Evergreen IT–Getting the Most Value (Trends and Insights)

Evergreen IT refers to running services comprised of components that are always up to date. Evergreen IT encompasses not only the services at the user level, but all of the underlying infrastructure, whether onsite or outsourced. Many organizations believe that evergreen IT holds promise for reducing the resources and energy they need to expend on…


Correcting the Course of a Failing Initiative (Delivery Documentary)

Delivery Documentaries are a behind the scenes look at how our Enterprise Architects (EAs) in the field perform Value Realization activities for customers. The documentaries are raw and real, and the purpose is to share what actually happens on the ground. They are always a learning opportunity, and we hope that over time we can…


Seeing the “Business” in “Business Transformation” (Delivery Documentary)

Delivery Documentaries are a behind the scenes look at how our Enterprise Architects (EAs) in the field perform Value Realization activities for customers. The documentaries are raw and real, and the purpose is to share what actually happens on the ground. They are always a learning opportunity, and we hope that over time we can…


10 Questions to Evaluate Security and Cloud Services

When a company begins to use cloud services, it finds itself facing new challenges to its approach on security. Cloud-based services can affect many different aspects of security, ranging from the security features of new apps in development to the way a company defines the security measures for internal data. The relative importance of each of…


When “Stop” is the Most Valuable Answer (Delivery Documentary)

Delivery Documentaries are a behind the scenes look at how our Enterprise Architects (EAs) in the field perform Value Realization activities for customers. The documentaries are raw and real, and the purpose is to share what actually happens on the ground. They are always a learning opportunity, and we hope that over time we can…


Modern Apps at Contoso Health Insurance (Delivery Documentary)

Delivery Documentaries are a behind the scenes look at how our Enterprise Architects (EAs) in the field perform Value Realization activities for customers. The documentaries are raw and real, and the purpose is to share what actually happens on the ground. They are always a learning opportunity, and we hope that over time we can…


How Businesses Are Using App Stores for Customers and Employees (Trends and Insights)

This article highlights some ways that businesses are using app stores, based on the experience and observations of Microsoft Enterprise Architects. The following contributors provided input from the field: Blessing Sibanyoni, Brad Clayton, Brian Loomis, Johan Klut, Larry Hanthorn, Peter Deane, and Robbi Laurenson. Introduction For both customers and employees, the numbers and types of…


How Does the Role of IT within an Organization Need to Change? (Trends and Insights)

Written by Martin Sykes and Paul Lidbetter, this post is a prelude to an article they will publish following the World Cloud Forum in June, 2014. Dissatisfaction with IT Effectiveness The McKinsey 2013 survey of business and IT executives found that the top technology priority was to improve business effectiveness and information availability. However, as…


Business Transformation at Contoso Bank (Delivery Documentary)

Delivery Documentaries are a behind the scenes look at how our Enterprise Architects (EAs) in the field perform Value Realization activities for customers. The documentaries are raw and real, and the purpose is to share what actually happens on the ground. They are always a learning opportunity, and we hope that over time we can…