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Cloud Computing Services – Excellent Collaboration with Minimum Infrastructural Costs

Cloud Computing Services offer information technology (IT) as a service over the web or dedicated network, with delivery on demand, and payment supported usage. Cloud computing services based on the full applications and development platforms to virtual desktops, servers, and storage.

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However, a business ought to attempt to go in the Cloud Computing on condition that it’s having products with high server usage and ranging masses. If it’s facing fast business changes, international competitive pressure and social responsibility demands, then conjointly it will select the cloud. Several corporations conjointly move their solutions to the cloud for adjusting with the increasing end-user sophistication and speedy data growth.

If a business decides to enter into the cloud, it ought to solely trust a Microsoft Cloud Consultant. Luckily, there are several skilled cloud computing service suppliers accessible these days. They provide services like cloud consulting, shared infra utilization, test management, collaboration, product migration, net server & portal, directory services, cross-domain services, app preparation, network simulation, security analysis, version management services and plenty of a lot of. Cloud services guarantee several edges like lower infrastructural prices, improved performance, instant package updates, improved document format compatibility, unlimited storage capability, hyperbolic knowledge reliableness, Universal document access, latest version convenience, easier cluster collaboration, device independence and far a lot of.

Bitscape provides Cloud Management Services that enhance a business existing product to expand within the cloud. They’ll add cloud parts to reinforce a business’ server capability and style migration methods to maneuver current production servers into the cloud. However, a business ought to think about sure points before entering into cloud computing. The cloud service supplier they select should have a tried documentation. They ought to provide high network and fringe security. They ought to make sure that their servers are utterly secure for the storage of business-critical info and provide an honest client service by resolution problems instantly.

Who uses cloud computing services and why?

Corporate and government organizations utilize cloud computing services to handle a huge number of application and information requirements like database, computer, CRM and information storage. In contrast to a conventional information technology (IT) setting, wherever software package and hardware are funded up front by a department and enforced over a number of months, cloud computing services deliver IT resources in minutes to hours and align prices to actual usage. As a result, organizations have larger legerity and might manage expenses a lot of expeditiously.

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How cloud computing services work?

Cloud computing services have many common attributes for their users:

  • Virtualization- Cloud computing utilizes server and storage virtualization extensively to allocate/reallocate resources speedily
  • Multi-tenancy -resources are pooled and shared among multiple users to realize economies of scale
  • Network-access – resources are accessed via web-browser or small consumer employing a sort of networked devices (computer, tablet, and smartphone)
  • On demand – resources are self-provisioned from a web catalog of predefined configurations
  • Elastic -resources will proportion or down, mechanically
  • Metering/chargeback -resource usage is half-track and beaked supported service arrangement

Cloud Computing: Risks and Benefits

As we know that Cloud Computing new method of sharing data in bulk. Adopting this method gives a huge benefit to your organization, no doubt! Though, if something has huge benefits there also some risks are included in it. To understand the risks and benefits of this technology method, first we will talk about the benefits, then the risks.

Cloud-Computing

It is a type of internet based computing in which various services are delivered like servers, application, and storage to the company’s computers via the internet. It depends on sharing computing resources instead of having personal devices or local servers to hold the applications.

Cloud Computing Benefits:

Cost Saving:

This technology works on the cost saving. It offered a versatile technique such as pay per use model and the low barrier of entry. This is more beneficial for large business, whereas reasonable for the small ones. A number of resources can be lower to the clients and the cost can distribute among the clients. The best thing is that the cloud provider offers a number of resources to many users at one time. Due to less cost and time, the company can make their efforts to other work efficiently.

Reliability:

As it is internet based, so the connectivity and the provider may lead to a scary factor of it. After this also, it is very reliable in terms of resources and supports. It gives technical support all time. Its trained and experienced staff allows benefits to be distributed to all their clients.

