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J.P. Carrara & Sons and Sysdyne – A Success Story

J.P. Carrara & Sons and Sysdyne – a Success Story


Founded in the early 1940s, J. P. Carrara & Sons, Inc. is a showcase of many concrete producers in the US. Headquartered in Middlebury, Vermont with plants in Vermont and New York, Carrara has helped build our country over the past 80 years. The company supplied concrete to build the Sidney J. Watson Arena in Brunswick, ME, Wallkill River Bridge in Middletown, NY and The New York Wheel Parking Structure at Staten Island, NY, to name a few. The company uses a central dispatch system to manage its day-to-day operation. All concrete plants are automated.

Bob Carrara, Owner/Treasurer, had seen the need for transitioning to using paperless tickets and using an online platform to track job progress and plant/fleet productivity even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. He had seen a lot of time was wasted documenting tickets by hand, organizing and checking in on drivers to check in on their status/progress. The challenge of COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the transition to go Paperless. Like many concrete suppliers, Bob quickly implemented an eticketing platform offered by his batch control and dispatch system supplier, hoping to streamline the entire ticketing process and safely manage tickets in digital format. However, he soon realized that the functions offered on the platform were inadequate. In order to replace paper tickets, Carrara needed something more than just ticket information, they needed REAL tickets.

Bob reached out to Sysdyne as soon as he learned about iStradaView, Sysdyne’s collaboration platform that offers free access to paperless tickets to all stakeholders, concrete suppliers, contractors and inspectors. The iStradaView dashboard included in the package, also allows users to track concrete orders and deliveries in real time. The setup is simple and easy and and it works with the majority of dispatch and batch systems available on the market.

Very soon iStradaView was implemented free of charge in conjunction with Carrara’s existing dispatch and batch systems. Since implementing iStradaView, Carrara no longer needs to manage paper tickets or take pictures of batch weights to send to the DOT inspector, everything is done online! With iStradaView, producers can send PDF copies of the actual ticket by email or simply grant access to inspectors and contractors to download the information directly from the App. It has saved tremendous time and cut costs significantly.

Even though the iStradaView offer is free, Bob found it further advanced and more complete when compared with the platform he was using previously. Bob was particularly impressed by iStradaView’s dynamic mobile dashboard with key performance indicators (KPIs). It uses user friendly graphs to display yardage ordered, delivered, and poured that allows him to analyze job performance in real time! The order information is detailed and easy to use and customers can accept and reject loads as proof of delivery. Other benefits using iStradaView includes the ability to collaborate and share information with project stakeholders online.

“iStradaView made our delivery management more predictable, consistent and reliable”
– Bob Carrara, Owner/Treasurer of J.P Carrara & Sons, Inc.

It’s Bob’s plan to invite Carrara’s customers and inspectors to have free access to iStradaView so that all project stakeholders have the ability to view, email and download REAL tickets with batch weights as PDFs. They will be able to track job performance, and confirm delivery using the iStradaView App on their mobile phones. This value added service will make Carrara more competitive in the market and save tremendous amount of time to further reduce costs.

Carrara’s story successfully showed how using iStradaView is possible even with third party systems in place and how going paperless creates tremendous value. Sysdyne looks forward to continuing to build the relationship and help revolutionize the way we deliver concrete and bring value to our customers.

To sign up for the iStradaView Free Paperless ticketing offer, please contact eticketingpromotion@sysdynecorp.com or use our live chat on the bottom of the page.

TxDOT on board with GCP Verifi system for ASTM C94-grade loads

TxDOT on board with GCP Verifi system for ASTM C94-grade loads

A new Texas Department of Transportation Special Provision Specification notes that mixer trucks deploying sensor-enabled slump adjustment equipment like GCP Applied Technologies’ Verifi automated water and chemical admixture dosing system meet ASTM C94, Standard Specification for Ready-Mixed Concrete requirements.

