Why Disaster Recovery Should Be a Top Priority for your Organization

What happens when you fail to assist your customer because your system was down? He begins preferring your competitor. And re-acquiring that customer becomes a costly and close-to-impossible task. Or when a natural disaster disrupts your daily activities? You lose critical business data and (eventually) your competitive edge in the market. That is a dangerous situation to be in. Especially in an environment such as todays. The modern business landscape is unforgiving – the market is competitively fierce and the customers are calling the shots. Business is expected to operate 24*7 irrespective of any disruption of services due to natural or man-made disasters and losses incurred have a long term impact. As per an Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) study, most organizations can’t handle more than an hour of downtime without significant loss of revenue with CRN stating that 80% of companies in the US who suffered outages for more than a day were out of business within 3 years. This is why every business needs a disaster recovery plan.

Does this need my immediate attention?

A CRN research claims that an average outage lasts for 18.5 hours, with 80% outages lasting over a day. The question here is – can your business withstand this loss? If not (in all probability), then yes this needs your immediate attention.

Modern businesses are highly dependent upon IT. Mission critical systems such as organization wide ERP suite, and WAN based communication systems are common in every organization and a malfunctioning of these systems can result in downtime, which is not just costly, but can be damning for companies.

Wouldn’t disasters affect my competitors also?  

Natural disasters are responsible only for 35% of all outages. A larger 65% chunk of outages happen because of operational issues, human errors, and targeted attacks, which may only affect your organization and not your competition. Cyber Attacks are becoming increasingly common and several Denial of Service (DoS) and DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks have taken down the largest of companies, including Gmail and Twitter. Hence, not having a disaster recovery plan in place can put your organization at risk of high financial costs, reputation loss, risk of losing customers and even greater risks for its clients.

Its also important to note some of the benefits that your business can experience as a result of your investments in disaster recovery: –

  • Ensured Business Continuity: As discussed, downtime can seriously impediment your organization’s ability to conduct business as usual, leading to immediate drop in profits. Employees are unable to access enterprise applications and data, severely reducing their productivity. A disaster recovery solution can get your business operating almost immediately, without any loss in data – saving you from extended downtime and huge losses.
  • Improved Business Image & Outlook: Modern customers, partners and investors are unforgiving, and service unavailability at a critical time can scar your company’s reputation. Having a disaster recovery plan allows your stakeholders to feel more confident about their relationship with your organization.
  • Know your Infrastructure: Planning for disaster recovery entails a detailed analysis of your existing IT setup, including identification of critical data and infrastructure. This analysis enables the management to identify any existing potential weakness, gain a better understanding of the minutia of their business and ultimately help identify ways to strengthen any short comings
  • Reduction in Costs: Evaluating a disaster recovery plan opens avenues of cost reduction. It often leads businesses to identify areas where you could be saving money, particularly if it’s time for a hardware upgrade or adopt modern technologies such as cloud-based setups, server and desktop virtualization.
  • Adherence to Compliance and Regulatory Requirements: Modern customer-facing organizations, especially in the health and financial sectors, hold a lot of sensitive customer information. This information must be safeguarded against loss or theft according to guidelines such as HIPAA, SOX, and more. A robust disaster recovery setup helps in protecting this information, enabling organizations to be compliant.

As per reports, corporations globally are investing over 25% of their total IT budget on safeguarding mission critical systems. Embee supports its clients in detailed assessment, creation and management of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plans and strategies. Not having a disaster recovery plan in place can put your organization at risk of high financial costs, reputation loss, risk of losing customers and even greater risks for its clients. Contact Embee to design your disaster recovery solution: www.embee.co.in

How to Derive Cost Savings with the Right Virtualization Solution

The eventual goal of every business is Money – to compound the profits, curtail the losses and bring in cost efficiencies. And with the ever rising competition and plummeting profits, businesses are urgently seeking every avenue to stay afloat. Over the last few years, Virtualization technology has gained increasing popularity amongst businesses as corporations opt to consolidate their infrastructure to get a return on investment (ROI) from their hardware expenditure, sometimes as high as $3000 a year! By leveraging virtualization, businesses reduce IT costs associated with complex computing environments such as power and cooling along with the support costs while improving their efficiency, storage, and become more agile.

