Microsoft Big Bets for FY15

(Stephen Parker, Head of Cloud Strategy, Rhipe) Each year at WPC Microsoft lets it’s partner community know what their big bets are for the coming year. In the past these have changed reach year. However this year they are the same as FY14 with the addition of Security. Cloud, Social, Mobility, Big Data & BI,…

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Microsoft WPC Day 3 - Vision Keynotes

(Stephen Parker, Head of Cloud Strategy, Rhipe) Although there were no big “wow” announcements, there were things that caught my attention.  Summary below. Tiffani Bova, VP, Gartner Research. We live in a world of customer experiences. However too many businesses are still trying sell the underlying product.  She summed this up with a coffee analogy…

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Help your Customers Get their Data into the Cloud

(Stephen Parker, Head of Cloud Strategy, Rhipe) There are various blockers identified for why customers hesitate in adopting Cloud services e.g. security, offshore data, service reliability etc.  However from a very practical perspective simply getting data from it’s current location (on-premises) to the Cloud can be just as big a blocker. It doesn’t matter how…

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2014 Microsoft Hosting Summit: Seattle

I’ve just returned from the 2014 Microsoft Hosting Summit in Seattle, a 3-day event which included an outstanding Keynote day with presentations from Microsoft and Industry Executives.  The keynotes kick started the event and positioned Microsoft as a thought leader in the hosting and cloud industry, as well as confirming Microsoft’s ever increasing commitment to…

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VMware PEX 2014

I recently returned from VMware’s PEX event in San Fransicso and wanted to pass along a few highlights: Session-based DaaS has come to VMware and is launched on to VSPP – This is a great new option for those organizations looking to deliver DaaS – and is called the Horizon DaaS Platform - (http://www.vmware.com/products/daas) VMware…

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Getting Data into the Cloud

(Stephen Parker, Head of Cloud Strategy, NewLease) There are various blockers identified for why customers hesitate in adopting Cloud services e.g. security, offshore data, service reliability etc.  However from a very practical perspective simply getting data from it’s current location (on-premises) to the Cloud can be just as big a blocker. It doesn’t matter how…

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