Learn more about Adopt Technologies newest board of advisors member, Rob Lloyd, in this article published online in In Business Magazine.

 

Adopt Technologies, a turnkey cloud-based IT solutions provider for small and medium-sized businesses, today announced that Rob Lloyd, chief information officer for the City of San Jose, Calif., the self-proclaimed capital of Silicon Valley, has been elected to the company’s board of advisors.

 

“We are honored to welcome Rob to our board of advisors,” said Ryan Treisman, chief technology officer of Adopt Technologies. “His impressive experience in the technology, government and utilities sectors coupled with his ability to drive technology operations and initiatives for major organizations, will provide valuable perspectives and guidance for Adopt Technologies.”

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Rob Lloyd

 

Lloyd served as the chief information officer for the City of Avondale, Ariz. where he headed technology projects and operations across the organization, covering police, fire, utilities, economic development, family services and more. During his time with the city, Avondale was named one of the top 10 digital cities of America for five consecutive years by the Center for Digital Government. Over the past two decades, he directed eGovernment, budget and IT planning for the City of Colorado Springs, Colo. Lloyd also served as the chief of technologies for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and completed a turnaround as the CIO and telecommunications utility director at the City of Ashland, Ore.

 

Under Lloyd’s leadership, many of the municipalities he has served have earned awards and recognition for innovation, engagement, and operational excellence through technology. He also currently serves as the president of AZCIO, the municipal IT leadership association for Arizona.

 

“Adopt Technologies has the record of customer success that will allow them to grow into something tremendous,” said Lloyd. “I’m looking forward to working with Adopt’s team to help set a responsive technology strategy that benefits their customers, as well as enhancing the shared bottom line.”

 

Lloyd’s IT acumen allows Adopt to undertake on systems and infrastructure related to architecture, planning and budgeting, cybersecurity, vendor management, customer service initiatives and systems support and management efficiencies.

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Do you know which cloud platform is right for your business? Learn more in this article by our CTO, Ryan Treisman, published in the July issue of In Business Magazine.

 

Over the past decade, with the diffusion of virtualization technology, the cloud computing industry has seen exponential growth. This trend continues as cloud services are able to offer more of the solutions that are important to business operations, while enterprise customers continue to discover and realize the incredible value in consuming their computing demands as a service.

Although marketing departments can tend to make the cloud seem like a mystical concept to be truly understood only by the experts, it can be simply understood as an IT service where data processing and storage occurs on servers that are external to the organization and information is then served back to its destination over the Internet. The general concept of the cloud can take many forms, such as software, infrastructure, desktop or backup as a service, and under each of the umbrellas still many more categories can be differentiated, but all of these models have the commonality of not running onsite for the organization utilizing the service.

In a hybrid cloud model, rather than offloading all of a company’s data and processing to cloud servers, some servers remain on premise while others are deployed in the cloud. The benefits of such a deployment are numerous — companies are able to continue to utilize infrastructure that they may have already payed for, while realizing the dependability and flexibility benefits that the cloud has to offer. Additionally, one of the major advantages of cloud computing is that it allows a pay-as-you-go OPEX model, which allows organizations to pay for only the resources they consume when they need them. This means that in busy times, or as a company grows, additional computing resources can be added or removed as needed. This approach provides tremendous opportunity for businesses to scale flexibly rather than budgeting for, and making permanent, large capital expenditures that may not turn out to be justified in hindsight.

One common hybrid cloud deployment model is Disaster Recovery as a Service, or DRaaS. In this model, a company is able to fully replicate its server and computing infrastructure in the cloud. This means that in the event of an onsite disaster, natural or man-made, malicious or unintentional, all of the company’s computing resources can be brought back online to a previously known good state. This approach offers peace of mind far beyond what can be provided by a backup. A recovery is not dependent on rebuilding and repopulating replacement hardware, but rather a fully duplicated computing environment is waiting in the wings for a fraction of the replacement cost of the on-premise hardware.