As a CIO or an IT Administrator, it is always your end goal to supply the most modern infrastructure at the lowest possible cost. Businesses that invest in Virtualization realize ROI in the following ways:

Less is more. Always.
As per the IDC, a virtualized environment would see a cost saving of at least 50% in hardware, its maintenance and staffing. The consolidation of multiple applications cuts all the hardware costs of a dedicated server. It requires less facility space than dedicated servers and decreases the costs to heat and cool that space. It also reduces the costs to power the servers and their internal fans. As per a McKinsey report, the total costs of electricity for running datacenters around the world was $ 11.5 Billion in 2013, and this doubles every five years per datacenter. Additionally, virtualization also reduces ongoing system administration and maintenance time spent by IT staff by about 20 percent thereby impacting the holistic business expenditure. Power accounts for over 50% of the costs of running a datacenter.

Lesser Downtime and Quicker Disaster Recovery
Virtualization technology prevents business downtime and helps protect against business disruption in the case of a natural disaster, power outage, or human error or attack. Firstly, a simpler server environment increases performance and second, business with a backup virtual server can replicate it and store a copy offsite, by doing so itself or using a managed service in lesser turnaround time than otherwise.

Fast Server Provisioning
Businesses with a virtualized environment are able to provision for new applications or hardware or streamline routine business processes much quicker than in a traditional set up. This strengthens the organization and makes it responsive to environmental changes. Standard server can take hours to setup, from ordering the hardware, to setting it up, to installing the operating system and provide the required connectivity. A virtual machine however can be set up in mere minutes, enabling the IT to fulfill machine requests quickly. This ensures that work is never stalled because of server positioning, and helps the modern organization meet its quick performance deadlines.

It is therefore clear that a virtualization solution can go a long way in helping CIOs and IT Administrators reduce costs and improve server utilization. However, it’s by no means a very simple decision, as RAM capacities, data security and availability and scaling requirements need to be carefully studied before moving to a virtualized setup. At Embee, we have helped several clients in driving cost savings of over 60% from server consolidation and VDI deployments. Contact our team to know more: www.embee.co.in

Planning Your Enterprise Mobility Solution – 4 Questions to Answer

Mobile devices are ubiquitous today. With every individual having access to an average of 2 devices, business houses are adopting the concept of BYOD (Bring your own device) to allow employees access business critical data on their personal devices. This is done to boost employee satisfaction and drive productivity. However, simultaneously it attracts its own set of challenges with data security being the biggest. Hence, businesses are forced to implement a mobility solution to protect the sensitive data being accessed continuously.

Commonly referred to as Enterprise Mobility, it is a growing priority for every global CIO, and is expected to be worth over USD 266 Billion by 2019. In this blog, we examine some of the key questions every CIO must address during the evaluation, planning and implementation of their organization’s enterprise mobility strategy: –

Do I really need an Enterprise Mobility Solution?
If you have a mobile workforce, local or global, that accesses critical business information on personal devices rather frequently then you really must implement an enterprise mobility solution. It must be understood that BYOD trends are driven by employees. If the enterprise doesn’t provide mobility services and tools, employees may begin using 3rd party unsupported tools like external e-mail clients, collaboration platforms, and applications. This poses an even greater threat to your organization’s infrastructure and data!

How do I prepare my organization for all the different kinds of devices?
Device fragmentation has reached the next level with the advent of mobile devices. It is nearly impossible for an organization to test on and support all devices. In order to mitigate this situation, organizations must move to an app-based approach rather than a device-based approach. Building user identification and security controls into individual apps is simpler and quicker than implementing device-level controls. It is essential for CIOs to consider device fragmentation and app-level permissions in their decision for an enterprise mobility solution.

How big a problem is Security and what should I do about it?
Mobile devices present a security challenge because of two reasons – lack of desktop level enterprise security and the possibility of them getting misplaced. These reasons make mobile phones the least secure end-point being used to access critical data, and calls for the implementation of tighter user access based controls. Security features such as multi-factor authentication, activity tracking, remote wipe and file level permissions to track applications should be essential components of an organization’s mobile security strategy.

