If you're interested in learning a bit about the project I'm working on, we now have some "marketing-level" information posted online at Microsoft's website:
We're working specifically on the "Online" portion of Microsoft's upcoming service offerrings. For instance, here's the part about our "Benefits" to IT managers in mid-sized companies:
Online services help optimize your business by providing:
Greater flexibility. Our Online services integrate seamlessly with your on-premise servers, enabling you to choose to host applications either internally or with a third party, depending on your business needs.
Lower total cost of ownership. Reduce your ongoing operational costs by lowering the strain on your IT department, as well as minimizing hardware and software costs.
Improved business agility. Quickly add services as your business needs them, without investing in new hardware or software, and without the need for training.
Enhanced competitive advantage. Free up your IT professionals and focus your technical expertise and resources on innovations that improve your core business processes and deliver true competitive advantage.
World-class reliability and security. Microsoft datacenters, processes, and applications meet the most rigorous technical accounting standards and demanding requirements and our Online services are backed by service level agreements that guarantee performance.
I would love to hear from you about what your thoughts are on these benefits, and if there's one area in particular that you think will have the biggest impact on your business.
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