In May, Trustmarque’s CTO James Butler attended Microsoft’s Microsoft Hosting Summit to speak to Steve Strauss from USA Today about how cloud is transforming organisations, and how organisations are transforming technology partners. Here’s a summary of what they talked about:

Saving Lives in the Cloud

The cloud. It’s all technology partners ever want to talk about – and there’s a very good reason for that. The Cloud isn’t some futuristic piece of technology that’s coming soon – it’s here, it’s now, and (most importantly) it’s transforming organisations across the world for the better.

The NHS is a prime example of this transformational age. Here in the UK, our health service is under an increasing amount of pressure. Budgets up and down the country are under pressure from deficit reduction, migration, requests to provide new treatments and an aging population.  Some estimate the funding gap to be in the order of £20Bn by 2020. At the same time, NHS Trusts are expected to raise the standards of care to all patients, and meet both the governmental and public expectations of a Digital by Default NHS.

The Cloud can help the NHS meet these demands – and partners like Trustmarque can help them make the most of the Cloud.

Beating Cancer with Azure and the Cloud

Take the Christie NHS Foundation Trust, for example. We have been working closely with the Christie to help them implement innovative cloud-based solutions that enable them to deliver key projects more effectively. For example, using Business Intelligence to better understand the outcomes of drug trials, thus allowing patients to make more informed decisions; and developing a portal that allows patients to be referred from across the EU for ground-breaking proton beam cancer treatment.

And all of it has been made possible with the Cloud – or, more specifically, with Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud platform.  Using Azure means that The Christie is not only meeting the pressures of the modern world, but is also transforming lives.

Indeed, by using Azure to implement BI solutions, organisations like the Christie can process huge volumes of data easily, quickly, and securely – all without the expensive infrastructure associated with on-premise solutions. Moreover, the ability to scale accordingly means the Christie can handle peaks in demand easily and – most importantly – more cheaply.

Similarly, using Azure and the Cloud for development – such as of The Christie’s proton beam treatment referral portal – means organisations can move quickly during the development project, without the time delays and up-front expenditure needed for traditional infrastructure, taking advantage of DevOps and only paying for what is used, whilst you need it.

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Azure: The Best of the Best

Of course, agility and cost savings can be achieved with many cloud platforms, but Azure is one of a handful of hyper-scale clouds present in more locations, at great scale, and with a higher rate of innovation only really matched by the likes of AWS and Google.  This means organisations are privy to even more benefits – all of which will allow them to focus on their core goals without worrying about technology.

For example, new Azure services like Service Fabric being launched by Microsoft, alongside the many other Platform as a Service (PaaS) APIs and features, mean that developers can build Cloud Native Applications without Virtual Machines and without any patching, far less operational overhead, allowing businesses to redirect spend from keeping the lights on, to innovation.

In addition, Azure is one of the safest cloud platforms available, with Microsoft seemingly investing more than any other public cloud provider in security and compliance.  For example, they were the first hyper-scaler to include the EU model clauses for data protection into all their online services as standard, and continue to enhance their status as a trusted provider by ensuring they sign up and remain compliant with both industry specific standards and broader standards such as the ISO 27018 privacy standard. Along with AWS they are also investing in UK datacentres, to reduce fears in the UK around data sovereignty, which will be generally available later this year.  This means that organisations such as NHS trusts, who deal with particularly sensitive data and who are subject to strict security guidelines, can be confident that their data and systems are completely safe and secure.

Becoming a Modern Technology Partner

Delivering this level of change is not easy, and organisations have operational pressures that slow cloud adoption as well.  One of the ways partners like Trustmarque can help to simplify providing services using Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider programme.  With CSP, organisations can consume services that combine provisioning, management, support, and billing into a seamless experience – allowing organisations to begin their journey to the cloud as quickly and as easily as possible.

The shift to the cloud means customers expect a simplified and more flexible experience from their technology partners, and with IT becoming commoditised partners have to focus on higher value solutions. This also means understanding how their customers’ needs and businesses are changing.  It is not enough to simply offer a one-size-fits-all solutions – partners must strive to understand each organisation’s individual goals and the challenges of their industry, and work to develop the most effective solutions possible.

That’s why we at Trustmarque are investing for and with our customers, to provide new services underpinned by our own Intellectual Property, and increasingly focus on how we can provide business-focused solutions and services rather than just reselling technology. Whether it’s by bringing in dedicated people to help shape Trustmarque’s understanding of particular sectors (as we have done with Lee Francis and healthcare), or by investing in really making cloud technologies simple, accessible, and understandable, Trustmarque are dedicated to helping organisations migrate to the cloud and transform the way they work.

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