Cloud at Microsoft (SME roundtable January 2017)

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IT Showcase brought together subject matter experts from our Cloud at Microsoft course to answer questions about how Microsoft IT designs, develops, implements, and monitors cloud solutions at Microsoft. In this session, they discuss migrating enterprise portfolios to the cloud, best practices for migrating to Azure, cloud security, software as a service (SaaS), hybrid cloud solutions, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Office 365, and Azure Stack.

These questions — and more — are discussed during this session:

  • [3:26] What percentage of our portfolio have we taken to the cloud?
  • [7:22] Is there an aspect of on-premises versus cloud because Office 365 has SharePoint as one of its products?
  • [8:26] What is the best approach to migrating to Azure?
  • [17:00] What are some of the biggest challenges that your organization has had to overcome as you moved from hosting IT services in your own datacenters to those run by cloud service providers?
  • [20:19] What are some proven practices in outsourcing to Microsoft SaaS offerings?
  • [27:22] With 95 percent SaaS, what is the best way to proactively monitor that services are working? Can you rely solely on service communications, or do you need more?
  • [31:47] What are the plans for a hybrid solution where you can mix on-premises with cloud infrastructure and services?
  • [37:42] Is the backend storage for OneDrive and OneDrive for Business files the same? As I understand it, OneDrive for Business is for syncing SharePoint document libraries, and I'm assuming would be stored in SQL in the cloud. Does the one terabyte of OneDrive personal storage I get with Office 365 get stored in SharePoint also?
  • [41:44] What is the roadmap for Microsoft Teams? Will it replace Office 365 Groups and/or Planner down the road?
  • [44:06] Azure Stack appears to be a solution. Can you tell us more about it?
  • [46:00] How does this panel feel Microsoft Azure stacks up against Amazon Web Services?
  • [48:47] Can you speak about mixing and matching multiple Azure and Office 365 offerings? For example, I want to use Power BI to report on a new Intune bring-your-own-device program’s adoption, and then use machine learning cognitive services to see patterns in the mobile device usage. Microsoft Flow and Azure Logic Apps have a good way to integrate lower level tasks, but I don't see use cases like I described. Do you have anything to offer up there?
  • [52:25] What is the one tip you want to leave our audience with today about the cloud?

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