Department of Defense (DoD) Eyes Clouds For Future Application Deployments

November 21, 2014

"Cloud First" FedRAMP Authorization for Project Server, Dynamics CRM and SharePointIn an article by InformationWeek.com, The Department of Defense (DoD) has recently reported that they are changing their Cloud Computing Policy. The hope is that branches of the armed forces will have more say in choosing their service providers. While this is in line with the government’s new “Cloud First” Initiative, be advised, you can’t just pick any cloud. Click here for the full article.

According to former DoD CIO Terry Havorson, aside from the hurdle of convincing these owners of physical data to “Let go” of it, the military will have to manage the ever-present security concerns with all things government. Fortunately, the government has already solved the issue of secure cloud options with the FedRAMP authorization program, which includes over 300 specific security controls and continuous monitoring for cloud-based services. Project Hosts is in the final stages of this unique authorization, having recently reached “In Process” status.

Security_CloudOver the past year, Project Hosts has been moving through the FedRAMP Authorization process for CRM, Project Management and Collaborative SaaS solutions, assuring that we meet every requirement along the way. We are now in the very final stages in completing our FedRAMP authorization for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Project Server, and SharePoint, and are prepared to provide the DoD with the right cloud and services they require.

“By having a Project Server 2013 solution that is fully FedRAMP approved and recognized as FISMA / NIST standards compliant, we will be able to deliver Microsoft Project private cloud solutions to far more U.S. Government agencies and departments. A number of agencies have already approached us for hosting services, including the EPA  – taking advantage of our ten-year experience in hosted Project Server while knowing that our solutions will be FedRAMP authorized later this year.”  – Scott Chapman, CEO and Co-Founder, Project Hosts, Inc.

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Taking Dedicated Microsoft Dynamics CRM Clouds to a whole new level

November 18, 2014

Leader_in_CCWhen it comes to clouds, not all clouds are created equal. Some clouds lock-out solution providers from accessing core database capabilities and other administrative controls, making it difficult for them to give their customers the experience they expect.

At Project Hosts, we’re different – we give Dynamics CRM Solution Providers a dedicated cloud infrastructure. Our CRM Custom Cloud platforms ensure that you have more cloud control, more cloud visibility and better support and service for your customers.

We take “dedicated” CRM clouds to a whole new level. Here’s a quick link to our Custom Cloud Advantages page.

Project Hosts is recognized by CIO Review magazine for PPM, CRM and SharePoint Private Cloud Hosting.

Project Hosts is recognized by CIO Review magazine for PPM, CRM and SharePoint Private Cloud Hosting.

Recently recognized by CIO Magazine as one the top 100 global Microsoft partners, Project Hosts has more than 11 years of Microsoft hosting experience. We know how to help Dynamics CRM Solutions Providers with their dedicated, private and hybrid cloud hosting needs.

 

 

 

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6 Advantages of a Hosted Microsoft Project PPM, CRM and SharePoint Private Cloud Solution

November 9, 2014

Project-Server2013-Custom-Cloud-BusinessmanHosted Cloud solutions have given individuals, enterprises and government agencies many benefits, such as the ability to access their important files from pretty much anywhere internet access is available. But today I’m going to share with you 6 Advantages of a Private Cloud, particularly for Microsoft Project Server, Dynamic CRM and SharePoint users.

1. Dedicated Solutions IT Architecture. With a Private Custom Cloud from Project Hosts, enterprise customers gain a secure, reliable and cost-effective cloud solution eliminating the need for an on-premise deployment that is managed by their in-house IT staff. Click here to read more.

2. Trusted Applications support and integration. With our Hosted Microsoft Project Server Private or Hybrid Cloud solutions, employees throughout your organization have immediate and secure access to critical information 24×7 and have a holistic solution that operates seamlessly with applications such as Outlook, Excel and Marketing Automation Systems. Click here to read more.

3. Specific Security Requirements. Private Custom Clouds extend the level of security beyond what typical Public Clouds offer, with variances based on a customer’s specific requirements. For example, some organizations require dedicated servers (virtual or physical servers), encryption of data at rest, access restrictions to limited IP ranges, custom password policies, and more.

