October 9, 2014

Cloud is your new shadow, with you everywhere you go

Daniel Downing

Head of Microsoft and Productivity Platforms, Tieto

Could you tell me where your thoughts and ideas are located? When knowledge was power they were only in your head, phone, computer or on paper – and you could control where the information went. But in today’s world we need to share in order to get the best ideas. Before we shared information very locally – now we have the possibility to share information on global scale.

How secure is your information? Smart phones, smart watches and smart pens now store more information than we could fit into our physical black book of yesterday. I wonder why we are not more concerned about this? After all, there are many safety risks here. Some people do not seem to care where their thoughts are located. We are just excited about our new gadgets and we forget that there is always the other side of the coin. Are we underestimating security issues?

Often it is important to understand where your information is located. Especially if you are talking about confidential and work-related or people-related information. Some people say that knowledge is the currency of the future, I completely agree. Wouldn’t you want to ensure the security of your business-related information? It is our job at Tieto to help businesses in deciding the best cloud environment for them. The question is difficult because there are so many contradictory factors to consider: security, cost and productivity. And there are so many ways to share and collaborate: messaging, Sharepoint, Lync, email, Yammer – and now on whatever device you want, which enables you to be wherever you want – and with the right level of security.

We help our clients choose from the thousands of options available in this complex world. For some having their data stored safely in the Nordics is a key benefit. Others are not so concerned about the geographical location, but are concerned about the speed at which the data is delivered to their customers, or the cost. We can help in all of these situations and more, no matter if the need is private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud – and we can bridge the gap to your existing investments in legacy mainframe and dedicated servers.

And data is dynamic: one day it might be classified as business critical (so should be stored in the private cloud), but the next day it could be declassified as public and then should go to the public cloud where cost is lower and it can reach a broader audience faster. For a company, this means the flexibility to swap between storage in data centers not subject to NSA snooping to the cost efficiencies of the public cloud (like Office 365, Dropbox, Evernote, Azure, Amazon and Google) and flexibility to change that whenever you want.

For businesses which are concerned with data protection, risk aversion, compliance and regulation issues, the choice is private cloud. With this solution you can use Microsoft’s latest collaboration tools while the stored data is only available to you and people in your company. With public cloud, users outside of your normal circles can easily access the data. Users can access the services anywhere, anytime and on any device, providing the best service and user experience. hybrid cloud can provide a nice compromise: store the data in private cloud now and move it to public cloud later… and move it back again if you wanted.

In a few years, I believe we will be unable to do business without the cloud. The same thing happened with mobile phones, computers and the internet. They are all now essential parts of our daily work and fully integrated into both our working and person lives. Whatever the normal workday of the future looks like, we probably can’t get by without the cloud. Since decisions are based on confidential and real time information, the geographical location of your cloud servers will be very important. The ones who are already in the cloud have gotten a hefty head start and the gap keeps growing.

So next time think about that thought, where it is located now and where it will be going in the future?

The writer is Daniel Downing, Head of Microsoft and Productivity Platforms, Tieto. You can read more about Tieto cloud services here.

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