As technology advances, SMEs are gaining capabilities previously only available to larger enterprises. Cloud computing has proven to be an effective method of levelling the playing field: allowing SMEs to access a wide range of software, platforms and infrastructure as a service Put simply, by offering IT as a utility rather than a product, the cloud can offer cost effectiveness, operational efficiencies and scalability that is very desirable to most businesses. Cloud has become viable for SMEs as a means of supplying services both externally and in-house. They now need to know what they should be expecting from cloud providers and what they should be implementing in their own private cloud environments. Related Posts:Cloud based invoice processing system reduces costs,[…]

UK software vendor, m-hance, has announced the launch of a new cloud-based invoice processing system called eInvoicing. The company claims its solution can save lower the processing costs of invoices by up to 80 percent as well as reducing businesses carbon footprints. The system processes invoices received via email in PDF format, removing the requirement to print and manually process paper invoices. A business that processes over 5,000 invoices per year could see cost reductions of between 60 and 80 percent by using the system, according to m-hance. Related Posts:Cloud Computing for all: What SMEs need to knowIntuitive Business Intelligence and Rimilia partner to deliver integrated BI dashboards for financial automation Free cloud deployment seminars from IntergenceSix tips for successful[…]

A series of free seminars has been announced for May 2012 to help businesses understand how they can optimise their infrastructure to get the most from cloud computing technology. The seminars, held in London, Edinburgh and Leeds, will be run by Intergence, a cloud consultancy that was recently named as a supplier for the UK government’s cloud computing procurement project, G-Cloud. Related Posts:Cloud Computing for all: What SMEs need to knowCloud based invoice processing system reduces costs, and carbonSix tips for successful cloud computing deploymentsIT needs to be better aligned with business to offer real benefitsNew HTML5 browser based word-processor unveiled

While the benefits offered by cloud infrastructure are clear, many businesses are still struggling to adopt the technology, mostly due to uncertainty and aversion to the perceived risk of moving business critical applications from tried and tested platforms. In this article,  Peter Job, CEO at cloud consultancy, Intergence, offers some advice for organisations looking to migrate their IT infrastructure to the cloud. 1. Business buy-in – It is vital to ensure that senior management buy-in and support the migration process within all parts of an organisation (development, operations, architecture, user groups etc). A cloud migration will need to go through several pilots and iterations before full deployment. If it is to be successful, senior management need to be aware and supportive of the timescales[…]

Twenty percent of IT professionals claim that the consumerisation of IT has had the most negative impact on their role, according to a survey by cloud service provider, Star. Other findings were that a third of IT professionals believe that the biggest challenge in their job is user demand for for innovation while a quarter said that poor alignment between IT and business was the biggest challenge. When asked about the technologies which had a positive impact on their jobs, virtualisation and cloud computing were cited as the top two. But 26 percent said that the inertia of their colleagues was a barrier to cloud adoption and 25 percent said that there was no strategy for change in their organisation.[…]

Value-added Distributor, Cloud Distribution Ltd, today announced that it has signed Vitar Software – a pioneer in cloud-based, secure visitor management applications. The signing of Vitar is the latest step in Cloud Distribution’s strategy to offer the channel disruptive, innovative and secure solutions that leverage the Cloud. Vitar Secure Visitor Management Software is a suite of easy to use tools to help professionally manage all visitors and contractors on any customer premise. The hosted application is designed to eliminate reception queues by replacing manual sign in systems. A single web-based management platform delivers both real time and historical visitor and contractor reports and allows organisations of any size, in any location, to be serviced by one single solution – providing[…]

On-demand IT provider, Star, today announced itself as the founding member of the UK Cloud Alliance, a new organisation which aims to make it easier for businesses to adopt cloud computing infrastructure. The alliance is currently made up of 15 founding members, comprising various enterprise IT and communications suppliers. The stated objective of the organisation is to offer mid-sized UK businesses a menu of technology services that can be delivered by Star’s own private cloud platform and supported by a choice of local specialists. Private cloud infrastructure offers the flexibility associated with cloud computing along with the security benefits of owning the entire hardware platform instead of relying on systems owned by (often unknown) third parties. Related Posts:Cloud Computing for[…]