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Top I.T. Teams embrace digital and tech trends

Salesforce Research’s 2016 State of I.T. report is filled with interesting observations. More key findings:

High performers are 4.2X more likely to implement digital transformation across their company.

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Source: Salesforce Research 2016 State of I.T. Report

I.T.’s role has clearly evolved dramatically from just “keeping the lights on” to acting as innovation leaders and digital experts. The most innovative and successful I.T. organizations are expected to deliver cutting-edge customer-driven applications.

Yet, they still need to deliver on typical internal needs. Key needs such as improving worker efficiency, data visibility and automating routine, everyday business processes still top the charts when it comes the top outcomes I.T. teams strive to achieve.

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Source: Salesforce Research 2016 State of I.T. Report

Whether it’s internal productivity applications or external customer-facing applications, the facts are that everyone expects modern and mobile technology with a beautiful user experience.

As a result, top teams are not afraid to take risks. In fact:

High performers are 3.7X more likely to excel at staying ahead of technology trends.

Learn how you too can get started implementing game-changing solutions for your organization. Check out these Purchase Order (~7m) and Employee On-Boarding (~8m) videos. See how you can start with a pre-built frevvo template and, in a matter of minutes, have a fully automated workflow that works on all devices, provides a great user experience, and can instantly help improve employee efficiency.

4 of the top 7 I.T. challenges are skills-related

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Source: Salesforce 2016 State of I.T. report

This is another key insight from Salesforce’s 2016 State of I.T. report.

Four of the top seven pain points that I.T. leaders face are related to the skills gap. One-third of I.T. teams struggle to keep skills current.

We’re not surprised – it’s a common theme that keeps coming up. It is probably the single most important reason customers buy our product. They just don’t have enough skilled I.T. resources and the ones they have are too busy fighting fires like dealing with legacy systems or problems with the database. Who’s got the time to make life easier for employees by automating the routine day-to-day stuff? After all, it’s working. Kind of. Inefficiently. But it’s not an immediate fire.

That’s why frustrated business people turn to frevvo – we obsess about the user interface and make it easier and easier to meet key business requirements like electronic signatures and PDF generation (Government W-4) using fewer scarce resources.

72% of I.T. leaders say that addressing the talent shortage will be absolutely critical over the next 5-8 years and most of them think it’s an immediate top priority.

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Source: Salesforce Research 2016 State of I.T. report

frevvo can help – automate your routine, day-to-day workflows in our secure cloud. You can do it in days and weeks rather than months and years. frevvo is so easy to use that you don’t need to use your scarce programmers & coders to automate workflows. And, automating the routine stuff saves everyone time and makes your business more efficient – a virtuous feedback loop since your talented employees can focus on more important things than chasing down signatures.

Learn more by visiting our website where you can read Customer Success Stories, view some examples and sign up for a free 30-day trial.

 

Hybrid Cloud Adoption has hit its stride

Rightscale just released their brand new 2016 State of the Cloud Survey with some interesting insights. It affirms what many other reports have concluded: Cloud Adoption is growing and

Hybrid Cloud is the preferred strategy in enterprises.

hybrid-201671% of companies are using hybrid cloud environments. It makes sense: for Cloud Apps to be truly useful, they need access to internal systems. That’s just common sense. We see our customers choosing hybrid cloud for many reasons but the most important one is:

Business processes running in the cloud are far more effective if they’re integrated with important data in business systems such as HR systems, databases and authentication systems.

These systems won’t go to the Cloud overnight for sure and maybe not for years. Hybrid Cloud is then obvious. If you’re a CIO, you can take an incremental approach and start seeing benefits quickly without having to move internal business systems and data wholesale to the cloud.

Our customers are increasingly taking advantage of this approach. We provide a Database Connector, secure Active Directory/LDAP support, Microsoft Azure AD, SAML for single sign on, a File Connector so you can save files to a network drive, and a Google Apps Connector so you can update a Google Sheet and/or upload files to Google Drive.

