Get Started With Office 365!

The wait is over! Office 365 brings together Microsoft cloud productivity services in a secure, reliable, and flexible package. Better yet, it has been tested by over 200,000 organizations and Office 365 is available today to businesses of all sizes in 40 markets around the world. You’ll find that whether you want to connect via a mobile device,…


Convenient for Google, Not Good for Business

As we prepare for the launch of Office 365, I wanted to know what practices Google has in place to serve its business customers. What I found was that some of Google’s practices are convenient for their company and not truly customer-centric. A good example is their tools and support lifecycles. Google has a short…


Migrating IBM Lotus Notes and Domino Systems to the Cloud

Just imagine that I am an IT leader supporting a legacy Lotus Notes and Domino application… My dream getaway this summer is a stress-reducing, weekend trip. I’ll be on the beach with a great book, a sailboard and sunshine, with plans to return to an up-to-date email, calendaring and collaboration environment at the office on…


Top Considerations in Moving to the Public Cloud

Earlier this month I posted Why Move to the Public Cloud?, outlining the thinking behind choosing a public cloud implementation. As you may recall, it described why organizations choose public, private or hybrid cloud implementations and also why some choose traditional, on-premises applications.  What about those who have already made the move to the public cloud? How…


Top 5 Questions to Ask Google

There is no question that being CIO is a demanding role that has been made more difficult by facing tough decisions about cloud solutions. Two weeks ago, I shared five key themes I consistently hear from business leaders who are considering moving their business to the cloud.  As a follow up, here are five questions…

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Real World with Microsoft Online Services: Interview with Christian Kuttler, Director of Information and Communication Technology at Center Parcs

As part of the Real World Microsoft Online Services series, we spoke to Christian Kuttler, Director of Information and Communication Technology at Center Parcs, about replacing Google Apps with the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite. Here’s what he had to say:   Q: Tell us about the Center Parcs business model. Kuttler: Center Parcs…

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Real World with Microsoft Online Services: Interview with Jake Harris, Director of IT at Aisle7

As part of the Real World with Microsoft Online Services customer series, we talked to Jake Harris, Director of IT at Aisle7, about replacing Google Apps with the Business Productivity Online Standard Suite, which includes Microsoft Exchange Online. Here’s what he had to say. Q: Tell us about the Aisle7 business model. Harris: We are a…

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Sign Up! - Live Webcast: Evaluating Cloud Solutions: Insights from an Early Adopter of Google Apps and Microsoft BPOS

I am proud to announce that on September 22 at 1:30pm ET, we are sponsoring our first live Webcast featuring a  Serena Software, a customer who has joined BPOS after leaving Google Apps. Sign up now and join us on the 22nd!  Overview: Serena Software, a leading software company in the application development and governance…

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Two More Customers Answer ‘Why Microsoft?’

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been proud to highlight why customers of all sizes, geographies and industries have picked Microsoft over Google Apps. Some have left Google after realizing ‘it’s more pony than horse’, others gave it a test drive and found out quickly it was ‘more showroom than track ready’.  (Sorry, I couldn’t…

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