Businesses are expected to invest heavily in cloud computing in 2015.

Cloud computing tops list of 2015 investments

Businesses are putting their money where their mouths are regarding IT investments, especially regarding cloud computing. CIO Magazine's latest Tech Poll: Tech Priorities survey of IT-level executives found 57 percent anticipate budget increases in 2015, the highest percentage in six years. Average spending will achieve year-over-year growth of 6.2 percent.

Increased vendor competition is driving cloud prices down.

Cloud pricing is trending downward – now is the time to adopt

Businesses find themselves in position to adopt cloud computing without breaking the bank. Steep competition among some of the industry's most recognizable brands has contributed to this development. A 451 Research report suggested its Cloud Price Index dipped more than 1.3 percent by the beginning of December 2014.

Cream of the crop vendors leading cloud computing surge The cloud computing market is heating up.

Cream of the crop vendors leading cloud computing surge

The global cloud computing market is thriving not just because so many organizations are using the technology or are considering adopting the cloud, but because the IT industry's best and brightest brands are pushing the service's boundaries on a yearly basis. Amazon and Microsoft in particular have established themselves as the de facto leaders in this burgeoning space.

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Beginners Guide to Claims-based Authentication, AD FS 3.0 and SharePoint 2013: Part V – Authentication Across Multiple Forests

I'm not sure if this is really a beginners article but what the heck, we're on a roll, having fun and I'm writing so I get to say what it is and isn't (at least to a certain extent anyway).

If you've been following along and have read through the first 4 articles in this series you know we have installed and configured AD FS 3.0 in our S7Gear domain. Now, users should be able to login to SharePoint in S7Gear domain using SAML claims.

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Beginners Guide to AD FS 3.0, Claims-based Authentication and SharePoint 2013: Part IV – Troubleshooting

As you can imagine, I have seen more than a few error messages over the last few weeks as I have made a journey of ADSFS discovery. Now that we've gotten ADFS in place and working in our environment I thought you might find it helpful if I shared some of the issues I have seen to this point. I've also included a few tips that helped me figure out a lot of the problems I was having.

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License usage reporting in Office 365: part 2

(This is part 2 of a series; see part 1. if you have questions or want to see specific licensing or reporting topics covered here, drop me a line: paul.robichaux@summit7systems.com.)

In part 1 of this series, I talked about some of the license reporting features in Office 365. The big takeaway from that article is simple: many Office 365 admins want to know how many users have installed Office 365 Pro Plus, and on which devices, but the Office 365 reporting tools don't provide a good way to see that data.