 

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Cloud Security on your mind?

ds-explosionConcerned about Cloud Security? You’re not alone. A single breach can have a huge negative impact on your business. Even the Rebels destroyed the Death Star by exploiting a single security flaw.

cs-infoA staggering 90% of companies are very or moderately concerned about cloud security with the biggest worries being unauthorized access and malicious insiders.

Make frevvo your ally and you can rapidly take advantage of powerful, impactful cloud solutions today while minimizing security risks and decreasing your compliance costs. We know that data security is critical for your business. Check out this new infographic and see how our multi-layered approach can help you secure your information as we continuously monitor and improve your systems, processes and services.

Interested in learning more? Contact frevvo today to get a comprehensive overview of how you too can securely deploy everyday workflows on mobile devices using frevvo’s Cloud.

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.

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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.

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 🙂

Trend: Hybrid Cloud is the preferred strategy in the enterprise

Hybrid Cloud is the preferred strategyRightScale’s 2015 State of the Cloud Survey serves to reinforce the growth of Cloud [and more specifically Hybrid Cloud] in the Enterprise. They’re using a portfolio of Clouds, with 82% planning a multi-cloud strategy. No surprise: 55% are planning for Hybrid Clouds in 2015. This trend is clear across many research reports (IDC predicts 65% of enterprises will commit to hybrid cloud by 2016, Gartner thinks 50% by 2017) for obvious reasons as we’ve said in earlier articles.

  1. It allows CIOs to take an incremental approach and realize benefits quickly without having to move internal business systems and data wholesale to the cloud.
  2. It gets past crazy vendor policies (e.g. paying Salesforce.com to access our own data via their API).
  3. Makes business processes running the cloud far more effective by integrating with important data in internal business systems such as HR systems, databases and authentication systems.
  4. Helps get past persistent security worries and regulatory concerns.

It’s a pragmatic and sensible approach, which is why it’s popular. We’re seeing the same thing in our customer base and expect the trend to continue. They see automating their everyday approval workflows on mobile devices as critical to business agility. It’s easy to customize with frevvo’s drag & drop Designers, deploy in frevvo’s Cloud (public or private) while still providing access to important data.

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Packaged SaaS apps are not meeting enterprise needs in 2015

Despite the plethora of packaged SaaS apps available today for everything from CRM to Expense Reports, many enterprises continue to build their own custom apps in 2015. This according to an April 2015 survey of IT decision makers by Outsystems & TechValidate.
Top Apps Enterprise Plan to build in 2015The top apps are:

  • Process Automation (forms/routing)
  • Analytics
  • Executive Dashboards
  • CRM (to our surprise)

Clearly, enterprises are not getting what they need from packaged SaaS apps.

A key reason that we see in our customers is that automated processes simply aren’t as useful unless they integrate with critical data sitting in existing internal systems. For example, a Sales Order approval workflow just works better if it’s integrated with customer data. Purchase Requisitions & Leave Approvals are much more useful if they can access employee information sitting in existing HR systems.

Organizations Integrate with 1-5 existing systemsAs a result, organizations find themselves doing significant integration with existing systems to create useful custom apps. Almost 80% of them need to integrate with at least 1-5 cloud-based apps and > 60% need to integrate with packaged or custom-developed on-premise apps. That’s a lot of integration and you just can’t get that with packaged SaaS apps.

No wonder enterprises are turning to alternatives that help them rapidly and cost-effectively create custom apps that work on mobile devices, automate their forms and approval processes while still enabling integration with existing systems. It just adds up.

Why Hybrid Cloud?

According to IDC, more than 65% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud technologies before 2016. IDC defines hybrid as the integration of an internal IT system with private or public cloud services.Hybrid Cloud

We see our customers taking a similar approach. Why? The reality is that today’s typical organization (small, medium or large) has existing business systems – the so-called legacy investments. They contain really important information like customer data that takes time to transition to cloud (if it’s transitioned at all). That’s where hybrid cloud comes in.

