If you're invested in Microsoft technologies, migrating to the cloud, using the Internet of Things (IoT) or considering a move to DevOps, you need to be aware of Azure. You’ve probably heard of Azure — especially if you're familiar with the concept infrastructure as code — but you may not be clear on its finer points. So, what is Azure? Simply put, Azure is Microsoft's public cloud service. Like its competitors, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud, Azure offers infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) but also storage, databases, active directory and a host of other services.
BizTalk Server, some versions of Windows 10, Windows mobile, Azure scheduler and Microsoft SQL Server 2008. What do all these Microsoft products have in common? In 2019, Microsoft will stop supporting them and if your business uses any of them, you will want to start planning now for upgrades and replacements. The above software is just a small sampling of the products that are at the end of their support lifecycle with Microsoft. In October, the company updated its End of Service list, which includes more than 50 products for which service is ending or changing. Businesses that have been relying on older software should check the full list, or even better, check the Microsoft Product Database for their specific products to make sure their software is still covered by Microsoft support. But first, what is "end of support"?
Business Process Management
Wouldn't it be nice if your work calendar synced up with your personal calendar automatically? What if your Human Resources office automatically sent an email to everyone on staff on Thursday, reminding them to get their time sheets in for the week? What if you got an email every time your company was mentioned on Twitter?
Your organization has a lot of data to manage. Your team members create files and documents, your customers generate data and your technology is likely churning out information as well. There are also several options available for storing that data: free services, paid services and even services you may have already invested in but don’t use. So where should you be storing your data so that it’s organized, searchable and shareable with everyone in your organization?
Being in charge of IT for a healthcare organization isn't easy. You're responsible for vast amounts of some of the most sensitive information that an organization can deal in; medical data. You're also dealing with financial information, insurance, securing your organization's Internet of Things (IoT) and other information that requires you to be up on compliance for laws like HIPAA and GDPR. You have to stay within your budget, keep everything updated and make sure all of your organization's tech works. It's a lot, especially for smaller healthcare providers who don't have the budget to constantly update software, maintain a server, hire a large IT staff or — in some cases — keep a compliance officer.
If you've used a computer any time in the last 30 years, you're familiar with Microsoft Office and its iconic tetrad of applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. You buy them and they live on your computer forever. Or, back in the day, you'd buy a computer and Office would come as part of the package. That was a different time. Today we're living an era of cloud computing and remote work, and Microsoft adapted to that, releasing Microsoft Office 365 in 2011.