According to a recent report by Cisco, public cloud use continues to grow by an annual rate of 50 percent. This clearly shows that companies continue to be attracted to the flexibility, scalability, security and accessibility of these solutions, while cloud providers continue to prove their track records of dependability. The hybrid cloud approach is an excellent way for businesses to begin to take advantage of these solutions while keeping costs down, offering businesses the best of both worlds.

 

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Construction companies are prime candidates for cloud-based IT solutions. In this article, Adopt Technologies President, Brett Helgeson, shares how cloud computing is benefitting contractors and increasing their productivity in Construction Executive Magazine.

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Information technology is advancing at a rapid pace with cloud computing and hosted desktops fast replacing on-premise software installations. Business IT services in Phoenix are now supplying businesses in the Phoenix region with cloud computing services that allows the business to experience scalability in a cost effective manner. Cloud computing is revolutionizing the world of information technology with its unique and user friendly features. With the help of this technology, businesses can now enjoy increased computing speeds and better security. It is now possible to access business servers from anyplace and at anytime. Business leaders can now achieve peace of mind by completely relying on this cutting edge technology for their day-to-day business computing needs.

 

Why is it getting popular?

Cloud computing is spreading like wildfire. The growing number of IT firms supplying services of cloud computing attests to this fact. And why not? Cloud computing has made it possible for businesses to handle complex software tasks with the help of only a reliable internet connection. Gone are the days when businesses needed to buy expensive hardware and software and employ specially trained personnel to handle the on-premise computing tasks. Users can now access the same software services from low maintenance and less expensive computer and smartphone devices even from remote locations and while travelling. The power shutdowns and hardware failures associated with on-premise computing installations no longer continue to bother business leaders and instead they can now concentrate on other important areas concerning their business. Cloud computing also greatly enhances the flexibility of a business since it is now relatively easy to adapt to changed business needs with the help of cloud computing services.

 

What is the approach taken?

Thus, the primary duty of business IT services provider in Phoenix involves the provision of initial consulting services to interested businesses to help them understand how cloud computing works and how this technology will be able to enhance their business efficiency and help achieve their business goals. Once the business decides to embark on this new journey, the engineers and other staff of the IT firm will meet the client and the client’s chosen employees to discuss with them the best approach that can be adopted to transition to a cloud environment. After a unanimous decision is reached, the IT company will start implementing its IT services and attempt to ensure a smooth transition to cloud computing. The whole aim is to provide businesses a competitive edge in the marketplace with the help of a cost-effective and productive cloud computing technology.

An efficient IT firm not only ensures a smooth implementation of the cloud computing service but also provides a 24*7 support to the business to attend to any emergency needs of the clients or repair any software failures that might occur at any time. All these measures save the valuable time of the client. It also ensures the business runs smoothly and man-power and time of the business is not consumed in attending to the day to day software needs and problems.

 

Desktop As A Service

Desktop as a Service or DaaS is a cloud computing service where a cloud service provider hosts the back-end of VDI or a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Some of the reasons in favour of choosing  DaaS are:

    1. It is great for small or moderate sized businesses: Since installation of a VDI in house requires considerable investment, DaaS provides small and mid-sized businesses the opportunity to enjoy the services of VDI without the need for an on-premise VDI deployment.
    2. DaaS is definitely a better option from the financial point of view: With the use of DaaS services from a reliable vendor like Phoenix Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), the cost of expensive hardware devices and their installation can be completely avoided. This can be replaced by manageable monthly or annual subscription payments to access DaaS
    3. No need to manage technology stack: Since there is no requirement to install sophisticated and complex infrastructure at the business site, the arduous tasks of maintaining such infrastructures, regularly, updating them and repairing damages on the way, are also absent.
    4. Simple requirements: Since DaaS allows users to access the software on any computer associated with an internet service, users of this technology can access the VDI on common, inexpensive computers. This saves money by negating the need to install specialized, expensive computer systems.
    5. Higher safety: Most often the vendors of DaaS like Phoenix Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), have greater power, knowledge and capital required to invest in installing the software safety features than small and medium businesses. Hence, it is often a better idea to select DaaS over VDI to achieve enhanced security services.
    6. DaaS offers more flexibility: Every time a business needs newer updates or wish to upgrade the service and introduce new features, significant time and money needs to be spent on these activities when using a VDI. However, it is easier to instruct the vendor to make the new changes since the vendor usually is more well equipped to introduce the changes more safely into the system. Hence, DaaS systems offer more flexibility than VDI’s.
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  1. Not subject to localized changes: A reliable internet service is all that is needed to enjoy DaaS services. Local power shortages, dysfunctional hardware devices and other disruptive forces are absent while accessing VDI via DaaS.
  2. Does not drain the internal IT man-power: DaaS does not require a high level of skill and expertise for deployment. The need to spend a whole lot of money in hiring specialized personnel to handle the VDI systems is absent while using DaaS.
  3. Allows greater mobility: In an age where telecommuting is fast becoming a trend, the use of DaaS allows consumers to access complex software from their own devices that they find comfortable to use. DaaS is also ideal to a connect geographically separated workforce since there is no need to work on centralized hardware devices.
  4. Customer reviews: As a consumer, popularity of a service often influences our choice of the same. DaaS technology is now adopted by many businesses all over the globe to support their software needs. Customers of these services definitely seem happy since DaaS is gaining more and more customers with every passing day.

