Monthly Archives: July 2017

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Skyping in the new generation of Enterprise Solution

 

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Skype for Business – A Powerful Tool in Cloud Computing Era

The demand for mobile capability is increasing rapidly for businesses. According to Microsoft’s Lync Usage and Adoption Survey, 78% of employees collaborate with partners or colleagues located elsewhere on a daily basis, and 4 out of 5 use web conferencing for such purpose.

With the ability to cater to this demand and solve the existing issues that users might face in using web conference, Skype for Business is believed to be the enterprise trusted solution.

Winning with Skype for Business

Introduced in 2007, Skype for Business (formerly Microsoft Office Communicator and Microsoft Lync) is an instant-messaging client used with Skype for Business or with Skype for Business Online (Microsoft Office 365). It is designed for business purposes, to differentiate itself with the Personal Skype Software.

Skype for Business has all-in-one service with instant-messaging, audio, video and web conferencing. Addressing large meeting demand, Skype for Business allows attendees to join meetings virtually from any browser and device. People can even join with a phone number, allowing others to conenct using a local dial-in number.

As with many other cloud computing solutions from Microsoft, such as Cloud ERP, Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Skype for Business brings across many advantages:

  • Increase employee productivity and collaboration
  • Enable mobility with minimum travel costs
  • Minimize IT support and cost
  • Reduce hardware dependence

Skype for Business in BMW

In moving forward with the trend of integration, Skype has partnered with BMW to integrate its system with BMW’s iDrive system. This whole new level of partnership allows users to connect to Skype meetings in the car in the safest and most convenient way. They can join meetings and conferences directly without having to dial manually and the system will also prompt upcoming meetings or meeting changes. Drivers can also use the car voice and navigation services in conjunction with exchange’s calendars, to-do list and contacts.

This integration opens up many other opportunities for in-car experiences that are related to information technology, servicing customers who demand for the ultimate mobile capability and connectivity while staying safe on the road.

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Data Center 101 : What You Need to Know

 

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Cloud computing has without doubt, been changing the way companies store their data. For instance, in the past cloud backups were treat as a secondary form of data backup with on-premise ups as a primary. However, more and more organizations have been making the move to as setting cloud backups as the primary set of data backup instead.

According to a recent survey on Cloud Backup, it is reported that the Cloud Backup business will increase from $1.3bn to $4.13bn in the next 5 years. This suggests that more and more companies will and are beginning to adopt this advanced approach to data backup, hence, increasing their storage size in the cloud.

However, there are organizations that still prefer to have their data kept on-premise because of their concern with data privacy and datacenter security. Although this is a valid concern, Cloud Backup actually provides a more secure environment, if the chosen cloud is a certified datacenter.

What is a datacenter?

Datacenters are not a single thing, but rather, a conglomeration of elements. A datacenter consists of a physical building in a secure location that stocks servers, storage devices, network devices, routers and firewalls. Datacenters are important business asset as companies and organizations use datacenters to house applications & to store, process and analyze business data.

Cloud backups generally store business data to an offsite datacenter, such as Microsoft Azure, Equinix, or AWS.

Microsoft Azure is a great example of a world-class datacenter.

Ensuring Security and Privacy in Datacenter

To keep business data safe, datacenters need to take in consideration of redundant or backup power supplies, redundant data communications connections, environmental controls (air conditioning, fire suppression) and security devices.

Under security devices, multiple forms of measurements are put in place to ensure the security and privacy of the customer’s data.

  • Access Control

Access control in a datacenter is much more than just multiple door locks. Datacenters in practice, deploy a wide array of access controls in order to prevent unauthorized personnel to enter the premise. For instance, 24/7 photo ID required locks, mantraps, and role-based accesses are often engaged to restrict access to only a limited group of professionals with legitimate business requests to authorized areas of the datacenter. Access is also tightly controlled with prior authorization, and restricted amount of access time. Multiple forms of identification or access control are required as the personnel moves closer to the heart of the datacenter.

