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 …

ERP… Cloud vs. Traditional

What is cloud ERP and why is it better than traditional ERP? Once you’re in the market for an ERP solution for your business sooner or later you’re going to have to choose whether to have one installed in your offices or whether to use the more modern subscription based …

A cloud case study for (redacted)

There are plenty of case studies out there about cloud experiences. We have added a few, but we don’t ask every client. But we did have a client recently who agreed to be the subject of a short case study, “If we did not mention who he was”. My first …

Is a $10 bill for $5 bucks a “no-brainer”?

For the most part, progress makes things cheaper, particularly when it comes to technology. It also usually makes things better. I can remember paying over $1,500 a month for sketchy cell phone service. I can also remember paying $100 a minute for a dial-up internet connection and, not very long …

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 …

Do you know your Cloud Terminology?

We run into a lot of questions about Cloud, mainly “What is it?”. So we created this table of Terms and Definitions to help clarify things. [custom_table] Term Definition Advanced Virtualization Advanced Virtualization is when the virtual IT infrastructure includes servers, storage and networks, and has automated management of the …

We drank the Microsoft Kool-Aid

You may or may not be aware of the battles that are raging between Microsoft and Apple, Microsoft and Google, Microsoft and Salesforce.com, basically… Microsoft and everybody. Over the years, Microsoft has proven to always be “late to the party”, but once they arrive, they historically seem to just take …

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 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.