Category Archives: Op-Ed

Personal, subjective and biased opinions

There is no cloud!

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These days I saw on social media a lot of IT guys sharing with joy and great passion photos with “There is no cloud. It’s just someone else’s computer”. I also saw a lot of discussions and guys bragging with this motto, showing that they really mean it, that the cloud is bullshit and that every reasonable IT guy would resonate with this idea, that managers are kind of dumb pushing for the cloud and so on. Now, I fully support freedom of expression, but I would still want to say a few words on this topic.

First of all, technically all these people are right. The cloud is only someone else’s computer. But, in my opinion, the real problem with this attitude is not the technical part, but all the misconceptions and hostility that lies beneath these words. Disqualifying all IT guys that don’t share the same opinion on cloud computing is, first of all, a sign for the lack of common sense. But I wouldn’t like to dwell on this, right now.

The first argument I would like to bring forward is that the cloud is not something that evolved artificially. It’s exactly the other way around. The cloud is just the IT response to today’s world, to today’s economy, to today’s morals. We live in a service oriented world and almost all people nowadays prefer to consume service and not own products. That’s why we lease cars, we shop online, we order pizza instead of baking and so on. Companies, on their side, need to adapt to today’s needs and nowadays people need new services and products right away. Continue reading

Why Windows Phone is more important than ever for Microsoft

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Last week Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, announced the reorganization of the Microsoft phone business, a process that will also cause the layoff of around 7.800 employees. A big part of the tech press started to make more or less accurate suppositions about what this means. So I read that phones are not important for Microsoft anymore or that the Nokia deal was a total failure. Strangely enough, most of this suppositions start from correct premises but in my opinion arrive to the wrong conclusions, simply because some analysts fail to see the wider picture and to fully understand the Microsoft strategy.

The first thing to understand is that the whole concept of “mobile” has changed. Nowadays, “mobile” is not about the device anymore, but about the mobility of the experience. And this is precisely the strategy Microsoft is going for: enable a truly great mobile experience across devices. This is why Microsoft invests a lot of effort in apps for Android and Google, apps that are meant to enable users to have a great Microsoft cloud experience even on non Windows devices. Back in the days of the Nokia deal, “mobile” was everything about the device itself. In this perspective, acquiring Nokia was the best thing Microsoft could have done at that time. Sure, expectancies were very high and I personally also thought that this would increase the Windows Phone market share in a consistent way.  Continue reading

Thoughts about the Microsoft Azure 70-533 certification

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One week ago I passed the 70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam and seems like now I’m an Azure MCP. However this doesn’t make me feel more Azure savvy than before and during the past days I reflected a lot about the 70-533 certification exam, the questions I had and so on. Generally, I feel that this exam really doesn’t prove at all your real Azure skills. And here’s why.

First of all, the exam seems very outdated! Let’s start with Azure Websites. Azure Websites don’t exist anymore. Nowadays we have the Azure App Service which covers what we have previously known as Azure Websites and Mobile apps, but with a lot of new features.  Also, there are some questions regarding directory Synchronization where we often see the name “DirSync” (DirSync actually doesn’t exist anymore) and we have to choose the almighty Start-OnlineCoexistenceSync cmdlet as part of a correct answer to one of the questions.  Continue reading

Modern productivity powered by Microsoft

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During the first ever Microsoft Ignite conference we saw a lot of new and impressive features, capabilities and products that will be rolled out shortly or were rolled out on May 4th during the keynote. A major focus was put on modern productivity. Nowadays the workplace is changing fast and productivity needs to be boosted to a whole new level to respond to some challenges like the mobile workforce and the need to collaborate efficiently across geographical boundaries. With the release of Office 2016, Exchange Server 2016, SharePoint Server 2016, Skype for Business Server 2015 and taking advantage of the Office 365 productivity suite, modern productivity is basically redesigned. Here are some new features that will boost end user productivity right away.  Continue reading

Microsoft Partner Technical Services for technical trainings, pre-sales support and advisory services

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I received a lot of questions regarding my day to day job at Microsoft, so I thought it would be useful to write a post about what I am really doing. So, within Microsoft there is an organization called Microsoft Partner Technical Services (PTS). As you may guess, this organization is dealing with Microsoft Partners. We are a bunch of consultants spread over all the world basically and we help Microsoft partners show to their end customers the value added by the Microsoft Cloud (and not only). Microsoft Partner Technical Services comes to our partners with 3 basic offerings: technical trainings (delivered mostly via live webcasts), pre-sales support and advisory services.

Technical trainings

As already stated, technical trainings are mostly offered via live one to many webcasts where consultants share their knowledge on different topics that emerge as very important for the partners. But these trainings are also meant to keep our partners updated about what’s new in the Microsoft cloud, because in the cloud there is something new every day. Here you can find an overview of some trainings available world wide. To register for them you have to be, of course, a Microsoft Partner.  Continue reading