WBENC National Conference & Business Fair 2018

WBENC Event
Event Details: The National Conference & Business Fair is the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the U.S. The WBENC National Conference & Business Fair is attended by Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs); senior executives and procurement representatives from the Fortune 500 and the U.S. Government; and select partner organizations whose missions align with WBENC’s vision of expanding women’s business opportunities in the marketplace. With three days of robust programming, the conference features lectures and presentations from today’s thought leaders, engaging panel discussions, 1:1 MatchMaker sessions, networking receptions, and a notable Business Fair.

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About Idexcel: Idexcel is a Professional Services and Technology Solutions provider specializing in Cloud Services, Application Modernization, and Data Analytics. Idexcel is proud that for more than 20 years it has provided services that implement complex technologies that are innovative, agile and successful and have provided our customers with lasting value.

Pankaj Gupta (Client Partner at Idexcel) will be attending this event. For further queries, please write to pankaj.gupta@idexcel.com

AWS Public Sector Summit Washington, DC – 2018

AWS Summit Washington DC
Event Details: On June 20-21, 2018, global leaders from government, education, and nonprofit organizations will come together for the ninth annual AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC. The move to the cloud is unlike any other technology shift in our lifetime. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to use the cloud for complex, innovative, and mission-critical projects. With over 100 breakout sessions led by visionaries, experts, and peers, you’ll take home new strategies and tactics for shaping culture, building new skillsets, saving costs, and achieving your mission.

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About Idexcel: Idexcel is a Professional Services and Technology Solutions provider specializing in Cloud Services, Application Modernization, and Data Analytics. Idexcel is proud that for more than 20 years it has provided services that implement complex technologies that are innovative, agile and successful and have provided our customers with lasting value.

Our Senior executives will be attending this event. For further queries, please write to inquiry@idexcel.com

Journey to the Cloud with AWS Managed Service Providers

Journey to the cloud with AWS Managed Services
Given the extensive relationship of modern organizations with the Cloud, IT professionals are working to stay ahead of all the rapid changes within the industry. To remain prominent in the space of business evolution, it is always necessary to continue moving forward with the latest available technology. For this very reason, many organizations are seeking external partners to manage their transformation projects.

If your organization has decided to switch its managed services partner, it’s imperative to recognize the factors which can help determine the perfect service provider for your organization; however, before we look into these factors, let’s understand why a managed service provider can prove to be an asset for your organization.

Using a Managed Service Provider (MSP)

In this day of advancement, juggling between different organizational responsibilities can be a challenge, even for prominent organizations. In such circumstances, an MSP’s knowledge and technical expertise can go a long way in providing the extra lending hand every organization needs in this day’s technological environment.

Most of the times, an MSP’s varied range of experience, which includes digital transformation, planning, and implementing projects proves to be every cloud’s silver lining. By employing an MSP, organizations can expect to benefit from a faster turnaround time, better response time through enterprise monitoring, and the ability to manage cloud services remotely; this includes the opportunities of automating cloud functions while gaining direct control over your IT infrastructure.

The benefits of an MSP are not limited to enterprise management and infrastructure control. There is a great scarcity of cloud skills within the IT sector. As per a recent survey, it was revealed that companies realize the importance of the Cloud, but lack the required workforce to implement the strategies. With an MSP in place, such shortage of skills can be fulfilled successfully, that too at a nominal cost.

Other considerations include the likes of disaster recovery, which are aimed at offering business continuity and decreased downtime. Such features help an organization stay prepared for sudden disasters. MSPs often cater to different industries, which means that there is a specialized MSP available for each organization within their respective industries. This way, there is much focus on the organization linked with the MSP; this process enables a centralized, focused approach within the MSPs services, which makes the link stronger and creates a mutually exclusive, yet beneficial, relationship between the two parties.

In other words, matching the right cloud services with the workforce is a challenge that not every organization wants to undertake. At the same time, companies can optimize their day to day challenges in a more efficient manner by employing the services of a specialized MSP. The headache of hiring the people with the right skills is not required, and your services also become managed in a more secure, and efficient manner.

Consider the Details and Requirements

So you have decided on signing up with an MSP. However, you can’t just sign on the dotted line without weighing a few options. During the sign on process, here are some of the factors you need to consider before and after the move:

Be upfront about your needs. As a business, you need to be direct with your potential MSP. This way, every requirement can be met appropriately, and both parties can judge what they are receiving out of the new business relationship. During the discussion phase, businesses and organizations need to consider all short term and long term goals prudently before moving forward.