“Verifi gives [us] the ability to manage our concrete from the plant to the jobsite, which delivers the quality that TxDOT and other contractors, engineers, and owners demand,” says Kirk Deadrick, director of Technical Services, Ready Mix for Argos USA, a key Dallas and Houston market operator.

“TxDOT is leading the way by embracing innovation,” affirms GCP Specialty Construction Chemicals Vice President and General Manager Pung Chan. “The ability to make in-transit water or admixture additions will ensure the concrete arrives in spec, shaving priceless minutes of delivery time and reducing the number of rejected concrete batches. The system constantly measures and adjusts the slump, and monitors water content.” The TxDOT spec change mirrors actions of peer Florida, Illinois and Missouri agencies, she adds.

Why Using Paperless Ticketing is Important for DOT Inspectors

Why using Paperless Ticketing is important for DOT Inspectors

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As a result of COVID-19, DOT inspectors, contractors and producers have been forced to adjust the way they work and communicate. Using digital versions of the ticket, or Paperless Tickets, will allow all project stakeholders to continue to work, efficiently and safely.
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Top 5 reasons to adopt Paperless Tickets:

• Onsite inspector safety
• AASHTOWare integration
• Reduce lost, torn or ineligible tickets
• Record test results easily using a tablet or phone
• Capture batch weights before trucks arrive at the job site

The TDOT released SOP1-CT to modify certain procedures related to concrete batch tickets. These changes were made in an effort to make TDOT projects safer for all those present on these projects.

We will be addressing the importance of Paperless Tickets for DOT inspectors and all project stakeholders in an upcoming Webinar, stay tuned!

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Please contact your regional Sysdyne representative to register for our upcoming Webinar “The Value of Using Paperless Tickets for DOT Inspectors” gmccoubrey@sysdynetechnologies.com or using our LIVE CHAT

Thank you,
Sysdyne Team

Native Cloud Versus Application Virtualization

Why Choose Native Cloud Over Virtualized Applications?

A Brief Outline

Application virtualization is a software technology that encapsulates computer programs from the underlying operating system on which they are executed. This software technology virtualizes hardware into multiple machines, while Cloud computing is the combination of multiple hardware devices. With a Virtualized Application, a user gets dedicated hardware, while with Native Cloud solutions, multiple hardware devices provide one login environment for users. While Cloud environments are accessible via URL, a Virtualized Private Network, or VPN, is intended to be accessed on site only. Cloud-based software, if given permission, can be accessed anywhere with internet connection. Shared computing resources including software and hardware, provide a Cloud environment, while Virtualized Apps only come into existence after machine/hardware manipulation. A single machine failure won’t impact Cloud infrastructure, but in a Virtualized environment, a single node failure can impact 100s of virtual machines.

The majority of Sysdyne’s products operate using a Native Cloud.

 

In More Detail

Application Virtualization Requires More Support
While Virtual dispatch applications are installed on a server and use Citrix to stream the application, Native Cloud solutions are available with internet access anywhere, anytime. Citrix needs to be installed on each of the client’s computer with a shortcut for easy access.

Scalability – The Ultimate Limitation
Since Application Virtualization uses a VPN, Customers will need to manage their own VPN(s). As we all know, VPNs are not the most reliable networks and can disconnect from time to time. As VPNs do not always recover automatically, when a VPN has disconnected, users may need to reconnect the application with server manually.
The biggest advantage of a Native Cloud solution is its scalability; It can be easily scaled out. When users increase, just add more servers to expand the database and you’re ready to go. Due to the structural difference, a Virtualized App can NOT be scaled out. A Virtualized App can only be scaled up when the database is getting bigger. Such a scale up is supported by hardware expansion which will eventually reach its limit.

Performance May Be Compromised
While the Native Cloud only make changes to the source code for updates, using Citrix to stream the application to a client’s computer is similar to streaming a movie. It’s data hungry, and therefore needs much more bandwidth. Whenever there is too much traffic on the Internet, or provided smaller bandwidth, it will take much longer to operate.

