I’d like to take a minute to spotlight the newly announced Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 product editions. This includes the all-new Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN, Visual Studio Professional with MSDN and the free Visual Studio Community edition – coming later this year.
Windows 10 is coming – soon. Microsoft has announced that it will be giving away Windows 10 for free, but is this offer too good to be true? There is fine print for you to be aware of and some requirements, but you might be pleasantly surprised on what qualifies.
You’ve probably noticed a number of SQL-licensing-related blog posts here on the Solutions Blog recently. That’s for good reason. As I mentioned in my last post, the majority of all Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP) contracts are set to expire at the end of this month (March 2015). I went on to discuss a potential “gotcha” in the form of “Deferred L” SKUs.
For a long time data center architects have struggled with the requirement to provide connectivity across racks of servers, across multiple locations, while maintaining isolation for groups of those servers. For example, the Accounting department might not want their servers accessible to someone working on another department’s server. The Accounting servers need to be isolated, that is, securely separate from the other servers in the data center.
Years ago, Microsoft created a specialized Enterprise Enrollment called Enrollment for Application Platform or EAP. It was designed to help provide better pricing on Microsoft’s platform products (SQL, Visual Studio, SharePoint and BizTalk). Because traditional Enterprise Agreements are limited to organizations with 250 or more users, many customers with large platform investments were not able to get the best pricing. EAP helped fix this.
What’s next for Microsoft’s industry leading business productivity software Office 365? NextGen Portals are dynamic and social intranet sites that bring machine learning and content curation together, increasing document relevancy and personalization, while decreasing the potential for stale content experiences. NextGen Portals take cues from past customer custom portals built on SharePoint and land squarely within Office 365 as ‘ready to go,’ mobile-optimized destinations.
Yes, the hourglass is getting emptier by the day. While we deal with thousands of customers across public and private sectors, representing every organizational category you can imagine, one theme remains constant: No one seems concerned about the impact of July 14, 2015 on their organization.
Being productive requires simple, effective and secure ways to collaborate. Email is no longer an effective way to share documents. Within email, every document attached is an unnecessary copy; therefore, it’s impossible to effectively track changes. For those on the receiving end, emailed documents lack appropriate methods of contributing and make it difficult later to locate the item for reference.
Microsoft Office 365 offers a substantially different — and far superior — way of optimizing knowledge worker productivity.
But because accessing productivity software from the cloud is so different from running it locally, many IT decision-makers approach the move to Office 365 as a major enterprise technology migration. As a result, they often defer implementation until they believe they have the wherewithal to switch all users over in one fell swoop.