Telstra, SAP, and Accenture Forge Alliance to Offer Clarity to Cloudy Technology

June 28th, 2012 by ironbark

Telecommunications giant Telstra have partnered with enterprise software company SAP and technology services provider Accenture to offer business software applications as a service to enterprise and government organisations via cloud technology.

SAP, a German owned company standing for Systems, Applications, and Products in data processing, was founded in 1972 have now become a large provider of business solutions world wide.

Telstra will provide the SAP licensing, network, and storage via their cloud infrastructure, while Accenture will manage data migration, system integration, software maintenance, and help desk services.

General Manager of cloud services with Telstra, Mark Pratley has stated that offering an amalgamation of licensing, infrastructure, and service design for the cloud was always on the cards.

This is a fantastic development for these companies; however, for clients whose businesses require more synergy of systems, licensing, maintenance, and help desk, a one stop shop provider is recommended.

Business software application providers such as Ironbark Software offer licensing, network and storage capabilities, cloud infrastructure through their data centre, data migration, system integration and importantly, customisation, as well as maintenance and a dedicated help desk team entirely in house.

As ERP solutions are their sole business, Ironbark are able to provide a comprehensive business solutions package customised for specific industries and individual clients. From the initial business meeting and discussing requirements through to data migration and customisation of processes and software, to maintenance and help desk, Ironbark cater for every need internally.

Ironbark believe the most efficient manner of implementing business solutions is via a single provider. This ensures continuity of relationships between consultants and help desk programmers with the clients.

SAP’s head of business solutions and cloud for Australia, Jeremy Goddard, has said “We believe that our customers want choice; and we believe the relationship between Accenture, SAP and Telstra will ensure they have the choice to have all, or part of their application infrastructure in the cloud”. Ironbark agree with the first statement, clients not only want choice, but they often require diversity in choice, as not every company can operate with the same processes. However, this is possible without the amalgamation of services of separate businesses.

Ironbark are currently able to provide ERP solutions to clients via the platform of their choice. From installing hardware on the clients’ premises for private servers with Ironbark Software ready for use to offering business software applications entirely or partially available via cloud infrastructure.

Many larger companies that previously saw benefit of owning and maintaining their own hardware and servers are now looking toward the cloud as a new prospect. No matter what your outlook is on the appropriate platform for the hosting of business software, Ironbark will be able to provide it.

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The Cloud: Cloud Computing is a LIE

June 11th, 2012 by ironbark

Cloud Computing The Cloud, Cloud Computing, and Cloud Hosting and Storage have become all-too-familiar terms that now extend past the IT industry. Just the word ‘cloud’ brings to mind a magical land that erases hardware woes, and gently lifts one up into a utopia where one never again has to fret over software issues, technical support, or the backing up of data. It also conjures images of rainbows spurting out free million dollar software packages and friendly unicorns who offer pleasant and helpful cloud training.

While cloud computing is a real technology that has revolutionised the way business software is handled, it is by no means new nor is it unlimited or absolute in its abilities. The only aspect of cloud computing that has been recently fabricated is the buzz word ‘cloud’.

The omnipresent and all-knowing wikipedia claims “Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand, like the electricity grid.”

This definition sounds strangely similar to the use of mainframes in offices many eons ago. An entire office would use the shared resources, software and information based on a mainframe that was accessed by each user via a thin client. Now the main difference between this system and the concept referred to as ‘cloud computing’ is that the cloud is based around the internet.

With this point conceded, the birth of the internet still occurred over thirty years ago, well before ‘the cloud’ became a house hold term. This also meant the dawn of servers. While not thirty years old, the technology surrounding cloud computing has been available for many years. In a business setting each member of an organisation has their individual computer with an internet connection. This joins them to their company server where software, databases, and information is stored and shared among users. While some organisations have business software installed on individual computers, this is not the only method in which companies function.

One example is Ironbark Software, who offer their business solutions in several ways. The client can purchase their own hardware, use rented space on a preferred provider’s server, or they can take advantage of the Ironbark data centre. They are then able to purchase or subscribe to their choice Ironbark Software package. If they choose to subscribe to the software and use the Ironbark data centre then they simply pay a single set subscription fee that includes hardware maintenance, rental space, server space, and software license and subscription.

Therefore while the ‘newness’ of cloud computing has been debunked, the concept of storing data and software on a server and making it accessible to clients and end users via a simple-to-access internet portal is fantastic technology that has revolutionised the industry and is only going to be developed further by research and development giants such as Ironbark Software.


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