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A presentation which informs small to medium-sized businesses the following: -What cloud computing is, the costs/risks and what businesses are adopting it. -The competitive advantages of cloud computing and why you never want your competitors to get there first. -Answers to important questions about security, Internet connectivity, and where the data is stored. -Critical facts every business should know before adopting a cloud based network.


  • 1. How Cloud Computing Provides Exceptional Business Value to Many Companies And Why Its Not Right For OthersYour Presenters:Chris BoyleBill McCharenCEOCOOMyITpros MyITpros

2. Founded 1/20/1993 14 Employees Average annual growth last 5 years: 22% 39% growth YTD (through October 2012 vs. 2011) Local leader in managed IT services with a particular strength incloud computingAs of October31, 2012: Managed service clients: 73 Managed servers: 372 Managed desktops/laptops: 1071 3. For many years, technology professionals haveused an image of a cloud to represent theInternet in network diagrams.Today that image has morphed into one of thehottest buzzwords in technology history. 4. VPN and Terminal Services since 1999-2000 Initial cloud offerings were hosted backup/BCDRand hosted exchange beginning in 2007 All MyITpros servers in the cloud since 2009 Our first client on hosted server in 2010 Current cloud statistics Active: 14 companies / 35 servers / >233 users Pending: 2 companies / 2 servers / 58 users 5. What is cloud computingtoday? Who is and isnt moving to the cloud andwhy? What are the costs and risks of moving or notmoving - to the cloud? What is my path to the cloud? Other answers to frequently asked questionsabout going to the cloud Your Q& A 6. BeforeCloud Traditional IT: Your organization buys and owns the software and hardware it uses. You either have internal staff for support and maintenance of the software and hardware, or you pay a third party for support. 7. Cloud Computing:A model for enabling convenient,on-demand access to a sharedpool of configurable computingresources (e.g., networks,servers, storage, applicationsand services) that can be rapidlyprovisioned. After Cloud 8. Cloud is a fundamentalshift in computing Mainframe era PC era: desktops and servers(through many iterations) Cloud computing era: anotherfundamental change that willdrive us for 15 to 20 years 9. Simply stated, cloud computing is an IT utilityyou use, not a complex system requiring yourprecious resources to maintain.Electricity is a good analogy. Once upon a time, companies (largely factories) were required to produce their own power to operate a number of tools and machines they used to produce their wares. 10. Burdens WheelBy the early years of thetwentieth century (50 yearslater) this once-world class,cutting edge technology wasabandoned, rusting in a fieldof overgrown grass. 11. PC Era Cloud Era 12. Intel said corporations areordering fewer PCs,consumers in emergingmarkets are sitting on thesidelines, and PCmanufacturers arereducing their inventoriesto meet sinking demand.Intel blamed a weakeningglobal economy forslumping chip sales.Still, chief rival AMD hasfared much worse. Saleshave tumbled, and thestock has matched it --falling by more than 32%this year. 13. The PC hardware businessis obviously struggling. Thetransition here is prettystraightforward in terms ofwhere things have moved toand certainly thats cloud,thats web.(Martin Pyykkonen, a Greenwood Village,Colorado-based analyst at Wedge Partners Corp) 14. SMB Cloud Trends 71%Need solutions for mobile workstyles Dont have the resources to 60%implement new technology solutions 56% Prefer a single source IT solution 50% Think cloud is important to theirbusinessSource: Microsoft 2012 SMB Cloud Adoption Study,Edge Strategies 15. IT spending and complexity stiflesbusiness growth The business is exposed to disruptionsand disasters Workers remain tethered to the office Harder to attract top talent, both insideand outside your region Your competition can gain an advantagewith greater speed, agility and execution 16. Bad cloud solutions or providers may mean: The business is exposed to disruptions Workers revolt Lose top talent Lose clients Your competition can gain an advantage 17. Dont want servers on premise any more (or ever) Maintenance is cheaper (internal or outsourced) Flexibility * speed * agility Multiple offices or remote workers Highly mobile or widely dispersed workforce Multiple devices per user Device disparity between users Scalability up or down: rapid growth/downturns Focus on core business/competitive advantage Bad experience with IT support 18. Case study: venture funded manufacturing startupsituation at first meeting: Executive leadership meeting at MyITpros office Five senior executives and one manager Met at MyITpros because they didnt have an office yet Everyone will be working from home for at leastthe first 6 months CEO did not want small business server at hishouse, or anyone elses house Start with 6 people, expand to 24 in the first year 19. Case study: venture funded manufacturing startupSituation Through Implementation & 2 Years Later: Implemented hosted server, managed services and hosted VoIPClient Hot Buttons: Dont want servers on premise Flexibility * speed * agility Multiple offices or remote workers Highly mobile and widely dispersed workforce Scalability up or down: rapid growth Focus on core business/competitive advantage 20. Case study: automotive body shopSituation before cloud: Existing managed service client for 6 months 3 locations around Austin 2 discreet LOB applications with separatedatabases at each location Horrible infrastructure by previous ITSP Very old servers badly in need of refresh 21. Case study: automotive body shopSituation after cloud: Implemented hosted server and hosted exchangeClient Hot Buttons: Multiple offices or remote workers Focus on core business Maintenance is cheaper (internal or outsourced) Bad experience with IT Support 22. Case study: fast growing exercise equipment manufacturersituation February 2012: Existing managed service client for 1 month 2 year old company at 30+ users and no server Initially wanted small business server with MS Exchange The day we started deploying the server, the client beganasking for remote connectivity functionality MyITpros project manager halted the project Bill came in and demonstrated Cloud7 23. Case Study: Fast Growing Exercise Equipment ManufacturerSituation Today: Proposed and implemented Cloud7Client Hot Buttons: Flexibility * speed * agility Multiple offices or remote workers Highly mobile or widely dispersed workforce Multiple devices per user Device disparity between users Scalability up or down: rapid growth/downturns Focus on core business/competitive advantage 24. Too small / per user cost prohibitive Resource and/or data intensive applications Architectural / Engineering or other firms using CAD Single office with few or no remote workers Static workforce with standardized devices per user Little to no competitive advantage Bad Experience with IT Support (lack of trust) Fear of change They want to be able to hug their servers 25. 1. Start with hosted backup/business continuity/disaster recovery2. Add hosted Exchange or other email3. Layer in hosted QuickBooks, LOB or other specially SaaS apps4. Use a hosted desktop5. MyITpros Cloud7 webtop: one portal for all your servers, applications, data, network, + managed services 26. Any device, business or personal Windows, Mac, tablets and smartphones Consistent experience on any device Intuitive Webtop interface Seamlessly integrate apps and data Dramatically reduce IT support costs 99.9% Up-time SLA Best In Class security 27. What if the Internet goes down? What about security? Where is my data? What about Office 365 and Google Apps? What if YOU go out of business? What about speed and performance? What if I just upgraded my entire network? 28. Chris BoyleBill


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