4. Real Time Business Intelligence (BI) & Customization. For enterprises with a medium to large amount of project and resource data, the Public Cloud restriction to only access databases via OData will still mean that users will have to face very long wait times for reports to populate with new data. Enterprises that would like to use the full power of the leading BI tools on the market today can achieve this requirement by choosing a Private Cloud or a Hybrid Cloud configuration through Project Hosts and our partners.

P2P_CustomCloud_cntrd5. Customer Person-2-Person Support. In this age of automated self-help systems, community bulletin boards and FAQs, Project Hosts is proud to offer a unique Person-2-Person Support service. We have experienced engineers working around the clock to respond to your support requests quickly. The time required to resolve a support issue varies depending on the severity and nature of the issue.

6. Built in Business Flexibility. We don’t lock you into our way of doing business, you have the flexibility to choose the business model which best suits your needs. We have more flexible ways of doing business than public clouds. We extend standard public cloud business terms by offering, monthly or annual terms, support for customer/partner hosting agreements and customer/partner chooses when to upgrade system versions.

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Microsoft Project Server (PPM), Dynamics CRM and SharePoint Clouds From (CSP) Project Hosts Achieve “In-Process” Status For FedRAMP SaaS-Level Cloud Authorization

November 3, 2014

FedRAMP Authorized SaaS

Project Hosts has achieved “In-Progress” status by the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board to undergo the FedRAMP Software as a Service (SaaS) authorization process for our Microsoft Cloud solutions for U.S. Government agencies. Today, Project Hosts offers FedRAMP Microsoft Project Clouds, FedRAMP Dynamic CRM Clouds, and FedRAMP SharePoint Clouds at the IaaS and PaaS level, and will soon have SaaS-level authorization.

“A FedRAMP SaaS-level authorization means that we have already implemented the hundreds of additional security controls required for a government PPM, CRM and SharePoint Cloud, thus relieving agencies and vendors from having to do so,” said Scott Chapman, CEO and Co-Founder of Project Hosts, Inc. The “In-Process” status carries the prestige of being merely a step from full Authority to Operate (ATO) status for hosting Microsoft Project Server, Dynamics CRM and SharePoint Clouds. 

Ed-man-ProjectServer-FedRAMP-websiteThe FedRAMP program supports the U.S. government’s “Cloud-First” initiative to enable U.S. federal agencies to use managed service providers that enable cloud computing capabilities. The FedRAMP program is designed to comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA).  Windows Azure is a secure and reliable cloud platform that enables companies like Project Hosts to quickly build, deploy and manage applications in a SaaS offering across Microsoft’s extensive network of data centers.  Project Hosts will leverage the FISMA / NIST compliant, and “Cloud First” authorized Azure platform to deliver hosted PPM, Dynamics CRM and SharePoint solutions and applications that are specifically tuned to U.S. Government agency requirements. 

For information on our status please visit the cloud.cio.gov site.

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A Customer Relationship Management system, or CRM system, has become an essential component in every company’s sales and marketing engine

October 28, 2014

CRM-2013-announcementBecause customers are a company’s most valuable asset, relationship management is an essential element of the pre-and post-sales process. Companies like Bridge Bank have found that a managed private cloud for Microsoft”s Dynamic CRM system is an extremely customizable and scalable solution for not only managing prospect touches but offers a customer-driven response based on their input and/or activities.  Microsoft Dynamics CRM also integrates seamlessly with Microsoft’s more popular applications, such as Office, Outlook and SharePoint.

The ability to utilize such a tool in a hosted cloud environment only increases the effectiveness of customer relationship management. Because access is available through a browser, users can access and manage “touches” from their mobile device, home office or from anywhere internet access is available. To read about how Bridge Bank utilized Project Hosts’ CRM SaaS solution, saving their own internal IT staff and resources from having to deploy and manage an on-premise CRM system, click here.

