CRM drives tangible benefits for banks

Independent analysis by The Optera Group shows that banks that utilize Microsoft Dynamics CRM markedly enhance their marketing, operations, and risk management results. According to First Research, ―The profitability of individual banks depends on marketing skills, efficient operations, and good risk management. Achieving that is difficult enough in a normal …

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 …

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 …