It’s an exciting time for Coventry as we gear up to welcome the Olympic games but while we are all enjoying the festivities and fun that the greatest event on earth brings, what does the influx of visitors and attention on the city mean to your business?
There are some obvious positives – the profile of Coventry and its businesses will be raised and you will have the opportunity to bring your products and services to a wider audience but it also brings with it problems, particularly for SMEs.
A recent Lords debate at the end of March raised the subject of the potential disruption to businesses during the Olympic Games. Like London, Coventry will be seeing a surge in visitors meaning an increase in the amount of people on the roads and even more congestion. Have you considered the possibility that members of your staff may not be able to get to work on time – if at all?
If you are technology savvy and your Coventry business is using cloud computing then this possibility need not be a worry. Cloud computing offers total flexibility to your business and allows you to access your work computer network at any time from anywhere in the world – taking work out of normal business hours and out into the modern day business world, where a lot of productivity happens on the move. With cloud computing, staff are able to work from home, on public transport from laptops and iPads or even in their local coffee house, meaning that your business does not have to suffer from increased congestion on the roads.
Another point raised in the House of the Lords was the potential effects of a cyber surge in view of the huge interest there will be in the Olympic Games themselves. With more and more people accessing Coventry and using our Wi-Fi ports around the area, will your business be able to survive a high demand for internet capabilities?
With cloud computing, your business uses a high performance IT network which offers increased bandwidth compared to any other network, making your business a lot more resilient. Cloud computing automatically updates software and facilities in the cloud so it does not affect your on-going usage. What’s more – it is just about as safe an IT network as it is possible to find.
Cloud computing comes with enhanced security packages that protect your business from external and internal threats to your network. Our own cloud computing solution, Cloudmetix, is protected by the latest security appliances and software from Cisco and Symantec. The datacentre is protected by 24/7 perimeter security and CCTV with scheduled authorised access only with photo-ID.
Having a professional, reliable cloud computing service in place can guarantee that your business is not affected by the Olympic games. You need not worry about bandwidth surges, increased congestion or security because your cloud solution protects you against any threat to lost downtime and profit. Instead, you will just be free to enjoy a historic Olympic games and cheer Team GB up the medals table.
We have been a busy hub of productivity since announcing our first cloud computing seminar, and the success of the event last Wednesday has given us more to go at in the way of educating businesses on de-mystifying cloud computing, what the business benefits are, and how to choose the right provider.
One of our main aims was to allay concerns that people have around the security of cloud computing. Whilst the overall model has evidently been around since the 1960’s, it is still a relatively new concept to SMEs, and the term itself can be extremely complex as it can cover all types of internet-based activity. In speaking to businesses across the board, we have always found that there is a level of naivety around the protection of data in the cloud. Following on from our seminar, the general consensus was that people were unaware that if you choose the right provider then data can actually be more secure in the cloud.
It is important that businesses are taught about the huge benefits they can gain from using a cloud solution which not only helps them manage day to day operations more effectively, but also underpins their growth strategies. We wanted to invite impartial advice from the National B2B Centre and Coventry University to show businesses that this really is a great advancement in terms of business IT.
Delegates, ranging from accountants and solicitors to musicians and virtual office services, congregated at the Management Group Training Services Centre in Coventry last Wednesday to hear expert advice from three different perspectives.
A topic of significant interest at the seminar was the impact of the USA PATRIOT Act, where data passing through an American located or owned (partially or in whole)network is accessible by American authorities. This was something that delegates appeared to be initially unaware of. One of the running themes in the feedback was that companies would want to use a provider which stores all their data in local UK datacentres, providing a much higher level of security that most SMEs could afford themselves.
Here’s what some of the attendees said:
Sean Farnell, partner at Burgis and Bullock accountants:
“The security session was very thought provoking as I wasn’t aware of the USA PATRIOT Act beforehand. It has made me think that I would definitely want all of my data remaining in the UK at all times, and the seminar as a whole has given me more clarity in what I would want and need from a cloud provider.”
Ruth Coles, director of training services at The Paperwork Team:
“I liked the security presentation a lot, as it is one area I am personally interested in. If you are storing client’s information then you need to know how secure it is. In regards to the data centre it’s good to know where the datacentres are because of having a physical image. It became clear to me that if you use one of the large American companies as a provider then it is hard to ensure that the provider is taking all the security measures themselves.”
Lewis Burden, IT manager at Challinors Solicitors:
“What I found most important were the concerns around the security of data and obtaining a service level agreement from your provider. We attended the seminar as we already use it in some respects but are on a fact finding mission as we would like to expand our use of cloud. It has made us think about giving more consideration to the provider by researching them thoroughly and we would be more inclined to go with them if they had references from existing clients who are legal firms.”
Vince O’Malley, owner of Musical Exchanges:
“I felt completely de-mystified after the presentation. I went in knowing very little about the cloud and it gave a lot of information, and considering it was such a lot to take in, it was laid out and explained in an easy to follow manner. As a company we had been discussing servers and cloud computing and since the seminar we can now see the benefit of the flexibility offered rather than an in-house or shared server, as we use now. In regards to security I didn’t know what to think beforehand, however as the seminar wen on it became clear why people may have concern, but these were well combatted by the speakers. It is now clear that with the right cloud provider it is not something you should worry about because the cloud can be more secure than other systems anyway.”
