Carlos Oliveira

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The cloud hype machine is well and truly in full swing these days; it seems every tech company out there is telling you they are in the cloud and their products are cloud-based. A lot of that is marketing spin - cloud is the buzzword that people want to be associated with at the moment. Apple's announcement of iCloud probably attracted the most attention of any of the recent cloud developments (the marketing clout of that 'i' is truly remarkable). Steve Jobs has now put Apple firmly into the cloud game and we thought it would be interesting to see how the world's three largest technology companies are approaching the cloud and what their vision is for this rapidly growing platform. Google A company that was born and has grown in the Cloud, Google envision a complete shift from the traditional workstation with installed software to a thin client model - everything is... (more)

Preparing for Your Cloud Migration

So let's say you've read our blog about the wonders of cloud computing and you've taken our advice - you're moving to Office 365. What do you do to prepare? The good news is that you'll probably have an expert, or a Microsoft partner like us at Shaping Cloud, guiding you through the migration. Your IT consultant will handle most of the complicated bits and pieces, but there are still some key things that you can do to prepare for the move.   Plan Phase The two most important words in the plan phase (apart from 'plan' of course!) are training and communication. Microsoft advise c... (more)

Technology Matters: Security on the Cloud

Carlos Oliveira, founder of of Shaping Cloud,explains how cloud computing can help to improve a business' data security. We know many businesses have valid concerns about the security of their data, privacy and identity when moving from traditionalon premises data servers to the cloud. At Shaping Cloud we manage the processfor our customers and are able to demonstrate that data and data processing onthe cloud is more secure than they can do themselves. Shaping Cloud is an official Microsoft NetworkPartner, which means we can pass on all the huge benefits of using theMicrosoft Clou... (more)

Why On Premise Server Rooms Are Like The Factory Engine Rooms Of 100 Years Ago

On Saturday I visited the excellent Manchester Museum Of Science And Industry. It really is a fantastic place, not only to get a real feel for what made Manchester the city it is today, but also just to give some perspective on the incredible period of change and innovation we have undertaken in the last 100 years or so. It also gave me the best analogy I've yet to come up with for Cloud Computing. One of the parts I enjoyed the most was the Power Hall. There you discover that 100 years ago if you wanted to get something done you would have needed one of these in your building: A... (more)

Microsoft Cloud Power - Office 365, Windows Intune & CRM Online The Perfect Storm for Cloud Adoption?

You'll be seeing plenty of this logo over the next few months.A couple of weeks ago Shaping Cloud attended a Microsoft Partner Event in Leeds. During the event it became clear that Microsoft's biggest battle in getting people to sign up for their cloud services isn't a lack of interest from end-users or business owners. It is in fact, the groundswell of discontent amongst its partners regarding how Microsoft have altered their billing model for the cloud. Whereas traditional Microsoft software resellers would handle all client billing, with a mark-up of their choosing, cloud serv... (more)