Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back to the Future -- Cloud Infrastructure Pricing

A growing trend in cloud computing is to set prices based on actual utilization of resources such as memory, storage, processing, and bandwidth.  This is a rational way to price cloud infrastructure, because these are the items that contribute to the cost of cloud hosting, especially as the scale of a solution increases. 

One of the benefits of moving to the cloud is to not have to worry whether you have enough computing resources, because it is so easy to add more resources in a cloud environment.

In some ways, this is a throwback to timesharing, the venerable practice of buying time on an expensive mainframe when it was inconceivable that everyone would own their own computer.

The downside of usage-based pricing is that the actual bill is hard to predict.  Without knowing the cost in advance, budgeting is challenging.  How can a customer plan for this expense?

Another risk is that utilization of resources may be beyond your control.  You could have a surge of real or fake users hitting your site or apps and then get a high monthly bill.  No doubt companies will step in with approaches to reduce the risk of pricing uncertainty, as has happened in other industries.  Buyers of cloud computing can also take comfort knowing that pricing is on a steady decline -- at least for now. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Demo Video Now Available for Dynamics CRM for Government Contractors

InfoStrat has released a new video showing its sales force automation solution for government contractors based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

 
Dynamics CRM for Government Contractors provides government contractors with a flexible solution that helps automate business capture processes, including market intelligence analysis and in-depth proposal management.  This solution simplifies the capture process by allowing users to search for opportunities from government databases directly within Microsoft Dynamics CRM and import those search results, creating CRM opportunity records. Users can then follow opportunities through the sales process from proposal and review phases to the final award phase. Dynamics CRM for Government Contractors is built on the Microsoft Dynamics platform to facilitate integration with ERP, accounting, and document management.