Software and IT Partner News
By SuperUser Account on 4/22/2013 9:06 AM
Summary: Picking apart Microsoft's latest financials shows you can't split the company neatly between home and business any more, thanks to the cloud.
A little while back there were predictions that, while Microsoft might continue to succeed in the enterprise market where it has multiple billion-dollar businesses, it would lose out on the consumer side to Apple and Google.
So does the 'collapsing' PC market mean that's finally happening? Not necessarily.
As Simon Bisson pointed out recently, PC sales are dropping not just because people are buying cheaper tablets that can do some of what a PC does, but because the PC they already has is good enough and they don't need a new one nearly as often.
Consumers haven't stopped needing those PCs, even if they use them less and use other devices more. Or, as analyst Rob Enderle put it recently: "PCs aren't being replaced by alien devices, rather, they are evolving into devices that are smaller, portable, and increasingly pull their performance from servers."
The merging of consumer and enterprise
There's also less difference between 'consumer' and 'enterprise' than there used to be (and not just because of the use of consumer devices and services in the office).
Businesses and home users both care about connectivity and uptime, because if my DSL or my cloud provider goes down then I haven't got my email, my photos or my business applications any more. They're both buying into services more than products: Office 365, subscriptions to Office Home Premium or extra space on Google Drive, for example.
Yes, the specific services a business and a home user buy will be different and have different features — and the service the home user gets might be free because companies can sell ads on it, or because it's a loss leader to tie them in to a broader ecosystem. Equally, consumer services often don't have extra features businesses need: I would prefer users in my office to put files onSharePoint Online or Box instead of Dropbox. But that's more about how well you understand your market; increasingly, the skills companies need to build and run those services are similar, and the way to make money from them is to have both efficiency and scale.
By SuperUser Account on 4/16/2013 9:08 AM
As president of Microsoft’s server and tools division, a $19 billion-a-year business devoted to databases, servers and other software products, Satya Nadella has a predictable cast of competitors to worry about. There is Oracle, VMware, SAP and a bunch of other makers of highly technical products that make everyday services like banking and airline reservations work, even if the software running them is invisible to most consumers.
But one of Mr. Nadella’s competitors – Amazon – is not like the others.
The Internet retailer is beloved by consumers for its seemingly infinite online selection of merchandise available for one-click purchasing, speedy delivery and Kindle e-readers. Out of view of most of the public, though, it has transformed itself into a huge player in the field of cloud computing. By renting capacity on the industrial-strength servers and beefy Internet connections in its data centers to anyone willing to pay for it, Amazon has become the virtual landlord of choice for technology start-ups, including the likes of Instagram and Foursquare.
Microsoft wants a piece of the action. On Tuesday, the company is opening to general availability a new service that competes directly with Amazon’s cloud offering. (Microsoft has been testing the service with customers for the past year.) And to make sure it’s taken seriously, Microsoft is committing to match Amazon’s prices for its cloud service, which is known as the Elastic Compute Cloud.
By SuperUser Account on 11/20/2012 9:23 AM
Opportunities in the Cloud Start Today!
Get The Tools You Need to Build a Thriving Cloud Practice
Join the Microsoft Cloud Program
Drive new revenue when you develop or sell cloud solutions based on innovative Microsoft technologies. Start by enrolling in the Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack, and then qualify for the advanced Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Program to earn additional benefits.
Start with Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack
Are you new to the cloud? Get resources designed to help you start your cloud practice:
- Leverage internal-use licenses for Microsoft Office 365, Windows Intune, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to build sales acumen, and expand online development skills with the Windows Azure Platform.
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By SuperUser Account on 10/11/2012 7:32 AM
Microsoft has been providing their Ready-to-Go Marketing services for Partners for years, and it has gotten a bit more thorough since I last checked it out. If you haven't done so already, it's worth a peek:https://readytogo.microsoft.com/en-us/Pages/Home.aspx
Here's a summary of what you can get to help support your Sales and Marketing Efforts:
Content Finder - This is a nifty resource for finding marketing content specifically by Product Area, Target Market, Solution Area, or Vertical. You can filter by any of these criteria and find:
Partner Readiness Information
Digital Marketing Material
Web Syndication Services
And Marketing Graphics
By SuperUser Account on 9/6/2012 7:45 AM
By Jack Clark for Cloud Watch
Summary: Three companies each have their own method of linking an organisation’s datacentre with public clouds, but each one holds risks and benefits for the customer that must be considered.
With Microsoft's new version of Windows Server, the company has committed to a proprietary model of computing where the Redmond software giant makes sure all roads lead to Azure, its own cloud offering.
Microsoft's update is just one of the moves underway as tech companies look to consolidate their positions in the vitally important cloud computing space. Three of the largest players, Microsoft, VMware and Amazon, are trying to strengthen their positions using very different strategies that will force big - and hard-to-reverse - decisions on the organisations that adopt their technologies, and raise issues about vendor lock-in and standards.
Better the devil you know
Microsoft's tactic is simple - most enterprises use its desktop operating system and a large amount use its server management software as well. (In the second quarter of 2012, just under half [47.9 percent] of all the revenue generated from worldwide server shipping came from Windows Server boxes, according to IDC.)
However, much of these workloads could easily move to the private cloud, where Microsoft is in competition with companies like VMware, or to the public cloud, where fewer companies use Microsoft's Windows Azure compared to Amazon Web Services's suite of technologies.
Microsoft's solution, along with tweaking its Windows Azure public cloud, is to have more of the characteristics of Amazon's, and to update Windows Server to be its 'cloud OS'. It has attempted to do this by increasing the capabilities of its Hyper-V hypervisor to add better replication and software-defined networking features, along with usability tweaks to bring the user interface in line with the clean, modern interface used in Azure.
By SuperUser Account on 6/4/2012 12:01 PM
Drive new revenue when you develop or sell cloud solutions based on innovative Microsoft technologies. Start by enrolling in the Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack, and then qualify for the advanced Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Program to earn additional benefits.
The Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack
Are you new to the cloud? Get resources designed to help you start your cloud practice:
- Leverage internal-use licenses for Microsoft Office 365, Windows Intune, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to build sales acumen, and expand online development skills with the Windows Azure Platform.
- Get expert support and grow your expertise with technical guidance and targeted training.
- Drive new opportunities with Microsoft Pinpoint and Microsoft Office 365 Marketplace participation.
The Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack Software Benefits
Microsoft Office 365
Note: If you intend to sell Office 365 you will need to sign the Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement (MOSPA) and complete the required assessments in order to access your partner sales features benefit. Learn about MOSPA
Subscription for 25 PCs
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Note: If you intend to sell Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, you must meet all the requirements of the CRM Software Advisor Program in order to be able to receive CRM Online advisor fees. Learn more
Windows Azure platform
375 hours of small compute instance, 20 gigabytes of storage, and 250,000 storage transactions
- Microsoft SQL Azure Web Edition database: 1 gigabyte
- 100,000 access control transactions (provided at no charge for billing periods prior to 11/30/2012)
- Service bus connections (free until 3/31/2012) and 128 MB cache
- Data transfer: unlimited in and 25 gigabytes out
Listing as Cloud Essentials partner on the Microsoft Pinpoint online marketplace
Online sales and financial modeling tools
- Demo Showcase
- Profitability Modeler
Presales and technical support
- Online Technical Communities for cloud services
For Partners Who Sell and Service
For Partners Who Build and Develop
- Enroll in the Microsoft Partner Network.
- Sign the Microsoft Online Services Partner Agreement (MOSPA) and complete introductory training and an assessment. Learn about MOSPA.
- To continue receiving these benefits in your second year of enrollment, you must meet a modest sales requirement of 50 seats per product during your first year of enrollment.
- Enroll in the Microsoft Partner Network.
- Sign up on Microsoft Platform Ready and register your application.
- To continue receiving these benefits in your second year of enrollment, you must meet a modest sales requirement of 50 seats per product during your first year of enrollment.
There is no fee for this program.
By SuperUser Account on 5/23/2012 9:06 AM
From Business Insideer
As earlier predicted, cloud storage options are becoming increasingly popular, offering users the ability to access files and documents regardless of where they are in the world or what device they have in their hand. And with so many different services now available, I thought I’d share some of the most popular to help users and business owners decide which may be the best match for them.
Below are some of my personal favorites and options you may want to consider if you’re thinking cloud storage may be right for your business:
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t love Dropbox. Like many of the other cloud storage options, Dropbox offers you the ability to store your files, documents, photos and videos in the cloud and keep them synced with your computer, phone, and online Dropbox account. What really stands out for me is the ease in which all of this happens. I can create a Dropbox folder, invite other people to it, and it’s as if I’ve created that folder directly on their computer. Other sites many offer similar sharing options, but it’s the simplicity of Dropbox that has made it such a crowd favorite.
Dropbox offers tiered pricing plans which begin with a free 2GB option and extend all the way to a team pricing model offering 1TB of storage. If you’ve wanted to incorporate cloud storage into your business, but weren’t sure how to get started, I’d recommend doing so with Dropbox.
SugarSync is a great service for business owners who will be heavy on the file syncing. With SugarSync, you can backup, sync, access and share all your files on-the-go, instantly and securely from virtually any device. It learns the way that you organize your files and folders so that if you’re working on a report from home, it will be synced and in the right folder when you head into the office tomorrow. For a frazzled SMB, that’s a neat benefit. SugarSync also boasts a number of pretty intuitive features and value adds like robust file sharing capabilities, an admin dashboard, optional password protection, and integration with Microsoft Outlook to help business owners manage their businesses from where they are and do it securely.
