Microsoft Azure Website Launched

Posted on Wednesday 16th January 2019 2:58

Microsoft Azure Website Launched - Influential Software News

Widely accepted as the leading cloud for business applications and more, Microsoft Azure is playing a crucial role in the UK’s digital transformation. At Influential Software, our clients have seen the short- and long-term benefits of expert help with Azure development, deployment, migration, integration, hosting, security, and support. Now the Azure team’s work is reaching a wider audience through a new Microsoft Azure website.

Azure Development

Azure provides a platform for our developers to create cloud-native, easily scalable applications that drive your business faster. There’s no need for costly infrastructure, and our team’s agile approach to Azure development ensures an application that fits your exact needs.

Azure Deployment

A successful move to Azure cloud requires experienced assessment and planning. Our Azure deployment services follow a structured and reliable process that prevents any risk to your business. From initial consulting through planning and configuration, the Azure deployment team has your cloud covered.

Azure Integration

Azure makes it even easier for our team to integrate on-premises and cloud applications. From data to workflows, B2B to legacy software, there’s no limit to Azure integration with built-in and custom connectors.

Azure Hosting

Based on Microsoft’s global capability and renowned security, Azure is the world’s most trusted cloud provider. Influential Software has provided Azure hosting services to major UK clients, with a complete package of consulting and support services to keep everything running perfectly.

Azure Migration

Whether moving from on-premises or another cloud provider, our Azure migration services use a tried and tested methodology. Following assessment of the applications, workloads, and processes you plan to migrate, our team can provide an expert view on the best migration tool for your purposes.

Azure Support

Our Azure support services are designed to reduce the strain on your IT resources while providing expert assistance when needed. The Azure support team guarantees uptime, protects data, and reduces costs with tailored service level agreements (SLA).

Interested in the business cloud? Feel free to explore our dedicated Azure site.


How Will the IBM and Red Hat Deal Affect Cloud Computing?

Posted on Monday 29th October 2018 3:03

IBM to buy Red Hat - IBM logo plus Red Hat logo - IBM Partners Influential Software look at the effects of the deal, and possible changes to the world of cloud computing

The cloud computing world has been rocked by news of the $34-billion IBM and Red Hat deal. As an IBM Partner, Influential Software is at the forefront of helping IBM customers through this rapidly changing environment. The question on everyone’s lips is, what does the biggest open-source deal ever mean for the future of cloud computing?

Within that question are several key points:

Will Red Hat remain open source?
What extra value does the IBM and Red Hat deal create for each company?
Are cloud customers going to benefit?

Will Red Hat Remain Open Source?

The answer to the first question is, definitively, “Yes.”

“With this acquisition, IBM will remain committed to Red Hat’s open governance, open source contributions, participation in the open source community and development model, and fostering its widespread developer ecosystem, said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, in an IBM press release. “In addition, IBM and Red Hat will remain committed to the continued freedom of open source, via such efforts as Patent Promise, GPL Cooperation Commitment, the Open Invention Network and the LOT Network.”

What Extra Value Does the IBM and Red Hat Deal Create for Each Company?

The second question is more complicated. Of course, we wouldn’t expect IBM to spend $34 billion on a deal that isn’t attractive to customers and beneficial for their business. The new synergy created by the IBM and Red Hat deal aims to combine the strengths of both companies.

On the Red Hat side, President and CEO Jim Whitehurst said, “Joining forces with IBM will provide us with a greater level of scale, resources and capabilities to accelerate the impact of open source as the basis for digital transformation and bring Red Hat to an even wider audience – all while preserving our unique culture and unwavering commitment to open source innovation.”

Meanwhile Rometty stated the IBM position as, “The acquisition of Red Hat is a game-changer. It changes everything about the cloud market. IBM will become the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of the cloud for their businesses.”

Are Cloud Customers Going to Benefit?

According to .NET Team Lead Matt Tolliday of Influential Software, the IBM and Red Hat deal has promising implications for SMEs. “The potential for an open source cloud at IBM is very interesting. It could enable far more interest among smaller businesses. Until now, many have been put off by the larger cost of cloud computing platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS),” said Tolliday.

IBM has emphasised that the open source cloud will create greater mobility between cloud environments, as well as stronger security. All in all, this is encouraging news for businesses that were eager to enter the cloud but felt held back due to the proprietary cloud market.

Any questions about our IBM or cloud services? Our experts are waiting to help.


4 Key Advantages of Business Intelligence in the Cloud

Posted on Friday 1st April 2016 3:00

Influential has worked with analytics and Business Intelligence tools and platforms for many years, and has watched its evolution with great interest.

With so many enterprises switching to the cloud for their platforms, infrastructure and services it’s worth taking a look at the advantages of using BI in the cloud as well.

Cloud for Business


The power of BI rests on delivering key information quickly. Computing in the cloud provides agile, lightweight accessibility to BI applications such as SAP, IBM or Oracle, across multiple devices and web browsers.

This means your BI is no longer limited by the need to access applications on site, and your data analytics can be delivered at the speed of a click.


