How Microsoft is Modernizing the Digital Workplace – Insights from the Ignite 2018 Conference

How Microsoft is Modernizing the Digital Workplace – Insights from the Ignite 2018 Conference

I recently attended the Microsoft Ignite conference where I spent my time attending sessions around Office 365, SharePoint, Teams, and OneDrive for Business. There was no shortage of announcements around the advancements Microsoft is making in the modern digital workplace with Office 365. We are seeing significant improvements across collaboration, process automation, intranet and all-employee...

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A Review of the Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017: New Features and Significant Updates

A Review of the Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017: New Features and Significant Updates

This year’s Microsoft Web Summit was held in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood and was chock-full of 30-minute sessions exploring Microsoft and partner web technologies. This conference was aimed at web developers and highlighted new technologies, projects, and updates out of Microsoft and other partnered web companies. Here are some of the most exciting projects and ideas that came out of this...

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How to Talk to the Cloud

How to Talk to the Cloud

Picking up from last week’s post on Preparing to Migrating to a Secure Cloud, the first part of our Azure Secure Cloud Migration blog series, we’ll jump right in to how and why the client’s Azure network was architected. Connectivity and traffic flow between Azure, on-premises locations, and even business partners are things to consider immediately, as they impact the overall structure of the...

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Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud

Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud

West Monroe Partners recently completed a nine-month effort to help a client migrate a large custom SaaS platform with regulatory requirements (PCI DSS v3.1, SSAE16). The engagement involved migrating on-premises systems to Microsoft Azure’s IaaS platform, and in the coming weeks, we’ll be detailing our methodology for designing and securing that environment in a series of blog...

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Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Compliance

Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Compliance

As advisors to our 100+ private equity clients who use M&A activity to provide positive returns to their investors, WMP helps establish platforms, processes, and technology that can enable rapid EBITDA growth. Within the world of M&A, carve-outs and divestitures are some of the most complex situations when it comes to quickly getting the newly acquired business on the right track...

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Project Siena – A Hidden Gem of Ignite

Project Siena – A Hidden Gem of Ignite

Often in life, the things we enter into with no expectations turn out to be the most interesting. Such was my experience with Project Siena. During Microsoft Ignite 2015, my colleagues and I attended a session on Project Siena because our initial seminar choice was full. I entered the seminar having never even heard of Project Siena; I left inspired and very impressed.…

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Office 365: Balancing Costs and Benefits

Many of the discussions revolving around moving e-mail, instant messaging, and Share Point workloads to Office 365 revolve around issues of functionality, reliability, and licensing costs.  A key part of your Office 365 planning effort should also be a full evaluation of not just hard costs, but full measures of new feature benefits, and cost avoidance to see the true return of your Office 365...

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Microsoft Ignite 2015 – Infrastructure and Operations Team Perspective

We recently attended the Microsoft Ignite conference, held at McCormick Place in Chicago.  A combination of various Microsoft technical conferences, Ignite was billed as “the largest and most comprehensive Microsoft technology event.”  Over the course of a busy week of interacting with clients, multiple keynote addresses, and 24+ hours of technical breakout sessions, we saw several...

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Data to Dashboard: Making sense of Big Data

Our Advanced Analytics  team’s obsession with the NFL led us on an ambitious journey to collect NFL Twitter data with the hopes to gather some useful insights. As the weeks went by, millions of tweets were collected. With this data being amassed, we established the arduous objective to understand the type of events that surround large influxes of tweets.…

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