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Cloud. It’s been a journey…

April 26, 2022

It’s been over 15 years since Google CEO Eric Schmidt coined the term “Cloud Computing” at an industry conference, leading the modern-day interpretation of what Cloud Computing actually means. However, the very basis of Cloud Computing reaches as far back as the 1950’s, with the introduction of the concept of time sharing, or multiple companies sharing terminals and monitors when computers where exorbitantly expensive.

The concept we are more familiar with became mainstream in the mid 2000’s, with the emergence of the ‘Big 3’ – Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services. Initially used as a convenient way for companies and end users to pool their resources, Cloud Computing really innovated the tech world when it introduced increasing opportunities for collaboration.
With additional devices in the mid 2000’s, such as smartphones, leveraging the power of the Cloud, data became more ‘pocketed’ and with it came the need to access business-critical data from that pocket.

As consumers we now take Cloud access for granted. For example, our music is held in the Cloud or streamed to our devices with services such as Spotify or Apple Music. We get immediate access to our playlists and music, with the knowledge that it is automatically backed up to our secure Apple or other Cloud account. It’s become second nature to easily restore thousands of songs, photos, and business critical apps to a new device.

As we all know, Amazon Prime and Netflix provide on demand streaming services. Their high availability of films and TV shows are regularly updated without us realising, with ‘new shows’ consistently being released. These services rarely fail, and when they do are often back up and running within moments or corrected via an App restart on your remote.
Office 365 was one of the largest shifts in terms of accessing business-critical data. Microsoft Azure remains at the forefront of this now established movement. Previously, Microsoft Exchange held thousands of individual email accounts for enterprise organisations managed in house with internal IT Teams. They covered the installation, setup, configuration, management, and disaster recovery options.

Exchange Online shifted this need for constant internal resource coverage out to a fully managed, Azure hosted environment and moved this firmly into a ‘Software as a Service’ offering. Deployment, availability, backup, and immediate restore options became easy, and the lack of email access experience in the early 2000’s disappeared. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Projects immediately followed suit, with all new installations of Office being within the Office 365 environment.
Nowadays we tend to take the Cloud, on whichever platform, for granted.

Interoperability between systems such as Office 365 and the way it can interact with your core Eque2 solutions is key to ongoing efficiencies and improvements in user experience – especially highlighted in more recent times with the advent of Covid and remote working. High availability of systems, automation, and reducing reliance on internal teams to manage and control your systems has never been in sharper focus.

Our focus here remains that of harnessing the power of the Cloud and with that, leveraging the power of the Azure environment with the Service Level Agreements that come with those, typically 99.9% uptime guarantees.

Our EVision suite now takes advantage of Azure Cloud. For the first time, this now offers our clients their EVision solution provided within Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Public Azure Cloud environment. This brings with it the benefits of this Cloud mentality as described, high availability, data on demand, interoperability between other Cloud services such as Office 365 (including Teams and SharePoint), world class security, disaster recovery options, and regular updates and upgrades being provided directly via Microsoft.

The shift in focus, away from internally managed systems to externally mounted and internally monitored applications is very much at the forefront of our strategy. The benefits are clear, not least with how we access our own personal data from our pocketed devices.

Imagine that same level of availability to data, ease of use and access being available from your business systems.

It’s here, it’s available now, and we are here to discuss with you how we can take you on that journey with your Eque2 solutions.

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