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Case Study: Hosting Provider Increases IT Efficiency and Agility with Software Upgrade
Fasthosts is a fast-growing UK hosting provider that has expanded due to its focus on offering better and more economical services than its competition. To continue to stay in front, Fasthosts is upgrading to Windows Server 2012. It will take advantage of new features, such as storage migration, Hyper...
7 Jun 2013
Tech Days Online - 24th April - 26th April - Speaker Announcements Part 1
With just over a week until Tech Days Online , we thought it was about time we started to let you know who was going to be presenting. When the team sat down to pull the agenda together, we wanted an agenda that had Microsoft technical experts as well as technical experts with more of a "real-world...
15 Apr 2013
Case Study: Cloud Provider Expands Business Model, Improves Services with Server Upgrade
Outsourcery To help change its business model from a traditional web hosting company to a cloud services provider, Outsourcery is taking advantage of the latest improvements in the Windows Server 2012 operating system and Hyper-V virtualization technology. No longer hampered by a four-core-per-virtual...
3 Apr 2013
Case Study: For Microsoft Global Security the Cloud changes everything
Mike Howard is the Chief Security Officer at Microsoft. In this article Mike provides a powerful insight into how Microsoft runs it’s security operation on a global basis. At the end of 2010 Microsoft Global Security was at a crossroads, how could we meet the continuing needs of our business...
17 Oct 2012
Case Study: Skipton Building Society U.K. Building Society Increases Business Agility with Private Cloud Solution
Skipton Building Society needed a self-service portal for development environments for its mortgage services division HML. Its IT Shared Service Centre was tasked with finding a solution that would allow HML to provision virtual machines to keep pace with its agile development requirement. By deploying...
29 Aug 2012
Real World Windows Azure: Quest Software and OnDemand Migration for Email
As part of the Real World Windows Azure series, Microsoft connected with Ron Robbins, Product Manager , Migration Solutions, at Quest Software to learn more about how Quest uses Windows Azure to deliver its OnDemand Migration for Email solution. Read Quest Software’s success story in this...
2 Aug 2012
Case Study: Windows Azure for Education
MLS the largest library product providers to the education sector in the UK shows how it uses Windows Azure to scale.
31 Jul 2012
Windows Azure is changing the start-up paradigm
James Varga is CEO of miiCard (My Internet Identity Card), a service that lets you prove your real identity purely online and in just a few minutes. James founded miiCard in 2011 and is now focused on bringing trust to the internet and giving us back control of our online identities. miiCard is a revolutionary...
20 Jun 2012
Case Study: Eurobase Insurance Solutions selects Microsoft SQL Server as the preferred database platform
Eurobase Insurance Solutions , one of the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance software providers and a Microsoft Partner with Gold ISV Competency , recommends Microsoft SQL Server as the database platform for its insurance software solutions. Eurobase has more than 20 years’ experience...
1 Jun 2012
Video: How Retail Manager Solutions changed their business with Windows Azure
Steve Plank, one of our team’s cloud gurus, recently posted this video with Retail Manager Solutions CEO Jim Chapman on his blog . In it Jim talks about how adopting Windows Azure, Microsoft’s Public Cloud platform, has transformed Retail Manager Solutions’ ability to provide industry leading services...
30 Apr 2012
Case Study: Council Expands Shared Services and Makes Significant Savings Through Virtualisation
BUSINESS CHALLENGE Staffordshire County Council wanted to reduce costs through virtualisation—improving manageability and resilience by moving its infrastructure to the private cloud. It also looked to support shared services. SOLUTION Staffordshire County Council worked with Microsoft Gold Partner Risual...
4 Apr 2012
Innovation as a Strategy for Growth
The UK government generate an innovation report every year and I thought now would be a great time to share some insights from 2010 report. Along side the insights I’ve also put together some simple steps to help kick start your innovation strategy. Innovation drives economic growth - it has accounted...
30 Mar 2012
Offer: Last Chance for TechEd Europe Discount Tickets! #TEE12
The early bird discount offer for TechEd Europe tickets is close to an end. In fact we stop the early bird offer this Saturday (31st March 2012) so if you are still trying to convince your boss or haven’t yet decided if you are going to come along then now is a good time to make that decision....