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SaasSaaS (Software-as-a-service) is revolutionizing the world of information technology. SaaS software solutions are now replacing the traditional on-premise software installations and are widely used to serve many businesses globally. To understand SaaS, here are the answers to 10 of the most frequently asked questions on this technology:

1.What Is SaaS?

SaaS is a software module that makes it possible to access software data from any device that is connected to the internet and posses a web browser. This saves businesses the money required to install new hardware for hosting on-premise software installations. Another difference between on-premise software installations and SaaS is that the former requires a one time purchase with license of the software while the latter involves a payment method of an annual or monthly subscription.

2.How to decide whether to choose SaaS or on-premise installation?

The complexity of the business is the determinant factor for selecting SaaS or on-premise. SaaS is usually recommended for small to moderate businesses. This is because the SaaS solutions are cost effective and require a much lower initial investment than on-premise installations.

3. Is SaaS a new technology? How successful is it?

While the idea existed around the 1960’s, SaaS evolved primarily during the 1990’s with the development of the web based technology required to support it during this time. Gradually, SaaS companies were set up and presently there are multiple major companies globally like Phoenix Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), that are providing this service and have a stable and fast growing customer base.

4. Who is the owner of the data?

This is a highly sensitive issue that needs to be carefully negotiated through a service level agreement. Usually, most SaaS contracts allow you to own the data and access the data in circumstances where the vendors goes out of business.

5. What will happen if vendor leaves business?

This is a big concern for the potential customers of SaaS but usually is not too much of a problem. This is because most vendors of SaaS prepay a sum to their data center hosting companies to continue to provide service to their customers even when the vendors leave the scene.

6. What are the limitations of SaaS?

A bad internet connection spells bad news to the customers of SaaS. However, even though on-premise softwares do not depend on internet supply, they are subject to inefficiencies due to power failure or hardware breakdown. So, none of the systems are completely foolproof and only safety measures can be adopted for a smooth running of the systems.

7. Is data safe in SaaS systems?

This is one very important question which most potential customers of this technology ask. Today, SaaS is adopted by many companies around the world for their banking and payroll systems and there seems to be scope for little complaint anywhere. Also, it is important to consider that SaaS vendors like Phoenix Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) are definitely in a better position to invest in security and backup systems than most small to medium scale businesses.

8. Can SaaS be customized?
Initially, SaaS customers had to be satisfied with a uniform software for their business. However, with growing knowledge and experience, today there is a large base of consultants who are tweaking the SaaS systems to customize the software according to the unique and specific needs of individual organizations.

9. What is cloud computing? How is it different from SaaS?

Cloud computing refers to a collection of infrastructure including computers, databases and servers that delivers the software service to various customers. SaaS refers to the delivery of the business software applications through cloud computing.

10. What’s a private Cloud?

In a private cloud system, businesses, instead of sharing a cloud computing system with the public, shares it with its own members only. This is however, a more expensive option.

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