Identities, the 'accounts' by which Cloud and Web users identify themselves, are tricky to manage, and tiresome for the users. Cloud services such as Office 365 have their main use in large organisations and so there have to be easy ways for system administrators to maintain them. Microsoft provide three alternative strategies; Cloud identities, Synced identities and federated identities. What is the differences between them, and which should you choose? … Read more
Should you be planning to move from Exchange to Office 365? If so, why? What sort of license should you get, and should you use cloud identities or federated identities for your users? Jaap starts a series of articles with an overview of the advantages, and a simple explanation of the options in subscriptions and licenses for Office 365.… Read more
Source control is a conservative technology. Even so, there has been a general willingness to use internet-based servers for the task for a long time, especially for open-source projects. Will the trend toward cloud-based services for version control continue, or is the question made irrelevant with the growing acceptance of distributed source control? Is Cloud-based version control still too risky for a service that must be secure, and almost risk-free? … Read more
Following on from a discussion about how people are using the cloud, the Simple-Talk Editorial Team sat down with the CTO of 10th Magnitude to talk about how they deliver Cloud software and services for their clients using agile methodology, and Azure.… Read more
A critical part of any DBA's role is implementing the systems that will improve in the long term their organization's guardianship, use and understanding of its data. Too often, however, this gets lost in the fog of immediate and urgent tasks. Gareth Marlow explains why he believes Cloud services will play an increasingly prominent role in helping DBAs achieve their strategic goals.… Read more
It isn't at all easy to make sense of the deluge of information from social media sites, particularly to measure opinion or sentiment, yet it has become increasingly important for marketing to be able to do so. Microsoft are keen to be in the vanguard with their "Social Analytics" research project… Read more
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