Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 5/25/2012

Each week, we round up industry news and articles you might have missed. Enjoy this week’s selections. Vatican and Microsoft in Software DealThe Vatican has struck a deal with Microsoft to give 43m pupils at 200,000 Roman Catholic schools in more than 100 countries access to a broad suite of the software company’s products. National…


More Collaboration, Better Citizen Service

From President Obama’s 2011 customer service mandate to the World Bank’s Demand for Good Governance initiative, governments around the globe are focused on delivering efficient and responsive service. One way in which they’re improving their operations is by reinventing the way they share information. By boosting communication and collaboration within and across agencies, governments are…


Real World with Cloud Services: Interview with Jeremy Mahler of Hickory Farms

As part of the Real World with Cloud Services series we spoke to Jeremy Mahler, Director of Technical Operations at Hickory Farms, about why, after trying for almost a year to develop an effective collaboration environment with a leading cloud-based messaging and collaboration service, Hickory Farms switched to Microsoft Office 365. Here’s what he had…


Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 5/18/2012

Each week, we round up industry news and articles you might have missed. Enjoy this week’s selections. Emperor Group Fulfills Global Ambitions With Office 365After evaluating Office 365 and Google Apps, we decided on Office 365 because it offered the most compelling solution for Emperor Group’s business and IT needs, Choi said. Office 365 Approaches…


When Strategy Meets Execution

Imagine that you are CIO of an Asia-based firm with 7000 employees around the globe, operating eight business units across a range of industries. Not only do you recognize the importance of representing your businesses though a unified, global brand, you have existing IT investments and need to work with a service provider which can…


What Georgia State University Taught Me about Cloud Migration

There is more to learn from a university than what comes from a lecture hall and visiting the library. Lessons in strategy come from the athletic field, in management from the school’s administration, and in communications from leveraging the cloud. Today I’m sharing what I’ve learned about implementing email at a university through Office 365 for…


Employees say ‘No Thanks’ to Google Apps for Business

This week, a CIO magazine article revealed many of the reasons that New England Biolabs decided to stick with Microsoft after a 60 day evaluation of Google Apps for Business. The company thought a move to Google Apps might be easy, with substantial cost savings – but the reality for its employees unveiled a far…


Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 5/11/2012

Each week, we round up industry news and articles you might have missed. Enjoy this week’s selections. Not-For-Profits Choose Microsoft Over Google We also took Google’s Apps cloud into consideration, but found Microsoft beat the search giant in price, support and relationship. Connect your iPhone to Microsoft Office 365Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support is built into…


Real World with Cloud Services: Interview with Mikael Johansson at Note

As part of the Real World with Cloud Services series, we spoke to Mikael Johansson, IT and Process Development Manager at Note, about why, after adopting Google Apps web services, Note switched to Microsoft Office 365. Here’s what he had to say. Q: Please tell us about Note. Johansson: Note is one of the largest…


Real World with Cloud Services: Hear from HSS CIO, Marina Johnson

As part of the Real World series, we spoke to Marina Johnson, Chief Information Officer at HSS, about why HSS switched to Microsoft Office 365 after trying Google Apps web services. Here’s what she had to say. Q: Please tell us about HSS.Johnson: Founded in 1967, HSS—known as Hospital Shared Services at that time—started as…