Myths About Moving to the Cloud

What small and medium-sized businesses really need to know about moving to Microsoft Office 365

Most companies have decided they need the business agility and want the cost savings that come when moving to the cloud. But with the bewildering amount of contradictory information floating around on the Internet, not many really understand exactly what that means or what it entails.

Companies considering Microsoft Office 365 as their first step in moving applications to hosted solutions face similar inconsistencies, making it difficult to separate fact from fiction. For example, some businesses incorrectly believe Office 365 is simply a version of Office accessed by a browser. That’s just one of the misconceptions about Office 365 we want to correct, which is why we created this myth-busting guide to help you. When considering Office 365 to power your organization, you need to know the facts. Your business depends on it. Ready to learn which of the top nine Office 365 business cloud myths you may have thought were true—but aren’t?

Read on at https://resources.office.com/rs/112-YPQ-597/images/Office-365-MythsAboutMovingToTheCloud.pdf.pdf

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Introducing Send—designed for in-and-out email

Sometimes you just need to send a quick, short note to your co-worker. Of course, you can use Outlook for this, but today we’re launching a new app through the Microsoft Garage that is built specifically for those brief, snappy communications—Send, designed for in-and-out email.

cropped-Introducing-Send-1Send is available for iPhone in the U.S. and Canada, and is coming soon to Windows Phone and Android phones. The app works for people with Office 365 business and school email accounts, and we expect to make the app more broadly available in the coming months.

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CIO Review Selects Cloud 9 Infosystems for 20 Most Promising SOA Technology Solution Providers

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Annual list showcases the 20 Most Promising SOA Technology Solution Providers; Cloud 9 Infosystems makes it to CIO Review’s top SOA Technology Solution Providers list for its expertise in developing web based applications leveraging Services Oriented Architecture (SOA).

FREMONT, CA – June 17, 2015 – CIO Review (cioreview.com) has chosen; Cloud 9 Infosystems (cloud9infosystems.com) for its 20 Most Promising SOA Technology Solution Providers. The positioning is based on evaluation of Cloud 9 Infosystems’ capabilities in developing web based applications leveraging Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) to build Software as a Service (SaaS) applications. The company believes that phenomenal results and momentum can be achieved when business and technology work hand-in-hand. Cloud 9 Infosystems have developed a proprietary cloud assessment framework that assures “predictable process to ensure success” in every scenario. Additionally, Cloud 9 has created numerous packaged “Quick Start” service offerings that leverage Cloud 9 tools to move specific IT workloads to the cloud. Some of the Microsoft centric offerings include Office 365 migration, Azure IaaS migration and Microsoft Cloud single sign-on.

The annual list of companies is selected by a panel of experts and members of CIO Review’s editorial board to recognize and promote technology entrepreneurship. “Cloud 9 Infosystems has been on our radar for some time for stirring a revolution in the SOA technology space, and we are happy to showcase them this year due to their continuing excellence in delivering top-notch technology-driven solutions,” said Harvi Sachar, Publisher and Founder, CIOReview. “Cloud 9 Infosystems’ solutions continued to break new ground within the past year, benefiting its customers around the globe, and we’re excited to have them featured on our top companies list.”

“Cloud 9 Infosystems is honored to be recognized by CIO Review’s panel of experts and thought leaders,” said Chetan Malavia, Founder, CEO and Managing Partner.

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http://magazine.cioreview.com/June-2015/SOA/

http://soa.cioreview.com/vendor/2015/cloud_9_infosystems

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Windows 10 could be a blockbuster for Microsoft: 73 percent of businesses plan upgrades

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Microsoft Office 365 Features and Benefits

Microsoft Office 365 Features and Benefits

Moving to the Office 365 cloud comes with some key features and benefits. Namely, your organization gets to continue to use the software you have been using for years, but you now get to shift the burden onto Microsoft. In addition to shifting the burden to Microsoft, there are some other key benefits.

Generate greater productivity with Office 365

Productivity is a great word that management-consultant types love to use. In the real world though, productivity can be summed up in a simple question: Can you do my job easier or not? Microsoft has invested heavily and spent a tremendous amount of time trying to make the user and administrator experiences of Office 365 as easy and simple as possible.

The idea is that increasing simplicity yields greater productivity. Whether it is an administrator setting up a new employee or a business analyst writing policy and procedure documents in Word. When the technology gets out of the way and you can focus on your job, you become more productive. Try using a typewriter instead of a Word processor. Whoever thought copy and paste would be such a game changer?

Access from anywhere with Office 365

Accessing your enterprise software over the Internet has some big advantages. For one, all you need is your computer — desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone — and an Internet connection or phone coverage. Because the software is running in a Microsoft data center, you simply connect to the Internet to access the software.

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Another benefit of accessing centrally located data is that you always have a single source of the truth. If you make a change to a document from your tablet at home and then your colleague views the file from their phone, she will see the most up-to-date document. Gone are the days of e-mailing Excel documents between machines with long file names.

With SharePoint Online (part of the Office 365 package) a single file, say Forecast_Q1_2011.xlsx, lives out in the cloud (meaning in Microsoft’s globally distributed billion dollar data centers). Because the document lives in the cloud, the security permissions can be set up to allow anyone in the organization, regardless of geographic location, to view the document.

Security can be as strict or as lenient as desired. For example, you may want everyone in the organization to be able to see a company policy document but only want a select group of individuals to edit the document. In addition, SharePoint takes care of all the versioning and even lets you check out a document to edit so that nobody else can edit it at the same time.

Need to collaborate on the document in real time? No problem. You can do that by using nothing more than your web browser.

Continue reading at: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/microsoft-office-365-features-and-benefits.html

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Must read if you’re still running Windows Server 2003!

Message from Microsoft – Windows Server 2003 support is ending July 14, 2015!

What does end of support mean for you? After July 14, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003.

If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your datacenter, you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure. By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365, you can achieve concrete benefits, including improved performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility and speed of response to the business.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/windows-server-2003/

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Top reasons why enterprises should choose Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Guest post by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director, Data Platform

At Microsoft’s Ignite conference, the first sneak peek of Azure SQL Data Warehouse was demoed.  As you build more applications in the cloud and with the increase in cloud-born data, there is strong customer demand for a data warehouse solution in the cloud to manage large volumes of structured data and to process this data with relational

Azure SQL Data Warehouse 2processing for fast analytics.  Customers also want to take advantage of the cost-efficiencies, elasticity and hyper-scale of cloud for their large data warehouses.  They need for that data warehouse to work with their existing data tools, utilize their existing skills and integrate with their many sources of data.

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