Welcome to another round of featured news items from around the web. Each week, we handpick articles for our community related to cloud and enterprise technology. We welcome your suggestions for next week’s round-up—share your links in the comments section or tweet a link to us at @msproductivity

From Security to The Cloud, 4 links to help CIO Leaders make important decisions

Can You Have Too Much Security?

When employees consider a company "too secure", there's a mismatch between the IT management's view of security and the rest of the business. Those responsible for security keep striving to protect the business by setting and enforcing policies.

 Why does Lync Beat the Competition?  

I took a closer look at what makes Lync a better solution for these customers, and what I found was that customers believe Lync stands above its competition because of features that are easy to use and the interoperation with other Microsoft solutions. Unlike other “unified communications” companies that have acquired their way into providing a “solution,” Microsoft built Lync from the ground up to be a single platform that can enhance, extend, and replace traditional and IP PBX systems.

Microsoft Recognized by Gartner as a Leader in Business Intelligence

We are pleased to see this type of affirmation in our approach and strength of our technologies from Gartner. The high level of satisfaction of our current Microsoft Business Intelligence customers highlighted is especially gratifying. We believe our placement in this report reflects, in part, the level of positive customer feedback Microsoft has received in the customer survey portion of the evaluations. Focus on familiar, intuitive user experiences delivered via high quality, industry-leading products that businesses already know and use today is key to making BI truly pervasive.

 Q&A: With SQL Azure, Microsoft Eyes leap to the cloud

So how does SQL Azure, Microsoft’s cloud database service, fit into so grand a plan? In this month’s “SQL in Five,” Microsoft database platform specialist Mark Kromer takes on that question, explaining some of the key SQL Azure developments unveiled at TechEd. He also gives a glimpse of what’s in the works for SQL Server, both on the ground and in the cloud.