Entries by Hans Brender

MVP to MVP: Talking Cloud Adoption (Part 2: Selling More Cloud)

This is part two of the interview. Read part one here.

I had a great conversation with Raphael Köllner, a Microsoft MVP in Office Servers and Services, Windows Top Insider, MCT and Microsoft Student Partner Evangelist. Raphael is a trainer and speaker in the field of IT and law, and often the interface between them. His priorities are in the field of cloud computing from a technical and legal point of view.

Please note: The following interview was conducted and transcribed in German, then translated internally to English.Read more

MVP to MVP: Talking Cloud Adoption (Part 1: Onboarding)

I had a great conversation with Raphael Köllner, a Microsoft MVP in Office Servers and Services, Windows Top Insider, MCT and Microsoft Student Partner Evangelist. Raphael is a trainer and speaker in the field of IT and law, and often the interface between them. His priorities are in the field of cloud computing from a technical and legal point of view.

This is part one of our interview. Read part two here.

Please note: the following interview was conducted and transcribed in German, then translated internally to English.Read more

How Small Businesses Think About the Cloud

While many IT services providers and their customers are seeing the value of the cloud, some small businesses are holding out for a variety of reasons.

Some of the common reasons I hear from providers include:

  • I don’t use the cloud myself
  • I have no control
  • Revenue is too small
  • I don’t have experience with enough cloud services

At the same time, many of their customers are saying things like:

  • The cloud isn’t safe
  • I don’t have enough control
  • I won’t be able to work if the internet is down
  • There are too many features I don’t need
  • I don’t want all my services with one provider

How Some Services Providers Think

Services providers often sell software without realizing that the software cycle in the cloud is much faster and the programs are standardized.… Read more

Next Generation Sync Client

When moving customers to the cloud, the first workload most often is migrating email from different source systems to Office 365. But Office 365 is not only for email. In different SKUs in Office 365 you will also find SharePoint and OneDrive for Business–here we speak about documents. If you look on a typical on-premises installation, you find different solutions, mostly file servers with different folders, including a folder for each  employee.

First we have to look at why such shared folders are implemented from the administrators.

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File Server to OneDrive for Business Migration

OneDrive for Business is gaining recognition and traction among SMBs and enterprises. In particular, replacing user home drives, commonly stored on on-premises file shares, with OneDrive is becoming a common request to Office 365 system integrators and MSPs. As our partners have started to do more of these projects, some common roadblocks have become apparent:

  • The structure of the File Servers is not in harmony with user names in Office 365.
  • They do not want to migrate the complete File Servers structure.

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