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Ovum Report

Published By: Microsoft     Published Date: Jul 20, 2018
At its Build conference in May, Microsoft took the wraps off Cosmos DB, the new incarnation of its existing cloud-based Azure DocumentDB NoSQL database. With a nod to the dramatic, Microsoft terms Cosmos DB as its biggest database bet since SQL Server; it is positioning it as its flagship cloud database, suited for use cases ranging from security and fraud detection, to IoT (consumer and industrial), personalization, e-commerce, gaming, social networks, chats, messaging, bots, oil and gas recovery and refining, and smart utility grids. Cosmos DB is a good example of how cloud platform providers are rethinking databases for scalable, elastic environments and commodity infrastructure. The platform that is most comparable is Google Cloud Spanner, but each of these databases is engineered for different purposes: Cosmos DB as a globally distributed operational database and Spanner as a globally distributed SQL-supporting OLTP database. The highlights of Cosmos DB include its flexibility in
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Differentiate your apps with intelligent technology

Published By: Microsoft     Published Date: Jul 20, 2018
As a software vendor, you know that offering innovative solutions with built-in intelligence is becoming a requirement in today’s application marketplace. On top of this, you need to bring your apps to market as quickly as possible while providing more value for your customers, without incurring additional development and operating costs. Microsoft has been investing heavily in AI, extending a breadth and depth of intelligent services ready for use in the cloud. This enables you to jump in quickly to make use of existing tried-and-true AI models, and focus more effort on delivering quality products to customers. High-level services to jump-start your intelligent apps One of the key benefits of working with the Microsoft Azure AI platform is that the hard work has already been done. Developers can make use of services with pre-trained, customizable models rather than having to build their own models from the ground up. You can refine these models to better suit your customers’ needs and
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Azure Strategy and Implementation Guide for IT Organizations

Published By: Microsoft     Published Date: Jul 20, 2018
Each organization has a unique journey to the cloud based on its own starting point, its history, its culture, and its goals. This document is designed to meet you wherever you are on that journey and help you build or reinforce a solid foundation around cloud application development and operations, service management, and governance. At Microsoft, we have been on our own journey for the past decade, and over the past years we have learned important lessons by developing our own internal and customer-facing systems. At the same time, we've been fortunate to share the experiences of thousands of customers on their own journeys. This document is designed to share those experiences and distill them into proactive guidance. You do not need to follow these recommendations to the letter, but you ignore them at your peril. Our experience has shown that a careful approach to these topics will speed you along on your organization’s journey and avoid well understood pitfalls. For the past severa
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Introduction to Azure Infrastructure Services

Published By: Microsoft     Published Date: Jul 20, 2018
Introduction to Azure Infrastructure Services
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TEI of Azure Infrastructure

Published By: Microsoft     Published Date: Jul 20, 2018
Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study to examine the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by shifting some or all their management and operations from on-premises, hosted, and outsourced implementations to Azure’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering. The purpose of this study is to give readers a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact, or ROI, of leveraging Azure IaaS for their organizations. Benefits gained by interviewed customers that migrated or re-architected some or all workloads from on-premises to IaaS include: › Greater revenue opportunities from business-to-business (B2B) and customer web channels with a solution that is more mobile and reliable, and meets scale and seasonality needs. › Increased profits from those revenues. › Improved production efficiency. › Reduced datacenter, IT resource, and outsourcing costs. › Easier and faster software and hardware management (such as p
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The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server on Azure

Published By: Microsoft     Published Date: Jul 20, 2018
You’re running a lot of your business on Windows Server today— mission-critical apps, Active Directory, Domain Name Servers, not to mention virtual machines and storage. For more than 20 years, in fact, Windows Server has been the operating system of choice for enterprise workloads. This guide shows you how you can use your Windows Server expertise to give your organization a boost in the age of cloud computing, addressing these topics and others: • Why move to the cloud? • What are some ways to use Azure for Windows Server workloads? • What about security? • Who else is doing this? • How do I get started?
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Microsoft Azure Overview and Key Features

Published By: CDW     Published Date: Mar 31, 2015
Why should you consider Microsoft Azure? Benefits include improved efficiency and agility, scalability, lower IT costs and a consistent user experience between Microsoft's Cloud and your cloud. CDW Principal Consulting Engineer Matt Riley also says Microsoft Azure offers multi-factor authentication, giving users a more robust identity management structure, allowing them to automatically provision users. Watch this webinar to learn more about Microsoft Azure.
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CDW + Microsoft Azure

Published By: CDW     Published Date: Apr 03, 2015
Why should you consider moving to the cloud? Cloud solutions, like Microsoft Azure, allow your organization to scale more quickly, allowing your company to remain competitive and more agile in the marketplace. It also helps to increase your IT team's productivity.
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Microsoft Azure Disaster Recovery

Published By: CDW     Published Date: Aug 04, 2016
Watch this video to learn more about Microsoft Azure's Disaster Recovery service!
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Microsoft Azure: Remove traditional IT Challenges and leverage the cloud.

