The Large Enterprise and the Cloud

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin is an accomplished Microsoft systems developer and integrator, experienced in developing and deploying SharePoint and CRM solutions, integrating line of business applications, and leveraging existing infrastructure investments.

Recently, I was privileged to begin working on a project where a feasibility assessment was being conducted much like similar studies taking place in Enterprises all over the world these days. “Shall we go to go to the cloud or to not go to the cloud; more precisely, to go Exchange 2010 on premises or the venerable Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) from MSFT, as upgradable to Office 365 (O365)?” It is telling that it took so long for many companies to even consider “cloud” as infrastructure, but these days, most companies worth their salt are either:

  1. Actively leading with “cloud first/why not cloud?”; or,
  2. Dipping their toes in the water and trying out the services to see what all the fuss is about.

It’s no mistake that O365, or even other similar cloud solutions are very attractive to the small business, between 1 and 100 employees. As a general rule of thumb, this also holds true for Read more of this post


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