Efficiently And Securely Leverage Public Cloud Platforms With A Cloud Competence Centre

The fastest route to cloud adoption is to form a Cloud Competence Centre.

Nordcloud believes that the fastest route to cloud adoption – reducing the time it takes you to get your products to market and future proofing your public cloud usage – is to form a Cloud Competence Centre.

But Why Would You Need a Cloud Competence Centre In The First Place?

AWS defines the goal of this programme as taking ‘a large, widespread, deep-rooted organizational problem and solving it in a smaller scope with an open-minded approach and then leveraging the small wins to scale it across the organization‘. The ‘deep-rooted problems’ come up time and time again when speaking to our customers. Architects and developers who have the most cloud knowledge are often overburdened with trying to support other teams so they cannot focus on their products. As a developer, it is easy to get sucked into ‘the weeds’ by concentrating all your time on the security and networking when what you really want to do is spend your efforts on developing and adding value to new products and services. Cloud governance ultimately becomes very tricky to manage. 

For companies to fully realise the benefits the cloud has to offer, and free up valuable developer time, a Cloud Competence Centre is the ideal way to efficiently leverage public cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, or Google. Nordcloud’s team of expert cloud architects will ensure that your development & operations teams are seamlessly operating as one, providing support for cloud platform development & support for project on-boarding, by focusing on five key areas:

Cloud Customer On-Boarding

Ensuring that your development and migration teams understand your organisational best practices when using the cloud. This can include architecture guidelines, security, cost management, training or where they get support.

Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Developments

Ensuring that the Core Infrastructure, Security controls and shared services required for every project are deployed and maintained. This makes sure you are providing development and migration teams the tooling they require to rapidly accelerate their projects.

Cloud Environment Deployments

Creating accounts and networks and setting up access to provide the teams an easy start with cloud platforms and making sure security policies are followed. The Cloud Competence Centre provides a set of Infrastructure as Code templates for deploying common application components.

Architecture and Devops Support

Providing Cloud Architecture and DevOps tooling support to ensure DevOps Excellence.

Businesses constantly need to be innovating so having a dedicated programme will help jump-start a large-scale, company-wide transformation.

At Nordcloud, we can help build and implement a cloud competence centre with the help of our team of experts, so contact us now to realise the full benefits of the cloud.

Read also in our blog post how to set up a Cloud Competence Center here.

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    Financial Times recognises Nordcloud as one of Europe’s fastest-growing companies 2019

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    Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies by Financial Times and Statista is a list of the top 1000 companies in Europe that have achieved the highest percentage growth in revenues between 2014 and 2017.

    This is the third year in a row the FT1000 has been published. According to the Financial Times, this years ranking shows that technology remains king. The listing evaluated 1000 different growth companies in 27 European countries from 37 different industry verticals.

     

    “To be part of this prestigious list is evidence of our strong growth focus and wide-ranging expertise in powering up our customer´s cloud journey,” says CEO, Jan Kritz.

    “Over the past 3 years, we have expanded to 10 European countries and our expert team has grown by over 1000% to current level of 420. And our growth continues.

    Our software, our focus in an agile way of working and our skilled cloud experts are key to us in delivering the best possible outcome for our clients, on their digital journey

     

    The complete FT1000 list of Europe´s fastest growing companies can be found here. More FAQ´s about FT1000 can be found here.

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      Nordcloud appoints Minna Lindholm to lead its people-driven growth

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      In the beginning of 2019, Nordcloud appointed Minna Lindholm to lead its people-driven growth as the Senior Vice President of Professional Services.

      Lindholm has served a long career in the ICT field. She has acted in the ranks of international players, such as Tieto, Fujitsu and Nokia, where her responsibilities included global tasks, team management and other business functions. At Nordcloud, Lindholm will direct customer projects in all ten operating countries.

       

      Lindholm’s appointment plays a role in the Finnish company’s growth agenda

      Public cloud is on the rise and with its help, Nordcloud aims to expand operations. Lindholm’s unit approaches growth from a human perspective. The goal is clear: to utilize Nordcloud’s own talent by empowering employees and giving them tools for success. The key for Nordcloud is the modern way of working that emphasizes agile methods and automation.

