Gordon, Niall and I popped along to Hamilton earlier this week to attend ICM's Cloud Computing event. Well worth the time out of the office.
A refreshing change from the usual buzz words and cloud hype we normally get thrown at us, ICM successfully explained the cloud through the use of informative demonstrations and examples. It's rare indeed to receive such useful information without enduring a lengthy sales pitch, but even this was nowhere to be seen, commendable indeed!
ICM offered event attendees a free Cloud Consulting Engagement meeting. They have kindly agreed that we can extend this offer to all Scottish Continuity Members. To find out more visit - http://www.icm.co.uk/cloud-consulting-engagement.asp or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Summary of event:
ICM's Cloud Computing event, focussing on Profitability, Growth and Security came to Hamilton yesterday and was supported by the Scottish Continuity Group. Local organisations heard from industry expert Manek Dubash who defined the types of cloud services, adoption rates, expectations and predictions for the future. Manek who has over 25 years' experience as a journalist in the IT industry, shared his thoughts on where cloud computing came from and where it is likely to go in the future.
He was followed by Mike Osborne, Managing Director: Availability Solutions & Development at ICM who presented 4 case studies and discussed the specific benefits that those customers enjoyed by moving to a cloud model. To give a rounded view he then discussed the risks and pitfalls to avoid, in a sessions entitled Cloud Computing: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. An interesting thought that he planted was to consider how once you're in the cloud, how you would exit the cloud. This he argued encourages you to think through some of the important questions about data security, sovereignty and recoverability.
Nick Chadbourne, MD of Synpase Learning used a number of videos - some highly amusing - to describe the social, technological and financial influences that led his organisation to adopt a cloud model. A new business start-up that places 16-24 year old NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training) into work, he shared ideas on young people's expectations of technology in the work place and the types of skills employers look for to resource the jobs of tomorrow. Synpase needed to set up multiple call centres with telephony and IT, without wanting to invest a large amount in capital expenditure.
The show-piece of the event was a live demonstration of ICM's Cloud Mobility solution. The Hosting and Cloud team demonstrated how workers can use a virtual desktop solution to make them more productive and balance their work and home lives. In the example, the user is dynamically allocated the appropriate desktop resource depending on the type of machine they're using and the applications and data they're trying to access. Despite the saying in the industry never to work with ?children animals and live technology' the demonstration was a massive success and generated a lot of interest.
Finally Martin O'Donnell, Director of Hosting and Cloud Services at ICM explained the process of translating customer's business requirements into a bespoke cloud solution that delivers, financially and technically.