Manageability:

This method offers easy and improved IT management and maintenance by the administration of resources, SLA agreements and the vendor managed communications. Microsoft Cloud Consultant maintained all your resources. In addition, it provides a simple web-based user interface to access services, software, and applications without the installation. The SLA makes sure to provide efficient delivery and management of your IT services.

Works strategically:

It fully based on strategic edge that means it offers to raise computing resources to deal with organization’s tough applications. With this, it focused on cost and less time, in addition, it allows you to concentrate on your business goals.

Cloud Computing Risks:

Downtime:

The Cloud Service Providers handle a number of clients every day and all this become so confusing may lead to technical outages. As a result, your business activities may get suspended and in case you are offline, you may not able to access any applications.

Security:

Talking about the security, it offers much security to clients, but there is already a big risk in hosting data in house. There may be a privacy issue, however, your data may hack easily. Well, there are people who always work on improving hacking skills.

Transfer Lock in:

The cloud providers assure that it is flexible, while most of the organizations may find hard to transfer the services from one client to another. Integration and hosting on the other platform of the present applications and documents may result in some issues.

Minimal Control:

Though the cloud communication is managed and observed by the service provided, the control is limited to the clients. They can only manage and control the resources and services, not the infrastructure. Main elements such as accessing the server, updating, and management of firmware may not be possessed by the customer.

Satya Nadella’s opinions on Microsoft’s cloud business

At the latest post-earnings conference call of Microsoft, its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Satya Nadella dwelt on the cloud business of Microsoft. This particular project of the global software giant is being touted as highly important. This cloud computing service has been named Azure. However, it is still lagging behind Amazon Web Services that seems to rule the roost in this particular domain. Nadella was asked by a financial analyst from Evercore ISI as to whether he was okay with the present position of the company compared to where it was at the end of the previous financial year. It seemed that the question had touched a chord with Nadella.

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A lengthy tirade

In response to said question Nadella seemed to open into a long tirade regarding why the query was basically a short-sighted one. In general, people consider the cloud computing services of Microsoft to be the second best option to the services being provided by Amazon. Nadella told the analyst that he understood where the latter was coming from, that he completely understood that they judge people by what they have done of late. He said that was a fine way of looking at things and the company was going to keep a tab on it. However, he also opined that was not how things were supposed to work.

The way of Microsoft

Nadella made it quite clear that Microsoft looks at what he termed as generational opportunities. He said that the global tech giant viewed these opportunities as shifts that happen once in a generation and ones that need to be maximized at any and every cost possible. Nadella also explained that one feature of these opportunities was that it can take a considerable amount of time to realize some revenue from the same. With this statement, the CEO of Microsoft also made it clear that his organization was in it for the long haul and was averse to taking a short-term view of things.

Missing the future

Nadella also stressed that this was true for all markets such as cloud computing. He said that at times people miss the future by focusing too hard on the present. They miss the chance to dominate and mold the future in their preferred ways. He said that he never saw it from a narrow perspective, from one-quarter to another. He did not even view things from a year to the next.

The approach matters

He also said that things such as cloud computing and augmented reality were generational opportunities. The CEO also outlined the danger of a short-term view in such situations saying that if they focused too much on the now with these they would miss what is going to come in the days ahead. Augmented reality is a field of technology where digital images are projected on to the real world. This is also yet another major project for Microsoft. The company thinks that one day it could exceed the likes of smartphones as well.

Move your business where your customers are… – Cloud

The word “digitization” is the buzz word in the industry today, but what exactly do you mean by digitization? Digitization if to be explained in plain vanilla terms can be described as “Augmentation” and “Analysis” of DATA to aid in taking quicker and prudent business decisions.

And how exactly Digitization is made possible? The answer to this is ‘CLOUD”. Enterprises have embraced the concept of “Consumerization of Enterprises” which means Enterprises are getting empowered through the ease of execution of their operations which is supported by “CLOUD” and “DATA”.

Cloud and Data are the two pillars of any organizational strategy as more and more information is getting stored on the cloud. It is an estimation by the tech experts that roughly 40 % of the organization’s data would be getting stored on the Cloud and accessing this information and deriving value from it will form a part of Business Intelligence.

