Why companies are turning to Microsoft private cloud solutions

Cloud computing is at an inflection point. According to Forrester Research, the global market for cloud computing will grow to more than $241 billion in 2020. With the rapid growth in cloud services and increasing industry hype, customers are making decisions today – about where to invest and with whom – that have long term…

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Competing in a 21st century global marketplace

The process of globalisation may have been underway before the internet revolution really kicked into gear, but day-by-day the web is helping to break down geographical boundaries. Without doubt, high-speed broadband has accelerated the pace of change, leaving few businesses and consumers in the developed world unaffected. And slowly but surely, the rest of the…

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Irish music industry gains transparency with cloud computing

Formed in 1995, the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) is a non-profit national organisation that administers performing rights and distributes royalties for copyrighted music in Ireland to songwriters, composers, and music publishers. Broadcasters, venues, and businesses that play copyrighted material must pay licence fees known as public performance royalties through IMRO to the copyright owners. In…

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‘Anywhere Working’ consortium launched

Transport Minster Norman Baker announced the formation of the ‘Anywhere Working’ consortium in a speech given on 17 November. The consortium has been formed to help British employers understand the benefits of providing flexible working environments and to enable employees to access the tools that they need to work in a more flexible way. The…

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Big data and the cloud

Peter Elleby, IT Director at natural search specialists Hydra, talks to The Register. On 3 October, Peter Elleby told Register host Lucy Sherrif, Dale Vile from Freeform Dynamics and Dr Michael Newbury from Microsoft, why he chose the cloud route, and specifically SQL Azure. This engaging conversation covered some of the basic principles, including the three…

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Join The Cloud Circle

If you’re curious about the cloud and not sure what the implications could be for your business, take a look at The Cloud Circle – the UK’s first independent business and IT-focused cloud computing community. You’ll find breakfast clubs, forums, a newsletter and more – all designed to inform and educate. Quoting from the website……

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Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Summit, 30 November

Register now for the System Center 2012 Virtual Summit on November 30th is a collection of live interactive webcasts that will enable you to learn about the latest System Center 2012 managementsolutions. And because the summit is a web-based event, you can watch it all from your own PC – no travel required. The events…

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Pay-per-click (PPC) for SMB #3: An introduction to adCenter

Continuing our series of guest posts from Microsoft Advertising adCenter on how to get started with online advertising; you can view the whole series here. This week we focus on adCenter. If you’ve been following our recent series of blog posts you should be up to speed with the basics of PPC search and the…

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Get Safe Online – and on your phone!

Today marks the start of Get Safe Online Week, an annual event held to raise awareness of Internet  safety issues. The aim is to encourage everyone to take time out of their week to learn more about Internet safety and to make sure that their computer is properly protected. The risks are serious but prevention…

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