By SuperUser Account on 4/26/2012 10:51 AM
Google Drive, the search giant's new Dropbox competitor, Microsoft recently improved a similar online sync and storage service, SkyDrive. Microsoft added the ability to store files online and sync across multiple devices right from your Windows or OS X desktop. That puts SkyDrive squarely in competition with Dropbox and Drive, five years after Microsoft first introduced its online storage solution in 2007.
Amid the excitement over
If you're looking for a new service to sync and store files across multiple devices and the cloud, you should give SkyDrive a serious look. Not only do you get more free storage, but you'll also have an easier time managing online documents and you get free remote access to your home PC while you're on the go. Google Drive may be the current media darling, but for people just looking to get some work done here's why you should give SkyDrive a try.
Microsoft Office Formats
, but that's a good amount of storage for the average user, and it's $10 cheaper per year than Google at $50 compared to Drive's $60. You can also buy just 20GB for $10 per year or you can get 50GB extra for $25 per year with SkyDrive.
Drive may offer deep integration with Google Docs, but Google Docs file formats do not offer deep integration with the rest of the productivity software world. If you want to edit a document in Google Docs you have to convert that file to Google's online formats. It doesn't matter if your original file was a simple text or HTML document, or the world's de facto standard, a Microsoft Office format. All of these files must be converted to Docs format before you can edit them. So when you download a native Docs file from Google Docs to your Drive folder, you are downloading a link that opens the document in your browser instead of the actual file.
By SuperUser Account on 1/4/2012 9:22 AM
Have to edit a Word document? Poor baby. At least now you can do it on your iPad
Probably the biggest thing stopping many users from switching to the iPad full time is the lack of Microsoft Office on the tablet. It might be a bloated, slow, convoluted mess that makes you want to toss your computer out the window whenever you use it, but Office–and particularly Word– are pretty much mandatory for many jobs.
Enter CloudOn, a combination of app and web service, which lets you create and edit Office documents using your iPad. It works by running Office-compatible software on the CloudOn servers, meaning you need to be online to use it. But as the server-session uses a native app as a front-end, you open mail attachments, say, with the usual “Open with” service.
By SuperUser Account on 7/25/2011 8:53 AM
Cloud computing has definitely moved into the mainstream. You now see commercials from Microsoft, Cisco, IBM and others every evening on prime time Cable TV. CNBC has created a Cloud Computing Special Report for investors to learn more about it. Even government agencies are now moving to cloud-based solutions.
Unfortunately, one of the most touted reasons we see for using cloud computing – that it provides universal access to data and applications from the Internet – has nothing to do with what cloud computing actually is. This is simply what web-based applications have been doing since the 1990s. True cloud computing offers a whole lot more. In October 2009, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published an excellent definition of cloud computing that calls out five essential characteristics that separate clouds from simple remotely hosted, web-based computing models:
- On-demand self-service
- Broad network access
- Resource pooling
- Rapid elasticity
- Measured service
I know, some of these terms are mouthful – especially to those who do “live and breathe” technology. However, they remove so much of the work and complexity that has so frequently made management of computing so painful and costly:
By SuperUser Account on 7/1/2011 7:41 PM
By Aviv Siegel, AtHoc, Inc.
Campuses, government agencies, military and enterprises are facing increased threats from terror, accidents and weather. Legacy fire systems are inadequate and incapable of handling the wide-spectrum of threats. The advent of new communication technologies enabled by Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure presents excellent opportunity to address the challenge.
Protecting, informing and accounting for people quickly and effectively during emergencies is the problem addressed by AtHoc Emergency Mass Notification System (EMNS). AtHoc IWSAlerts™ network-centric mass notification currently represents the state-of-the-art in emergency alerting technology. It leverages the ubiquitous IP network and transforms an organization’s existing IP network and its connected devices into a rapid and pervasive emergency notification system. A net-centric unified notification system can reach people through multiple redundant channels in minutes—with detailed information for a safe course of action. Additionally, emergency managers can provide detailed instructions for action to all personnel and receive feedback to ensure a safe response--a capability absent on traditional passive alerting systems.
By SuperUser Account on 7/1/2011 7:34 PM
Microsoft-centric solution provides .NET developers with advanced cloud computing solution and SDK for more profitable and rapid ecommerce deployments
Minneapolis, MN., June 29, 2011—Insite Software, a leading provider of B2B and B2C ecommerce platforms and shipping solutions, today announced that Microsoft Corporation has certified InsiteCommerce as one of the first enterprise B2B ecommerce platform powered by Windows Azure for cloud computing. The latest version of InsiteCommerce provides the Microsoft .NET development community and design agencies with advanced cloud deployment and an easy-to-use SDK allowing firms to rapidly develop and deliver scalable, high performing, B2B ecommerce projects for their manufacturing, distribution and retail clients.
“.NET developers have been looking for a reliable, scalable, ecommerce platform that delivers the B2B capabilities in the cloud, as Microsoft Commerce Server does not currently support the Windows Azure platform,” said Brian Strojny, CEO of Insite Software. “InsiteCommerce is designed for cloud computing and leverages the benefits of Windows Azure to help developers provide faster, scalable and more profitable B2B ecommerce deployments. We are pleased to be one of the first enterprise B2B ecommerce platforms certified by Microsoft and look forward to working more closely with the .NET development community.”
By SuperUser Account on 5/19/2011 11:12 AM
Well-respected SMB Nation community announces 6th Annual Spring Conference
Hosted in Toronto, June 10-11, 2011 at International Centre
With a “Pivot to the Cloud” mantra, SMB Nation, the well-respected technology channel community, has awarded its 6th annual Spring conference to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It’s part of SMB Nation’s on-going worldwide SMB channel partner outreach to engage and extend the success of its tribal membership. “We are thrilled to freshen our Spring conference with impactful content that is first cloud focused while honoring traditional SMB IT topics.” Shared Harry Brelsford, CEO of Seattle-based SMB Nation. “We have brought in the best and brightest technical and business minds for an amazing two-day professional conference. We have speakers delivering unique content on Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Office 365, cloud and hybrid computing, managed services provider (MSP) business models and important ‘BusinessSpeak’ topics such as increasing technology sales.”
Speakers were selected in a competitive process where an authoritative content selection committee vetted a large number of papers to select the more relevant content. This resulted in Microsoft MVPs, published authors, accomplished CEOs and surprisingly successful MSPs speaking from the stage. The conference is well supported by enthusiastic sponsor community including D&H Distributing, Microsoft, Intel, AppAssure, Cisco and many other familiar names.
“First and foremost, we are community. We’re from the community producing a community event supported by the community and attended by community members. How cool is that?” Brelsford exclaimed. “Beyond the amazing SMB Nation staff and tribal membership, we have enjoyed fantastic support from like-minded similar communities including the MVPs, user groups, trade associations and other affinity entities. And most importantly, we really recognize and realize the warm welcome we’ve already received and Toronto and hope that our efforts satisfy the hunger of the Canadian SMB technology community!”
By SuperUser Account on 4/21/2011 9:41 AM
Business people worldwide are realizing that they do not need to pay a premium for a world-class CRM solution – and you shouldn’t either. Today, you can get a great solution that meets your specific business needs – and save a tremendous amount of money in the process.
Until May 28, 2011, Microsoft will send qualified organizations $200 for each Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Subscription license. Buy 30 seats, get $6,000. Buy 100 seats, get $20,000.3
This money could be used any way you like. For example, the money can be used to accelerate your implementation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Whatever the case, Microsoft will send you money to help you get started fast.
By SuperUser Account on 4/18/2011 8:40 AM
|Using Office 365, small businesses can be up and running with Office, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online in just 15 minutes.|
REDMOND, Wash. — April 17, 2011 — David Kroenke has authored more than 15 undergraduate business technology textbooks over the past few decades, with titles including “Database Concepts” and, most recently, “Using MIS.” As a small-business owner working with a handful of co-writers, editors, designers and contractors, Kroenke often collaborated via telephone, email and file-sharing — and mailed printed copies of book drafts to his team for review. However, once he became a beta tester for Microsoft Office 365, it changed the way his business works.
“I work out of two offices, and Office 365 saves me the hassle of tracking book files between so many different places,” said Kroenke. “I don’t have to wonder where I put everything, because it’s always available to me, no matter where I am.”
As soon as he heard about Office 365, Kroenke signed up for the limited beta program.
“Office 365 has opened up a whole new world of productivity for me — I feel like a kid in a candy shop,” said Kroenke.
“After using it for just a few weeks, Office 365 simplified my business, giving me more time to focus on the work that’s most important. We can brainstorm in real time, organize, and streamline the book-editing process. Office 365 gives small-business owners like me many of the tools we never had before.
“With just one click, I can show my co-worker a document I’m working on and make suggested changes while in a videoconference; we can even use a virtual whiteboard. My co-worker might be in Ohio, while I’m in Seattle, but we’re drawing on the same whiteboard, just like we’re sitting in the same room. That is just really, really cool,” said Kroenke.