What happens to my existing business applications?
As per a research conducted by Linux OS leader Red Hat, 43% CXOs identified back-end and legacy application integration as a major enterprise mobility challenge. While most modern software companies are building mobile capabilities into their products, it can be very expensive and cumbersome to build interfaces between legacy applications and new mobile-centric applications. This problem can get worse if legacy applications at the backend are responsible for data fetching and modeling operations that are required by the mobile applications. The strategy in such a case would be to try building simpler mobile applications for other tasks while legacy applications are updated or replaced to be able to become compatible with the future landscape.

Planning and implementing your own enterprise mobility strategy can be challenging. But a well-thought out and executed strategy with a strong product like Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Solutions at the core can successfully deliver increase employee responsiveness and decision making speed, improved customer satisfaction, robust security, and reduced operational costs. Embee has helped several Indian organizations to experience the power of enterprise mobility.

Business Intelligence – Create Your Competitive Edge

What made Apple it is today? Innovative thinking? Excellent product? Exceptional marketing? Definitely those. But most importantly it was the business intelligence. They developed a product that meet the precise needs of their users without them knowing of these needs. That’s what every business is aiming for today. However, with the help of analytical tools and intelligence reports.

Humans are generating over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data about themselves everyday with 90% of this information remaining unstructured. To know the customers better, businesses need to have access to this information, study it and take business decisions accordingly to emerge as a winner. Thus, they are investing in powerful business intelligence reports and analytical tools to derive insights such as consumer behavior, market trends and make more informed decisions to accelerate business performance and improve the operational efficiency. The Worldwide Business Intelligence and Analytics Market, as per Gartner, is expected to gross US$ 16.9 Billion in 2016, an increase of over 5% over 2015.

Let’s understand how businesses can use this market intelligence to create their competitive edge:

  1. Knowing your customers: Business intelligence arms organizations with rich data resources that helps them understand their customers better and segregate them accordingly. From customer preferences to their experience to customer behavior to their needs to knowing the source from where the customer consumes the information to what influences their consumption – organizations are equipped with this information that guide them to make strategic decisions and generate a competitive advantage. In the long run, such information will help in improving business performance, delivering on customer promises, and building long-term customer relationships. Analytics based customer segmentation has helped companies around the world reduce their customer acquisition costs by over 30%. With such vital knowledge, businesses are also able to minimize the customer attrition rate.
  1. Determine your ROI: BI ensures ROI as businesses can monitor and measure the corporate performance. As per Harvard Business Review organizations have been able to escalate their conversion rates by over 70% through careful use of intelligence reports!
  1. Predictive Analysis: Predictive Analysis is one of the most recent, and possibly most exciting use case of Intelligence and Analytics. Through the data available companies are capable of predicting the actions customers are likely to take, before they have taken them. This helps organizations in proactively targeting customers. One of the most common examples of this is an E-Commerce website such as Amazon, which tracks customer purchasing patterns and accordingly recommends products or modifies the offerings that are shown to increase sales.
  1. Informed Decision Making: Business intelligence empowers organizations to make informed decisions for internal as well as external purposes. Internally, businesses evaluate individual employee performance against their KPIs to make the necessary improvements. They receive real-time advanced reports to ensure that the company is optimizing their assets effectively whereas externally, strategic decision making is driven by businesses taking into account critical customer information based on current and historical behavior along with future trends and expected demands.

Business Intelligence is a game changer. With deep insights and real time reporting, enterprises use these tools to enhance their business performance but most importantly to create a competitive advantage. Embee understands this market. Get in touch to create your edge: www.embee.co.in

6 Good Reasons to Invest in Security right now!

Global organizations spend approximately 15% of their IT budget on Security Solutions. And in-spite of such high investment, 9 out of 10 large global businesses have admitted to having suffered some kind of security breach in 2015 alone. Tens of thousands of British Airways frequent flyer accounts were hacked in 2015. Although no personal information was stolen, vulnerabilities were spotted in the online security system. But what happens if you do not have a robust Security solution? Businesses in India invest less than 5% of their IT budget on Security and this is a growing concern.

