COTS or Not

We’ve been struggling with our ERP system for several years now. It’s one of the more popular, cloud-based COTS that is “designed” for  businesses of our size and scope So what’s the problem? There are several. It’s very difficult to get useful, management-oriented information. We’ve spent countless hours building a data warehouse and developing dashboards just so we can see basic metrics such as our sales trends and the status of our key customers. We [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:35:36+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Cloud Technology|0 Comments

Recapping Cisco Live 2016 – Technology & Security

NWN recently attended Cisco Live 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. One of the key takeaways this year was an emphasis on the importance of technology. In the keynote address from Karen Walker, CMO and Chuck Robbins, CEO, they stressed that technology is “the single largest driver of change.” Robbins emphasized the importance of using technology to benefit the greater good by highlighting its importance in fields such as healthcare, education, and government, saying “we must [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:36:13+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|Cloud Technology, Security|0 Comments

Making the Case for Hybrid Cloud Solutions

Modern enterprises are exploring a variety of cloud models to manage their data and resources. For many, the big discovery is that choosing between private cloud solutions or public cloud computing will not adequately address their needs. In an effort to build viable infrastructures, organizations today are looking for a mix of function, security, return on investment, and flexibility, considerations best met by a hybrid cloud paradigm.  Why Hybrid Cloud There are three key factors that [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:04+00:00 May 9th, 2016|Cloud Technology|0 Comments

NWN Joins Cisco’s Intercloud

When it comes to hosted voice and video, NWN Corporation has been at the forefront for years. We’ve recently added hosted contact center to our NWN Communications platform. And today, we joined Cisco’s Intercloud—a federated group of 250 cloud providers. We did it for our customers. They will find it easier than ever to integrate their communications infrastructures with other cloud services now that we’re part of the Intercloud group. Our Vice President of NCloud [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:28+00:00 September 30th, 2014|Cloud Technology, Unified Communications|0 Comments

Six Big Challenges to Keeping Control in the Cloud

What is the single biggest reason IT executives shy away from services provided in the cloud? –They fear loss of control. And they have a point. We all feel the same way if we’re the ones who have to listen to the angry complaints when critical services hiccup. We’d rather have our own resources, skills, in-depth knowledge of the technology, round-the-clock coverage, and on-site staff to leap into the breach. Unfortunately, budgetary pressure combined with [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:28+00:00 August 5th, 2014|Cloud Technology|0 Comments