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Cloud IT Community Week in Review: Office 365, Salesforce.com and Arkadin

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Cloud IT Community Week in Review: Office 365, Salesforce.com and Arkadin

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March 05, 2016
By Rory Lidstone
Contributing Writer

This week, the cloud IT space saw a good amount of activity, so let’s dive right into the details.

First up this week, contributor Michelle Amodio took on the task of explaining what Office 365 can and can’t do. Of course, it’s well known that Office 365 allows users to access files anywhere, while facilitating collaboration and document/data sharing from any computer or mobile device. However, because it is a cloud-based offering, Office 365 does have some inherent limitations, particularly in terms of data security and mobility.


For example, when passing large files back and forth between the cloud, networking and bandwidth concerns come into play. For a more in-depth examination, check out the full article.

Next, cloud pioneer Salesforce.com (News - Alert) reported robust revenue for its forth quarter fiscal 2016 earnings. The company took in revenue of $1.81 billion during the period. As a result, Salesforce.com has a healthy cloud outlook going forward.

“We hit an all-time high in large transactions in fiscal 2016 as more and more companies look to Salesforce as their trusted advisor,” said Keith Block, vice chairman, president and COO, Salesforce. “The tremendous response to our customer success platform is driving exceptional growth for Salesforce across every region, every cloud and every industry.”

In other news, Arkadin (News - Alert) was granted Gold Cloud Productivity Competency by Microsoft this week. This title means that Arkadin has demonstrated a best-in-class ability and commitment to meeting the evolving needs of Microsoft (News - Alert) customers in today’s business environment. More impressively, it also means that Arkadin has distinguished itself within the top one percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

Lastly, it seems the cloud is shaking up federal procurement. Indeed, the cloud can eliminate the lead time required for procuring and configuring hardware—a valuable asset for government agencies bogged down by red tape. Traditional IT transformation is all but impossible considering the hoops government agencies need to jump through. With the cloud, however, they can move away from slow processes toward more organic, agile transformation.

That about does it for this week in cloud IT, but be sure to check out the Cloud IT Community for more news in the space.



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