Be Specific Consulting offers Cloudremedy for UK Cloud pains

London (PRWEB UK) 30 April 2012

Cloudremedy by Be Specific Consulting is a new service introduced to troubleshoot and enhance Cloud Computing implementations. The service works at any stage of a Cloud strategy by applying a simple yet entirely business-focussed methodology to correct elements which are not working as desired for the business.

Cloudremedy aims to use a clients chosen or existing hardware and software assets. If there is no hardware, software or software subscription in place, Cloudremedy focuses on finding the most suitable technologies which can fit with the business and budget requirements without vendor bias. Cloudremedy differs from other solution providers services as it does not require clients to purchase equipment or software through Be Specific Consulting or commit to a long term contracts. Be Specific Consulting will work with solutions in almost any location.

Cloudremedy helps our customers accelerate their Cloud Computing initiatives in a clear and flexible way that suits how they work. Our experts assess and provide a remedy to Cloud-related issues, however large or small. Tim Boeckmann, Managing Director, Be Specific Consulting.

When correctly implemented, Cloud Computing and virtualization brings a long list of benefits to any company including simplified administration, more efficient server usage, easily scalable or portable IT environments, better return on investment, faster implementation of applications and services which are easier recovery following disasters.

Types of Cloud can be a Private Cloud environment where a company owns the hardware upon which their Cloud runs, a Public Cloud environment where the company purchases resources on an annual, monthly or per minute basis from another provider or a Hybrid Cloud which is a combination of Public and Private. Hybrid clouds tend to be used for additional redundancy by running backup systems in a separate location, to cater for changing IT resource requirements or to secure some company data inside the organization whilst allowing other elements to be managed by a specialist service provider. Cloudremedy services can assist with Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud infrastructures.

Regardless of the Cloud solution a company uses, moving from traditional computing environments has its challenges. Ensuring systems avoid outages and performance degradation is the first step, but on-going management of security, compliance, licensing, capacity planning and data are also important for the longevity of corporate systems.

The Be Specific Consulting team has worked with Cloud computing infrastructures since 2005. The long list of requirements, technologies and vendor hardware types that have been successfully implemented over the years place the company in a position to remain entirely objective about solution components. The consultants understand that not all clients have the same requirements when it comes to hardware, software and how they use the Cloud.

The methodology involves a fast but efficient assessment of the current position prior to recommendations being made. Following the Assess stage, a plan is put together detailing all the elements of a solution to the issues at hand. Next, the Build stage implements the Plan before moving on to the Manage stage. At any point, the stages can be passed to the client with all technical information so that they may take the reins if they choose to do so. Alternatively, Be Specific Consulting offers full management of a solution.

In addition to working on many types of Cloud solutions, Be Specific runs the Bureaucloud

Lunacloud: 2 years delivering cloud

London (PRWEB UK) 22 July 2014

Lunacloud, a European pure-play cloud services provider, has just celebrated last month, its second year delivering reliable, elastic and low cost cloud infrastructure and platform services (IaaS & PaaS). Lunacloud was founded in 2011, by two Internet pioneers – Charles Nasser and Ant

InCloud360 Presents Cloud Technologies for CFOs and CPAs Webcast

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 18, 2014

A free webcast entitled, Cloud Technologies for CFOs and CPAs, is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19, at 2:00 pm (EST). Taylor Macdonald, recognized by ACCOUNTING TODAY as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Accounting (2010-2013) and a vice president at cloud accounting software provider INTACCT, will share insights into cloud technologies affecting accounting and finance, along with future trends for the industry.

This free webcast is sponsored by InCloud360, a leading provider of cloud financial and CRM solutions across the Southeastern United States. InCloud360 CEO John Bartz will participate in the discussion and join Taylor Macdonald in a Q&A regarding cloud technologies.

To register for Cloud Technologies for CFOs and CPAs, click here.


About InCloud360

InCloud360 is a cloud technology advisory, consultancy and services firm tailored to helping mid-market and fast growing small businesses achieve their optimal level of operational efficiency and effectiveness by defining and implementing core processes, optimizing outcomes and using best of breed solutions to deliver the greatest value to their customers. InCloud360 specializes in professional services, technology, nonprofits and related verticals. For more information, call 678-250-3086 or visit Follow InCloud360 on Twitter at @InCloud360 to stay up to date with the latest cloud news.

