August 26

Quelles sont les 6 étapes d'une conception Web réussie?

La première chose primordiale étant tout d’abord d’avoir des idées précises dans la tête et de les exposer aux prestataires. 

Il faut être créatif et précis afin d’élaborer un cahier des charges que les développeurs devront suivre à la lettre. Selon 

les besoins du client, le webdesigner ou directeur artistique doit ainsi montrer l’étendue de ses talents. L’étape du planning 

quant à lui, consiste à définir les principaux caractères du site web, son apparence, son étendue, le but de son existence et 

son contenu. Selon ces caractères, un wirefire est conçu afin d’illustrer le projet de manière à ce que le client sait à quoi 

s’attendre.


October 08

Why A Cloud First Strategy Demands A New Operating Model | Buttonwood Cloud Exchange

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Why A Cloud First Strategy Demands A New Operating Model

26 February 2018 by Jeff Penrose

Have you ever thought about the impact of cloud on your business operating model? Implementing a Cloud First Strategy is changing the way businesses run, and you need to change with it.

Buttonwood’s strategic partner, Infront Systems, has created a hybrid cloud operating model that will help organisations transition to a cloud-first strategy.

In collaboration with Matthew Boyley, the Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer of the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science, Infront’s General Manager, Advisory Services, Jeff Penrose, offers a unique insight into the impact of cloud in business, and why businesses need a new operating model when moving to cloud.

Transforming Your Operations is Critical for Cloud Success

A Target Operating Model is defined as an abstract representation (model) of how an organisation delivers value to its customer or beneficiaries using cloud services.

Think for a moment about how a central IT function delivers its data centre services to the various business units it supports today. This is a well-defined operating model, which has been tried, tested and improved over a long period of time.

Now forget most of that, because cloud adoption is a transformation and you must rethink your approach across people, process, and technology, to achieve the benefits of cloud. You cannot simply rely on existing models built for the data centre as you will surely fail or gain little benefit.

A cloud strategy may bring substantial infrastructure savings, but typically this represents only a small percentage of total IT spend – the greater opportunities lie in operational efficiencies and benefits to the business itself. Speed to market and the ability to work more iteratively and adaptively to deliver what customers and businesses really want are real step-changes enabled by cloud. To truly transform, it’s the people and processes that are the most important, however, they are often ignored because they are considered the most difficult to change.

New Target Operating Models

Detailing a Target Operating Model provides a big picture of what the future business may look like across business and technology domains. It brings everyone on the team to the same page, promoting a sense of purpose and a common mission.  The ideal Target Operating Model should focus on both hard and soft elements as well as structures, systems, skills and shared values.

The fundamental constructs of a Target Operating Model will provide the building blocks to define business and system architectures, allowing you to create a roadmap for reimagining IT and accelerating the benefits that a cloud-first strategy can bring.

The Importance of Vision for your Cloud First Strategy.

Our experience has shown that the fastest way to fail in cloud is to jump straight to technology delivery.  As a culture, we are very action-oriented, but this tactical approach to cloud delivery often results in services being delivered without alignment to business needs or expectations. This misalignment results in a loss of trust and ultimately, relevancy with the business.  This is where the first part of the Target Operating Model comes in – ‘Cloud Vision’.

Your cloud vision can be implemented in stages, growing the maturity and understanding of the possibilities that cloud represents.  As described above, changing the people and process can be difficult as change is often met with resistance within an organisation.  To address this, Infront developed their Cloud Journey Map framed around incremental cultural ‘wins’ that takes the customer on a journey of discovery and acceptance.  As a customer passes each ‘maturity gate’, a new discipline is introduced to help further accelerate organisation maturity and transformation to a Cloud First model.

Your Hybrid Cloud Journey

At one end of the spectrum, we introduce a Limited Service Catalogue to help accelerate service delivery around a controlled set of offerings.  This ‘non-threating’ first step ensures that IT teams can begin to understand the power of automation and cloud.  It also sounds the horn of change across the business by delivering outcomes in days instead of months.

