in the World Today.
In a world where almost every system is getting computerized;
both companies and their customers have no choice but to embrace digital lifestyles.
The CEO and the customers that patronize his company’s products and services, interact
using computers and computing devices. Keep in mind also that these computers
and computing devices, like laptops, tablet PC’s, smartphones, internet TV, servers and databases etc.
cut across different types of architectures, platforms, and digital ecosystems.
Not to mention the different industry players like Microsoft and its
technologies, Google and Android, Nokia and Samsung and their smart devices,
who are all delivering cutting edge technology, way faster than the average
individual can keep up with.
High Cost of Implementation and Maintenance.
I can remember the days when businesses had to build
different applications for different platforms. Some companies had to figure
out a way to integrate their products and services into one unified system that
will be accessible to their customers. But that still did not make the applications,
products and services, available to many emerging markets. It also did not
solve all the problems and limitations constantly encountered during management
and maintenance, not to mention the high cost of it.
The Need for a New Platform
With this understanding, you will agree with me that there is a need for new architectures, and platforms
that have the power and ability to consolidate other existing architectures,
into one easy to use platform. This architecture and platform must be able to
supply every need, service every request, be accessible from different
computing devices, but all the time remaining available and accessible around
the clock, adaptable and transformable, scalable and securable, with little cost,
maintenance and manageability from both businesses and customers. From the way
I look at things, that architecture, and platform that can provide all of the
above requirements mentioned above, is Windows Azure, which in a way can be seen as a consolidation
of architectures, and platforms, because
it is accessible, across many computing platforms and devices. This is why I have chosen to develop White Stone
Business Hub using Windows Azure. I am certain it will be beneficial because it
will give me that edge I need to get businesses closer to their customers no
matter the platform or device. Did I hear you say, “What is White Stone Business
Stone – The Business Network
White Stone™ is a solution that brings businesses
close to their customers. White Stone™ will be developed using ASP.Net with MVC,
and it will take advantage of Windows Azure Hosted Services, and Mobile Services.
One of the reasons I take interest in mobile computing is this; a report by Gatner
says there has been a reduction in sales of PCs worldwide because consumers are
migrating to other computing devices like tablets and smartphones (See report
There will be more tablet PC’s in the world. Mobile computing is here to stay
and thrive; therefore, there is a need for businesses to start adopting architectures
and solutions that have the resources to satisfy those mobile computing needs.
With Windows Azure Mobile Services, White Stone™ will go a long way to be a solution
available on different mobile devices and their platforms.
Azure Virtual Machines
Azure Virtual Machines can host many current operating
systems, which can be accessed by customers, all day and from any location. This
ensures high availability to customers who will be able to access our products
Points of Interest
Azure Flexible Pricing
Another good reason I will be using Windows Azure is
that it is far cheaper to use Azure Virtual Machines as your system and infrastructure,
than using the traditional on premise server systems, especially when you
consider the cost of buying and maintaining servers, Operating Systems, and application
software’s, hiring DBA’s and Server Admins who are going to manage the on premise
system. Windows Azure has flexible payment options like Pay as You Go.
White Stone will be very easy to manage, maintain,
transform and scale up, because most of the maintenance and management required,
have been greatly reduced and abstracted away by Windows Azure. Now our
customers can be better served by White Stone™ the Business Network.