Published By: CDW     Published Date: Aug 04, 2016
Watch this video to learn how Microsoft Azure removes traditional IT challenges using the cloud!
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Microsoft Azure: Enterprise Grade Continuity and Disaster Recover solutions.

Published By: CDW     Published Date: Aug 04, 2016
Watch this video to learn how Microsoft Azure, along with CDW Canada, can offer enterprise grade continuity and disaster recovery solutions.
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Rutgers Business School Taps the Cloud For IT Team Support

Published By: CDW     Published Date: Aug 04, 2016
Kevin Dowlin and his IT team deployed state-of-the-art infrastructure and classroom technologies for Rutgers Business School users, with help from IaaS and Microsoft Azure. By leveraging cloud services, the burgeoning school can deliver rapid virtualization and easy single sign-on without cutting corners.
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Get Greater Visibility into Your Microsoft Azure Applications

Published By: New Relic     Published Date: Mar 17, 2015
Life gets easier when you pair Microsoft Azure and New Relic, especially now that New Relic is available directly in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Here are five best practices that can help you enhance the performance, customer experience, and business success of your Azure applications.
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Instant-On Cloud Security for Microsoft Azure

Published By: CDW-Trend Micro     Published Date: Mar 26, 2015
Organizations around the world are embracing the economic and operational benefits of cloud computing. Whether organizations are extending internal resources or fully deploying on Microsoft Azure, the ability to take advantage of the business benefits of cloud require that organizations continue to meet key security requirements. Azure delivers a trusted cloud infrastructure on which customers can design, build and manage their own cloud applications and infrastructure. While Azure provides security controls for the infrastructure and change to virtualization layers, deploying organizations are responsible for deploying and maintaining security for the guest operating systems, applications, and data in order to protect against malware attacks, zero-day vulnerabilities and data breaches. Read this white paper to lean more about Trend Micro Instant-On Cloud Security for Microsoft Azure.
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2017 Global State of customer service report

Published By: Microsoft Azure     Published Date: Apr 10, 2018
Prepare your business for the future of customer service. In a world where price and product can easily be matched, customer experience has become a key brand differentiator. It’s never been more important to understand customer expectations, perceptions, preferences, and trends. The 2017 Microsoft State of Global Customer Service report found that customer service impacts brand choice and loyalty for 96% of consumers around the globe. The 32-page report offers insights from 5,000 survey participants. Learn how you can stay ahead of the competition and earn customers for life with intelligent customer service. Find trend details and actionable data on: The growing importance of service in a customer’s choice of or loyalty to a brand The most important aspects of a good customer service experience The most frustrating aspects of a poor customer service experience Expectations of the millennial customer segment Channel preferences based on geography Customer expectations for self-serv
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Future of Field Service Report

Published By: Microsoft Azure     Published Date: Apr 10, 2018
Develop customer relationships and reduce costs Effective field service management teams improve technician productivity and customer satisfaction rates. Greater automation, faster inventory management, and reduced inspection costs are possible with data support from the cloud. Learn how the Internet of Things (IoT) can help keep your service agile so you stay ahead of customer demands and product complexity.
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Digital transformation in sales: evolving the art of customer engagement eBook (existing)

Published By: Microsoft Azure     Published Date: Apr 10, 2018
For sales organizations, customer engagement is about more than touchpoints—it’s about everything that happens in between personal and digital encounters. Customer engagement requires an organization-wide commitment to creating meaningful connections, building relationships, and nurturing those relationships to establish trust and keep your brand topof-mind.
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Forrester Report

Published By: Microsoft Azure     Published Date: Apr 10, 2018
Read why Forrester ranked Microsoft a leader in SFA Solutions You have bold ambitions for your sales team. You want to—and need to—reinvent productivity. But the success of your sales team is stifled by silos. It’s no wonder they’re struggling when their transactional systems, social networking, and productivity tools are separate. With the Microsoft Relationship Sales solution, you can scale the power of one-on-one relationship selling by unifying the sales experience. And you can help empower your sellers with savvy insights that engage and delight customers. It combines Dynamics 365 for Sales with LinkedIn Sales Navigator to help sellers identify the right customers—and the right time and way to engage with them. Read The Forrester Wave™: Sales Force Automation Solutions, Q2 2017 report that says Microsoft is a best fit "...for those companies that are bullish and looking to disrupt their peers with AI and machine learning." Empower your team to reinvent the way they sell—and he
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Nucleus Report