Ready for Work, Whenever You Are
Small businesses around the world can now enjoy the benefits Kroenke described. Microsoft today announced the public beta of Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes. Office 365 was recently introduced in limited beta, bringing together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service. The public beta allows millions of people in more countries and more languages — a total of 38 markets and 17 languages in all — to try Office 365 for the first time.
By SuperUser Account on 4/11/2011 9:36 AM
|Microsoft Dynamics customers gather at Convergence 2011 to hear how they win today and in the future.|
ATLANTA — April 11, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) CEO Steve Ballmer and Kirill Tatarinov, corporate vice president for Microsoft Business Solutions, today opened a sold-out Convergence 2011 to more than 9,000 attendees, demonstrating how companies can use Microsoft Dynamics to maximize the value of their existing technology investments, remain agile as market conditions change and ultimately become dynamic businesses that can win in any environment.
At Convergence 2011, Microsoft’s premier event for decision-makers using enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM), the company shared its vision to take Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions to the cloud. It also gave customers a first look at the newMicrosoft Dynamics AX 2012 release and shared the strong momentum experienced by its portfolio of Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions.
Unveiling Vision for Cloud ERP
Building on the success of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, the company revealed a path for its ERP customers to move to the cloud with the next major releases of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions, which will run on the Windows Azure platform. Customers will be able to move to the cloud on their own terms. The Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions will bring the same benefits in the cloud as they do on-premises.
Understanding that to deliver the benefits of the cloud to customers requires more than just technology, the company reiterated its commitment to help partners benefit from Microsoft Dynamics cloud offerings and released a Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Partner Profitability Guide. This guide provides key success factors and an execution road map, to help partners optimize their business processes and identify new opportunities.
“We see the cloud as a turning point in the market that provides the opportunity to create a new business model geared toward increasing the profitability and agility of our company,” said David Goad, managing director, eSavvy Pty Ltd. “The Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Partner Profitability Guide really helped us to solidify that opinion. It offers clear guidance on how to benefit from this shift and serves as a great starting point for all partners looking to build a strong, cloud-based business.”
In addition to resources such as the profitability guide, independent software vendors (ISVs) and partners will also be able to showcase Microsoft Dynamics cloud-enabled vertical solutions, add-ons and services on the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace. This makes it simple for customers to try and buy solutions that fit their specific business needs and gives partners an opportunity to reach a broader audience and grow their business.
Microsoft Introduces Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
Also at Convergence 2011, customers get a first look at Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, an innovative new ERP solution that empowers people to anticipate and embrace change, with agility made possible by a unified business process repository, model-driven architecture, and simplicity that comes from a familiar user experience and built-in collaboration tools.
“Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 frees customers from the electronic concrete that has plagued the ERP industry for so long,” Tatarinov said. “Customers want flexible yet cost- effective business applications that work the way they do instead of being forced to adapt to the software.”
By SuperUser Account on 4/4/2011 1:48 PM
For all of the developers out there, there's now a cool way to check Windows Azure from Microsoft, and have a little bit of fun, thru their new Rock Paper Azure Challenge.
Windows Azure, a cornerstone of the Microsoft Cloud Offering, is used to create player bots, which compete against other bots weekly for six weeks. Weekly prizes for winners include Xbox 360's, Kinects, and gift cards. Weekly stats are provided thru the site, along with links to tips, tools, and weekly training webcasts.
By SuperUser Account on 3/21/2011 10:38 AM
|Large retailer runs business-critical applications for 1,755 stores on Microsoft virtualization technologies.|
REDMOND, Wash. — March 21, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. announced today that Target Corp. is running business-critical workloads for all its retail stores on 15,000 virtual machines using Microsoft virtualization and management technologies, giving its IT department greater agility and economies of scale. The second-largest discount retailer in the U.S., Target has virtualized inventory, point-of-sale, supply-chain management, asset protection, in-store digital media and more on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center.
“Target’s investment in Hyper-V is a result of the strong technology partnership between our two companies,” said Jeff Mader, vice president, Target Technology Services. “With Hyper-V, Target can reduce our stores’ server footprints without sacrificing the mission-critical application performance that contributes to a superior retail experience for our guests.”
Minneapolis, Minn.-based Target Corp. serves guests at 1,755 stores in 49 states and operates 37 national distribution centers. Earlier this year, Target scaled its deployment of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V to every U.S. store in the chain. Applications, ranging from Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP1, SharePoint 2007 and Exchange 2007 to third-party, line-of-business software, can now be deployed and managed more quickly, with 8,650 fewer physical servers to maintain, power and refresh. Target has also implemented the Microsoft System Center management platform to manage and patch more than 300,000 endpoints, ranging from servers and PCs to mobile inventory devices and point-of-sale registers. System Center provides the automation, insight and data to help ensure Target guests can quickly find the products they need at the lowest possible cost and check out without delay.
By SuperUser Account on 3/7/2011 9:59 AM
|Ericsson, Convergys, MetraTech, Redknee and Tech Mahindra choose Microsoft Dynamics CRM to extend their existing billing and customer care offerings for service providers.|
REDMOND, Wash. — March 7, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) today announced its growing ecosystem of independent software vendors (ISV) and systems integrator (SI) partners within the telecommunications industry. Ericsson, Convergys Corp., MetraTech Corp., Redknee Inc. and Tech Mahindra Ltd. have all selected Microsoft Dynamics CRM as a customer care component of their existing business support systems solutions, helping ensure service provider customers worldwide are able to support the delivery of new services effectively and affordably.
“It is exciting that partners recognize Microsoft Dynamics CRM can help them optimize their business and operational support offerings for telco customers, helping to deliver greater efficiencies and address new market opportunities,” said Brad Wilson, general manager, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Product Management Group. “As telcos look to transform their business, innovations in billing and outstanding customer service can make all the difference. These partnerships are a testament to the familiar, intelligent and connected experiences that Microsoft Dynamics CRM provides and that telco organizations require today.”
ISV and SI partners transitioning to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 are looking forward to passing on breakthrough productivity to telcos. The Microsoft Office user interface helps reduce initial per-call-center-agent training time and costs, delivers access to real-time data, and streamlines processes to boost internal collaboration, resulting in more satisfied customers.
By SuperUser Account on 3/1/2011 10:33 AM
By Anya Ciecierski, PartnerPoint Contributing Writer
That headline may have you confused. We aren't generally bashful in singing the justly-deserved praises of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, yet here we are advising Microsoft Partners against purchasing that very software. Why is that? Because Microsoft Partners can get Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for free. That’s right. Free!
Microsoft recently revealed the details for an exciting program that makes the life of a Microsoft Partner even sweeter. All Microsoft Gold Certified partners can claim up to 250 seats of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for free, while Silver Certified partners can claim up to 100 seats. On top of that, further seats can be purchased for the discount rate of $19 per user per month. This offer can't be combined with any other competencies, but who can complain after a freebie like that? Microsoft Cloud Essentials Pack or Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partners are also in on the deal, getting the same offer as Gold Certified partners: 250 free seats with more following at $19 per user per month.
By SuperUser Account on 2/24/2011 3:12 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cloud Computing EAM Solution Achieves Perfection
Greenville, SC – February 24, 2011 – AssetPoint, a leading Enterprise Asset Management
(EAM) solution provider, announced its TabWare Cloud Computing solution achieved 100%
uptime for its customers during the 2010 calendar year.
TabWare is the leading EAM solution for companies who want full functionality without the
expense, resources and time other solutions demand. Designed by maintenance professionals for
maintenance professionals, TabWare is proven to maximize asset performance, resulting in
maximum uptime and higher profit margins. The TabWare Cloud Computing solution is hosted
by AssetPoint in an SAS-70 Type II audited environment, and customers access their data
through a secure, password protected internet link. It’s designed to handle all customer locations
from a secure database, giving views of their operation at a site, region, division, country and
By SuperUser Account on 2/23/2011 1:09 PM
|Government agencies, universities and public school systems choose company’s Online Services to increase productivity, save money.|
REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 23, 2011 — Today at the Microsoft U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit, Microsoft Corp. announced cloud computing agreements with 16 new government and education customers. In his keynote address, Curt Kolcun, vice president of U.S. Public Sector at Microsoft, welcomed several of the newest users of Microsoft Online Services, including Portland Public Schools, Oregon; University at Albany — SUNY; Fashion Institute of Technology — SUNY; Vanderbilt University; City of Alexandria, Va.; City of Virginia Beach, Va.; and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians tribal government in southern Alabama.
These public sector organizations join a rapidly expanding community of government agencies and schools that have recently implemented Microsoft cloud computing solutions, including the state of California, the state of Minnesota, U.S. Department of Agriculture, California State University campuses at Long Beach, Pomona and San Francisco, the State University of New York (SUNY), New York City Public Schools in partnership with ePals Inc., Kentucky Department of Education, and the University of Georgia. In addition to cost savings and efficiency gains, public sector organizations are choosing Microsoft cloud solutions for their security features, interoperability with existing technology investments and the 24/7 voice support services. Microsoft’s newest government customers join more than 190 state and local government organizations in nearly every U.S. state, bringing the total to more than 3 million government employees utilizing some form of Microsoft Online Services. In addition, Microsoft Live@edu is currently one of the most popular communication and collaboration cloud suites for education, serving more than 15 million people in more than 10,000 education institutions worldwide.
“Public sector organizations are looking for enterprise-grade cloud solutions, and that means providing high levels of security, functionality and support,” Kolcun said. “We’re seeing government and education organizations of every size and dimension using Microsoft cloud solutions to help reduce costs and increase productivity in support of their missions.”