Almost Unusable on Mobile Devices
The costly scale up with Virtualized Apps has a provider restrict the usage of the server, so rather than creating a Virtualized desktop, it only provides one instance for the application. This is why you can only see one screen at a time.
Even though it’s Virtualized, Application Virtualization is a Windows desktop solution – The UI is not designed to use on tablets or mobile phone. The widely used right-click function, for example, would not be functional on mobile devices.

Outdated and Unsupported
Due to the limitation of a Virtualized applications, technology is moving quickly towards developing more Native Cloud solutions. Providers of legacy products, on the other hand, are actively seeking ways to Virtualize their existing products to avoid the massive R&D cost to develop Native Cloud products.
The industry’s shift to the Cloud has all new development tools, platforms, and libraries evolving to Native Cloud. Eventually the Virtualized App will become obsolete and phased out due to lack of support from the computer industry.

Unlikely to Offer Pay-As-You-Go Pricing
Due to the difficulties of scalability with Virtualized Applications, it is unlikely for such a solution to offer a pay-as-you-go pricing module.

 

Key Points The Cloud Virtualization
 Scalability

 

The Cloud can be extended as much as desired. Virtual machine configuration limits scalability.
 Flexibility

 

It is very flexible for user access; Given permission, a user can access the cloud from any location with internet Proper authentication is required before accessing the virtual machines.
 Integration

 

Cloud integration allows future expansion of Users, applications, etc. Virtualization integration allows the expansion of new machines within the same infrastructure.
 Dependency

 

Multiple users can access the network using the same link. Multiple OS can be installed on a single server/computer
 Disaster Recovery

 

Not dependent upon one machine. Single machine failure can bring down multiple virtual machines.

Sysdyne Offers FREE Download Of PDF Tickets With iStradaView®

Sysdyne Offers FREE Download Of PDF Tickets With iStradaView®

After receiving numerous inquiries about our free paperless ticketing offer, Sysdyne is taking it one step further. Users can now download paperless tickets in PDF format by logging onto www.iStrada.net. You can download tickets individually or select a date range. You can also download tickets by order, customer, project and much more.

This is an add-on feature to our FREE paperless ticket offer using our iStradaView collaboration platform. It is available to ALL Sysdyne and Non-Sysdyne customers worldwide. It allows Ready Mix producers, Contractors and Inspectors to review, email and now DOWNLOAD paperless tickets quickly and easily using the iStradaView App or the iStradaView Website

 

• Easily access ticket information using the iStradaView App
• View, email and DOWNLOAD tickets
• Accept or reject loads using the onscreen feature
• Analyze production metrics using the mobile dashboard

 

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Please contact your regional Sysdyne representative for complete details by emailing eticketingpromotion@sysdynecorp.com or using our LIVE CHAT at the bottom of the website

Thank you,
Sysdyne Team

Start Using Paperless Tickets TODAY For FREE

Start Using Paperless Tickets TODAY For FREE

April 1st, 2020, Stamford, Connecticut – In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sysdyne is stepping up their efforts to help our industry continue to work during this difficult time. We are offering FREE access to paperless tickets using our iStradaView® platform effective immediately . iStradaView is part of the iStrada delivery management system with advanced dashboard. Go-paperless will help minimize the risk of COVID-19 by eliminating the handling of paper tickets.

This offer is available to ALL Sysdyne and Non-Sysdyne customers worldwide. It allows you to review and email paperless tickets quickly and easily from your mobile device. Contractors and DOT inspectors will have easy-access to the ticket information online. Your customer can accept or reject a load using the iStradaView collaboration platform. *This offer is not a full version of iStradaView.

