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What Defines a Cloud Solution?

Posted by Info Info on Wed, Jun 04, 2014

by Docassist

The cloud is a hot topic in technology discussions and many software companies claim to be providing cloud solutions. But what really defines a cloud solution and does it matter if an application fits that definition?

In Cloud Computing magazine (Q2 – 2013), Matt Wallach, co-founder of Veeva Systems, defines a cloud solution as one that gives a customer “scalability, flexibility, and cost efficiency… built on a multitenant platform.”

 

What is multitenant?

“Multitenancy is the architectural model that allows vendors to serve all their customers from a single, shared instance of the application,” says Wallach.6 4image4 resized 600

There are hundreds of alleged “cloud” products out there built to be on-premise/single-tenant applications. “Whether users access software through a private cloud or through the corporate server network on-premise, it’s still traditional, single-tenant client/server software (with traditional client/server limitations),” explains Wallach. “Multitenancy is the magic that makes cloud computing truly special, a disruptive technology,” he concludes. 

So why choose a solution like Docassist? Docassist was originally developed as a multi-tenant cloud application. It is optimized for the cloud and many of its strengths and capabilities come from being a true cloud application.

“It is sometimes frustrating when we read or hear about some competitors with non-cloud solutions claiming to be on the cloud,” Stan Santiago, CTO of Docassist. “It is challenging to take any on-premise solution and truly move it to the cloud, so many companies resort to halfway measures that are not truly cloud solutions.”

BTerrell Group is hosting a webinar, Q&A with a CTO: Everything You Want to Know about Documents in the Cloud, on June 18th at 1:00 pm CT so you can get all of your questions about the cloud answered from the source. Attendance is limited!

 

Tags: cloud software, cloud computing, docAssist

How Cloud Business Apps Give You Super Powers

Posted by Info Info on Wed, May 14, 2014

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by Concur

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Super Powers of The Cloud. You may read the first installment here and the second installment here.

Okay, so cloud business apps won’t give you super powers, at least not yet. But when you go from expense tracking the old-school way to a do-anything-from-anywhere situation, you sure feel super about your new powers.
Apparently there are plenty of employees who feel super these days. According to CDW’s 2013 State of the Cloud Report, 73% of IT staff say employees’ personal use of the cloud has influenced enterprise adoption of cloud computing.

If you haven’t yet gone skyward to the cloud, then it’s time to stop being a mere mortal and gain these “super powers” by using cloud-based mobile business apps:

The power of flight
An app like TripIt can make you feel like you have a jetpack with a “carefree” setting. Simply forward your travel confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and TripIt automatically creates an itinerary for your trip.

You can send TripIt confirmation emails for more than 3,000 travel booking sites, including airlines, hotels, rental car companies, railways and airport shuttles. TripIt also supports many travel agencies, cruise lines and business travel sites, and even syncs with activity planning sites like Evite, OpenTable, Fandago and StubHub.

Here are a few more things you can do with TripIt:

  • Link your email, and TripIt will automatically import travel plans from your inbox to your itinerary. No need to forward confirmation emails.
  • Set your travel plans to sync automatically with your online or mobile calendar.
  • Share travel details with family, friends and colleagues by simply clicking the “Share” button on your itinerary.
  • Access your itinerary from all your devices whenever you want.


The power of omnipotence
An app like Concur for Mobile can make you feel like you can be everywhere at once (and you can also avoid being anywhere, like back at the office, filling out an expense report form). Concur for mobile complements the web-based solution and lets you manage everything related to expense tracking from anywhere you want. Here are just a few things you can do with Concur for Mobile:

  • Do away with paper by capturing receipts with your smartphone and uploading IRS compliant images directly to expense reports.
  • Approve or reject expense reports immediately via manager access.
  • Add car mileage to your expense report.
  • Match invoices with purchase numbers, track progress of submitted invoices and expedite invoice approval on the go.
  • Use e-receipts to capture electronic transaction data directly from airlines, hotels and car-rental companies. The line-item details automatically upload to your expense report.
  • Import credit card charges which are automatically assigned to the appropriate expense report.
  • Use the automatic payment capability to quickly and easily reimburse your valued employees

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The power of protection
The Concur and TripIt apps are built with world-class security. The Concur Trust Platform with PCI compliance, ISO and SSAE 16 certifications are combined with data encryption and remote wipe capabilities, ensuring a secure solution. Your personal data and credit card details are never stored on your mobile device and stay secure in Concur’s world-class data center.
Expense reporting affects every part of your business. Learn how super life at your company will be when you stop waiting and call upon your power to fix it.

As a Concur partner, BTerrell Group is able to extend a 10% savings on any Concur solution you implement.  Please contact your BTerrell representative for details.

Join us on May 21st at 1:00 pm CT for this informative webinar: Fix Expense Reporting and Boost the Bottom Line, featuring Concur.



Tags: app, cloud software, cloud

This Microsoft critic thinks they’ve done something right…

Posted by Brian Terrell on Sun, Feb 24, 2013

For Christmas, I purchased an excellent new MacBook Air notebook for my wife. I enjoy giving technology gifts…in part because I like to set up those devices and learn new things in the process. In this instance, I purchased Microsoft Office for the Mac, and I received the right to install that program, which did not include Outlook, for about $139 on up to 3 computers. In early February, I discovered Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium, which gives me the right to install that program, which does include Outlook, for $99 on up to 5 computers. What’s the difference? The second offering demonstrates a subscription based software revenue model, which means I owe $99 per year. I’m renting software.

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I think Microsoft got it right. This represents the new way software will be bought and sold. In exchange for my $99 per year, my wife has rights to all upgrades as they are released including the ability to use cloud versions of Microsoft Office from any device using a browser. This is software as a service (SaaS). And, Microsoft throws in 27 GB of online disk space to store all of the documents she may create using both the local and cloud based versions of Microsoft Office. This compares favorably to Dropbox and the 5 GB of space they provide at no charge.

Microsoft usually draws my ire as the ultimate “me, too” competitor. Come up with a good idea, and Microsoft will clone it. Even thought Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium represents another “me, too” response…this time to Google Docs and Dropbox…I think they had to do it. And, now I can properly license and install this industry standard software for $20 per device (per year).

Tags: cloud software, SaaS