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Welcome to an insider's view of the Microsoft enterprise IT environment. Here you'll find our latest content on Microsoft IT's best practices and lessons learned as we plan for, develop, deploy, and manage Microsoft products in our own global enterprise. Content is added regularly, so be sure to check back often to see what's new, or subscribe to our RSS feed to receive alerts when new content is posted.

  • Advancing Growth in New and Emerging Markets through IT
    Microsoft has identified new and emerging markets (NEMs) as a focus of future growth. This article is intended for Business Decision Makers (BDMs), IT Decision Makers, and Chief Executives to help them understand Microsoft ITs response to the potential of these markets. The article first describes how Microsoft identified markets for focus. It then shows how Microsoft Information Technology (Microsoft IT) used cross-function teams to identify gaps in user experience, and how those gaps were prioritized and tracked for improvements. The article concludes with a discussion of the resulting benefits of this data-driven analysis, and how Microsoft IT plans to apply and revise the model and its applications.
    Published: July 28, 2014
      

  • Cloud-Based StorSimple Reduces Expenses and Minimizes Risk
    Storage backup and recovery in the cloud saves organizations significant operational and capital expense compared to the use of traditional backup methods. StorSimple provides an intelligent storage-management logic with which to store files locally or in Microsoft Azure, based on each file's usage frequency. To test this ability in a production environment, Microsoft IT built a StorSimple solution for a typical workload, and realized 44 percent operational savings.
    Published: July 28, 2014
      

  • Aligning the IT Organization to Deliver Modern Applications
    The recent creation of app stores containing small, focused apps, available across a range of consumer devices, has created challenges for Information Technology (IT) departments in many organizations. In order to address these challenges, Microsoft IT created a centralized app certification process and single app portfolio, both managed from a single point. This provided a mechanism for Microsoft to provide apps developed in an agile software development environment, to distribute these apps to users across a range of devices, and to still maintain control in terms of functionality, security, and regulatory and corporate compliance.
    Published: July 24, 2014
      

  • Protecting Corporate Client Data Using Windows Work Folders
    Corporations today face huge challenges protecting their client data in this BYOD world. From the information worker standpoint, workers want flexibility to determine where and how they work. They want to work on the device of their choice and they want their data to be available where ever they are. IT departments want to respond to the information worker’s needs, while still keeping control of corporate information. Microsoft IT deployed Work folders as a flagship feature of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
    Published: July 23, 2014
      

  • Developing Cloud Based Automation for Azure VM Migrations and Self-Service Infrastructure
    How do you approach infrastructure management in the cloud? Learn how Microsoft IT has developed and implemented automation tools to enable self-service cloud provisioning. Provisioning times have decreased from 5+ days to 20 minutes while maintaining OS standards and compliance.
    Published: July 16, 2014
       

  • IT Cuts Costs and Improves Access to Their Enterprise Data Warehouse
    To improve the management of human resources information, Microsoft deployed its new data warehouse technology. The solution tripled performance, reduced the storage requirement, and simplified management. Users, operations, and engineers became more productive. As a result, the company cut costs, increased user adoption, and improved user satisfaction.
    Published: July 8, 2014
      

  • Explore Windows 8.1 (Quick Start Guide)
    The Windows 8.1 operating system provides a robust array of features for touch-based, mouse-controlled, and keyboard-controlled devices. This Quick Reference Guide will get you started.
    Updated: July 1, 2014
     

  • Explore Windows 8.1 (Work Smart Guide)
    This guide provides a high-level overview of the user interface of the Windows 8.1 operating system. Windows 8.1 features address the mobility, security, management, and virtualization needs of today’s business users. This guide provides instructions for touch, mouse, and keyboard access to Windows 8.1 features.
    Updated: July 1, 2014

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