      “This is an interesting time to join the team. It’s amazing to see how Nordcloud continues to develop from a growth company to a force of nature that reshapes big corporations,” Lindholm says. “The key in this development is people, of course. My job here is to bring the best out of our employees and create superstars: remove barriers and help them see what they’re capable of.”

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        Nordcloud named the leading ‘accelerator’ in the cloud computing industry

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        Vendor Universe 2018 in the area of Managed Public Cloud Provider

        Nordcloud, one of Europe’s leading providers of public cloud infrastructure solutions, has been named a leading ‘accelerator’ by independent IT research and consulting firm Crisp Research in the current vendor comparison ‘Vendor Universe 2018’ in the area of ‘Managed Public Cloud Provider’.

        In this comprehensive study, Crisp Research examined five cloud markets relevant for Germany and the service providers active in them in order to provide decision-makers in companies with guidelines and to analyse the largest fields of action within the industry. Together with 16 other providers, Nordcloud was tested in the market category ‘Managed Public Cloud Provider‘. The evaluation criteria were divided into the two main categories: ‘Service / Product Value Creation’ and ‘Vendor Performance’.

        The result confirms Nordcloud’s pioneering position within the cloud computing industry

        In the category ‘Service / Product Value Creation’ the Finnish company achieved the highest value of 85 percent (average value: 62 percent), for ‘Vendor Performance’ it received a total of 81 percent (average value: 58 percent). Nordcloud was particularly convincing in the areas of ‘Service Portfolio’, ‘Integration’ and ‘Customer Experience’.

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        Nordcloud has developed into one of the leading Managed Public Cloud Services in the German market

        Carlo Velten, Senior Analyst and CEO of Crisp Research congratulates: ‘Nordcloud is currently in the fast lane of Managed Public Cloud Services and successfully leads the field. Our independent analysis has shown that Nordcloud’s end-to-end multi-cloud service offers customers a market-leading, extensive partner network and deep technology expertise in the areas of IT infrastructure, DevOps and new technology paradigms’.

        Ulrich Baur, Country Manager of Nordcloud Germany agrees: ‘We are proud that shortly after entering the German market, Nordcloud has developed into one of the leading Managed Public Cloud Services Providers. Cloud computing has gained in relevance across industries as a result of the advancing digital transformation, but only a few companies have the specialist staff and know-how to master the structural changes alone. Service providers like Nordcloud are helping companies accelerate their business processes and stay competitive in the future with cloud solutions.’

        If you’d like to find out more about the study, contact us here.

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          Efficiently and securely leverage public cloud platforms with a Cloud Competence Centre

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          Nordcloud believes that the fastest route to cloud adoption – reducing the time it takes you to get your products to market and future proofing your public cloud usage – is to form a Cloud Competence Centre.

          But why would you need a Cloud Competence Centre in the first place?

          AWS defines the goal of this programme as taking ‘a large, widespread, deep-rooted organizational problem and solving it in a smaller scope with an open-minded approach and then leveraging the small wins to scale it across the organization‘. The ‘deep-rooted problems’ come up time and time again when speaking to our customers. Architects and developers who have the most cloud knowledge are often overburdened with trying to support other teams so they cannot focus on their products. As a developer, it is easy to get sucked into ‘the weeds’ by concentrating all your time on the security and networking when what you really want to do is spend your efforts on developing and adding value to new products and services. Cloud governance ultimately becomes very tricky to manage. 

          For companies to fully realise the benefits the cloud has to offer, and free up valuable developer time, a Cloud Competence Centre is the ideal way to efficiently leverage public cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, or Google. Nordcloud’s team of expert cloud architects will ensure that your development & operations teams are seamlessly operating as one, providing support for cloud platform development & support for project on-boarding, by focusing on five key areas:

          Cloud Customer On-boarding

          Ensuring that your development and migration teams understand your organisational best practices when using the cloud. This can include architecture guidelines, security, cost management, training or where they get support.

          Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Developments

          Ensuring that the Core Infrastructure, Security controls and shared services required for every project are deployed and maintained. This makes sure you are providing development and migration teams the tooling they require to rapidly accelerate their projects.

          Cloud Environment Deployments

          Creating accounts and networks and setting up access to provide the teams an easy start with cloud platforms and making sure security policies are followed. The Cloud Competence Centre provides a set of Infrastructure as Code templates for deploying common application components.