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Businesses will be leveraging this information to take smarter and quicker business decisions. One of the fine examples of using and analysing the collected consumer data is that of the e-commerce company’s commerce companies gather a huge amount of data in the terms of shopping tendencies of their customers and potential customers and then they provide shopping deals based on their analysis. Companies who can master this art of first collecting the data and then analysing this data by using Analytics to derive actionable business decision are sure to make a positive impact on their profitability.

So in effect, we can conclude that the efficacy of the businesses can be improved if the businesses show sagacity in the terms of Data collection and evaluation of this information. This requires large-scale technological investments which can be optimized and scaled down using the Cloud infrastructure.

Cloud storage provide the elasticity of storing huge amounts of data in the terms of location. Data which is stored across multiple locations can be grouped together, scanned and examined for it’s accuracy. Adopting Cloud based infrastructure will enable the organizations to track their consumer behaviour in a more effective and exact way.

There is little left to doubt that Cloud can propel the business efficiency by shortening the product lifecycles, enhancing the product design capabilities and turning your marketing campaigns more impactful.

Enterprises trust Microsoft Azure with their DATA

There are two primary reasons why enterprises choose to adopt Cloud infrastructure store their DATA, one and the most important DATA SECURITY and two cost benefit.

And Microsoft very well understands both these requirements of the enterprises very well. It also knows that it is no cakewalk to earn the trust of the enterprises and hence right from day one Microsoft has strived in leaving no effort and expense spared in instilling confidence and belief for it’s products in the hearts and minds of it’s customers.

Microsoft has always believed that Security, Compliance, and Privacy are the most important aspects of any organization and that there should be no compromise made on this front. In each development process that Microsoft undertakes it ensures that these three features are deeply ingrained in the DNA of the final product.

Microsoft’s offering in the Cloud infrastructure space is marketed under the brand name “Microsoft Azure”. Azure provides a host of cloud computing services such as data storage, data analytics, data computing and networking. Organizations are free to choose any or all of these services depending upon their business requirements.

Microsoft Azure falls under the category of Paas (Platform as service) as well as Iaas (Infrastructure as Service).

So, after all, why do enterprises and organizations should trust their all-important data with Microsoft Azure?

Is it simply because stats show that 85 % Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Cloud or there are 1,20,000 monthly NEW subscriptions of Azure or is it because the 34 data centers that Microsoft has set up across the globe.

The above numbers are fine but they are not enough to convince the enterprises to migrate or adopt Microsoft Azure as their Cloud Partner.

So what is actually driving the acceptability and popularity of Azure? This can be answered in just one word – “DATA SECURITY”.

Each and every organization is extremely concerned about it’s data confidentiality and has zero tolerance towards any form of compromise in it’s data privacy.

Microsoft is aware of this All the most important business need and is leaving no expense spared in meeting the same. Of the 12 billion $ that Microsoft spends in research and product development a substantial amount, close to 1 billion $ is set aside for cybersecurity efforts. Microsoft has a dedicated Digital Crimes Unit which specializes in Digital Crime detection using sophisticated tools such as analytics.

Moreover, Microsoft has acquired more certifications in the field of Regulatory compliance with respect to different countries than any other cloud service provider. Microsoft is devoting it’s resources in advanced technologies to offer state of the art Digital Secure and Private environment for it’s customers.

Bitscape Infotech has been a Microsoft GOLD Partner since the year 2004 and it goes without saying that Bitscape has developed it’s expertise in and around Microsoft technologies which include Microsoft Cloud Services Azure.

It is the single-minded vision of Bitscape to help enterprises with it’s Microsoft-powered data solutions which would empower the enterprises with DATA storage in secured and flexible environment guaranteeing them with DATA privacy and accessibility from anywhere in the world.

Collaborative Platform On Share Point 2016

I am sure IT professionals working with Microsoft Technologies would need no introduction to SharePoint. However, for the ease of our non-technical readers let us first introduce the concept of SharePoint.