There are some significant advantages to cloud BI above on-premise applications:

  1. Fast Deployment – Cloud applications require no additional hardware or software installations, meaning a speedy deployment.
  2. Ease of Use – Cloud BI applications are generally easier to set up and to use, meaning less IT involvement and reduced costs.
  3. Scalability and elasticity – Cloud applications are scalable to cope with user increases, even at a rapid pace.
  4. Accessibility – Cloud BI applications are accessible from any browser, anywhere, on any device with an internet connection.

Want to learn more about the cloud BI options available and how they can help your business? Influential is partnered with some of the leading BI application providers and we’re experts when it comes to the cloud. Get in touch today to discuss your requirements.

The potential of cloud computing is vast and that includes BI applications. Benefits of migrating to the cloud are already being enjoyed by businesses everywhere, with reduced costs, quick and easy deployment and instant data access.

Cloud BI’s real-time access to business-critical data has the potential for a huge impact on enterprises’ analytic and BI strategies, and many people are speculating that 2016 is the year for that impact to hit.

Do any of these 4 points sound appealing to your business? Maybe it’s time to give Influential a call.

If you would like to know more about the full range of Business Intelligence solutions and analytics tools that Influential can provide, take a look at our website:

Introduce your Business to the Cloud in 2016

Posted on Monday 14th March 2016 12:30

The Changing Landscape – Why switch to the cloud?

The Cloud

You may have heard people say it already: “the landscape for enterprise is changing”. But what does that really mean? The teams here at Influential Software have always got an ear to the ground for technological trends and improvements, and lately the buzzword on everyone’s lips is ‘cloud’.

Advances in technology and communication have created a modern business environment driven by the need for constant, instant sharing of data. Survival rests on acknowledging the need for change, but to really thrive you need to need to embrace it, adapt to it and investigate how the new landscape can help your business soar. And where does everyone seem to be soaring these days? Among the clouds.

The concept for cloud computing is not new; users have been sharing and storing data online since the birth of the internet. However, the last few years has seen a huge leap forward in the use of cloud computing for business.

There has been a dramatic shift towards cloud infrastructure, with enterprises turning to cloud-based tools and systems to meet the needs of their customers. With apps and data heading increasingly towards the cloud, analytics and Business Intelligence [1] will naturally follow them skywards.

What is the Cloud and What Are the Benefits?

So you’ve been told that cloud is the way to go, perhaps even been recommended a few platforms and applications by name. This leads the way towards the obvious question: what is the cloud?

In the simplest terms, the cloud is the internet. Cloud computing is storing and accessing files and programs over the internet, instead of ‘locally’ saving on a hard drive.

So what are the benefits?

A 2015 survey commissioned by Microsoft 365 [2] revealed the key drivers for businesses moving to a cloud approach:

  • To simplify IT management
  • To increase availability/access
  • To reduce IT complexity
  • To reduce IT costs
  • To increase efficiency/productivity
  • To improve support/service

So what does all that mean? It means cloud computing is simple, fast, global, with the potential to reduce costs and optimise the service your business can deliver.

The cloud computing model enables, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) with minimal provisioning or management. It’s agile, secure, easy to maintain and provides the real-time facility to monitor performance, back up data and deliver services on-demand as one of the following:

  • SaaS (Software as a Service) – e.g. Salesforce [3]
  • PaaS (Platform as a Service) – e.g. Microsoft Azure, Google,
  • IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) – e.g. IBM Softlayer, Microsoft Azure

Want to learn more about the cloud options available and how they can help your business? Get in touch with Influential today for expert advice on the cloud for enterprise [4].

2016 Forecast: Cloudy

There is much discussion about the potential of the cloud for business in 2016. A survey conducted by Clutch about 2016 enterprise cloud computing [5] revealed that:

  • 90 percent of enterprises plan to increase or maintain annual spend on cloud computing in 2016.”
  • “Overall, 70 percent of enterprises use cloud infrastructure primarily for file storage, a broad category that includes not only the basic storage of documents and files but also applications and data.”
  • “Nearly half of enterprises, 47 percent, ranked increased efficiency as a leading benefit of cloud computing. Security (45%) and data storage (41%) followed to fill out the overall top three cloud computing benefits.”
  • “Our respondents indicated a more even distribution of cloud service usage, with Microsoft proving the most popular choice (23%), followed by AWS (22%), Google (21%), and IBM (17%).”

The potential of cloud computing is vast. Benefits of migrating to the cloud are already being enjoyed by businesses everywhere, with reduced costs, quick and easy deployment and instant data access.

There’s a definite change in the air and it couldn’t be more exciting. Cloud hosting applications and platforms are constantly evolving and improving, catering for every enterprise out there.

Will 2016 be the year for your business to take flight?

Influential know all about the platforms, services and infrastructures that can streamline your enterprise. We have vast experience with leading cloud providers such as:

  • IBM Softlayer
  • Salesforce
  • Microsoft Azure

Our 25 years of software development expertise will help us deliver the best solutions for your business.

Find out more about Influential’s cloud services and partners on our website: [6]