We work with many organisations who struggle to deliver simple services, such as VM provisioning, in under 5 months – frustrating the business into action, often outside the control of IT.  This must be avoided at all costs.  While the business action is an important step in the long-term transformational journey, this replicates the old model of IT service delivery and hurts the business for reasons that include uncontrolled expenditure, stranding of data and security risks that aren’t properly understood until they are realised.

At the other end of the scale, a fully evolved organisation will have the unprecedented ability to deliver everything-as-a-service with a mature Cloud First framework.  With 85% of all new workloads being deployed to cloud, this level of maturity is critical to finally closing the innovation gap that has emerged between business demand and ITs ability to deliver.

The most important takeaway, however, is that it’s critical to discuss and agree with your internal and external stakeholders on your Cloud Vision so that you have aligned direction and strategy for cloud usage within the organisation.

 

Cloud Principles

Aligned with the Cloud Vision are your ‘Cloud Principles’ which comprise simple yet specific statements on how you will execute your strategy. These should highlight aspects of the organisation that must change in order to enable the future strategy.

Equally, these should also identify strengths that must be preserved, call out the critical decisions and explain which capabilities are essential to realising your business benefits.

Examples of principles are:

  • SaaS first, PaaS second and IaaS third.
  • Enable customers to consume standard patterns through self-service.
  • Support a repeatable deployment process that balances user requirements with security and cost controls.

Target Operating Model

People, Process, and Technology

Now we have a vision and a set of principles to evaluate against, we create organisational models to see which of the proposed structures provides the best fit.

A typical approach is to map out the interactions between your consumers of cloud services within the business, the proposed suppliers of the needed services within your organisation and the internal stakeholders who will have a voice in shaping how consumption happens – think of the likes of the security compliance and finance teams. This will tease out the necessary roles.

People

While defining the future organisational structure and new roles, Infront’s Innovation Exchange offers a well-defined operating model and technology architecture.  The operating model contains the services and related business processes that you can use as a guide.  The clear benefit of this framework enables you to define the standards and deliver advice on the roles required for adopting cloud. There may be existing people within the organisation who can be retrained into one of the new roles. You might need to go out to market or acquire the skills through other channels. It usually ends up being a mix of both. Our 20 years of experience is yours to leverage, to short-circuit this complex process.

Process

Infront’s Service First Methodology is a great place to start when determining what processes should be developed to support your Cloud First strategy.  They will broadly encompass the BAU processes and activities you would want to include in your Target Operating Model. Most of the cloud vendors also have best practice assessments that provide a good basis from which to build upon. Responsibilities for these processes are mapped out via a RACI Matrix, to allow the assignment of each functional role in the process to an expectation. This ensures that one person, or team, is committed to producing results and decreases conflict and ambiguity. Agreement of the RACI with stakeholders is important to ratify the organisational structure.

Technology

Finally, we get to the technology layer where new tooling is often required to support the identified business processes. Infront developed a hybrid cloud architecture, to help accelerate cloud adoption and minimise the risk of cloud. However, we do recommend you build a checklist to map the technologies and the business processes they support. If looking to reuse some existing tooling, it’s important to understand any restrictions from a technology and commercial perspective.

Final Thoughts…

To define your Target Operating Model, you need to work with your internal consumers and stakeholders to agree on the vision and principles. This vision will help you achieve a common goal and strategic direction. When defining your vision, ensure that it aligns with your business goals to achieve the benefits of cloud.

Rethink your approach to people, process, and technology because this is a transformation, not an iteration of the data centre era. If organisations don’t re-define the people and process layers, changes in technology alone will be almost destined to fail.

Infront have many years’ experience partnering with enterprises on these transformation programmes. We inspire organisations to take a journey to cloud. The dedicated team at Infront will be there with your every step of the way as you begin your cloud first journey. We remove the complexity out of this otherwise daunting journey, to save your organisation from the pitfalls others have experienced. We offer a complete list of services delivered as Managed Outcomes, and we aim to share our knowledge with you. This enables cloud success for the organisation.

