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ICT services as a commodity

Cloud computing is a fundamental change in the use of ICT. In this form of IT services, you buy the hardware and software needed via Internet ICT services provided by others. Additional capacity can easily be scaled up with the cloud infrastructure. The consumption model of cloud computing means investment in hardware and software is no longer necessary. You pay a flexible subscription for the functionality or capacity that you use on a  'pay as you go' basis. The trend is for suppliers increasingly to offer new features and functionality exclusively in the cloud.

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Cloud computing is a fundamental change in the use of ICT. Instead of using hardware and software you own and manage, now you buy ICT services from other suppliers via the Internet. If you need additional capacity you can easily scale up with the cloud infrastructure and many network connections.

Until now, you had to invest up-front in hardware and software before consuming ICT. The consumption model of cloud computing is characterized by operational expenditures. You pay for a flexible subscription for the flexible functionality or capacity, that you know that you definitely need, i.e. 'pay as you go'.

Cloud Providers like Amazon, Google and have paved the way for the cloud as a distribution channel and consumption model. There is a trend emerging for suppliers to offer new features and functionality exclusively in the cloud.


Software as a Service (SaaS) is software that is offered as an online service. Ordina provides SaaS solutions from Microsoft and SAP.

SaaS provides all the functions of a traditional application, but through a web browser or a mobile device. Installing it locally is therefore unnecessary.

The advantages are:

  • You only pay for the functionality that you use, and often only for the duration of use.
  • You get instant access to all the new features at no additional cost.
  • As the functional owner, you know when you are using which functionality, and the necessary hardware is always there.


SaaS in practice

Social Cities is a SaaS solution from Ordina. It helps municipalities with the issue of how to deal with new forms of citizen participation as created by the use of social media, for example. With Social Cities, the municipality can enter into dialogue with citizens.

The solution provides the following elements:

  1. Approach and policies: how to take the first steps on social media and what should a local authority respond to or refrain from?
  2. Social media cockpit: interactions with citizens on Facebook, Twitter and Verbeterdebuurt are registered and moderated in the social media cockpit.
  3. Webcare functionality: knowledge management and frequently-used solutions to problems. 
  4. Campaign management functionality: to mobilize citizens and proactively approach them with targeted messages via e-mail, Internet or social media.
The SaaS solution enables you to go live in 6 weeks with Ordina's Social City solution.


Platform as a Service (PaaS) provides virtual servers on which you can use existing applications. You don't need to worry about the maintenance of operating systems, hardware and processing power. 

It is possible to develop new applications on the systems. Examples are access management, portal functionality, integration facilities and the scalable offering of system resources.


PaaS in practice


Based on best practices and customer-specific context, Ordina designs a migration strategy to Windows Azure Cloud. We have a quick scan to test the feasibility and map out the risks. This scan gives you insights into the qualitative benefits of Windows Azure for its specific situation.

Using the scan, applications are written on a project basis for Azure. We then migrate the applications. Software tools are created and/or designed to automate the migration process. After the migration we transfer the documentation on the management of the Azure environment. Training the application managers is optional.



Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) supplies hardware resources such as servers, storage capacity, networks and other infrastructure needed as a (distributed) server farm.

The big advantage is that the ICT capacity is no longer an issue. Upscaling and downscaling of capacity happens automatically. Performance is no longer an issue and is never in short supply.

IaaS in practice

By providing part of the computing power in the cloud, we can provide ICT services efficiently and effectively from a Shared Service Center (SSC). The solution covers all ICT aspects of an SSC setup. In other words, from housing to management.

The modular design enables us to integrate the individual components into an existing data center or the cloud. So an organization migrates at its own pace to its desired final state.

Examples of components that may or may not be in the cloud: housing, hosting, private cloud, networks, workstation and server concepts, technical management and technical application management.

The solution is built of elements of product lines from Microsoft, Oracle, Citrix, Cisco and VMware.