The New Signature Cloud Management Portal (CMP) for Microsoft Azure (https://portal.newsignature.com/) provides financial governance and VM performance/cost optimization for enterprises with a Microsoft Azure Enterprise Agreement (EA). We have a number of enterprises actively using our CMP. Some of these customers have entered into a new EA after their EA had expired. For new …
In the past, Microsoft encompassed a huge variety of different software platforms each targeting a different set of potential customers, partners, sales channels, industries and market segments. This natural segmentation was further exacerbated by acquisitions they’d made over the years, creating autonomous business units within the same company, much like many large enterprises. Several … Read More
If you have used the Version History option in OneDrive to review or restore previous versions of a file, you may have noticed that the times shown use PST. If you are not in the PST time zone then you probably wish to change this. Unfortunately it is not possible for your IT department to … Read More
I’m back from Microsoft Convergence, the Dynamics conference Microsoft hosts for its customers and partners of the complete suite of Dynamics products. That includes a Dynamics CRM and set of ERP products like Dynamics AX, GP, NAV, and SL. The conference really drove home for me how I think technology competition will change in … Read More
A workflow detailing the process of installing Windows RT Applications from HockeyApp onto a local device (PC/Tablet) using Powershell scripts. HockeyApp: What and Why? HockeyApp is a web-based platform that allows developers to distribute beta versions of applications on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac OS. The platform also allows for collection of live crash reports, … Read More
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When we chat with customers about taking advantage of cloud services for their infrastructure, applications and data we often begin with a conversation around security. The benefit of moving to a hosted cloud service, from a security perspective, is that the provider assumes the onerous responsibility for much of the data access controls (physical … Read More
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Suppose you have a Ruby on Rails website with ActiveAdmin, hosted on Heroku. The site has hundreds of thousands of records, and you want to download them all as a CSV. You setup a CSV definition in ActiveAdmin, but there’s so much data that it takes longer than 30 seconds to generate the CSV … Read More
Infrastructure Guardian, our sister company that provides governance, operations and advisory services for public, private and hybrid cloud environments, just launched the public preview of its new IGCM Cloud Governance Portal.
The dashboard view lets users with a Microsoft Azure Enterprise Agreement (EA) easily see where dollars are being spent and quickly identify billing trends and usage over time. Administrators can create relevant charts and delegate views to department heads and project leads through an intuitive interface.
Instead of exporting detailed usage spreadsheets with thousands of data rows from Microsoft’s Azure portal, EA customers can log into the IGCM Azure Cloud Governance Portal to get quick views and meaningful trend insights for cost control and capacity planning.
Using the IGCM Portal to control and mange subscriptions allows EA owners to slice and dice Azure usage based on logical groupings and accounting needs. EA customers can also monitor per resource usage thresholds or for anomalous changes in usage to get peace of mind that unexpected usage bills will be prevented, and problems that otherwise may go unnoticed until the next billing cycle can be contained quickly.