November 11, 2013

Cloud-based ERP: finally time for back office as a service?

GigaOm blog

Author: Laura Stuart

Cloud computing is transforming the delivery of IT through the largest organizations. Many have adopted cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) for front-office applications such as sales, marketing, and customer service. But adoption for back-office enterprise resource planning (ERP), the most fundamental enterprise application, has lagged significantly — particularly among large manufacturers.

November 9, 2013

Microsoft Datacenter Engineers Discuss Software-Defined Datacenters at Industry Events

Microsoft Data Centers Blog

Author: Monica Drake, Cloud Infrastructure Marketing, Global Foundation Services

Customers look to Microsoft’s cloud to deliver highly available experiences across our 200+ cloud services. Microsoft remains focused on building software-defined datacenters to improve the reliability of our cloud-scale infrastructure. This month, General Manager Christian Belady and Director of Datacenter Architecture & Design, David Gauthier, both members of Microsoft’s Datacenter Services team, will participate in top industry events to share lessons learned from designing and operating Microsoft’s global infrastructure.

November 8, 2013

Press One for Oblivion…

Compass Points

Author: Chris Crosby

Call me crazy but when I make a telephone call I expect to talk to a human on the other end. This is especially true when I have an issue that I’d like to resolve. Unfortunately, as many of you know, the friendly refrain of, “Hello, how may I help you?”, has been replaced by the less enthusiastic, and certainly more foreboding, “Press one for…” Maybe it’s just me, but as soon as I hear the dulcet tones of the an automated attendant asking me to begin my path through a structure with more branches than a Sequoia, I feel all hope of resolving my issue has been lost — and I consider myself a pretty optimistic guy.

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