CXOs: Don’t miss these Cloud Lessons from the C-suite

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Hindsight. Retrospect. Lessons learned. Call it what you want, but we all walk away from business and IT projects wiser, sometimes humbled, and undoubtably better prepared for next time. If you’ve been a part of moving any of your companies’ workloads to the cloud—no matter the size or complexity—I’m sure you are nodding along.

Things you thought you would go swimmingly sometimes present the biggest challenges. Concerns that kept you working late into the night turned out to be non-events. At Nordcloud, we have sat shoulder to shoulder with our customers working through situations like these. Along the way, we too have learned.

In our new eBook—5 Real-World Lessons from the C-suite to Apply to Your Digital Transformation— you will discover our top five most common lessons we emphasize when talking with CXOs and business leaders. What you won’t see are technical bits and bytes, architecture best practices, or ROI analyses. Not that these aren’t important, but they are well understood and documented elsewhere. Instead, use it to learn about fresh thinking and new stones to turn over.

Everyone needs to have a vested role in a successful cloud transformation.

For instance, there’s a good chance that loyal MSP that’s been an integral part of your IT operations for the last five years could be the partner to take your business through a cloud transformation.

Why, you ask? Read the ebook to find out.

So, give a thanks to all the other CXOs and leadership teams that have gone before you. They’ve stubbed their toe along the way, miscalculated expectations, and even ruffled some feathers. Now you can learn from them and come to your next cloud initiative better equipped. But this eBook isn’t just for cloud leaders and the technical teams—put this in the hands of all parties involved. Procurement, HR, operations, legal, and more. Everyone needs to have a vested role in a successful cloud transformation.

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    Meet us at Microsoft Ignite 2019

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    MICROSOFT IGNITE

    Ignite is Microsoft’s annual gathering of technology leaders and practitioners consisting of four days of visionary discussions and hands-on learning about the latest tools and insights that are driving tomorrow’s innovations.

    • Learn innovative ways to build solutions and migrate and manage your infrastructure.
    • Connect with over 25,000 individuals focused on software development, security, architecture, and IT.
    • Explore new hands-on experiences that will help you innovate in areas such as security, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure and development.

    With 1000+ sessions and 200+hands-on experiences, Microsoft Ignite is quite the ultimate tech conference. See the complete agenda on the official Microsoft Ignite website.

    Heading to Orlando?

    We would love to meet you at Ignite to share insights over coffee or drinks.

    Let us know you’ll be there!

     

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      Is your Cloud Strategy Atomistic or Holistic?

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      A popular phrase we still hear today is “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. You can debate if this quote came directly from Aristotle or was influenced by his writings in Metaphysics 8.6, but what can’t be debated is the truth behind it.

      As business leaders move past parts-driven cloud adoption, it’s imperative that they lead the change as a whole.

      In the realm of cloud strategies and digital transformations, it carries equal weight. Every business has cloud on their mind these days and most have already began using cloud in some way, shape, or form. More than likely, initial adoption of cloud (or SaaS) has been with a parts mentality. That is, individual teams are solving individual problems.

      On the upside, teams are reaping siloed benefits, but the downside is just that – they are working in isolation. This might be great for that team or business unit, but a far cry from a company-wide cloud transformation. As business leaders move past parts-driven cloud adoption, it’s imperative that they lead the change as a whole. Only as a whole, can a company truly evolve to:

      • Reimagine the customer experience
      • Bring new services and products to market faster
      • Outpace the competition
      • Drive greater shareholder value
      • Radically improve internal processes.

       

      At Nordcloud, we live and breathe this every day—it’s the very essence of how work with our customers.

      Yes, the cloud technologies you chose are utterly important. Yes, pilot projects need to happen.

      But that is not where we start. Our cloud transformations start with the leadership teams, not the IT teams. In the corner office, not the server room. Captured with the eBook 6 Cloud Conversations Leadership Teams Need to Own, you will learn how to drive a cloud strategy as a whole, not as parts.

      After exploring six commonly overlooked and shortchanged business conversations (and downstream actions for teams), you will know how to develop a top-down, success metrics-driven cloud strategy, where all constituents are involved and incented.

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        HUS Chooses Nordcloud As Partner for Amazon Web Services Development

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        Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS) has chosen Nordcloud as a partner to develop and manage its Amazon Web Services environments. The contract contains AWS capacity management and managed services, as well as consulting services, and it enables HUS, a Finnish pioneer in digital transformation of healthcare, to leverage Amazon Web Services as a platform for new services and data analytics development.

        Nordcloud is proud to be an AWS Premier Consulting Partner since 2014 and an AWS Managed Service Provider since 2015. Making use of our years of experience and utilising best practices picked up along the way, Nordcloud is able to design and build cloud environments that match customer budget and demands whilst being completely elastic and scalable.

