Microsoft’s Online Services presentation to @NEBytes

by Justin Souter on August 25, 2010


NE Bytes logo 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.

Key points

  • 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):
    • Compliance
    • Development
    • Communications
    • 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)

My presentation

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.

Microsoft blurb

These are couple of related MS documents I’ve been reading to better get my head round all this.

The 15 minute guide to Microsoft online services BPOS business value whitepaper

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