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Azure Breakout. Adopting Windows Azure  A business challenge Q&A Breakout 2 Context Understanding how the cloud is going to impact your business is a challenge, but it’s something we all know we have to look at!

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Azure breakout

Azure Breakout

Adopting Windows Azure  A business challenge Q&A Breakout 2

Context

Understanding how the cloud is going to impact your business is a challenge, but it’s something we all know we have to look at!

Consumerisation of IT – This trend places demands on IT to look at delivering new capabilities in the Enterprise and certainly education. Students, Teachers, Parents are demanding consumer-like experiences in their workplace, where we have an ever increasing set of services and content being consumed across a wide variety of devices.

Moving to a subscription business model – Like or not, to prosper in the new world of services, the business model typically has to adapt too. In some cases traditional perpetual license/product sales may continue, but the promise of pay as you go or subscription services, brings the ability to re-align ICT spend from CAPEX to OPEX and this is very attractive.

Content, content & content – What brings services to life is the content, the experience. So with multiple devices and richer and richer experiences being offered, how do we meet the demand, how do we scale and maintain quality of service & experience. In education this is critical, we have reforms on measuring the effectiveness of teaching and school performance and we all have to do more with less too.

Breakout questions:

  • Which applications and services are a good fit for Cloud?

  • How does this impact my business model?

  • What does this mean to my resources and skills requirements?


Points raised

Points raised

What’s between the public cloud and what consumer put under their desk – the middle ground?

Where is my sensitive, security data stored?

You can move typical web applications (Web, Logic & DB) to Azure quite easily

Azure is not just a public facing/consumer service, it can provide a great platform for back office services

Where can we find Azure references? www.liveonazure.com

With the introduction of Cloud and scalable, global services, we are shifting into a micro-billing world

I’m on SharePoint what’s the path to Azure?

Seasonal activities in Education fit with peak workloads and the potential that cloud offers

Existing on-premise investments aren’t redundant, the cloud can is a tough sell in this situation

We need to re-train customer perceptions around ICT as a service and consuming it over time

Partners feel exposed to Microsoft putting up Azure prices – Partners/customers can sign up to a 12mths or even 3 year commitment with Microsoft which assures pricing.

Perception – you need to model very granular services in order to understand the full costs of moving to Azure

Broadband costs is still a major barrier to adoption of cloud in schools

School networks also need modernisation to work effectively with cloud services. The view that some capax investment may be required to achieve this. Namely borrow from the anticipated savings cloud can offer.

Cloud vendors need to clearly show how their offering compare/differentiate.


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