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The Cloud As A Platform

Free Guide For Finance Managers, MDs & Decision Makers

Microsoft’s guide to new thinking for new business possibilities by exploiting The Cloud.

In The Guide:

The Cloud As A Platform

Free Guide For Finance Managers,
MDs & Decisions Makers

“The Cloud As A Platform” is Microsoft’s definitive guide to opening the minds of small businesses to opportunities presented by the proliferation of The Cloud.

In The Guide:

  • Introduction to The Cloud, what it is and how it can be used to great effect for SMEs and growing businesses.
  • The differences between Cloud offerings and services.
  • Explanation of the industry jargon surrounding Cloud services.
  • Discussion around what’s meant by “As A Platform” and the benefits to businesses and their cash flow.
  • Going beyond cost-savings to business agility and the questions to ask potential Cloud vendors and solutions.

Smaller companies can get the benefits of big IT systems without the up-front investments.

Excerpt From The Guide:

Smaller companies can get the benefits of big IT systems without the up-front investments.

Excerpt From The Guide:

Cloud computing is based on a simple concept: instead of each business owning and building its own IT systems, vendors build massively scaled data centers and provide computing as a utility.

This allows every customer to enjoy the benefits of secure, current, and centrally managed storage, software, platform, and infrastructure services on terms affordable by any sized business.

From cost savings to business opportunity. Today, many businesses are moving to the cloud in a
piecemeal fashion, app by app, without a strategic vision for how different cloud services can or
should work together—and sometimes without thinking about them as “the cloud” at all. This approach offers easy access to powerful software capabilities, but that is just the beginning of the journey.

Using the cloud as a platform—not just for cost and convenience—can help smaller businesses
exploit their inherent advantages of speed and innovation, while also tapping into the scale that
used to only be available to large, well-resourced firms.

Cloud computing is based on a simple concept: instead of each business owning and building its own IT systems, vendors build massively scaled data centers and provide computing as a utility.

This allows every customer to enjoy the benefits of secure, current, and centrally managed storage, software, platform, and infrastructure services on terms affordable by any sized business.

From cost savings to business opportunity. Today, many businesses are moving to the cloud in a
piecemeal fashion, app by app, without a strategic vision for how different cloud services can or
should work together—and sometimes without thinking about them as “the cloud” at all. This approach offers easy access to powerful software capabilities, but that is just the beginning of the journey.

Using the cloud as a platform—not just for cost and convenience—can help smaller businesses
exploit their inherent advantages of speed and innovation, while also tapping into the scale that
used to only be available to large, well-resourced firms.

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