Financial considerations for Cloud Migration

Jeremy Winter Partner Director, Azure Management

Co-authored by Jorge Magana, Director, Azure Finance (Financial Planning and Analysis).

In the kick off blog of this series, I shared our top recommendations to accelerate your cloud migration journey, one of which was around aligning key stakeholders across your organization. As you move through assessments and plan your migration, it is critical to get buy in from your CFO and other financial stakeholders—even more so in today’s challenging macro-climate.

IT and finance organizations need to be aligned around how to be agile to adjust to rapidly shifting demands while ensuring that their cost structure is lean enough to weather tough market conditions. With this dual focus, it is critical to understand not only the technical benefits of a cloud transition but also the financial and economic opportunities associated with it. Today I’m sharing my own experience of partnering with finance along with the wisdom that customers have shared about their journey.

Visit the full article here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/preparing-for-what-s-next-financial-considerations-for-cloud-migration/

Best Business Laptops 2020

Read the full article here via TechRadar https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/best-business-laptops

The best business laptops on the market are both powerful and versatile enough to cater to a wide range of requirements and use cases.

In this age of working from home, the best business laptops need to do more than just send emails and connect to the internet – it needs to be reliable, robust, and be as easy to use for working remotely as for taking to the office, or events.

In short, you need one of the best business laptops on the market, a powerful machine with the latest and greatest internal components as well as the best productivity features and the longest battery life. It’s also worth considering which accessories you may need, such as the range of available laptop bagsdocking stations, and portable chargers to keep the battery going.

You also need to think about your laptop will have any specific needs. While Windows laptops are the most common, sometimes a Linux laptop will be more useful. Additionally, for outdoor use you may need a rugged laptop. Students may find themselves preferring a Chromebook

These considerations are essential whether you’ve got a small startup, a Fortune 500 enterprise, or a home office-based one-man team. And, with them in mind, we put together a list of the best business laptops on offer. So that whether it’s the best Ultrabook or the best mobile workstation or even a thin client you’re seeking, you won’t have to waste countless hours doing research. You’ll find something here to suit the needs of your bus oniness.

If you’re looking for something with a bit more oomph though perhaps not as portable, you might just be looking for the best business desktop PC or even a workstation Alternatively, check out our best tablets for business feature as well.

We’ve ranked the best business laptops on the market

Making buildings smarter with Azure IoT

Kirsten M. Walker Principal Program Manager, Azure IoT Business Acceleration

Commercial real estate developers, building owners, facilities management companies, and tenants have a huge opportunity to address, and solve for, the unique business challenges faced by their industry, by applying the Internet of Things (IoT) to buildings. For example, by leveraging data from IoT sensors and building management systems, companies can gain insights that enable them to save energy, reduce operational expenses, increase occupant comfort, and optimize space.

However, the COVID-19 crisis has presented a new set of challenges for developers, owners, and management companies. New forecasts show the smart building market size growing between 7.3 per cent and 11.6 per cent annually to overall market revenues of between $65.2 billion and $82.7 billion USD in 2025.

Read the full article here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/making-buildings-smarter-with-azure-iot/

Smart buildings also help companies meet regulations for tracking and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.