Infront brings your cloud intentions to life, ensuring you have the best chance of leveraging the key benefits of cloud.

Post by Jeff Penrose

Jeff is the General Manager for Infront's Advisory Services. He has worked for several international companies, including Oracle, before joining the team Infront Systems.

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October 08

Infront Systems’ Allan King launches Buttonwood Cloud Exchange

This article was originally published by ARN on 24 [...]

This article was originally published by ARN on 24th September 2015 by Hafizah Osman.

“Infront Systems’ owner and director, Allan King, has launched a technology start-up, Buttonwood and, with it, a solution that aims to simplify Cloud consumption and enable the enterprise to benefit from hybrid Cloud technology named the Buttonwood Cloud Exchange.

As a result of this start-up, King, an ARN Hall of Fame inductee, also becomes founder and director of Buttonwood. He said his focus will be on Buttonwood, letting Infront general manager, Glenn Powell, and service manager, Graham O’Sullivan, head the company.

“Cloud started being disruptive about three years ago so at Infront, we wanted to understand how our customers could benefit from it. We did a lot of research in context to how Infront could evolve to become a Cloud-something and be relevant in the market.

“What we realised very quickly was Cloud was a game space for the big scale boys – it was for the AWS, Azure, and Google world and that we would never be able to provide the ability, where to, price point, and feature function of a hyper scale Cloud provider,” King told ARN.

King claimed what the company wanted to do was determine how it could remain relevant to customers. As such, it started on a journey to define the problem statements of Cloud in the context of the enterprise.

He identified three tenets it was developing for – Cloud choice, offering financial visibility in addition to moving from a CAPEX to an OPEX model, and operational consistency and control wherever possible.

“The first decision we made was Infront couldn’t do it. We knew that in order to provide the trust and transparency, we needed a different vehicle and model. Hence, Buttonwood was born. It is an independent company that is focused on helping enterprise realise the benefit of Cloud services without the complexity and costs associated with it.”

At launch, the Buttonwood Cloud Exchange will enable the secure integration, consumption and management of an organisation’s SaaS and IaaS Cloud offerings within a single, centralised, intelligent platform.

It uses a standards based approach that simplifies Cloud consumption and avoids vendor lock-in. It also provides the enterprise with the flexibility of Cloud choice, allows the agility to manage workloads and delivers operational consistency across on-premise and Cloud resources.

A financial governance model allows for cost centre management, budget delegation and reporting and user access management within the one system.

According to King, Buttonwood Cloud Exchange will be available in two channel models. The first is a provider-based model that the company will introduce early next year.

“There has been a lot of investment in Cloud platforms in Australia. We’re integrating Dimension Data and we’ll have it integrated before Christmas, and we are on Telstra’s beta program to bring it onto the Exchange as well to provide a broader set of choices,” King said.

The other is a broader channel-based model, which Buttonwood will utilise once it grows it early next year.

“SIs that are looking at ways to help their organisations, build a secure hybrid enterprise, and are looking at the right tools to be able to do that, we believe Buttonwood is that tool. That’s where we would like to get to broadly.”

Buttonwood has employed about 25 staff, of whom some were poached by King from Infront Systems. They are split across Canberra and supplemented in Sri Lanka. King will serve in Buttonwood as its datacentre architect, while newly appointed Damien Jolly will be software architect and co-founder.

Buttonwood Cloud Exchange will be available in Australia from October 28.

King also claimed he is looking to start a Buttonwood reseller program early next year, and indicated it’s an opportunity for small Cloud providers to offer services around Buttonwood’s solution

“We can offer the channel community, and all of those small organisations and SIs that have built capabilities to integrate those into our Exchange and broaden their market offering to customers,” he added.”

