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Mel Lowe, senior service engineer

Oct 10, 2017

Moving day: How to get your apps into the cloud

Once upon a time, when Microsoft started transitioning to the cloud, the company was running on a broad and complex catalog of apps—1,800 or so. So where to even begin deciding what to move to the cloud, and in what order, and how to get it there? The Microsoft team tasked with moving the company...

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Jan 11, 2018

Cloud engineer and Elite winner stays moving to stay relevant

For some species of sharks, constant motion equals oxygen. It’s move, move, move, or sink. Murtaza Jafferji, a software engineer at Microsoft, has adopted a similar philosophy for his career in technology. Jafferji is restless and energetic; curious and constantly thinking ahead. He’s on a cloud infrastructure and operations team, and if everyone is using...

Oct 31, 2017

Microsoft supply chain gets a cloud makeover

Data, data, everywhere but – then what? A few years ago, the Microsoft supply chain was generating more than a terabyte of data each day, yet only a fraction of that data was being analyzed and used. Data lived in a variety of spreadsheets and databases all over the world, few of which were connected...

Oct 24, 2017

With cloud security, digging a moat no longer works

Add security to the growing list of things cloud computing has transformed. A few years ago, as Microsoft planned to move the company’s operations to the cloud, IT experts quickly realized security in the cloud is significantly different than in an on-premises datacenter. The company had to shift from “protect and prevent” to “detect and...

Oct 17, 2017

Frankenstein to Thor: Financial tracking app gets cloud makeover

Frankenstein wasn’t always Frankenstein. Twenty years ago, when Microsoft built a new application to help track billing and finances, the app worked great – the company released new versions of software for purchase only every few years. Over time, Microsoft transitioned to a more rapid cadence of product releases and developed a number of services....

Oct 3, 2017

The legendary meeting that accelerated our cloud journey

Over the course of a career, there may be one or two legendary meetings – the kind that change everything. One of Brad Wright’s came a few years ago when, at the end of a presentation, he showed a group of IT leaders at Microsoft a picture of an empty server room. IT was no...

Jun 19, 2017

Tasting notes on 30 years of eating dogfood

Once, when I was five, curiosity got the better of me and I grabbed a few kibbles of dogfood from the bowl marked “Jasper” on our kitchen floor and shoved it in my mouth. While I was a bit young to provide detailed tasting notes, I remember it being dry, mealy, and uncomfortably beefy. If...

Jan 30, 2017

IT’s great mindset migration

Jim Adams is a one-man metaphor for the evolution of IT. A 16-year veteran of Microsoft IT, Adams spent years working on a team that ran the Exchange, messaging, and SharePoint services internally for the company. A few years ago, when Microsoft decided to go “all-in” on cloud computing, Adams was asked to migrate those...

Jan 30, 2017

IT pros save the day for ‘Gears of War’

A small squad of IT professionals – in their quiet, geeky way – totally saved the day for Gears of War 4. People tend to throw the word “epic” around willy-nilly. It’s used to describe all manner of things – burritos, a Friday night out, a vacation, a work karaoke party where the boss performs...