Sep 30, 2020   |   Aleenah Ansari

Lessons Microsoft learned from applying Zero Trust during COVID-19

The world, and ways employees work, have been forever changed by COVID-19. Thanks to Microsoft cloud technologies like Microsoft Teams, Azure Active Directory, and Microsoft’s modern security approach, Zero Trust, employees no longer need to physically be in the office to be productive. The power of the cloud already opened the doors for us to...

May 20, 2020   |   Aleenah Ansari

Rethinking how Microsoft launches its products and services

Maryleen Emeric, a director of operations in Microsoft Business Operations (MBO), knows that it’s challenging to transform a process that’s vital to people’s day-to-day work. Emeric launches new business models as well as sales and commerce capabilities that inform how Microsoft goes to market with third-party device partners. To be successful, she puts people at...

May 7, 2020   |   Lukas Velush

Modern engineering fuels Microsoft’s transformation

After Microsoft tackled the easy stuff, digital transformation got harder. Just ask Mary McHale. McHale is the principal PM group manager for the Fundamentals Team in Microsoft Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO). She’s in charge of helping Microsoft’s IT and Operations software engineers embrace modern engineering principles, something that doesn’t just happen because it’s...

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...

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...

Jul 12, 2019   |   Felipe LeMaitre

Speaking of security: Our framework to secure Microsoft

At Microsoft, we believe that clarity is paramount. To help explain our security strategy, we devised a simple metaphor to illustrate the framework we use to drive digital security within the company: a three-legged stool atop a solid foundation. The six sections that make up this stool and foundation are essentially our investment pillars; in...