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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Milestone: One Year Anniversary of Microsoft Windows Azure Platform

    We're excited to announce the one year anniversary of the general availability of Microsoft's Windows Azure platform this week. The Windows Azure platform has enabled users to innovate in a timely fashion with solutions that are cost-effective and reliable. In the past year, we've seen companies...
  • Blog Post: Planning for Success (both yours, and ours)

    The market for sales performance management (SPM) solutions is expanding exponentially every year. Putting it broadly, post-recession businesses are not only focusing on what the new ground rules for success are, but how they can reset their sales capacities to meet those expectations. In short, people...
  • Blog Post: Leading Banks Back into the Black

    Like many other industries, banking embraced online and mobile channels to enable customers to take control of when, where and how they interact with their banks. However, the proliferation of online and mobile channels has presented significant technology challenges. For decades, the industry has...
  • Blog Post: CRM Collaboration – Microsoft, Accenture and Avanade team up to deliver value for customers

    Accenture, Avanade and Microsoft are collaborating to create compelling CRM solutions for the financial services industry on Microsoft technology. For more than 10 years, we have delivered business and technology solutions to help our customers create more efficient and effective IT infrastructure, enable...
  • Blog Post: An Evening of Innovation...

    Last week financial services media and analysts experienced the latest technology solutions for banking, capital markets and insurance companies. During the inaugural Financial Services Technology Showcase, hosted at the Microsoft New York City office, Colleen Healy, general manager, Financial Services...
  • Blog Post: Five Top Technology Trends for the U.S. Insurance Industry in 2011

    Technology is certain to continue changing the way insurance firms operate, communicate and relate to their customers and each other. Over the coming months, watch for these five trends to make a particular impact on the U.S. insurance industry: 1. Mobility - Sales and Service in Motion Insurers...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics CRM Enables Increased Transparency For Private Equity Firms

    This guest post is written by Microsoft Partner Customer Effective . Notwithstanding the financial crisis, Private Equity is still a heavily favored asset class of institutional investors, such as sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, and endowment funds, and individual accredited investors based...
  • Blog Post: Online Banking Trends Stand Out at BAI Retail Delivery Show

    The Microsoft banking team recently attended this year’s BAI Retail Delivery Show in Las Vegas, where online banking solutions took center stage. Microsoft’s solutions for online banking garnered significant attention from attendees, who were interested in learning more about recent customers...
  • Blog Post: Direct Edge Stock Exchange Increases Value and Efficiency with Microsoft Platform

    Today, Microsoft announced that Direct Edge , the fourth-largest U.S. stock exchange, has selected Windows Server 2008 R2 , Microsoft SQL Server 2008 , and Informatica Ultra Messaging for its trading platforms. The return on investment is already rolling in. Among stock exchanges, low latency is critical...
  • Blog Post: Work Without Walls to Help Business Continuity

    Roadblocks to business continuity come in all shapes and sizes – natural disasters that threaten to close businesses for weeks, difficulty attracting and retaining productive and efficient employees, or simply the inability to gain access to information or collaborate with coworkers thousands of...
  • Blog Post: Are Your High-Value Clients Seeking a Better Advisory Relationship?

    This guest post is written by Microsoft Partner Customer Effective , consultants and solution implementors serving mid-market and enterprise organizations worldwide. Recently, Cerulli Associates Inc. conducted research on 400 affluent households with investment portfolios of at least $10 million....
  • Blog Post: Powering Mission-Critical Operations in the Financial Services Industry at Sibos 2011

    Perhaps no one has a keener understanding of the need for mission-critical applications than the attendees of Sibos, one the world’s largest gatherings of financial services executives, being held this year in Toronto. In fact, Microsoft has a significant presence at Sibos, where we’re showcasing...
  • Blog Post: Financial Services Technology Showcase LIVE FEED

    **This concludes the live blogging. Stay tuned to this site for videos and recaps from tonight's event. UPDATE: 2/24, 6:15 p.m. Colleen Healy concludes her remarks to the audience and opens the reception to mingling and conversations. UPDATE: 2/24, 6:11 p.m. Colleen Healy retakes...
  • Blog Post: Global High Tech Summit 2011 LIVE FEED

    **This concludes our live blogging from the Global High Tech Summit 2011. Thank you for following along and let us know what you thought of the event on Twitter at #MicrosoftHTS UPDATE: 2/10, 4:55 p.m. Microsoft's Drew Gude summarizes the discussion from the Global High Tech Summit today and...
  • Blog Post: Incentive Compensation, Regulation and Financial Institutions – Is There a Path Forward?

    Bonus and incentive compensation is under increasing scrutiny as the SEC and bank regulators determine the rules on performance-based compensation. Yet, financial institutions must reward their top employees to retain their best people and deliver the results their shareholders demand. According to...
  • Blog Post: Document Generation Application Launches on Windows Phone 7 Platform

    This week, Microsoft is excited to highlight another financial services company that has developed a cutting-edge mobile application on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform. Xinnovation , a leading provider of document generation software and document services to the financial services industry, launched...