Category Archives: Microsoft

Microsoft on Track to Hit $20 Billion Cloud Revenue Target

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Starting in September of last year, we published a series of five blog posts presenting best-practice advice covering strategic use of the cloud. Based on an extensive review of current research on cloud adoption trends around the world, The Cloud (Part 1) concluded that a tipping point had been reached. Over the next few years, worldwide   …Continue Reading


Transforming Work with Microsoft Teams (Videos)

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In our first blog post of 2017, we argued that successful digital transformation requires a combination of technology AND organisational change. Effective use of digital technology and excellence in software development provide the foundations for working differently. The greatest business value is derived, however, when technology is used to support organisational change, transforming processes and   …Continue Reading


GDS Endorses Use of the Public Cloud

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In a long overdue Guidance Note, the Government Digital Service (GDS) has endorsed use of the public cloud. In a statement clearly intended to allay public sector concerns about cloud security, the document states: ‘It’s possible for public sector organisations to safely put highly personal and sensitive data into the public cloud. Many UK departments   …Continue Reading


New Research: British Business and the Public Sector Fear Digital Disruption by 2018

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According to new research published by Microsoft last week, almost half of all UK business leaders fear that their industry will face significant digital disruption within the next two years. The study, Digital Transformation: The Age of Innocence, Inertia or Innovation?, claims to be the most detailed evaluation undertaken on the potential impact of digital   …Continue Reading


The Cloud (Part 5): Choosing Your Cloud Vendor

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Previous posts in this series have covered the state of cloud adoption in the UK, misconceptions regarding the cloud, the importance of strategy and the staging posts in your journey to the cloud. In the final part of the series, we look at the criteria to consider when choosing a cloud vendor, highlighting these by   …Continue Reading


The Cloud (Part 4): Your Journey to the Cloud

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Part 2 in this series argued that as organisations move to a higher level of cloud adoption, a planned strategic approach is required. The ten key questions to address when developing a cloud strategy were then addressed in Part 3. In this penultimate post in the series, we examine two of the most important issues   …Continue Reading


‘Impressive in its Mundanity’: A pictorial tour inside one of Microsoft’s Cloud Datacenters

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Microsoft’s cloud estate is impressive with over a million servers and more than a hundred sites around the world, including the UK. Since opening its first datacenter on its Redmond campus in 1989, the company has spent more than $15 billion in building its cloud infrastructure. More than 200 online services are now delivered by   …Continue Reading


The Cloud (Part 2): Misconceptions and the Need for Strategy

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Part 1 in this series presented evidence showing that cloud adoption by UK organisations has increased significantly in recent years. A tipping point has been reached. There is still a long way to go, however, before the full benefits of the cloud are being realised. For businesses not currently using the cloud, or at an   …Continue Reading


Microsoft’s New UK Data Centres Will Boost Cloud Adoption

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As a major supplier of Azure cloud and Office 365 solutions, Bridgeall welcomes last week’s announcement by Microsoft that it has opened its first cloud-based UK data centres. The three new data centres, located in London, Durham and Cardiff, should help to ease some perceived customer concerns about the cloud, especially in relation to data   …Continue Reading


Leveraging the Cloud for Business Continuity

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Business continuity and disaster recovery planning are an essential component for every successful business, regardless of their size, sector or location. Availability and reliability are two of the most important aspects of any successful plan. Implementing effective disaster recovery and business continuity can be a complicated and costly exercise, with less than 50% of organisations   …Continue Reading