Integrate People, Processes Technologies with Microsoft’s Share Point and Azure Offerings
To integrate people, processes and technologies, you first need to use the right tools, and then choose an experienced company who can put those tools to work for you. The right tools are, of course, from Microsoft’s huge arsenal of business software, designed to optimize effectiveness and work seamlessly with your other processes. Microsoft continues to lead the way in business software development of all types -from the Cloud to simple word processing.
And what would some of these software tools be?
SharePoint is a web-based, collaborative platform that integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft solutions as well as most of the other enterprise applications that are widely used by organizations of all sizes. SharePoint is primarily used as a content management system. It also supports sophisticated workflows that can be leveraged to optimize and implement internal processes.
SharePoint is not a new platform. Leading organizations have been using it for well over a decade to promote collaboration among cross-functional teams, departments, and other organizations. Many organizations are now migrating to the cloud, thus presenting a unique challenge of migrating a robust on-premises SharePoint environment to Cloud.
Every organization has a highly customized instance of SharePoint that has been tweaked over the years to cater to their unique process and system requirements.
How do you migrate the tailor-made SharePoint instance from servers in your Data Center to Cloud while retaining all the customizations, work flows, sites and data and leveraging the benefits of Cloud?
Is it too much to ask, that during this migration process, an organization can also re-categorize and manage data that has been accumulating for over a decade? The possible solution could be:
- Dump some data that is no longer required
- Optimize the use of storage in the cloud
- Keep the current and relevant data secure and always available
Most importantly, try and maximize user adoption with enhanced experience and minimize the downtime during the complete migration.
This may seem like a tall task, especially for a CIO with strictly defined budgets and timelines as margins of error are slim. Planning and experience can be the differentiating factor between a successful and failed migration.
Why is Cloud computing needed if the IT process of an organization is running smoothly with the IT team managing the hardware on premises? Quite naturally, companies want to have control over their data and will ensure its absolute security. How do companies manage their operational expenditure? We can’t have engineers over subscribing to services un-supervised, how do we control this? Finally, what happens to my infrastructure team if a company moves its data to the cloud?
Most of these are questions that an organization, whether commercial or public, needs to answer before taking the leap to Cloud. Once you have decided to move your Infrastructure, Platform or Software to cloud, the next question is: Which Cloud Service Provider do you choose?
While Azure may not be the first but with Microsoft’s deep pockets and values and mission guiding the path, it is catching up to the market leader at a tremendous pace.
Microsoft is investing well over USD 10 Billion every year to boost Azure services. This includes adding more regions, adding services, improving security and compliance. The results are there for everyone to see.
Azure has 50 regions worldwide that can render services to 140 countries over the globe. For the US Public Sector, Azure has dedicated eight regions for US government. They meet all the strictest security compliances including FedRAMP, HIPAA, DoD and more than 50 such national, international and industry specific regulations. You can be rest assured that your data is more secure here than in a data center in the basement of your office.
Services that required months of planning, procurement, and development activities are now available at the click of a button. Of course, you also want to keep a check on your monthly bills. It is therefore important that you have an admin panel that can help you control the most granular deployment on your account. This is enabling organizations across the globe to focus on their business and customers and let experts take care of everything else.
What is the best option? Manage it yourself or outsource it to an expert?
During the Second Industrial Revolution, the end of the 19th century saw emergence of new technology, an instrumental one being electricity. Most of the factories had their own electricity generation capability in house. However, all of them soon realized that it’s better and more profitable for them to focus on their respective businesses and let such services be rendered by experts. Few centuries later we are experiencing a similar phenomenon in technology. Companies are realizing the immense value and convenience of outsourcing technology to those best equipped to handle it.
We have discussed the Microsoft technologies that are driving the transformation of businesses and are in the midst of a business revolution in this blog.