According to a new report from O’Reilly Media, persistent skills shortages are continuing to frustrate European organisations in their attempts to keep pace with global cloud developments. As a result, the adoption of cloud-based data infrastructures and cutting-edge solutions, such as analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), has been much slower in Europe compared to the r ...

Many public sector organisations, with some notable exceptions, have been hesitant in migrating to the cloud. This may be about to change with evidence of a more forward thinking approach being adopted by central government. In a recent tweet, Microsoft UK CEO Cindy Rose stated that more encouragement is now being given to public sector organisations to embrace Office 365 and ...

Azure Digital Twins is a spatial intelligence platform for building virtual representations of the physical world and contextually aware solutions specific to your industry. By modelling the relationships and interactions among people, places and devices, Azure Digital Twins enables next-generation Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. A recently released video from Microsoft hi ...

As highlighted in recent blog posts, a new wave of disruptive technologies are transforming the oil and gas industry including the cloud, social media, sensors, mobility, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, big data and analytics. Core business processes are being re-platformed, bringing together transactions and analytics in real time to be smarter, faster, and simpler; ...

Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server R2 will end on the 14th January, 2020 with the first deadline being 9th July, 2019. Microsoft is offering two options for continued infrastructure and application protection, performance and innovation; with Extended Security Updates being made available for three years to organisations requiring additional time to manage the t ...

As discussed in previous blog posts, Microsoft Azure has become the world’s #1 Cloud Services Platform for corporate customers offering more cloud innovation and driving more business value than the competition. A leader in Gartner’s Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant for the fourth consecutive year, more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies now use Mi ...

Previous posts in this series have covered A Quick Overview of Azure, Azure Planning Pays, Agreeing Business Objectives, Azure Option Evaluation. In this post, we examine key considerations in your migration to the cloud. A Staged Approach Given the range of options available, as outlined in our previous post, an incremental, staged approach to cloud migration can be adopted ...

Previous articles in this series on Microsoft Azure have covered: Reasons for moving to the cloud in 2018 - a tipping point has been reached. A brief overview of Microsoft Azure - the world’s #1 enterprise cloud solution. An Infographic covering the five key steps in planning for Azure success – ‘Microsoft Azure: Planning Pays’. Agreeing business objectives. In post 5, ...

In our previous blog post about Microsoft Azure, we presented a ‘Planning Pays Infographic’ outlining five key steps to Azure success. Step 1 is agreeing overall business objectives and outcomes. Azure Business Objectives At Bridgeall, we like to make a distinction between desired business outcomes (your ultimate objectives) and how Azure helps to deliver these outcomes. The ...

Our previous blog post (Year of the Cloud), argued that a tipping point had been reached in enterprise cloud adoption. In this post, we present an overview of Microsoft Azure, the world’s fastest growing cloud platform for corporate and public sector organisations. What is Azure? Launched in February 2010 (as Windows Azure), Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service for bu ...