Verizon: Using the cloud is now just “table stakes”

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Everyone’s doing it

This, according to Verizon’s State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud 2016 report (no signup required). 84% of Verizon’s enterprise-level cloud customers said their use of the cloud increased in the past year. Almost 100% of companies are using cloud in some formScreen Shot 2015-11-20 at 2.42.13 PM.

As a result, simply using the cloud isn’t that big a deal. Only 16% said that simply being in the cloud gives their company a significant advantage over competitors, down from 30% a year ago. Put another way: It’s not just the technology, it’s what you do with it.

The Pragmatists are the true believers

As the report says, the majority of companies are pragmatists. They’re moving things to the cloud incrementally – slowly knitting together enterprise-class infrastructure using standard cloud components tied together in a variety of ways. These companies are the true believers. They have existing applications but they’re so sure of the benefits of cloud that they’re rewriting the rulebook.

Hybrid cloud is now the preferred, mainstream solution

Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 2.42.43 PMCompanies, especially large ones, just have legacy infrastructure. Asking them to move it all to the cloud is a non-starter. Combining public cloud, private cloud and existing on-premise systems (i.e. Hybrid Cloud) is the only pragmatic solution. While it’s complex, the technology is solid and the allure of transformative changes like new customer experiences, and business-agility benefits is impossible to resist. Many companies are turning to Managed Service Providers [such as Verizon Enterprise ;-)] to help build and manage their own customized environment.


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So, if everyone’s doing it, how can you gain significant advantage from the cloud? Again, it’s what you do with it. It’s when you use cloud-based solutions integrated with existing infrastructure to deliver new customer experiences (e.g. new ways to interact with customers on mobile devices), faster responses (employees can act anytime, anywhere and from any device) and business agility (roll out new initiatives in response to changing market conditions).

Put another way: use cloud to make sure your employees are doing the right thing at the right time instead of wasting time correcting errors, chasing down approvals from managers etc. Let them focus on customers rather than getting bogged down in internal I.T.


Finally, there’s always the elephant in the room. How secure is all this Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 2.56.26 PMstuff? The evidence is that
Cloud is now seen as being at least as reliable and secure as traditional delivery models. So, while it’s important to keep an eye on security, the chances are your data is perfectly safe [and probably safer] in the cloud.

Interesting in finding out more? Visit our website to and see how customers are already using frevvo’s public and private cloud solutions to transform everyday business processes.

Dynatrace chooses frevvo for approvals


Dynatrace gives their 7500+ customers the application insights they need to achieve digital success.

As the company was growing across the globe, the need to digitize routine approval workflows became increasingly apparent so that employees could stop wasting time chasing down signatures and dealing with the inevitable delays. They wanted to standardize on a single product starting with Purchasing and eventually branching out to other areas such as HR and I.T.

Dynatrace started with their Purchase Requisition process. This is where an employee needs to purchase something, fills out a form and it goes through one or more approvals. When approved, the data (including any attachments) must be saved in NetSuite as a Requisition since that’s the system of record for this information. The integration between frevvo and NetSuite will take place through their Dell Boomi integration platform.

dynatrace-intDynatrace chose frevvo after a brief evaluation because:

  • It provides end users with a fantastic user experience on all devices yet is powerful enough to meet their unique business needs and create their customized forms/workflows.
  • It works with their existing infrastructure including Active Directory, SQL Server, NetSuite, Boomi and others.
  • Electronic signatures mean managers can approve anytime, from anywhere on any device.

So, why not try frevvo free for 30 days and see for yourself how you can stop printing, signing and scanning for routine approvals.

Computing is going in one direction – towards the Cloud

arstechnicacloudsCame across this article in Ars Technica UK (Warning: it’s a bit of an Infomercial with content sponsored by HP Enterprise), the basic premise is valid. We see similar trends in our customers.

Every CIO is interested in the cloud. It simply makes sense. You cannot compete with the cost structure of the large Cloud providers when it comes to basic infrastructure (servers, network etc.). When it comes to software, employees are also consumers and are accustomed to awesome user experiences on their mobile devices and apps that are regularly refreshed. Corporate I.T. departments simply cannot keep up. So whether it’s SaaS applications like GMail and Salesforce (who are finally rolling out a refreshed UI) or a product like ours which you can use to create your own customized SaaS-like application, corporate I.T. cannot expend the time, money and effort to refresh UIs, support the vast array of mobile devices, ensure 24×7 uptime and so on.

The Achilles heel is, of course, security. It’s hard to entrust some data to Cloud providers and all the high-profile hacks don’t help (even though, in reality, almost none of them affect cloud-based systems). And legacy business systems aren’t going anywhere [certainly not to the cloud] for many many years. So, there’s plenty of interest in private and hybrid cloud setups and we think it’s likely to continue for years.

That’s why, much as we prefer our customers to choose public cloud, we continue to offer both and will do so for the foreseeable future. Luckily for us, it’s the exact same software and we’ve learned that it doesn’t pay to offer too many variants (i.e. optional add-on features). The resulting increase in complexity isn’t worth it.

Read the original article here. Warning: you’ll have to wade through the infomercial fluff to get to the gist. Or, it’s summarized above for you :)

Cloud Security – Encryption of data at rest and in motion

There’s a lot of hype about moving to the cNine out of ten organizations are concerned with Cloud Securityloud and it is delivering on its promise of flexibility (51%), availability (50%) and cost reductions (48%). This, as a result of comprehensive research (signup required) in cooperation with the 250,000+ member Information Security Community on LinkedIn conducted by Crowd Research.

