10 Microsoft Azure Business Benefits

10 Microsoft Azure Business Benefits



This perspective is based on more than a pure increase in use - but quantifiable services including analytics, computing, databases, mobile apps, networking & storage.

With these tools in your competitor’s hands, they have the means to outpace and out-muscle you.

So, what are they getting that you’re not?


10 Microsoft Azure Business Benefits in One Convenient List


1. Microsoft Azure is Fast Across the Board

Speed is critical to businesses of all types, and is a key marker of competitive advantage.

In the context of this Azure benefit, speed is prevelant across three key areas:

  1. Speed of deployment

  2. Speed of operation

  3. Speed of scalability

2. Increase your Business Agility with Azure

Businesses using Microsoft Azure have faster development cycles that on-premises solutions. This means that when they are developing their applications they can get more responsive feedback and become more iterative.

Which in-turn allows them to explore the outcomes of technologies in a manner that will suit business objectives.

From a financial perspective — these product cycles allow for measured suitability without expensive outlay or setting up complex infrastructure .

As you can see, business agility is more than just 'maintaining standard', it's about growing quicker and failing faster.


3. Azure can Match your Global Reach

At RedPixie, we deal with clients that need to fulfill their data capabilities at a global scale. Which, for those who are reliant on private data centers, have great difficulties in achieving.

As such, Azure has the advantage of dynamically adapting in accordance with performance and utilization requirements. This reduces the need for a team of architects to monitor behavior, and enables them to focus on core objectives.

Equally, from a user’s perspective, they are always getting a great experience and aren’t dependent on location.

While some may argue that this scale can only be exploited by smaller organizations, this is not the case. Such that BP recently used this function as a driver for their migration.

Want more details? Here’s a map of the various Azure regions


In this cause, we have used a commercially available IoT device, and take the collected data through various different components in order to maximize the response and means of analysis.

If you are interested to see this model explained in more detail, here is a step-by-step video.

Secondly, we have also worked to solve a critical business process that is being pushed to its furthest point - Excel.

Whereby we see many organizations that rely on this Microsoft solution for its business driven models and calculations. With the help on Azure we were able to build an engine that utilizes scalability to increase capability.


5. Azure has a Fully Integrated Delivery Pipeline

Having already noted the importance of development environment, the next matter is one of a entire end-to-end solution.

As you may have noticed, this article is trying to show that comparing the benefits of Azure to that of AWS or Google is more than a pure storage play. It is about the entire package.

So, if you were to examine this from an architectural perspective, you require a unified delivery pipeline. As for Azure's:

  • Source control

  • Unit testing

  • Integration testing

  • Delivery

  • Go live tools

In conjunction with this, some may argue that it is advantageous to use specific tools from different providers - whereby most providers great ease of use through APIs and so forth. However, for greater continuity and fear of integration issues, you are better placed when all tools are available under one umbrella.

But here's the kicker:

When future updates are rolled out, Azure has done so in a manner that still benefits the rest of their pipeline, thus ensuring long-term success, and cementing the business case of a pure-play solution.


6. Disaster Recovery is Solved with Azure

At RedPixie, we often work with organizations that have a global footprint, and they therefore require a solution that matches their need for a global transfer of data.

In tandem with this, the CSOs equally have to maintain a stronghold so that there is a consideration for their disaster recovery capabilities. This includes subjects like fail-over locations and recovery points objectives.

Fortunately, Azure covers this in spades.

They have:

  • Regional and global fail-over options

  • Hot and cold standby models

  • Rolling reboot capabilities

All of which can work straight out of the box. Which, in short, puts them far beyond a typical on-premises option.

While the topic of DR may not always be viewed as a business critical decision, should a company be separated from it's data for even a day, there can be enormous legal consequences.


7. Delight your CFO with Flexible Expenditure

Despite the common miss-conception, cloud computing, specifically Microsoft Azure, may not necessarily be cheaper than a private cloud. However, this is not an issue.

Whereby, one of the advantages of cloud computing is that you are able to very cost efficiently test new solutions and their impact. Once this is done, you can choose to tactically scale in areas that provide the best business outcomes.

In this cause, we have used a commercially available IoT device, and take the collected data through various different components in order to maximize the response and means of analysis.

If you are interested to see this model explained in more detail, here is a step-by-step video.

Secondly, we have also worked to solve a critical business process that is being pushed to its furthest point - Excel.

Whereby we see many organizations that rely on this Microsoft solution for its business driven models and calculations. With the help on Azure we were able to build an engine that utilizes scalability to increase capability.

5. Azure has a Fully Integrated Delivery Pipeline

Having already noted the importance of development environment, the next matter is one of a entire end-to-end solution.

As you may have noticed, this article is trying to show that comparing the benefits of Azure to that of AWS or Google is more than a pure storage play. It is about the entire package.

So, if you were to examine this from an architectural perspective, you require a unified delivery pipeline. As for Azure's:

  • Source control

  • Unit testing

  • Integration testing

  • Delivery

  • Go live tools

In conjunction with this, some may argue that it is advantageous to use specific tools from different providers - whereby most providers great ease of use through APIs and so forth. However, for greater continuity and fear of integration issues, you are better placed when all tools are available under one umbrella.

But here's the kicker:

When future updates are rolled out, Azure has done so in a manner that still benefits the rest of their pipeline, thus ensuring long-term success, and cementing the business case of a pure-play solution.

6. Disaster Recovery is Solved with Azure

At RedPixie, we often work with organizations that have a global footprint, and they therefore require a solution that matches their need for a global transfer of data.

In tandem with this, the CSOs equally have to maintain a stronghold so that there is a consideration for their disaster recovery capabilities. This includes subjects like fail-over locations and recovery points objectives.

Fortunately, Azure covers this in spades.

They have:

  • Regional and global fail-over options

  • Hot and cold standby models

  • Rolling reboot capabilities

All of which can work straight out of the box. Which, in short, puts them far beyond a typical on-premises option.

While the topic of DR may not always be viewed as a business critical decision, should a company be separated from it's data for even a day, there can be enormous legal consequences.

7. Delight your CFO with Flexible Expenditure

Despite the common miss-conception, cloud computing, specifically Microsoft Azure, may not necessarily be cheaper than a private cloud. However, this is not an issue.

Whereby, one of the advantages of cloud computing is that you are able to very cost efficiently test new solutions and their impact. Once this is done, you can choose to tactically scale in areas that provide the best business outcomes.


Author: Cliff, Professional Services

Last updated: March 26, 2018

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