Webinar – 10 Questions to Ask About Cloud Computing

This week I’ve been invited to take part in a webinar with Dan Druker from Intacct, co-presenting a webinar looking at the important questions that prospective end users of cloud computing need to ask their vendors. It’s a webinar that leads on from a whitepaper we published (see disclosure) recently, and which has been having great uptake in the marketplace.

It’s a paper that (from my perspective anyway) is important – it’s all to easy to think the rest of the world “gets” this stuff – the truth is somewhat different – cloud is still nascent and customers need help identifying the issues and, more importantly, developing their due diligence approach. It’s a truth that is borne out time and time again – I’m perpetually surprised by just how lacking we, as technology aficionados, are in the realization that we need to articulate this stuff at a level that the everyday person (or accountant even ;-) ) can understand.

Anyway, it’s an event that earns CPA credits so I’m expecting there’ll be a bunch of numbers-focused questions coming up during the session. From the webinar mailer:

Tens of thousands of companies like yours are saving money and improving productivity by adopting cloud computing — with an ROI of 75 to 500% per year vs. running legacy software applications. Are you ready?
If you’re not sure about cloud computing, attend the webinar “Ten Questions to Ask About Cloud Computing” on Thursday, April 22nd and learn how the cloud can transform your financial systems and save tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. Ben Kepes, Principal at Diversity Analysis will go through the key questions you should ask about:

-Business requirements— Which of my business systems are best suited to move to cloud computing and where can I find the highest ROI?

-Availability— What should I look for if I want to access information from my business at anytime, from anywhere I have an Internet connection?

-Reliability and Security— Is cloud computing more or less reliable and secure than running my own software in-house?

-Data Ownership— What happens if I discontinue my subscription to a cloud-based system?

-Customization— How can I be sure that cloud-based applications can be customized to meet the exact needs of my business?

Get an independent view of why tens of thousands of finance departments are flocking to cloud computing and learn the key questions to ask from the experts at Diversity Analysis. Register for the webinar now and when you attend you will also receive the companion white paper “Ten Questions to Ask Your Cloud Vendor.”

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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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One response to “Webinar – 10 Questions to Ask About Cloud Computing”

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