You will NOT be required to buy tablets or data plans for drivers in order to receive this offer. Implementation is fast and easy, and will be done online. Producers can be up and running within a day. Sysdyne will waive the one time setup fee from April 1st to June 30th on first come first serve basis. We will provide webinars and training videos to ensure proper usage and guarantee a successful experience. iStradaView works on your existing mobile devices and tablets (Android and iOS).

In addition, iStradaView provides an advanced mobile dashboard  that tracks yardage ordered, delivered, and poured, along with detailed order information.

As the first company to have developed paperless ticketing for the specific needs of the concrete industry, Sysdyne is committed to helping our industry navigate through these challenging times.

Please contact your regional Sysdyne representative for complete details by emailing eticketingpromotion@sysdynecorp.com or using our Live Chat located at the bottom of the page.

More Than Ever, Going Paperless Makes Sense

Going Paperless in Your Operations Makes Sense

It’s no secret that paper-based processes power construction services. Using emerging technology, companies are moving traditionally paper-based workflows to the cloud. This means everything from employee hour logs to ticketing, even payments can now be conducted online. Shifting workflows to the internet provides efficiency gains to field workers, dispatch and managers, as they have constant need to file, organize and manage documents. By moving to the cloud, paper management tasks can now be reduced – or in some cases, even eliminated.

Going paperless is now more important than ever before. With the popularity of mobile devices and cloud computing, companies have an unprecedented opportunity to provide employees and customers with access to documents anywhere, anytime. Here are eight reasons why you should consider moving away from paper, and embracing the cloud.

1. Automates tasks

Going paperless can help automate time-sensitive tasks, such as delivery management, time keeping and payroll reports. When tasks are automated, working on projects as well as tracking project needs becomes an easy duty.

2. Boosts morale

By automating tasks, a lot of time is saved for employees, and the quality of their work is improved. Instead of having to focus on the filing and management of documents, they can focus on doing more work in the field and doing more to tangible work to serve the mission of their company – the reasons why they joined in the first place.

3. Saves employee time

If you’re a dispatcher tasked with 60 trucks, that’s a lot of paper to manage. If all those documents are stored online, and accessible anywhere, anytime, you save a lot of time looking for misplaced files and collecting data.

4. Integrates related technologies

Going digital with your workflows means that you can start to integrate other services. Tools like iStrada and ConcreteGO can be integrated to give you a more efficient workflow. Document management is the core, and by integrating various solutions, you can gain a more complete view of your company and its needs.

5. Cuts costs

Moving to the cloud can help you with cost savings. Not having to print, mail or store paper can lead to significant cost savings. By not having to constantly be moving paper, employees are able to take on more responsibilities.

6. Empowers workers

By going digital, employees gain access to their most important documents, which can help them become more efficient and effective. With the cloud, information can automatically be synced – eliminating the need to input and collect data twice.

7. Extracts important data from documents

Documents hold essential information on services. By moving documents to the cloud, businesses can collect more data and information with better accuracy. They can use this data to help improve the quality of services – everything from how the customer is informed, to how services are distributed.

8. Supports green initiatives

By reducing the amount of paper utilized, you can reduce your company’s carbon footprint whilst cutting costs.

If You’re Not in the Cloud, You’re Falling Behind

If You’re Not in the Cloud, You’re Falling Behind

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Why?

• It’s simple     • It’s secure     • It’s cost effective     • It’s mobile     • It’s future-proof

Cloud computing is the future of everything digital; Most everyone with a modern IT operation uses it. Construction can clearly benefit from the tech, and its rate of adoption is soaring. In 2012, a Sage survey found 16% of contractors felt cloud computing was important to their business. Five years later, Sage ran a similar survey and found that 85% of contractors had already implemented or were planning on implementing cloud solutions.

Why the rapid growth?