Portland Public Schools Leads the Path in Oregon to the Cloud
Portland Public Schools, the largest school district in the state of Oregon with more than 46,000 students across 85 schools, is planning to move to Microsoft Live@edu as its core collaboration and communications suite for students, teachers and staff to drive improved teaching and learning in the classroom. Portland was looking for a new e-mail solution as its current on-premises Novell GroupWise system was coming to end of life, and it wanted to provide new services to students. After a thorough analysis of both Live@edu and Google Apps for Education, Portland chose Live@edu because of Microsoft’s training and support structure, security, and interoperability advantages.
By SuperUser Account on 2/17/2011 1:55 PM
With the introduction of Azure Platform, Microsoft is helping small and medium businesses (SMB) make the move into the cloud with integrated cloud applications that were once only available to large enterprises at a considerable price. One could say Microsoft has helped SMBs grow their wings and soar into the cloud.
Tools like the Azure Platform make it easy even for small businesses to deploy their own web applications right alongside trusted Microsoft products such as Office 365, SharePoint, Lync, and Dynamics CRM. Additionally, all of Microsoft's cloud products play nicely with on-premise or hosted tools, such as Microsoft Dynamics GP. Add the quickly rising market share of Microsoft's new search engine, Bing, and you have a legitimate advertising platform for your business as well, one that can reach audiences on everything from mobile phones to gaming consoles.
By SuperUser Account on 1/31/2011 2:10 PM
By Jeff Vance
If I asked you to pick the most over-hyped technology trend of the past year, you’d probably pick either “cloud computing” or “smartphones and tablets.” Pretty much every tech publication has wall-to-wall coverage of those trends, while plenty of vendors are busily slapping “cloud” and “mobile” on a slew of products that are only vaguely so.
The thing about these so-called over-hyped trends, though, is that they really aren’t. In the build up to the Super Bowl, you will see exhaustive coverage of the Steelers and Packers, and, sure, there’s way more hype than I’d prefer, even as an expatriate Pittsburgher and rabid Steeler fan. But are those teams really over-hyped when they’re at the top of the NFL heap?
Similarly, cloud computing and mobile get more than their fair share of attention, but on the other hand, investment dollars are flowing into cloud and mobile companies; startups are popping up like weeds, and plenty of incumbents such as Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle and IBM (to name only a few), are betting big on these trends.
One thing much less hyped is that the cloud and mobile are intersecting in many, many places, giving rise to the “Mobile Cloud.”
How is the “mobile cloud” different from the “cloud?” Ask ten different tech experts and you’ll get ten different answers. Often, the term “mobile cloud” simply indicates the most common end point accessing a particular cloud, although as the mobile cloud evolves expect some subtle differences in regard to security, back-end infrastructure, app design, etc. to emerge.
Even though the mobile cloud is still in its infancy, here are five things IT should know about the mobile cloud in order to prepare for the future:
By SuperUser Account on 1/25/2011 11:49 AM
Stonetree Network Solutions specializes in bringing the "Fortune 100" technology experience to small and medium-sized businesses in the Denver, Colorado area. Innovative offerings include their popular STONEMail service for spam-free, virus-free, HIPAA/PCI/SOX-compliant secure email – all without the overhead expense of an in-house email solution. Clients can access their email the same way they would with a traditional email server without the worry of server configuration, backup, retention, archives, or upgrades.
Other Stonetree services include outsourced IT, disaster recovery, electronic backup, hosted email solution, project implementations, wireless installation and support, and virus scans and malware protection for a client base as diverse as medical offices, engineering firms, property managers, nonprofit organizations and more.
'Blended' Business Model
In order to make good on the kind of quality services they were committed to delivering, Stonetree owners Dan and Andrea Mullen chose to partner with technology providers who Dan Mullen calls "the best of the best." Their business relies on a combination of smart technologies that include the Microsoft Exchange 2010 and Microsoft Server 2008 R2 platform, HP ProLiant Servers, VMWare, and WatchGuard network security solutions.
Mullen does not refer to his company as a managed services provider (MSP). "We offer 'blended services.' By that I mean a combination of some of the services an MSP would provide, but with the personal on-site touch that lets the clients actually know who we are. We become an integral part of their team, and it doesn't cost them any more for the personal service. We charge a flat rate with no additional fees for after-hours or emergency support."
By SuperUser Account on 1/25/2011 11:02 AM
By Robert Peretson, PartnerPoint Contributing Writer
If you're managing in-house Microsoft Exchange for the clients you support, I'm willing to bet that a very significant portion of your time is dedicated to maintaining that one system. After all, consider all of the issues that require your regular attention:
• Controlling Spam
• Preventing virus attacks
• Getting clients removed from blacklists
• Managing end-users with enormous mailboxes
• Configuring communication with mobile devices
• Ensuring reliable backups and easy restoral of Exchange data
• Configuring remote connectivity for off-site end-users
• Dealing with complaints of undeliverable messages
• End-users complaining of missing emails
• Entourage databases needing to be rebuilt
• Archiving or restoring pst files
• Setting out-of-office policies
• Setting security and user access to public folders
• Managing permissions for shared calendars and contact lists
The list goes on. Just think of all the Exchange related tasks you've had to deal with yourself over the last couple of weeks.
By SuperUser Account on 1/24/2011 11:03 AM
By Mary S. Hester, PartnerPoint Contributing Writer
Clouds are made of increased bandwidth and storage blended with the advances in virtualization and remote access. Today’s technology allows us to compute anywhere, anytime. The sky is clear blue for cloud computing, but it hasn’t always been that way.
Cloud computing grew out of the centralized or mainframe model. For those who remember mainframes, it was the only way to compute. We had remote access, but it was cumbersome, slow and expensive. Programmers got in the habit of coding all night long when rates were the cheapest. Then those long, sleepless nights were replaced by distributed computing, a computer for everyone, but somehow programmers still program all night.
The distributed computing model was embraced rapidly. With amazing graphics and Internet availability, the computer became a household appliance. But distributed computing had its drawbacks, it was hard to interface disparate systems and collaborate in real-time. Recently, 100% availability and remote connections at LAN speeds have resurrected the centralized computing model with a new name. You could say that computing has come full circle back to a centralized computing model that we call Cloud Computing. It is provocative, exciting and revolutionary.
New technology holds a dilemma as most computer users don’t really care about the technology; they just want it to work easily and reliability. And business owners are only slightly interested in the merits of a distributed or centralized computer model. They want computer systems that are economical, productive and work without needing a staff of IT gurus.
By SuperUser Account on 1/24/2011 10:38 AM
By Robert Peretson, PartnerPoint Contributing Writer
If you're a managed service provider, you know that every potential new client can possibly represent a significant boost to your revenue. And you know that it's challenging enough to just get your foot in the door. Once you do and you're face-to-face with your prospective new customer, how can you give yourself the edge you need to close the deal?
There are several things that you must do if you want to have any chance at landing the client. Ask questions… listen more than talk… develop a rapport… be honest.
But one of the most effective things you can do to turn your prospect into a paying client is to provide a compelling demonstration.
The late Billy Mays was one of the most successful and recognized sales pitchmen in recent history. There was a television program called "Pitchmen" a few years ago that followed the process that Billy and his partner Anthony Sullivan followed when choosing products to sell. In one of the episodes, Billy said very clearly, "The very first thing I need to see in a product is - "Is it Highly Demonstrable? When I show you the product in action, do you instantly know what it does… what the benefit is?"
Did you ever hear the slogan "Takes a Licking and Keeps on Ticking"? Back in the 1950's a small, young watch company used that slogan in a marketing campaign where in their commercials they "tortured" their watches with jackhammers, paint mixers and strapped them to the propeller of an outboard boat motor. These compelling demonstrations showing the abuse these watches were able to endure were the reason that in just a few short years, one of every three watches sold in the U.S. was a Timex… and why over half a century later, we still instantly know who the slogan belongs to.
By SuperUser Account on 1/19/2011 11:39 AM
|Steve Ballmer introduces the new service that delivers the Power of Productivity to customers worldwide.|
REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 17, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) CEO Steve Ballmer today announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, the cloud version of the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 release that delivers new levels of productivity to sales, service and marketing organizations. The on-premises and partner-hosted versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 will be globally available on Feb. 28, 2011.
For the first time outside North America, customers can access Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online in 40 markets and 41 languages and sign up for a free trial at http://crm.dynamics.com. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is available today at a promotional price of $34 per user per month for the first 12 months of service to qualified customers that sign up by June 30, 2011.
“Sales professionals are at the heart of almost every successful business,” Ballmer said. “Microsoft Dynamics CRM redefines productivity by offering an industry-leading product that is fully embracing the cloud. The things that make Microsoft Dynamics CRM an industry leader include giving sales professionals a familiar user experience, enabling greater collaboration, streamlining of processes and access to real-time data so they can improve their customers’ experiences and effectively compete in the market.”
