Real World with Cloud Services: Interview with Kent Fuller, Director of IT Infrastructure Services, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP

As part of the Real World with Cloud Services series, we spoke to Kent Fuller, Director of IT Infrastructure Services at BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, about why BCBG chose Microsoft Office 365 over Google Apps to manage its messaging and productivity environments. Here’s what he had to say: Q: Can you tell us a little about BCBGMAXAZRIA?Fuller: BCBG…

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Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 7/6/2012

Each week, we round up industry news and articles you might have missed. Enjoy this week’sselections. Riverbed Steelhead Cloud Accelerator Wins Best of Tech Ed AwardA first-of-its-kind solution developed by Riverbed in partnership with Akamai Technologies is Best of TechEd Award winner in the Cloud Computing category. Vodacom SA, Microsoft SA in Office365 allianceSouth African…


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 1/20/2012

Microsoft Office 365’s New Enterprise FansMoving to Office 365 are airline JetBlue, outdoor clothing designer Patagonia, and the American Heart Association. “Each customer is unique, different in size, mission, and industry, yet all have a common technology mission–to foster greater collaboration and communication, enhance productivity, and realize the efficiencies associated with the cloud,” said Microsoft,…

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A Patent Lack of Focus

I’ve been reading about the impact of Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility, and it got me thinking: Where are Google’s investments in their enterprise applications?  Obviously, I follow Google closely, and whether it’s their financials or company priorities, they say surprisingly little about their enterprise business.  Google Apps seem to be a distraction inside the…

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Google’s One Size Fits All Ultimatum

When I sit down and talk with business customers and organizations to discuss benefits in moving to the cloud, the first thing they point out is that they want to move in careful phases, at their own pace, as they have done with any major IT implementation. That’s just smart. Plan carefully and manage the…


Office 365 Reviews: The Proof is in the Pudding

I can’t help but be excited about the incredible new capabilities we’ll be offering to businesses and organizations around the world with Office 365. As we look forward to our next generation cloud productivity service, I thought I’d share a few snippets from early reviews that capture just how much of a game-changer this technology…


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…


At Google, the Customer is the Product

You may have recently read TechFlash’s coverage with Tom Rizzo reviewing why San Francisco chose Microsoft over Google Apps. Tom identified a fundamental difference between Microsoft’s and Google’s business models. Microsoft is a technology company that generates revenue by developing and selling products and services that help make people more productive. People are choosing Microsoft because…


Why Governments Buy Microsoft Online Services

Reflecting on Memorial Day, when Americans remember how military veterans safeguarded fellow citizens through their service, today I’m also recalling how Microsoft’s services contribute in the public sector. We have developed and now manage a suite of online services to assist government organizations in many ways.What factors were important to governments which selected these services,…