It seems obvious that better trained employees will have a positive impact in any business. Yet, a recent survey by Accenture found that 35% of executives say they have not invested enough in training to develop the skills they need, and 64% anticipate loss of revenue due to this skill gap
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As Director of Compliance and Security services at Layered Tech since 2008, I have seen our Compliant Services business grow significantly during that time. With that growth, there has been a noticeable phenomenon related to our startup clients who have reached an attractiveness level high enough to become acquisition targets.
We are in a unique position to see this happen from start to finish. It is a behind-the-scenes supporting role where our economy of scale and simplified audit-service goals lend upward momentum. I have seen this happen several times, including with Layered Tech itself. It is a topic that deserves some background, so let me lay out an example of what I mean.
I have seen a shift in responsibility for overseeing and managing applications. Application monitoring and management is increasingly moving from application architects and developers and into IT operations. Our clients’ IT management folks are expected to be responsible for ensuring application health and performance and therefore are increasingly relying upon Layered Tech to provide management information and dashboard.
Christian Szell: Is it safe? Is it safe?
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Every customer running revenue-critical business applications should consider adding application performance monitoring and management. For this reason, we have taken our experience deploying application performance monitoring tools for our customers and released a standard managed solution. Our new Application Performance Management (APM) service, powered by AppDynamics, offers a “managed with” model in which we integrate APM with our customers’ managed hosting and cloud service. We handle the deployment, configuration, monitoring and assist clients with utilizing the APM solution.
With the prevalence of cybercrime, governments have enacted laws; organizations have established standards; and companies such as Layered Tech have implemented considerable administrative, technical, and physical controls on information security to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data.
I have spent the last 12 years working in sales in the hosting industry, and I must say that the last 4+ have been the most interesting with the emergence of cloud hosting in the market. I spend my days working with current and future cloud users, and from what I have gathered over the past few years, new cloud adopters usually have three major concerns when it comes to hosting their applications in the cloud:
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Gartner recently published the 2013 edition of the Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting which included Layered Tech. Since our first inclusion in 2010, Layered Tech has significantly increased our ranking and position with respect to completeness of vision and ability to execute. We have consistently moved up and to the right.
Layered Tech is excited that Microsoft will be a “Special Host Sponsor” for the DelTek GovWin – Cloud/Gov 2013 Conference. Microsoft Federal CTO Susie Adams and Layered Tech President Brad Hokamp will be panelists featuring discussion on “When is a cloud business solution right for your agency?” Larger agencies will be discussing when a move to the cloud is right and appropriate and what are the organizational concerns around moving to the cloud. There will be at least one Microsoft customer on the panel. Additional topics will include our co-branded product “Microsoft Dynamics for Government Cloud– Hosted by Layered Tech,” and will include a discussion on the unique security features of deploying secure private FISMA compliant clouds for Microsoft Dynamics partner solutions and the public sector. There will also be a deep dive on Layered Tech’s longstanding relationship with Microsoft and the LT Public Sector Incubation Center that Layered Tech runs for Microsoft with over 60 ISV (Independent Software Vendor) and SI (System Integrator) partners.
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