Wrap-Up on Backup from Microsoft Ignite (with Video)

As ESG often tries to do, here is a short summary video of ESG’s impressions from a major industry event – Microsoft Ignite, held in Atlanta over September 26-29, 2016 – from a backup perspective.

In the video, I suggested that Microsoft is a leader in Windows data protection. Certainly, this is not to disparage the many Microsoft partners that have built whole companies and product lines around data protection. And from a revenue perspective, their backup offerings wouldn’t register at all.  But …

Topics: Microsoft Backup Data Protection Windows Microsoft Ignite

Does the king of CRM need a food taster?

The big news in the marketing world last week was Microsoft's announcement that it plans to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. Admittedly, I was a little unclear as to Microsoft's motives at first; what use would Microsoft have for a social network that, let's be honest, tends to be the butt of social media jokes as often as it serves a significant role in any business' marketing plans?

Topics: Microsoft Salesforce CRM

Why the Citrix and Microsoft partnership is important

Citrix and Microsoft are not strangers to one another. On the contrary — they’ve been successfully working together for the past 10+ years. In fact, Citrix has been one of the few companies that’s been able to dance with what many technology companies consider to be the “black widow.” But the light has been dimming between the two companies in the past few years as Citrix has experienced some rocky times, and Microsoft has enriched a competing portfolio.

Topics: Microsoft Citrix Enterprise Mobility

EMC, Dell, Pivotal, Microsoft, and ... Ford?

Last week was interesting. I spent most of it in Las Vegas at EMC World, which was as much about Dell as it was about EMC itself. There was a ceremonial handoff from Joe Tucci to Michael Dell to lead the new combined entity, but Jeremy Burton was perhaps even more in the spotlight as he outlined the vision.

Much of this vision was about the balance between traditional data center environments and something he called "cloud-native" applications. Substituting "next-gen" for "cloud-native" might be more accurate, as this category included everything from PaaS to big data to containers to hybrid clouds. Hadoop, Cassandra, and MongoDB were cited as examples as cloud-native, which felt odd. Certainly they are cloud-friendly, but they're by no means exclusively cloud-centric. See my last post on cloud big data for more thoughts on this topic.

Topics: Microsoft EMC Big Data Dell Data Management pivotal

Microsoft Windows on a Google Chromebook Hosted at Amazon

Chromebooks as a viable end point device? Why not?

One of the very interesting developments that I’m closely tracking is the use of Google Chromebooks in the enterprise. Google has nice traction and use cases in the education market, but it’s the potential growth in the enterprise that intrigues me, since the Chromebook could stand to be very disruptive alongside other laptop OEMs and could be the exact onramp that Google needs into the business environment.

Topics: Microsoft google Akamai Enterprise Mobility chromebook

AD&D 2016 Predictions: A New Leader in PaaS?

As part of my research planning for 2016, I recently sat down with ESG's VP of Research and Analyst Services John McKnight to talk about application development and deployment predictions for 2016.

Topics: Microsoft PaaS Cloud Foundry Foundation

2016 Mobility Trends that Change Employee Behavior

It is fascinating to research and analyze how mobility strategies are changing employee behavior inside the corporate world. Senior business leaders recognize the value and strength in mobility while employees request improved access and enhanced collaboration & communication which all ultimately lead to improved productivity.

Topics: Microsoft Enterprise Mobility windows 10

EFSS and the MAG vendors in 2016

When in conversations about the EFSS market, I'm often asked where Microsoft, Amazon, and Google (MAG) fit in the overall landscape. Usually it takes the form of, "isn't [insert MAG vendor name here] going to run away with this market when they get serious?"

Topics: Storage Microsoft Amazon google EFSS

The Delta-V Awards: Databases

ESG's "Delta-V" awards recognize the top 20 companies that made an impact in big data and analytics in 2015. Here are the ones to applaud for their success in the category of Databases. Though there are way more than 20 databases on the market, we have only 20 spots for all of big data and analytics, so I've picked exactly two offerings that I think stood out this year.

To learn a little more about the awards, go to this post.

Topics: Microsoft Analytics database

Microsoft Ignite Video Recap

Due to the sheer number and variety of events that ESG attends on a yearly basis, we tend to pick up quickly on what works and what flops. There is always an interesting balance between visionary content versus technical depth. We also watch and listen for what’s marketing fluff and how far out front the vendors are from their customers. Some events tend to be geared to propeller heads and others to IT leaders, but the magic happens when the vendor knows the audience well, can map to today’s challenges, and lays down a breadcrumb trail that helps strengthen the relationship between IT and the business. It also never hurts when an attendee walks away with ways that they can advance their career.

Topics: Microsoft