Based on the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 release, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online delivers breakthrough productivity by providing familiar, intelligent and connected experiences to users across the organization:
Familiar experiences for sales, service and marketing users through a next-generation native Microsoft Outlook client, browser-based and mobile access, RoleTailored design, and advanced user personalization, improving user adoption and giving users easy access to the information they need to be successful
Intelligent experiences through guided process dialogs, inline business intelligence for performance and goal management, and real-time dashboards, providing the most up-to-date information critical to enabling sales, service and marketing professionals to do their jobs effectively
Connected experiences through flexible cloud development, Windows Azure interoperability, contextual Microsoft SharePoint capabilities and the new Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, making it easy for customers and partners to configure and customize Microsoft Dynamics CRM to meet specific business needs
By SuperUser Account on 1/12/2011 11:54 AM
|Microsoft today named some of the country’s top “cloud-friendly” U.S. cities. The rankings are based on the results of an extensive survey in which 2,000 IT decision makers nationwide discussed how they are adopting and using cloud computing.|
REDMOND, Wash. – Jan. 12, 2011 – The forecast for cloud computing across key U.S. cities calls for new lines of business, more need for IT services, and potential job growth, according to a new survey released today by Microsoft.
Microsoft released the results of the study this week after interviewing more than 2,000 IT decision-makers in 10 U.S. cities.
|Microsoft interviewed more than 2,000 IT decision-makers in 10 U.S. cities. The survey indicates that cloud computing is helping to create new businesses and jobs in each city.
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The cities are ranked based on how local businesses are adopting and using cloud computing solutions – including hiring vendors to migrate to the cloud, seeking IT professionals with cloud computing experience, and creating new lines of business based on cloud platforms. The survey indicates that cloud computing is not only a growing sector of the IT services community, but helping to create new businesses and jobs locally.
By SuperUser Account on 12/27/2010 9:44 AM
By Tim Ferguson, 27 December 2010 14:26
ANALYSIS - As we prepare to say goodbye to 2010, silicon.com takes a look back at the biggest software stories of the year.
Cloud computing dominated the headlines in 2010 with Microsoft, SAP and even the UK government investing in the technology.
Microsoft's cloud efforts focused on its Windows Azure cloud computing platform, which the company began charging for in February. In June silicon.com caught up with Microsoft president of server and tools Bob Muglia for an update on how take-up and development of the platform is going, in: Windows Azure: Inside Microsoft's cloud computing strategy.
Microsoft's cloud line-up expanded further in October, as the company announced a cloud version of its Office productivity suite, known as Office 365. Initially available as a beta, the full version of Office 365 will be launched in 2011: Office 365: Microsoft puts its Office suite in the cloud.
SAP was another software giant adopting the cloud. After a lengthy development programme, it launched its long-awaited on-demand ERP system Business ByDesign to all customers in the summer. The release was explored in Cheat Sheet: SAP Business ByDesign.
By SuperUser Account on 12/16/2010 10:10 AM
By SuperUser Account on 12/7/2010 11:45 AM
By - Charles Arthur
Putting data in to the 'cloud' suits companies but does not evade political pressures
WikiLeaks showed last week that the premise behind cloud computing began looking a bit creaky. Photograph: Jens B Ttner/ Jens B ttner/dpa/Corbis
Until last week, any computing futurologist would tell you that cloud computing is where it's at. You don't need to know where your data is being stored; it's just on a computer, or more likely computers, Out There On The Internet. Thus Amazon, with its EC2 ("Elastic Cloud Compute") service, or Microsoft with its Azure service, or the most familiar example, Google, with its GoogleMail and Google Docs services, which are used by thousand of companies around the world. (Disclosure: the Guardian uses Google Docs and Mail, and Amazon's EC2 system for its API.)
Indeed, the prestigious Pew Research Center said in June that "solid majority of technology experts and stakeholders participating in the fourth future of the internet survey expect that by 2020 most people will access software applications online and share and access information through the use of remote server networks, rather than depending primarily on tools and information housed on their individual, personal computers" and that "most users will perform most computing and communicating activities through connections to servers operated by outside firms".
We already do, to a large extent: Google's search index lives in the cloud; lastminute.com, TripAdvisor, toptable.com, they're all a "cloud" service. What has been changing in the past few years is that individuals and companies have been able to upload their own content onto those computers – hence the explosion in size of Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter, none of which generate their own content. It all lives in the cloud, where one organisation offers the servers and another offers the software that interfaces to the content.
By SuperUser Account on 12/6/2010 9:20 AM
|Microsoft today posted a letter in the Wall Street Journal inviting Salesforce.com customers to save money on IT by switching to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.|
REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 6, 2010 — Microsoft has issued an ‘Open Letter’ to Salesforce.com customers inviting them to switch to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online.
The letter was posted in the Western regional edition of today’s Wall Street Journal, complemented by a news release, and coincided with the start of Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce.com customer conference. With the letter, Microsoft aims to convince attendees that its customer relationship management (CRM) solution offers more value, said Jamie Fiorda, group product marketing manager for Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
|Michael Park, corporate vice president of sales, marketing, and operations, Microsoft Business Solutions.
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“We need to aggressively get the word out and inform customers that they have a choice. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is a great solution to consider,” said Jamie Fiorda, group product marketing manager for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. “It’s important that we communicate the value of our product, and how we differentiate on productivity.”
In the letter, Michael Park, corporate vice president of sales, marketing, and operations, Microsoft Business Solutions, encourages Salesforce.com customers to ask themselves:
In this economy, how can I justify paying two to three times more for an enterprise CRM system than I need to?*
Having access to the most up-to-date information is critical to my business; why doesn’t Salesforce.com provide real-time access to data and dashboards, refreshed whenever I need it like Microsoft does?
Microsoft works great with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office; why does Salesforce.com want me to start from scratch when it comes to productivity tools for my people?
As part of the letter, Microsoft announced a “Cloud CRM for Less” offer. Now through June 30, 2011, Microsoft will rebate eligible Salesforce.com and Oracle customers up to $200 for each user to make the switch to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. The offer can be applied for services such as migrating data or customizing the solution to meet unique business needs. Full terms and conditions can be found at CloudCRMforLess.com.
By SuperUser Account on 11/30/2010 2:14 PM
In Q&A, Microsoft's Tom Rizzo says Google doesn't understand business needs
By Sharon Gaudin
Computerworld - Raising the stakes in its war of words, Microsoft today said Google simply doesn't understand what businesses need, and is failing at pushing its way into the enterprise.
In an interview with Computerworld, Tom Rizzo, senior director of Microsoft Online Services, talked about the company moving its popular Office apps into the cloud, as well its competition with main rival Google .
Rizzo wasn't pulling any punches. The verbal sparring between the two companies has only heated up in recent months since they're battling on many different fronts -cloud-based apps, search, browsers and operating systems. Just late last month, Microsoft leaped intoGoogle's territory, launching a beta of Office 365 that officially took its ubiquitous Office suite to the cloud.
And that move turned up the heat on Google which has been vying very hard over the past few years to move from the consumer realm into the lucrative enterprise market.
What are the biggest challenges you're facing in getting customers to move to the cloud?
By SuperUser Account on 11/30/2010 2:11 PM
By Saad Fazil
Microsoft is on a roll: Its newly launched Windows Phone 7 isgaining momentum, and Kinect, its motion controller response to the Wii, is rumored to have sold out (although whether that rumor is true is another matter). If there was ever a time for Microsoft to get back on its feet and stand shoulder to shoulder with Apple and Google, this would be it.
This positive buzz comes at a time when Microsoft sorely needs it. Microsoft’s major source of power and revenue – the Windows operating system – is under an unprecedented threat on several fronts. First, as mobile phones become smarter, the Windows franchise will lose its dominance unless Microsoft can find a way to compete with Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. Second, as operating systems find their way into other connected devices such as Internet TV, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are getting all the buzz. Third, as the Internet becomes speedier and demand for cloud-based storage increases, web apps will become even more popular, making the Windows operating system even less relevant.
So what’s Microsoft doing to regain footing on these three fronts?
Despite arriving late to the party, Windows Phone 7 has received strong reviews so far, and while there are a few glaring omissions (such as the missing copy/paste function), on the whole it is a great leap forward from the antiquated Windows Mobile platform.
It’s too early to tell whether Windows Phone 7 can catch up in a market dominated by iOS and Android, but it has some clear advantages. Tighter integration with Microsoft Office, still the most dominant productivity suite, is one of them. Gaming is another.
By SuperUser Account on 11/25/2010 2:23 PM
By: Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine
Google wants you to stop using Microsoft Office and move to its completely Web-based Docs service, and with each passing week the service gets richer and better performing. But just in case you're too devoted to the installed productivity suite leader, there's a next-best choice: Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, formerly DocVerse.
Google Cloud Connect is basically an Office plug-in that syncs documents with your cloud-based Google Docs account; it was made available to Google "trusted testers" on Monday. The Google Docs blog post making the announcement has been updated to note that available slots for prospective testers filled up within a few hours of the announcement. PCMag got early access to the software for a look.
Though the Connect plug-in won't give Office users all of the live collaboration features available in the Web version of Docs, it will offer a Sync button that will back up the document being worked on, make it available from anywhere via Google Docs, and assign it a unique URL. The toolbar also offers a Share button that sends this URL or gives rights to the document to Google contacts.
By SuperUser Account on 11/20/2010 10:37 AM
By Kenneth Corbin, Internetnews.com
McLEAN, Va. -- In perhaps its most dramatic move yet toward reshaping the federal IT
apparatus, the Obama administration on Friday announced a multipronged strategy to improve efficiencies and eliminate waste from the government's sprawling technology operations, including a mandate for all agencies to embrace cloud computing.