Incremental Approach
Hybrid Cloud allows CIOs to take a pragmatic step-by-step approach. Clearly, it makes sense for new projects to use Cloud where possible. The benefits – particularly when it comes to speed and agility – are too great to ignore. But cloud-based projects/apps are less useful if they can’t access information in those pesky legacy systems. The obvious solution is integration a.k.a. Hybrid Cloud. For example, our customers integrate from frevvo’s public cloud to their internal LDAP systems for authentication. They’re deploying cloud-based forms and approval workflows that work with existing SQL databases. A new project like automating an internal purchase requisition approval can be done quickly without great development expense in the cloud while still using critical data that’s sitting in existing systems. That’s just smart.

The company starts realizing benefits in weeks rather than gains that won’t materialize for 5 years.

Senseless Vendor Policies
Recently, we got a nasty surprise from Salesforce – access to our data using their API is metered and extremely limited.

We have to pay a fee to Salesforce just so we can access OUR DATA.

That’s ridiculous. No wonder customers want to control their data and deploy hybrid cloud strategies. The benefits of Cloud IaaS are flowing to Salesforce not customers.

Multiple Cloud Apps
No matter what Oracle says, the reality for most organizations is that no single Cloud vendor will provide every service they need. An obvious requirement then is to integrate data/applications between clouds. Sounds like Hybrid Cloud to us.

Persistent Security Worries
Unfortunately, customers are leery of cloud security. While many of these concerns are unfounded and are based on misconceptions, it’s not easy to let go of your critical data. After all, that’s what makes your business your business. Hybrid cloud allows you to take a staggered approach and keep your data where you’re comfortable managing it while still deploying modern apps that reap the benefits of increased productivity and agility.

The role of the CIO and the IT department continues to change towards brokering services rather than building systems. Cloud simply doesn’t happen overnight and, meanwhile, CIOs must manage existing systems that run the business today. Hybrid cloud allows them to take a sensible incremental approach to re-shape the existing infrastructure over time while still delivering real business benefits in a timely manner.

Business Transformation is the primary driver of cloud – KPMG

KPMG’s recent 2014 Cloud Survey Report (download here for free, no signup) finds that cloud usage in the enterprise is no longer primarily driven by cost but by business transformation. In 2012, it was all about Cost Efficiencies. Today, other considerations are increasingly at the forefront.

It’s about more than cost – Part I

Driving cost efficiencies (49%) is still the top use of cloud but the gap has narrowed dramatically. Mobile enablement (42%), improved alignment with customers/partners (37%) and better leveraging of data for business insights (35%) are important ways in which business are looking to use cloud computing.

Top Ways Business are Using Cloud

Mobile Enabling Employees

Truly mobile-enabling your company doesn’t just mean buying devices or instituting a BYOD policy. It means applications and services that are mobile-aware and Cloud is an essential enabler. It’s an inevitable nexus of forces: Mobile + Cloud is truly a case of 2+2=5.

Where mobile is driving most value

Cloud implementations are succeeding …

Improving business performance (73%), service automation (72%) and reducing costs (70%) are the top three success areas. Importantly, there’s a lot companies have learned since 2012 and they’re far more successful with cloud.

Successful areas of business improvement

… but there are still challenges

Data loss & privacy (53%), risk of intellectual property theft (50%), and impact on IT (49%) are major concerns. Again though, we’re dealing more with day-to-day concerns than getting-started concerns.

Most challenging areas with cloud

It’s about more than cost – Part II

Security (82%) and data privacy (81%) outpace cost (78%) as factors when selecting a cloud solution and others like functionality (76%) and integration (74%) are not far behind. With all the recent high-profile cyber-attacks, it’s clearly a hot-button issue across the enterprise. Cloud providers get this and have teams dedicated to security. Far beyond the efforts of most organizations.

Important factors in deploying cloud

The cloud’s potential is sky-high and it will inevitably impact more and more areas of every business. The best part is that cloud is reducing costs but it has also become a key enabler driving all kinds of strategic business transformations.

Download the full report here (free and no signup required).