Ownership rights and means should be clearly defined. Who takes care of the infrastructure, the workforce, and the hosting rights need to be clearly defined during the discussion phase so that everything is in black and white. Differentiate between the old contract and the new contract and chalk out the details you would like to highlight with the new provider so that the specifications are as per both parties requirements.

The Final Verdict
Many businesses change MSPs regularly to maximize their service quotient. The intent is to ensure that the service bouquet is efficiently organized and organizations can make the best deal for their dollar. By negotiating with MSPs, companies can understand the extent to which they can provide their services and how each of these services can aid in delivering day to day target deliverables.

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The Future of DevSecOps

The Future of DevSecOps
2015 was the year of predictions; Gartner predicted the rise of DevOps and how it would go mainstream, only to be adopted by a series of companies. By the beginning of 2017, DevOps had indeed become the talk of the town, as more and more companies began to realize the benefits of adopting DevOps within their processes.

The adoption of new technologies is a boon for companies since they get to enhance their productivity using the procedures of DevOps. However, where do the considerations of security stand in between all of this? With a total of 64, 000 incidents and 2,300 breaches in the year 2016 (and still counting), protecting personal data has become a priority and a necessity rather than just an option.

By 2019, close to 70% of companies who are using DevOps will realize the importance of security within their development procedures and will start incorporating the practices within their DevOps foundation itself. For this very reason, even the “normal” DevOps would need to be tuned to security procedures to protect the data from being stolen or misused.

To infuse security at every step, and to remain faithful to the spirit of DevOps, security needs to be inbuilt right from the beginning of the delivery process; this would mean that companies need to embrace the very culture and philosophy of teamwork and coordination while keeping agility and shared responsibility in mind.

The Need of Security Within DevOps Procedures

Simply put, if you want to save time and money at the same time, you should employ security measures within your DevOps procedures. If the appropriate security procedures are tuned in from the beginning itself, teams can provide the necessary feedback at the initial stage, instead of waiting for the lifecycle to end.

In large organizations, last level security checks often take endless stretches of time, which causes not only a delay in rollout time but also a delay in the feedback and the resolution time; this would mean that the company would need to spend an additional amount of time waiting for the final launch of the products and services, which in turn can mean losses for the company.

Building Security Into DevOps Foundations

Understand the consequences of not having security within DevOps: Answering simple questions can go a long way in helping one understand the implications of not having the right security measures within the DevOps cycle. While cost is one major influencer, time and money come just close enough. Add reputational damage to the list, and everything will get impacted on an immediate basis.

Focus the efforts in the pain areas to make them useful: Resources should be channelized into areas which need the most attention. Consider the worst case scenarios, to understand the extent of the damages, so that the appropriate tools of remediation can be devised. This way, if you are prepared for the worst scenario, every simple yet complex security breach can be handled with utmost ease.

Provide a free hand, but don’t stop monitoring: The progress of the inclusion of security should be of utmost importance. During the inclusion process, freedom of operation should be of utmost priority. Teams should be given a free hand to perform as they please. However, this does not mean that everything goes unsupervised. Keep a strict vigil on what is right and what is not; provide feedback for rectification, wherever necessary. This way, everything goes as per plan; the teams will be happy, and security will also not be compromised.

Automating will help estimate vulnerabilities: Automation is an essential tool within the very fabric of DevOps. Not only can businesses rapidly change, but they can work more efficiently and effectively. Security should be infused within the very structure of DevOps, which means it should be effectively included within Development, QA, Operations, and infrastructure. Automate as much as possible; the lesser the human intervention, the more secure your operations would become. Consider every manual process as a security hazard and consider opportunities for automation as a pain area.

Main Obstacles During the DevOps Procedure

A difference in priorities: Security teams often don’t count as one of the DevOps stakeholders; this means that there will always be a difference in opinions, which can cause a slowdown in deployment procedures.

Setting the pace: Going at a breakneck pace during the deployment stage can upset the very essence of DevOps. While automation is an essential factor during the deployment stage, high speed should not bring the whole process down to its knees.

Maintaining a protocol: More often than not, to implement security, specific protocols would need to be changed during the building process; this might mean ruffling up a few feathers to get the required approvals. However, obtaining the needed approvals can be a challenge, especially since higher management is actively involved in the DevOps development and implementation.

