Tech Vision 2014: Bringing the Art of the Possible to Life at Avanade

This year is truly the year of digital business and forging connections through technology – connecting devices, people, information and insights, as well as disparate systems across the enterprise. This makes up the core of Avanade’s tech vision for 2014. And, as our CTIO stated in an earlier blog post entitled “Technology Vision 2014: The […]

Is IT Becoming Irrelevant? CIOs Must Balance New Opportunities and Old Challenges

Is IT as we know it on its way out? Without changing, it could be. New global research commissioned by Avanade shows budgets and control are moving outside the IT department. And, we’ve all witnessed this. The consumerization of IT is fundamentally changing the workplace, while more and more business units are procuring their own […]

Best Practices to Deploy SharePoint 2013: Enterprise Lessons Learned

Let me open by saying that if you’ve held off on upgrading to SharePoint 2013, you’re not alone and are in good company.  Given previous versions’ stability issues prior to the first major patches, many organizations have also elected to wait, despite the hype and plethora of cool new features.   Indeed though with SP1 […]

Creating Better Experiences with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3

A customer’s perception of their entire experience with a business is what makes or breaks the customer’s relationship with that business.  With most customers, price alone does not dictate if a customer will be a return buyer.  Other considerations such as product availability, convenience, personalized treatment, and good old friendly and helpful customer service play […]

Convergence 2014 Packed with New Product Innovation News for Dynamics

There was a lot of news and views shared in Atlanta early this month during Microsoft’s Dynamics Convergence 2014. There’s no doubt that Microsoft has an aggressive set of product releases coming—from the ‘Spring wave’ for Dynamics CRM (code named Leo) to Dynamics AX R3 there were many opportunities to learn about where Microsoft is […]

New Microsoft Features Announced at SharePoint 2014 Conference

SharePoint 2014 was an amazing event for me in a couple of ways. First, for learning about the new Microsoft products and services announcements for SharePoint and Office 365, as well as Yammer. And second, for giving me and the team the opportunity to meet our customers on-site to develop and nurture personal relationships.   […]

Trends for Unified Communications and Collaboration Managed Services

Build vs. Buy I recently found myself looking back almost fondly about how simple life was when it came to the options associated with deploying and managing Unified Communications and Collaboration.   It used to be a simple case of you built your environment using Microsoft Exchange, Lync or SharePoint in-house (possibly with some help […]

The Evolving Modern Data Warehouse

As I covered in my previous article, modern enterprise data systems are tasked with responding to evolving business landscape – where customer interactions are extending beyond traditional data collection and sharing mechanisms. With data arriving at a greater speed and in different formats, the role of a data warehouse as a single unified place for enterprise […]

MWC 2014: It’s All about Being “Connected”

Mobile World Congress is typically the forum where the largest and most innovative companies in the world announce and promote their mobile-related, or more importantly, “connected” products, solutions and services to the world of consumer and business.   This year was no different with announcements on new devices from manufacturers including Nokia, Samsung and M2M […]