SharePoint is a Microsoft product which was first introduced in the year 2001 as a web based application with the primary functionality of document management and storage system. The most striking feature of Microsoft SharePoint is it’s highly configurable nature that can be molded to suit the diverse business requirements of organizations.

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SharePoint 2016

Since the year 2001 when Microsoft first introduced Share Point as a business application tool there have been a number of successive versions released by Microsoft the latest being Share Point 2016.

Traditionally Share Point has been bundled with Microsoft Office 365(however it could also be purchased as a standalone product), with the latest version Share Point 2016, Microsoft has made conscious effort to restrict the functionality to be more of a “Document Management tool” and has migrated other “Collaborative features”, “Enterprise Search”, “Social Media” to Office 365 offering through applications such as Office Graph, Delve, and Yammer.

Although Microsoft has made efforts in making Share Point a cloud-based offering, it is fully aware of the compliance and data privacy needs of the enterprises at large and hence has regularly worked on providing an “On Premises” version of Share Point as well.

Some of the most common uses of Share Point have been: –

  • Enterprise Content and Document Management which allows the organizations to store, retrieve, archive, track, manage and report on it’s electronic documents and records.
  • Share Point intranet is a tool through which the organizations can manage their internal communications and information in a more centralized manner.
  • Share Point is used by the enterprises as a Collaborative software for their business requirements such as Project Scheduling, Project related document storage, social collaboration etc.
  • Custom built applications is a feature of SharePoint which empowers the developers with integration into corporate directories ensuring security and data privacy.

So what’s new that Microsoft has introduced in it’s latest version of Share Point 2016?

  1. App Launcher: – Share Point 2016 introduces App launcher with a better and enhanced UI which matched the User Experience of Office 365.
  2. There has been a significant improvement in the speed and performance of this latest version of Share Point 2016.
  3. Enhance security measures through MinRoles, wherein Administrators can install and govern the roles they want to install on Share Point servers.
  4. There is a near doubling of the maximum size of the files that can be uploaded to the servers. Previously it used to be a maximum of 2 GB, which has now been almost doubled to 10 GB.
  5. With the upgrading of hybrid options, there has been better integration with Office 365 tools such as Office Graph, Delve, Sway, Yammer etc.

 

Bitscape Infotech is a global IT solutions company which specializes in delivering business solutions based on Microsoft Technologies.

Bitscape has been a Microsoft GOLD partner since the year 2004 which is a testimony that we understand Microsoft technologies and it’s usability in business applications better than most in the industry.

Certainly, Microsoft Share Point 2016 is one of our core offerings and we have a dedicated team of extremely well skilled Share Point professionals who have successfully delivered Share Point solutions to our esteemed set of clients.

Bitscape has helped enterprises of small, medium and large scale in leveraging the power of Share Point technology and efficiently manage a host of their functionalities such as Document management, Web Content management, Records management, workforce management etc, and hence transform them into scalable enterprises.

CLOUD” has arrived in the skies of Enterprise Resource Planning

The weather is changing in the space of ERP, with the advent of enterprise CLOUD technology, changing customer requirements and most of all digitization of office spaces means the Software service industry giants have to change their approach in order to sustain.

Most of the organizations today be it large corporations or small and medium enterprises rely on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) softwares to help itself in better aggregation and management of data between it’s various departments.

However traditional ERP softwares till now were housed within the local server if the company which was housed in it’s own premises and it certainly involved a huge cost in updating them and maintain them.

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Enterprise Resource Planning

This is where the concept of CLOUD based solutions which are also referred to as SaaS (Software as a Service) has proved to be a boon for the organizations at large. As the name suggests Cloud ERP solutions are stored on a server which is owned and maintained by the company which is offering Cloud based services such as Microsoft. This goes to say that software solutions are stored and operated from a Cloud owned by the service provider rather than a proprietary server infrastructure.