Construction is notorious for being one of the least digitized industries in the world. But, to be fair, the technology needed to truly take advantage of the industry’s complex workflows and challenging environments hadn’t become mainstream until recently.
Not until recently have developers made SaaS solutions to exploit the power and potential of cloud computing, mobile devices, and wireless internet for the construction industry. Hence, the explosion of contractors in the cloud.
Cloud computing is the foundation of construction’s digital revolution. It underpins all the most powerful software solutions, and truly enables the industry to take advantage of the latest tech. If you haven’t moved to the cloud, now is the best time to figure out how and why you should.

What is cloud computing?

Before the internet was insanely fast and everywhere, processing happened locally on your computer and the data was stored on your hard drive, meaning you were constantly limited by your hardware. If the computing power to run a program was not available, you had to upgrade your computer. If you ran out of space on your hard drive, you had to delete files or buy an external drive.
Once broadband internet came into the picture, everything changed. The large bandwidth of high-speed internet meant data could be transferred hundreds of times faster; it also meant that your devices were always online. These two features created enormous opportunity. With machines connected 24/7 and time constraints for transferring data minimized, you could now use servers to store and process data over the internet, eliminating the dependence on your physical hardware.
Cloud computing is essentially outsourcing your data processing and storage to more powerful machines. Not only can you do more with less resources, you can do it from anywhere you have an internet connection. The cloud removes hardware limitations, prevents data loss, and improves accessibility.

What are the benefits of cloud computing for construction?

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There are numerous construction-specific benefits to cloud computing, some of the most popular are:

Powerful Data Processing

Processing data in the cloud is the only practical way to get the most powerful insights available to construction. For instance, when mixers enter a construction site they are entering a geofence with detailed GPS coordinates and metadata. To make use of these geofences they have to be stitched into an orthograph, something beyond the capabilities of a typical computer.

Connected Jobsites

Before the cloud, the only way to really check on the status of a project was to go visit it in person and see for yourself, a task that takes hours out of the day. SaaS platforms can offer you a real-time view into your jobsite from anywhere in the world.

Data Storage

Documenting projects is critical to meeting contractual obligations and covering your ass. With physical storage, your data is easily subject to loss, damage, or theft. It’s also inaccessible without the hardware. With cloud storage, your data is secure, unlimited, and accessible from anywhere.

Easy Sharing

Every construction project has a large number of stakeholders, and sharing data across all these parties is often exceedingly time consuming. Construction SaaS solutions make sharing simple by providing real-time communication and collaboration capabilities.

Are there drawbacks to cloud computing for construction?

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The advantages of cloud computing far outweigh any of the drawbacks, most of which are actually misconceptions:

Security

It’s understandable to feel like relinquishing physical control of your data makes it less secure, especially given some of the high-profile data breaches that have happened. However, these hacks typically stem from human errors, not system failures. Storing data in the cloud increases security by eliminating physical theft, loss, or destruction of your data.

Downtime

It’s rare, but even the best servers go down. Fortunately, it’s temporary, and the outages typically do not last very long. Given the huge upsides to cloud computing, most business are fine with taking this minor inconvenience.

Migrating Your Data

SaaS companies are aware that migrating your data can be a major headache. If this is one of your hesitations, you should also realize that eventually everyone in construction will be in the cloud. The sooner you do so, the better off you will be.

Cost

You can’t really call cloud solutions inexpensive, but they’re certainly much cheaper than maintaining the equivalent physical hardware. With Sysdyne, it will more than pay for itself in increased revenue and productivity.

Lack of Internet Access

One of construction’s biggest concerns about moving to a SaaS platform is what to do when you don’t have an internet connection. With the mobile solutions, Sysdyne has an answer to this problem with an offline mode that automatically uploads your data once you have internet. Additionally, as mobile networks continue expanding, areas without internet coverage are diminishing rapidly.

What’s the one reason you should adopt a cloud platform?

Cloud computing with Sysdyne offers numerous benefits, but if there’s one resounding reason to adopt a cloud platform, it’s that it covers your ass. Disputes are one of the biggest financial drains in the industry, and most of them arise because there isn’t enough evidence for a clear conclusion. When you adopt a SaaS platform that automatically stores and organizes your activity, disputes can become a thing of the past.