About Intacct

Bringing cloud computing to finance and accounting, Intaccts award-winning applications are the preferred financial applications for AICPA business solutions. Intaccts accounting software, in use by more than 7,300 organizations from startups to public companies, is designed to improve company performance and make finance more productive. The Intacct system includes accounting, contract management, revenue recognition, project accounting, fund accounting, inventory management, purchasing, vendor management, financial consolidation and financial reporting applications, all delivered over the Internet via cloud computing. Intacct is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit or call 877-437-7765.

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M2M-IoT, Cloud, Big Data and Analytics: Market Dynamics and Opportunities Report by

Albany, NewYork (PRWEB) July 18, 2014

Technology and market advances in four separate, yet related, areas are poised to cause disintermediation as well as many market opportunities for companies across a broad spectrum within telecom and digital technologies. Machine-to-Machine (M2M) has already made a big impact on wireless communications as network operators seek to leverage revenue opportunities beyond human interaction reliant services.

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The evolution of automated processes due to the Internet of Things (IoT) will accelerate this impact. The Cloud supports storage of huge amount of data gathered by M2M applications and also ensures real-time availability of data for further processing and analysis. Without the processing power and number crunching ability of Big Data and Analytics, the full potential of M2M and IoT would never be realized.

These four factors working in alignment will enable new business opportunities and provide additional benefits to enterprise, which in turn will be passed on to end-consumers. This research evaluates each of these individually as well as in conjunction with each. This report uniquely focuses on the mutual and conjoint benefits of M2M, Cloud, Big Data and Analytics.

All purchases of Mind Commerce reports includes time with an expert analyst who will help you link key findings in the report to the business issues you’re addressing. This needs to be used within three months of purchasing the report.

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From Cyber Security to eDiscovery, the Cloud Can Complicate Matters

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 20, 2014

Over the last couple of years, cloud computing has exploded. And with it, so too have the frustration and confusion levels of those responsible for the security of organizational ESI (Electronically Stored Information) and digital assets, as well as those tasked with navigating the intricacies of eDiscovery (Electronic Discovery) involved in litigation. On June 23rd, the Information Technology Lab at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology), which is tasked with promoting the U.S. economy and public welfare by providing technical leadership for the Nations measurement and standards infrastructure, released a report draft titled NIST Cloud Computing Forensic Science Challenges for a public review and comment period which is to close on July 21st. In it, they grapple with the problems cloud computing poses for cyber security specialists and litigation professionals alike. Joe Caruso, founder and CEO/CTO of Global Digital Forensics (GDF), a premier provider of cyber security and eDiscovery solutions, has been a front-liner on both battlefields for over two decades, and has seen firsthand the complications which can arise when the cloud is involved. Its a whole new ballgame when the cloud is involved, he says, the diversity of providers and plans, the geographic distances and multiple jurisdictions which can be involved, and the variety of applications, equipment and tools involved can be a nightmarish prospect for those who dont live and work on the cutting edge of the cyber security and forensics industries.

All clouds are not created equal

Probably the biggest source of headaches is the wide variety of cloud options available, says Caruso. From the equipment used, to the architecture and function of the environments and applications, there are a lot of things which must be carefully studied and considered before developing a sound cyber security plan, or before an effective forensic readiness plan can be established. Even in the most complex internal server environments there are some certainties which make life on both fronts a lot easier than in the cloud, like the physical location of the data, the jurisdiction and regulatory concerns which have to be dealt with and the control the organization typically has over it all. In the cloud, its just not that straight forward. You may not only have multiple sets of vendor policies and agreements to contend with, but the data may reside or travel through completely different countries, introducing some sometimes very thorny jurisdiction issues which can not only make it problematic to work within restrictive court imposed deadlines concerning eDiscovery and the potential to prosecute or defend, but sometimes even makes it impossible to gain access to the logs and other information vital to a case. The same goes for the cyber security aspect, because when data is out of your hands, its also out of your control, which is the first tenet of effective cyber security. Another big problem can also be the proximity and comingling of information with other cloud subscribers, which can make the identification, acquisition and production of digital evidence feel more like an art form than a science in a great many cases.

