Cloud Services

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Why choose cloud?

Many of our clients are becoming increasingly aware of the advantages of having their standard applications such as Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Outlook in the cloud to optimise budgets, minimise management and simplify procurement and provisioning. All you need to start is your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone and an internet connection. Because the software is running in a secure, centrally managed data-centre, you simply connect to the internet to access your applications without having to worry about software updates, upgrades or server licensing. Port-P can help manage migration from desktop to cloud and we can help optimise security as well as providing ongoing management. For example, you may want everyone in your organisation to be able to see a company policy document but only want a select group of individuals to be able to edit the document.      

In addition to standard desktop applications, we are starting to see an explosion in interest in moving bespoke business platforms, such as customer relationship management (CrM), database and accountancy systems, either fully off-premise or partially into the cloud. 

Azure is Port-P’s preferred cloud platform as it is a logical extension to Microsoft Office 365. Azure allows our clients to run bespoke applications from a virtual machine (VM) standpoint and to develop custom web applications that can easily integrate online. Azure also extends Office 365 with custom mobile application support. For those organisations running Active Directory with Office 365, Azure allows you to take that hybrid active directory infrastructure and extend it, providing single sign-on to thousands of third-party commercial software applications outside of the Microsoft ecosystem.

Port-P is not, it should be emphasised, tied to any single manufacturer – we work with our clients to identify the best solutions for specific needs rather than promoting any particular brand or technology.

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