Move Forward Securely with Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Move Forward Securely with Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

When thousands of hospitals, health systems, community practices, and pharmaceutical companies rely on your software to deliver smarter, more effective patient care, you had better make sure it’s secure and reliable. That’s why Allscripts, a leading healthcare software manufacturer, uses Microsoft Azure.  Having a reliable and secure IT service provider was more than acquiring 1,000 VMs needed to run the show. Allscripts, a leading healthcare software manufacturer, acquired two companies in 2017. To ensure their new datacenter assets had a home fast, they brought on Microsoft Azure. The reliability of built-in disaster recovery protections means Allscripts doesn't have to worry about losing their data. You can do the same. Using Azure Site Recovery, Allscripts was able to easily move 500 development VMs running critical healthcare applications to Azure. In just three weeks, the company lifted and shifted dozens of acquired applications running on 1,000 virtual machines, ensuring they met & Allscripts’ governance policies and security requirements.   Running your business on the...
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Azure Database Migration

Azure Database Migration

The ability to innovate is what separates long-term successful businesses from the pack. However, a business can have all the game-changing innovative ideas in the world, but it won’t do them any good unless they are actually implemented.  SitePro gained a competitive advantage by combining onsite sensors and data collection with online data processing and management using Microsoft Azure. As a result, they were able to provide faster and more effective service to their customers, which in turn strengthened the offerings of their customers. It's a win for everyone. “We realized we were leaving too many good ideas on the side,” Aaron Phillips, President and CEO, SitePro.  SitePro, a software platform that supports oil and gas facilities, knew that to power the kind of data collection and usage they imagined, they were going to need to switch from an onsite infrastructure to a scalable cloud service. They found the solution they were looking for in Microsoft Azure.  Now, they alone can provide data services that usually require multiple companies to perform, and they are passing on those benefits in cost savings and efficiencies...
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Drive secure and scalable business success with a modern data platform

Drive secure and scalable business success with a modern data platform

If you really want to make a difference in your organization, you can start by modernizing your IT infrastructure. That’s what Kyle began with when he started to work for the City of Corona. He worked hard to help the citizens of Corona by moving the city’s IT services to Microsoft 365 and Azure. This allowed the Corona government to provide real-time data and insights for their traffic management professionals; enable better communication with first responders via mobile devices; and connect with the community. Editing in Microsoft Teams and being able to access features from a mobile platform brought huge time savings and removed redundant efforts among the staff, saving time and resources. With Azure, the city can now access and analyze data quickly, so they can respond to the changing environment faster and with greater accuracy. Thanks to Kyle and Microsoft, Corona’s shift to a modern IT platform helps them to rapidly meet the changing needs of the city...
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Microsoft 365: Bringing Intelligent Security To Business

Microsoft 365: Bringing Intelligent Security To Business

We are living at an Inflection Point. Digital transformation is the biggest change any of us has seen in our lifetime. Companies invest in technology to optimize operations, transform products, engage customers, and empower employees. The challenge is to find a finding the way to empower people to do their best work. This starts with fostering a culture of work that engages your team, and embraces the trends in the workplace that make work inspiring. To deliver on the tremendous opportunity for business growth and innovation, Microsoft is simplifying the customer experience by bringing together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security with the introduction of Microsoft M365. It’s a complete, intelligent solution that empowers everyone to be creative and work together, securely. With the ability to leverage the constantly evolving Office 365 suite, with over 1 terabyte of storage via OneDrive, firms  will now have access to enhanced security capabilities including: Both On-Premise and Cloud Threat Detection Multi-Factor Authentication Document Encryption...
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Assessing Cloud Value – The Nimbus Framework

Assessing Cloud Value – The Nimbus Framework

Talking today about Nimbus.  Hey, don't freak out!  We are only talking about the cloud.  One of the most frequent questions we are asked about the cloud, and specifically Azure, is the standard "What's in it for me?"  While this is a good question, the only answer that is consistently accurate is "It depends... why do you want to use the cloud?"  Any other easy answer is most likely marketing fluff.The journey to the cloud can have many varying levels of value or pain, depending on what you want to use it for. This evolution is more akin to adopting an abstract custom platform or a new IT mindset than it is the implementation of a single product with a single defined value. Given the varying products, services, and capabilities the answers to this golden question could vary dramatically.Here's NimbusOur Azure Accelerator program, "Nimbus" attempts to understand your motivations or why you are considering the cloud. During the course of this...
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The Value of the Cloud Webinar

The Value of the Cloud Webinar

Thinking about migrating to the cloud?  Enjoy this video.  It's a no-nonsense business discussion that cuts through vendor marketing fluff and gets to the bottom of how the cloud can impact your organization. In this discussion, we cover basic cloud terminology, market trends, technical value, business value, and a few incentives that make starting in the cloud a bit more cost effective.Migrating To The CloudAs an added bonus, we covered our proprietary Nimbus Framework for Cloud Excellence & Acceleration at the end of the presentation.http://vimeo.com/65642415Next StepsReview our case studies and engagements where we helped companies just like yours solve a variety of business needs.About OakwoodSince 1981, Oakwood has been helping companies of all sizes, across all industries, solve their business problems.  We bring world-class consultants to architect, design and deploy technology solutions to move your company forward.   Our proven approach guarantees better business outcomes.  With flexible engagement options, your project is delivered on-time and on budget.  11,000 satisfied clients can’t be wrong....
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Microsoft CloudOS: Enabling the Next Generation of IT – Video and Slidedeck

