There’s so much said about the cloud that it can quickly become a little confusing as to just exactly what it is, and what it isn’t. As a result, there are more than a few misconceptions and myths about it. Check out these top 6 misapprehensions about the cloud which should help you get the most from online services, while simultaneously reducing any risks.Read More
Cost savings tends to be a primary justification for moving into the cloud and for good reason: it generally (but not always) does mean reduced capital expenditure. However, there is a lot more to it; because cost savings are generally only a ‘once off’, too, it is the other benefits which have to be longer-lasting in order to deliver ongoing value.
More important than cost, by far, is that a shift to cloud computing should be accompanied by an appropriate business strategy. Cloud can, in fact, be a catalyst for further improvement.
Use the savings wisely
Use that ‘once off’ saving when shifting to the cloud to invest in other improvements. Upgraded to Office 365 rather than an on-premise capital investment? Use the leftover cash to invest in skills training to take advantage of the new applications in the suite (Flow, Teams, Power BI, OneNote, Sway, SharePoint).
By taking this approach, you’re able to leverage cloud computing to facilitate broader strategic goals; in this case, improving employee performance and convenience. Those Office applications, once you get to know them, are quite awesome in how they can transform the way people work.
Looking for that X factor which sets your company apart from the competition? Chances are, it can be found in software and that’s why you should be thinking about your company’s next application.
Think of the by-now usual suspects: Uber, Airbnb, Facebook, Amazon. These companies have revolutionised industries which were once unassailable fortresses, protected by regulation or high cost of entry.
How did they do it?Read More
Over at the Harvard Business Review, a fascinating article which points out (in an almost Nietzschean fashion with the two-way street of the abyss) that the impact of technology in the workplace doesn’t just change the way people get things done, it also influences the way in which businesses are managed and governed.
Once said, the claim makes perfect sense, in the way that pointing out the obvious makes for a ‘duh, why didn’t I think of that’. It also immediately begs the question of how the cloud is changing management in today’s businesses. And, of course the writer Quentin Hardy goes on to point out just exactly that (I’ll get to that in a minute).
What all know is that the cloud is pervasive today. Regardless of business type or size, the cloud plays anything from a small role to an all-encompassing one. For most companies, there’s also a simple rule: the more cloud, the better. After all, flexibility, capital cost reduction, the availability of ‘high technology’ at low prices are all features and benefits with universal appeal.Read More
Seems almost crazy, but the era of ‘serverless architecture’ is upon us. It’s a continuation of the availability of utility cloud computing and it matters to most businesses because it means you can develop and operate your services without ever worrying about operating systems or underlying hardware. All you need to do is produce the code and run it.
On what, you rightly ask? The short answer is ‘containers’.
Serverless computing is an execution model in which your cloud provider dynamically manages the allocation of machine resources (those machines would be the actual ‘servers’ – but they have nothing to do with you, certainly not in a physical sense: they are completely abstracted away from the end user). Pricing is based on the amount of resources consumed by your application, rather than on pre-purchased capacity. In other words, serverless consumption models are ‘on demand’ utility computing.Read More
Seriously, rooms full of black boxes with little blinking lights is just so nineties.
While that might sound a lot like a fashion statement, the problem isn’t with appearances. Instead, it is costs. Flexibility. Security and resilience. Management overhead. Hassle. And that’s why the time has never been better for emptying out the server room and putting all those boxes into the cloud. A bonus: how much space will this (relatively simple) action free up…and what will you do with it?
The cloud, these days, is setting the standard for the infrastructure every company needs to run its business. The old way of buying hardware, along with the attendant hassles of configuring and then managing it, belong in the past because it’s expensive. It’s also clunky and times change fast, while ‘bought’ hardware might as well have a use-by date on it (tired of constant refreshes which make three years go by in the blink of an eye?).Read More
This year marks 30 years of Lancom Technology. We've come a long way from one employee to what we are today: a strong team, focused on creating business leverage through technology and software.Read More
As technology and business become increasingly intertwined, it becomes of greater importance for business leaders to keep their eyes on the future of technology, in order to make smarter decisions.
One hot topic (amongst many) is the future of cloud computing. Specifically, what cloud computing is doing in 2018.
To help you make better decisions with your business goals/plans this year, we thought we'd explore three trends we see occurring in this space over the course of the next 11 months.
The list of trends can some times become too technical. So, we were sure to pick things that are relevant to us, the business community.
We see these as being three:
The commoditisation of cloud;
The importance of finding the right cloud talent;
The issue of security and what that means for those considering or already using cloud computing.
None of these trends are new. You probably heard about them already. But what do they mean for you, for your work life, and for your business?Read More
With most businesses adopting a cloud computing service of some sort, the term multi-cloud is increasingly becoming popular in the world of technology.
Major cloud providers have been developing their own specialties, meaning businesses can decide on which cloud is right for thembased on their primary business needs, causing many to reconsider their cloud strategies.
In this post we discuss this new strategy, its advantages, disadvantages, and more importantly, what multi-cloud should mean for your business.Read More
In 2017, businesses of all sizes and sectors are leveraging cloud computing to run and develop their operations. The benefits seen from shifting to this ‘IT on demand’ model go beyond financial gains, as highlighted by some of our previous blog posts.
If your organisation is only just getting started with cloud computing, or even if you have gone past the point of accepting that cloud should be your “go to” model, sometimes understanding which areas to tap into first starts with a simple exercise: observing what your competitors are doing.
We have done the work so you don’t have to! In this post, we have summarised the top 4 ways businesses are leveraging cloud computing, and how you can take advantage of these initiatives to outsmart your rivals.