Apr 10, 2024   |   Alex Fleck

Dining transformation at Microsoft eases the transition as employees return to work

A profound dining transformation is happening at Microsoft as the company’s employees return to an office that’s evolved into a hybrid workplace. The pandemic has changed the way we work—and with it, the way we eat. Consumer expectations are evolving as people, including employees at Microsoft, get used to seamless, on-demand ordering through mobile applications...

Mar 27, 2024   |   Lukas Velush

Streamlining engineering at Microsoft with Azure DevOps

Microsoft runs on Microsoft technology. We are the proving ground for our products and when we say that software is enterprise-ready this means that we have already built it for and run it at scale in our own enterprise. We are in the business of building the future of technology. And more often than not,...

Mar 20, 2024   |   Joshua Deans

Enabling effortless cloud infrastructure management with MyWorkspace and Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Digital (MSD) is the organization that powers, protects, and transforms Microsoft. As part of its mission, MSD builds and manages the cloud network infrastructure that supports Microsoft products and services. MyWorkspace is a browser-based cloud-provisioning tool created by MSD to allow Microsoft employees to rapidly deploy Azure-based infrastructure environments for solution testing and development...

Mar 13, 2024   |   Inside Track staff

Transforming how Microsoft uses Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute

Our Microsoft Digital Employee Experience (MDEE) team manages one of the largest Microsoft Azure enterprise environments. Migrating our virtual machine resources into Microsoft Azure necessitated significant connectivity between our on-premises networks and Azure. We have many Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute circuits connecting our on-premises resources to our Azure environment, and to ensure proper management of a...

Mar 11, 2024   |   Inside Track staff

Examining Microsoft's SAP transactions with Microsoft Azure Anomaly Detector

As part of our continuing digital transformation journey, our Microsoft Digital Employee Experience (MDEE) team is constantly looking for ways to improve our business processes and detect issues and anomalies before they become serious problems. Sometimes these failures happen sporadically within the application framework and often go undetected. Even if a user detects an anomaly,...

Mar 7, 2024   |   Juan Jimenez

Modernizing our cloud networking infrastructure with a DevOps mindset

DevOps has become a fundamental philosophy critical to the success of our cloud networking teams and solutions. In today’s rapidly changing technology landscape, the conventional model of infrastructure management—receiving user requirements, designing solutions, deploying infrastructure, and manually monitoring for health and availability—lacks the agility and efficiency we need to operate our network infrastructure in a...

Mar 4, 2024   |   Alex Fleck

Enhancing Microsoft’s security posture with Microsoft Azure Firewall Manager

Imagine an enterprise company with dozens or hundreds of firewalls, each with its own set of policies for keeping corporate networks secure. That was the situation here at Microsoft until our IT teams started using Microsoft Azure Firewall Manager. This platform helped streamline and centralize their control over our large firewall ecosystems. It also cleared...

Feb 22, 2024   |   Christian Dobler

Revolutionizing SAP and ADP connectivity with Microsoft Azure VWAN and VPN

Connecting line-of-business solutions into the Microsoft Azure networking environment is a critical part of enabling an efficient hybrid network environment and an important step in transforming enterprise networking using Azure. We’ve recently helped SAP, one of our key business partners, replace an outdated VPN connectivity solution with a highly secure, cost-efficient connection into Azure for...

Feb 7, 2024   |   Chakri Thammineni

Reshaping the Azure developer experience using Azure ExpressRoute

We’re using Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute to facilitate high-bandwidth, dedicated connectivity between Microsoft Azure for Operators and the developers who create and implement Azure for Operators features internally here at Microsoft. Our Infrastructure and Engineering Services (IES) team in Microsoft Digital, the company’s IT organization, is working with the Azure Networking product group to drive this...

Feb 7, 2024   |   Lukas Velush

Transforming our internal Microsoft Azure spend forecasting

Budget forecasting is a crucial discipline across any business process. With a large-scale consumable resource like Microsoft Azure, accurate budgeting can lead to savings in the millions. To improve Microsoft Azure spend forecasting for our internal engineering teams in Microsoft Digital Employee Experience (MDEE), our FinOps team developed a dashboard that helps us provide our...

Jan 26, 2024   |   Lukas Velush

How automation is transforming revenue processing at Microsoft

The Microsoft partner and customer network brings in more than $100 billion in revenue each year, most of the company’s earnings. Keeping tabs on the millions of annual transactions is no small task—just ask Shashi Lanka Venkata and Mark Anderson, two company employees who are leading a bid to automate what historically has been a...

Jan 25, 2024   |   Bonnie Darves

Protecting Microsoft’s SAP workload with Microsoft Sentinel

For any large enterprise like Microsoft, monitoring threats to infrastructure and applications developing and maintaining an always-on Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution like Microsoft Sentinel that’s equipped to ward off threats isn’t only a weighty task but also a truly challenging undertaking. The threat landscape is constantly evolving, and data breaches—originating from outside...