questions businesses should ask are about how they can comply with the data management regulations and handle security, how their businesses are run in the cloud after migration and what knowledge they should develop in order to make the best of their investment.
Beighton explains that cloud offers an economic and dynamic solution. It is capable of immediate reaction to the suddenly changing business environment. “The cloud is no different from the outsourcing that we have been doing for years,” he says “so finding a third party who can be trusted is not really different from our previous practices.”
Rackspace is helping companies in “managing cloud”, as one of the hidden costs of moving to the cloud could be allocating human resources to running operations and responding to business needs.
Another hidden cost may arise from the adaptation of the application that we already use every day. Even though cloud is dynamically adjustable to the business needs, some of our applications do not scale the way cloud does, so we have to convert them or rebuild some elements.
However, asking and answering the most important questions and teaming up with a trusted third party can drive a step change for most organisations.