Microsoft held its annual Microsoft Ignite conference last month in a virtual setting. There was no lack of technology to put on this incredible event. A variety of Green Screens and a Keynote presented through virtual reality was what we witnessed, and all went off without a hitch. This year even though we could not be there in person, the conference was no less impressive. There were two common themes this year that focused on the Cloud and security. It is apparent that Microsoft is continuing to be a forward thinker in technology, and we were thrilled with the conference announcements.
The Cloud has come along way. During the Microsoft Ignite conference, there was a vast emphasis on where the Cloud is going. As Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Cloud and AI group, said, "I don't think there's going to be a physical device in the world that five or ten years down the road, will not have an IP address and will not be in some way cloud-connected." The Cloud will no longer be an addition but an "ingredient" in all we do in this world. With this forecast, Microsoft announced their cloud-focused strategy and what opportunities they have to provide worldwide.
Business Transformation Journeys:
Microsoft brought to light that they are not pushing one specific product and instead are investing in a multitude of strategies as no business can settle for a one size fits all model. Many times, businesses need assets from across the entire Microsoft portfolio. Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Microsoft Worldwide Commercial Business, was quoted, "If all we did for you was lift and shift your assets to the Cloud, we would be doing you a disservice. We've really made sure that technology is the servant of the business outcomes." Microsoft is developing all sides to make sure your solution is customized entirely for your business needs. This view of customization also means the Cloud needs to fit "your" solution. So Microsoft announced it would be investing heavily in the hybrid multi-cloud approach as they are aware everyone uses the Cloud differently. Some businesses utilize the Microsoft cloud, on-premise, and other cloud providers, and Microsoft wants to make sure that all methods can work effectively together.
Security is Key:
It is no secret that Microsoft invests heavily in security. Microsoft invests over $1 billion a year and provides thousands of security experts as the backbone of securing its Cloud. Although, at the Microsoft Ignite conference, Guthrie gave some insight on how they plan to provide Microsoft customers with the tools to secure their own assets. "Security is both something we need to watch and work on, but it's also something that, as you build apps and deploy things, you also need to make sure that you're looking at your own code and looking at your own way of configuring things." Microsoft Azure Policy Support now allows your IT team to set security policies that can be shared with every and all apps within the Microsoft Cloud. In addition, Microsoft takes it a step further and offers a "Security Score" as well as suggestions on how to improve security.
Microsoft Ignite was a showing of how Microsoft wants to be a part of making your business better and more secure. If you are ready to jump on the bandwagon of making your business more efficient as well as more secure, contact your Pendello Solutions team today. We not only know Microsoft products and strategies, but we also use them every day. Let our team help develop a plan of products and strategies to securely take your business to the next level.