According to PwC Information Survey 2015 the average number of information security incidents detected by respondents in India increased by 117 per cent over the previous year whereas, the increase in incidents of cyber security breach globally stood at just 39 per cent during the same period. Losses as a result of incidents of cyber security also surged by 135 per cent over the previous year, and the average cost per incident increased by close to 8 per cent, the report said. Hence, it is evident that there is a growing need for organizations to invest more in IT Security to reduce cyber security risks and protect their business information. If you’re still not convinced, read long:

  • Cyber Crime is happening all around you: A KPMG India Survey revealed that 72% of the companies surveyed suffered some form of cyber-attack within 2015 itself. Financial Services, as expected was the worst affected with 72% attacks, with Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals, and Oil & Gas and Utilities closing the list of the top three. Half way across the world, a recent breach on the US Government led to exposing personal information on 191 million registered voters. This is a huge alarm bell for Governments and businesses worldwide. Cyber Crime is only becoming more common.
  • Cyber Crime leads to multiple losses: Financial losses are the primary metric that is often used to measure the scale of a security attack. In India, 63% of all respondents indicated that cyber attacks in 2015 led to financial losses. Globally, the average total financial losses due to cyber crime amounted to about US$ 2.5 million. However, it’s important to note is that cyber crime does much more damage, with 55% companies suffering theft of intellectual property/sensitive data, 49% suffering reputational damage, and 47% also experienced disruption of business processes. Sony suffered massive attacks on both its PlayStation Network (PSN) and Sony Pictures. The combined losses from the two hacks are estimated at around US$ 24 Billion, where over 77 million users were affected. The Sony Pictures hack was far more damaging because it resulted in the loss of almost all of its digital content, including unreleased movies, and also of social security numbers, salary data and other private data of employees.
  • Cyber Crime can lead to Regulatory Non-Compliance & Lawsuits: Companies, especially in the Financial Services, Healthcare and some other sectors have a liability to ensure safety of customer information and sensitive data. A cyber crime attack can lead to them becoming non-compliant. This is a case for 27% respondents to KPMG’s survey. Loss of customer information can also lead to a number of lawsuits, and settling them can be very expensive. A 2014 attack on Target, a US based retail store, led to the loss of over 70 million records of data, primarily consisting of credit and debit card details. The result was 140+ lawsuits and a total of US$10 Million which the company had to pay for settling.
  • Cyber Crime targets your most Mission Critical Systems: 65% of all cyber crimes reported by Indian companies happened on E-Mail Server while a whopping 31% of the attacks were designed to take down the ERP system. In January 2016, an attack on the HSBC portal took their online banking services and website down, and received a lot of criticism from users as it was a day salaries for the month were supposed to be credited to employees.
  • Cloud is More Vulnerable: Cloud is a top technology adoption trend for Indian companies however, as per Gartner it also happens to be more vulnerable to cyber threats and attacks. Hence, while adopting cloud based security models, organizations must focus on the security measures provided.
  • Threats from within: As per PWC, employees are the top reasons for security threats arising within businesses, with current and past employees leading to a gigantic 60% of all security related incidents, with 22% being caused by consultants and service providers. While most of these incidents are inadvertent, a good security system can help in preventing such incidents. The Panama Papers saga is an interesting case study here, where an internal source submitted encrypted internal documents from Mossack Fonseca, a Panamian law firm dealing with offshore companies. The attack exposed several high profile personalities world over and started from within the company!

Cyber crimes are detrimental for organizations and can lead to huge financial losses as well as collateral damage in the form of loss of customer trust, brand image, customers, compliance, and more. Investing in a robust IT Security system is critical for every business to be able to safeguard itself against internal and external security threats.

Embee Software Pvt. Ltd. is a leading IT Solution provider in India. Contact us to get a robust Security system for your business.

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Key take away from Satya Nadella’s speech – Empower every person and organization on the planet to do more!

Microsoft’s annual World Partner Conference has officially kicked off with its CEO, Satya Nadella addressing the assembled crowd of Microsoft partners and software developers in Toronto on July 11th 2016. And he plunged almost immediately on the growing need for businesses to attune to Digital Transformation. “It is not about celebrating any one of our technology, products or services” he said but “It is about celebrating what our customers are able to do with technology, how they are transforming their own business” – and this transformational impact is only possible through the digital platform he asserts.

