Migration Anxiety… real or imagined?

There is a reason so many companies are using software and servers that are 1, 2 or 10 versions behind the current ones. Fear! Fear of cost, Fear of downtime, Fear of data loss, Fear of losing your job in the wake of an upgrade catastrophe. Are these fears legitimate? Absolutely, as all of the above can easily happen.

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.

5 reasons to move to the cloud that no one talks about (Part 3 of 5)

Cloud has become a four letter word. Frequently when we meet someone and mention “cloud” computing, I see their teeth grit. “I had a horrible experience with the cloud” they say. After a few more questions, it becomes obvious that what they were involved in was not “cloud” at all, but rather something they were told was cloud.

How to stop worrying and love “the cloud”

There is a cloud of marketing and hype surrounding “cloud” technologies. A fog of jargony words and needlessly ugly acronyms obscure understanding and make everything look like the same, soft grayish fog. IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, cloudware, private clouds, cloudsourcing, utility computing … even the word “platform” gets overused and abused, …