Office 365: Toyota Rolls Out Global Collaboration Initiative

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has made a significant gain with Office 365. Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM), which deployed Windows Azure last year for telemetrics services, is rolling out Microsoft Office 365 services to its more than 200,000 employees around the world. Using Office 365, Toyota is building its communications 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 …

FAA Chooses Microsoft Office 365

In its effort to empower personnel to work more efficiently and collaboratively, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has chosen to deploy a cloud productivity solution based on Microsoft Office 365, encompassing email messaging, calendaring, instant messaging and webconferencing.  Office 365 will provide 60,000 FAA employees and …

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.

5 reasons to move to the cloud that no one talks about (Part 2 of 5)

A lot of companies talk about customer service. Obviously they realize it is an important component in a Client’s mind, particularly when it comes to IT services. Let’s just say the IT services industry has not been known for “Exceptional” customer service.