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8 Reasons Why Technology is Buzzing About SaaS

8 Reasons Why Technology is Buzzing About SaaS

Software as a Service, commonly referred to as SaaS, is a newer term creating excitement in the realm of technology. To illustrate, below are 8 reasons why SaaS is buzzworthy for concrete producers and their daily operations.

SaaS is web-based

Concrete producers who choose Sysdyne can run their systems without purchasing expensive hardware and software; The only equipment needed is internet and access to a web browser to access it.

SaaS is cost-effective

Sysdyne’s systems operate via subscription for the service.

SaaS has been around for a while

The concept has actually been around for a few decades. In fact, the idea of a system in which resources are shared dates back to the early 1960’s – Companies such as Salesforce began promoting business models for applications through a web-based subscription service in the 1990’s.

SaaS can be customized

As SaaS has grown in popularity, it has emerged from a “one size fits all” format to one that can be tweaked to conform with unique needs. This is a huge advantage in concrete technology as producers have varying factors to consider in their processes.

Data ownership is maintained

Sysdyne’s contracts are prewritten to include language guaranteeing client ownership of data.

Security provisions

As with any system that holds personal and private information, data security is a concern. Fortunately, Sysdyne is able to invest in security systems to protect customer data.

Operating system compatibility

Sysdyne’s systems are compatible with any device with internet connection and a web browser.

Advanced opportunities at minimal cost

By eliminating the need for experienced technical staff to run and maintain expensive on-premise hardware and software, companies using Sysdyne’s solutions can channel more capital into activities directly related to growing their business.

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Defining “Cloud Services” and “Cloud Computing”

“Cloud Computing” versus “Cloud Services”

When most people talk about “Cloud Computing”, they usually refer to online delivery and consumption models for business and consumer services.  These services include IT services – like software-as-a-service (SaaS) and storage or server capacity as a service – but also many, many “non-IT” business and consumer services.

The vast majority of these online services are not, in the mind of the user, IT or “computing” at all – they are about shopping, banking, selling, collaborating, communicating, being entertained, etc.  In other words, most people using these services are not “computing”, they are living! These customers are not explicitly buying “Cloud Computing”, but the “Cloud Services” that are enabled by Cloud Computing environments; Cloud Computing is hidden underneath the business or consumer service.  And so, in our definitional framework, we distinguish between:

Cloud Services: Consumer and Business products, services and solutions that are delivered and consumed in real-time over the Internet

Cloud Computing: an emerging IT development, deployment and delivery model, enabling real-time delivery of products, services and solutions over the Internet (i.e., enabling Cloud Services)

Essentially, a Cloud Service is any business or consumer service that is delivered and consumed over the Internet in real-time (that’s the 5 second definition; more important detail below).  Cloud Computing, an important, but much narrower term, is the IT environment – encompassing all elements of the full “stack” of IT and network products (and supporting services) – that enables the development, delivery and consumption of Cloud Services.

Any discussion of Cloud computing must start with a discussion of what the attributes of Cloud services are, and – consequently – what attributes Cloud Computing environments need to enable.

What Are “Cloud Services”? An Eight-Point Checklist

What Are “Cloud Services”? An Eight-Point Checklist
I recently received a reader comment that suggested that Cloud Computing and Cloud Services are just a rehash of the same old stuff:

“One thing 30 years in the IT industry has taught me is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Another is that the only memory we seem to access is short-term. Yet another is that techno-marketers rely on that, so they can put labels like ‘revolutionary’ and ‘innovative’ on platforms, products and services that are mere re-inventions of the wheel and often poor copies at that. A good example is all the buzz about ‘Cloud Computing’”

This reader and other skeptics cite prior industry models and offerings, like service bureaus, mainframes, virtualization, application service providers (ASPs), et al., as having already delivered much that is promised through the Cloud model.  But these perspectives miss the critical differences that define the new and substantial benefits Cloud Services offer.

