What is Cloud Computing?
Simply put, Cloud Computing is the delivery of computing services – servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence and more – over the Internet (“the Cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources and economies of scale. You typically only pay for Cloud Services you use, helping lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently and scale as your business needs change.
Moving your business processes to the Cloud can cut costs, improve security, free IT and other resources for more innovative work – move you from maintenance mode to innovation mode.
With TEST Technologies’ Cloud systems, move from maintenance mode to innovation mode by:
- Cutting IT costs
- Improving security and marketing
- Freeing IT and other resources for more informed and innovative work
- Delighting customers with new products and services way beyond what you could deliver in the past
What Cloud Computing Services does TEST Technologies Offer?
Software as a Service (SaaS)
At the centre of most dramatic Cloud transformations are Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.
Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which TEST Technologies hosts and manages software applications and makes them available to clients over the Internet. We provide the underlying infrastructure and handle any maintenance, such as software upgrades and security patching. Users connect over the internet, usually with a web browser on their phone, table or PC.
Businesses can integrate SaaS applications with other software using application programming interfaces (APIs). For example, a business can write its own software tools and use TEST Technologies’ APIs to integrate those tools with the SaaS offering.
There are SaaS applications for fundamental business technologies, such as email, sales management, customer relationship management (CRM), financial management, human resource management, billing and collaboration.
(Learn more about SaaS https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/overview/what-is-saas/ )
Serverless Computing is another fantastic option. What if you could spend all your time building and deploying great apps, and none of your time managing servers?
Serverless computing lets you do just that because the infrastructure you need to run and scale your apps is managed for you. Focus your efforts on your business. Redirect resources from infrastructure management into innovating and bringing apps to market faster.
Serverless computing is driven by the reaction to events and triggers happening in near-real time in the Cloud. As a fully managed service, server management and capacity planning are invisible to the developer and billing is based just on resources consumed or the actual time your code is running.
(Learn more about Serverless Computing https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/overview/serverless-computing/ )
The Benefits of Cloud Computing
TEST Technologies uses industry-leading Cloud applications so you can create differentiated products and services, enter new markets, respond to global demand, delight customers and drive loyalty, all while infusing business and IT operations with adaptive intelligence and standardised processes, at lower cost and complexity.
Switching to TEST Technologies’ Cloud Computing models give clients capabilities which can translate into massive competitive advantage. Consider just a few of the benefits.
Autonomous technology is faster, less expensive, more secure and applies machine learning algorithms to continuously learn and adapt. Cloud platforms increase performance without the human effort.
Generally speaking, companies can reduce IT costs by around 30% by simply moving to the Cloud, without any reduction in performance and reliability. Shifting workload to the Cloud frees business from investment in big, complex, and costly physical assets. Businesses save on software and hardware costs.
Far from becoming redundant, your highly qualified IT professionals are free to work on beneficial and innovative tasks such as mining the data in your systems to unearth competitive insights, while IT maintenance and security tasks are handled by the Cloud system.
Innovate rapidly – As soon as you’ve decided to launch a new product or initiative, the necessary computing infrastructure can be ready in minutes or hours, rather than the days or weeks (and sometimes months) it could take to set up internally.
SaaS-based marketing-automation tools provide insights which can enable businesses to directly tie marketing activities to revenue generation.
By tying in marketing-automation tools with modern Customer Relationship Management systems, businesses can optimise their engagements with customers across the entire spectrum: social channels, marketing campaigns, commerce sites, sales, and service.
Marketers can synchronise and optimise their campaigns across all the various customer touchpoints that traditionally have been fragmented and disjointed: web, mobile, social, in-store, contact centre, field service, direct sales, and channel sales.
The Security advantages alone can make the business case for moving to the Cloud. System vulnerabilities can be identified and patched almost instantly.
Clients don’t have to worry about faulty hardware or network issues. Cloud Services deploy your application, keep it continuously available during crashes and failures, and redirect traffic from troubled instances to ones that are running smoothly.
Automatic operating system updates mean that your application is always highly secure, without maintenance windows or downtime.
Your application may suddenly be trending on Twitter, for example. Cloud auto-scale features help to scale up or down to meet demand, while simultaneously minimising costs.
Cloud processes can strategically track daily business operations and outcomes and can be used for strategic analysis and opportunity.
A huge benefit of autonomous systems is reliability. A self-tuned system that is backed up automatically and continuously is capable of 99.995% availability.
Enterprise Resource Planning processes, including finance, can be moved to the Cloud to allow for seamless connectedness with manufacturing, purchasing, design, supply chain, project-management, and more. Business managers can analyse and respond to trends across the board, fine tuning processes and marketing, rewarding or coaching staff and identifying customer focal areas.
HR, Marketing and other staff can work at their full potential using Cloud based applications.
Businesses save on the electricity used to power and cool IT systems and facilities, and on related hands-on administration.
TEST Technologies – Your Cloud Provider
Your TEST Technologies Project Manager can work with you to identify which Cloud Computing services are right for your business.
Whatever Cloud Solution you choose, be assured that TEST Technologies uses industry-leading products through our partnerships with some of Australia’s top providers.
When you need IT support and expertise from TEST Technologies, you have it on tap, without the need to hire costly internal staff. We also take away much of the risk involved in self-managing your IT Solutions, so you can focus on your core business.
Our highly qualified team are dedicated to innovating and improving the quality of applications, so we continue to be your Cloud vendor of choice.
Contact TEST Technologies today and find out how our Cloud Services can carry your business into the future.
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