Alone on top of an underwater glacier

I recently attended the Microsoft Cloud Partner Summit at Microsoft HQ near Seattle. To say the experience was enlightening would be a significant understatement. Here were gathered 90 partners, one representative each, from the top cloud partners in the US. Microsoft’s cloud products, particularly Office 365 have been exploding, and …

How Microsoft will Force you “To the Cloud” (Part 4-Who)

In this conclusion of the series, we examine “who” wins and who loses as a result of Microsoft’s “World Domination via Cloud” assault. Our “Free Market” economy, can be very Darwinian. When a company the size of Microsoft makes a seismic shift it creates a major disruption that for some …

How Microsoft will Force you “To the Cloud” (Part 3-Where)

In this part of the series, we explore “where” Microsoft’s “World Domination via Cloud” challenges will come from. This post will be all text as I am tired of trying to find pictures. Just because a big-ass company says they are heading in a particular direction, no one is obligated …

How Microsoft will Force you “To the Cloud” (Part 2-Why)

Okay, since it is obvious Microsoft is now “All-in” on cloud, some people, particularly old-line partners are asking why. “Why is Microsoft harshing my mellow?” As if getting their asses handed to them was not reason enough for Microsoft, there are a lot of other reasons why this ocean liner is …

How Microsoft will Force you “To the Cloud” (Part 1-What)

Does that headline sound like hyperbole? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, you will have to decide after this series. I have been watching the machinations taking place; both from the sidelines, and in the huddle as a Microsoft Cloud Partner . I have no true “Inside Information”, but I …

Forceworks invited to Microsoft Partner Research Panel

The Microsoft Partner Research Panel is made up of a limited number of Microsoft partners who are invited and agree to participate in the research program. Forceworks will be sharing opinions about Microsoft products and programs with the company. Forceworks’, as well as other select partners’, insights and suggestions will help shape Microsoft offerings.

5 reasons to move to the cloud that no one talks about (Part 4 of 5)

“Software should work like electricity”

This was the opinion of Brent Britton, a technology lawyer and Forceworks Advisory Board member. “I plug a lamp in and it works, I don’t even think about what’s going on behind the outlet”. At lunch, with Chris and I, Brent blurted out the perfect analogy for Software as a Service.