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As expected, Business productivity and Cloud transformation were the key topics discussed. Satya underlined the importance of Reinventing productivity and business processes; building an intelligent cloud platform; and creating more personal computing and elaborated how they will be at the heart of Microsoft’s digital transformation journey. Microsoft is already well on its way towards developing an intelligent cloud platform with Azure and Azure Stack which are providing customers with an unparalleled Cloud platform for development of truly customized business applications in a hybrid environment. However, the true value of the cloud, highlighted Nadella, lies in transformation around data that can be manipulated by developers into sophisticated enterprise applications and processes to deliver true value to both large and medium to small businesses such as Power BI and Dynamics 365. Such insights will unleash the organization’s potential.

Its just the beginning .. Embee has always believed in being at the helm of the curve. We were the early Cloud adopters and implementers. And now we are excited about the transformative impact that Power BI and Dynamics 365 can bring to our customers and prospectives as they begin their digital endeavor. And along with Microsoft we are raring to transform the business landscape in India.

How To Cloud – Public, Private or Hybrid?

Before moving to the Cloud its important to evaluate the different Cloud models and their offerings in line with your business strategy. Currently, there are 3 primary cloud models, namely Public Cloud, Private Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud.

Lets help you understand the nuances of each and help you get a better idea about which model might be best suited for your enterprise requirements: –

WHAT ARE THEY?

  • Public Cloud: A Public Cloud is the most basic and simple implementation of the cloud, where a cloud service provider provides different kinds of resources, such as applications (SaaS), Infrastructure (IaaS) or an entire Platform (PaaS) to customers. This typically works on a pay-per-usage model, where the customer pays the service provider for the services used. Microsoft Azure and AWS are the two most common examples of Public Clouds. To know which service provider to choose, check out our blog.
  • Private Cloud: A Private Cloud is similar to an on-premise setup with the benefits of a cloud-based model. The private cloud is set up on-premise on infrastructure owned by the company, but provides for quick ramping up and down of capacity and installation of virtual machines for optimum utilization of the available resources. VMWare is a common Private Cloud service enabler.
  • Hybrid Cloud: A Hybrid Cloud allows customers to enjoy the benefits of both the Public Cloud and the Private Cloud. Most organizations have an IT landscape which are too complicated to go for either a completely Public Cloud, or Private Cloud based approach. Budget constraints too may prevent companies from implementing a Private Cloud model where as data security concerns as well as security requirements may prevent them from a completely Public model. In such a case, a Hybrid model allows the creation of a Public as well as Private cloud to fulfill both requirements. A Hybrid Cloud based approach is typically implemented with the help of a system integrator who can help integrate cloud systems from public and private cloud service providers. Microsoft Azure is quickly gaining traction in this space. Embee is a leading Cloud System Integrator with a Pan-India presence.


HOW IS THE MARKET DOING?
 

As per RightScale’s 5th Annual Cloud Survey for 2016, 95% of all respondents are using cloud computing in some or the other model. While 89% of the respondents are using Public Cloud, the adoption of Private Cloud has also risen to 77% in 2016 as compared to the 63% in 2015. The increase in the adoption of private cloud has increased the overall percentage of respondents using a Hybrid Approach to a very high 71% as compared to 58% in 2015.

As is clearly, Hybrid Cloud is the current model of choice.


WHICH MODEL IS RIGHT FOR ME?
 

A one-size fits all approach doesn’t work for Cloud Computing. It can never be a simple THIS or THAT answer, there’s a need to for an organization to first evaluate their requirements internally and take the help of a system integrator and strategic partner such as Embee to answer basic questions such as analysis of current applications, the applications which will be moved to the cloud, performance requirements, and regulatory and data security constraints. Once these questions are answered and IT budgets are analyzed, it becomes easier to choose the correct model.