A fish out of water shouldnt be driving

If there is one thing the NIST report makes abundantly clear, its that when dealing with a cloud environment, there is no perfect roadmap to deal with cyber security and eDiscovery issues. With all the variables involved, nine times out of ten it takes the ability to adjust effectively on-the-fly. Otherwise, its like thinking you can just get up and scale Everest one morning because you read an article on how its done. But in truth, it will take a whole lot of experience in dealing with environments like that, knowing everything about your equipment inside and out and how to adjust if anything goes wrong with any of it, and following the guidance and instructions of the sherpas whove made the ascent many times before. Think of us like the sherpas, our team of specialists will study the clouds, gauge the snow and help you pick the best tools equipment and path to successfully make it to the top of the mountain. Because if you leave that role in the hands of an internal department or outside vendor not skilled or experienced enough to handle the nuances of the cloud, youll just end up another frozen body buried in the snow on the path to the summit.

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*Global Digital Forensics is a recognized leader providing cutting edge solutions in the fields of computer forensics, eDiscovery, cyber security and emergency incident response. GDF is strategically positioned with resources across the country and the globe to react quickly and efficiently with a staff of highly qualified and experienced specialists. Many Fortune 500 companies have trusted GDF with their most sensitive situations. GDF has the technology, skill and experience to ensure any computer forensics tasks and/or eDiscovery needs are handled in a highly cost effective manner, while always ensuring exceptional, defensible results. To speak with a GDF evidence specialist about a plan to suit your unique needs, call 1-800-868-8189. The call and the initial consultation are free. For more information, visit

Panda Security Launches Version 7.0 of Panda Cloud Office Protection, Its Cross-Platform Corporate Solution

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 18, 2014

Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, has announced major improvements in the new version 7.0 of Panda Cloud Office Protection (PCOP). Since its initial launch, many companies have been able to enjoy the best possible cloud-based protection in a simple, agile and effective solution. Thanks to the latest release, customers will be able to act independently in the event of infections or problems with the protection deployed on their IT infrastructure. Similarly, customers now have easy access to all the information they need about their licenses, detections and the protections status.

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The latest release includes improvements aimed especially at customers with more than 100 endpoints. Panda Cloud Office Protection 7.0 includes major new technologies and features, including:

Cloud Service Provider MTS Healthcare Achieves SSAE16 Certification

Pasadena, Calif. (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

MTS Healthcare, a leading healthcare cloud computing company, announces that it has achieved Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16 standards compliance. The certification was awarded after a thorough assessment by auditors from KirkpatrickPrice, and demonstrates MTS Healthcares commitment to high-level security controls and operational excellence.

MTS Healthcare is one of the only organizations in the healthcare industry to have the entire organization certified, rather than just their data centers. This means their training, interface development, technical support and entire cloud service is certified to have the highest security protocols and operational management at all levels of the company.

With the achievement of the SSAE16 certification, MTS Healthcare can guarantee the best practices and controls are in place to protect our customers data, said MTS Healthcare CEO James Deck. For our customers, it means knowing we maintain the highest levels of security and controls, giving them invaluable peace of mind.

Audits were conducted in accordance to standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to test the operating effectiveness of controls considered necessary to provide assurance of data security. The review included interviews with relevant personnel to corroborate control placement and activity, an assessment of relevant MTS documentation and direct observation of control placement and activity.

Several layers of controls are in place to ensure maximum security and operational effectiveness at MTS Healthcare. All management duties are segregated and maintain guides consistent with security practices. Controls are in place to reduce the risk of theft, fraud and misuse of facilities. They also implement controls to protect assets from environmental risks and limit physical access to the computer equipment, system infrastructure and storage media to authorized personnel. In addition, all MTS employees are trained in security awareness including HIPPA compliance basics and HIPPA as it relates to MTS company policies and procedures.

SSAE16 certification will help MTS build trust with its customers, and ensure that their information is protected. This report ensures that all user organizations have access to the same information for their own auditing purposes, reducing their costs.


Founded in 2006, MTS Healthcare, a leading healthcare cloud computing company that works exclusively with healthcare organizations across the United States to reduce the cost and complexity of IT. For more information about MTS Healthcare, please visit


Filippo Passerini, CIO, P&G as Keynote at the World BPO/ITO Forum 2014, Discussed BPO/ITO Transformation Driven by Innovative Business Models – Cloud, Mobile and Social

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 10, 2014

For business and IT executives planning their strategies, the 7th Annual World BPO/ITO Forum,, held June 2-3, 2014 in New York, gave some valuable insights and best practices on how to drive innovation and growth through latest technology trends such as cloud, mobile and social.

