Speaking at Codec’s 2017 Microsoft Event, Aisling Curtis began her presentation with a bold statement - the Commercial Director for Microsoft Ireland announced that Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and organisation in the planet to achieve more. And how might Microsoft’s grand ambitions be realised – the answer in a word (or two) is digital transformation according to Curtis.
Codec will be holding its annual Microsoft-focused event on November 2nd 2017. This event will involve Codec’s business partners talking about their experiences using Microsoft’s suite of products, and how these same products have helped transform their business processes.
Codec intend to provide a platform for businesses with like-minded concerns and aspirations to talk to one another, to learn, and to grow their knowledgebase so they can leverage and extract the maximum possible benefit from their arsenal of Microsoft software.
What is a Microsoft CSP?
The Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program (CSP) is the new business model for customers to purchase Microsoft Online Services and receive support through approved Microsoft Partners. CSP enables businesses to not only migrate workloads to the cloud but also prepare for future possibilities and opportunities as they evolve and grow. Microsoft are encouraging their SMB customers to work with appointed CSP providers in managing their license requirements around office 365.
Salesforce.com has led the market for decades. Their dominant position however as the market leading CRM software platform provider appears to be under threat from Microsoft according to the latest Forrester report.
1. What is Windows 10 Enterprise E3 License for CSP
Windows 10 Enterprise E3 was designed for businesses that handle sensitive customer data (such as credit card or social security numbers), operate in regulated industries, or create and monetize intellectual property. These businesses need enterprise-grade security and management capabilities found in the Windows 10 Enterprise edition such as Device Guard, Credential Guard and Managed User Experience.
Cloud computing is increasingly becoming a major driving force in the world of information technology. More and more businesses are adopting a cloud first procurement strategy and see the many benefits and growth opportunities in the various cloud offerings on the market.
Over 95% of global enterprises report using cloud as part of their business. With over $33 billion in annual spend, cloud is now the largest category in IT infrastructure budgets. It’s expected that the movement towards the cloud will continue.
Office 365 and Google Apps are the most popular cloud-based productivity tools, and while they offer many similar services, choosing between them can be a challenge.
Microsoft Office has been providing businesses with great software to create documents and presentation spreadsheets for over 20 years. Google joined the scene with its Google Apps offering an alternative to Office, as software has become increasingly web-based. Both products allow you to create documents, presentations and spreadsheets as well as allow collaboration with team members and provide video conferencing and cloud storage but which one is best for you?
If you went through this thought process, you might have realised that by now that it has taken you nowhere: your company SharePoint does not quite look like what you had envisaged; usage never really took off or users are deserting one by one; the IT department has lost some credibility and your own reputation is at stake.
Recent news stories bring global attention to the risks faced by businesses in protecting their IT infrastructures and their business and customer data. While recent security breaches may not be directly related to a particular operating system, the stories (covered by The Telegraph, Wall Street Journal and CNN) provide evidence to the risks and costs of not investing in the security of your business. What is relevant in these stories to Windows Server 2003 EOS is that an operating system that is no longer updated or supported leaves your business open to great security risks. Data breaches impact productivity, costs related to fraud, and most important customer trust.