Surveying the wide range of Cloud offerings, here are eight attributes that, in our view, define the new generation of commercial Cloud Services, and provide the basis for those benefits:

 

  • Offsite, provided by third-party provider – In the Cloud” execution, which for most practical purposes means offsite (really, location-agnostic).  Specifying “third-party provider” simply highlights that the services we’re focused on in our analysis are commercial Cloud Services.  [CIOs could implement the Cloud model within their own organization, for use by their own employees, something referred to as an “enterprise Cloud”.  And, indeed, we expect many will, as the next step in their transition to a next-generation, “Dynamic IT” services delivery model.  For those who want to include “in-house” Cloud Services delivery in their market view, they can simply eliminate the “third-party provider” attribute.]
  • Accessed via the Internet – standards-based, universal network access.  This does not preclude service providers offering security or quality-of-service value-added options.
  • Minimal/no IT skills to “implement” – online, simplified specification of services requirements; need is eliminated for lengthy implementation services for on-premise systems that support the service (the service provider offloads this).
  • Provisioning – self-service requesting, near real-time deployment, dynamic & fine-grained scaling.
  • Pricing – fine-grained & usage-based pricing capability.  (As a convenience to some customers, providers may mask this pricing granularity with long-term, fixed price agreements.)
  • User Interface – browser & successors.  Browsers will evolve, for a wider variety of devices, and with richer capabilities.  But the basic aspects of a browser ? intuitive/easy-to-use, standards-based, application/service-independent, multi-platform ? remain the attributes of Cloud Services UIs.
  • System Interface – Web services APIs, providing a standards-based framework for accessing and integrating with and among Cloud Services (and web services-based/enabled in-house systems).  In our view, this is a critically important aspect of Cloud Services: that they provide well-defined, programmatic access for users, partners and others who want to leverage the Cloud Service within a broader solution context.
  • Shared resources/common versions – the shared asset approach improves supplier and customer economics; there is some ability to customize “around” the shared services, via configuration options within the service, workflow/process management among services, et al.

These attributes, together, make business and consumer Cloud Services easier and cheaper – and often better – to consume than through traditional delivery modes. These attributes lower costs (for customers and suppliers), speed and simplify access, speed and fine-tune provisioning (in line with true demand/usage), greatly increase the number and variety of available services (thanks to lower development and deployment costs, and standards), and improve the potential to integrate.

What, Then, Is “Cloud Computing”?

Since Cloud Computing is the IT foundation for Cloud Services, it consists of a growing list of technologies and IT offerings that enable Cloud Services, as defined by the attributes listed above.  A partial list includes:

  • Infrastructure systems (e.g., servers, storage, networks) that can economically scale to very high volumes, and preferably do so in a granular fashion.
  • Application software that provides web-based UIs, web services APIs, multi-tenant architecture and a rich variety of configuration options.
  • Application development and deployment software that supports the development, integration or runtime execution of Cloud application software.
  • System and application management software that supports rapid self-service provisioning and configuration, usage monitoring, et al.
  • IP Networks that connect end users to “the Cloud” and the infrastructure components of the Cloud to each other, leveraging network-embedded technologies for quality-of-service, security, and optimized application delivery.

For all of the above, pricing agreements for Cloud Service providers that scale technology costs with their Cloud Services volumes/revenues.

Of course, in addition to supporting the unique IT requirements of Cloud Services, Cloud Computing offerings must also support the perennial “must haves” of enterprise IT environments, including:  manageability, reliability, availability, security and price-competitiveness.  Further, because a growing number of enterprise customers will be running a portfolio of both on premise and Cloud-sourced systems, there will be increasing demand for IT offerings that span both on premise and Cloud-based systems.

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