Sirius Buys Champion Solutions Group, MessageOps

Sirius Computer Solutions snapped up Boca Raton, Fla.-based solution provider Champion Solutions Group and Champion's cloud practice, MessageOps, which was one of the pioneering toolsets for Office 365.

With the acquisition, Sirius expands its national IT solutions integration business into the southeastern United States and strengthens its Microsoft cloud capabilities in both Microsoft/Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 02, 2020 at 9:45 AM0 comments

Nadella Puts Microsoft Teams at Center of Earnings Call

Microsoft released its first quarter earnings on Tuesday afternoon, reporting revenues of $37.2 billion and earnings of $1.82 per share. The company beat analyst expectations on the back of strong cloud growth.

However, the centerpiece of the Satya Nadella-led earnings call on Tuesday evening was the Microsoft Teams collaboration platform, which keeps surging to new highs due to COVID-19-related remote work. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on October 28, 2020 at 10:14 AM0 comments

Pandemic Translates to Booming Quarter for PC Sales

The PC market boomed in the third quarter, with pandemic-related buying producing growth rates at levels not seen for a decade.

Market researchers from IDC, Gartner and Canalys all released their growth estimates this week. The three firms told similar stories -- heavy purchasing on the consumer side, robust activity around Chromebooks and education, and very strong growth in the United States. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on October 14, 2020 at 9:55 AM0 comments

Rubber, Meet Road: Products Hitting GA at (or Around) Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft declared about two dozen products ready for general availability (GA) -- and thus production deployment -- this week during the Microsoft Ignite conference. The products ranged from elements of the high-profile Project Cortex to Azure SQL for edge deployments to major and minor components of Microsoft's three clouds.

A virtual event this year, Ignite kicked off on Tuesday morning with a keynote from CEO Satya Nadella and was scheduled to run through Thursday. Microsoft typically treats Ignite as a major launchpad for IT pro- and IT management-focused products and services across its enterprise portfolio with some developer, education and government tools and products thrown into the mix. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 22, 2020 at 9:42 AM0 comments

Microsoft Launches WVD Advanced Specialization

Microsoft on Tuesday launched an advanced specialization for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), giving partners access to a new badge that highlights expertise in the newly essential area of supporting remote workers.

Advanced specializations layer on top of competencies within the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) as a way for partners to demonstrate Microsoft-sanctioned certification of their specialized skills. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 15, 2020 at 12:56 PM0 comments

Quest Buys Binary Tree

Quest Software this week added to its already full quiver of Microsoft modernization tools with the acquisition of Binary Tree.

While Quest already had capabilities for migrating to Office 365 within its broad existing toolset, Binary Tree brings sophisticated tooling for second-generation cloud migrations -- handling the complex requirements of enterprise cloud-to-cloud migrations necessitated by M&A and other concerns in a maturing market. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 03, 2020 at 11:40 AM0 comments

It's a Wide-Open SaaS-y World in the Public Cloud, For Now

The public cloud is a predominantly Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market, with the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) elements gaining steadily in SaaS' rear view.

Oh, and that SaaS market is still wide-open, even as the IaaS/PaaS sector becomes more consolidated by the year. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 18, 2020 at 11:26 AM0 comments

Microsoft Earnings Up 13% in Q4

Microsoft revenues were up 13% in the fourth quarter as the company continued its growth amid the pandemic and associated economic headwinds.

Revenues for the quarter, ended June 30, hit $38 billion. Diluted earnings per share decreased 15%, to $1.46, in part because the company took a $450 million charge in the quarter for its late-June move to permanently shutter the Microsoft Store physical locations. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 22, 2020 at 3:31 PM0 comments

Inspire: Nadella Urges Partners To Embrace 'Tech Intensity'

Satya Nadella has been shopping around the term "tech intensity" for a year-and-a-half as a sort of refinement of, or at least a related concept to, "digital transformation."

But at the Microsoft Inspire partner conference on Wednesday, the Microsoft CEO elevated "tech intensity" to an organizing principle that can help companies both weather the current historic global challenges and perhaps grow after those challenges have started to recede. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 22, 2020 at 1:34 PM0 comments

Inspire: Microsoft Sets Partner Priorities for FY 2021

In the opening sessions of the Microsoft Inspire partner conference Tuesday, Microsoft executives urged partners to pivot their efforts to remote work, business continuity, security and cloud migration over the next year in a work world that the pandemic has "changed forever."

Gavriella Schuster, Microsoft's worldwide channel chief, detailed the four priorities for partners as the next steps for Microsoft's fiscal 2021, which started July 1. Microsoft is holding the Inspire conference virtually on Tuesday and Wednesday. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 21, 2020 at 2:29 PM0 comments

Microsoft Partner Awards Shine Spotlight on COVID-19 Efforts

The 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards are filled with stories of Microsoft partners rapidly retooling their offerings or crafting bespoke solutions to meet the urgent pandemic-related needs of customers -- from companies to nonprofits to government agencies.

Microsoft on Monday released the list of winners of the 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year awards, which included winners in 49 categories, finalists and country-level winners. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM0 comments

Survey: Public Cloud Security Incidents Becoming Commonplace

A new survey-based security research report suggests that seven in 10 organizations have experienced public cloud security incidents in the last year.

U.K.-based security company Sophos released its report, "The State of Cloud Security 2020," this week. The findings are significant due to the substantial sample size of the survey, with responses from more than 3,500 IT managers in 26 countries. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 09, 2020 at 1:03 PM0 comments