October 08

Distributors must unite AWS and Azure to succeed in cloud | Buttonwood

The aggregation of AWS and Azure suits market dema [...]

Distributors must unite AWS and Azure to succeed in cloud

27 October 2016

This article was originally published by CRN on 27th October 2016 by Steven Kiernan.

“The aggressive move among distributors into the cloud space could help offset revenue declines, but will struggle to gain traction until these marketplaces can deliver a truly comprehensive suite of services.

That was the message from Canalys chief executive Steve Brazier, who used his opening keynote at the analyst’s conference in Macau to discuss cloud marketplaces, which have been a huge theme across the channel in the past year.

Ingram Micro leads the pack, said Brazier, who added that “many distributors are following suit”, including Tech Data and Avnet. However, no distributor marketplace is complete and hence are struggling to drive sales.

“The benefit of the cloud marketplace – the aggregation of cloud services – is you can deliver single sign-on, one employee directory, one bill, and consistent security policies across the range of software you are deploying in the cloud. It is a compelling offer,” Brazier said.

“However, it only makes sense if those marketplaces are comprehensive. Today there isn’t a marketplace in the world that can combine even AWS and Azure in one selling transaction, which is really holding back deployment. The [lack of a] comprehensive portfolio is holding this business back.”

Alex Smith, director of channels at Canalys, hosted a breakout session focused squarely on cloud marketplaces, where he sounded a word of caution for distributors.

“Overall, there is very little evidence of significant commerce flowing through enterprise-grade marketplaces. When we look at AWS’ tremendous growth, a lot of that is happening through direct engagements in terms of bringing large-scale customers onto their infrastructure,” he said.

This doesn’t make such marketplaces irrelevant, Smith added. While e-commerce sales are lacking, functionality such as integration of myriad cloud different services and providing integrated billing “are hugely important”.

“Investing in that capability will enable them [distributors] to provide cloud services through a reseller community to customers, but that main part is I don’t believe the actual procurement will happen though the marketplace,” he said.

One Australian company seeking to bridge the gap is Buttonwood Cloud Exchange, founded by Allan King, owner of Canberra reseller Infront Systems. Buttonwood provides an orchestration, governance and billing layer that sits atop hyperscale cloud providers.

Management consoles and orchestration portals must go beyond spinning up vanilla workloads and virtual machines, King told CRN at the conference.

The value in cloud exists in “the native services on offer”, said King, who pointed to complex services such as AWS Relational Database Service or Elastic MapReduce as the true use cases for public cloud. “Spinning up VMs… is not the true cloud use case.”

The ability to truly aggregate AWS and Azure services would suit a market demand, added King. “People want multiple clouds. The services available in AWS are not the same as the services available in Azure and vice versa. The ability and skillsets for a small organisation to have skills in both clouds is a bridge too far. The industry’s charter is to abstract that complexity without compromising the power.”

An MVNO model for cloud

In his keynote, Brazier suggested distributors could take a leaf out of the telco book and bring a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) model to cloud.

“Something interesting is beginning to emerge – where we learned from the mobile industry – where the marketplaces begin to aggregate cloud services. Go to AWS, buy in bulk and then break up that bulk and sell it on to local customers cheaper than Amazon can itself,” he said.

“We are seeing the emergence of an MVNO model in the cloud marketplace environment, which could be very exciting if the cloud providers are willing to support it aggressively enough.”

Next: Cloud marketplaces in Australia

All of Australia’s major distributors have launched cloud marketplaces in the past 18-24 months, bringing a diverse spread of infrastructure-as-a-service and SaaS vendors to the market.

Ingram’s marketplace leans heavily on Microsoft, particularly driving Office 365 migrations. The distributor supports complementary vendors such as BitTitan and SkyKick. Ingram acquired the Odin system behind its marketplace in December 2015.

Both Westcon and Distribution Central (now Arrow) included AWS as they launched their marketplaces. Like Ingram, Westcon went on to acquire the platform underneath its cloud marketplace, which it launched in July 2015.

