Whether you’re looking at Microsoft’s industry-leading Office 365 services or at their Azure cloud solutions, Microsoft keeps pushing ahead … and is often leading the pack.  Microsoft Partners, including Oakwood, are leveraging Microsoft's services to deliver ever-improving solutions to customers.

Gartner Release

In January, Gartner released a summary of 40+ technology areas where Microsoft has products in current Gartner Magic Quadrants. With a bit of updating and researching links to the various articles, here is the current list – with hyperlinks to the most recent references:

Microsoft in More Than 40 Magic Quadrants

  1. Corporate Telephony
  2. Data Integration Tools
  3. Endpoint Protection Platforms
  4. Enterprise File Synchronization & Sharing
  5. Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving Integrated Marketing Management
  6. IT Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications, Worldwide
  7. Marketing Resource Management
  8. Mobile Data Protection Solutions
  9. Unified Communications as a Service, Worldwide
  10. Application Development Life Cycle Management
  11. Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms
  12. Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide
  13. CRM Customer Engagement Center
  14. Data Warehouse and Data Management Solutions for Analytics
  15. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
  16. Enterprise Application Platform as a Service
  17. Horizontal Portals
  18. Identity and Access Management as a Service, Worldwide
  19. Mobile Application Development Platforms
  20. Operational DBMS
  21. Sales Force Automation
  22. Secure Email Gateways
  23. Social Software in the Workplace
  24. Unified Communications
  25. Web Conferencing
  26. X86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure
  27. Application Performance Monitoring Suites
  28. CRM Lead Management
  29. Multichannel Campaign Management
  30. User Authentication
  31. Web Content Management
  32. Advanced Analytics Platforms
  33. E-Discovery Software
  34. Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service, Worldwide
  35. Enterprise Mobility Management Suites
  36. Single-Instance ERP for Product-Centric Midmarket Companies
  37. Unified Communications

An Impressive List

The list above doesn’t give you a good overall picture of how influential Microsoft is compared with its competitors in the cloud. Keep in mind… Microsoft has a large variety of products and services. They are generally well integrated and provide significant additional value when deployed together. For instance, almost all Microsoft products leverage Active Directory – provided by Windows Server or now from Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft is a leader in more “cloud” Magic Quadrants than all three of the other providers combined. And, Oakwood focuses on delivering solutions that leverage Microsoft’s products and services almost exclusively, and is a Gold Certified Partner for Microsoft – providing solutions that leverage ALL of the above products and services except for CRM… matching our own depth of expertise with the breadth of Microsoft's products and services.

News and Events

With recent headlines declaring Microsoft as a cloud leader and positioning Microsoft to eventually surpass Amazon AWS, more and more customers are realizing the value of fully integrated, comprehensive solutions that leverage Microsoft’s products and services. Here is a few worth noting:

Microsoft Expands and Renews International Certifications in Seven Countries

Microsoft maintains the largest portfolio of cloud certification and regularly continues to add more.

Microsoft's new worldview: Play nice with Apple, Google

Microsoft has made a 180 degree turn from their old business practices of shouldering out the competition. CEO Satya Nadella strategically decided to integrate with some of Microsoft’s longest-term rivals such as Salesforce, Google Android, Apple iPhone, Rackspace and more. And, it’s working. Microsoft has continued to close the distance between Amazon’s AWS revenue and their own Azure service every year.

Price Waterhouse Cooper Report

Microsoft is one of only six companies on both the lists of the Fastest Growing Cloud companies and Top 50 Cloud Providers lists. Note that none of the above competitors appear in the list:

Gartner recently positioned Microsoft Azure in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the IaaS market.

Microsoft’s IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions for enterprises are all recognized in leader’s quadrants by Gartner and provide a unique position to customers looking to leverage the scale, value, and flexibility of the cloud without having to learn new platforms and skills.

The native integration and hybrid functionality built into so many of Microsoft’s products gives IT departments a much easier lift when moving workloads to the cloud. And Oakwood’s expert consultants support our customers with experience developed across hundreds of cloud projects and almost every Microsoft product and service.  We are a cloud leader!

Cloud Leader Benefits

Innovation – services must represent an enhancement over the status quo of providing services on-premises.

Value – customers must be able to justify the total cost of ownership (TCO) for hosting and owning infrastructure vs. subscribing to cloud services.

Customer Support – when IT services move to the cloud; customer support largely becomes the customer’s experience with the cloud vendor and its partners. As the technical capabilities of the service become more substantial and advanced the support providers become even more important.

Oakwood | A Cloud Leader

As Microsoft continues to innovate and provide value to customers, Oakwood continues to develop our cloud practice to ensure we employ the best experts available to assist customers in their voyage into the cloud.

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