However, below are examples of the typical kind of companies that use the different models: –

  • Public Cloud: Organizations that need to quickly ramp performance and has fluctuating capacity and a limited resource pool for the investment. Typically suited for basic SaaS applications like E-Mail, and in an environment where data and applications are not very critical or susceptible to attack and theft.
  • Private Cloud: Best suited for organizations where applications and data are mission critical and bound by restrictions. A typical example of this would be Government organizations, where it’s not allowed for data to travel outside the company’s premises. For example, AWS’ shared drive space platform is not compliant with HIPAA requirements, which means it can’t be used in sectors like Healthcare and Nuclear. In such situations, investment in a Private Cloud system with optimum security is ideal.
  • Hybrid Cloud: Most modern organizations are unable to make a decision between taking a completely public or private cloud approach. Transferring storage and computation to the public cloud definitely has its cost advantages, but some mission critical data and applications must remain on premises. A hybrid cloud model makes perfect sense in such a scenario. It is also highly suitable for organizations that are just starting with the cloud, because it allows them to run instances of applications on the cloud to compare performance and finalize their cloud strategy.

Embee Software Pvt. Ltd. is a leading Cloud Solutions Provider in India. With a pan India presence, it has taken more than 300 organizations to the Cloud. To know more, visit their website.

Microsoft Azure vs. AWS – The War of the Titans

If you are familiar about the concept of cloud computing, there’s a good chance that you have heard multi comparisons between Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure platforms. They are the top choices when it comes to enterprise-level IaaS. Gartner recently reported that AWS cloud is about 5 times bigger than the size of all the next 15 competitors combined, however, admitted that Azure is currently growing at over 100%, faster than AWS’ 69%, and quickly becoming a formidable competitor. But which one is right for your organization? 

While market share can be considered a good indicator of performance, it can’t be the only determining factor. From our own experience of implementing cloud-based solutions for our clients, we have understood that the enterprise’s unique requirements should be one of the main criteria behind choosing the right solution. We bring out, from our experience, the 3 most important features and differences that can help you decide on the right cloud system for your enterprise:

  • Are you a Microsoft Shop or Linux Shop?
    A company which is fundamentally a Microsoft company, whether using Windows Server, Exchange, Office, or simply Windows workstations, should opt for Microsoft Azure. It integrates seamlessly with the other products enabling the users to get accustomed to the new system almost immediately. Azure Active Directory is one example of this strategy in action. In addition to serving as a single sign-on (SSO) option for all sorts of applications (Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM, plus plenty of third-party apps, including Citrix, Salesforce, and Box), Azure Active Directory can integrate with an enterprise’s on-premises Active Directory to extend an enterprise’s local directories to the cloud. Additionally, there is a cost incentive. Companies can save with regard to deployment and training when the organization is committed to Microsoft.

    However, if your enterprise is based upon Linux, which is popular amongst smaller enterprises and start-ups, then making a choice gets complicated. While AWS has been in the market longer and has always chosen to be OS-agnostic, Microsoft has recently opened up the Azure ecosystem to Non-Windows operating systems.

  • Public Cloud vs. Private Cloud vs. Hybrid Cloud?
    The 3 cloud strategies are very different from each other, and so are the respective approaches of the two service providers towards them. A Hybrid Cloud based approach allows users to enjoy the benefits of both Private and Public Clouds, and therefore has become the choice of 75% of CIOs across the world, as per a recent Wall Street Journal article. The Hybrid, Public and Private Clouds are expected to grow at 50%, 35% and 25% respectively.

    Microsoft Azure is undeniably the leader for Hybrid Cloud, as the entire platform has been built from ground-up with a Hybrid Cloud approach in mind, whereas AWS is a Public Cloud-based platform at heart. Although Amazon is testing the waters of a hybrid cloud approach; Azure’s hybrid capabilities are well ahead of AWS. Hence, as per reports Microsoft Azure has become a preferred option for CIOs that are looking for a Hybrid Cloud approach.