Arrow has now forged partnerships with both AWS and Microsoft, following its appointment as an indirect Cloud Solution Provider with a heavy focus on Azure.

Synnex launched its cloud automation platform in March with Rackspace and IBM Softlayer as partners, and earlier this month announced the addition of Microsoft following the distributor’s appointment as an indirect CSP.

Dicker Data announced its cloud marketplace in July 2015 and has since been appointed as a Microsoft indirect CSP and secured deals with a series of vendors to help partners with cloud migration services.

Rhipe’s cloud play also centres around Microsoft as one of Australia’s first indirect CSPs. Rhipe also aligns with IBM Softlayer to allow partners to host software on SoftLayer’s “bare metal” servers.

Avnet’s cloud marketplace offers support for a range of cloud providers. Its Cloud Toolset supports AWS and IBM Softlayer and allows users to track cloud usage and charges, generate bills and invoices and package subscription-based services.

The distributor is a Cloud OS Network partner with Microsoft, which means Avnet’s data centre architecture is technically validated with Microsoft Azure. Avnet signed up as the first Australian distributor of US telco CenturyLink in April 2016.

Buttonwood’s King said: “There are a lot of companies out there doing billing, there are companies out there doing orchestration, there are companies out there doing aggregation of SaaS services, there are companies out there doing analytics. But you need an ecosystem architecture because none of them can play harmoniously without knowledge of the other.”

During Brazier’s keynote at Canalys, which is the fifth APAC outing of the company’s annual conference, he said distributors across the region are struggling to find growth and this has hastened consolidation. He pointed to Arrow’s acquisition of Distribution Central and Tech Data’s impending takeover of Avnet TS as two major examples.

“We would expect more consolidation and a move toward a market where there are maybe three or perhaps four dominant players around the globe. When industries stop growing they consolidate – across the board whatever industry that might be,” he added.”

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August 07

Cloud Analytics Features – Buttonwood Cloud Exchange

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Understand Complex
Cloud Invoices

Cloud Analytics simplified complex data from your cloud providers. Through visual dashboards, you will gain valuable insight into how you are spending in cloud, to increase financial transparency.

Visualise Your Cloud Activity

Cloud Analytics helps you understand and manage your cloud consumption in near real time through a detailed daily and monthly analysis, and historic invoicing.

Visualising your cloud activity will enable you to:

  • Make informed decisions on how you spend in cloud;
  • Understand what resources are being consumed in your budget;
  • Create detailed reports to show your organisation executives.

Project Future Cloud Spend

Cloud Analytics shows has the ability to forecast your future cloud spend, based on previous spending habits, using the sophisticated ARIMA model of forecasting.

Forecasting your cloud spend helps you:

  • Stay within your monthly budget and keep your spending on track;
  • Become increasingly proactive to cloud spending;
  • Avoid the bill shock you feel at the end of the month.

Track Your Cloud Spend

Track and manage cloud costs and consumption according to your business structure. Allocate spend to corporately aligned cost centres, enabling data-driven business decisions that improve efficiency.

Tracking your spend ensures you can:

  • Compare all of your Cloud Accounts and Sub Accounts;
  • Define and track budgets for individual business units;
  • Implement Cloud Control through proactive alerts and reports.

Make Sense of Your Invoices

Aggregate your cloud billing data with detailed consumption reports to give you operational insight into your hybrid cloud environment.

Aggregating you cloud invoices helps you:

  • Track your deployments and see what your spend is delivering;
  • View the exchange rate against your bill over time to help make sense of increase and decreases in costs;
  • Understand the percentage of your budget each cloud resource is consuming.

Continuous Support and Monitoring

Gain access to complete support from the Buttonwood Team. With training run by the Buttonwood team, your organisation will be up and running in no time. With Buttonwood Cloud Analytics, you will have access to:

  • Technical Support through our online help centre
  • Team training
  • The online Buttonwood community
  • Email and in-app help

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