Speaking here at an event hosted by the Northern Virginia Technology Council
By SuperUser Account on 11/20/2010 10:22 AM
Microsoft Office 365 is coming….. as we have shouted almost daily lately. For those of you who are curious, but have tons of questions, our good friends at Microsoft have provided a ton of resources. One that is concise and to the point is the new Microsoft Office Transition Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Office 365?
A: Microsoft Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time, money and free up valued resources. Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop suite with online versions of Microsoft’s next generation communications and collaboration services: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online. With Office 365 we provide services that are easy to administer and simple to use – always backed up by robust security, reliability and control to run your business.
Q: When will Office 365 be available to customers?
A: Office 365 will be available for purchase in 2011. Please note that existing customers must be transitioned to Office 365 before it is available to them. Transition to Office 365 will be available to existing BPOS customers soon after availability of Office 365. Microsoft will work with all existing BPOS customers to determine the best time for the customer’s business to make the transition.
Q: What services and tools are included in Office 365?
A: Office 365 includes: Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Lync Online and the latest version of Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop suite.
By SuperUser Account on 11/16/2010 3:31 PM
Cloud computing is to business what the pocket calculator was to education back in the 1980s. I’ve already told you how I was addicted to the Cloud , and your now probably hearing about it daily. So why should you be interested in this new buzz word. Well, there are a couple reasons your ears should perk up when you here news about The Cloud, especially when it involves the Microsoft products your company has become dependent upon over the years like Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, or Microsoft Dynamics.
- Cost – costs usually include little to no up-front costs, and monthly per user costs moving forward. This allows you to convert capital expenditure to operational expenditure which can lower the barrier to entry into new products and services.
- Freedom – your team can more easily access systems remotely and from multiple devices such as Mobile devices
- Reliability – cloud computing is ideal for business continuity and disaster recovery.
- Scalability – you get “on-demand” provisioning of resources on a self-serve basis in realtime.
- Maintenance - cloud computing application maintenance is done for you by the host, and changes and updates apply to all users independent of location.
By SuperUser Account on 11/11/2010 12:24 PM
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TabWare Express is a Best-in-Class Asset Management Solution in a SaaS Model at an Affordable Monthly Fee, Making It Ideal for Small and Medium Size Companies Whose Success Depends on the Performance of Their Assets.
Greenville, SC – November 11, 2010 – AssetPoint (www.assetpoint.com), a leading Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solution provider, announced TabWare Express, a secure web-based Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solution offered on a per-user, monthly fee basis that ensures maximum equipment uptime and control of maintenance costs for small and medium size companies. TabWare Express is designed by maintenance professionals for maintenance professionals, and is easy to learn, easy to use, and easy to own.
TabWare Express is offered in 3 modules that can be used separately or combined together depending on your business needs:
· Work Orders including Preventive Maintenance
· Spare Parts Inventory
By SuperUser Account on 10/19/2010 11:14 AM
|Microsoft announces Office 365, a new service that brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.|
REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 19, 2010 — With the announcement of Microsoft Office 365, the productivity power of the cloud just got a turbo boost for customers of all sizes. The new service brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.
|Microsoft announces Office 365, a new service that brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.
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“Office 365 is more than a new brand. It’s a progressive approach to cloud applications,” said Kurt DelBene, president of the Microsoft Office Division. “We designed Office 365 to work for a business of one – or a business of one million and one.”
Any business will be able to transform the way it works with Office 365, and make it dramatically easier for people to connect to co-workers, partners, customers and the information that keeps business moving forward – instead of spending valuable time on technology management and maintenance.
For example, The Starwood Hotel chain, which owns Sheraton, St Regis, W, Westin and other properties around the world, will be able to use Office 365 to change how its regional managers work together. Each manager oversees 70 to 80 properties, making it impossible to be physically present in all company locations. With Office 365, Starwood managers will improve the performance of their properties, using Web conferencing with collaboration and messaging technology. This will change how the company implements promotions, trains new employees, and shares its best practices, while saving money. Managers will be in multiple locations virtually, creating better customer and employee interaction and satisfaction.
Office 365 changes the rules
To date, only the largest businesses have been able to take advantage of modern, enterprise-caliber IT solutions. Office 365 changes that. No longer will enterprise technologies be reserved for traditional office workers and the larger organizations that can afford their own data centers. Instead, organizations of all sizes and people in all types of jobs will use enterprise-grade collaboration tools, social networks and unified communications to improve the way they work – and never again be trapped behind the firewall or on applications from last decade. In a few clicks, a small business can get enterprise-caliber productivity applications, an expansive capacity to grow, and a team of IT and security experts on its side. It’s not realistic for a small company to acquire these resources on its own, but delivered at scale, customers can get these solutions at a dramatically lower cost – saving 10-50% over comparable alternatives.
Any type of business can use the cloud service too. At The HerbFarm, a Northwest restaurant ranked regularly as one of the best in the United States, the manager of guest services doubles as the IT lead. With Office 365, he’ll be able to focus on his “day job” and let Microsoft focus on the technology – all while enabling better collaboration. For example, the team will be able to communicate more efficiently between a sous chef at the local market and a team at the restaurant to set the day’s menu based on the freshest produce and fish available at the moment. A delicious meal will be prepared for customers in real time – helping a local chef create a world-class dining experience.
Office 365 means speed and scale
By SuperUser Account on 10/8/2010 8:40 AM
Microsoft acquires AVIcode to become its secret weapon in cloud application performance monitoring.
BALTIMORE—Microsoft has acquired AVIcode, a software firm specializing in .NET APM (application performance monitoring). - By Darryl Taft
The deal is a boon to both companies, as Microsoft gains solid technology to help take customers more confidently to the cloud, and AVIcode gets what it has been seeking from day one–an opportunity to see its technology gain traction in a high-visibility, high-volume situation. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
AVIcode’s management couldn’t be happier, particularly my Chesapeake Bay crab-cracking pal, Mike Curreri, president and CEO of the Baltimore-based company. In an Oct. 6 blog post, he said: “It is with great pleasure that I announce AVIcode Inc. has today been acquired by Microsoft. Both AVIcode and Microsoft share a common vision about the evolution of application performance management and monitoring and the ever- growing need for organizations to gain 360-degree visibility into both application behavior and user experience.”
Meanwhile, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management and Security Division at Microsoft, in his own Oct. 6 post, said, AVIcode will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft, with the software being delivered through the System Center product family.
By SuperUser Account on 10/5/2010 1:55 PM
Remarks by Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer
London School of Economics
Oct. 5, 2010
Moderator Professor Saul Estrin, Head of the Department of Management, London School of Economics: Hello and welcome everyone. I think it’s a tribute to our speaker that so many people have come early in the morning and I believe there’s a queue outside. I’m not going to spend a lot of time on introductions; I think we all know why we are here.
Steve Ballmer followed the advice I tend to give a lot of our students, which is to take Maths and Economics, only he was, unfortunately, not here but at Harvard. He, since then, has spent most of his working career at Microsoft, ending actually as the CEO, which is his position now. Some of you will have seen him on YouTube or on other videos. He’s a very energetic presenter and I think with no more ado I should welcome him to LSE, announce the title of the lecture, Seizing the Opportunity of the Cloud: the Next Wave of Business Growth, and hand over to him.
Steve Ballmer: Well, thanks. It’s fun for me to have a chance to be here. I was actually telling folks on the way here the whole story; when I graduated from college, which is now a long time ago, I came to London on vacation and I wanted to see the London School of Economics and there wasn’t one beautiful building like this one at the time and I think I wandered around for the better part of 45 minutes not quite sure which building was which, so to speak. So it was just really fun for me to have a chance to come in and say ‘Wow! This looks pretty darn nice. You’re living right here in the LSE’. I’m jealous. A girl down here in the front row has a nice LSE T shirt; I am going to see if I can get somebody who works for me to pick one up. I think I’ll look better jogging the streets of London in an LSE T shirt than whatever Nike stuff I had on this morning.
I will spend a little bit of time and talk about kind of the big opportunity that I see in the technology industry today. I will talk a little bit about some of the things Microsoft is trying to do to seize on that but in a sense I want to talk to you about the general shift in phenomenon and opportunity that I think that presents. I know we have a little bit of a mix of folks in the audience. By visual description, it looks like we have some students and probably some non-students. By visual description, we may have some engineering students as well as people who are more traditionally management and business students and I want to try and give a sense of where the sweet spot is in our industry.
By SuperUser Account on 10/4/2010 11:30 AM
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Sep 16, 2010 08:00 ET
Latest On-Demand ERP Offering Being Used to Teach Students Computerized Accounting
SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2010) - RoseASP, one of Southern California's largest providers of hosted Microsoft Dynamics solutions, today announced commercial availability of myGPcloud™, a Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution which is now available to colleges and universities as part of their academic program.
The myGPcloud service allows professors to set up a new Microsoft Dynamics GP system in less than 10 minutes, allowing their students to have access to sample company data, a live instructor's company, and individual student companies for a rich educational experience. Two offerings have been designed specifically for colleges and universities including a professor only install and a professor and student install. The professor and student option allows students to access their accounting system on any workstation with internet connectivity at any time of day.
"MyGPcloud will be very valuable for our Dynamics Academic Alliance," said Don Morton, Microsoft Academic Alliance Site Leader. "The biggest hurdle for some universities wanting to utilize Dynamics GP is the time and effort to install and configure the system. MyGPcloud overcomes all of those issues and lets professors focus on their curriculum instead of Dynamics technical support."
