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Reducing App Development Build Time by 75% with Cloud

The following is the fifth blog in a series about why businesses are moving to the cloud to modernize and improve business performance. Thus far in this series, we’ve examined the state of cloud and how cloud enables innovation, including with a case study in cloud automation, with speed and agility. In this blog, we’ll […]

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DevOps: Terms to Know

If you’re not a developer or IT specialist, technical lingo can be very confusing. Business decision-makers know the outcomes the technology can provide, but they don’t always know what DevOps means, or why CI/CD is important. Here’s a list of key DevOps terms that you can refer back to during your enterprise’s digital transformation.  Containers: […]

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Understanding Cloud Models: Build or Buy

Cloud platforms and applications that are built on these platforms are proliferating across all enterprises. The year 2019 will see a similar trend where cloud consumption is anticipated to grow significantly, driving new digital businesses. Cloud provides the fundamental Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) layer for your applications. Scale, speed, security, and resiliency are some […]

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Cloud Lingo in 2019: Cracking the Code

It’s an issue for people researching every type of technology: jargon. While businesses have widely embraced cloud, questions remain surrounding the specifics. Cloud can be daunting for any newcomers due to its range of words and phrases that you don’t see elsewhere. Here’s a look at some of these words and phrases and what they […]

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Key Takeaways About Compliant IT Systems In The Cloud

This is the final post in our series on maintaining regulatory-compliant IT systems in the cloud. In this post, we’ll go over the key takeaways from the series and then we’ll send you on your way! Regardless of how much control you have over your IT systems, if you are using them for regulatory purposes, […]

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Tips And Best Practices For Compliance In The Cloud

As we’ve learned in the previous posts in this series, having a thoughtful, thorough cloud vendor qualification process and intelligent SLAs in your cloud vendor contracts will help you maximize the value of the cloud while maintaining regulatory compliance. In addition, here are some tips and best practices to help you knock it out of […]

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How To Use Contracts For Regulatory Compliance Of Cloud Systems

In my previous post in this series, we discussed how to qualify cloud vendors. Once that process is complete, the second step to maintaining compliance is to document your specific regulatory requirements in a contract with the cloud vendor, usually in the form of service-level agreements (SLAs). In this blog post, I include a range […]

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How To Qualify Cloud Vendors

We recently completed a 21 CFR Part 11 gap analysis engagement for a client that was largely using SaaS applications, but had no cloud vendor qualification process in place. They had just been allowing each business unit to select the applications that met its user requirements, accept whatever validation documentation the cloud vendor supplied (if […]

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Who Is Responsible For The Compliance Of Cloud Systems?

Any time you take advantage of a cloud service – infrastructure, platform, or software – for a regulated purpose, you are ultimately responsible for its regulatory compliance, not the cloud vendor. This is critical for you to remember. So, how can you ensure regulatory compliance of a software system you did not build, you do […]

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Cloud-Hosted Terminology: Types Of Systems

As we continue our series on maintaining regulatory-compliant cloud systems, let’s touch on a few key terms. Below are explanations of the primary cloud-hosted offerings available in the market. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) When you purchase a software system and opt to have a vendor host it for you instead of installing it on servers you own, […]

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Refresher: Which IT Systems Are Regulated

If your company makes drugs, medical devices, or biologics (vaccines, blood and blood components, allergenics, somatic cells, gene therapy, tissues, and recombinant therapeutic proteins), it is regulated. If your company is regulated, then every IT system you use to design, develop, conduct trials, manufacture, package, label, store, distribute, install, or service your products is also […]

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Maintaining Regulatory-Compliant Cloud Solutions

The benefits of cloud hosting – including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) – are very clear: less upfront capital, faster implementations, scalability and elasticity, and no need for individual companies to maintain physical space, hardware, and/or technical staff for support. But there are also several risks to consider, including physical and technical security, […]

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How to Choose an IaaS Provider

Infrastructure is a key part of every IT department before cloud or DevOps is even considered. Serving as the backbone of IT, it’s these components that keep every system running. In recent years, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) has become a competitive and popular space, led by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and their affordable and reliable offerings. Nonethelss, […]

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Increasing Cloud Use [Trend To Watch]

Gartner recently put out a press release that is quite memorable. It begins with: “By 2020, a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no-internet’ policy is today.” The chances are low that many companies maintain such success-hindering policies, but there are plenty of companies out there that are slow adopters, especially in […]

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Looking to Implement Software Solutions? Look at Cloud Computing..

  With the rising trend to move the infrastructure into the cloud, more enterprises are looking forward to building or migrating their IT hub into the cloud space. There are several obvious advantages of cloud computing that explain its wide-spread popularity: 1. Cost of infrastructure– Having to build an entire network for data storage, processing units, clustered-network […]

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ERPs and the Coming Cloud Revolution

While most technologies continue to evolve, one thing that CIOs can always rely on is the trusty Enterprise Resource Planning system. Made famous through companies like Oracle and SAP, these systems are the glue that bind enterprise planning, purchasing, sales, finance, and human resources operations. For enterprise IT, much of their workload is concentrated here. […]

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Clouds in 2017 tech forecast bring sunny outlook for Perficient

America’s tech forecast for 2017? Plenty of clouds, says Forrester Research. The independent technology and market research firm recently issued Predictions 2017: Customer-Obsessed Enterprises Launch Cloud’s Second Decade, which outlines key factors expected to shape cloud computing in the coming year. In the report, Forrester said, “the cloud market will accelerate faster in 2017 as […]

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Perficient will Polish Cloud’s Silver Lining in 2017

Predicting the future is easy. Nailing down those predictions – well, that’s something else entirely. But if there’s one thing that corporate infrastructure and operations leaders can expect in 2017, it’s this: The silver lining around enterprise cloud computing will shine even brighter. “The cloud market will accelerate faster in 2017 as enterprises around the […]

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Perficient will Polish Cloud's Silver Lining in 2017

Predicting the future is easy. Nailing down those predictions – well, that’s something else entirely. But if there’s one thing that corporate infrastructure and operations leaders can expect in 2017, it’s this: The silver lining around enterprise cloud computing will shine even brighter. “The cloud market will accelerate faster in 2017 as enterprises around the […]

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Liferay Symposium 2016 – Building for the Cloud

Bratt Swaim, Technical Consulting Manager of Liferay, Inc., presented “Building for the Cloud – Architecting Liferay in IaaS/PaaS Environments.  The session provided the approach, techniques, considerations and best practices for deploying Liferay to Amazon Web Services (AWS.) The highlights follow. When does moving to the cloud make sense? The following are drivers that are scenarios […]

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