Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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This week in BPOS news is a recurring segment on the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog that covers news from all sectors of Cloud Computing and the Microsoft Online Services business suite known as the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). You can read all past This Week in BPOS News segments here.

This week in BPOS news we cover two stories that include an introduction to the cloud and a look at a BPOS case study.

1. Cloud-computing benefits come with a price

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This week’s first story comes from the Sioux Falls Business Journal and gently leads us into the cloud computing conversation. This article provides an introduction into the role the cloud plays in today’s business world. Jim Kirby writes this cloud article with a great sense of understanding on where the cloud stands today in terms of usefulness. He points out that the cloud is “simply a marketing term that is very hot right now.” Jim talks past the hype and buzz while he delves into the real issues of the cloud, good and bad.

This article provides a great read for those who are getting their feet wet in the cloud. How would you introduce someone to the cloud? What are the positives, negatives and misleading marketing hype surrounding the cloud? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

2. Bradshaw & Weil - Insurance Firm Chooses Microsoft over Google for Easier-to-Manage Online Services

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Our last story for this week in BPOS news comes from our own Microsoft.com. Microsoft.com features a section packed with case studies ranging across several product groups including Microsoft Online Services. The case study I chose to review reflects on the Insurance Firm Bradshaw & Weil. Bradshaw & Weil chose Microsoft over Google to address the firm’s IT needs. Jared Morgan, CTO at Bradshaw & Weil, advocated switching to a cloud-based solution. The case study lists several reasons for the cloud switch including “that this would effectively outsource the need to back up data and recover from failure, and reduce the need for on-site software, hardware, and management.”

This case study reflects on Bradshaw & Weil’s experience using the free Google Apps Standard Edition, and why they found the technology capabilities were limited for their needs. The switch to Microsoft Online Services and BPOS provided a list of benefits for the company that is described in further detail in the case study:

  • Extensive Features, Lower Costs
  • Minimal IT Requirements, High Reliability
  • Rapid Solution Adoption and Preservation of Institutional Knowledge

This is a great case study that outlines why companies are choosing Microsoft over the competition when moving to the cloud. What are your thoughts?

Did you see a story you want to share with us? Let us know what other topics you’d like to see. You can comment on this blog post or send an email to our community mailbox. Follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

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