As per my recent post about Onyx & Cloud computing, I’m interested in business opportunities in the Cloud space, rather than the more technical stuff. I guess I’m interested from the business-technical angle.
I’ve recently been investigating what Microsoft is up to, and below is my presentation to the NE Bytes massive on the topic. fyi:
North East Bytes (NEBytes) is a User Group covering the North East and Cumbrian regions of the United Kingdom. We have technical meetings covering Development and IT Pro topics every month.
- Microsoft is spending billions on its cloud play, and recognises that security is a top issue
- Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) is a SaaS offering, including SharePoint and Exchange, and therefore not restricted to being browser-based
- BPOS is a way of growing business for Microsoft in the SME market, and at the same time providing Partners with Cloud opportunities
- I.e. Microsoft is not planning to stiff its channel by providing outsourced IT solutions as an alternative to existing Partners [well, that’s my reading of it!]
- From a non-technical perspective, the offerings are thus (as of the time of writing):
- Collaboration, and
- IT Management
- There also seem to be a growing list of Partner solutions for migration and add-on services (e.g. for SharePoint)
In summary, the slides were a brief introduction to the impact of Cloud (courtesy of Richard Holway), and a talk through some slides from standard MS marketing deck for BPOS / Online Services.
These are couple of related MS documents I’ve been reading to better get my head round all this.