Welcome to the Value Realization Team’s Blog!

Microsoft has increasingly put focus on value realization over the past few years.  Our team has been at the forefront of this journey and we’d like to share what we’ve learned with the broader community of practitioners to help bridge the gap between the state of the art and the state of the practice, as…

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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…


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…


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 Does IT Create Shareholder Value? (Trends and Insights)

We are all familiar with the many IT mega trends of today: Cloud, Social, Mobile, Big Data, the Internet of Things, etc. The common theme is clear; the role of Information Technology (IT) in the turbulent, digital economy has become absolutely critical in helping organizations respond and adapt to these mega trends. No matter how…


Business Benefits and Impacts of Using the Cloud (Trends and Insights)

This article explores common objectives many companies have when using cloud technology, as well as the impacts they may need to consider. When companies use the cloud to reach customers and support employees, many business areas may be impacted, and IT organizations need to adapt to changing IT functions. The following contributors provided input for…


Moving Services out of IT–Sharing Responsibility (Trends and Insights)

Enterprises are increasingly moving services out of the realm of IT, and business units now obtain many services for themselves from providers other than their IT organizations. During and after the process of moving services out of IT, IT and business units may have overlapping responsibilities, and will benefit from establishing formal roles, liaisons, and…


What Happens When You Move Services out of IT? (Trends and Insights)

Microsoft Enterprise Architects have observed many businesses moving services out of the realm of IT. In addition to this trend, business units are increasingly obtaining services for themselves from providers other than their IT organizations. This article explores the consequences of moving services out of the IT organization. What challenges have these organizations faced? What…


Going Mobile at Contoso Hospital (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.  They 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 help…

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Establishing a Value Realization Center of Excellence (COE) 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.  They 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 help…

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