Jul 22, 2020   |   Serah Delaini

Using Microsoft Azure to develop a robust external supplier API catalog

For decades, Microsoft operations teams have provided digitized information to external vendors and partners. They need access to all kinds of transactional details like invoice payments and shipping information—the sooner, the better. This data-sharing often required complex manual processes. There were ongoing security concerns and a lack of tools that supported application programming interface (API)...

May 11, 2020   |   Aleenah Ansari

Powering Microsoft's digital transformation with a modern data foundation

Data is central to every organization, and Microsoft is no different. The company has a vision for transforming the way its employees use data—a vision that builds on a larger digital transformation strategy that Kurt DelBene, chief digital officer and executive vice president of corporate strategy, has set for Microsoft Core Services Engineering and Operations...

Feb 27, 2020   |   Lukas Velush

How ‘born in the cloud’ thinking is fueling Microsoft’s transformation

Microsoft wasn’t born in the cloud, but soon you won’t be able to tell. Now that it has finished “lifting and shifting” its massive internal workload to Microsoft Azure, the company is rethinking everything. “We’re rearchitecting all of our applications so that they work natively on Azure,” says Ludovic Hauduc, corporate vice president of Core...

Jan 7, 2020   |   Rob Boone

How retooling invoice processing is fueling transformation inside Microsoft

Until recently, processing incoming invoices at Microsoft was a patchwork, largely manual process, owing to the 20-year-old architecture and business processes on which the invoicing system was built. The existing Microsoft Invoice platform allowed only manual invoice submission. External suppliers and internal users in Microsoft’s Accounts Payable (AP) Operations team could either email a scanned...

Nov 19, 2019   |   Aleenah Ansari

Lessons Microsoft learned shifting its SAP environment to Azure

Microsoft expected that it would save money and time when it moved its 50-terabyte SAP workload to the cloud using Microsoft Azure. It just wasn’t sure how much. Two years later, the savings from running 600 virtual machines worth of work on Azure are stacking up. Operational costs have dropped by 18 percent. Thanks to...

Nov 7, 2019   |   Aleenah Ansari

Unexpected cloud cost spike spurs optimization movement inside Microsoft

When Microsoft moved its internal workloads to Azure, operational costs shot up—something the team had to find a way to fix quickly. The transition from physical datacenters to virtual cloud computing happens in waves. Microsoft’s journey began five years ago when the company’s Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) organization deployed many of its internal...

Oct 29, 2019   |   Pete Apple

Microsoft uses a scream test to silence its unused servers

Don’t be alarmed if I scream—it’ll be for a good reason! I talked previously about our efforts here in Microsoft Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) to inventory our internal-to-Microsoft on premises environments to determine application relationships (Azure mapping: the journey to the cloud begins with good cartography) as well as look at performance info...

Oct 16, 2019   |   Lukas Velush

How Microsoft used SQL Azure and Azure Service Fabric to rebuild a key internal app

When Raja Narayan took over supporting the Payee Management Application that Microsoft Finance uses to onboard new suppliers and partners, the experience was broken. “Our application’s infrastructure was on-premises,” Narayan says. “It was a big, old-school architecture monolith and, although we had database-based logging in place, there was no alerting setup at any level. Bugs...

Jul 25, 2019   |   Seth Malcolm

Azure Monitor alerts help Microsoft pay billions of dollars of bills on time

With billions of dollars in payments processed annually, punctuality is imperative. Microsoft pays suppliers and partners for a variety of services and products via thousands of transactions each month; accurate and on-time payment is crucial to its relationships and success. The sheer volume makes mistakes inevitable, but the Finance Engineering Team within Core Services Engineering...