Microsoft Azure Security, Compliance Fears Are Slowing Adoption – Should They Be?

Microsoft Azure Security, Compliance Fears Are Slowing Adoption - Should They Be?

It might seem contradictory.

One one hand, a majority of businesses are now considering leveraging the public cloud to get their business done, and get it done at levels of efficiency never before possible. But at the same time, the concept of the cloud still instills fear and concerns across all levels of the business.

With so much on the line, and the cloud being seen as the key to competitiveness in the years to come, can businesses afford to be ambivalent about its value? And when it comes to Microsoft Azure, their own cloud platform, many organizations are treading lightly, unsure how to proceed. Is it something to fear, or to embrace?

Read on, as we put these fears to rest.

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Already Have O365 and Still Waiting to Launch? 8 Big Benefits You’re Missing Out On

Already Have O365 and Still Waiting to Launch? 8 Big Benefits You're Missing Out On

Over the past few years, Office 365 has been the topic of conversation with many of our clients. “Our organization is very unique and cannot run any cloud based apps ”, “We’re not ready to move to the cloud,” “We’re licensed for Office 365, but won’t be deploying anytime soon” are just some of the common responses I often hear.

The truth is, although there is some hesitancy to fully deploy in the cloud and legitimate steps you need to take to do it properly, there are important (and cost-saving) reasons for your organization to activate your Office 365 seats.

Here are 8 big benefits your organization will be rewarded with when you do.

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How to Overcome 4 Common Barriers to Office 365 Success

How to Overcome 4 Common Barriers to Office 365 Success

Microsoft Office 365 is a powerful tool for driving productivity and collaboration within your enterprise. Even so, as a cloud-based application, many organizations are concerned about security and meeting regulatory compliance requirements. That’s to say nothing about the challenges of supporting Office 365 in the context of a broader SaaS management strategy.

The good news is there are a number ways to address these obstacles. Here’s a look at four of the most common concerns around migrating to Office 365, along with some of the cloud-based solutions we recommend to help you move forward with confidence.

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Beyond Office 365: Building a Global SaaS Identity Strategy

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If you are considering deploying Microsoft Office 365, you’re probably thinking about the challenges of managing user identities in the cloud. For many organizations, Office 365 represents their first “official” SaaS application and will likely pave the way for larger SaaS investments down the road.If you haven’t already, now is the time to think about the systems you need to support a global SaaS identity strategy.

A global SaaS identity strategy has two key components: authentication – or the process of confirming that users are who they say they are – and authorization – or determining what users are allowed to do after they log in. Put another way, you might have a valid passport (authentication), but you can’t board a flight without a ticket (authorization).

As more SaaS apps find their way into the workplace, the more authentication and authorization challenges you will face. Without an overarching strategy, you’ll need to address these challenges with every new SaaS provider – hardly a recipe for success. Here are five drivers that prompt many organizations to think beyond Office 365 and create a global SaaS identity strategy: [Read more…]

Office 365: 4 Features you *Will* Care About

Office 365: 4 Features you *Will* Care About

What features and new tricks does Office 365 offer? While there’s a decent amount of articles and sites that point to that sort of information, at Softchoice we’re committed to bringing you the information that matters most to your Microsoft investment.

Following my previous post on why Office 365 is a very worthy followup offering to BPOS, this post is focused on delivering the four features that I feel you will care about more than any other.

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Office 365: A (very) Worthy Successor to BPOS

Office 365: A (very) Worthy Successor to BPOS

Microsoft Office 365 (and SaaS in general) has thrown a monkey wrench into the plans of many an IT Director. To be blunt, IT has had a very comfortable run for a long time. Buy server. Install software. Maintain server. Connect to server. Run software. Rinse and repeat.

Now, with the advent of SaaS, we are routinely being challenged to re-think that long held IT tradition of “Ser-ver” versus “Ser-vice”. This was how we quantified the service that IT provided to the organization. Keeping things “in-house” allowed us to keep our eyes on our company’s information, ensure it was getting into the hands of the users who need it, and out of harms way.

“SaaS will change how you deliver IT services…”
We’ve been hearing that since 2009. However, Microsoft’s first foray into SaaS called Business Productivity Online Services or BPOS, wasn’t ready for most businesses. There were “gremlins”. Or as my Dad says, “Let it cook a while, it ain’t soup yet.”

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