• Thoughts from AWS re:Invent 2015: The Future Belongs to…

    Thoughts from AWS re:Invent 2015: The Future Belongs to…
    I’m flying back from the AWS re:Invent Conference in Las Vegas (yes, I missed the big party) and am struck by just how quickly things have moved in the world of cloud.  Four years ago when Concerto started, we fought to define cloud in the marketplace. A bit later, to educate. Fast-forward a bit more, and we’re spending a lot of time talking through real and perceived concerns: security, control, ROI. And now? Cloud...
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  • It’s Almost 2016, Do We Really Need Active Directory?

    It’s Almost 2016, Do We Really Need Active Directory?
    For over 15 years, companies have been deploying Microsoft’s Active Directory.  More than just a mere directory services, it has been the cornerstone that all other Microsoft technologies have depended upon for authentication, as well as user, group and computer management. However, as companies move more applications to the cloud and embrace hybrid environments, their need to manage this mixture of environments changes the need for this technology. One of my customers, who have wholly...
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  • Three Misconceptions About Cloud CRM That Will Shock You

    Three Misconceptions About Cloud CRM That Will Shock You
    Originally published on MSDynamicsWorld.com September 30, 2015. Is an apartment the best choice for everyone? Or is a single-family house the best fit?  Many debates have ensued over the differences between these two very different housing options. Similar conversations occur around the differences between public cloud solutions (like Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online & SalesForce.com) and private cloud (dedicated virtual instances in the cloud). A good way to think about the public cloud is like an apartment building...
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  • Fully-Managed Cloud vs. Other Options: Lessons Learned from a Real-Estate Flip

    Fully-Managed Cloud vs. Other Options: Lessons Learned from a Real-Estate Flip
    In my last article, I explained what can drive up the costs of deploying Dynamics in the cloud by their category/components. I also had the opportunity to do a deeper dive on the subject in a webcast titled "How Much Does It Cost for Dynamics in the Cloud". Costs are certainly important - however they aren't the only determining factor in a software purchase decision. Outside of my IT career, my wife and I...
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  • Managed Private Cloud for Dynamics AX: Five Surprising Benefits

    Managed Private Cloud for Dynamics AX: Five Surprising Benefits
    When it comes to the care and feeding of Microsoft Dynamics AX, you may sometimes feel like the parent of a toddler. You do everything in your power to keep it running, protect it, and ensure that it has plenty of room to function and grow. In addition, it has specialized needs, interactions (integrations with other systems), and characteristics (such as proprietary data) that cause you to think its care can never be left to...
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