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Twilight Recap: Constructive Disruption with Cloud Technologies

Paul Bowkett, Online Services Business Manager at Microsoft, gave an introduction about the cloud, why businesses are moving there, the different cloud types and how - when coupled with Office 365 – the cloud will let you communicate and collaborate anywhere, anytime without any technical roadblocks.

Paul Bowkett Presenting Constructive Disruption with Cloud Technologies in Wellington

Paul Bowkett Presenting Constructive Disruption with Cloud Technologies in Wellington


Paul identified five important trends impacting the way we work. These are:

  • Infrastructure and IT systems are complex. 70% of IT budgets are spent on maintenance. The cloud removes that complexity.
  • Consumerisation of IT. 11% of information workers visit social networking sites for work.
  • Rise of the cloud. 80% of enterprise IT managers are at least in trial stage for cloud computing initiatives.
  • Spending. In 2011, public and private cloud drove 15% of IT spending.
  • Mobile and distributed work. The world’s mobile worker population will grow to nearly more 1.2 billion - more than 1/3 of the world’s workforce by 2013. We now have a heterogeneous environment of devices and having software in the cloud makes movement between these a whole lot smoother.


Five other reasons to move to the cloud:

  • It’s elastic: You have the flexibility to change usage levels.
  • Broad network access: Allows you to do your work anywhere, any time.
  • Resource pooling: Better server service and maintenance, minimising risk in a controlled environment.
  • Measured service: You pay for what you use.
  • On-demand self-service: Scale up infrastructure without disrupting the host operations.


The different cloud types

The image below shows the different cloud types. Paul points out that some businesses will want to move everything to the cloud – Software (as a service). Others may only want to move certain areas of their business - Infrastructure (as a Service) and Platform (as a Service). 


Cloud Types. Private, On-Premise. Infrastructure, as a service. Platform, as a service. Software, as a service.


There are also different deployment models; these are:

Public cloud: Made available to the general public or a large industry group and is owned by an organisation selling cloud services.

Private cloud: Operated solely for an organization. Managed by the organisation or a third party on premise or off premise.

Community cloud: Shared by several organisations. Managed by the organisations or a third party on premise or off premise.

Hybrid cloud: A composition of two or more clouds (private, community, or public).


Microsoft Office 365

The new Microsoft office isn’t just office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint; it’s now a platform that has grown with the Microsoft stack and syncs with SharePoint, Lync (office communicator) and social media channels to create a more communicative and collaborative environment. Its cross-browser compatible (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, iPad etc.) You can access your email and documents anywhere, anytime without the hassle of having it installed on your device.

Microsoft Office 365 also has an IT administration panel so your support team can ensure everything is running smoothly. It provides updates, support engineer notes and alerts.

If you would like to find out more about the cloud, Office 365 and Microsoft please read Paul’s slides below;


Posted by: Rose Harris, Marketing Assistant | 06 December 2012

Tags: Cloud, Microsoft, Twilight recap, Twilight, Twilight Seminar, Office, Community cloud, Hybrid cloud, Microsoft Office 365, Private cloud, Public cloud

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