  • Ecosystem Integration
    An important requirement and expectation from the cloud is the ability to integrate cloud-based applications to work together just like they would in an on-premise setup. This is another area where Microsoft’s Azure platform shines because of the availability of enterprise level integration applications such as Microsoft BizTalk Server in the cloud. These are cloud-enabled versions of their on-premise counterparts. In comparison, integration in AWS is not as streamlined, and relies primarily on third-party applications available on the AWS marketplace.
  • Third Party Application & Features
    Availability of features and third party applications in the cloud is one area that is a strong suite for AWS and has helped it retain its position and market share. Gartner enlisted a list of features critical for enterprises of which, AWS has 92% covered whereas Azure has 75% of the features. AWS has an industry-leading marketplace offering 2500+ applications, and some CIOs have compared the experience of shopping for these to the experience of shopping at Amazon.com. That said, Microsoft has also been hard at work at trying to get more applications into its own store, and is in a good position thanks to its big clout and experience with application developers. However, as of now, the AWS marketplace has a better collection than Azure.

    AWS has been touted to be the ultimate leader when it comes to cloud services, but as one can see, Azure is coming closer and faster than Amazon would like and have accepted. From a customer’s standpoint, a cloud provider decision should therefore not be based only on market share and experience, but also on their specific requirements, their existing application landscape, security requirements, etc. We do hope this article helps you have a better perspective when choosing the right cloud partner for your enterprise!

Embee Software Pvt. Ltd. is one of the leading end-to-end IT consulting and solution providers in the country, with over 27+ years of experience. In the last 3 years we have moved over 300 organizations and over 200,000 users to the Cloud. To know more, visit our website.

Planning to move to the Cloud, but are you ready?

It is without doubt that Cloud Computing offers immediate cost savings with its pay-as-you-go model and promises a future of greater agility, speed, and reach. However, it still has its risks. Security remains a concern among many CIOs, as does the fear of data being permanently captured by vendors.

And now that the hype on Cloud is over, its time for the CIO to really evaluate the impact of this platform on his business – what it brings on the table for his organization today and in the long run, the urgency of this platform for his business and the impact this transition would on the company in terms of costs, savings and business performance, today and in the future.

We are enlisting 5 factors every CIO must consider before he commit to the Cloud:

  • Does my Business need to be on the Cloud?
    Cloud Computing is undoubtedly a very attractive proposition. As per a Forbes survey, CIOs consider a shift to the Cloud for reduced time to market, often upto 20% and reduced IT acquisition and maintenance costs, a market average of 15%. However, will there be similar benefits witnessed in your organization? Cloud-based solutions can show exponential improvements in businesses heavily dependent upon IT, those with a mammoth and geographically dispersed user base, one needing unlimited storage space and those with sensitive data. However, industries such as traditional Tea industries need not move to the Cloud.
  • Have I considered the implications of moving my data to the cloud?
    According to Bitglass, 90% of the more than 1,000 IT and IT security practitioners who took part in a cloud security survey are very or moderately concerned about cloud security. They claim, sensitive data is stored on an external server that is managed by a service provider outside of your core IT team. To address these concerns, several countries and industries have specific rules and standards regarding storage and use of sensitive customer data. Nuclear Energy, Government, and Healthcare sectors are known to have extremely stringent policies to prevent data theft. Does your proposed cloud model abide by all the rules and required security measures in your area? This is a key question that needs to be answered for your business to function within the legal framework and achieve benefits from the cloud.
  • Public Cloud? Private Cloud? WHAT?
    There are 3 basic models of the cloud – Public Cloud (all your data and applications are moved on to external servers which are shared by multiple companies), Private Cloud (all your data and applications are moved to servers used exclusively for your company – based in your premises or outside), and Hybrid Cloud (some mission critical data and applications can be moved to a private cloud, and others to a public cloud). It is extremely critical to decide the approach that is most preferable to you. This depends primarily on the type of data you’re working with and the different level of security and management required. Most first time cloud adopters go for a Hybrid approach, whereas companies which deal with sensitive data or are governed by legislations typically go for a Private Cloud. It is advisable to consult a cloud specialist to decide upon the most suitable model for your business – set up a meeting with an Embee Cloud Specialist