          Architecture and DevOps Support

          Providing Cloud Architecture and DevOps tooling support to ensure DevOps Excellence.

          cloud competence centre services

          Businesses constantly need to be innovating so having a dedicated programme will help jump-start a large-scale, company-wide transformation.

          At Nordcloud, we can help build and implement a cloud competence centre with the help of our team of experts, so contact us now to realise the full benefits of the cloud.

          Read also in our blog post how to set up a Cloud Competence Center here.

           

           

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            Cloud Computing News #3: Cloud strategy is a must-have

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            This week we focus on cloud strategies.

            How and Why Leaders Must Implement Cloud Computing

            “Organizations that do not have a high-level cloud strategy driven by their business strategy will significantly increase their risk of failure and wasted investment,” says David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow.

            According to Gartner, a cloud strategy defines the business outcomes the enterprise seeks, and how to get there. Instead of thinking about it as installing new technologies, adopt a cloud service from an outcome perspective. What do you want the cloud to accomplish, and the enterprise to gain?

            Gartner highlights 4 key points for creating a cloud strategy:

            1. Select the right cloud option: it is vital that technology strategic planners select the option most aligned with the enterprise goals and needs .
            2. Think bimodal: a cloud strategy must address both modes based on the overall business strategy and the degree to which the business is focused on aggressively pursuing digital business.
            3. Categorize cloud service options based on benefits and challenges.
            4. Define guiding principles for the ideal way for cloud adoption to occur within the enterprise.

            Read more in Gartner´s white paper Cloud Strategy Leadership

            Multi-Cloud Strategies Grow

            Wall Street Journal reports on two recent separate surveys on the adoption of cloud services:

            According to a study by Forrester

            • 86% of firms already in the cloud have a multi-cloud strategy.
            • Over half of the respondents said they have been spending between $10 million to $100 million a year on multi-cloud services.
            • Why multi-cloud then? Reasons for that vary from safeguarding data by backing it up in cloud storage across different vendors, to taking advantage of different services offered by competing platforms, or simply as a bargaining for better prices.

            IHS Markit Ltd., a London-based data and analytics research firm found that

            • Midsize to large companies currently use an average of 8 different cloud providers – and this number is expected to rise to 11 within the next two years.
            • Most firms plan to “adjust their cloud strategy” within the next two years, aiming to improve performance.

            Read more in WSJ

            Public cloud infra quarterly revenue has more than doubled in the past 3 years

            According to the cloud market growth data by International Data Corporation (IDC), digital transformation is moving enterprises into the cloud.

            “Public cloud has been growing the most. Digital transformation initiatives such as edge computing and machine learning have been bringing new enterprise workloads into the cloud, driving up the demand for higher density configurations of cores, memory, and storage”, says Kuba Stolarski, research director for Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC.

            Vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products for cloud IT grew 45.5% year over year in the first quarter of 2018 (1Q18), reaching $12.9 billion. IDC also raised its forecast for total spending on cloud IT infrastructure in 2018 to $57.2 billion. Of this forecast, the public cloud will account for 67.0% of the total, growing at an annual rate of 23.6%

            Public cloud infrastructure quarterly revenue has more than doubled in the past three years to $9.0 billion in 1Q18, growing 55.8% year over year. Traditional (non-cloud) IT infrastructure revenue grew 22.0% from a year ago.

            Read more in IDC

            Cloud enablement, advisory and strategy at Nordcloud

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              Google Cloud Finland Region Celebration

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              Latency goes down. Innovation speeds up. A new, sustainable Google Cloud Region is coming to Finland.

              Finland is Google’s 5th region in Europe and 16th GCP region globally, featuring compute, storage, big data, and networking services. It will be connected to Google’s well-provisioned, secure and private network to enable global access to all Google Cloud Platform services.

              As a Launch Partner, Nordcloud invites you to what will be an extraordinary day with your peers, industry thought leaders, and Google Cloud leaders and product experts. Learn how the Google Cloud Nordic region provides low latency for local customers and access to innovation to build Finland’s future.

              Date

              Thursday, September 6, 2018

              Location

              The Cable Factory
              Tammasaarenlaituri 5
              00180, Helsinki, Finland

              Time

              9:00 AM – 5:00 PM followed by an evening celebration
              (Registration starts at 08.00 AM)

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