Bring Business Ready Security to life.

  When we talk to customers about security one thing we hear is that they would like to be able to get all their security products from one vendor. Over the last year Microsoft has released a range of security products. Some new additions to the portfolio and some are updates. The aim was providing…

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From Servers to Services. The Role for the IT Pro in the Cloud.

The looming question for IT Pro’s regarding the cloud is “What is the future for my role?” Simply put, no one can say for sure. There are many factors to consider when answering that question. The cloud offerings are not identical, which affects the answer. There will be changes in roles. That’s not unusual for…

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Sharing Information with Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010

Office 2010 has a large number of new features, making it a very rich application suite. The next step in the product evolution was to enable that richness beyond the client installation and enable users to take advantage of features online. In this post I’ll cover some of those features that enable users without Office…

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PowerPivot to the People

The two most important assets in an organization are its people and its information. Organizations that can connect the two seamlessly empower their employees to make the best decisions. IT Departments are challenged with the task of making this connection. At the backend, products like SQL Server 2008, and subsequently SQL Server 2008 R2, have…

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Windows Azure Platform. Inside the Cloud. Microsoft's Cloud World Explained Part 2.

In this post we will explore the Windows Azure Platform in more detail. After reading it you’ll have an understanding of the components that make up the platform, what functions they perform as well as an idea of what applications are good candidates to run on Windows Azure Platform and the considerations for making that…

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Head in the Clouds. Microsoft’s Cloud World Explained Part 1

In this first post on Cloud Computing, I’ll cover Microsoft’s Cloud offerings; I’ll also discuss some of the cloud computing terms you may have heard about, as well as cover briefly what good cloud apps are. In the following two posts I’ll cover the Windows Azure Platform in more detail, and round off with a…

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Cross Organization Single Sign-on made real with ADFS

One of the biggest challenges an IT Department can face comes when identities need to cross company boundaries. When your organization enters a relationship with another organization and anyone from one sides need access to resources on the other side, you need a way to establish a secure trusted relationship. For Administrators this creates a…

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The Self-Service Identity Management Door is Now Open

In the previous post we started our look at how Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (FIM), a component of Microsoft’s Identity & Access Management solution, enables IT Administrators to centrally manage identity and access. The post specifically covered how FIM allows the IT Administrator to automate the creation of identity information based on a workflow…

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Don’t lose control of your Organizations Identity, manage it with Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010

All organizations need to manage identities, credentials, and resources. Some lucky organizations only have to deal with one directory, but most have to deal with multiple directory trees and application-specific identity sources. The IT department in those organizations are expected to deliver this management efficiently, cost effectively, and securely. When this management goes bad, IT…

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Unleashing the Power of your Information

In an ideal world, when you get a request to answer a question like, “How did the blue version of our product perform in these regions over this period?” you can just open Excel, drag a few items onto a blank sheet and get the answer. If you are in a small business you probably…

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