Published By: Microsoft Azure     Published Date: Apr 10, 2018
Learn how to break down silos, reinvent productivity, and help your sales team achieve success by unifying transactional systems, social networking, and strong customer relationships. Download this free Nucleus report that says teams using the Microsoft Relationship Sales solution increased productivity 12-15 percent.** You’ll also learn how to: Empower your sellers with savvy insights that engage and delight customers. Scale the power of one-on-one relationship selling by unifying the sales experience. Offer your team tools to reinvent the way they sell and help transform your company’s bottom line. Use Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales along with LinkedIn Sales Navigator to help sellers identify future customers and suggest ways to engage with them. **Claims based on a 2017 study by Nucleus Research that analyzed more than 50 ROI case studies on CRM deployments from 2015 to 2017. Companies ranged in size from small and medium-sized businesses to large multinational enterprises. Re
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5 Daunting Sales and Marketing Gaps and How to Overcome Them

Published By: Microsoft Azure     Published Date: Apr 10, 2018
Learn about the five gaps that could be costing you time, customers, and profit in this digital e-book. Discover how to close those gaps and transform your people, process, and technology to better serve your customer. You’ll also learn how to: Create a unified view and deliver personalized experiences to your customers across all touchpoints and channels. Provide actionable insights to your sales and marketing team so they can work together more effectively. Bring intelligence to your data and connect it with content and processes, so you can make better, faster decisions. Transform your business by connecting sales and marketing with a shared set of successful business practices.
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Cloud Application Architecture Guide

Published By: Microsoft Azure     Published Date: Apr 10, 2018
Take a structured approach to designing your cloud applications. This cloud computing architecture e-book focuses on architecture, design, and implementation—considerations that apply no matter which cloud platform you choose. The guide includes steps for: Choosing the right cloud application architecture style for your app or solution. Selecting appropriate compute and data store technologies. Incorporating 10 design principles to build a scalable, resilient, and manageable application. Following the five pillars of software quality to ensure your cloud app is successful. Using design patterns that specifically apply to the problem you’re trying to solve. Download the 300-page cloud architecture e-book to explore these best practices, and get access to design review checklists, reference architectures, and more.
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Azure Cosmos DB E-book

Published By: Microsoft Azure     Published Date: Apr 11, 2018
When you extend the global reach of your enterprise, you’ll find new markets for your products and services. That means reaching more potential customers, bigger growth potential, and higher ROI. But to tap into those emerging markets, you need to provide the best, most consistent user experience. Now, it’s possible for you to build, deploy, and manage modern apps at scale with a globally-distributed database—without the hassles associated with hosting in your data center. Read the e-book Build Modern Apps with Big Data at a Global Scale and learn how Azure Cosmos DB, a globally-distributed turnkey database service, is transforming the world of modern data management. Keep access to your data available, consistent, and safe—with industry-leading, enterprise-grade security and compliance. Start developing the best app experience for your users based on five well-defined consistency models: Strong: Favors data consistency. Ideal for banks, e-commerce processing, and online booking. Boun
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Cloud Skills and Organizational Influence

Published By: Microsoft Azure     Published Date: Apr 11, 2018
Accelerate your organization’s adoption of cloud technologies while accelerating your own IT career. With the growth of cloud as a computing platform, those who have certifications and formal cloud development training in cloud trends, such as DevOps, will not only enhance their careers, but are positioned to have dramatically more influence over their organization’s adoption and expansion of cloud services. Download this International Data Center (IDC) white paper to explore: • How IT professionals are using cloud skills to influence the organization • What the most influential skills are for cloud professionals • Significant trends that impact cloud professionals
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Designing Distributed Systems

Published By: Microsoft Azure     Published Date: Apr 11, 2018
Distributed systems enable different areas of a business to build specific applications to support their needs and drive insight and innovation. While great for the business, this new normal can result in development inefficiencies when the same systems are reimplemented multiple times. This free e-book provides repeatable, generic patterns, and reusable components to make developing reliable systems easier and more efficient—so you can free your time to focus on core development of your app. In this 160–page e-book, you’ll find: An introduction to distributed system concepts. Reusable patterns and practices for building distributed systems. Exploration of a platform for integrating applications, data sources, business partners, clients, mobile apps, social networks, and Internet of Things devices. Event-driven architectures for processing and reacting to events in real time. Additional resources for learning more about containers and container orchestration systems. “There are more
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Enterprise Cloud Strategy

Published By: Microsoft Azure     Published Date: Apr 11, 2018
What you need to know now about moving your enterprise to a cloud computing strategy In the second edition of the Enterprise Cloud Strategy e-book, we've taken the essential information for how to establish a strategy and execute your enterprise cloud migration and put it all in one place, so you can quickly understand topics like: What to consider when choosing between hybrid, public, or private cloud environments How cloud reduces costs, and even benefits on-premises computing New analytics and IoT capabilities Security and compliance considerations This valuable asset for IT and business leaders provides a comprehensive look at moving to the cloud, as well as specific guidance on topics like prioritizing app migration, working with stakeholders and cloud architectural blueprints.
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