  • Who is going make me move to the Cloud?
    Companies will need to take the help of a partner or System Integrator that can facilitate the move to the cloud, as well as take care of post implementation support, training the team, and updates. While choosing a System Integrator, you should keep in mind their background & years in existence, experience at implementing cloud based solutions, industry specialization, etc. It is most important to negotiate and finalize on Service Level Agreements (SLAs) at this stage, which will determine the level of service provided going forward. At Embee, we have helped over 300 organizations successfully move to the cloud. To find out why we are the ideal candidates to support your move to the cloud, please contact our Embee Cloud Specialist (link)
  • How do I choose the right cloud vendor?
    There are several cloud providers and partners that are available in the market right now; and therefore you should put a good thought into selecting the right one. First of all, you should identify your requirements and expectations from a cloud-based system. Once this is finalized, you need to ask the right questions from the service providers, the most important ones being around which cloud services they provide, their technical capabilities experience, pricing structure, security measures that they can provide, after sales services, ability to scale as per business requirements, etc.

These are just some of the key things to be kept in mind before moving on to a cloud based system. More challenges come up and decisions need to be taken as you move further into planning and implementing your cloud-based landscape, but with an experienced cloud partner that can help simplify these decisions, cloud implementations has been proven to deliver savings – both in terms of cost and productivity.

Embee Software Pvt. Ltd. is a Cloud Solution provider. They have taken over 300 organizations and 140,000 users to the Cloud and been recognized repeatedly as one of the best Cloud Partners in India by its global partners of Microsoft, Oracle, EMC etc.

HRMS – Improving Productivity, Reducing Costs

The HR industry has been on an exciting journey in the past few years. A dynamic work environment, better technological ecosystems and a workforce that’s constantly demanding more from an organization and vice versa are just a few signs of its growth. Thus, its safe to say their role of merely recruiting and maintaining employee records is replaced with building an organization culture, strategic recruiting, maximizing the return on employee investment, and contributing towards the organization goal. But how does the HR achieve this?

Unlike previously, organizations need to adopt an HRMS or Human Resource Management System Solution helps them to achieve the same. Research shows that until recently only 13% of organizations globally have a single HR system while other companies on average have 3-4 different HR applications (one for HRMS, another for learning, another for recruiting, another for attendance and leave for example). Thus, companies need to move to a more consolidated and well integrated solution to create better talent analytics to help transform their talent strategies and directly improve employee engagement and the ability to perform.

How does an HRMS solution help organizations?

  • Automating HR Processes: Typical HR processes such as resource onboarding, recruitment, payroll management, performance management, etc. can be highly time consuming and resource intensive. Payroll Management for a company that has 50+ employees can take over 2 dedicated days for the entire HR personnel to perform when done manually. But when automated with an HRMS, the process takes just a few hours with no or minimal requirement of human intervention. This allows your HR personnel to focus on other tasks such as HR process improvement, corporate trainings, enhancing employee efficiency, building organization culture, etc.
  • Providing Remote Access & Employee Self Service: One of the major HR tasks with an organization is employee services, where HR personnel are required to support employees with basic services such as process clarifications, generation of certificates and documents, etc. This is highly cumbersome and time consuming, resulting in loss of productivity of the concerned HR executive. An HRMS provides remote access and employee self service, which means employees can themselves generate these documents from any location by simply logging into the system with their credentials. This saves time for both the employee and the HR department.
  • Effectively Managing Regulations: Most companies operate within complex legal environments where they must follow certain regulations, such as those set up by the taxation and legal departments. An HRMS allows creation of compliance checks and can schedule alerts as required to ensure that the company is always following regulation requirements, because not following the same can prove extremely costly in terms of non-compliance fines and penalties.
  • Eliminating Human Error: One of the biggest benefits that an HRMS brings to the table is process automation. A carefully researched and implemented HRMS can help automate most tasks related to payroll management and filing, which not only saves time, but also helps eliminate common errors such as incorrect salary calculations, double credits, missed deductions, etc. which can cause small companies to lose up to US$ 1,000 in penalties.
  • Protecting Against Fraud: As per research, companies can lose up to 5% revenue every year to fraudulent transactions done by employees. But a well-implemented HRMS can help you save this revenue as well as the time required to process these claims as it is an integrated solution that makes it impossible for users to manipulate the system. Processes are marked, formats and defined, and the system is integrated into existing finance, accounting and ERP modules to help make the claims process seamless.

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