While Microsoft trails Amazon in enterprise public cloud adoption rates, it is catching up very quickly. Azure has the ability to help organizations scale up as needed and provide enterprise-grade security and features in a cost-effective manner.
Microsoft’s cloud acquisition strategy is aimed at the enterprise market, where, according to RightScale’s 2018 State of the Cloud Report, growth increased from 43% in 2017 to 58% in 2018.
While the more common options are pay-as-you-go or pre-committing through a Microsoft enterprise agreement, a newer option is Azure Reserved Instances. In this model, if the organization knows the capacity it will need on Azure, it can save up to 72%, compared to EA discounts ranging between 15% and 45%. This model is similar to Amazon’s AWS Reserved Instances, where discounts range from 24% to 75%.
Term commitments are one or three years, and exchanges are possible across any region and series as workloads change. Unlike AWS, Azure Reserved Instances have the flexibility to be cancelled at a fee of 12%. Microsoft has also created the capability for organizations to “deliver Azure services from their own data center” with Azure Stack.
Your organization’s specific compute use cases and vendor product pricing models have a significant impact on viability when making the leap to cloud. Consider the options and make your decision from a position of knowledge.
Backup and recovery operations was once a set-it-and-forget it design architecture with a static reference architecture. Then along came the cloud, disrupting everything about how data is stored and processed. Now, more than ever, organizations are looking for their solution providers to lean in and help them navigate the shifting tides of “cloud backup.”
Traditional accounting practices are tailor made for waterfall project management. Organizations that have transitioned to the use of standing product teams using Agile and DevOps need to transform their accounting practices as well or they will leave valuable capital expenditure dollars on the table.
IBM is changing the terms of its ubiquitous Passport Advantage agreement to remove entitled discounts on over 5,000 on-premises software products, resulting in an immediate price increase for IBM Software & Support (S&S) across its vast customer landscape.
So you’ve gone Agile. You do daily scrums, retrospectives, and all the “right” Agile ceremonies. But still your organization isn’t quite convinced. It is now critical to balance the drivers and goals of both Agile and traditional thinking in order to achieve organizational success.
Do you feel like your Agile teams are treading water – going through the motions but never going anywhere? It’s a risk, and practices such as daily standups, retrospectives, and demonstrations need to be used wisely or you risk losing discipline to meeting fatigue.
Stakeholders expect the speed and responsiveness of product delivery does not come at the expense of quality. QA tools offer retailers the ability to continuously ensure both business and technical quality standards are upheld, but these tools should not be viewed as a silver bullet.
No matter how good your product roadmap and backlog are, they are only as good as your audience’s ability to understand your vision and priority.
The scrum master is like the conductor of an orchestra, ensuring that every piece fits together at the right time to create something greater than the sum of the parts. You don’t have to know how to play each instrument, but you do have to understand what each part contributes to the overall masterpiece.
Tools are important to product teams, but only when they support solid people and processes.