At the core of Cloud-based services lies it’s immense flexibility in the terms of data sharing across multiple departments within the organization ensuring data security and privacy. This means the employees belonging to different departments can access the data on a need to know basis rather than the entire database being freely accessible to everyone within the organization. Not to mention the advantage the companies get in uploading, modifying and accessing the data in REAL TIME via the cloud from any device which is connected to the Internet from anywhere in the world.

Microsoft has been a world leader in providing Cloud based ERP solutions to the organization world over through it’s SaaS service called Microsoft Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning. It empowers the organization to connect and manage the different divisions of business such as Operations, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain etc in real time from anywhere in the world in real time only through a handheld device connected to the Internet.

Bitscape Infotech, a Microsoft Certified GOLD Partner since the year 2004 has been into the business of delivering enterprise solutions which have shown quantifiable results for organizations of varied magnitude. Bitscape Infotech is into the business of partnering with the organizations engaged in different business verticals in their journey of Digital Transformation.

Bitscape understands that the challenges face by each business model is vastly different from another and hence has developed it’s expertise in delivering “Custom built Solutions” for it’s varied client base.

We have worked with some of the most reputed names in verticals such as Manufacturing, Healthcare, Retail, Pharma to name a few in streamlining their IT processes and resolving their challenges thereby achieving their ultimate goal of increased productivity, ideal human resource utilization and most importantly optimizing their COSTS.

Our core offering of CLOUD services also called as SaaS (Software as Service) is designed with the sole aim to empower the organizations to better manage their data, coordinate efficiently between various departments and thereby take prudent business decisions which would meet the ultimate goal of making the organization LEANER and more efficient.

And yes, this all certainly means that the organizations have no longer to worry about investing in server infrastructure, servicing and maintaining them and any other additional costs that may be involved.

Not to forget Bitscape guarantees your “DATA SECURITY AND PRIVACY” at the same time ensuring data access flexibility from any part of the world.

Microsoft takes Machine Learning to next level: Forays into sports and agriculture sectors

There is little doubt in the minds of the programmers that Machine learning also commonly referred to as Artificial Intelligence (AI) would bring about a tectonic change across industry verticals and the way businesses would benefit by leveraging their capabilities.

Microsoft has already realised the potential of Machine learning and is making sincere efforts in utilising it’s weight to help businesses in sectors such as education, agriculture, healthcare, fraud detection, public services and even sports to increase their productivity.

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Microsoft has very recently unveiled a unique platform which uses Machine learning (Artificial intelligence) that will help the sports administrators in predicting the cricket scores more accurately even when the cricket matches are affected by weather conditions. Besides prediction of match scores accurately sports administrators can also use this new platform for managing a host of other sports related activities.

This cricketing platform uses Machine learning where in it allows the programmers to include multiple parameters such as playing conditions, weather, nature of the cricket pitch and ground skill level of the batsmen and bowlers so as to predict the match scores more definitively and accurately.

According to Microsoft the power of Machine learning is immense and it can be utilised effectively for the sports industry for not merely predicting the scores of the matches but also predicting other match related eventualities such as monitoring real time player conditions on the field so as to be prepared for any sort of eventualities such as player injuries also.

Apart from the sports industry Public Services sector and Agriculture also form a key area for Microsoft to utilise Machine learning capabilities.

Microsoft has recently entered into a deal with the Andhra Pradesh government to use Machine Learning to analyse and predict the school drop outs rate and reasons and take necessary preventive measures.

Similarly, in the month of June Microsoft partnered with International Crops Research Institute to develop a “sowing app” that provides crucial information to the farmers related to the reasons for crop failures and their preventive actions and methods to increase the crop yield.

Microsoft continues to believe in the capabilities of Machine learning (Artificial Intelligence) and would strive to help the businesses in Public and Private sectors to increase their efficiency and thereby their productivity.