Security has slowly but steadily become a keyword within the DevOps world. It has become a significant segment, which is often considered to be a substantial part of the DevOps lifecycle, and should be followed to the tee.

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Cloud Computing: Propagating Environmental Friendly Infrastructure

Cloud Computing: Propagating Environmental Friendly Infrastructure
The rapid industrial expansion has put natural resources at risk to the level that environmental sustainability has become one of the primary concerns of companies and governments. As the entire world is also well aware of their contribution to the environmental degradation, people have started to take measures in whichever circle possible to tackle natural resource crisis. Most of their efforts include a focused reduction of carbon footprints. By going green, people are realizing that contribution of each person is necessary to overcome such a situation. From reducing paper use to efficient electricity consumption, people have found ways for significant contribution. Cloud Computing is also one such platform that provides both the firm and their consumers to follow the same path. Environmental Benefits of Cloud Computing include:

Energy Efficient
At surface it may seem that cloud server consumes a lot of electricity due to its distributed servers, however, the reality is not so. The likes of Hybrid Cloud, Integrated cloud and so on have redefined the efficiency measures in cloud computing. They use a flexible cloud stretch that takes the space according to the need of the storage. In this way, no server sits idle consuming electricity. The amount of energy needed is exactly equal to the amount of energy used. This contributes to not just saving the energy but also cuts down on business expenditure. It requires fewer machines and makes optimum use of those in executing the tasks. The cloud space does not sit idle and this results in a better allocation of resources, contributing thereby to environmental wellbeing.

Infrastructural Advancement
The deployment of energy efficient systems that use minimized resourced has a twofold advantage. Beside reducing electric consumption, the cloud system takes shape of a well-organized infrastructure. Public cloud data centers are usually established in close vicinity to the facilities which results in prevention of loss of energy during heavy data transmission. They use less wattage for smooth run of their data centers and are designed at scale and built for efficiency across infrastructure to achieve optimal utilization.

Reduction in Climate Impact
There are several other ways in which firms impact the climate. Apart from deforestation, industrialization has also led to an increased emission of carbonic particles. The climate impact is greatly reduced by the cloud deployment as a result of fewer carbon emissions. Even AWS holds that the average corporate data center has a dirtier power mix than the typical large scale cloud provider. AWS and its partnered cloud providers use 28% lesser carbon-intense power mix. For that, these cloud providers use perfect temperature for their cloud servers that lets systems run at peak performance level without further expanses. The cloud infrastructure eliminates the wasteful spending of energy because of the use of energy efficient equipment and fewer carbon emissions.

The Paperless Option for Businesses
Going paperless is one of the highly praised steps in conserving the environment. It helps in minimizing the deforestation at a significant level. Firms usually keep forms and files that contain company data. Cloud computing allows the company to deal in electronic data. Moving the data to cloud is like making the data available at a centralized location which can be accessed by the authorized personnels. By eliminating the need of paper material, cloud computing enables the firms to invest in on going environmental contribution.

According to the Guardian, companies can cut their carbon emission to half by switching their data to cloud servers. With such a massive potential for sustainability and propagation of environmental resources, cloud computing is definitely a thumbs up.

Cloud computing has played a vital role in securing and strengthening the environmental ecosystem. When embarking to cloud, numerous quantifiable benefits follow. The instances of energy reduction, increased efficiency and computing capabilities, going paper-less and so on, all closely denote these benefits.

The green and eco-friendly aspect of cloud is mostly overlooked alongside other multifaceted advantages of cloud computing. It has impacts far beyond just the conservation of energy. It, in a way, redefines the modern computing. The firms no longer have to worry about inefficient space nor should they worry about wastage of energy and money. Cloud computing also immunes the companies against carbon credits. They cannot afford to be a threat to the environment while being passionate of catering to the needs of its customers. The contradiction of natural wellbeing and environmental threats in industrial agenda is eradicated through the deployment of cloud computing.

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Idexcel Achieves AWS Financial Services Competency Status

Idexcel Achieves AWS Financial Services Competency Status
Herndon, VA– June 04, 2018– Idexcel, a professional services and technology solutions provider, announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Financial Services Competency status. This designation recognizes Idexcel for providing deep expertise to help organizations manage critical issues pertaining to the industry, such as risk management, core systems implementations, data management, navigating compliance requirements, and establishing governance models.

