Best Practices

Properly planned and well-executed, cloud migration can result in significant savings, increased efficiency and performance, and even enhanced privacy and security. This section of the site includes case studies of cloud deployments with the goal of articulating best practices and potential pitfalls by focusing on the risk management, strategic planning, and resource management issues that define a successful cloud transition.

Cloudy With A Chance of Profits: Four Myths About Cloud Tech

Samuel Taube, Investment U ,  Friday, August 12, 2016

Cloud computing is quickly becoming the backbone of our entire tech industry. We’ve written before about its importance to investors. But do you really get it? Like most emerging technologies, the cloud is the subject of many myths and misconceptions. If you’re going to invest in “the cloud” - and all signs are pointing to it being a strong long-term play - you should have some understanding of how it works. Believe it or not, it’s actually a fairly simple concept. Let’s break down four common myths...

What Today's Delta Outage Teaches Us About The Public Cloud

Kalev Leetaru, Forbes,  Monday, August 8, 2016

Yet, one of the biggest reasons for turning to the commercial cloud is the massive resiliency it offers. In addition to incredibly sophisticated backup facilities, all of the major cloud vendors offer multiple data centers geographically distributed across the globe. Even when one data center’s supplying power grid is unlucky enough to be hit by four separate lightning strikes in close succession, applications can simply transparently migrate to any other data center with minimal downtime. Even companies operating their own corporate data center can maintain hot failover mirrors in the cloud allowing them to instantly transfer operations upon a local failure.

Transcending Regulatory Compliance: Creating Business Value from Data Governance

Marty Loughlin, Datanami,  Monday, June 27, 2016

Implementing the uniform policies and practices of governance with semantic technologies ingrains them within business functions and supporting IT systems at such a granular level that well governed, trustworthy data becomes an implicit by-product of simply using data.

Are Corporate Data Centers Obsolete In The Cloud Era?

Kalev Leetaru, Forbes,  Monday, June 13, 2016

Yet, perhaps what makes the offerings of this new generation of the commercial cloud so different from the past is that historically, hosted computing environments tended to exclusively specialize in offering computers for rent. The companies renting the computers simply bought machines and doled them out to customers. In contrast, the Googles, Amazons and Microsofts of the world today are leveraging the very infrastructures that run their own global operations.

Can federal IT lead the way in secure cloud?

Michael Beckley, FCW,  Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Because of the size and scope of the federal IT market, FedRAMP has the real potential to elevate the security posture of U.S. cloud service providers. This will be of at least indirect benefit to everyone, but a greater potential exists for building a more robust commercial IT infrastructure on the shoulders of FedRAMP standards.

Beyond band-aids: It’s time to get real with your data

Chris Gondek, PC World,  Tuesday, June 7, 2016

So if data is generating at a rate that’s too fast to analyse and manage – how can businesses successfully keep on top of their data? Today, many companies are still using the ‘band-aid’ approach. Hastily implementing various solutions that focus on a specific issue – backup, disaster recovery or archiving – but does little or nothing to solve the underlying problem. Instead, what businesses need to do is take a step-back and look at the bigger picture and develop a holistic approach to efficiently manage their data.

Microsoft publishes guide for secure and efficient integration of cloud services into government operations

Paul Nicholas, Microsoft Cyber Trust Blog,  Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Governments are working to determine what role they should play, how to best capitalize on cloud’s potential, and how to ensure that security and resilience requirements are met. Microsoft is committed to supporting governments on this journey and has developed Transforming Government: A cloud assurance program guide. Establishing a cloud assurance program is an investment – but one that pays significant dividends.

State CIOs struggle with cybersecurity, cloud computing amid rampant workforce changes report finds

ack McCarthy, HealthcareIT News,  Tuesday, May 31, 2016

State government CIOs are being buffeted by the "forces of change" in technology, government and the public, a new report by the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) finds. NASCIO named cybersecurity as its top priority in its annual survey every year since 2013.

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David Wang, FCW,  Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Unsurprisingly, the explosion of data volume, variety and velocity in the federal government has created enormous challenges for acquiring technology and talent to meet the surging data analytics need. As a result of that "analytics gap," many federal agencies are struggling to meet their mandated objectives.

With Microsoft’s trusted Cloud, startups and ISVs are building a safer, secure digital world

Sindu Mv,,  Monday, May 2, 2016

A trusted Cloud partner bridges the gap between innovation and security concerns. The right partner, technology, and processes, can help the most complex enterprise move to the Cloud with confidence. Against this backdrop, Microsoft brought together eminent security leaders for an exclusive event on April 20, to help organisations in India understand cyber risks based on industry standards and to remediate current security gaps. The summit reiterated Microsoft’s commitment to helping organisations deal with security challenges. Leaders including; Capt. Raghu Raman, President Risk, Security & New Ventures – Reliance Industries and former CEO of NATGRID; Burgess Cooper, Partner – Information & Cyber Security – E&Y, spoke extensively on cyber security. Kevin Turner set the tone of the summit with his keynote address, highlighting how we are a part of the fourth industrial revolution and how digital disruption is driving massive business disruption. He also emphasised how Microsoft is differentiating with security and privacy.