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You Can Leverage the Cloud Too!

Published on Aug 27, 2019 8:39:51 PM

The cloud is more than a big ball of water vapor in the sky.  It is big business and big for business.  The reality is that everyone is in the cloud.  The services you use could be housed at Amazon, Azure or in a private cloud and you may not even know it!   Large enterprise has moved to the cloud for agility, innovation and speed.  Smaller business has historically had the advantage of nimbleness and inventiveness and cloud may be for you too! 

How do you leverage the cloud if you are not a large company with a big IT staff?  There are so many misconceptions about the cloud.

  • Is it easier than on premise? Possibly
  • Is it less expensive than in-house?  It depends upon how you measure cost.
  • Can it improve your efficiency?  If you leverage it properly!

A recent Diginomica article discusses 5 ways to leverage ERP in the cloud without throwing away millions.  Of course small business can't throw away millions, but the article has good advice!

  1. Use Software as A Service (SaaS) where it makes sense.   The reasons may be different, but the idea of SaaS is to keep up with features, functions, and technology without the complexity of keeping up!
  2. Lift and Shift Trusted Applications  Most of our applications are available on premise or cloud.  In our private clouds we can integrate your special sauce with our special sauce to make extra special competitive advantages.
  3. Take Advantage of World Class Architecture.  I-BN uses the same equipment used by large enterprises with layers of security that most small businesses have yet to think of!
  4. Access Leading Edge Cloud Resources.  We utilize leading tools for cloud accessibility, environment management and leverage them across a large customer base. 
  5. Earn Your Cloud Cred.  You likely have cloud based payroll or CRM, backup as a service or cloud anti-virus.  Now may be the time to spread your wings and move into cloud ERP.

You don't have to move everything to the cloud, but with I-BN Cloud 3.0 you have flexibility.  You can have a single application like Sage100cloud or SAP Business One in the cloud, or have a whole hosted desktop.  For more information on how we can make your business more efficient contact one of our solution experts at 678-627-0646 x230 or sales@i-bn.net.

 

 

 

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Topics: digital transformation, Cloud 3.0


SAP SMB Innovation Summit - The Rise of the Intelligent Enterprise

Published on Jun 20, 2019 10:24:03 AM

SAP has been a leader in business management software, and they have maintained their leadership by staying ahead of trends to meet customer needs.  The 2019 SAP SMB Innovation Summit held in Orlando June 18-20 was focused on how companies are starting to use big data, coupled with artificial intelligence to create the Intelligent Enterprise.  

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Topics: SMB ERP Software, ERP, SMB, Cloud, digital transformation, SAP Business One Cloud


Has My Business Outgrown QuickBooks?

Published on Dec 5, 2018 3:04:43 PM

If you find yourself pondering this question, you are more than likely starting to experience stress due to some of the inabilities that QuickBooks users may suffer from overtime. While QuickBooks may be a great option for a business that’s just getting started, it can soon become a burden as you experience growth and discover new necessities. This article takes a brief glance at three of the top issues QuickBook users come across as their business grows.

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Topics: digital transformation, Outgrowing Quickbooks


Big Data – How to Avoid Analysis Paralysis

Published on Oct 4, 2018 3:57:29 PM

With the ever increasing compute power and improved business management software, companies have more access to data than ever. Successful companies turn data into insights and insights into action.

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Topics: digital disruption, digital transformation, Big Data


Cyber Security – Risk and Survival

Published on Sep 27, 2018 10:41:24 AM

As a small business owner or a mid-sized business manager you already have enough on your plate to have to deal with cyber security issues. Unfortunately, recent statistics show that 61% of small and medium sized businesses suffered a Cyber Attack in 2017, up from 55% in 2016 according to the Ponemon Institute. The same report noted that the average cost due to damage or theft of IT assets and infrastructure increased from $879,582 to $1,027,053. The average cost due to disruption to normal operations increased from $955,429 to $1,207,965.

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Topics: digital transformation, Cyber Security


Thriving in the Post Digital Age

Published on Sep 20, 2018 4:00:56 PM

For decades we have been talking about the ever increasing pace of change in business. Long term plans have shortened from 10 years to 3 years. Back in the 60’s we got Moore’s Law predicting that the power of computing doubling every year and it has solidified into our whole economy.

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Topics: digital disruption, digital transformation, Post Digital Age


Old Industries that have Embraced Digital Disruption

Published on Sep 14, 2018 2:31:11 PM

Change is inevitable. Even in what we once thought were some of the most stable industries, digital disruption is causing many companies to reevaluate their current business model and find ways to adapt to an ever increasing digital market. The following article lists 3 companies who have truly embraced digital disruption and became wildly successful. With Honey revolutionizing the digital coupon marketplace, Ethos making insurance as easy as a few clicks, and Zola re imagining a wedding registry online, these are excellent case studies to show how much of an impact digital transformation can make.

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Topics: digital disruption, digital transformation


The Good News and the Bad News About Digital Disruption

Published on Aug 31, 2018 11:57:40 AM

Less than one in five organizations are close to where they want to be by 2020 with their digital transformation. With digital disruption in the headlines of so many articles these days, businesses are at a crossroads of where they need to direct their future. 92% of companies believe that something needs to change. In this article, John Mancini of the AIIM global community breaks down the good news and the bad news of the digital transformation trend taking the world by storm.

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Topics: digital disruption, digital transformation


The Philippines are Gearing Up to Digitally Transform Their Country

Published on Aug 30, 2018 10:31:06 AM

You’ve heard of eCommerce, but have you ever heard of eGovernment? That’s right. The Philippines Department of Information and Communications Technology announced that they partnered with the Internet Society to develop the National ICT Ecosystem Framework (NIEF) 2022. They hope to transform the region into economic hubs and innovation centers to ensure that information and communication technology services are made available, affordable and universal for all citizens.

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Topics: digital disruption, digital transformation


Digital Transformation: Not 'If,' But 'When'

Published on Aug 16, 2018 1:40:00 PM

Peter Weil and Stephanie Woerner of the MIT Center for Information Systems Research put together a case study of how BBVA, a Spanish bank, faced digital disruption head on and transformed into one of the leading digital banks in the world. Within the article, they discuss the role of the CEO, and how important it is for business leaders to set a clear vision for their company’s future in order to be successful. When done right, the return can come in spades.

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Topics: digital disruption, digital transformation, leadership


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