Microsoft CloudOS: Enabling the Next Generation of IT – Video and Slidedeck

How much do you really know about the Microsoft Operating System?  To take advantage of the vast possibilities the cloud offers, IT Departments need to transform the data center. This should be done by rethinking old processes while continuing to leverage existing skills and resources.  In this session, we are going to share with you how Microsoft can help you move forward on this path and embrace all that the cloud brings to the data center today.About OakwoodSince 1981, Oakwood has been helping companies of all sizes, across all industries, solve their business problems.  We bring world-class consultants to architect, design and deploy technology solutions to move your company forward.   Our proven approach guarantees better business outcomes.  With flexible engagement options, your project is delivered on-time and on budget.  11,000 satisfied clients can’t be wrong....
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Why Don’t We Have A Cloud Service Line?

Why Don’t We Have A Cloud Service Line?

The cloud service line.  Are you familiar with it?  We all like to believe that we’re unique, but Oakwood is similar to many systems integrators in the country. Like others, we offer services related to systems management, infrastructure automation, data management, business intelligence and data services, communication and collaboration such as SharePoint, application management including development, embedded devices, mobile, UX, and ALM.  But we really know the cloud, pure and simple.Cloud Service LineOne example of this cultural difference is seen in our Cloud Service Line.When I was hired, the biggest questions floating around the office were: “Why did we hire this Cloud guy?” “Are we starting a Cloud practice or service line?” Like many organizations, Oakwood saw the rapid growth in cloud adoption & wanted to retool to capitalize on that growth.We did consider creating a 5th service line. Also, we considered re-arranging our team members to deliver the cloud. We even considered hiring from the ground up to build...
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Is a Cloud Solution Right For Your Business?

Is a Cloud Solution Right For Your Business?

By now you're probably hear about a cloud solution opportunity and are aware that the cloud is no longer an "if" for your business, but a "when". Moving to the cloud may present some difficulties within your organization as you assess migration options. It can certainly be an overwhelming task, however, now is the time to take advantage of this significant IT moment. It cloud never be a better time to modernize your data center.Cloud First StrategyWhile you consider your options, it's important to keep in mind that more and more companies are moving to a "cloud-based" IT. Whether its moving Exchange and SharePoint Servers to Office 365 or extending infrastructure to Azure - a cloud model presents a compelling solution. In fact, 70% of CIOs will embrace a "cloud first" strategy in 2016 (IDC) and 45% of total IT services will be spent on cloud services by 2020 (Forrester).Transition Assessment1. Cloud options on demand: you'll need to be able to extend to...
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A Diversified Cloud Strategy Can Create Challenges

A Diversified Cloud Strategy Can Create Challenges

In a fast-moving, unpredictable and oftentimes volatile cloud marketplace, many companies have implemented or are considering a diversified cloud strategy to offset cloud vendor instability. An article by SeachCIO recently highlighted several CIOs and their approach to a diversified cloud strategy.A Cloud Strategy | SimplifiedA diversified cloud strategy, meaning the use of a combination of on-premise solutions and both public and private clouds, can be effective in risk reduction and workload optimization. However, it is important to decide beforehand what type of data and applications it plans to keep on premise and which to put in the cloud; and whether that decision is based on reducing risk or optimizing workloads. Companies that look to outsource to multiple cloud vendors to optimize workloads create a complex challenge. With multiple vendors, a company must monitor and manage the flow and movement as well as the quality of service over several different cloud environments. CIOs must decide which suppliers to go with, but...
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Cloud Solutions Quick Guide: SaaS vs. PaaS vs. IaaS

Cloud Solutions Quick Guide: SaaS vs. PaaS vs. IaaS

SaaS PaaS IaaS.  Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service are all ways companies are handling their data activity and deployment efforts.  Oakwood is a leader in each of these areas. Let's connect and discuss how we can best support your technology needs.SaaS | PaaS |IaaSSaaS cloud solutions represent the largest cloud market and are growing quickly. SaaS uses the web to deliver applications that are managed by a third-party vendor and whose interface is accessed online. Most SaaS applications can be run directly from a web browser.  You can do this without any downloads or installations required, although some require plugins.PaaS cloud solutions are a category of cloud computing services.  They allow you to develop, run, and manage applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an app. PaaS makes the development, testing, and deployment of applications quick, simple, and cost-effective.IaaS is a form of cloud...
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Three Surefire Signs You’re Ready for the Cloud

Three Surefire Signs You’re Ready for the Cloud

What is your cloud migration strategy?  Ever since cloud computing became a thing, every vendor and service provider in the world has been trying to convince the market they have the best solution available. There is no doubt it can offer tremendous benefits; opportunities for operational efficiencies, cost savings, and enhanced decision-making capabilities, to name a few.  a lot of face of so many benefits, a lot of businesses still struggle with their own migration strategy.Common Cloud Migration Strategy Concerns Security and data breaches Up-time and outages Change management and record-keeping Variable costs associated with an on-demand model Next StepsIf these concerns sound familiar to you, you are in the majority.Inside Three Signs It's Time to Move to the Cloud, this powerful and helpful ebook provides a vendor-neutral perspective on the benefits and shares the tell-all signs it's time to start your own journey.Many organizations are already operating in the cloud and don't even realize it.  Most CRM platforms, billing platforms, and content management platforms are hosted there. It's practically impossible...
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