Microsoft Azure IaaS has the data to back it up

It's one thing to predict financial benefits during a switchover, but it's another thing to provide the data to back up actual savings. Forrester Research interviewed six customers, aggregated data, and produced a report of the five-year Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Azure IaaS. Forrester concluded that there were four main challenges solved by Azure IaaS: continuously growing IT costs, limited ability to scale infrastructure, complex global expansion issues, and high process costs. Over five years, the ROI was 435% with $27.6 million in total benefits! For a more detailed look at the data, read the entire report here: The Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Azure IaaS

Tips for learning Azure in the new year

Help your tech-savvy nonprofit customers learn Azure in 2020. This article shares 9 no-cost resources that users can take advantage of right now. For more help getting your customers started with Azure, contact us today.

A Developer's Guide to Building AI Application

Like the vast majority of Nepalese, Melisha Ghimere came from a remote village from a family of subsistence farmers who raised cows, goats, and water buffalos. Seven years ago, she watched her relatively wealthy uncle and aunt lose a lot of their herd to an outbreak of anthrax; they were never to recover their economic footing. Melisha went on to college thinking about the plight of her family. In college, she worked to develop a predictive early warning solution to help farmers. With a team of four students, they researched livestock farming, veterinary practices, and spoke to farmers. They built a prototype for a monitoring device that tracks temperature, sleep patterns, stress levels, motion, and the activity of farm animals. Melisha's AI system predicts the likely health of each animal based on often subtle changes in these observations. Farmers are able to track their animals, receive alerts and actionable recommendations. Although her project is still in its infancy, the field tests have shown the solution was about 95% accurate in predicting risks to an animal's health. Melisha and her team were able to help a family prevent a deadly outbreak of an anthrax infection by identifying a diseased cow, before symptoms were evident to the farmer. Melisha's team was a regional finalist in Microsoft's Imagine Cup competition in 2016.* For more to inspire you to embrace AI, read this developer's ebook. Then contact us to find out how we can help make AI work for you! * The Future Computed--Artificial Intelligence and its role in society--Microsoft

Get started with Microsoft Teams quick start

This quick start guide is full of information to help you make the most of Microsoft Teams. With this tool, your employees have a shared workspace for conversations, files, and meetings. Everyone can be more engaged and effective, even when working remotely. Review this guide to access actionable tips for better connection, collaboration, and productivity.

Azure strategy and implementation guide for nonprofits

The value of technology to nonprofit organizations is how it can help them accelerate their mission and do more good. Nonprofits are constantly facing the challenges of fewer resources, greater need, and growing cybersecurity threats. While the potentials of cloud computing for nonprofits are clear, the adjustments the IT organization will need to make in transitioning to the cloud may be unclear. The "Azure strategy and implementation guide for nonprofits" eBook will help nonprofit IT teams more effectively implement and integrate cloud technologies. For more information on Azure implementation for your nonprofit, contact us today.

Unblocking Teamwork: four tools and strategies to improve collaboration

This Microsoft eBook goes into detail about key tools and strategies to help customers overcome blockers and improve collaboration using Microsoft Teams. These tips can easily be adapted and applied to remote work. Suggestions include streamlining tools and apps, making virtual meetings more efficient, and improving version control.

3 Keys to Security and Compliance for Your School

The implementation of technology in schools supports personalized learning and drives student-centered outcomes. However, it also broadens the school's digital landscape, which can make schools a target for cyberattacks. In fact, 60 percent of US K-12 data breaches in 2018 included student data. What's more, schools are filled with inquisitive minds and students and teachers often use any available technology to fulfill their learning needs. This further opens the door to breaches through unsecured apps and devices. As a result, many schools choose to automate their defenses against outside threats through intelligent technology. Share this eBook with your prospects to educate them on the steps they can take to protect their schools with the adoption of intelligent technology.

Introducing Microsoft Teams: empowering remote work

This flyer highlights some of the key features in Microsoft Teams that allow customers to stay connected, collaborate, and increase productivity—all in one place. The flyer also offers ideas on how customers can use Teams to make remote work more efficient and even fun.

Lizo | Digital transformation in the oil & gas industry: improving on-site safety

Safety is a priority for companies, especially those working in industries where a few seconds can mean a significant deficit for thousands of customers. This time we show how companies such as Lizo partner their apps with Microsoft Azure for instant status updates of facilities and equipment that are vital for site operators to maintain safety around the globe. Their customers funnel real-time data from multiple sources into a single platform. Their facility oversight is improved, their operations are more efficient, and the workplace safety is right where it should be—at the top. Watch this video to see how other data-driven companies could partner with Microsoft Azure to offer cloud-based software solutions to customers who need real-time response.