At Avanade, our people constantly challenge themselves and increase their skills through Avanade training programs and Microsoft certifications. By delivering thousands of projects worldwide, we have gained deep insight and expertise into how technologies can be applied to help customers realize business results. Our technology experts and consultants weigh in on current trends, new and emerging business drivers and how those drivers are meeting those market challenges.
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  • October 01, 2015

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    Point of view: Internet of Things

    The Internet of Things (IoT) can help you improve efficiency,enable innovation and spur your transformations into digital businesses—if it’s implemented appropriately. That requires much more than IoT devices and extracting data. To succeed with IoT, you need to consider how to use your complete ecosystem to create new levels of business value. Consider how integrating data from sensors and other operational technology can be combined with relevant information technologies—and with future technologies, such as the next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), driverless cars and wearables.
  • August 14, 2015

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    Point of view: Skype for Business

    Skype for Business is a powerful new tool to help create the digital workplaces necessary to maintain and increase competitiveness in the world of digital business. It’s a key part of the communications platform that enables your digital workplace and new ways of working anywhere, any time, on any device. This point of view explains what Skype for Business is, what it can mean for your business, and what you need to consider to maximize its value.
  • August 04, 2015

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    Companies are Unprepared for the Workplace of the Future

    A truly digital workplace will help to drive revenues and attract the talent that companies need to grow their business and outperform the competition. Most organizations, however, still don’t understand what it means to have a digital workplace. Our research looks at the steps needed to get to a digital workplace within four years.
  • July 27, 2015

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    Windows 10: Enabling the high-performance digital workplace

    Enterprises are accelerating their efforts to implement digital workplaces that enable new and more powerful ways to work, anywhere, any time, on any device. Windows 10 is a new platform with the features and capabilities that more fully enable a high-performance digital workplace. Implementing Windows 10 is a significant IT undertaking due to the new associated integration points. Moreover, it may be one of the most important endeavors to further your digital workplace vision. And you need to ensure you do it right.
  • June 02, 2015

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    Enterprises overwhelmingly choose cloud for Windows Server 2003 migrations

    Windows Server 2003 has become a core platform for many enterprises. On July 15 2015, support for it ends. There will be no further updates or security patches, leaving companies to deal with the increased risk of security breaches. As an experienced and certified Microsoft partner, Avanade wanted to find out if enterprises were prepared for this upcoming end of support and, if they weren’t, explore the reasons why. Avanade commissioned Vanson Bourne to conduct this research. Interviews were conducted during March 2015 with IT executives in North America. The majority of these enterprises exceed $1 billion USD in revenue.

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  • December 03, 2014

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    Hybrid Cloud: From Hype to Reality

    Fueled by optimism in the C-suite, the tipping point for hybrid cloud adoption is fast approaching. However, much confusion remains about what hybrid cloud actually is. This study reveals that while businesses of all sizes, in all geographies, view hybrid cloud adoption as a priority, business and IT leadership have differing views on organizational readiness, and what steps are needed to prepare for hybrid cloud implementation.
  • June 24, 2014

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    Point of view: Getting it right with a project and portfolio management solution

    ​Orchestrating a portfolio of projects, and the resources for execution, challenges leaders at organizations large and small. A project and portfolio management solution clears the chaos. No longer a nice-to-have, these solutions are becoming a need-to-have. Avanade recommends a rich, flexible solution to help organizations deliver greater value throughout the ecosystem of project participants, business decision makers, and customers and clients.
  • May 12, 2014

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    Point of view: Perfecting the pivot perspective piece - agile adaptation

    ​Agile adaptation is the leadership obligation to create a culture of on-demand transparency and visibility into financial and operational progress at both the firm and project levels. New technologies and the expert advisors that implement them on behalf of AEC firms provide the most effective leverage supporting the pivotability of your people, programmes and processes.
  • May 12, 2014

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    Point of view: Redefine your customer experience