 

Source: –  MicrosoftAzure

New Generation Analytics and Business Intelligence Solutions using Microsoft Power BI

Bitscape offers comprehensive BI services using familiar Microsoft technologies including recent inclusion of Microsoft’s Power BI data visualization.
With Power BI and Power BI desktop our expert consultants can help you create collaborative BI suite, help you keep your reports up to date including scheduled data refresh option. With natural query language based search available you can ask questions to your data and do data queries for the team as well as search/maintain data catalog.
 
Microsoft’s Power BI is built around three core components: datasets, which contain all of the raw information a user brings into Power BI; reports, which organize that data into a set of charts and graphs and dashboards, which are single live-updating pages that provide an at-a-glance look at specific visualizations based on those reports.
 
The tool can pull in content from a company’s data using connections to a variety of sources including Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, SQL Server Analysis Services and the Apache Spark on Azure HDInsight service. In addition to those data sources, Microsoft has added a number of “content packs” from third party vendors like Salesforce, Acumatica, GitHub and Zendesk and SAP High-Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA) to name a few. The packs will pull in datasets from those services, and also include pre-populated reports and dashboards designed to get users off the ground and quickly display relevant information. Today Power BI is also able to leverage power of R. R is the most widely used programming language and software by statisticians and data scientists, and increasingly adopted by business analysts. 
 
With Power BI gateways, you can keep your data fresh by connecting to on-premises data sources. The gateways provide the flexibility you need to meet individual needs, and the needs of your organization. The Power BI gateway for personal use is designed for use with personal data sets and allows you to refresh your on-premises data quickly without waiting for an IT Admin. The Power BI gateway for enterprise gateways is used by organizations to serve a large number of users.
 
Bitscape’s expertise in Microsoft BI since 2011 along with Microsoft Worldwide Award recognition as finalist for Business Intelligence for 2013, do further complement our Power BI servicing ability. We literally make your data in to gold mine for you. Do contact us today to consult how we can help you with analytics and dashboards need of yours.
 

Microsoft as an Application Platform-as-a-Service Leader to mechanize the configuration, deployment and ongoing management of application in the cloud with Azure PaaS

For many cloud services Azure PaaS is the right choice for many cloud users. Platform as a service (PaaS) is a main key Azure Component, which is useful for buyers and profitable for sellers. Microsoft Azure and Windows Server applications are finally symbiotic as well. The major goal of Microsoft Azure and Windows Server is to make Azure cloud hosted by Windows Server alternative or supplement which means Azure delivers PaaS feature to applications.

A user with Windows Server applications, Azure reinstates both the hardware and platform software. Hence, Azure relocates software licensing charges as well as maintenance costs.

PaaS is Azure’s best feature and clearest differentiator. Additionally, to limit cloud costs, PaaS facilitates hybrid cloud operation. To make this, PaaS facilitates a complete cloud software and hardware platform for applications compatible with Microsoft’s on-premises tools. Azure recommends cloud-friendly implementations on well- accepted server APIs for service such as SharePoint. As Microsoft controls the data centre version of the same APIs, it can create flexibility and hybridization into the cloud and data center.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) allows IT department to concentrate efforts on their custom applications, not the platform they run on. With the Windows Azure, organization’s IT team can develop custom solutions and manage design, development and deployment, exclusive of the need to purchase and manage the server hardware, software, storage, security or networks which is used to deliver the solution.

Bitscape is a premier partner with Microsoft where Bitscape customer will receive a license to take advantage of Microsoft Azure’s IaaS solution. As of now Bitscape supports Azure’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering, the latest announcement provides the creation of hybrid cloud infrastructure by promoting Bitscape customers to consider Azure to power the infrastructure which undergirds its PaaS infrastructure .

As time goes Windows Azure has established and more and more organizations start looking at Azure to solve some of their needs.

PaaS benefits are more than grid computing fulfillment. Microsoft controls middleware in Azure and Windows Server, ensuring on-premises programs can take full advantage of cloud.

Clients of Bitscape have profited from this service model. If you would like to discover potential for your organization contact us to schedule a consultation.