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The Total Economic Impact™ of Migration to Microsoft Azure SQL Managed Databases

Explore the benefits, costs, and considerations associated with deploying Azure SQL managed databases in this Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Microsoft.

Four customers were interviewed about their experience migrating their on-premises SQL Server workloads to the cloud using Azure SQL managed databases, which include Azure SQL Managed Instance and Azure SQL Database. In addition to a projected return on investment of 238 percent over three years, the analysis showed that a representative organization based on the interviewed customers also experienced: 

  • A 25 percent increase in IT productivity. 
  • A 40 percent improvement in productivity for database administrators. 
  • Cost benefits, including avoiding on-premises infrastructure costs of $5.4 million related to computing power, storage, networks, and datacenter space and energy. 

Download the study now to learn about the potential financial impact of Azure SQL managed databases on your organization. 

The Future of VDI is Cloud

Empower your employees to work securely from anywhere with a cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Cloud desktops provide the cost-savings and scalability that on-premises VDI may not offer. Evaluate cloud desktops that help to improve security, simplify management, and reduce costs. 

Read this Forrester report to: 

  • Find out how cloud virtualization provides employees with more freedom to work securely from anywhere than on-premises VDI. 
  • Get details about the top business needs—like improving security and lowering IT costs—that are driving cloud virtualization adoption. 
  • Match cloud desktop offerings to address your needs and explore options from different providers including Microsoft Azure. 




The Total Economic Impact™ of Migration to Microsoft Azure SQL Managed Databases

Explore the benefits, costs, and considerations associated with deploying Azure SQL managed databases in this Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Microsoft. 

Four customers were interviewed about their experience migrating their on-premises SQL Server workloads to the cloud using Azure SQL managed databases, which include Azure SQL Managed Instance and Azure SQL Database. In addition to a projected return on investment of 238 percent over three years, the analysis showed that a representative organization based on the interviewed customers also experienced: 

  • A 25 percent increase in IT productivity. 
  • A 40 percent improvement in productivity for database administrators. 
  • Cost benefits, including avoiding on-premises infrastructure costs of $5.4 million related to computing power, storage, networks, and datacenter space and energy. 

Download the study now to learn about the potential financial impact of Azure SQL managed databases on your organization. 

SIEM Shift: How the Cloud is Transforming Security Operations

Many security professionals are realizing that their on-premises or private cloud-based security information and event management (SIEM) system can’t keep up—so they’re migrating this key security operations tool to the public cloud.

The IDG report, SIEM Shift: How the Cloud is Transforming Security Operations, delves into the results of a survey of 300 security and IT decision-makers to discover why more security professionals are moving to cloud-based SIEM. The report reveals that cloud-based SIEM:

  • Reduces SIEM costs by lowering or eliminating infrastructure, maintenance, licensing, and staffing costs.
  • Helps improve protection with AI and faster threat response.
  • Boosts SIEM performance, scalability, and stability.
  • Augments security teams with AI, reducing alert fatigue and automating common tasks.

Learn how your peers are strengthening their defense against threats.

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 2019 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 organization based on the interviewed customers experienced:

  • A three-year 478 percent return on investment. 
  • USD10.3 million savings in infrastructure and on-premises staff costs. 
  • Increased online B2C order volume of between 83 and 167 percent. 
  • Increased average B2C order size by 20 to 27 percent. 
  • Accelerated developer and tester processes as well as migration flexibility with Azure hybrid capabilities.

If you want to learn more about migrating your on-premises infrastructure, talk to an Azure sales specialist.

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 percent of business leaders surveyed agreed that this is true, yet only 20 percent rate their organizations 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-premises data systems is key in facilitating successful digital transformation and maximizing 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 utilizing analytics, business intelligence, and AI.
  • How to prepare for digital transformation and improve your organization’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 four customers and surveyed 364 others on their use of Azure analytics with Power BI. Of those surveyed customers, 85 percent agreed or strongly agreed that well-integrated analytics databases and storage, a data management stack, and business intelligence tools were beneficial to their organization. Customers also reported a 21.9 percent 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 $22.1 million over three years versus costs of $6 million, resulting in a net present value of $16.1 million and a projected return on investment of 271 percent.
  • Reduced total cost of ownership by 25.7 percent.
  • Better overall analytics system performance with improved data security, enhanced decision making, and democratized data access. 

Download the report to learn about the potential financial impact Microsoft analytics can have on your organization. 

Security Analytics and Operations: Industry Trends in the Era of Cloud Computing

As the sophistication and volume of cyberattacks continues to increase, so does the challenge of supporting cybersecurity defense infrastructure—and the terabytes, and even petabytes—of security data that’s generated. To address data capacity and infrastructure requirements, organizations are turning to cloud-based security. 

Read Security Analytics and Operations: Industry Trends in the Era of Cloud Computing from Enterprise Strategy Group to understand how enterprise and midmarket organizations evaluate and purchase security analytics solutions.

Find out how adopting cloud-based security—including automation, orchestration, and machine learning technologies—helps organizations address operational and scalability challenges in the cloud era. 

Gartner Report: How to Prepare for Windows Server 2008 End of Support

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will reach end of support on January 14, 2020. 

Featuring a step-by-step decision tree and detailed graphics, this Gartner report discusses specific recommendations that infrastructure and operations leaders tasked with data center modernization or consolidation initiatives should implement. Download the report to learn how to:
  • Determine your migration priorities by evaluating business impact, ease of migration, and risk.
  • Create a migration strategy for your applications and systems by starting with environments that have the highest business impact.
  • Quantify the impact on operations budgets by capturing the costs involved with the preferred migration options. 


L’incidence économique globale (Total Economic Impact™) de Microsoft Azure SQL Database Managed Instance.

Comprenez mieux les avantages, les coûts et les risques associés au déploiement de Azure SQL Database Managed Instance grâce à cette étude de Forrester Consulting commandée par Microsoft. 

Quatre clients ont été interrogés sur leur expérience de migration de leurs charges de travail SQL Server local vers le cloud à l’aide de Azure SQL Database Managed Instance. Outre un retour sur investissement prévu de 212% sur trois ans, l’analyse révèle, d’après les clients interrogés, qu’une entreprise représentative constate aussi :
  • Une augmentation de 20% de la productivité de son service IT.
  • Une augmentation de 40% de la productivité des administrateurs de base de données.
  • Des bénéfices sur les dépenses d’investissement et d’exploitation, notamment grâce au gain de 1,8 millions de dollars sur les coûts liés au matériel, au réseau, au stockage et à la maintenance continue. 

Téléchargez l’étude dès maintenant pour en savoir plus sur l’impact financier potentiel d’Azure sur votre entreprise. 

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