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News and Headlines from the World of Microsoft

Software Audits, Post-XP Security, and More

by James Nagurney | 07.09.14

As I mentioned in my blog post earliest this week, here’s the link to the study about Microsoft’s ramping up of software audits. Read on to find out what else is up in the world of Microsoft, with the latest and greatest news from around the Web.

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No One Is Immune to Microsoft's Software Audits

How Prepared Is Your Organization?

by James Nagurney | 07.07.14

Recently, I was struck by a survey that I found on an industry website. A link to the full article is below, but here’s the gist: Microsoft is auditing its customers at a brisk pace, and no company is immune. All software vendors retain the rights to audit their clients, and we feel that it is fair to expect these periodic compliance checks. But Microsoft is auditing customers at a 2 to 1 rate over other vendors like Adobe, IBM, and Oracle—58% of executives surveyed said they have been audited by Microsoft in the last 12 months*. Five years ago, these types of audits were relatively rare and only encountered under specific situations. Today Microsoft absolutely does not discriminatethere need be no compelling event or “areas of concern” to trigger a compliance check on your Microsoft software. Most often we are seeing Microsoft approach customers via email to conduct a self-audit, but we also see the more invasive, third-party types of audit that will send a shiver down any CIO’s spine. The different kinds of audits that are being imposed really do run the gamut.

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Microsoft Office 365

Let’s Cut Through the Noise

Turn up what really matters about Office 365

by Lane Shelton | 06.26.14

Why is everyone talking about Office 365 these days? We couldn’t count up all the reviews, opinions, comparisons, and ratings, even if we tried. But that doesn’t mean we’re not listening. As we speak to customers around the world, the attention on O365 spans from simple curiosity to a burning desire to move commoditized email workloads to the cloud—and yes, everything in between.

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Did Adobe Just Reinvent Creative Cloud?

Get the Full Scoop on Adobe’s June CC Update

by Josh Sutelman | 06.25.14

Adobe’s Creative Cloud (CC)—the powerhouse collection of subscription-based, local-installed applications—received a monumental update on June 18, 2014. The 2014 CC release was a milestone in Adobe’s history, with updates to 14 apps, new mobile centric apps, Adobe-branded hardware for the creative at heart, and a new way to access creative profiles (Adobe ID).

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What SQL 2014 Really Means

Timing is Good for Business, but Software Assurance Is Even Better

by Patrick Renzi | 06.03.14

When Microsoft announced the actual release date for SQL 2014 many modern businesses simply looked at the latest database offering from Microsoft and saw just that: new software. Sure, it’s easy to get caught up in all the features—like enhanced BI tools, easier management through Always On, enhanced memory utilization, and the ease of scaling your on-premise SQL deployment to the Azure platform. Since it’s been ranked the most secure database platform for the last five years running, it is simple to see why so many IT Directors and CTO/CIOs are jumping ship from Oracle and shifting their platforms to SQL. There are a plethora of high-end capabilities that businesses are able to leverage from this incredible software. I, however, want to focus on something that might go unnoticed by far too many. That something is timing.

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