Oct 30, 2018   |   Idunn Wolfe

Sweetening the first day for new Microsoft hires

Productivity is the name of the game at Microsoft. Not surprisingly, Microsoft strives for efficiency in everything it does, including the approach for an employee’s first day. Called New Employee Onboarding (NEO), the Microsoft onboarding experience is primed for disruption, says Robert Koester, a senior IT service operations manager in Core Service Engineering and Operations...

Oct 23, 2018   |   Lukas Velush

New Microsoft smart buildings showcase Azure Digital Twins

A smart building complex that had its grand opening today at Microsoft showcases the company’s new Azure Digital Twins service. Microsoft has been aggressively building, deploying, and testing smart building technology on its own buildings for years. It has been progressively getting better and better at using sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) technology to...

Oct 19, 2018   |   Pete Apple

Know how you’re using IT

In my last post, I talked about a gap in inventory of our own on-premises resources which made it tougher to move to the cloud. Once we worked through the data gaps and mapped out how systems were interconnected, we were ready to go, right? Well, we might have underestimated our preparation just a little...

Oct 10, 2018   |   Seth Malcolm

DevOps is sending engineering practices up in smoke

When it comes to modernizing how software engineers write their code, sometimes you just have to light things on fire. Just ask James Gagnon. He’ll tell you that good engineering teams at Microsoft and in Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) are driving towards using DevOps to do their work, and with good reason. “DevOps...

Oct 1, 2018   |   Aleenah Ansari

When mom’s ‘lift you up’ message carries you

Editor’s note: You can’t be what you can’t see. For people of color and other underrepresented minorities, seeing someone who looks like you can make you feel like you have the ability to create change at companies like Microsoft. This story is part of an ongoing series about women of color and underrepresented minorities working...