This week in BPOS news is a recurring segment on the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog that covers news from all sectors of Cloud Computing and the Microsoft Online Services business suite known as the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). You can read all past This Week in BPOS News segments here.
This week in BPOS news we cover two stories that include an introduction to the cloud and a look at a BPOS case study.
1. Cloud-computing benefits come with a price
This article provides a great read for those who are getting their feet wet in the cloud. How would you introduce someone to the cloud? What are the positives, negatives and misleading marketing hype surrounding the cloud? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
2. Bradshaw & Weil - Insurance Firm Chooses Microsoft over Google for Easier-to-Manage Online Services
Our last story for this week in BPOS news comes from our own Microsoft.com. Microsoft.com features a section packed with case studies ranging across several product groups including Microsoft Online Services. The case study I chose to review reflects on the Insurance Firm Bradshaw & Weil. Bradshaw & Weil chose Microsoft over Google to address the firm’s IT needs. Jared Morgan, CTO at Bradshaw & Weil, advocated switching to a cloud-based solution. The case study lists several reasons for the cloud switch including “that this would effectively outsource the need to back up data and recover from failure, and reduce the need for on-site software, hardware, and management.”
This case study reflects on Bradshaw & Weil’s experience using the free Google Apps Standard Edition, and why they found the technology capabilities were limited for their needs. The switch to Microsoft Online Services and BPOS provided a list of benefits for the company that is described in further detail in the case study:
This is a great case study that outlines why companies are choosing Microsoft over the competition when moving to the cloud. What are your thoughts?
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Funny, no mention of all the recent BPOS outages? Surely Microsoft isn't trying to hush that up.
Hi, We previously posted about the BPOS outages on this very blog. You can check out the post here - blogs.technet.com/.../meeting-your-and-our-own-expectations.aspx
As an admin of a group of heavy users of BPOS, downtime is a serious consideration, and I'd like to say that we saw absolutely no impact during the downtime that Microsoft reports. I think they actually over-report their downtime.
How can we get moved to the server Jake is on?
There's simply no way that BPOS is cheaper that Google Apps, price per user per month is lower for Google Apps, and you don't need the multi-hundred dollar software licenses for Office applications. Also Google Apps is the only solution that actually works in all browsers, meaning Macs can use webmail/calendar/docs/sites etc the same way.
To Mike: You can beat Google Apps price with a Skydrive (which includes Office Web Apps for FREE) and hotmail. So if price is your main concern, you can get to zero. Having used BPOS and Google Apps, there is no way that Google Apps get close the capabilites of Office. Not even close. I like the ability to imbed PowerPoint images into Word, update my slide in Powerpoint and have it automatically updated in word. I like cutting and pasting almost anything, anywhere, and having it work. And the intergration with BPOS is really great so I don't have be online to really amazing things offiline and share them online. Not to mention that with Live Meeting, I can invite 250 users to a Live Video and Voice over IP real time, interative event - scheduled ahead or on a whim 1:1 - where I can let someone else even take over on my desktop of they want to show me something. What's the price of all that ten bucks a month. There a million things you can do with this combo that makes it much better VALUE than a pure internet play. Please dont get me wrong, if you dont need any of that - then Google Apps make good sense, but a lot of people need more than just basic capabilites and don't wish to be limited to purlely an online experience.
Has anyone seen this with BPOS migration - Sign In Application just won't configure Outlook, it just keep saying I need to close IE but IE is not open. I can sign in ok and Communicator works. Just Outlook won't configure. I tried to configure Outlook manually but it keep saying the user name cannot be resolved on the server. At the same time all these are happening, OWA works perfectly. Microsoft is trying to tell me this user's account is broken on my domain and that I need to delete and recreate his domain account, delete his online account and remigrate. I am not completely convinced. Can anyone help?
check the running process on the computer, likely there is an active iexplore.exe process running.