Blueprints for Success: New Planning Services increase value to Microsoft Software Assurance

The value delivered to EA customers through Microsoft’s’ highly successful Software Assurance Program has recently increased with the addition of four new Planning Services engagements. [Read more…]

Getting unified communications without the fuss


Death of the PBX?It seems everyone wants a unified communications and collaboration platform – industry research shows this is a growing priority and the technology for it has radically evolved in recent years, making the business case even more compelling.

The trouble is, many organizations are weary about investing the time and costs of actually building it. The wide-spread perception is that doing so requires massive overhauls, and that’s not always feasible. [Read more…]

License Mobility makes it easy to build in the cloud

License Mobility for Software Assurance makes building in cloud easierStarting July 1st 2011, Microsoft is launching “License Mobility” to volume license customers with Software Assurance (SA), making it easier to deploy some Microsoft technologies to the cloud.

With increasing interest in “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS), organizations want to move workloads and applications to the cloud without having to acquire additional licenses. For select Microsoft server products, License Mobility allows customers to assign certain licenses to a cloud infrastructure for that customer’s use. The products included are: Exchange Server, Lync Server, SharePoint Server, SQL Server and Dynamics CRM.

Simply put: the change unlocks the ability to deploy these application server licenses with active Software Assurance on-premises or in the cloud in a shared hardware environment and to take advantage of the lowest cost infrastructure for changing business priorities.

This signals Microsoft’s desire to make it easier for customers to test out the ubiquitous cloud. [Read more…]

Microsoft Office 365 public beta is live

Office 365 beta signup page


Office 365, the successor to Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), entered public beta today. The suite includes cloud-based versions of Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Lync Server (formerly Office Communications Online) found in BPOS, and also includes Office productivity, both through Office Web Apps and the full desktop Office 2010 suite. [Read more…]

Office 365 plans: how to make the sweetest pick

Selecting the best plan for Office 365: Kiosk and Information workers

Forget what Forest Gump said, life doesn’t have to be like a box of chocolates, you can know what you’re goign to get. We want to help you be aware of the choices that are available to you and your business when licensing Microsoft Office 365. It’s not about chocolates, it’s about the skinny on what plan is right for you and your enterprise.

Office 365 Plans: The Basics
Office 365 plans are divided into two families, K Plans and E Plans. (There’s also a “P” plan, which would appeal to small businesses, of about 25 employees or less, but we don’t discuss that here today.)

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A holiday present for your organization: Microsoft promotions wrap up

Time is running out to take advantage of a few Microsoft promotions that are running through the end of the month. With the new fiscal year approaching, many organizations have to use the balance of their IT spend before the end of the year. Might as well save while you spend! Here are a few promotions from Microsoft that come with great additional savings. [Read more…]