If you’re running a mixed operating system environment, you already know that choice is key. Whether on Microsoft Windows Server or Linux, in virtual machines or containers, enterprises are expanding their deployment options. By bringing Microsoft SQL Server to Linux, Microsoft continues to embrace open source solutions.
Even when you’re confident that a move to the cloud is good for your business, it’s natural to have questions and concerns about making the change. After all, if your business is running effectively with on-site technology, you’ll likely want to learn more about the security and payoffs from a cloud-based suite of tools before taking the next step.
You’re running a lot of your business on Windows Server today— mission-critical apps, Active Directory, Domain Name Servers, not to mention virtual machines and storage. For more than 20 years, in fact, Windows Server has been the operating system of choice for enterprise workloads.
Hybrid cloud security is a hot topic, especially with the massive growth of public cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft® Azure™ and Google Cloud. With the emergence of the hybrid cloud, where workloads are deployed across physical, virtual, and cloud, security professionals are constantly being challenged to evolve their security practices to adapt to this new architecture.
Trend Micro Hybrid Cloud Security, powered by XGen™, takes a blended approach. It combines multiple cross-generational threat defense techniques for protecting hybrid environments. When one technique isn’t effective against a given threat, another will step in to eliminate the threat.
Osterman Research wants to make it clear at the outset that we believe Microsoft Office 365 to be a robust and capable platform, one that will serve most organizations well. If your organization is using Office 365, we recommend you continue to do so. If you’re not using it, we recommend you consider it. Microsoft offers a large, varied and growing number of features and functions in Office 365, and at a wide range of price points that will satisfy different markets.
Decision makers evaluating the efficacy of Office 365 to meet their business requirements must be aware of its shortcomings in the areas of data protection, archiving, security, encryption, authentication and eDiscovery (among others) covering workloads like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Skype for Business, and Azure Active Directory. An awareness of these shortcomings enables decision makers to plan for the mitigations required to assure the proper business performance of Office 365.
Prepare your business for the future of customer service.
In a world where price and product can easily be matched, customer experience has become a key brand differentiator. It’s never been more important to understand customer expectations, perceptions, preferences, and trends.
The 2017 Microsoft State of Global Customer Service report found that customer service impacts brand choice and loyalty for 96% of consumers around the globe. The 32-page report offers insights from 5,000 survey participants.
Learn how you can stay ahead of the competition and earn customers for life with intelligent customer service. Find trend details and actionable data on:
The growing importance of service in a customer’s choice of or loyalty to a brand
The most important aspects of a good customer service experience
The most frustrating aspects of a poor customer service experience
Expectations of the millennial customer segment
Channel preferences based on geography
Customer expectations for self-serv
Develop customer relationships and reduce costs
Effective field service management teams improve technician productivity and customer satisfaction rates.
Greater automation, faster inventory management, and reduced inspection costs are possible with data support from the cloud.
Learn how the Internet of Things (IoT) can help keep your service agile so you stay ahead of customer demands and product complexity.
For sales organizations, customer engagement
is about more than touchpoints—it’s about
everything that happens in between personal
and digital encounters. Customer engagement
requires an organization-wide commitment
to creating meaningful connections, building
relationships, and nurturing those relationships
to establish trust and keep your brand topof-mind.
Read why Forrester ranked Microsoft a leader in SFA Solutions
You have bold ambitions for your sales team. You want to—and need to—reinvent productivity.
But the success of your sales team is stifled by silos. It’s no wonder they’re struggling when their transactional systems, social networking, and productivity tools are separate.
With the Microsoft Relationship Sales solution, you can scale the power of one-on-one relationship selling by unifying the sales experience. And you can help empower your sellers with savvy insights that engage and delight customers. It combines Dynamics 365 for Sales with LinkedIn Sales Navigator to help sellers identify the right customers—and the right time and way to engage with them.
Read The Forrester Wave™: Sales Force Automation Solutions, Q2 2017 report that says Microsoft is a best fit "...for those companies that are bullish and looking to disrupt their peers with AI and machine learning."