We are living through a sea of change in sourcing strategy, says Jim Noble, Principal of The Advisory Council and Chairman of The World BPO/ITO Forum. Businesses have matured beyond mere cost arbitrage, and have recognized the benefits of agility and time-to-market offered by a services-oriented approach. These benefits offer a much bigger prize than the simplification agenda, but only if sourcing becomes a core competency of that client company. Noble adds, This is where The World BPO/ITO Forum made a real difference by enabling buyers and sellers of services to meet each other, and by encouraging experts to share insights in a friendly environment.

Themed “Re-Inventing Global Sourcing: Cloud, Mobile and Social ” the Forum provided a peer-to-peer group learning and influential networking atmosphere for 250+ senior IT executives currently using or evaluating BPO (business processing outsourcing) and/or ITO (IT outsourcing) services. With a roster of 55+ global thought-leaders and forward-thinkers as speakers. The conference provided invaluable insight into how globalization and disruptive technological changes are making the old multinational structure obsolete, says Kartik Kilachand, CEO & Co-Founder, The World BPO/ITO Forum.

Marv Adams, COO, TD Ameritrade Holding Corp, as opening keynote speaker, described the tremendous challenge of the new disruptive forces of SMAC.

“Interdependency, emerging from dense and global interconnectedness has created many opportunities, but has also been at the core of a whole new set of management and leadership challenges. Those who transition well will thrive and those who are slow to change will miss most of the opportunities.”

Topics discussed included leveraging cloud computing and mobility, unlocking innovation, multi-vendor approaches, managing risk, and the economic and social impact of global sourcing, among other issues.

Additional highlighted speakers included:

Anil Bajpai, SVP and Global Head of BPO, IGATE

Robert Dunigan, SVP, Shared Services, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Tanvir Khan, VP and Global Head of BPO, Dell

Chris Lord, SVP, Global Growth Strategy and Marketing, Hinduja Global Solutions

Lee Coulter, CEO Shared Services Organisation, Ascension Health

Carol Foley, EVP, Director of Knowledge, Leo Burnett Worldwide

Chip Wagner, CEO, Alsbridge

Filippo Passerini, as closing keynote of the first day, clearly emphasized that, The BPO landscape is changing fast, driven by new technology and innovative business models. Strategic partnerships are as critical as ever, but the how for partnership value creation is changing significantly. The World BPO/ITO Forum provided strategic insight into three key considerations innovators, relationships and agreements that will help determine the future of BPO.

As an indication of how technology is transforming outsourcing and offshoring, the Forum was sponsored by global service providers such as IGATE, Dell, Sutherland, Accenture, Cozen O’Conner, as well as, by emerging offshore country delegations such as Argentina, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nova Scotia, Poland, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago,

Tanvir Khan, Global Head, Dell BPO, states, This was Dells second year as a sponsor of The World BPO/ITO Forum. Besides carefully crafted content, peer networking and building awareness amongst buyers, I value the access to the Forums core team.”

Companies are re-thinking their offshoring strategies as the global cost labor arbitrageis narrowing says Kartik Kilachand. Outsourcing is no doubt a contentious issue, particularly in light of the struggling U.S. economy. American jobs going overseas is still an emotive subject, says Mr. Kilachand. Like it or not, the phenomenon of global sourcing is here to stay. The challenge now is how best to manage it.

Chris Lord, SVP, Hinduja Global Services, expressed his sentiments on the two-day Forum, it provided thought-provoking insights into the new directions companies need to consider in a social, mobile, and cloud enabled world where growth requires innovation and cost savings require new approaches to automation.”

Global sourcing has become a transformational lever that empowers businesses to take on new competition. This exclusive Forum provided opportunities to interact, learn & share issues, challenges and solutions from some of the worlds leading thought-leaders on the economic, political & technical impact of global sourcing, further explains Mr. Noble.

To that end, The World BPO/ITO Forum has become the leading C-level executive event of its kind. With a strong roster of speakers, practitioners and service providers participating in the discussion this year, I believe we are well on our way to become the Davos for strategic sourcing, says Mr. Kilachand.

The eighth annual World BPO/ITO Forum is scheduled for June 16-17, 2015.

About The World BPO/ITO Forum, Inc.

The World BPO/ITO Forum conference is in its seventh year, and getting close to its aspirations to become the “Davos” of offshoring. The conference offers a “one stop shop” for senior executives at mid- to large-sized companies to hear from speakers who can offer best practices in global sourcing, to meet with representatives from top service providers as well as from many leading and emerging country delegations. The conference further promotes the transformational possibilities of the synergies between BPO and ITO.

Media Contact: Kartik Kilachand CEO; kartik(at)worldbpoforum(dot)com

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