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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Migration Process Remains Problematic for Cloud Users

Users need more assistance from Cloud service providers, when it comes to Cloud migration according to research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF).

Said research, which ingathered data by polling 250 senior IT and business decision-makers across both the public and private sectors, in more than thirty-three per cent (33%) of businesses experience problems migrating to the cloud.

According to the research:

  • 10 per cent of those surveyed, stated that their migration experience;
  • Approximately 33 per cent Wanted better support from the Cloud Provider;
  • 38 per cent of respondents found the migration process to be complex;
  • 30 per cent experiences issues which related to data sovereignty;
  • 27 per cent had to deal with contractual problems; and
  • 28 per cent of those surveyed, saw a drop in terms of employee productivity.

Commenting of his organisation’s findings, Alex Hilton, who is the Cloud Industry Forum’s CEO, stated:

“Customers look to their CSP for the minimum of service disruption by providing robust and transparent migration services. We encourage customers to ask their supplier to have the appropriate credentials, and believe that the CIF Code of Practice should be the starting point for this – particularly now that it has been formally recognised by the European Commission.

“Equally, it’s important that users have sufficient knowledge about Cloud services to ensure that the services rolled out can support business objectives – 35 per cent of respondents felt that they lacked the skills necessary to do this, which is one of the reasons why we’ve launched our Individual Membership Programme. The scheme offers individuals resources to both optimise and validate their Cloud knowledge, allowing them to become more valued to their businesses and enhance their credentials in the labour market. Over the coming months we will be introducing a market-recognised and respected accreditation programme and a comprehensive e-learning course, covering everything from the legal and regulatory frameworks governing Cloud to Cloud migration…”

Also commenting, Michel Robert, who is the UK Managing Director of Claranet – one of Europe’s leading managed service providers – stated:

“It’s apparent from this research that, in spite of the growing maturity of the delivery model, cloud migration issues haven’t gone away and are increasing along with adoption levels. The IT arrangements of many businesses, particularly those in the mid-market, are incredibly complex, and, increasingly, services providers need to take more of an active role in helping businesses to unpick them and devise migration strategies for their customers. No two cloud migrations will be the same, so it is important to develop strategic partnerships to achieve the most effective results.”

CIF suggests that the problems mentioned above, which hinder cloud migration, could be minimised if, firstly, the providers of Cloud solutions did more to assist with the process, and secondly, if actual cloud user adequately prepared prior to the commencement of migration.

Denovo – Helping UK Layers Migrate to the Cloud

Denovo offers bespoke and secure Cloud services to legal professionals in Scotland and across the United Kingdom. They work with their clients to ensure a smooth transition to the Cloud. To discuss different Cloud solutions or to start your law firm’s move to a Cloud-based system, please call 0141 331 5290 or complete our online enquiry form.

International Data Corporation Publishes Cloud Computing Forecast

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), before the end of 2015, the worldwide public cloud computing spend will hit approximately seventy billion dollars ($70B).

IDC’s research, “Cloud Computing: The Essential Foundation of Industry Digital Transformation — Worldwide and U.S. Cloud Forecast by Vertical, 2015–2019”, illustrated a vertical forecast by twenty (2) business sectors in the United States and worldwide for three (3) public cloud computing technologies: Continue reading

Important Announcement: End of Microsoft support for Windows Server 2003/R2.

In July 2010, Microsoft transitioned from providing mainstream support for Windows Server 2003 to releasing critical patches only. July 14th 2015 was officially confirmed as the end of Microsoft support for Windows Server 2003/R2.

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There are 3 very important reasons below why you need to consider this announcement, as it could leave your business open to major risks:

  1. No updates will be developed or released after the end of support.
  2. No compliance, and lack of compliance with standards and regulations can be devastating.
  3. No safe haven, because virtualised and physical instances of Windows Server 2003 will be vulnerable.

The end of support and the end of life of Windows Server 2003 means your business needs to ensure it has a plan to migrate any applications and workloads currently relying on Windows Server 2003. What better time to consider our robust Denovo cloud platform?

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Free Technology Review for your Law Firm

Denovo intelligent cloud for law firmsDenovo Business Intelligence appreciates this may not be something our clients would normally be aware of, so we are therefore offering to review our own clients current technology status to allay any concerns.

Please note, if this announcement affects you, we can then help you consider the most appropriate options available to you. In essence, we can migrate you off of Windows Server 2003 and onto a platform that will provide you with the network security and reliability your business needs.

As part of our review we will explore whether a replacement Windows Server 2012 R2 suits your needs, or if it would be more beneficial to migrate you to our robust Denovo Cloud Business Intelligence platform.

Call our general enquiries number above and ask for Stuart Macdonald to book your complimentary audit review and options for your practice.

Denovo: Intelligent Cloud for Law Firms

Denovo Business Intelligence have a wide range of legal based solutions to meet your practice needs, so why not get in touch to see what we can do for you today! Click here to enquire.

Wearable Technologies at Work: How Will Lawyers React?

Smart Watches and other ‘wearable technologies’ are very much in their infancy, but as we well know…technology moves quickly.

Before too long, wearable technologies will become the norm, not just in our personal lives, but also in our professional lives.

A fascinating report by ADP, who provide payroll and human capital management solutions to UK-based businesses, found that, when compared with those of all other European member states, employees and workers in the UK were the most hesitant to use wearable technology. Continue reading

Companies Spending More on Cloud Computing Services

New research from International Data Corporation (IDC) – the premier global provider of market intelligence – shows that during the first three months of 2015, the cloud accounted for thirty-three (33%) of all IT spend – increasing by seven (7%) when compared to the quarter one in 2014.

The IDC research further showed that cloud IT infrastructure now totals $6.27 billion (£4.03 billion). Continue reading