May 17, 2020

The next step in the cloud revolution

Cloud Computing
IT
ITaaS
AWS
Madhavan Krishnan
4 min
Cloud computing
Cloud computing has quickly passed the ‘proof of concept’ phase and has now become mainstream, used for everything from disaster recovery to testing...

Cloud computing has quickly passed the ‘proof of concept’ phase and has now become mainstream, used for everything from disaster recovery to testing and development. By the middle of 2018, it is predicted that significant portion of incremental new spend in IT will be committed to cloud in some form or another and virtually every major enterprise has at least a cloud migration program in progress currently. The business value in these programs is easy to fathom; organisational benefits include hyper-elasticity in infrastructure consumption, subscription-based payment models, and greater agility due to faster deployment of applications. All of which factor into the ever-increasing adoption of cloud.

But beneath this surface layer there is a far-reaching trend emerging with the potential to cause an impact far greater than many of the programs companies are engaging in today. For want of a better terminology, let us call this the ‘Up-Stack’ cloud revolution. In essence, this is the provision of cloud-enabled services, with the potential to infuse businesses from small to large, with the data processing ability, mobility and scalability of the cloud. It is set to fundamentally transform the way organisations operate.

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The true potential of cloud

The reason Up-Stack cloud is such a powerful idea, is that it would truly democratise some capabilities that had hitherto been the exclusive domain of large businesses – such as data analytics at scale, unstructured data processing, or machine learning. Through Up-Stack cloud, any enterprise, regardless of size, has access to these services on a consumption-based approach. For firms currently shut out of delivering certain services, this is where cloud is able to have its biggest impact.

Already we’re seeing many of these types of innovations being rolled out by the Big Four cloud platform companies; AWS, Microsoft, Google, and IBM. All four now have cloud platform offerings that allow for the collection, processing, and transformation of data, at a vastly improved scale; as well as a simplified way to embed complex machine learning capabilities and algorithms to process data such as voice, text, video, and other unstructured data.

The effect is compounded by the ability to collect, process, and disseminate information across platforms and devices at the click of a button. Although cloud is now an established technology, we are only at the beginning of the most exciting phase where embedded capabilities level the playing field for organisations of all sizes.

Preparing for Up-Stack

In order to reap the benefits of Up-Stack cloud, firms need to make sure they have made the necessary preparations. There are many aspects to consider but some of the key ones include:

  • Full stack cloud engineers

To take full advantage of Up-Stack innovations, it is essential to cultivate and train employees to be full stack experts. This means people who can connect the dots across an enterprise infrastructure, and understand application capability features offered by cloud platforms. A portion of any workforce can be trained into being full stack engineers within a relatively short time frame, provided they have some programming experience, and are given consistent exposure and opportunities to work on a range of cloud-based projects.

  • Design to be cloud native

By default, the core organising principle of enterprise architecture must be to use cloud native features such auto-scaling, fault-tolerant, and multi-channel. By default, organisations need to ensure that applications are designed for an algorithmic and AI driven world, and enabled by the cloud to make them smart and learning systems.

  • Deploy data driven capabilities

Every aspect of IT will soon, if it isn’t already, be infused with data-driven capabilities. Cloud infrastructure or applications, development or testing, deployment or support – are all going to be driven by products and tools which are infused with data. The impact of this will be far reaching in the way platforms or services are going to be delivered to customers going forward. This implies that every organisation’s product, platforms, or services, will need to reinvent their offerings with services that are rich with data driven capabilities, and are self-learning, self-healing and ‘smart’. This can only be achieved with the elasticity and compute power of cloud.

All of this is not to say that embracing Up-Stack will be a straightforward process. Companies will need to carefully review their processes and offerings in order to ensure they are properly engaged with the capabilities of the cloud, or they will be left behind by competitors. But we are at a turning point where cloud is opening up new realms of possibilities, not just for established firms, but for everyone.

Madhavan Krishnan, VP Cloud and DevOps Solutions, Virtusa

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Jul 26, 2021

Five9: the cloud software industry leaders acquired by Zoom

five9
Cloud
contact centre
Catherine Gray
2 min
Following the announcement of Zoom buying cloud company Five9 for almost $15billion, we take a deeper look into the company’s history and success

Five9 is the leading provider of cloud contact centre software. Driven by a passion for transforming contact centres into customer engagement centres of excellence, Five9 have a deep understanding of the cost and complexity of running a contact centre.

Founded in 2001, Five9 help contact centres of every size create powerful connections. 

The company has over 20 years of cloud contact centre experience, reaches over 2,000 customers worldwide, and annually reaches over 7 billion customer interactions. 

Built on a highly reliable, secure and scalable cloud platform, Five9 makes it easy to rapidly trial and deploy new services. Its software also future proofs businesses by supporting AI and other emerging technologies.

Utilising cloud capabilities for improved customer experience

Offering software that creates more successful customer interactions, Five9’s cloud contact centre software increases contact centre productivity. This is without the capital expense and maintenance costs of premise-based systems.

Built on flexible architecture that adapts to a company’s changing needs, Five9 customers benefit from a secure, reliable and scalable contact centre.

Five9’s cloud contact centre platform also gives customers access to an extensive ecosystem of partners. Its platform can be enhanced with leading customer relationship management, analytics, workforce management, performance management solutions and telephony providers.

By utilising cloud technology, Five9 customers have access to the latest capabilities through no-touch, non-disruptive real-time upgrades.

Five9’s recognition for industry-leading software

As a leading cloud contact centre software provider, Five9 has been recognised by leading industry publications and organisations for its success and innovative solutions.

For the fourth consecutive year, Five9 has ranked as a global leader for The Aragon Research Globe for Intelligent Contact Centres 2021. 

Five9 was also one of only three providers to earn the MetriStar Top Provider award when evaluated as part of Metrigy’s global 2021-2022 Workforce Optimisation and Engagement research study.

Five9: Zoom’s first major acquisition

Zoom Video Communications has agreed to buy Five9 for about $14.7bn, marking the company’s first major acquisition.

This deal with Five9 will help expand the company’s Zoom Phone offering.

“I believe the combination of Zoom and Five9 will be a game-changer. Joining forces will create a transformative opportunity for two strong companies with complementary capabilities and shared values,” said Five9’s CEO, Rowan Trollope.

With Zoom’s reach and brand, the acquisition will help Five9 propel forward and help the company deliver on its goal of significant international expansion

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