80% of all IT budgets will be committed to cloud apps and solutions

More than 80% of the organizations surveyed in this recently published report (25 pp., PDF, opt-in) are now following a Cloud First strategy. They prefer to purchase applications as a service deployed in the Cloud over applications deployed on physical servers in their data center.

Those with a Cloud First strategy believe that their IT budgets will be 80% cloud services in less than 12 months, while those without such a strategy think it will be closer to 20 months with 15 months being the average. That’s remarkable [at least to me]. Clearly, trust and confidence in the Cloud has grown quickly.

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Cloud First is the reality. Most organizations want to migrate quickly to the Cloud. Source: Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky (see link above).

At frevvo, that’s very much in line with what we see. Customers mostly prefer our public cloud – even very large organizations. They’re less concerned about security and availability and more interested in practical issues like cost. That’s likely because incidents have decreased.

We also offer both Public and Private cloud. We’ve noticed too that customers increasingly perceive the benefits of public cloud surpassing private cloud, especially when it comes to cost. The TCO for Public Cloud is almost universally perceived as being hugely lower – sometimes to the point that customers expect public cloud services to be incredibly inexpensive.

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To us, it’s still a surprising number. 80% of the IT budget going to Cloud computing in just over 1 year. Clearly Cloud Computing has matured and is being adopted broadly.

Learn more about frevvo’s solutions by visiting our website where you’ll find several customer success stories. Explore some of the examples and contact us for more information.

Download the full report at Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky: The State of Cloud Adoption and Security (25 pp., PDF, opt-in).

 

[Video] Install and Modify a PO Template

purchase-order-videoPurchase Order Approval is a very routine day-to-day workflows. Many customers choose Live Forms to digitize this workflows.

Starting with one of our pre-built templates, you can easily customize it to create your own fully electronic, mobile-capable and business-ready PO in very little time. You won’t need expensive and hard-to-find skills like iOS/Android app development or HTML5/CSS3 expertise to create a beautiful, electronic app that just works on all devices.

At frevvo, we just digitized a completely customized Purchase Order approval workflow for a University customer in 45 man-hours.

Watch this short (7 min) video to quickly see how. We’ll show how to:

  • Install a pre-built PO workflow template with a single click.
  • Modify it to meet business requirements (we’ll add a Finance step).
  • Run it in frevvo’s Cloud.

Hundreds of customers are already benefiting. Why not give it a whirl? Sign up for a free trial and see for yourself. It takes 30 seconds, and you can install a template and try it out instantly.

[Video] Purchase Order Demo

purchase-order-videoPurchase Order Approval is one of the most common day-to-day workflows.Many customers choose Live Forms to digitize this and other routine workflows. Automating purchase order approvals is easy and provides several benefits:

  • Pre-filled forms and automatic calculations eliminate errors & omissions.
  • Workflows are conditionally routed based on business requirements.
  • Purchase Orders are approved and completed on-time.

Watch this short (3 min) video to quickly see how digitizing this routine workflow with frevvo can help save you time & money.

[Video] Travel Authorization Demo

travelTravel Authorization & Reimbursement is one of the most common day-to-day workflows. Many customers choose Live Forms to digitize this and other routine workflows. With Live Forms, automating this workflow is easy and provides several benefits:

  • Employee information is automatically filled in, and calculations are automatically performed.
  • Form data is validated. As a result, errors and omissions are eliminated.
  • E-signatures and built-in mobile means approvals can happen anytime, anywhere and from any device.

Watch this short (4 min) video to quickly see how digitizing this routine workflow with frevvo can help save you time & money.

[Video] Employee On-Boarding Demo

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Employee On-Boarding with frevvo Live Forms (3m video)

Employee On-Boarding is one of the most common day-to-day workflows. Many customers choose Live Forms for this and other HR workflows. With Live Forms, automating this workflow is easy and provides several benefits:

  • New employees only need to provide information once.
  • Errors and omissions are eliminated.
  • Required PDF documents like Federal and State W-4s are automatically generated.

Watch this short (3 min) video to quickly see how digitizing this routine workflow with frevvo can help save you time & money.

McKinsey sees Large Enterprises adopting Cloud faster

McKinsey recent global IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) Cloud and Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure surveys found that the shift to the cloud is accelerating, with large enterprises becoming a major driver of growth for cloud environments. In the next three years, enterprises will make a fundamental shift from building IT to consuming IT.

A summary of both surveys is at IT as a service: From build to consume (free, no registration required). The key takeaways are

Enterprises are reducing on-premise deployment

In 2015, 77% of enterprises used traditional IT infrastructure for at least one workload; by 2018, this will drop to 43%. Conversely all varieties of Cloud deployments will increase

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Large enterprises are moving to Cloud far faster than before

mckinsey-2A deeper look into cloud adoption shows a significant shift coming in large enterprises. Large enterprises are finally catching up to small/midsize enterprises when it comes to cloud deployments. This portends significant headwinds for traditional IT and a boon for cloud providers since large/midsize enterprises form the majority of revenue/profits for IT vendors.

Cost is neither the primary driver nor barrier to cloud acceptance

Enterprises consider time to market and quality as the premier drivers for Cloud solutions outweighing any cost benefits. Security and compliance are the primary barriers to broad adoption. Cost comes in third but interoperability with on-premise private cloud solutions is also an important criterion.

Read more at McKinsey’s website.

frevvo + box: Automatically save documents to box

In recent articles, we talked about how you can easily connect your frevvo forms and workflows to Google Drive and use it as a low-cost ECM system. While frevvo also works with more traditional ECM systems, we’ve noticed that some of our customers prefer to use box.com for their enterprise grade data and information security (HIPAA, PCI compliance etc.). Naturally they want to save documents (Student Registrations, Purchase Orders, W-4, Patient Referrals etc.) generated by automated frevvo forms and workflows to their secure box storage. We’re getting ready to release a box connector in V7.1 to enable this.

The steps are straightforward. Obviously, you must have a box account and will need the connector installed and configured (it’s already done for you if you’re using frevvo Cloud). Once that’s all setup:

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Connect a frevvo form or workflow to your box account

  1. Login to your box account and create a folder for this workflow.
  2. Create your form or flow as usual. Generate a frevvo-PDF, map to your custom PDFs, upload attachments etc. Then, open the box wizard.
  3. Enter your box account.
  4. You’ll be redirected to login to box if necessary.
  5. Select the folder you just created in Step 1, setup a submission folder name (typically, this is set dynamically using form fields) and select the documents you want to upload (Snapshot PDF, XML data, uploaded files and generated PDFs).
  6. Use the form/flow normally, fill in data, sign the form etc. and submit it.
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Files for each workflow submission are uploaded automatically in the proper subfolder

Now, login to your box account and navigate to the folder you created earlier in Step 1 above. See that it now contains a subfolder. The subfolder is dynamically named based on form data e.g. FirstName Initial_LastName. Every time a workflow is submitted a new subfolder will be created in this parent folder.

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Generated W-4

Inside the subfolder, you’ll see the uploaded files e.g. the frevvo generated PDF and a Federal W-4. You can click on the PDF to preview it directly in the box UI.

That’s all there is to it. Interested in learning more? Visit our website to view examples, watch videos, sign up for a free 30-day trial or contact us anytime for more details.