Office 365 Compliance and Security: Perception vs. Reality

Many organizations are under some risky misconceptions when it comes to the compliance and security of their Office 365 environments.

That's the upshot of a new 37-page report by CollabTalk LLC and the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University titled "Organizational Security & Compliance Practices in Office 365." The report, released last week, was commissioned by Spanning Cloud Apps, RecordPoint, tyGraph, Rencore and Microsoft. (RCPmag.com sister site Redmondmag.com is an in-kind sponsor of the research.) It's based on surveys of more than 270 IT professionals, executives and managers across 19 industries, and includes commentary from several Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) and experts. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on April 01, 2019 at 10:55 AM0 comments


Microsoft Releases Previews for New Cloud Security Services

Microsoft on Thursday released previews for two new cloud-based security services in advance of the RSA Conference 2019 next week.

Microsoft Azure Sentinel is a native security information and event management (SIEM) tool that runs in Microsoft's public cloud. Microsoft Threat Experts is a new "managed threat hunting service" within Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 28, 2019 at 11:56 AM0 comments


Microsoft, VMware Reportedly Collaborating Around Azure

A report this week from subscription technology site The Information suggests that Microsoft and VMware are drafting a deal that would make it much easier for enterprise customers to move VMware workloads to the Azure public cloud.

The historical rivals are jointly working on the integration and could be within weeks of an announcement, according to article author Kevin McLaughlin, who attributed the information to "a person with direct knowledge of the project and six others who have been briefed on it." More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 27, 2019 at 9:12 AM0 comments


SoCal IAMCP Chapter Hitting 10-Year Milestone

One of the most dynamic International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) chapters in the United States will hold a party this fall to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

The SoCal IAMCP chapter will hold a tenth anniversary party in Irvine, Calif., on Oct. 24, a Thursday. Formed 10 years ago this July with Justin Slagle as its original president, the Southern California chapter had strong engagement and support from Microsoft from the beginning. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 19, 2019 at 12:05 PM0 comments


Azure Stack Getting Rugged with Dell EMC Tactical Version

This week brought the next logical step in the evolution of the Azure Stack with the unveiling of a ruggedized version from Dell EMC.

From the beginning, Microsoft's vision for the Azure Stack involved situations where you're getting your hands dirty. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 06, 2019 at 11:56 AM0 comments


Has Microsoft Found the Key to a P2P Business Boom?

Microsoft is connecting its most significant-breadth partner business model with a strategic technology initiative in a way that could unlock truly scalable partner-to-partner (P2P) business interaction within its giant partner ecosystem for the first time.

"Today, we're excited to announce that by connecting our marketplace to our cloud solution provider companies, through our channel, we're enabling ISVs that publish their solutions to our marketplace to have unfettered access to our entire ecosystem directly," said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president of Microsoft One Commercial Partner (OCP), during a media briefing on Tuesday. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 05, 2019 at 1:11 PM0 comments


9 in 10 New Dynamics CRM Deals Online

Parts of the Microsoft Dynamics business are tilting overwhelmingly online.

Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood discussed the company's progress with its business applications suite during a call with financial analysts on Wednesday. Overall the Dynamics business grew 17% in Microsoft's fiscal second quarter, which ran from Oct. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 31, 2019 at 11:58 AM0 comments


Partners Cheer Microsoft's Q2 Results

Investors weren't thrilled with Microsoft's second quarter financial results, but several partner observers mostly shrugged off the negative parts and applauded Microsoft's performance in strategic areas.

"An initial look at the numbers indicates the [failure to meet analyst expectations] was a miss on the personal computing side, though growth still looks to be strong in the productivity cloud and infrastructure cloud offerings," said Mark Sami, vice president of Microsoft and Cloud Solutions at SPR, a Chicago-based Microsoft managed partner specializing in digital transformation projects. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 31, 2019 at 12:07 PM0 comments


Microsoft Co-Sell Program Tally Reaches $8 Billion

Microsoft's co-sell program that incentivizes the Microsoft field to sell partner solutions is on pace to exceed last year's total by a wide margin.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella provided an update on the program during an earnings call with investors. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 31, 2019 at 11:58 AM0 comments


IAMCP Elects 2019 Board of Directors

The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) on Wednesday identified its worldwide leadership team for 2019.

The IAMCP exists to foster business networking opportunities for Microsoft partners and boasts more than 100 chapters in 47 countries. The 2019 Board of Directors consists of 10 officers drawn from IAMCP's three regions -- Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia/Pacific (APAC) and Canada, Latin America and the United States (Americas). More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 17, 2019 at 9:15 AM0 comments


A 'Forever Version' of Windows Claims the Market Share Crown

The December 2018 market share numbers are in from Net Applications and they reveal a major milestone for the IT industry. Windows 10 has a larger market share than any other desktop operating system version, including the previous king of all desktop OS versions, Windows 7. It's a narrow but solid lead, with Windows 10 at 39.22% and Windows 7 at 36.9%. It brings Windows 10 on top for both of the most frequently cited platform trackers (Windows 10 took the lead with Statcounter in January 2018). Windows 10's now undisputed lead in both major trackers tells us several things about the state of IT infrastructure.

First, it tells us that Microsoft still has enough weight in the industry to dictate an operating system shift. That seems like a fairly obvious point, but Microsoft did ask a lot with Windows 10, especially with the new and confusing update model. Things Microsoft had going for it included the inertia of an industry accustomed to moving to the next Windows OS every few years and that limited-time free upgrade offer. Even with those advantages, success wasn't a foregone conclusion. Uptake of Windows 10 has been slower and at a smaller scale than Microsoft had publicly hoped for. Three-and-a-half years after launching, Windows 10 is on about 700 million machines. That falls short of the 1 billion systems Microsoft had predicted Windows 10 would power in slightly less time, but it's still impressive. What's also impressive is that Microsoft managed that progress at the same time that it has been distancing itself from its long-held identity as a Windows company. Of course, there's also the stick. Windows 7 hits the end of extended support one year from now. Look for Windows 10's share to ratchet up steadily as companies and consumers race to meet the support deadline, or at least convert as shortly after it passes as they can. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on January 07, 2019 at 9:50 AM0 comments


Azure Is a 2019 Partner Priority: Get Some Help from Our Webcast

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When it comes to 2019 priorities, few are as important for Microsoft partners as fleshing out an Azure strategy.

Even for partners who have embraced the cloud on the Office 365 side, the margins have been tightening lately, and we seem to be on (or approaching) the backside of the adoption curve. To be sure, there's a lot of opportunity left in Office 365, but we may be starting to see the beginning of the end of the gold rush phase. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on December 14, 2018 at 8:31 AM0 comments


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