Microsoft IT Experience in application portfolio management

This is a guest post from Paul Slater, an intellectual property development architect from the Enterprise Strategy team within Microsoft’s Services organization. In part 1, he’ll discuss the background and strategy to Microsoft’s internal line-of-business application portfolio management. In part 2, he’ll discuss important considerations for successful application portfolio management. Through the Enterprise Strategy program,…


A Mergers & Acquisitions Playbook for CIOs, Part 2

This is part 2 of a guest post by David Spinelli, intellectual property (IP) development manager, and George Anderson, IP architect, Enterprise Strategy Services team within Microsoft’s Services organization. In part 2, they discuss the elements of the playbook. In part 1, they discussed the demand for a common playbook to prepare for and manage…


CIO and CMO: closer than ever before

I travel the globe speaking with a lot of CIOs, sharing best practices and learning what’s new. They tell me there has been a change in the importance of their relationship with the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Today’s consumers want real-time access to companies. They want a rich dialog and immediate access to products and…


Balancing Productivity and Risk is Key to Consumerization of IT

  This is a guest post by Bret Arsenault, chief information security officer, Microsoft IT A few months ago, a gentleman from Dell wrote a blog why CIOs can’t ignore consumerization of IT. I tell CIOs ignore at your own peril. The topic is a déjà vu moment for me. More than 20 years ago I…


Raising the Bar: Social Media, Consumerization of IT and Security

What are some of the key security threats that Microsoft is currently facing? Which of these are being introduced due to the consumerization of IT, and how is the proliferation of social media impacting the roles of chief information security officers? Hear Microsoft CISO Bret Arsenault’s answers to these and other questions in this CIO…