But the Cloud is still falling short when it comes to Security, which is still the biggest perceived barrier to cloud adoption. Nine out of ten organizations are very or moderately concerned about cloud security.

The dominant cloud security concerns include unauthorized access Top Three Security concerns(63%), hijacking of accounts (61%), and malicious insiders (43%). Malware, denial of service attacks, and other direct attacks against the cloud provider rank lower on the list of concerns.

Cloud Confidence Builders

The most popular method to close the cloud security gap is the ability to set and enforce consistent cloud security policies (50%). Encryption for data at rest (65%) and in motion (57%) top the list of most effective security controls for data protection in the cloud.

At frevvo, as with any public cloud vendor, we take security very seriously. Most of our customers have relatively limited security expertise and have difficulty performing regular security audits and assessments. In contrast, security is critical for us and all public cloud vendors and we implement multi-layered approaches to security taking into account data centers, storage, networks, backups, audits and policies.

Specifically, when it comes to data privacy at rest and in motion, we take many steps including:
Ecnryption at rest and motion is most effective

  • All data at rest is encrypted including databases, backups, replicas, and snapshots.
  • Employees have no direct access to database servers.
  • Users’ data and accounts are isolated from undesirable traffic and access.
  • All access is via TLS cryptographic protocols ensuring that users have a secure connection from their browsers to our services.
  • Individual user sessions are identified and verified using a unique token created at login and never re-used.
  • and more …

All this works in concert with the other security layers that we have in place to ensure that you can use frevvo’s Cloud with confidence. And, if you’re still not convinced, we also offer Private and Hybrid Cloud versions. So, security is no longer an excuse for paper/PDF based forms and approvals.

So, stop printing, signing, scanning and emailing for approvals today. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and see for yourself.

frevvo works on your existing Microsoft infrastructure

We’ve run into a number of situations where customers want to replace Infopath forms and SharePoint workflows with frevvo or maybe they just want to stop using their existing paper/PDF forms. But, they have large existing investments in a variety of Microsoft technologies and they want their automated workflows solution to integrate.

frevvo works on MicrosoftThat’s where frevvo shines. We’re truly platform-agnostic and work equally well whether you prefer Microsoft or Oracle or Amazon. In Microsoft environments:

  • You can deploy frevvo on several versions of Windows,
  • Integrate with MS SQL Server to retrieve, store and update data,
  • Save documents and metadata to SharePoint,
  • Use Active Directory for identity and access management,
  • Run on an Azure Cloud VM,
  • Access frevvo forms and workflows with Internet Explorer on the desktop or from Windows phones.

And, with frevvo’s focus on the UI, you can be certain that your end users will end up with a fantastic and natural user experience on all devices and that they’ll actually use the applications you deploy with frevvo.

Try frevvo free for 30 days today and see how easy it is for yourself.

Humanetics chooses frevvo to automate everyday approval workflows


Humanetics produces a wide variety of innovative products including regulated and non-regulated crash test dummies, ranging in size from new-born infants to large adult human surrogates. They were using a mix of InfoPath forms, custom-built applications or e-mailing paper/PDF documents around for approvals. They wanted to standardize on a single product to automate their approval workflows starting with HR and I.T. then branching out to Purchasing, Shipping, and eventually to QA and other Departments.

With Microsoft discontinuing InfoPath and the general outdated appearance of InfoPath forms, it didn’t make sense to continue down that path. However, they have a significant Microsoft-based infrastructure (like many other companies) including Windows servers, Active Directory, SQL Server, Internet Explorer etc.

Humanetics looked at Adobe LiveCycle but quickly realized that it was prohibitively expensive and complex to use.

They chose frevvo Live Forms after a brief evaluation because:

  • It provides end users with a fantastic user experience on all devices yet is powerful enough to meet their unique business needs and create their customized forms/workflows.
  • It works with their existing Microsoft infrastructure including AD, SQL, IE, Windows, and SharePoint.
  • It’s easy to use, fast and affordable.

Are you looking for an alternative to InfoPath and SharePoint? Why not try frevvo free for 30 days today and find out how you too can start implementing game changing solutions?

InfoPath replacement / SharePoint alternative

Microsoft’s InfoPath essentially lets you create rich forms that work with SharePoint. What’s the future of InfoPath? Should we continue to use it? How does it work with SharePoint? What are our replacement options? So many questions …

Should you continue to use InfoPath?

The answer’s got to be an unqualified NO WAY. Microsoft’s announced that there won’t be a new version of InfoPath coming out. Ever! InfoPath 2013 is the last one. It’s great that it’ll work with SharePoint 2016 and be supported until 2023. Here’s the problem. It’s old technology today and has been old technology for many years.
You can create forms with it bInfoPath formsut, frankly, they suck. In 2015, do you really want to deploy applications with user interfaces like this? In fact, we’d suggest

Even if Microsoft was not discontinuing InfoPath, you shouldn’t even consider using it in this day and age.

And it’s even worse on mobile devices. Employees come in to work and deal with horrendous user experiences with their enterprise applications. But they’re also consumers. They use apps on their mobile devices at home everyday that have gorgeous, sexy UIs and are engaging and easy to use. No wonder 60% of employees abandon corporate mobile apps.Portrait Landscape Desktop

Check out some of these examples and try them on different devices and see for yourself. Or watch this 4 minute video. With frevvo, you design your forms once and we’ll make sure they look great and work naturally on all devices. Automatically!

And you can still make use of your existing investments in Microsoft technologies. frevvo runs on Windows, works with SQL Server, integrates with Active Directory, works on Azure and can write your documents to SharePoint. A fantastic user experience that meets business needs. What’s not to love? Try frevvo today for free.


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