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Microsoft’s Ascent to the Cloud Continues

Microsoft’s Ascent to the Cloud Continues

Microsoft Making More Money from CloudIf you haven’t seen, it hasn’t been business as usual at Microsoft since Satya Nadella took the reins of the company in February. Taking bold moves and focusing on innovation, Nadella has taken Microsoft into a new era. This is a large step, as last year many were questioning the direction of the company and its future as a technological innovator.

Now, as the company releases updates to multiple Dynamics platforms, commits to a business-first mentality with Windows 10, and is loosening its grip on device-based licenses; the company has one more major testament to its innovation—Microsoft will be making more money from cloud computing than on-premise software in 2015.

Forrester Research has released its ten cloud predictions for 2015, and one of the leading realizations is that Microsoft’s cloud-first policy is working. From Forrester’s Blog:

“Next year, we predict that Microsoft will generate more margin dollars from cloud-based services than it will from its traditional on-premise applications and Windows Server. Under Nadella’s new mandates, its development teams are focused on driving innovation into the cloud versions of its properties first (on-premises second), and its sales engines are all rewarded for pushing as much cloud into each enterprise license agreement as possible. Consequently, Microsoft itself is embracing continuous delivery development methods. In doing so, it will accelerate its own innovation as it realizes the agility benefits from cloud-first delivery.”

Cloud-first delivery will be a powerful force in the industry, and Microsoft believes that this is an imperative and not an option:

“One of the great by-products of a mobile-first, cloud-first world, is its ability to transform businesses and organizations into technology companies. This happens because the cloud is both infrastructure and the platform for applications that will help your business be successful now and in the future. This is true for every industry and in every country. The mobility of the human experience is not limited to developed nations, or technology companies. Mobility touches everyone whether they are consumers, constituents or employees and the cloud is uniquely enabling it.”

With this cloud-first policy, Microsoft can continue to adopt applications for consumers and businesses, providing innovation to drive the industry. For instance, Microsoft recently announced the death of per device licenses and its move to per-user focus for Windows and Office Applications. This will allow users to access their office applications at home or work, and this will be augmented by the multi-desktop feature in Windows 10.

So what’s next for Microsoft? Only time will tell, but if you want to be the first to hear it, sign up to the Brittenford Systems Newsletter.

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