Empower your team to reinvent the way they sell—and he
Learn how to break down silos, reinvent productivity, and help your sales team achieve success by unifying transactional systems, social networking, and strong customer relationships. Download this free Nucleus report that says teams using the Microsoft Relationship Sales solution increased productivity 12-15 percent.**
You’ll also learn how to:
Empower your sellers with savvy insights that engage and delight customers.
Scale the power of one-on-one relationship selling by unifying the sales experience.
Offer your team tools to reinvent the way they sell and help transform your company’s bottom line.
Use Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales along with LinkedIn Sales Navigator to help sellers identify future customers and suggest ways to engage with them.
**Claims based on a 2017 study by Nucleus Research that analyzed more than 50 ROI case studies on CRM deployments from 2015 to 2017. Companies ranged in size from small and medium-sized businesses to large multinational enterprises. Re
Learn about the five gaps that could be costing you time, customers, and profit in this digital e-book. Discover how to close those gaps and transform your people, process, and technology to better serve your customer. You’ll also learn how to:
Create a unified view and deliver personalized experiences to your customers across all touchpoints and channels.
Provide actionable insights to your sales and marketing team so they can work together more effectively.
Bring intelligence to your data and connect it with content and processes, so you can make better, faster decisions.
Transform your business by connecting sales and marketing with a shared set of successful business practices.
Take a structured approach to designing your cloud applications. This cloud computing architecture e-book focuses on architecture, design, and implementation—considerations that apply no matter which cloud platform you choose. The guide includes steps for:
Choosing the right cloud application architecture style for your app or solution.
Selecting appropriate compute and data store technologies.
Incorporating 10 design principles to build a scalable, resilient, and manageable application.
Following the five pillars of software quality to ensure your cloud app is successful.
Using design patterns that specifically apply to the problem you’re trying to solve.
Download the 300-page cloud architecture e-book to explore these best practices, and get access to design review checklists, reference architectures, and more.
When you extend the global reach of your enterprise, you’ll find new markets for your products and services. That means reaching more potential customers, bigger growth potential, and higher ROI. But to tap into those emerging markets, you need to provide the best, most consistent user experience. Now, it’s possible for you to build, deploy, and manage modern apps at scale with a globally-distributed database—without the hassles associated with hosting in your data center.
Read the e-book Build Modern Apps with Big Data at a Global Scale and learn how Azure Cosmos DB, a globally-distributed turnkey database service, is transforming the world of modern data management.
Keep access to your data available, consistent, and safe—with industry-leading, enterprise-grade security and compliance. Start developing the best app experience for your users based on five well-defined consistency models:
Strong: Favors data consistency. Ideal for banks, e-commerce processing, and online booking.
Accelerate your organization’s adoption of cloud technologies while accelerating your own IT career. With the growth of cloud as a computing platform, those who have certifications and formal cloud development training in cloud trends, such as DevOps, will not only enhance their careers, but are positioned to have dramatically more influence over their organization’s adoption and expansion of cloud services.
Download this International Data Center (IDC) white paper to explore:
• How IT professionals are using cloud skills to influence the organization
• What the most influential skills are for cloud professionals
• Significant trends that impact cloud professionals
Distributed systems enable different areas of a business to build specific applications to support their needs and drive insight and innovation. While great for the business, this new normal can result in development inefficiencies when the same systems are reimplemented multiple times. This free e-book provides repeatable, generic patterns, and reusable components to make developing reliable systems easier and more efficient—so you can free your time to focus on core development of your app.
In this 160–page e-book, you’ll find:
An introduction to distributed system concepts.
Reusable patterns and practices for building distributed systems.
Exploration of a platform for integrating applications, data sources, business partners, clients, mobile apps, social networks, and Internet of Things devices.
Event-driven architectures for processing and reacting to events in real time.
Additional resources for learning more about containers and container orchestration systems.
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What you need to know now about moving your enterprise to a cloud computing strategy
In the second edition of the Enterprise Cloud Strategy e-book, we've taken the essential information for how to establish a strategy and execute your enterprise cloud migration and put it all in one place, so you can quickly understand topics like:
What to consider when choosing between hybrid, public, or private cloud environments
How cloud reduces costs, and even benefits on-premises computing
New analytics and IoT capabilities
Security and compliance considerations
This valuable asset for IT and business leaders provides a comprehensive look at moving to the cloud, as well as specific guidance on topics like prioritizing app migration, working with stakeholders and cloud architectural blueprints.