        For HUS, Nordcloud will initiate the development of the cloud foundation, as well as, setting up new data management solutions. The foundation is a vital step on the enterprise cloud journey, as it operates as an enabler for automated operations and scalable services. 

        Amazon Web Services is one of the leading cloud computing platforms providing a reliable, scalable, and low-cost set of remote computing services. The AWS cloud was formed by the people behind Amazon.com in 2006 when Amazon started to offer businesses IT infrastructure services. These were in the form of web services, now commonly known as cloud computing. Today, Amazon Web Services powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world. With data centre locations in North America, Europe, Brazil, Singapore, Japan, and Australia, customers across all industries are taking advantage of the AWS cloud.

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          SaaS Business Model and Public Cloud are a Winning Combination for ISVs

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          With the seemingly unstoppable growth of cloud computing, and the rising trend of subscription-based services, many large organisations are committed to purchasing software as a service (SaaS) rather than buying and hosting software internally.

          The already crowded software market is evolving, and industry researchers and commentators are taking note.

          Gartner has for a long time asserted that “by 2020, all new entrants and 80% of historical vendors will offer subscription-based business models”.

          For independent software vendors (ISVs) that built their business around the traditional model of selling licenses and maintenance agreements, moving to SaaS involves changes in everything from their business model, to their development strategies and their own IT requirements.

          Cloud based models allow ISVs to focus on their core goals of developing and delivering applications and improving their customer experience.

          Challenges

          SaaS turns the traditional model of software delivery on its head. Rather than purchasing licenses, paying an annual maintenance fee for upgrades and support and running applications in-house, SaaS allows organisations to buy only the number of “seats” they require at any time.

          This is not only less expensive than the traditional license model, but it also allows them to reduce or increase their software purchases as their needs fluctuate.

          However, SaaS requires ISVs to transform from software developers to services providers. From an operational perspective, this requires new capabilities, such as meeting service level agreements, establishing real-time usage monitoring and billing capabilities and meeting strict security requirements.

          The robust infrastructure required to provide SaaS services 24×7 requires a substantial investment.

          The business challenges are even greater, ranging from the dramatically lower margins provided by SaaS, to changes in cash flow and pricing models, to requirements for customer support.

          Faced with all these challenges, and because there are no standard pricing models, it may at first seem too daunting to embark on this journey. However, your competition may not feel the same way.

           

          Opportunities

          The SaaS model is creating new opportunities for both ISVs and their customers.

          Consumption based charging models enable low-cost-of-entry and low-cost-of-software so clients can experiment with applications that optimise business processes, drive higher efficiency, productivity and growth.

          Cloud based models allow ISVs to focus on their core goals of developing and delivering applications; and improving their customer experience. Tasks like capacity management, infrastructure budget management and platform availability can all be offloaded to a cloud partner; and importantly these costs can be married to usage and revenue for the ISV.

          Potentially other tasks can be offloaded too – ISVs working with a Managed Service Provider can also offload tasks such as patching, replication, redundancy and security. With the right partner the ISV can deliver agility to the DevOps cycle and then rely on the MSP to implement change control, security or compliance enhancements, business continuity and a robust availability and performance SLA for the production applications.

          It may at first seem too daunting to embark on the modernisation journey, however, your competition may not feel the same way.

          Is it right for your software business?

          The combination of opportunities presented by cloud and SaaS business models has expanded the options available to ISVs for software development and delivery; and in turn provided a greater number of options and better value solutions for end-users. The cloud is reducing barriers to entry for new software businesses and allowing existing ISVs to be more agile, customer responsive and innovative.

          Both customers of these solutions and the ISVs themselves stand to gain considerable benefits in transitioning to the cloud and taking advantage of cloud infrastructure and managed services as long as due diligence is undertaken in this transition.

          Nordcloud have helped many ISVs to leverage cloud technologies to effectively transition their business from that of a traditional software vendor to a SaaS provider, and are hosting a series of workshops to share our experiences and help you to decide when (or indeed, whether) to embark on this modernisation journey.

          In the workshops, we will explore the business and technology challenges for ISVs moving to a SaaS model and highlight how effective use of cloud technologies and expertise can overcome many of them by providing entitlement, analytical, billing/payment and security services.

          All ISVs are invited to attend, whether you might be considering taking those first steps, or perhaps you are well on your way and looking for some guidance and advice on best practice…?  Come along and join the conversation.

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          Amsterdam, the Netherlands

          12.11.2019, 09:00 – 12:00
          21.11.2019, 09:00 – 12:00
          17.12.2019, 09:00 – 12:00

          Microsoft Nederland

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          Utrecht, the Netherlands

          3.12.2019, 09:00 – 12:00

          REGUS Oorsprongpark

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            Digital Design Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Dropping Jaws

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            Tomorrow’s services are designed, developed and run on the cloud. What once was science fiction is now readily available for anyone. But technology itself is of little value unless it solves a relevant problem. For designers, this is both a challenge and an opportunity.

