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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 12:42

Cloud Computing and Data Protection Risks

Written by Mark Reich

The following are the opening statements in the EU - Opinion 05/2012 on Cloud Computing and this post will cover the major relevant points from it and offer our comments on it

"For some, cloud computing is one of the biggest technological revolutions to emerge in recent times. For others, it is just the natural evolution of a set of technologies aimed to achieve the long awaited dream of utility computing. In any case, large numbers of stakeholders have put cloud computing to the fore in the development of their technological strategies. Cloud computing consists of a set of technologies and service models that focus on the Internet-based use and delivery of IT applications, processing capability, storage and memory space. Cloud computing can generate important economic benefits, because on-demand resources can be configured, expanded and accessed on the Internet quite easily. Next to economic benefits, cloud computing may also bring security benefits; enterprises, especially small-to-medium sized ones, may acquire, at a marginal cost, top-class technologies, which would otherwise be out of their budget range. There is a wide gamut of services offered by cloud providers ranging from virtual processing systems (which replace and/or work alongside conventional servers under the direct control of the controller) to services supporting application development and advanced hosting, up to web-based software solutions that can replace applications conventionally installed on the personal computers of end-users. This includes text-processing applications, agendas and calendars, filing systems for online document storage and outsourced email solutions.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 01:14

The Sourcing Value Indicator

Written by Administrator

The primary impetus for outsourcing has historically been the promise of cost savings, fueled by salary arbitrage. Based on this premise, Buyers have traditionally focused their energies on driving down the price of services to their lowest possible rates, while increasing their purchasing volumes as the principal lever for enhancing their savings. As the market continues to grow and mature, so does the expectations of the Buyers, who are becoming increasingly more interested in obtaining measurable business value, of which “Cost Savings” is only one component. Progressive Buyers are making great strides in quantifying the true business value of outsourcing, as a function of Productivity, Quality, Flexibility, and ultimately Cost.

Based on our analysis of a number of outsourced projects, Sylvan Advisory has developed an approach to normalizing the relevant attributes associated with a Baseline environment, as compared to an Outsourced environment. In doing so, Sylvan has established a proven process for assessing the true business value associated with any type of service-based outsourcing initiative, and representing it in the form of a single number (Sourcing Value Indicator). If you are interested in understanding more about the “Sourcing Value Indicator”, a descriptive whitepaper can be found attached to this article, below. 

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