Cloud Myopia – Is it affecting the way partners view Microsoft?

It has been a about 18 months that Microsoft has shifted its talking points to the cloud and maybe longer. At least one prominent partner is putting the EX in Exchange and leading the way away from Microsoft.  During the same time frame I have been hearing from partners and while looking into the cloud they have not been doing so because their clients have been driving them that way. They are not doing it because there is a good business model. This has really been a vendor driven buzz and not a market driven buzz. The question is, does Microsoft’s singular … Continue reading Cloud Myopia – Is it affecting the way partners view Microsoft?

Green IT – Moves into the realm of cost accounting

Green IT has moved over the past five years from the realm of corporate social responsibility messaging into the world of cost accounting. In short, Green IT has gone mainstream, as organizations across the board associate green not only with environmental sustainability, but also with operational savings achieved through greater business efficiency. But what is the source of this transition, and what scenarios now move organizations into planning and implementing green solutions?Read more here Jeff LoucksAvailable Technology

Dynamics CRM Update Rollup 10 releases!

Update Rollup 10 Update Rollup 10 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 (KB 979347) Microsoft has released Update Rollup 10 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. It includes updates and hot fixes packaged together for easy deployment. We recommend that you install the update rollup to keep your software performing at its best. Important: Update Rollup 7 is a prerequisite to this update rollup. The Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Office Outlook and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Data Migration Manager components require Update Rollup 7 to be installed. For more information about Update Rollup 7, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article:971782: Update Rollup … Continue reading Dynamics CRM Update Rollup 10 releases!

"Microsoft Partner Network for Small to Midsize Business (SMB) Partners" with Judy Kolde (WPG03PAL)

To download the Outlook Appointment click here WPG03PAL: Microsoft Partner Network for Small to Midsize Business (SMB) Partners Presented by: Judy Kolde Tuesday, May 04, 2010 8:00 am to 9:00 am Pacific Time Click here <>  to calculate your local time. This is a joint Microsoft internal AND Partner facing Webcast provided by Academy Live. Please attend and forward this invite to your partners! Content: Marketing; Sales; Business Skills; Licensing Target Microsoft Role: Account Managers; Partner; Target Partner Role: Partner Business Decision Maker; Partner Marketing; Partner Sales; Partner Training; Partner Developer; Partner IT Professional Level: 100 Description: Join us to … Continue reading "Microsoft Partner Network for Small to Midsize Business (SMB) Partners" with Judy Kolde (WPG03PAL)

Silverlight 4 Training releases!

On April 16th Silver Light 4 training released. Here is the link to the download. Overview The Silverlight 4 Training Course includes a whitepaper explaining all of the new Silverlight 4 features, several hands-on-labs that explain the features, and a 8 unit course for building business applications with Silverlight 4. The business applications course includes 8 modules with extensive hands on labs as well as 25 accompanying videos that walk you through key aspects of building a business application with Silverlight. Key aspects in this course are working with numerous sandboxed and elevated out of browser features, the new … Continue reading Silverlight 4 Training releases!

Windows Intune Beta goes live!

Windows Intune just hit the street. What is it and why should partners take a look? It is desktop management and monitoring via a cloud service. It comes burdened with windows licenses but loaded with the power to control, monitor and connect to PCs. In my estimation it is a very light beta service with big potential. The product allows you to manage XP through Windows 7 Enterprise. Computers can be domain joined or not. All the PCs need is to have the agent installed and the and be connected to the Internet. The interface gives you a heads up … Continue reading Windows Intune Beta goes live!

Peter Klein, Microsoft’s new CFO

Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell is leaving the company at the end of the year, the company announced Tuesday. Perhaps one of the strongest CFOs in the tech sector has left and Microsoft’s selection shows the depth of its internal roster. Prior to being named Microsoft CFO, Klein served as corporate vice president and CFO of Microsoft’s Business Division (MBD), overseeing the financial performance of the division which includes the Microsoft Office System, Unified Communications, Microsoft Business Solutions and other businesses. In this role, Klein was responsible for overall financial management including financial and strategic planning, reporting and analysis … Continue reading Peter Klein, Microsoft’s new CFO

Visio 2010 – One of Microsoft’s Key Strategies – Model based programming for the masses

A few years ago Microsoft started talking about ‘Model Based Programming’ which would bring software development skills to the masses by making it easier to conceptualize program flows, decision paths and layout key functional areas while intuitively reflecting business processes. Visio 2010 is shining light on this important avant-garde vision. And it is doing it in a manner that seems so intuitive to regular folks that it is hard not to see the value. Software developers and network admins were not the only users of Visio and as the Visio team looked at the other Personas, one can’t help but deduce that … Continue reading Visio 2010 – One of Microsoft’s Key Strategies – Model based programming for the masses

August 2009 Topics List for the Global EBS User Group

Here are some of the topics covered this month in the Global EBS User Group. Server 2008 SP2  Active Directory userWorkstation Attribute  VHD Creation taking a long time…  How to install Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 on servers that are running Windows Essential Business Server 2008: “AdminDataServices”,”Error” Microsoft would like your input for the next version of EBS Migrating SBS Companyweb to EBS VMware install and migration at later date. SBS 2003 Migration – Final Steps License question RWW users getting kicked out after 30 minutes. Greenfield site setup Web caching exceptions  GFI freeware to monitor ISA server  Fun with Spam … Continue reading August 2009 Topics List for the Global EBS User Group