Join us for this live webinar — Small business thinking big: Enterprise-grade cloud strategies for SMBs — on Wednesday, March 25 at 11 a.m. Pacific, 2 p.m. Eastern. Register here for free.
If you’re an SMB, there’s a good chance you’re using a cloud-hosted solution. In fact, you’re likely using around five hosted services (the average number used by SMBs) for things like IaaS, hosted email, and collaboration and business applications.
But even though you were among the first to start using the cloud — yes, SMBs saw the light early — you may not be getting everything out of these services you could. No question, it helps you avoid dealing with an email server going down while you focus on more important things like running your business. And you can keep all your funds for growing your business rather than allocating a chunk to building big server rooms or infrastructure.
But there may be things you’re missing.
Once enterprise got hold of the cloud, they began adapting cloud-based services to their own organizations — using them in very different ways than SMBs. It allowed them to start innovating faster. DevOps teams suddenly had a sandbox to play in where they could experiment and bring things to market faster without fear of crashing the system or destroying the bread-and-butter business focus. It allowed non-IT people to have faster access to services that could deliver solutions faster. And many other use cases that haven’t quite translated to the SMB world yet.
In this webinar, we’re going to show how SMBs can borrow from the best tips and tricks of the enterprise world — and, in so doing, become more posied for growth.
What you’ll learn in this webinar:
- How are enterprises pivoting so quickly to respond to operational goals and drive bottom line results?
- How can SMBs use cloud functions to serve an ever-impatient customer base?
- Can SMBs realize the kind of growth and innovation through cloud services that enterprises expect?
- And more importantly, how do SMB CIOs get their hands on all of those pretty, shiny enterprise toys?
Sam Eaton, Director of Engineering Operations, Yelp Sam is responsible for large scale infrastructure, providing reviews to over 138 million monthly unique visitors. He started his career in Systems Administration back in the early days of consumer internet providers in the UK, has managed large physical and cloud infrastructures for internet companies and major publishers, and has become a strong proponent of the DevOps approach to improving culture in technical organizations.
Sky Sharma, CIO, Air Combat Command, Command Surgeon, U.S. Air Force Sky is a career member of the Air Force Medical Service. He is responsible for all directorate IM/IT operations and oversees IT projects at 14 medical facilities. He is passionate about using enterprise architecture to make technology decisions viable and flexible — and getting the right information to the right people at the right time, creating and sharing knowledge, and acting upon information in ways that measurably improve performance.
Steven Hill, Senior Analyst, Data Center Solutions, Current Analysis Steven is responsible for covering the emerging technologies that are remapping the traditional data center landscape. These include software and hardware products that are needed to support public and private cloud infrastructures, as well as the underlying virtualization and orchestration technology required to enable process automation and workload management. He also covers the Converged Infrastructure market, with a focus on the latest generations of vendor pre-certified and optimized hardware/software stacks.
Wendy Schuchart, Editor and Analyst, VentureBeat Wendy is a technology journalist with more than a decade experience in enterprise IT. Most recently, Schuchart was the senior site editor of TechTarget’s CIO Media Group. She has also served as section editor for UBM’s Network Computing and Secure Enterprise. She is a frequent contributor to InformationWeek, Network Computing, Green Data Center, Wikibon and other leading tech publications. She holds a Masters from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.