    ​Customers want to pay you more for a better customer experience. According to Avanade research, 56% of respondents have already paid more for a product because the customer experience beat that of less-costly options. Given the importance of the customer experience, companies need to prioritize their investments accordingly.
  • May 12, 2014

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    Point of view: Unlocking application value

    ​Does the nexus of market forces and new technologies converging on enterprise IT represent an opportunity or a threat? The correct answer is: opportunity. Social, mobile, cloud, and big data technologies unquestioningly present enterprise IT with a new array of powerful options to engage with customers, partners and employees to spur growth; to empower workers for higher productivity; to speed application development while reducing application lifecycle costs; and to make data-driven decisions that boost market share and performance.
  • April 15, 2014

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    How will IT influence technology decisions in the future?

    ​The role of the traditional IT department has changed significantly. This study reveals that IT is taking a new approach and becoming a business advisor to the rest of organisation. And as a result, business leaders expect the influence of IT to grow, new IT skills to be in demand and new outside partners to drive IT initiatives.
  • March 01, 2014

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    White paper: All you need to know about ERP & mobile

    ​Now that mobile technology, which at present is driven mainly by the consumer market, has finally evolved far enough and is affordable, this trend is also percolating through to the world of business. Customers and employees are “demanding” that applications be made available on a mobile basis, on their own mobile devices, and on different platforms.
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  • January 01, 2014

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    Case study: Avanade enables a modern workplace with Microsoft Lync

    ​Avanade deployed Lync as the global Unified Communications platform, providing a reliable enterprise telecommunications solution replacing costly conferencing services and all local PBX solutions while streamlining collaboration and increasing the effectiveness of virtual teams.
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  • December 01, 2013

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    White paper: Rethink application possibilities and align to desired business outcomes

    It's a new world of applications. Connected digital technologies and the consumerization of IT are forcing enterprise applications to evolve from being enablers of business operations to becoming drivers of growth and innovation. This study sheds light on some of the new expectations on application development as well as the challenges IT decision makers face in addressing them.
  • November 01, 2013

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    Global survey: B2B is the new B2C

    ​This study of 1,000 C-level executives, business unit leaders and IT decision makers shows that widespread availability of mobile and social technologies is complicating relationships between businesses and their customers. As buyers are growing more demanding, sellers must be more flexible. Notably, Avanade found that businesses embracing this complexity report longer-term and more lucrative relationships with customers.
  • October 01, 2013

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    White paper: Unlocking the business value of social, mobile, cloud and big data

    ​This study explores how businesses are responding to the transformative forces of social, mobile, cloud and big data. It looks at the strategies that companies employ to overcome the challenges and make the most of the opportunities these forces present, related to four key technology areas: collaboration and messaging applications, business applications, application development and management, and infrastructure optimization.
  • September 01, 2013

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    Case study: Avanade delivers one of the first global enterprise Windows 8 implementations

    ​Avanade leveraged a customized cloud based software download tool and a low touch implementation approach to be one of the first companies to fully deploy Windows 8.
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  • May 01, 2013

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    Case study: Avanade Fabric - Connecting a global organization

    ​The “Avanade Fabric” brings together people, tools and processes to tap into the company’s global network of professionals and deep expertise to help customers realize results, without barriers or distractions. This study explores the integrated collection of collaboration technologies that make up the Fabric, and the results from the company’s employee-focused approach to enterprise social collaboration.
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  • May 01, 2013

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    Global survey: Is enterprise social collaboration living up to its promise?

    ​Avanade conducted a global research study in April 2013, interviewing 1,000 business and IT leaders and 4,000 employees about the impact of social technologies on enterprise collaboration. Overall, research results showed a large, as-yet-unmet opportunity to fully adopt and leverage social technologies for collaboration at work.
  • April 01, 2013

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    White paper: The state of social (Maximizing the potential of enterprise social collaboration)

    ​The results from a global Avanade survey of 4,000 business people, showed 98 percent who deployed social collaboration have benefitted from it. This white paper is a guide to getting the best from social collaboration, and how you can bring about organizational change across your business units through social collaboration.
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