Developing for and in the cloud has never been more dependent on data. Flexibility, performance, security—your applications need a database architecture that matches the innovation of your ideas.
Industry analyst Ovum explored how Azure Cosmos DB is positioned to be the flagship database of internet-based products and services, and concluded that Azure Cosmos DB “is the first to open up [cloud] architecture to data that is not restricted by any specific schema, and it is among the most flexible when it comes to specifying consistency.”
From security and fraud detection to consumer and industrial IoT, to personalized e-commerce and social and gaming networks, to smart utilities and advanced analytics, Azure Cosmos DB is how Microsoft is structuring the database for the age of cloud.
Read the full report to learn how a globally distributed, multi-model data service can support your business objectives. Fill out the short form above to download the free research paper.
Make sure you’re getting the most out of your data and the artificial intelligence (AI) technologies available. Read the e-book, Six cloud data challenges solved for app developers and get actionable answers. Learn the best approach when faced with six familiar data scenarios:
Keeping track of essentials such as scalability and availability.
Making sure your app delivers consistent service to multiple customers.
Delivering data in real time, across the globe, without the complexities of multiple datacenters.
Creating actionable insights from big data.
Incorporating artificial intelligence into your apps.
Locking down security while building in the cloud.
The 2017 study, The Total Economic Impact™ of Microsoft Azure IaaS, gives insight into both the costs and benefits of large-scale Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) implementation.
This commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting analyzes the return on investment and business impact that several enterprises experienced when moving from a primarily on-premises environment to Azure. The companies interviewed come from a variety of industries and locations (global/multinational, North American, and European).
In addition to a 435 percent overall return on an Azure IaaS investment*, the businesses also experienced:
Reduced data center and outsourcing costs.
Website scale and performance improvements.
Ease of experimentation through virtualized environments.
Developer and tester improvements.
Download the study to learn about the potential ROI that could be realized by shifting some or all of your management and operations to Azure.
Spend more time building great apps and less time managing server infrastructure. Get your solutions to market faster using Azure Functions, a fully managed compute platform for processing data, integrating systems, and building simple APIs and microservices. In this e-book you’ll find use cases, hands-on steps, and tutorials for quickly configuring your own serverless environments. Explore best practices for Functions, and learn how to:
Develop event-based handlers on a serverless architecture.
Test, troubleshoot, and monitor Azure functions.
Automate administrative tasks from development through to deployment and maintenance.
Integrate Functions with other Azure services.
Build stateful serverless apps and self-healing jobs using Durable Functions.
Download the 325-page serverless computing e-book and get access to dozens of step-by-step recipes for quickly building serverless apps.
While it’s clear what the potentials of cloud computing are for your organization, it may be unclear the adjustments your IT organization will need to make in transitioning to the cloud.
This guide is designed to help your IT team more effectively implement and integrate cloud technologies. You’ll explore key cloud concepts as well as Azure-specific tips and tactics around:
General architectures that incorporate security, identity, and cloud design principles.
DevOps and how it fits with cloud technologies.
Integrating, planning, and managing cloud resources.
Microsoft Azure governance.
Bring more opportunity to your business by bringing your Windows Server workloads to Azure. Because Azure runs on Windows Server, it’s easy to migrate your workloads along with your existing Windows Server skills, familiar tools, and established procedures.
Download this guide to find out how easy Azure makes it to migrate or extend your Windows Server environment to Azure. You’ll discover:
Ways to run your Windows Server workloads in Azure
How to extend your on-premises IT offerings to Azure for hybrid innovation
What savings you’ll get with your existing Windows Server licenses
How Azure delivers industry-leading security
Your company is a cloud-engaged Independent Software Vendor (ISV) evaluating various Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms to strengthen your various product offerings. With so many options, you’re wondering how to begin. Fortunately, the industry experts at Frost & Sullivan have created a short guide to help you decide, covering such areas as:
Speed to market
Ready to get serious with your choice of SaaS provider? Fill out the form at right to read the free executive brief.