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The Forrester Wave™: Industrial IoT Software Platforms, Q3 2018

Discover why Microsoft Azure is a leader when it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT). The Q3 2018 Forrester Wave named Microsoft as one of the most significant Industrial IoT software platform providers. Read the report to learn more about key offerings like: End-to-end security.A comprehensive set of development tools and advanced analytics.An increasingly broad set of open-source tools. 

Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

As you prepare for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support in July 2019, it’s important to gather the facts for your next move. Find out what you need to know about hybrid cloud options and why migrating SQL Server to Azure is the right choice to support your current and future database needs. Read the report to learn why Gartner named Microsoft a leader in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems. The report details how Microsoft achieved:• The highest position for its ability to execute. • The furthest placement for overall completeness of vision. 

Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

As you prepare for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support in July 2019, it’s important to gather the facts for your next move. Find out what you need to know about hybrid cloud options and why migrating SQL Server to Azure is the right choice to support your current and future database needs. Read the report to learn why Gartner named Microsoft a leader in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems. The report details how Microsoft achieved:The highest position for its ability to execute.The furthest placement for overall completeness of vision.  

Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

As you prepare for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 end of support in July 2019, it’s important to gather the facts for your next move. Find out what you need to know about hybrid cloud options and why migrating SQL Server to Azure is the right choice to support your current and future database needs. Read the report to learn why Gartner named Microsoft a leader in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems. The report details how Microsoft achieved:The highest position for its ability to execute.The furthest placement for overall completeness of vision.  

Hype Cycle for Data Science and Machine Learning

Ongoing excitement around advanced analytics has produced a dense cluster of related technologies. Some have already achieved peak maturity, others never will, and still others show promise for guiding new levels of success of future data science endeavors. Amid these many options, sort out the trends and topics that will have lasting value to you as a data scientist. Download this complementary Gartner Hype Cycle report to: Find out Gartner's definitions, analysis, advice, and projected business impacts of more than 25 data science and machine learning technologies. Understand the technologies generating excitement and any significant movements in adoption and maturity. Gain insights to help evaluate your current capabilities and technology adoption prospects, and achieve greater success with data and analytics initiatives by focusing on the right investments. Get comprehensive assessments of technologies that might be too expensive, risky, or overhyped to justify adoption. Read about the relative benefits of each technology, including a projection of which ones will have the greatest mainstream impact over the next two to ten years.

Top Challenges Facing I&O Leaders, and What to Do About Them

With the rapid pace of change in IT, infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders face significant challenges as they work to create an agile and scalable infrastructure strategy. Download this complimentary Gartner report to discover what other IT professionals like you shared as their top concerns this year, including building a successful hybrid cloud strategy, finding the right IT talent, and deciding if they should modernize or retire legacy applications. And find recommended next steps and potential solutions to help you improve your I&O capabilities to effectively support your digital business.

Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Infrastructure as a Service

For the fifth consecutive year, Gartner has positioned Microsoft as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Worldwide, 2018. Microsoft Azure IaaS has been designed to meet all your workload needs. Azure offers unique hybrid deployment models and industry-leading compliance and security. Azure supports open source technologies, so you can use the tools you prefer. Gartner’s extensive evaluation of IaaS providers covers strengths, cautions, and recommended uses of the top cloud vendors. Download the full Gartner report to learn more.

Considering Cloud Pricing Models and Microsoft Azure

Learn how to take advantage of a cloud pricing model that delivers the most economic benefit for you and your organization. Download this International Data Corporation (IDC) white paper to determine which factors you should take into consideration when comparing prices across cloud providers—including those that go beyond price such as value-added services. Discover how Azure not only offers pricing that’s competitive, but enables a hybrid environment for a smoother, years-long transition to the cloud.

Gartner report: IoT Connected Smart Cities

Align your IoT solutions with the behavior, goals, and priorities of your citizens, otherwise your smart city IoT project will lose steam and languish. Focus on the human factor to avoid the challenges state and local governments experience when they follow IoT technology trends and modernize their services. Encourage your constituents to embrace new solutions by thinking about their needs when you start your smarter cities endeavor. Read this Gartner report to learn: Considerations for choosing excellent IoT service providers.Why it’s important to invest in staff training and change management when implementing IoT smart city initiatives.Why you should source devices and software that are easy for lay people to use. Use-case IoT scenarios that worked—and how investing in IoT technology that benefits a broad group of citizens pays you back in data that provides meaningful insights.  

CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Security Benchmark

This document, CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Security Benchmark, provides prescriptive guidance for establishing a secure baseline configuration for Microsoft Azure. This guide was tested against the listed Azure services as on Feb-2018. The scope of this benchmark is to establish the foundation level of security for anyone adopting Microsoft Azure Cloud.This document is made available by the Center for Internet Security (CIS). It can also be accessed on this page: CIS Microsoft Azure Foundations Security Benchmark.