27 Mar 2012
Event: A New Era in Enterprise Data Management: Discover why the Co-operative Group chooses SQL Server for Business-Critical Applications
On the 17th April in London you have the opportunity to hear why customers such as the Co-operative Group have chosen SQL Server as their enterprise data and business intelligence platform. They use this platform to manage the loyalty data for their seven million members and you can find out more...
27 Mar 2012
Guest Article: Applying Value Management techniques to SharePoint solutions
Geoff is a SharePoint MVP, and likes to be known as a “Hands on” Technical Evangelist and works as a SharePoint Solutions Architect. He has published many articles, guides and books about SharePoint. With over 25 years of experience in information systems, he is a Fellow of the Institute of the Analysts...
14 Mar 2012
Case Study: Retailer Avoids Tens of Millions in Growth Costs, Eases Innovation, and Boosts Security
Read all about how one of the world’s largest member owned businesses is benefiting from Microsoft SQL Server 2008. "Because SQL Server 2008 R2 is so scalable, we can expand from 6 million to 20 million members for 10 percent of what it would have cost on our old solution" Chris Sproston,...
14 Mar 2012
ClearPeople provides Stena with four public-facing websites built on SharePoint 2010
Summary Stena recognised an opportunity to upgrade their current Web Content Management System (WCMS) for four of their business units' public-facing websites to SharePoint 2010. ClearPeople had already delivered a SharePoint Document Management solution to Stena and because of their extensive experience...
23 Feb 2012
Britain Works: Insight into the Microsoft Apprenticeship in Software Development
As part of the Britain Works program, Microsoft’s DPE and Citizenship teams have been working with training company QA and e-skills UK to develop a year-long Modern Apprenticeship in Software Development . According to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills , small and medium-sized...
23 Feb 2012
Case Study & Videos: TechNet Readers help save £494,000 with Windows 7 Upgrade
Regular readers of the TechNet Blog may remember that back in September Paul Cooke from Plymouth City Council won a competition we were running to come along and present alongside Andrew and Simon at the ‘ Windows 7 Deployment – Why and How ’ online conference. We were so impressed by Plymouth’s deployment...
15 Feb 2012
Case Study: Zaha Hadid Architects Helps Ensure Business Continuity with Virtual Infrastructure Refresh
This is the second of two case studies around Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center. The case study focuses on virtual infrastructure and business continuity and is worth spending a little time reading if you are looking to use these technologies. BUSINESS CHALLENGE The London-based practice...
31 Jan 2012
Case Study: Isle of Man Government Cuts Operating Costs by 15% with Virtualisation
This is the first of two Hyper-V and System Center case studies that will provide some interesting insights into ways of making the most of Microsoft Technologies. BUSINESS CHALLENGE The Isle of Man Government wanted to save money and boost services by moving its infrastructure—including...
30 Jan 2012
The TechNet Newsletter is all about the Cloud!
Here's the first TechNet Flash Newsletter for 2012! It's a new year and a new subject! We focused very much on Windows Azure and cloud services to bring you the latest news on the subject. Here's the newsletter in full for you to get your teeth into! You can also get the newsletter by signing up...
24 Jan 2012
Case Study: Using Windows Azure to create MicroFinance
Gary Pretty is the Deputy Head of Programming at Mando Group , a leading digital agency specialising in creating enterprise web sites and RIAs. Gary works with technologies across the Microsoft stack, including Windows Azure, Sharepoint, ASP.NET and Windows Phone. Gary can be found on twitter @GaryPretty...
17 Jan 2012
Unilever & Fujitsu Make the Case for Private Cloud
Hot off the press, and before they even land on the Microsoft Case Studies site , we're got two great examples for you of how Microsoft technologies are being used by large enterprises. Avanade delivers Unilever’s private cloud platform – a significant lighthouse win on the Microsoft...
7 Oct 2011
Fire service collaboration technology adopted by 60% of staff in 6 months
It’s always great to hear about Microsoft technology in action, and this case study tells a great success story between Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Black Marble, and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Read the piece in full here . Here’s a summary: Organisation Profile West Yorkshire Fire...
7 Feb 2011
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