While there are many options to consider for your business applications, for most small-medium business networks a Windows solutions is best. Just this week I went through a MAJOR hardware upgrade – Windows 2000 to Windows 2003, upgrading PCs with some new Dell (small form factor) computers and things like that. During this process I realized that Microsoft provides an ideal ecosystem or platform for connecting a business network.
Sure Linux and Macintosh are great too and have their role in many businesses but the overall simplicity (with training) and community of support for a Windows networking environment is important to consider.
There’s MANY software glitches to iron out when working with Windows or ANY software for that matter but overall what is the value to the user.
In a press release on the occasion of this week’s Microsoft Tech¬?Ed 2006 conference, Microsoft spells out a set of four customer promises to IT pros and development teams ¬? a set of long-term commitments designed to enable IT Pros and developers to build an infrastructure for the people-ready business by addressing their critical needs.
Microsoft¬?s promises to IT pros and developers have their roots in years of conversations the company has had with customers worldwide to understand their problems and needs ¬? past, present and anticipated in the future. In listening to these customers, a set of key themes emerged, which the company has coalesced into the commitments unveiled at Tech¬?Ed 2006:
1. Advance the business with IT solutions. A commitment to delivering a trusted and scalable foundation that empowers development teams and IT pros to partner with the business to maximize opportunity — the ability to drive the right efficiencies, customer connections and value-added services for business growth.
2. Manage complexity, achieve agility. A commitment to reducing the complexity and TCO (total cost of ownership) of developing, deploying and managing applications so an IT staff can focus on delivering new business value.
3. Protect information, control access. A commitment to providing a comprehensive set of security and access solutions that enables IT pros to address the ever-changing landscape of threats and compliance demands while providing users access to business critical information.
4. Amplify the impact of your people. A commitment to delivering the tools and technologies that enable IT pros and developers to supply the infrastructure to meet and support the maturing demands of today¬?s mobile and collaborative workforce.
Microsoft is striving to exceed customer expectations in all four of these areas, says Andy Lees, corporate vice president of marketing for Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business. ¬?It¬?s actually very straightforward,” Lees says. “We want Windows to be the lowest cost platform. We want it to be the most secure environment. We want it to be the best for every line-of-business solution. And we want it to be the best in terms of infrastructure for collaboration.¬?
There is no question that innovation continues to dramatically expand the capabilities of technology, yet IT resources often remain limited. According to a Forrester Research study of North American enterprises, 70 percent of overall IT spending goes to ongoing operations and maintenance, leaving only 30 percent for creating new capabilities to deliver competitive advantages.
¬?That¬?s a fairly frightening statistic for anybody in IT management, to say they¬?re spending so much just treading water,¬? Lees says. ¬?But at the same time, the opportunity for IT to add value to the business has increased dramatically.¬?
Read the full explanation of the promises here.
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