“We consider Project Hosts as a virtual member of our IT Team, leveraging their expertise in CRM Hosting to enable us to meet our customer needs and business goals more effectively and efficiently.” – Thuy Long, Assistant Vice President, Marketing Database Manager, Bridge Bank

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Interview with Scott Chapman by CEO/CFO Magazine On The Advantages of A Managed Private Cloud

October 20, 2014

Interview conducted by:
Lynn Fosse, Senior Editor, CEOCFO Magazine, Published – October 13, 2014

You can read the full interview with Scott Chapman at this link.

 

Gold-Hosting-ScottCEOCFO:  Mr. Chapman, would you tell us the basic concept of Project Hosts?

Mr. Chapman: We provide custom cloud hosting of Microsoft applications. When I say custom cloud hosting, that means instead of having a generic application deployed on shared servers, we give companies a more tailored application experience on their own private or dedicated cloud. We typically provide customers with dedicated servers, either physically dedicated or virtually dedicated, so that they have all the application control, flexibility, and customization that they would have if they deployed on premise or managed their own private cloud. And even though it’s a customized solution, they still gain the convenience and all the benefits of being in the cloud. We host Microsoft Project Server, the leading project management solution in the industry, SharePoint for collaboration, and Dynamics CRM for relationship management. We are now also starting to host Dynamics ERP applications and Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.

CEOCFO: What do you look for in your people?

persoon-to-person-supportMr. Chapman:  A significant reason why our customers choose us, and continue to stay with us, as opposed to a public cloud provider is our unique personal-approach to working with customers. We brand this as our Person-2-Person services. Many cloud providers shy away from providing direct, personal support, and prefer to provide things like community bulletin board support, or self-service automated FAQs. We are just the opposite. I’ve built this business on providing strong relationships with our customers and partners. If something goes wrong, for whatever reason, I believe the customer should have direct access to our company, and our people. As such, I look for people who take a customer-first perspective and are thinking about what the right thing is for the customer. That not only applies for the salespeople but also in the operations and support staff that are interacting with the customers. For example, we have many customers in the healthcare business whose deployments need to be HIPAA compliant. They may have questions about whether HIPAA requires certain technical configurations, such as encryption of the databases at rest. Our people answer these questions and put in place the correct technical controls and configurations to meet each customer’s requirement.

Read more about Project Hosts’ managed Project Server Managed Private Cloud, Dynamics CRM Managed Private Cloud, and SharePoint Managed Private Cloud solutions

 

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SSRS Report Enabler for Microsoft Project Online service integrates reporting for two cloud services

October 14, 2014

Project Online Free TrialReporting is a critical function for any Project Manager, whether their PPM is on-premise or in the cloud. When considering reporting in a public cloud environment such as Microsoft Project Online, for a long time, users have found that they simply could not. Thanks to Project Hosts and the SSRS Enabler, Project Online users have been able to create Business Intelligence (BI) reports using Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and Analysis Services (SSAS) in a completely seamless experience. Project Hosts takes its SSRS Cloud offering and integrates it with Microsoft Project Online, creating a Hybrid Cloud solution for Office 365 customers.

ssrs-custom-cloudThe SSRS Enabler is easy: Project Online users simply click and link and view SSRS through a single sign-in option. It’s affordable: a ready to run environment with two affordable plans, based on data size and the number of users requiring SSRS Reports. Perhaps the most important benefit of this service is how well supported it is. As a Project Hosts service, the SSRS Enabler is supported by our Person-2-Person customer support department. Real people vs FAQs and community web support.

An added benefit of the SSRS Enabler is the fact that SharePoint Online customers can also publish their reports. Many on-premise SharePoint users experienced frustration when moving into a public cloud environment when it came to their lack of reporting ability. Now reports created in report builder can be accessed using the SSRS Enabler provided by Project Hosts. Click here to learn more about Project Hosts’ SSRS Enabler and begin reporting again in a Hybrid Cloud environment.

“Who is Project Hosts and why are they a such a different type of hosting / cloud company – find out in this one-on-one interview from CEO/CFO Magazine and Scott Chapman.”

Click here to compare Microsoft Project Online and our other Cloud Services

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