Here you will find a quick synopsis of all news from Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise organization as it is released with links to additional information.
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Several prior research studies have looked at the benefits of any point investment in big data and business analytics over no investment at all. Recognizing that a growing number of organizations have already invested in a base level of business analytics technology and capabilities, IDC set out to identify the difference between those organization and others that have invested in using more diverse data types and source, more diverse analytical tools and methods, and in distributing information to more diverse audience of end user types – at the right time.
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Windows Azure renamed to Microsoft Azure
On March 25, 2014, Microsoft announced that Windows Azure will be renamed to Microsoft Azure, effective April 3, 2014.
Today, Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2014 is being released to manufacturing (RTM) and will be generally available April 1. SQL Server 2014 delivers a powerful set of capabilities for mission-critical workloads, business intelligence and hybrid cloud.
Forrester Research, Inc. has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2013. Forrester analyst Boris Evelson notes in the report that “While many BI platform features are becoming commoditized, it’s not the individual capabilities that differentiate the Leaders, but rather the completeness, comprehensiveness, and integration of the entire BI architectural stack.
Hot on the heels of February’s release of Power BI for Office 365 - today, Microsoft released a public preview of Power BI connectivity to SAP BusinessObjects. The joint BI interoperability solution was announced and demoed during a session at the SharePoint Conference by Eron Kelly, General Manager of SQL Server Marketing at Microsoft and Jayne Landry, Global Vice President and General Manager of BI for SAP.
Samsung announced that Samsung KNOX will now support Microsoft’s Workplace Join to Active Directory and the Windows Intune cloud-based mobile device management solution in addition to Cloud Printing solution which uses both the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform and Microsoft SharePoint.
Once again, Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the BI and analytics market. Gartner forecasts that the BI platform market will have grown into a $14.1 billion market in 2013.
Hot on the heels of the release of Power BI for Office 365 earlier this month, today Microsoft announced that Power Map is now native to Excel for Office 365 ProPlus customers.
Leading cloud computing, big data and IT solutions provider EMC announced its participation in the Microsoft Cloud OS Accelerate program. This collaboration enables joint customers and partners to accelerate the deployment of Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V virtualization on an EMC infrastructure to improve performance, increase efficiency and simplify management within the private cloud.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces enables customers and service providers to take advantage of sophisticated virtualized storage in a much more cost effective way than traditional storage solutions.
Microsoft Releases Power BI for Office 365
Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365, a cloud-based business intelligence service that gives people a powerful new way to work with data in the tools they use every day, Excel and Office 365.
Microsoft Positioned as Leader in The Forrester Wave™
Forrester Research, Inc. has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Data Warehouse, Q4 2013. Forrester notes that leaders “offer mature, high-performance, scalable, secure, flexible, and robust EDW solutions that often combine an analytics-optimized DW with query optimization, parallel loading, deep data compression, and mixed-workload management features.”
Microsoft Joins the Open Compute Project
On Tuesday, Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise announced that Microsoft is joining the Open Compute Project – a community started by Facebook that is dedicated to the open collaboration of engineering efficient hardware for cloud and high scale computing. As part of the announcement, Microsoft said it’s contributing the Microsoft cloud server specification and its datacenter blueprints that power Windows Azure, Office 365 and Bing. As part of this effort, Microsoft Open Tech also open sourced related management software.
To help organizations deliver on the demands of a modern and mobile workforce, Microsoft today announced updates to its Windows Intune service that will roll out to subscribers next week. The updates accrue to Microsoft’s overall mobile device management strategy, which is centered around people – enabling them to get access to applications and data on the devices they choose, responsibly.
NetApp and Cisco Attain Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Validation for FlexPod Architecture with Support for SMB 3.0; Microsoft Joins FlexPod Cooperative Support Model
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V and System Center 2012 were designed to enable customers to create and manage highly scalable, highly virtualized environments on premises, in the Windows Azure cloud, with a hosted solution provider, or in a hybrid cloud infrastructure.
Continuing to deliver on its commitment to offering the best possible experience for developers, Microsoft announced another wave of enhancements to Windows Azure this morning. These updates include:
AzureDevs Awards $100,000 to Black Girls Code
As part of its effort to change the world through code, AzureDevs announced at Build 2013 that it would award $100,000 in grants to technology education nonprofits selected by the community. Over the months, tens of thousands of votes came in, and yesterday AzureDevs announced Black Girls Code (BGC) as the first place winner.
This month Microsoft updated the previews of Power BI for Office 365 and Power Query for Excel. These updates provide customers with more ways to explore, analyze and find insights on their data.
Following this year’s Nobel Prize announcement, Nobel Media’s Nobelprize.org website was inundated with visitors and the organization put their trust in Windows Azure to ensure that everyone could quickly and easily read about and view the event.
Today, Microsoft announced the Cloud OS Network, a worldwide consortium of more than 25 cloud service providers delivering services built on the Microsoft Cloud Platform: Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and the Windows Azure Pack.
Microsoft Expands Windows Azure Service to Brazil
Microsoft announced the expansion of Windows Azure services to Brazil, signifying Microsoft’s continued commitment to growing the global presence of Windows Azure and providing customers with local cloud service options.
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Continuing to deliver on its commitment to offering choice and cost savings as well as the best possible experience for developers, Microsoft announced another wave of updates for Windows Azure this morning. Updates include the general availability of Windows Azure Traffic Manager, Windows Azure BizTalk Services and app access enhancements.
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Windows Azure and SQL Server helping the City of Seattle cut operating costs up to 25%
The City of Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, recently implemented a “Smart Building” solution in a handful of large commercial buildings in the city’s downtown area.
App Enables Users to ‘Explore the World Through Sound’ Via Windows Azure
Plenty of apps exist that allow users to share pictures, but what about sound? Foundbite, a Windows Azure customer, empowers users to capture ambient sound happening at the time of a picture or series of pictures, which form afoundbite. Once taken, a foundbite is uploaded to a map, giving users the opportunity to see and hear what’s happening around the world, like the excitement before a football game in Philadelphia or the lashing rain of a monsoon in India. Foundbites can also be posted to a website, Twitter or Facebook, and the app is available on the Windows Phone Store.