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Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon
Cloud Architect at KiZAN Technologies
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Azure Everywhere, there ain't no such thing as a free lunch

Posted by Mark Gordon on Oct 13, 2016 4:08:14 PM

If you grew up in North America, you probably have heard the saying “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”   You might have been reminded of this refrain when Microsoft announced that they were offering "FREE Azure architecture and consulting engagements" to just about anyone who wanted them. After a little digging you may have found out that these are not just boilerplate documents, webinars or other shotgun consulting tactics but real consulting engagements with some of their top partners.

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Topics: Azure

5 Benefits of Office 365 That Add Value but Are Commonly Overlooked

Posted by Mark Gordon on Aug 4, 2016 8:35:22 AM

Unlock the Hidden Value in Your Office 365 Subscription

Many companies find that they have Office 365 in their Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and are not using any of the O365 services. This can happen when Microsoft makes you a deal that is just too good to pass up and at the same time you are not ready or able to move your files or email to the cloud yet.

Just because you are not using the full O365 suite does not mean that you can’t start getting the benefits of Office 365 on your Enterprise Agreement.

Here are 5 ways that smart companies are taking advantage of their Office 365 licenses without doing a wholesale move of data to the Microsoft Cloud.

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Topics: Office 365

How to Get a Handle on Your Microsoft Azure Management Data

Posted by Mark Gordon on Jun 1, 2016 6:05:16 PM

Have you ever asked yourself one or more of these questions?

  • Do I have resources in Azure that are unused?
  • Where are my Azure costs coming from which applications or departments should be responsible for those costs?
  • Who made what changes to my Azure environment and when did they make them?
  • Are my Azure resources configured to meet security policy?
  • Are people attacking my Azure services? If so from where and how?
  • What should I do to ensure my environment is secure from known and unknown threats and attacks?

If so, you probably know that getting answers out of the Azure portal has been less than easy.

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Topics: Microsoft, Azure, Power BI

Azure Security Center, can your data be more secure in the cloud?

Posted by Mark Gordon on May 25, 2016 5:23:55 PM

Can your data be more secure in the cloud?

Let’s look at how Microsoft Azure is helping you to ensure your data and services are protected against current and future cyber threats in the cloud.

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Topics: Microsoft, Azure, Security