A Word from the Top - Piers Linney, December 2015
Piers Linney takes a look back at the highlights and developments within Cloud over the past few months
The last few months have been a hugely productive time here at Outsourcery and for our partners, and one that has set us up for even greater successes during the rest of this year and beyond. Operationally, we are in good shape and we are now providing services to 31,500 employees of just one Vodafone FTSE 100 end-customer. The laser focus is on sales and marketing to achieve profitability and then scale.
Skype for Business takes off
One of the highlights has been the launch of Skype for Business, which has replaced Microsoft Lync Server. This updated version software combines the familiarity and ease of use enjoyed by over  million Skype users, with the exceptional level of business-grade functionality that Lync provides. Our customers and partners have received the product warmly, and are seizing the opportunity to take their unified communications services to the next level. Skype for Business is a hugely disruptive product that will change the communications market forever. Outsourcery is still the only fully converged Cloud Service Provider and it is important that we aggressively leverage our lead and unique capability.
A particular area where Skype for Business can make working life easier is in the social care sector. As this video shows, a care worker who is connected to their patients, colleagues and work resources via Skype for Business can plan and execute their job more effectively and efficiently than ever before.
The benefits of this unified approach to communications can be applied across any industry, making Skype for Business a flexible, scalable and reliable solution for all of our customers.
Pioneering IaaS services
Moving on from our Skype for Business launch, we have been working hard to expand and enhance our existing IaaS product portfolio, maintaining our position at the cutting edge of the cloud computing industry.
Our IaaS – Core and IaaS – Accredited solutions continue to provide an exceptional level of bespoke, resilient service to our business clients, both directly and through our partner network. We are also rolling out more sophisticated automation to enable customers and partners to create and manage IaaS solutions.
Alongside this, our IaaS – Assured solution provides a cost-effective, reliable service for public sector organisations, which is an area in which we are eagerly looking to expand.
To find out more about our IaaS services, please click here.
A new website for Outsourcery
[In other news, our new Outsourcery website is now live. With a striking new design, much-improved functionality and easier navigation, the site enables us to showcase our products, accreditations and the strength of our relationship with Microsoft more effectively than ever.
Cloud is central to what we do at Outsourcery, and we see our new website as strong reflection of this. I hope it provides a valuable resource for our customers and partners, enables you to learn more about what we do and the ambitious plans we have for the future.
To access a selection of reports, case studies and research papers which we have authored or participated in, please visit our downloads page.
Staying ahead in our industry
The last couple of months have seen a number of interesting developments affecting the cloud industry. The 15-hour Skype outage in September demonstrated the importance of using the right tools in the workplace, and how enterprise-grade applications such as Skype for Business can ensure businesses have the highest quality software at their disposal.
In early October, the European Court of Justice ruled that the EU’s Safe Harbour framework, which allowed American companies to transfer data from Europe to the US, is now invalid. The declaration means that European companies can now set their own protocols regarding US companies’ handling of their citizens’ data. To ensure this doesn’t cause any problems, it’s crucial that service providers are transparent in communicating their data transfer agreements to their clients. This has been partly responsible for recent announcements about hyperscale cloud providers launching UK datacentres and it is important that we continue to differentiate and add value.
In such a fast-moving industry, we expect to see more stories in the coming months, and look forward to keeping you abreast of the latest developments.
If you’d like any more information on our recent successes, plans for the future or the cloud industry in general, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team will be happy to speak to you.
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