AWS once again top the Gartner Leaders Magic Quadrant for IaaS, but how do you know it’s real cost?

This week Gartner released their Magic Quadrant for Cloud IaaS, worldwide. For the 7th consecutive year AWS was placed in the Leaders quadrant… download report

For most it would be no surprise that AWS continue to remain the leaders. The report offers some excellent insights into some of the changing and consolidating market of cloud IaaS providers and one of the most relevant observations and cautions is the continued theme around Cloud Service Expense Management (CSEM). In 2016 Gartner highlighted the emergence of CSEM tools and stated in their August 2016 report that “if you are using IaaS without CSEM processes, you will almost certainly have unnecessary spending.” “Analysts recommend that “you examine the efficacy of dedicated CSEM tools immediately if your organization’s IaaS spending level exceeds 10% of the IT budget.”

As you read through the Magic Quadrant report for Cloud IaaS, the analysts provide 2 cautions in the use of AWS for IaaS (1) customers should be aware that while it’s easy to get started, optimal use — especially keeping up with new service innovations and best practices, and managing costs — may challenge even highly agile, expert IT organizations, including AWS partners and (2) Its granular pricing structure is complex; use of third-party cost management tools is highly recommended.

The report also looks at Key Market Aspects that Buyers should be Aware of when making their IaaS provider decisions

*Cloud IaaS is not a commodity. Providers vary significantly in their features, performance, cost and business terms.

*Customers increasingly use third-party management tools for governance, especially multicloud governance. The largest customers use third-party management tools to supplement the native management capabilities of the providers, and these tools are strongly recommended to all customers that intend to make substantive use of cloud IaaS. Management tools can be very helpful for governance functions, and may be designed for single-cloud or multicloud use.

*Customers do not always save money by using cloud IaaS

Time again we are introduced to customers who are struggling to understand the complexity of their consumption billing, being able to effectively manage their cloud billing, assess the true cost of moving to cloud and provide true governance to their cloud environments. Cloud Ctrl can provide you with a true billing, optimisation and governance platform to cost effectively manage your cloud investments. Cloud Ctrl can be setup in less than 4 minutes and our customers have identified savings from day one. You can trial Cloud Ctrl for free @cloudctrl.com.au or contact one of our distribution partners Insight or rhipe.

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SMART 100 2017 Winners Revealed!

SMART 100 2017 Winners Revealed! On Wednesday night Faith Rees attended the Anthill Smart100 unveiling of the Smart100 index for 2017. Held in Sydney as part of Vivid. What a fantastic showcase of innovative, Australian, highly commercial companies changing the world, one idea at a time. Congratulations to Stormseal who took out the number one spot. A HUGE congrats to our very own Cloud Ctrl who were ranked in the top 20 innovations for 2017.

SMART 100 2017 Winners Revealed!

Cloud Ctrl has been named in the Australian Anthill Smart 100.

You can do your bit to help us win reader’s choice by going to http://anthillonline.com/cloud-ctrl-smart-100-2017/ and sharing the love. So grateful.

The SMART 100 Index was created by leading business media channel Anthill Magazine in 2008 to identify and rank Australia’s 100 most innovative products, proving to be one of the largest surveys of its kind in Australia. 50 Maven judges have place SixPivot in this year’s top100 we will find out where we place at the awards night held in Sydney 13 June 2017.

The Readers’ Choice Index provides an opportunity for Anthill readers to vote on SMART 100 applications. Site visitors need only take one or more of the following actions to vote:

1. Share it: On Facebook or LinkedIn (3 points)
2. Tweet it: Top left of each page (2 points, for each tweet)
3. Trigger a Reaction: Facebook ‘Like’, etc. (1 point)

NOTE: The Readers’ Choice is different to our own internal judging. The SMART100 Index will be determined by our 50 anonymous maven judges and their collective wisdom.

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Part 3: Want to sell your ICT Product or Service to Queensland Government? but I’m a SME!

So you are a SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) and think it’s impossible to sell your ICT service or product to Queensland Government? Think again!

Did you know all agencies must apply the ICT SME Participation Scheme when procuring ICT products and services? The Queensland Government introduced the scheme a few years ago to help more SMEs supply ICT to government agencies.

SMEs are classified as businesses employing fewer than 200 people and includes micro-businesses with less than 5 employees. For those big guys who think “oh but in Australia or in Queensland we don’t have that many staff”, unfortunately that argument will get you nowhere. Your parent and associated companies combined must be under 200 people. Small is the new niche people (to steal from Seth Godin http://www.sethgodin.com/small/).

The ICT SME participation scheme ensures the following:

  • the Queensland Government can directly engage SMEs to provide innovative solutions worth up to $500,000 (including GST) that demonstrate value for Queensland in addressing government priorities.
  • when approaching the market informally and obtaining at lest 2 quotes then one must be from an SME and if obtaining 3 quotes then 2 must be from SMEs
  • when approaching the market formally, (government are required to advertise all formal tenders on the QTenders website and ensure they include the relevant SME tender clauses (PDF, 11KB)). During offer evaluation, government must allocate 10% of the 100% total evaluation criteria for the purpose of weighting SMEs vs non SMEs and at least one SME responding to an ICT tender and capable of delivering will automatically be short listed in the evaluation of ICT offers.

As a general rule the following applies in a non tender situation under the $500k (*note this may be subject to change):

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Who said it pays to be BIG? Don’t believe me check it out yourself: Contact ICT Strategic Sourcing on +61 7 3719 7695 or emailictstrategicsourcing@qld.gov.au or for more information on the above you can go to  https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industry/ict/supply-ict-government/sme-participation.

If anyone has other procurement related or how to sell to government questions, I’m happy to try and answer them for you, just ask.