  • 24x7x365 Surveillance

Besides having security guards, effective surveillance is one of the most essential security parameters being deployed in datacenters. From cameras, inside and outside, of the building to survey for suspicious acts, to metal detectors that ensure not a single piece of hardware is illegally brought out of the facility. It is this 24x7x365 surveillance system that enhances the security of not just the datacenter but also your critical business data.

  • Building Design

The location, design and architecture of a datacenter are exclusive for the purposes of hosting IT infrastructure. Usually datacenters are located off the road, in higher land with solid grounds to avoid damage from natural disasters.

To keep the datacenter away from uninvited access, the facility also has barriers and security patrols around the premise. There are limited number of windows and entrance to increase the effectiveness of access control.

  • Security Standards

There are multiple standards and certifications in the market to measure the security level of each datacenter. For instance, HIPAA, SOC 1, SOC 2, ISO 27001, are the international compliance certificates and Singapore MTCS is prepared for the local Singapore standards.

Microsoft Azure currently has more than 20 cloud computing related security compliance certificates, including ISO 27001 and 27018.

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How Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning can Improve the Efficiency Of your Business

 

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By Paris for I-Net Dynamics

More than Just Light and Easy

Cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP), is being applied more and more widely, mainly because of its flexibility and the ability to reduce IT infrastructure investment. Cloud computing has made ERP licensing, deployment and upgrade much simpler than it is in the past.

Research firm, Gartner, carried out a survey on the adoption of Cloud ERP. The findings which were published in 2014 showed 47% of companies surveyed were planning to move their ERP systems to the cloud before 2020. Moreover, hybrid models of Cloud ERP can boost the adoption even faster.

Besides the well-known benefit of fast deployment and hardware dependence, Cloud based ERP brings about many other underrated advantages that can boost business’ competitiveness in this ever-demanding market.

Top-rated Security Level

Yet, one of the main objections to Cloud ERP involves the security concerns of placing sensitive financial data out of the premise and in the “cloud because they assume that the “cloud” is vague and does not guarantee privacy.

However, that is quite the opposite, Cloud ERPs actually utilize top-rated security measures to protect your confidential data. Data centers, the technology behind “Cloud” is built with bundled layers of security platforms almost impossible and costly for on-premise environments to achieve. With Cloud ERP, you might not be able to “see” your data next to you, but you can be at peace knowing it is stored in an ISO certified data center.

Provide All-in-one Service

Adding on to the top notch security level, by hosting the ERP system on Cloud, companies will also receive all-rounded service from their service provider. The trusted hosting partner should look after the daily backup, performance report, IT patches and on-going support to ensure the hosted ERP system is well taken care of.

With less time required for IT infrastructures of ERP, in-house IT personnel will be able to work on important initiatives and support users’ day-to-day operations.

Increase Mobility

The workforce today is without doubt, getting more mobile. The demand for users to have the ability to access ERP system on the go and update it with real time information is increasing rapidly. Cloud ERP allows sales order to be tracked, inventory to be updated and other important information to be accessed anytime, from any device.

Simplify Future Planning

The traditional setup of an ERP software requires the specifications for at least 3 – 5 years down the road to cater for future plans or any unexpected new business opportunity. This is necessary, however, it is also costly and the resources are wasted standing on your premise without being used. Cloud ERP together with its scalability and flexibility solves this problem by accommodating to the growth of your business. Instead of taking several weeks, Cloud ERP will only require a few days for specifications to be adjusted.

Companies with Cloud ERP can also plan for office relocations or renovations without worrying about moving giant infrastructure of their ERP system.

The cloud represents the future of ERP that at the same time can increase the level of customer satisfaction as well as free companies from complex and costly infrastructure installation. Changes, or anything new to business can raise a big question but with the recent rapid acceptance, Cloud ERP is slowly winning the market.

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