"We feel this is a 'must have' in teaching accounting today," said Linda Rose, president of RoseASP. "To understand how a computerized integrated ERP system works is key for their success as accountants, controllers, and auditors of the future. And students can literally be in the dorm room at 3 a.m. working on their accounting system homework, because they will be able to access it from their own personal computers."
By SuperUser Account on 9/15/2010 8:58 AM
So, have I mentioned how hooked I am on the Cloud? Ok, I guess I have. But since were on the topic, another thing I love about Cloud Offerings is the ease of Trials. Since there is no software/server installation and minimal setup, providing low cost (or free) trials is possible for software vendors. Also, since they control the hosting, they can easily control access to the software post-test without the worries of licensing compliance you may have with on-premise software tests.
A current and exciting example of this is Microsoft’s new Free Trial of their Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online product. You can be setup in minutes, and take a free 30 day test ride of this new offering.
By SuperUser Account on 9/1/2010 9:22 AM
VMware on Tuesday stumped for its IT as a service vision, which revolves around virtualization, efficiency and automation. This IT vision also includes a hefty dose of hybrid data centers as cloud computing and traditional infrastructure, or so-called private clouds, meld together.
By SuperUser Account on 8/31/2010 9:33 AM
Acquires VMlogix while also embracing open approach to virtual switches
Citrix today extended the Citrix OpenCloud platform with the acquisition of VMLogix as part of a plan to add self-service capabilities on top of the Citrix cloud computing management platform.
By SuperUser Account on 8/27/2010 8:42 AM
For a quarter of a century, the relational database (RDBMS) has been the dominant model for database management. But, today, non-relational, “cloud,” or “NoSQL” databases are gaining mindshare as an alternative model for database management. In this article, we’ll look at the 10 key aspects of these non-relational NoSQL databases: the top five advantages and the top five challenges.
By SuperUser Account on 8/26/2010 1:48 PM
It's no secret that Google has been making a play for SMB market share, a territory long under Microsoft's control. It's a logical goal to pursue as business computing continues to evolve from the local machine to cloud computing—Google's wheelhouse. But can Google succeed at taking customers from business software incumbent Microsoft, even while fending off newer cloud-based competitors?
By SuperUser Account on 8/26/2010 1:42 PM
Red Hat announced a strategy for its cloud stack, now called Cloud Foundations Edition One.
It’s about portability and interoperability. In other words it’s about standards. In line with that, Red Hat has submitted its cloud platform as a potential standard for interoperability.
By SuperUser Account on 8/23/2010 11:54 AM
By Kevin McLaughlin, Steven Burke, CRN
Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) Monday took the wraps off Cloud Champions Club, a new cloud-computing-oriented channel program that's designed to help partners follow Microsoft as it stampedes into cloud computing.
With the new three-tier program, unveiled at Xchange Americas 2010 in Dallas, Microsoft is essentially chipping away at the psychological barrier of up-front costs that has kept many VARs on the sidelines of the cloud revolution.
"We want to make it easier for VARs to sustain the up-front cost associated with the move to the cloud," said Eric Martorano, Microsoft's head of U.S. SMB Channel & Online Services, in an interview with CRN. "We're trying to give partners that have really made a commitment to cloud with resources, funding and training to make them successful."
The first Cloud Champions Club tier sets the bar at three customerwins and 75 seats. Once partners meet this requirement, they'll receive online training, market development funds (MDFs) and access to a Microsoft cloud services sales team whose charter is to help partners transition to the cloud.
Partners reach the second Cloud Champions Club tier with eight customer wins and 200 seats. This gives them an additional 25 percent in MDFs as well as access to TS2, a Microsoft field technical services team that offers assistance to help VARs move their customers to the cloud.
By SuperUser Account on 8/18/2010 9:33 AM
Many corporate customers still do not grasp the key benefits of cloud computing, one top analyst says.
In a research note posted today, Gartner distinguished analyst John Pescatore said many corporate customers he’s talked to recently who are evaluating cloud computing for the first time are not interested in “true” cloud benefits.
By SuperUser Account on 8/17/2010 10:33 AM
I saw a fascinating interview on Forbes.com last week that implies the death of IT as we know it. In it, Michael Chui, senior fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute, described a trend that his firm views as the way IT will be done in the future.
By SuperUser Account on 8/17/2010 10:11 AM
Today, Rackspace announced the release of Windows based Cloud Servers to compete with Amazon EC2 Windows instances and Windows Azure. According to Rackspace, the new service delivers a highly scalable environment ideal for Windows-based hosting, testing and developing applications and supporting the high levels of traffic required for launching online gaming platforms or the next social networking phenomenon. This was expected for a long time because they needed to have Windows based offerings in order to effectively compete with Amazon.
By SuperUser Account on 8/16/2010 12:06 PM
Barring any last minute changes, a Microsoft vendor is poised to win the e-mail hosting contract for the state of California. And Google, which has cried foul over the state’s wording for bids for the contract, is left standing on the sidelines as a big client slips away.
By SuperUser Account on 8/16/2010 11:48 AM
Central Desktop, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) collaboration platform provider, today announced the availability of its new cloud-based Microsoft Office collaboration tool, Central Desktop for Office. This new product delivers seamless, real-time integration between Microsoft Office and the cloud to radically improve the way people collaborate on Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
Once installed, Central Desktop for Office adds a new toolbar in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint that allows users to interact with files stored online without ever having to open a web browser. Using this toolbar, users can simultaneously co-author Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents in real-time, as well as open and save files directly into the cloud. Central Desktop for Office is powered by OffiSync technology and is compatible with Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 and 2010.
By SuperUser Account on 8/16/2010 9:25 AM
At our annual Financial Analyst's Meeting (FAM) we announced that The Dow Chemical Co., Hyatt Hotels Corporation and the University of Georgia have each selected Microsoft cloud solutions.
By SuperUser Account on 8/3/2010 10:12 AM
A startup, who wishes to remain anonymous, is delivering an innovative new business service from an IaaS cloud and most of the time pays next to nothing to do this. This isn't a story about pennies per virtual server per hour - sure they take advantage of that- but more a nuance of cloud optimization any enterprise can follow: reverse capacity planning.
Most of us are familiar with the black art of capacity planning. You take an application, simulate load against it, trying to approximate the amount of traffic it will face in production, then provision the resources to accommodate this load. With web applications we tend to capacity plan against expected peak, which is very hard to estimate - even if historical data exists. You capacity plan to peak because you don't want to be overloaded and cause the client to wait, error out, or go to your competition for your service.
By SuperUser Account on 7/29/2010 5:54 PM
Posted by Brier Dudley
Steve Ballmer's trying to set the record straight on Microsoft's maligned consumer businesses.
"We're pretty focused in a set of areas we think have big potential," the Microsoft chief executive said to 180 or so financial analysts meeting in Redmond today.
During his presentation, it was disclosed that Microsoft's expecting Windows 7 tablets to spread in early 2011 after new Intel hardware emerges.
The company's also preparing to offer a "personal cloud" to Windows 7 users, including a set of online services for managing and synchronizing files that will come with Windows 7 PCs starting in the third quarter.
The personal clouds include Windows Live services such as the SkyDrive online storage system and online Office applications, with the addition of new sync features for synchronizing and sharing content across various devices.
During a demonstration on a prototype Windows slate computer, an upcoming version of Messenger was used for a video chat by Brad Brooks, vice president of Windows marketing . During a chat session, a user can call up files such as photos from their devices or cloud storage site and share them with the other person.
Another demo featured an application for moving media content across various networked devices. On the top of the screen was a menu of connected devices for outputting the content, including a networked stereo receiver, an Xbox and a TV adapter. Songs and videos could be pulled from a personal cloud to the devices by tapping and dragging the file onto the menu.
The personal clouds extend the "personal hub" concept that debuted on Microsoft's short-lived Kin phones, which automatically synchronize photos and messages with a companion personal Web site. These hubs will be a key feature of phones running the upcoming Windows Phone 7 software. (Here's one of Ballmer's slides from the presentation)
A Windows Phone 7 demo showed how the device draws on both work and personal calendars stored online, displaying both on its calendar. It showed a conflict - a meeting during a Sounders game, so the device was used to adjust the meeting, map travel to the game and find and choose a Chinese restaurant for the post-game celebration. In true Microsoft style, a shopping list for a pre-game party was managed on OneNote and the to-do list was shared with other participants via SharePoint.
By SuperUser Account on 7/29/2010 9:04 AM
By Ina Fried - REDMOND, Wash.--Aiming to show it is still winning customers against Google, Microsoft on Thursday announced deals to provide hosted e-mail and portal software to three big corporate customers.
The software maker said Dow Chemical, Hyatt Hotels, and the University of Georgia are all using the company's hosted e-mail and portal software, known as Microsoft Online. The announcements were timed to come just as Microsoft is set to host its financial analyst meeting here. (I'll be covering the day-long event live, starting around 8 a.m. PT)
In an interview, Hyatt CIO Mike Blake said the company, which had been running Lotus Notes, chose Microsoft after considering cloud-based options from Google, Microsoft and IBM's Lotus division.
"I would not say that I was a Microsoft zealot," Blake said. "I worked most of my career to find ways not to use Microsoft. I'm a huge Apple fan."