Achieving the AWS Financial Services Competency differentiates Idexcel as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that has demonstrated relevant technical proficiency and proven customer success, delivering solutions seamlessly on AWS. To receive the designation, APN Partners must possess deep AWS expertise and undergo an assessment of the security, performance, and reliability of their solutions.

AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Partners with deep industry experience and expertise.

Idexcel helps financial organizations transform business processes, rationalize product portfolios, strategize business assets, comply with regulations, manage risks and maximize customer satisfaction by adopting and implementing Digital transformation, Cloud computing and other emerging Data science technologies like AI and ML to modernize their existing IT infrastructure. Know more about our financial services offerings.

“Our goal is to become a full-featured core banking application available in the cloud. With AWS and technology partner Idexcel, we’re on our way.” – Jennifer Ballard – Director of Client Services, Cync Software/NDS Systems LC

About Idexcel
Idexcel is a Professional Services and Technology Solutions provider specializing in Cloud Services, Application Modernization, and Data Analytics. Idexcel is proud that for more than 20 years it has provided services that implement complex technologies that are innovative, agile and successful and have provided our customers with lasting value.

Our name, “idexcel” is a representation of our core principle “Ideas to Excellence” We are relentlessly driven by results and take pride in our customer-centric engagement models. We blend our clients’ needs with proven delivery models and highly talented execution teams to deliver an exceptional customer experience.

Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, Idexcel has offices and delivery locations in the US, Europe and Asia supporting global clients.

Learn more about us at http://www.idexcel.com

Big-data Analytics for Raising Data-Driven Enterprise

Big data Analytics for Raising Data Driven Enterprise
Big data can indeed unveil paths for unprecedented growth, for they provide a clear view of the current scenario; it sets a base for how organizations can build upon that data to make better plans and execute them accordingly. One of the numerous benefits of a data-driven organization is utilizing a digital record to store customer behavior and then using that information to develop better strategies. Although the process is a bit challenging, those who learn to tackle the hurdle take their organizations toward a market-ready and competitively secure setup.

While it is extremely beneficial to make decisions based on data-driven insights, many organizations still struggle to understand the optimum use of their big data; as a result, they overlook the potential big data has in transforming their organization. Investments put in data analytics has indeed increased over the past years which indicates the growing awareness of big-data (or DataOps) benefits; however, churning out of all the benefits that DataOps can provide is a feat mostly unachieved by many organizations. They face difficulties when leveraging big-data and end up underestimating big data’s potential. Organizations require orientation and planning for execution of big-data to achieve the best outcomes possible.

Understanding DataOps
DataOps, is a revolutionary way of managing data that promotes high-efficiency communication between data, teams, and systems. DataOps runs parallel to the benefits that DevOps provides. DataOps garners the data of organizational process change, realignment, and available technology to facilitate a professionally well-cultured relationship between everyone who handles data – data scientists, engineers, developers, business users, etc. – allowing all users to have swift access to the target data.

Because of creating data-driven enterprise, three essential properties are associated with DataOps:

Volume: Big data takes systematic record of massive scale business transactions, social media exchange, and information flow from machine-to-machine or sensor data.

Velocity: DataOps or Big-data analytics proposes timely data stream at high speed.

Variety: The Data collected forms totality in the form of a spectrum representing the full Data register. The data often comes in various formats such as structured, numeric in the traditional database or the unstructured text documents, video, audio, email, or stock ticker data.

With these varied capacities of big data, organizations must implement DataOps on a larger scale. It’s not just monetarily beneficial but also sets a smooth foundation for a variety of allied processes. The utilization of big data is even more important than just getting a grasp of the data. An organization with proper utilization of comparably fewer data points will leave behind an organization with poor utilization in the race of optimal business solidarity and growth. A data-driven enterprise, thus, entertains various privileges that other firms don’t such as:

Cost Reduction: Big data tools such as Hadoop and Cloud-Based Analytics help in reducing costs drastically especially when the data is extensive. These tools help organizations use the big data more effectively through locating and retrieving the data efficiently.

Time-Saving: The high velocity, at which data travels in a DataOps model cuts the usual long hours into small segments and renders the organization an opportunity to use the spare time for further growth of the enterprise. Tools like Hadoop and In-Memory Analytics identify the target sources immediately and make quick decisions based on the learnings.

Product Development: Having customer data in hand the enterprise can efficiently analyze the market forces and act accordingly. Creating product that satisfies the customer’s needs is one of the most common strategies that firms embrace nowadays.

