The franchise sector is a modern-day success story for British business. While the UK economy shrank by 2.5% between 2008-13, franchising revenues grew by 20%, making it one of the few industries to demonstrate strong growth during the recession. By 2013 the franchise market grossed £13.7 billion, contributing almost 1% to UK GDP.
The cloud has provided tremendous benefits for small businesses. Technology that used to be complex, expensive and perhaps unattainable for smaller organisations is now just a few clicks away. Today, just about everything we need to do is available as a cloud offering, so small businesses can have access to the world’s best technology faster than ever before. With that, we are putting some of our most valuable intellectual property into the cloud.
Traditionally many organisations were sceptical of cloud computing. The thought of having data in a remote, seemingly insecure location caused plenty to be hesitant. However, by now most organisations have embraced the cloud concept and have in some capacity encompassed cloud computing into their overall strategy. Moving forward however, with increased efficiency the order of the day, CIO’s and IT organisations that adopt hybrid cloud environments will be able to enjoy new levels of flexibility whilst maximising the productivity of cloud services.
Posted on 20th February 2015 in Cloud Computing.
The rise of cloud computing has created a raft of new opportunities for businesses. In addition to users being able to store large files on the cloud and the ability to access documents anytime anywhere, users can also search, retrieve and print their files much more easily than ever before.
Posted on 16th February 2015 in Cloud Computing.
Cloud computing, the technology that allows software and data to be shared on the internet has become the top technology investment for businesses. Cloud computing leads to more efficiency, lower costs and greater consumer convenience but is also fraught with challenges and privacy risks.
Posted on 10th February 2015 in Cloud Computing.
Having recently read a lot of articles debating the pros and cons of colocation versus cloud, it made me think about how fast this industry moves. Today, IT is critical to all business segments and right now most IT departments are feeling the pressure to build a more agile, modern, cost-effective cloud environment. In particular, one that has the ability to adapt to business change quickly. Most organisations are investigating a move to the cloud to reap all those promised benefits of scalability, agility, the ability to spin up your infrastructure in days rather than months and all at an affordable price.
Posted on 4th February 2015 in Cloud Computing.
It’s no wonder why businesses are moving their essential IT apps to the cloud.
Posted on 3rd February 2015 in Cloud Computing.
Although it is difficult to pin down just one factor that makes cloud computing such a game-changer for businesses, perhaps the key benefit rests in its ability to ‘level the playing field’. By removing much of the initial up-front costs, the cloud allows small and medium businesses to compete with their larger rivals – and in some instances, to surpass them!
The Cloud world is evolving fast, furiously gaining greater momentum as we go into 2015 and leaving legacy/on premise systems light years behind. Cloud has the ability to transform the way organisations work but with any change comes a time of adjustment and the process of cloud adoption comes with its own set of challenges. Questions about expected service levels, support contracts and technical flexibility are just some of the issues keeping IT leaders awake at night. So, what solutions can we expect to see sprinting to the rescue in 2015? What are our predictions?
Posted on 26th January 2015 in Cloud Computing.
Technology has fundamentally changed the way business is done today; from employees expecting to be able to access personal or business data from any location or device, to the emergence of new business models like managed services or sharing economies.
Posted on 23rd January 2015 in Cloud Computing.
The working environment has changed drastically in the last few years. Workforces have become dispersed across multiple locations, and RingCentral research found that we are now much more open to working in locations other than the office, with 93% of us working from home for part of the week and 76% working while travelling. Furthermore, people’s home and work lives have merged, and a standard ‘9 to 5’ working day has become a thing of the past as a result of flexible working styles and rising customer expectations.
Posted on 13th January 2015 in Cloud Computing.
Businesses are increasingly using Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for its ability to offer fast, agile and elastic computing with minimal operational overhead. These business benefits are driving IT to scale processes off corporate premises toward a hybrid cloud model that efficiently and cost-effectively meets the CIO directive of “asset-lite” IT. The resulting impact to the network is forcing a new look at legacy wide area network (WAN) connectivity, including visibility, control and performance.
Posted on 2nd January 2015 in Cloud Computing.