However, going with Microsoft allowed the company to not only provide e-mail to its current group of PC-equipped workers but also to 40,000 additional "deskless" workers, such as housekeepers and porters that historically haven't had work e-mail. Although that might have been possible with both Google and Microsoft, Blake said when it came to cost "Microsoft was probably a little more compelling."
By SuperUser Account on 7/20/2010 8:56 AM
By Fool TV July 19, 2010
In poker, when you say you're going all in, it means one of two things: Confidence you have the best hand, or a bluff that feigns that same strength. Last week, Fool.com analyst Eric Bleeker attended Microsoft's Worldwide Developers Conference and said the company picked no-bones about their cloud computing ambitions: They're all in, but can they deliver the goods?
Normally, the idea behind cloud computing means getting rid of your data center and letting a third party like Microsoft host you data and applications. However, Microsoft's also pushing to dominate the private cloud model. Private clouds enable companies to keep servers and equipment on premise, but it's more standardized, secure, and they can use Microsoft's cloud platform to develop and host new applications. At the conference, Microsoft made it clear they're serious about dominating the private cloud market. The company introduced both Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) as hardware launch partners, and an eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) representative came on stage to promote the company's extensive use of Microsoft cloud offerings.
Also, almost all of Microsoft's business programs like Exchange for email, SharePoint for collaboration, and Office can now be hosted on the web, or have web based tie-ins. Microsoft is pushing tie-ins between the programs to make them work better together. It's an end-to-end solution that exceeds the ambitions of competitors, and through Microsoft's continued focus on its Dynamics line-ups, the competition with Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) and salesforce.com(NYSE: CRM).
By SuperUser Account on 7/17/2010 12:43 PM
By Mary Jo Foley | July 16, 2010, 3:01pm PDT
At this week’s Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft officials shared with attendees their “official” roadmap for updating the company’s hosted Business Productivity Online (BPOS) suite. Company officials shared which features and capabilities that the company rolled out already as part of the on-premises server complements of the BPOS products will be added to the Microsoft-hosted versions of those offerings.
I’ve run a few slides on this blog over the past couple of months, dating back to November 2009, that included much of this same information. But it wasn’t until this week that Microsoft officials acknowledged these details.
I’ve heard that customers of the Dedicated (i.e., non-shared/non-multitenant) versions of Microsoft’s BPOS and its point-product parts — Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Communications Online and Live Meeting — already have some of the 2010 feature updates. But those using the “Standard” (multitenant) versions do not.
Microsoft didn’t provide specific dates as to when they’d deliver the updates to each of its managed services, but did say the updates would happen in fiscal 2011 (which runs from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011). Earlier this year, the Softies said to watch for a “preview” of these BPOS updates before the end of this calendar year, and advised companies to prepare their infrastructure now for these BPOS futures.
The roadmap slides the Softies showed at the partner conference this week look just about identical to the ones I ran earlier. In November 2009, Microsoft shared privately information about the coming 2010 features for Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Communications Online. I ran some of this information, shared with me by sources, in various recent blog posts.
According to Microsoft officials this week, here’s what’s coming on the Exchange Online front (from the WPC 2010 slide deck):
(click on the slide to enlarge)
By SuperUser Account on 7/14/2010 9:44 AM
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer met with The Washington Post Monday for a wide-ranging interview that touched on the software giant's cloud computing strategy, its struggles in the smartphone market and its public policy priorities.
When it comes to cloud computing — which takes software off the desktop PC and moves it to networks of data centers accessed via the Internet — Google may have the edge in consumer apps, but Microsoft is winning with big company clients such as Starbucks, General Electric and Accenture. On the platform level, Ballmer said Microsoft has a leg over Amazon for customers who want a private and customized infrastructure.
By SuperUser Account on 7/7/2010 9:25 AM
As a report warns agencies won't move forward without clearer policy, White House readies comprehensive cloud strategy and cybersecurity rules.
By SuperUser Account on 7/5/2010 1:05 PM
By Kevin McLaughlin, CRN - 7:37 PM EDT Wed. Jun. 30, 2010
Guess what? Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT
) and Google (NSDQ:GOOG
) are quarreling again. This time, Google is taking issue with Microsoft's recent portrayal of its support system for Google Docs as not being customer-friendly.
On Monday, Barbara Gordon, Microsoft corporate vice president of customer service and support, called out Google for not prominently displaying customer support information to Google Docs customers. "When was the last time you called Google for help recovering a lost Google Doc? Were you even able to find a number? My guess is, no," Gordon said in a Monday blog post.
Google fired back Thursday, noting that its support for paying Google Docs customers includes 24/7 phone support and highlighting the advantages of storing data in the cloud.
"Generally, Google Docs users don't need help recovering 'lost' documents, as their documents are backed up in the multiple data centers in the cloud. This is safer and more secure than storing data on a single computer," a Google spokesperson said in an e-mail to CRN.
In attacking Google, Gordon cited Microsoft's long history of supporting customers by phone and e-mail as well as through online community sites. She also mentioned Microsoft's enterprise support and services offerings, although she didn't explicitly mention the fact that Microsoft channel partners deliver many of these services.
By SuperUser Account on 6/28/2010 2:35 PM
Remarks by Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft
May 28, 2010
STEVE BALLMER: Well, thanks. I am super glad to have a chance to be here with you today. I want to share a few thoughts. We get a chance to present a few awards, which I'm excited about, and just have a chance to really sort of conceive of where we all have an opportunity to take the world.
I'm coming up on my 30th anniversary at Microsoft. Oh, am I old. (Applause.) But the thing that's unbelievable that gets me kind of fired up every day is the fact that the chance to do exciting work is unbelievable today, maybe even more unbelievable, frankly, than the day I got to Microsoft, which you could say, come on, there was no PC, there was no Internet, how can today be more exciting? Well, maybe I just know more today than I did then.
But for those of you sitting in the audience, people...
By SuperUser Account on 6/28/2010 2:33 PM
NEW ORLEANS — June 7, 2010 — In an opening-day keynote speech at Microsoft Corp.’s Tech•Ed 2010 North America conference, Bob Muglia, president of the company’s Server and Tools Division, outlined the benefits and possibilities of cloud computing and how Microsoft can help customers harness the next generation of IT. Muglia noted that customers have different needs, with some desiring to extend efficiencies and productivity through existing investments in datacenters and applications while others look to cloud computing as a new model to enhance IT and the way they do business.
“Our job, simply put, is to deliver what customers need to take advantage of cloud computing on their own terms,” Muglia said. “Some vendors would have you believe that you must move everything to the cloud now and there is only one way to achieve cloud computing; don’t be misled and lose sight of the value of all the investments you have already made to enable the full promise of cloud computing.
By SuperUser Account on 6/27/2010 5:58 PM
June 25, 2010, 2:16 AM EDT - Bloomberg
By Susan Decker and Rochelle Garner
June 24 (Bloomberg) -- Salesforce.com Inc. filed a patent- infringement lawsuit today against Microsoft Corp., escalating a fight between the two companies over the growing market for cloud-computing software.
Microsoft’s products such as .Net platform and SharePoint perform in a way that violates the Salesforce.com patents, and the “risk of infringement was either known or so obvious that it should have been known by Microsoft,” Salesforce.com said in the complaint.
“Microsoft has incorporated Salesforce.com’s patented technology into its services and products,” the San Francisco- based company said today in the lawsuit filed in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.
By SuperUser Account on 6/27/2010 12:05 PM
Leading provider of digital media management shortens Exchange and SharePoint migration times to Microsoft Cloud Services, and takes advantage of simplified cloud management with BPOS-Experts.
New York, NY (PRWEB) June 24, 2010 -- Emerging leader in Microsoft cloud migration and management software, BPOS-Experts, today announced that top digital asset management provider XOS Digital selected BPOS Commander for its Exchange and SharePoint content BPOS migration.
XOS Digital serves collegiate and professional sports organizations across the US, and, specializes in redefining the consumption of digital sports content with digital media, coaching, and integrated technology solutions and services. Currently serving more than 480 sports partners representing over 900 teams in 8 nationally recognized sports leagues and associations, XOS Digital is co-headquartered in Boston Massachusetts and Orlando Florida.
After making the decision to migrate to BPOS (part of Microsoft Online Services), IT Director Chris Moore selected BPOS Commander to facilitate the migration of the companies Exchange and SharePoint content.
By SuperUser Account on 6/27/2010 11:45 AM
Posted June 25th, 2010 by Joe Panettieri
As Microsoft transitions its channel chief title from Allison Watson to Jon Roskill, the shift provides an inflection point for both Microsoft and the broader IT channel. No doubt, Watson has made cloud computing and SaaS a channel priority during 2010. But Roskill has the opportunity to both clarify and accelerate Microsoft’s SaaS channel strategy — especially as it relates to small VARs and emerging managed services providers. Here are five steps Roskill should take.
Microsoft announced the channel chief change on June 24, less than three weeks before the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is scheduled to start (July 11, Washington D.C.).
What SaaS and cloud partner steps can Roskill potentially take? Here are five recommendations:
By SuperUser Account on 6/26/2010 10:50 PM
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Wednesday is Day Two of Microsoft Management Summit 2010, an annual event for customers and partners that showcases current and future IT solutions including server and desktop management, cloud computing and optimization tools for Windows 7 deployment.
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