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Office 365: It Takes a Plumber

by Lane Shelton | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Office 365 is new territory for Microsoft. It’s a transformational move at the center of their productivity stack. Tried and true products like Office, Project, and Visio are being transformed into online solutions. Right now that’s a mix of in-the-cloud and on-premises, what some call “software plus services.” But the reach is extending beyond the center: now there’s CRM online, Visual Studio Online, SQL Power BI, Microsoft Azure, Azure Active Directory—and the list keeps growing. We all know how that’s affecting the licensing—shifting from “I own it” to “I’m pretty much renting it, forever and ever.” That by itself is a tough choice for many customers to make, and requires careful and thorough due diligence. And while I won’t detail this today (really), I want to remind you to talk to us about our Microsoft License Optimization (MLO) process if you’re struggling with it—we can help. 

Microsoft Office 365As promised, licensing, and financial aspects of O365 aren’t what I’m writing about today. Today I’m playing “Super Mario” and I will actually talk about plumbing. Seriously, that’s the best way I know how to describe the other half of the O365 decision. Office 365 not only transforms the way you buy, it also transforms the way you consume. With O365, the traditional methods of deploying and using these solutions also get a makeover. Here’s why: every user needs a cloud identity to use O365. Hmm…

OMG 2003! So Much Noise

Let’s breathe and focus on what’s next

by Lane Shelton | 09.29.14

There’s a lot of Windows Server 2003 out there, we get it. We see it first-hand working with customers doing deep-core licensing analysis because we have to know where all the VMs, clusters, and servers are to determine the best ways to pay for it all. We’ve all read the statistics, and our work with customers confirms it – Windows Server 2003 is still a workhorse, even in today’s modern datacenters. The risks are obvious – just read any daily news digest to find another story about a major security breach. Breaches involve data and the data lives in datacenters. So when Microsoft pulls the plug on W2003 Server in July of 2015, some of that data is going to be connected to unsupported server infrastructure.

Today, organizations are striving to deliver improved end-user computing models that enable seamless user experiences—from desktops and notebooks to tablets and phones—with applications, content, and devices that come to life anywhere and anytime.

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