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3 Tips for Success With CRM

Started by Amy DeWolf Jan 11, 2013. 0 Replies

Similar to the current U.S initiatives to make government more digital, transparent, and collaborative,  the U.K. government recently announced a digitalization strategy to make its nearly one…Continue

Microsoft 8 - The Power of Windows To Go

Started by Pat Fiorenza Jan 9, 2013. 0 Replies

Post HighlightsGovLoop releases report providing an overview of Windows To GoWindows To Go is a new feature of Windows 8 that allows employees to carry their Windows 8 desktop on a USB key and access…Continue

Tags: gl_research_brief, gl_resource, tech, microsoft

Understanding the Cloud Skills Gap for IT

Started by Amy DeWolf Dec 20, 2012. 0 Replies

While cloud computing is still very new, many organizations have already made the switch or are planning on implementing the cloud in the near future. According to a recent IDC…Continue

Functional (and perhaps Fun with) Federally Focused Formulas in Excel

Started by Ramona Winkelbauer Dec 12, 2012. 0 Replies

I like formulas in Excel --- especially those that add to the functionality of the data I've queried for.  E.g., a quick formula for Fiscal Year adds to the functionality of a spreadsheet full of…Continue

Tags: formulas, excel

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Comment by Henry Brown on December 2, 2013 at 7:26pm

From Grigon Melnik's MSDN Blog:
Microsoft Enterprise Library Goes Full Open Source

Microsoft Enterprise Library has a long and prominent history. Over the years, it has evolved into a mature collection of application blocks, each focused on addressing specific cross-cutting concern. New blocks have been introduced, while others become deprecated with the evolution of the .NET Framework and other Microsoft technologies.

In p&p we highly value openness and transparency, and we always look for opportunities to encourage these values. That’s why we are particularly thrilled and proud to announce the Open Development Model for all application blocks which make up Microsoft Enterprise Library.

Comment by Henry Brown on October 11, 2013 at 7:38am

Have posted a discussion which could be of some interest/value to some

Title: Microsoft and the Cloud

Comment by Henry Brown on October 8, 2013 at 11:15am

Microsoft Shareholder Letter:


This is a unique letter for me — the last shareholder letter I will write as the CEO of the company I love. We have always believed that technology will unleash human potential and that is why I have come to work every day with a heart full of passion for more than 30 years.

Fiscal Year 2013 was a pivotal year for Microsoft in every sense of the word.

Last year in my letter to you I declared a fundamental shift in our business to a devices and services company. This transformation impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses.

This past year we took the first big bold steps forward in our transformation and we did it while growing revenue to $77.8 billion (up 6 percent). In addition, we returned $12.3 billion (up 15 percent) to shareholders through dividends and stock repurchases. While we were able to grow revenue to a record level, our earnings results reflect investments as well as some of the challenges of undertaking a transformation of this magnitude.

With this as backdrop, I’d like to summarize where we are now and where we’re headed, because it helps explain why I’m so enthusiastic about the opportunity ahead.
Our strategy: High-value activities enabled by a family of devices and services

We are still in the early days of our transformation, yet we made strong progress in the past year launching devices and services that people love and businesses need. We brought Windows 8 to the world; we brought consistent user experiences to PCs, tablets, phones and Xbox; and we made important advancements to Windows Server, Windows Azure, Microsoft Dynamics and Office 365. We are proud of what we accomplished this year and continue to be passionate about delivering better devices and services more quickly.

To increase innovation, capability, efficiency and speed we further sharpened our strategy, and in July 2013 we announced we are rallying behind a single strategy as One Microsoft. We declared that Microsoft’s focus going forward will be to create a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at work and on the go, for the activities they value most.

Over time, our focus on high-value activities will generate amazing innovation and new areas of growth. What is a high-value activity? Think of the experiences people have every day that are most important to them — from communicating with a family member and researching a term paper to having serious fun and expressing ideas. In a business setting, high-value activities include experiences such as conducting meetings with colleagues in multiple locations, gaining insight from massive amounts of data and information, and interacting with customers.

Microsoft will enable these types of high-value activities with a family of devices — from both Microsoft and our partners — as well as with our services.

As we go to market, we will primarily monetize our high-value activities by leading with devices and enterprise services. In this model, our consumer services such as Bing and Skype will differentiate our devices and serve as an on-ramp to our enterprise services while generating some revenue from subscriptions and advertising. Enterprise services continue to be an area of great strength, growth and opportunity as businesses of all sizes look to Microsoft to help them move to the cloud, manage a growing number of devices, tap into big data and embrace new social capabilities.

Comment by Henry Brown on September 30, 2013 at 9:48am

Have posted a discussion which could have some interest to some!

Title: Microsoft and Law Enforcement

Comment by Henry Brown on July 15, 2013 at 2:07pm

Have posted a discussion which could be of some interest to some!

Title: Microsoft Security and Phone Apps

Comment by Henry Brown on July 2, 2013 at 9:48am


From MS Technet:

Microsoft is retiring the TechNet Subscriptions service to focus on growing its free offerings, including evaluation resources through the TechNet Evaluation Center, expert-led learning through the Microsoft Virtual Academy, and community-moderated technical support through the TechNet Forums to better meet the needs of the growing IT professional community.

Comment by Henry Brown on June 15, 2013 at 10:35am

would be interesting to see Government number!?

more than 50% of the Fortune 500 are using Windows Azure already
From Microsoft's Azure blog 
Last week at TechEd North America, I had the opportunity to meet with a staggering number of customers, partners and analysts from all over the world.  There is nothing as energizing as hearing directly from customers like Milliman, Trek and Mando Group who are using Windows Azure to forge new ground. As I mentioned during an event, I’ve had the privilege of working on a number of high-growth businesses at Microsoft and in the Valley during explosive growth of the ‘90s.  That said, I haven’t seen anything that compares the growth we are seeing in Cloud Computing.

Gartner recently predicted that the public cloud services market will grow 18.5% in 2013, which would be impressive for any ordinary business but is significantly lower than what we estimate given the traction we are seeing. In just a year, we have grown to over 200 services for our platform, more than doubled our customer base (now at 250,000) and are seeing an average of 1,000 new customers per day.  In fact, more than 50% of the Fortune 500 are using Windows Azure already. The growth doesn’t stop with customer volume— we continue to double compute and storage capacity every six to nine months...

Comment by Henry Brown on June 5, 2013 at 2:56pm

Have posted a discussion which could have some interest to some in this group

Title: Microsoft and Social Networks

Comment by Henry Brown on April 26, 2013 at 7:35am

Have posted a discussion which could be of some interest to some:

Title: Interview with OMB CIO

Comment by Henry Brown on April 24, 2013 at 10:23am

Have posted a discussion which could have some interest to some

Title:Microsoft Security Report


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