MAP 6.0 Beta: Accelerate the adoption of Microsoft private and public cloud platforms

The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.0— is now available for free download. To participate, register for the MAP 6.0 Beta Review Program at Microsoft Connect. Planning your journey to the cloud just got a bit easier. The next release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—v6.0 Beta—includes assessment…


Microsoft Office 365 for IT Professionals Jump Start

Dates: May 24 – 26, 2011 Duration: 6 hours per session Microsoft Productivity, Email, & Collaboration in the Cloud | Microsoft Office 365 brings together cloud versions of our most trusted email, communication and collaboration software – Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online – with our familiar Office Professional Plus desktop suite. This fast-paced,…


Choosing between SQL Server, SQL Azure, SharePoint and Access

               Microsoft provides a rich set of database technologies that can be use to implement on-premise and cloud based products and services.  The question of which tool to use for a given scenario often comes up. This well thought-out white paper lists the pros and cons of each one and the reasons…


SharePoint Online and SharePoint Feature Comparison

If you are an ISV with a SharePoint service or solution and you are considering increasing your product’s reach by moving some or all of it to the Office 365 cloud-based version of SharePoint you are most likely looking at SharePoint online as a vehicle.    In order to do this you need to be…


Cloud Power on Ignition Showcase

For those ISVs that want to come up to speed quickly on Microsoft’s Cloud initiatives, here is a summary of the Cloud related posts that have appeared in the Ignition Showcase blog recently.  The posts are categorized by: General Cloud Public Cloud Private Cloud 1. General Cloud An ISV in the Age of the Cloud …


Drive Demand and Close Sales for your Microsoft Infrastructure and Cloud Solutions

This Partner event may be of interest to you. Session Overview:  Microsoft builds a variety of effective marketing material and sales tools to help you generate more sales leads. Join this Academy Live Session to learn about the NEW Cloud Power Campaign, as well as the Optimized Datacenter, Business Ready Security, and Simplify IT: Business…


Journey to the Cloud

As you can see from the diagram below no company other than Microsoft has so many cloud solutions that you can apply to solving your business needs. What this means for Independent Software Vendors and Partners is that we have truly entered a new generation of Information Technology. No product or service can be successful…


Sending Email from Azure

On-premise applications often have a need to send email. For instance an order entry system might have to send an email request to an external vendor to drop-ship all or part of an order.  An event registration system might have to send email confirmations and reminders of an upcoming event.  In an on-premise application ASP.NET…