The ability to move key IT scenarios to the cloud is at the core of many digital business transformation projects. Technology aspects such as enterprise-class security and legacy system integration are not the only factors in the decision-making process; business or political factors such as data residency, compliance or governance can play a critical role in the evaluation, too.
For example, according to a January 2016 report by the Cloud Security Alliance, 41.5% of surveyed IT and security professionals said that a key reason for rejecting a cloud service was that it is “hosted in unfavorable country”, and 53.6% cited “provider not trusted”.
Data residency plays an increasingly important role for enterprise organizations in the public and private sectors. A 2015 Microsoft Canada survey of 700 Canadian C-suite executives highlighted “control of data” (59%) and “a partner with data centres in Canada” (41%) as requirements to meet their business needs for a cloud solution. For example, some governments and public sector agencies in Canada have a mandate to keep data such as patient healthcare information in the country.
To address these considerations, Microsoft is rolling out locally deployed Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online services from two new Canadian Data Centres in Toronto and Quebec City. After announcing the launch of its Canadian Cloud in the summer of 2015, Microsoft a few weeks ago started trial access for some Canadian customers to the new local cloud services. Full rollout is expected in the fall of 2016.
Microsoft Canada’s study also highlighted the importance of working with the right partners. In fact, 48% of executives said that working with “partners with an established reputation” is a requirement. New Signature has been both a long-standing Microsoft partner and a trusted technology partner to many Canadian businesses. We have helped many enterprise organizations move to the cloud for productivity and collaboration scenarios with Office 365 and Dynamics, and for platform and infrastructure scenarios with Azure.
To help organizations transform their business with full-service Microsoft solutions, New Signature is offering strategic advice, support, applications and services across the Microsoft stack. We’re passionate about building and expanding the Microsoft Cloud in Canada. As part of this mission, we are hosting a number of events in Toronto that are related to Canadian data residency, compliance and trust in the cloud:
Discover the Microsoft Approach to Compliance in the Cloud – Toronto, April 14th, 2016 – Register
Presented by New Signature and AvePoint, this event is an informal Breakfast Briefing and Q&A Session as we delve into what drives trust, what constitutes the trust gap between on-premises and Cloud services, and the thought processes your peers go through when making trust decisions. Keynote speaker is Bruce Cowper, Senior Trusted Cloud Advisor, National Cloud Programs at Microsoft. He is responsible for the Microsoft Trusted Cloud initiative focused on driving awareness of the security, privacy and control, transparency and compliance aspects of Microsoft’s global cloud services.
Global Azure Bootcamp – Toronto Edition – April 16th, 2016 – Register
Presented by the Toronto Azure Group: Infrastructure Focus (TAG:IF), this one-day event features Microsoft’s Bruce Cowper and a range of local Microsoft MVP’s who are experts and leaders in the new suite of Microsoft cloud technologies.
Shoot for the Cloud Playoff Event – Toronto, April 19th, 2016 – Register
Join the all-star cloud teams from New Signature, Microsoft and DSI for an evening of education and playoff fun! Speak to our cloud and business intelligence experts and learn more about how you can transform your business in the cloud.