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Driving financial insights and agility with BI at Microsoft
Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics help empower business
leaders and decision makers throughout Microsoft. Those who need
BI must be able to access it quickly—and in a way that they can
both understand and trust the underlying data they use to
support their decisions. Microsoft IT has undertaken a
multi-year journey to transform how the company works with BI.
As part of this initiative, Microsoft IT is developing a
solution for Finance that supports mature data reporting, while
simultaneously adding agile, self-service capabilities that open
up BI analysis to thousands of business users across the
company. Published: February 2, 2016
Providing a single sign-on experience for partners with
Microsoft Azure Active Directory
Microsoft is making a dedicated effort to streamline the number
of portals external partners must access to conduct business
with the company. As that process is being completed, the
Microsoft Operations team decided to use the new Azure Active
directory B2B collaboration solution to create a single sign-on
access page (SOAP). Now a partner only has to log in once to
access multiple applications, sites, and services. This not only
significantly improves the user experience but it also boosts
productivity and retains the access controls Microsoft needs.
Published: January 29, 2016
Transforming business applications using the Windows 10 Universal app platform
As the “First and Best” customer of Microsoft enterprise products, Microsoft IT partnered with the Windows development team to transform core line of business applications into Windows 10 universal hosted web applications. They used the Universal Windows Platform, which frees developers from platform-specific work, to rearchitect MSApprovals, a critical line of business application responsible for approving 100,000 Microsoft internal transactions per month. Three codebases are now a single codebase, and maintenance has been reduced by 40 percent. The result is the Windows 10 Universal App, MSApprovals, which runs on any device and gives users a seamless experience on their desktop, tablet, or phone. Published: January 21, 2016