Marietta, GA: I-Business Network has merged its Cloud Services Practice into Summit Hosting creating the largest Sage Hosting provider and expanding Summit Hosting into the SAP ecosystem. Prompted by the ever increasing complexity and security requirements, I-BN recognized the need to join forces with a leading supplier and selected Summit after a long due diligence process.
“We searched extensively for a partner with expertise and experience to serve and support the needs of our customers and their business management software” said Gary Feldman, CEO at I-Business Network. “Summit Hosting checked all the boxes with world-class technology in its US and Canadian data centers, deep expertise in cybersecurity, and a North American support team that understands the importance of system reliability and responsiveness to customer requests.”Gary Feldman, CEO at I-Business Network
I-BN customers can expect improved security and satisfaction with an expansion of choices with Summit’s state-of-the-art data centers and an enterprise-level security suite. Summit has a dedicated 24/7 Security Operations Team and a 24/7/365 U.S.-based support team. Joining forces with Summit will also provide a leading niche hosting provider to the SAP Canadian market. Gary Feldman will work with Summit to garner SAP Hosting Certifications and drive Summit’s SAP growth and acquisition strategy.
“We are excited about the IBN acquisition as we continue to expand our hosting expertise and solidify our place atop the list of cloud hosting services in the SMB marketplace,” says Stanley Kania, CEO at Summit Hosting. “We would like to welcome our newest customers and look forward to providing enterprise-level security and world-class customer support.”Stanley Kania, CEO at Summit Hosting
About Summit Hosting: Summit Hosting is a leading cloud hosting provider for financial applications, including QuickBooks, Sage, and SAP Programs in North America. Since 2006, Summit has been offering top-tier hosting platforms for customers worldwide, with over 8,000 servers and 30,000 end-users running in our environments. We pride ourselves on giving our customers every tool they need to make their day-to-day more manageable and allow their business to grow.
Technology is always changing and customers looking for a cloud solution often say they are looking for a “true cloud.” The question is – What is true cloud? More importantly;
Just as process improvement methodologies typically look at People, Process and Technology, cloud computing models look at Organizational Readiness, Software and Technology Infrastructure.
My LinkedIn article covers the maturity of cloud and the organizations that use the cloud.
- What are the different types of cloud and what makes a cloud “cloudier“?
- What makes a company ready for cloud?
- How do you know if you are ready for cloud?
The article is broken into 3 sections:
- Technology and how it has matured through phases of maturity
- Software and how it has adapted to cloud technology
- Organizational Readiness using the Open Alliance for Cloud Adoption maturity model.
When looking for a cloud solution for your company, the journey begins with an honest self-assessment of what you want to accomplish and how ready you are for change. All true benefits come from a process-oriented approach which integrates people, process and technology into a solution that meets customer needs. There cannot truly be one answer for what defined “true cloud” as there is not one organizational structure that best fits all companies!
The I-BN Blog will continue with three additional posts covering each of these areas in greater detail so you can truly assess what cloud can do for your organization.
For more information on how I-BN can help you transform your business using our cloud platform, contact one of our cloud specialists via web form on our contact us page, call at 678-627-0646 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Business One version 10 is the latest major release from SAP for its small to mid-market product. SAP continues to deliver on its vision of the Intelligent Enterprise through a strategy centered around:
- “Consumer Grade Experience” – A user experienced designed to be as easy for business as consumer applications have become.
- Powerful Platform – Ensuring that the system is open for integrations such as e-commerce, shipping, warehouse management and much more.
- Built In Integration – Out of the box integrations with applications through the new “integration hub”
- Cloud – Enabling applications to run smoothly in the cloud by detaching applications from the underlying infrastructure
- Applied Intelligence – Embedding AI, machine learning, advanced analytics and other tools to create business value.
Version 10 provides significant enhancements to all of these development guidelines. Some key enhancements include:
- New Web Client helps with both the user experience and cloud deployment. The B1 Web Client uses the proved Fiori technology familiar to customers using the HANA version of the product and further simplifies the user experience for managing customers and inventory, creating sales orders and viewing of other sales documents and analysis. The web client incorporates all the power, felxibility and personalization created in the full client such as user defined tables, fields and objects!
- Enhanced Office 365 compatibility and the new integration hub make the Business One Platform easier for integrations. Using the Business One Integration Framework (B1if), the new integration hub reduces the complexity of integrations and includes templates or “scenarios” developed and supported by SAP. The initial launch of this tool includes
- Shopify – Cloud-based e-Commerce platform
- UPS (United Parcel Service) – Global shipping and logistics provider
- Nexmo – SMS service
- Fixer – Exchange rates API
- Magento – Cloud-based enterprise e-Commerce
- Salesforce – Cloud-based CRM Suite
- DHL – Global shipping and logistics provider
- Mailchimp – Cloud-based marketing and e-mail platform
- SendGrid – Cloud-based marketing and e-mail platform
- RFQ – Request For Quotation with SAP Business One
The SAP Integration Hub is a component of the SAP Intercompany Solution, although you do not need to deploy intercompany to use the scenarios.
Version 10 entered early adopter mode in November 2019. Early adopter mode follows an extensive testing process by SAP and begins with customers who need the new features and have vanilla or close to vanilla deployments. As more customers are enabled on the platform acceptance into the program will expand to cover a wider variety of customer use cases. SAP uses this method of adoption to ensure the solution is rock solid before it becomes “Generally Available”. SAP doesn’t fix the timeframe, but rather fixes the number of satisfied customers required in each localization (country or region) to determine when the product is generally available. We would estimate tht SAP Business One version 10 will be generally available around the end of Q1 and full support for all major third party enhancements will be rock solid by mid-year 2020.
For more information about SAP Business One and SAP Business One Cloud powered by I-BN, contact us at 678-627-0646 x230 or e-mail us at email@example.com.