So you are a growing business and in a down economy, cost can be a huge factor when making buy decisions. However, it should not be the only factor. Here are a few things to consider when moving or hosting your communication and collaboration tools into the cloud.
- The vendor that provides your services should have a solid record when it comes to information access and management.
- Understand the retention policy of the vendor and make sure it maps to your own policies.
- Nervous about litigation, on your end or the vendors, find out who “owns” your information, and whether or not the vendor will guarentee to notify you before releasing data.
- What is the disaster recovery or back-up plan, is your information guarenteed to be restored if something terrible happens?
We know this is not an exhaustive list, do you have more that you would like to see added? please comment below!
For online email, calendaring, web meetings, collaboration, etc… Check out Microsoft Onlines Services, the Business Productivity Online Suite provides a comprehensive set of services for businesses of all size.
Vorsite Partner Offering: http://www.vorsite.com/hostedsolutions.aspx
More information about the Microsoft Online Services offering on Microsoft Site: http://www.microsoft.com/online
We are focused on delivering enterprise content management integration and migration solutions that add value and maximize existing legacy investments. Also, Vorsite provides services to reduce the cost and barriers to sunseting legacy ECM systems. A brief description of our products available are below.
The successor to Vorsite’s Transfer Agent for Documentum has been designed to provide easy and complete transfer of file contents and metadata from SharePoint to Documentum Content Server and back, allowing companies to leverage the years of investments in processes, retention policies and compliance in their back-end systems. This feature allows content authors to save significant re-entry of metadata and ensures metadata accuracy and integrity between SharePoint and Documentum systems.
Learn More About: v-Pass, Vorsite’s SharePoint Connectors for Documentum
Vorsite Web Parts technology, v-Parts connects employees to content stored across the organization, allowing users to collaborate within the context of the business process in which they are involved, while using the familiar user interface of SharePoint. Employees working in SharePoint can view content, start complex workflows and perform other activities available in your advanced enterprise content management system.
Learn More About: v-Parts, Vorsite’s SharePoint Connectors for Documentum
The successor to Vorsite’s Transfer Agent for FileNet, enables SharePoint to connect to existing FileNet repositories to better manage content and mitigate compliance risk across the enterprise.
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If you are in the process of understanding the Microsoft Online Services offering BPOS(email, shared calendars, online meetings, messaging, document management etc…), this is a good starting point. Microsoft has recently published a whitepaper that discusses the business value of online services and a cost analysis for hosting your services on-premise or “in the clouds”.
Below is an excerpt from that recent Microsoft Whitepaper.
“When you add Microsoft Online Services to your IT investment mix, you gain potential added value for your business in four main areas:
• Finance: Reduced capital and operating expenses.
• Process: Enterprise-class availability and highly secure operations.
• Technology: Faster deployment of new services with access anywhere for your staff.
• People: Simplified and more secure user and administrator access to services so that your staff can focus on the core business.”
To read the full article go to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9061e5e6-ea23-45c0-8389-0dfd63674356#tm
When: June 25, 2009 8:30am
Where: Vorsite’s Downtown Seattle Office
Discover the latest in business-class e-mail, Web conferencing, instant messaging, document collaboration and workflow. With Microsoft Online Services you can use the same applications you already know while lowering costs by as much as 70%!
Microsoft® Online Services and Vorsite are the best team to quickly get your organization up and running with best-in-class communication and collaboration tools via an easy-to-use Internet-based service.
Join Vorsite at their Downtown Seattle Offices• Fast and easy implementation with virtually no up-front hardware or software investment.
• Simplified server management that frees your IT staff to focus on business-critical initiatives.
• Data access and transmission, hosted spam filtering, and disaster recovery capability using advanced security measures and offering high reliability.
Don’t miss this informative event!
Full Registration and Agenda…
Here you will learn how to streamline your business communication and collaboration among coworkers, customers, and partners around the world—simply, effectively, and affordable—with hosted services. You will discover the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite, a collection of services specifically dialed in for organizations like yours, with:
We are looking for a summer intern to help out with office administration and social media functions in our downtown Seattle office. We are located at the foot of Harbor Steps. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or DM @Vorsite .
Must be a current college student or recent college graduate.