Margaret Mary Keaney, director of MMK Mediation and Consulting:
“If people did not know about cloud computing beforehand then it was a useful seminar to begin to understand it. I am already using cloud but it was a good way to find out more about how it works as I am fairly new to it.”
We now look forward to hosting a number of other cloud computing seminars this year in order to teach businesses across the region how they can be brought forward. If you are looking at moving to cloud computing why not try it first. With Cloudmetix you can have a 30 day trial period with no obligation. Simply call us today on: 02476 408100
When? Wednesday 18th April
Where? Midland Group Training Services on Gulson Road in Coventry
Time? 9am – 12pm
Surviving in today’s highly competitive market requires SMEs to be on top form and completely agile when it comes to performance. And it is cloud computing that is leading the way when it comes to adaptability, flexibility and scalability.
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The business agility created by Cloud Computing is boosting employee motivation and performance, according to Head of ICT & Business Development at 02, Nicola Mortimer.
As we launch our own cloud solution, Cloudmetix, we find it no surprise that businesses are instantly seeing the benefits of the system, with a general trend of an increase in staff motivation.
As a result of the ‘business agility’ created by cloud computing, Ms. Mortimer claimed that employers could use it as an employee motivation tool to provide a better work-life balance for their workforce.
With the flexibility and scalability Cloudmetix offers, you could potentially attract new staff to your company as well as boost the existing morale in the business.
Flexible working is a growing phenomenon, and the key element of creating such an environment in the workplace is for businesses to switch their IT to a cloud-based system.
Ms. Mortimer said: “From an employee’s perspective, they really get greater mobility – access to company tools from multiple devices when they are outside of the office, so they are not restricted to being at the desk.”
The whole dynamic of an office shifts with cloud adoption, resulting in a more flexible business. A survey of 500 IT decision makers by Sand Hill found that 50% of respondents cited business agility as a primary reason for implementing cloud-based IT.
Another major advantage of transitioning to the Cloud is the financial implications it will have, as Cloudmetix is a cost effective way for SME’s to update their businesses IT.
Ms Mortimer added: “Cloud computing allows businesses to pay only for services as they use them; it’s a utility-based type of computing. That would be a very key aspect for reducing costs within a business.”
How Cloudmetix can make your business more agile ….
- · It can be scaled in response to your business needs. The elasticity of Cloudmetix means you can add or remove users quickly.
- · Your complete office IT can be accessed from anywhere at any time.
- · Cloudmetix has robust data security, preventing risks from cyber crime, hacking and viruses.
How will it change day-to-day activity?
|The traditional 9am to 5pm office hours ties employees to a rigid working regime. This can create resentment when more flexible working is required.||Cloudmetix is easily accessible from anywhere in the world, enabling employees to have flexible working hours and being able to work from home.|
|Having to deal with masses of spam emails and sort through them causes annoyance and also lost productivity.
|Cloudmetix spam filters ensure junk emails are minimised and you are also safe from hacking and cybercrime.|
|Malfunctioning IT systems can result in unnecessary downtime for staff creating backlogs in workload and lost productivity.||Cloudmetix is available 24/7, and is on robust and secure servers, virtually guaranteeing no downtime for business productivity.|
|Remote workers and freelance staff can often feel isolated and not part of a team leading to lower morale and motivation.||Cloudmetix enhances business communications, ensuring that team members have access to the office IT as if they were there. With all the business data being readily available and accessible, the performance of remote workers and freelance staff can be increased.|
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Netmetix is quite literally all about the Clouds at the moment as Stephen Groundwell, a Sales Executive from the company, is set to do his longest ever paraglide this month for charity.
After taking up paragliding 2 years ago, Stephen has decided to put his hobby to use and raise funds towards blood cancer charity, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The charity is the only one in the UK that solely dedicates its research into blood cancers with 28,500 people being diagnosed every year. It is a cause that is close to my heart as well as Stephen’s.
We are supporting the charity paraglide through Cloudmetix, which is our latest complete cloud-based solution.
Over a full day Stephen aims to be air bound for as long as possible, flying the furthest achievable distance. He has set himself a personal target of 30 miles throughout the day, which is 10 miles more than his previous record.
We are appealing for support for this very worthy cause:
Where will your donations go?
- To help finding better treatments and cures for all blood cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
- £20 million is needed every year for the life-saving work to continue.
- To support 260 active research projects around the UK.
- To improve the quality of life for all patients touched by these conditions.
“Paragliding is a completely eye-opening experience, I’ve wanted to get into it all my life. My previous personal record was 20 miles in a whole day, so I think this will be very difficult. But this is in aid of a good cause so please sponsor me whatever you can. I really appreciate all of your support towards helping with this common cause of Leukaemia & Lymphoma.”
Donations can be made at http://www.justgiving.com/cloudmetix or email Stephen directly with the amount you wish to sponsor at Stephen.email@example.com