            Better Services Live on the Cloud

            Hyperscale public cloud platforms solve problems related to managing servers, developing software, and scaling services. They provide organisations with benefits such as lower costs and faster time to market.

            But the benefits of modern cloud technology are not only about making existing stuff cheaper and faster. They’re about making better stuff.

            Going into the cloud is not just about refactoring — it’s about reimagining.

            I’m talking about new service concepts, intuitive human interaction, and simpler ways for you to serve your customers.

            But technology alone won’t do any of those things. Not without some help.

            And that’s where design comes in.

            Cloud-Powered Designer Emerges

            Design is about conceptualising and creating new things; designers imagine and designers make. Design differs from art in that it solves problems by delivering what people need.

            Consider an industrial designer set to design a chair. The designer would have to understand who will use the chair, for what purpose, and where.

            For example, watching TV with the family requires a different kind of ‘sitting solution’ than, say, manning an information desk at a shopping mall.

            To design a chair that can be physically built, the industrial designer must also understand the properties of materials, such as wood, metal, plastic, and fabrics.

            The same principles apply to digital design in the cloud.

            For a new breed of cloud-powered designer, the beginning of the design process is the same. They too must understand who is going to use the digital service, for what purpose, and in what context.

            But when it comes to the materials, the two designers deviate. Where the industrial designer uses tangible substances, the cloud-powered designer’s materials are in the cloud.

            It’s not Science Fiction Anymore

            All hyper-scale cloud platforms feature pre-made components, e.g. image recognition, language processing, intelligent search, decision making, machine learning…

            There’s a new one almost every week. For the cloud-powered designer, those are the building blocks of services that help users reach their goals easier and faster.

            For example, Uber is using Microsoft Azure’s Cognitive Services to offer real-time ID checks. Drivers verify their identity using selfies before they are able to accept rides.

            Uniqlo uses Google Cloud Platform’s Dialogflow to offer a new type of shopping experience through a messaging interface, and responses are constantly improved through machine learning.

            Tinder uses Amazon Webservices SageMaker to simplify machine learning and build models for predictions that create new connections that otherwise might have never been possible.

            These are but a few examples of cloud-enabled building blocks that today’s digital designers have at their disposal.

            Yesterday’s science fiction is today’s pre-made component.

            And with those building blocks, we can create some jaw-dropping stuff.

            Reimagining the Future, Together

            The future of digital services is in the cloud, and those services are being imagined now. Going into the cloud is not just about refactoring — it’s about reimagining. As Abraham Lincoln said, the best way to predict the future is to create it.

            For organisations, this means learning and working together.

            If you’re a technologist, you must understand that design is the only thing that will differentiate you from the rest. Design makes for better business. Design is not only what it looks like; it’s about how it works.

            If you’re a digital designer, you must become comfortable with technology. Become comfortable with the cloud; learn all about the building blocks of great digital services. It will be a challenge, but to design better things, you must know how to make them.

            If you’re anyone involved in creating digital services, say hello to new team members outside the obvious realms of business, design or technology. Say hello to data scientists, futurists, anthropologists, social scientists, ethicists, philosophers… or people beyond the comfortable set of disciplines.

            The future will be imagined and built by diverse groups of skilled people working together as teams toward common goals. For this to work well, everyone must be curious beyond one discipline.

            By nature, designers have a massive opportunity to be the glue that binds everyone together.

            Let’s use the best technologies to solve relevant problems. And let’s work together to create a more humane digital future.

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              Nordcloud recognized as 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for Finland

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              Nordcloud today proudly announced it has won the 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for Finland. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

              “As the pioneer in public cloud, we are excited to be able to answer to the growing demand in the market with the best technologies and our world-class expertise. Together with Microsoft, we provide our customers with the most advanced solutions and benefits of Azure. We thank Microsoft Finland for magnificent co-operation”, says Jan Kritz, CEO of Nordcloud.

              Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,900 entrants from 115 countries worldwide. Nordcloud was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services, as well as representing excellent subsidiary engagement in Finland.

              Since 2011, Nordcloud has accelerated the digital transformation of its customers with public cloud infrastructure solutions and cloud native application services. As the public cloud pioneer Nordcloud has played a significant role in evangelizing the added value of cloud and Microsoft Azure, making Finland a global leader in public cloud adoption.

              Nordcloud has distinguished itself as an exemplary partner, demonstrating remarkable expertise and innovation to help customers achieve more.

              Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp

              The Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Awards honor partners at the country level that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering Microsoft solutions to multiple customers over the past year. This award recognizes Nordcloud as succeeding in effective engagement with its local Microsoft office while showcasing innovation and business impact, driving customer satisfaction, and winning new customers.

              “We are honored to recognize Nordcloud of Finland as a Microsoft Country Partner of the Year,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “Nordcloud has distinguished itself as an exemplary partner, demonstrating remarkable expertise and innovation to help customers achieve more.”

              The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognizes Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year.

              Nordcloud is a Microsoft Gold Cloud Partner and Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Services Provider. Nordcloud, with its 400 cloud experts, provides a full range of services using the Azure cloud platform, allowing delivery of comprehensive solutions and sophisticated IT infrastructures to clients in 10 countries.

              Earlier this year, Gartner positioned Nordcloud in its Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide for the third consecutive time.

               

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                Webinar: Get to know the coolest of Google Cloud tools

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                Webinar: Get to know the coolest of Google Cloud tools

                 

                Ready to unlock Google Cloud?

                In this webinar, you’ll hear

                1. Coolest Cases: Hand-picked case studies of the best tools in Google Cloud
                2. Are you Cloud-Ready: What it takes to supercharge your organization with Google Cloud
                3. Most Common Challenges: What look out for when moving to Google Cloud?
                4. Navigating the Obstacles: Nordcloud’s end-to-end solutions to secure your cloud journey and unleash the potential of Google Cloud

                Since 2011, Nordcloud, a Google Cloud Premier Partner, has completed more than 1000 successful cloud deployments. Nordcloud has worked with Europe’s largest enterprises, e.g. most of OMXN40, to harvest the full benefits of the public cloud, such as increased security, agility, scalability and reduced costs.

                Register here.

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                August 28, 2019

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                1 PM – 2 PM CEST

                 

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                  Adopt Kubernetes with Experts Webinar

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                  Webinar: Adopt Kubernetes with Experts

                   

                  Kubernetes makes it easy to scale, manage and deploy containerized applications. Nordcloud provides proven best practices for all aspects of cloud-based Kubernetes adoption with both managed services as well as virtual machine based deployments.

                  The webinar will be held on Tuesday the 20th of August at 2 PM.

                  In this webinar, you’ll learn how to 

                  • Learn how to leverage CloudRun to run stateless container workloads
                  • Build and deploy a microservices application onto GKE
                  • Leverage full potential of services meshes, see how ISTIO can help with observability and communication policies

                  The webinar is held by Dariusz Dwornikowski, Head of Engineering.

                  Since 2011, Nordcloud, a Google Cloud Premier Partner, has completed more than 1000 successful cloud deployments. Nordcloud has worked with Europe’s largest enterprises, e.g. most of OMXN40, to harvest the full benefits of the public cloud, such as increased security, agility, scalability and reduced costs.

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                  August 20

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                  14:00 – 15:00 CEST

                   

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                    HUS chooses Nordcloud and Google to Accelerate its Digital Competence

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                    Nordcloud will harness its years of expertise in public cloud to benefit HUS in migrating to Google Cloud and its services.

                    Google’s europe-north1 region, located in Hamina, Finland, is a determining factor for many Finnish organisations in choosing between hyperscale providers.

                    The arrival of Google’s public cloud in Hamina was a central developmental step for digitalisation of public sector in Finland. Google Cloud’s Finnish region enables the use of cloud tools and added value while at the same time storing the data physically in Finland”, says Lars Oehlandt, VP Google Partnership of Nordcloud.  “As the Nordic public cloud pioneer with hundreds of projects under our belt, Nordcloud has refined a method we call Cloud Journey for taking business to cloud in a controlled and smart manner. Our cloud journey concept is an excellent fit for both public administration and health care organizations in order to secure full value of public cloud.”

                    Google Cloud’s Finnish region enables the use of cloud tools and added value while at the same time storing the data physically in Finland.

                    – Lars Oehlandt, VP Google Partnership, Nordcloud

                    In addition to the advantageous region, HUS will obtain access to Google Cloud’s numerous features: advanced analytics, machine learning and container services, high-level information security, and world-class infrastructure.

                    “Our cooperation with Nordcloud has deepened fast with the interest and demand generated by the Hamina region. Together we will serve Finnish companies and public administration organisations that are developing and modernising their operations with Google Cloud”, says Carita Mäkinen, Field Sales, Google Cloud Platform.

                    Google announced in May that it will invest 600 million euros to expand its data center in Hamina. The new construction will add to Google’s existing data-center complex in Hamina on the south coast of Finland, taking the company’s total investment there to 1.4 billion euros. Google’s Hamina complex will be powered by renewable energy acquired from three new wind farms in the Nordic nation

                    Earlier this month, Nordcloud was the first Nordic company to achieve the status of Authorized Google Cloud Platform Training Partner.

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