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Gartner report: How to Facilitate Cloud Adoption When a Customer is New to the Cloud

Your customers are eager to move to the cloud but don’t always have the organizational knowledge and preparedness to match their enthusiasm. Help them get ahead of migration pitfalls by building a robust implementation plan early in their cloud migration journey. This report outlines Gartner’s research on the evolving maturity of cloud consumption and practical steps to prepare your customers for migration. Read it to learn how to:Guide organizations to cloud success by adapting their business processes to agile and cloud-native operations.Drive increased customer adoption of cloud services by showing how to select workloads that are most suitable in the cloud.Educate customers on cloud-native service offerings with proofs of concept of workloads using those services. 

Public Cloud Enterprise Container Platforms, Q3 2019

"Leads the pack with the strongest developer experience and global reach" In the Forrester New Wave™: Public Cloud Enterprise Container Platforms, Q3 2019 report, Microsoft was cited as a leader of the pack with the strongest developer experience. And Forrester identified Microsoft as the best fit for companies seeking a trusted partner to manage containers at scale.  Microsoft customers interviewed by Forrester highlighted Azure's easy cluster setup, integration with database and other Azure services, the best developer experience, and rock-solid support for keeping them highly satisfied with Azure containers.  Microsoft Azure enables companies to invent with purpose. The fully managed Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) makes deploying and managing containerized applications easy. Unite your development and operations teams on a single platform to rapidly build, deliver, and scale applications with confidence. Download the report and learn how Microsoft Azure stacks up against other enterprise container platform providers and why Azure is ranked as a leader. 

Microsoft Azure is helping organisations manage regulatory challenges more effectively

Learn the financial impacts and business benefits that real-life organisations experienced by using Azure security and compliance tools to meet their domestic and international regulatory and compliance needs. The IDC study shows how twelve organisations using Azure regulatory and compliance services experienced:465 per cent return on investment.35 per cent reduction in costs of compliance-related penalties.Easier regulatory and IT compliance environment audits.Built-in compliance for industry standards such as HIPAA, HITECH and SEC regulations. 

The Total Economic Impact™ Of Microsoft Azure IaaS – a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting

Learn about the real-life financial impacts and business benefits that companies experienced by migrating their on-premises infrastructure to Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Microsoft provides a detailed analysis of the return on investment and other outcomes that were experienced by actual customers. Nine customers were interviewed about their experience migrating their on-premises infrastructure to Azure. The analysis shows that a composite organisation based on the interviewed customers experienced:A three-year 478 per cent return on investment.USD 10.3 million savings in infrastructure and on-premises staff costs.Increased online order volume of between 83 and 167 per cent.Increased average order size by 20 to 27 per cent.Accelerated developer and tester processes as well as migration flexibility with Azure hybrid capabilities.  

Understanding why analytics strategies fall short for some, but not others

Over the next two years, effective data and analytics strategies will be essential for successful business transformation initiatives – 91% of business leaders surveyed agreed that this is true, yet only 20% rate their organisations as mature in these areas. Learn why resolving the foundational issues of siloed data sources, incongruent data types, and the capacity and performance constraints of on-premise data systems is key in facilitating successful digital transformation and maximising the ROI of analytics services. Read the Harvard Business Review Analytic Services report, Understanding why analytics strategies fall short for some, but not others, to understand:Why forward-looking business leaders are adopting integrated, enterprise-wide approaches to data and analytics.What common challenges keep companies from fully utilising analytics, BI and AI.How to prepare for digital transformation and improve your organisation’s analytics maturity. 

The Total Economic Impact™ of Microsoft Azure Analytics with Power BI

Learn how companies achieved better analytics performance at a lower cost in this Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Microsoft. Forrester interviewed 4 customers and surveyed 364 others on their use of Azure analytics with Power BI. Of those surveyed customers, 85 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that well-integrated analytics databases and storage, a data management stack, and business intelligence tools were beneficial to their organisation. Customers also reported a 21.9 per cent average reduction in the overall cost of Microsoft analytics and BI offerings when compared to alternative analytics solutions. Based on the companies interviewed and surveyed, Forrester projects that a Microsoft analytics and business intelligence (BI) solution could provide:Benefits of USD 22.1 million over three years versus costs of USD 6 million, resulting in a net present value of USD 16.1 million and a projected return on investment of 271 per cent.Reduced total cost of ownership by 25.7 per cent.Better overall analytics system performance with improved data security, enhanced decision-making and democratised data access. Download the report to learn about the potential financial impact Microsoft analytics can have on your organisation. 

The use of augmented analytics to improve analytics and BI adoption

Get the most from your BI investments. Drive adoption by connecting more of your users with analytics. Make it easier for users of all skill levels to put insights into action by introducing augmented analytics into current workflows and processes. Read The use of augmented analytics to improve analytics and BI adoption Gartner report to learn how to:Reach users with little experience and help them learn how to fully utilise analytics.Bridge capability gaps and support users at every stage of the analytics workflow.Shift people’s experience from passive consumption to active engagement with high-quality analytics – for in-depth insights. 

Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide

For the sixth consecutive year, Gartner has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Worldwide, 2019.Create more value for your customers with highly available, secure, and scalable cloud infrastructure from Azure. Azure IaaS offers unique hybrid deployment models, industry-leading compliance and security, cost management tools, and support for open source technologies. Gartner’s extensive evaluation of IaaS providers covers strengths, cautions, and the profiles of cloud vendors. Download the full Gartner report to learn more. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, Dennis Smith, Lydia Leong, Raj Bala, July 18, 2019. 

Take the Mystery Out of AI for IT Operations (AIOps)

Learn about monitoring new applications and their underpinnings to ensure that digital services perform to customer expectations. This report from Forrester explores how to use the next evolution of AI for IT operations (AIOps) to unify relevant data, pair intelligence with automation, quantify the impact of problems and inspire confidence with highly available service. Get this report to learn about two possible solution paths to incorporate AI into IT operations – and how to decide which one may be right for your organisation:Use a single intelligent operations system to replace most of your disparate tools and systems.Manage all of your digital services together with an intelligent overlay of AIOps tools.  

Microsoft Azure database services

An overview guide of Azure fully managed database services to help developers build more responsive and innovative apps