Foreseeing Market Conditions: Big data analytics renders the most accurate analysis of market conditions. By keeping a record of customer purchasing behavior and likewise data, the enterprise makes itself ready for coping with future market forces and planning accordingly.

Controlling Reputation: Big data tools can also help enterprises do sentiment analysis such as review and rating analysis. Organizations can get a clear insight of their current outlook and aim at propagating the positives while marring down the negatives.

Creating and operating in a data-driven enterprise seems to be a fundamental choice for the organizations nowadays. DataOps approaches allow businesses to manage big data in the cloud through automation; this inculcates a culture of a self-service model that unfolds a variety of benefits for both, the organization, and the customer.

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Benefits of Utilizing Enterprise Cloud Applications

Benefits of Utilizing Enterprise Cloud Applications
With the cut-throat competition swarming the market these days, there is a race amongst companies to move ahead of their competitors. Enterprises are devising new solutions to understand what it takes to be on top. As the world of technology advances, there are a plethora of options available to organizations, which promise to make their day to day processes more manageable, and beneficial at the same time.

When one talks about technological advancements, it would be a sin not to address the various nuisance nuances of the Cloud. One such nuance is the introduction of enterprise Cloud services which prove to be a complete solution. IT managers are given the opportunity to benefit tremendously with the movement to the Cloud; benefits might be concerning the cost savings, revenue growth or even efficiency within the day to day work production.

Companies are quickly moving their operations to the Cloud to harness the power of innovation. Firms which refrain from moving to the Cloud face the dangers of being outdated, which can be a deal breaker for a lot of prominent organizations. By 2025, most top-notch organizations are aiming to shift 50 percent of their workload to the Cloud with an aim to adapt to the benefits of Enterprise Cloud Computing.

Cost Savings
Since this is one of the biggest reasons for companies to move to the Cloud; if this movement is giving you nightmares at night, rest assured, you are not the only one who is worrying about the initial movement cost – more than 20% of companies are worried about the move to the Cloud.

For companies who don’t have much work in the Cloud, there is a pay-as-you-go feature. This way, you only end up paying for the attributes you use and the time you spend online.

In cases where you don’t use the features you signed up for, you end up paying for your online time only; this is solely dependent on the type of service provider you have signed up with and what features they are offering you with the subscription. Most of the time, you can pay for the server space you need, and the rest can be clocked with the pay-as-you-go option for convenience sake.

Security of Data
When it comes to moving to the Cloud, security proves to be one major area of concern for organizations. Given the latest widespread data breaches, this issue does not come as a surprise. The hosting company’s primary role is not only to provide hosting services but also to maintain the Cloud’s security at all times. In the case of a breach, organizations would end up losing a lot more than just their files.

By moving to the Cloud, the problems of internal theft are put at bay. Within organizations, the chances of internal data theft are staggeringly high, which makes a move all the more lucrative for organizations. However, that does not mean that security is a concern which should be overlooked, even when all internal data is being moved to an external Cloud service. As per a recent survey conducted by RapidScale, it was calculated that close to 94% of businesses noticed an improvement in data security after moving to the Cloud. External Cloud service providers often provide encrypted data services, along with other security features, which makes the process of moving to the Cloud all the more secure and efficient.

Flexibility
If you are currently juggling between managing your core responsibilities, along with the problem of data storage, security, and maintenance then it is time to move to the Cloud. With such services in place, organizations can benefit tremendously as they obtain flexibility which only an external service provider can give.

Concentrating on core responsibilities, without having to fret about data storage, data security and IT hosting can provide additional flexibility to organizations. With an external hosting vendor, more than 65% of organizations were able to meet business demands in a more efficient, and structured manner.

Boost Productivity
The ability to access your data efficiently can go a long way in boosting the productivity of employees’. When data is remotely available, it becomes easier for employees to make real-time decisions related to business problems and organizations can perform better when it comes to meeting production targets and enhancing customer experience.

The Final Word
Cloud infrastructures lend a helping hand in environmental proactivity by providing virtual services rather than merely physical products and hardware related services. The Cloud has an extensive list of advantages, which can be harnessed by tying up with the right service provider. The organizational goals can go a long way in deciding the type of services to consider eventually. With the cut-throat competition in the market these days, there is a rat race amongst companies to move ahead of their competitors. Enterprises are devising newer solutions to understand what it takes to be on top of the other. As the world of technology advances, there are a plethora of options available to organizations, which promise to make their day to day processes more manageable, and better at the same time.

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