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My Decade At Directions On Microsoft

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My Decade At Directions On Microsoft

My Decade at Directions on Microsoft: A Reflection on the Value of Independent IT Planning Information

As I prepare to leave Directions on Microsoft after 10 years of service, I want to share some of the insights and experiences that have shaped my career as an IT analyst and advisor. Directions on Microsoft is an independent IT planning information and advisory service focused exclusively on Microsoft enterprise technologies, roadmaps, and licensing policies since 1992. It provides objective facts and informed advice to help organizations make better decisions about their Microsoft investments and strategies.

When I joined Directions in 2013, I was impressed by the depth and breadth of the research and analysis that the team produced. I learned a lot from the senior analysts who had decades of experience in the IT industry and had witnessed the evolution of Microsoft from a software vendor to a cloud provider. I also enjoyed collaborating with my colleagues who had diverse backgrounds and expertise in different areas of Microsoft technology.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working at Directions was helping our members with their IT planning challenges. I had the opportunity to interact with hundreds of IT professionals from various industries and regions, who trusted us to provide them with reliable and relevant information about Microsoft. I answered their questions, delivered webinars, wrote reports, and conducted workshops on topics such as Microsoft 365, Azure, Power Platform, Windows, SQL Server, SharePoint, Dynamics 365, and more. I always tried to provide clear and concise answers that addressed their specific needs and scenarios.

Another highlight of my time at Directions was witnessing the impact of our work on the IT community. I saw how our roadmaps, reports, webinars, workshops, and advisory services helped our members save time, money, and effort in their IT planning processes. I also received positive feedback from our members who appreciated our independent and unbiased perspective on Microsoft. They valued our ability to cut through the marketing hype and explain the technical and business implications of Microsoft's products and services.

As I leave Directions, I want to thank all the members, partners, and colleagues who have supported me throughout my journey. I am proud of what we have accomplished together and I am confident that Directions will continue to provide high-quality information and advice to the IT community. I believe that Directions on Microsoft is a unique and valuable resource for anyone who wants to be proactive about their Microsoft strategy and aggressive about controlling their Microsoft spend.

In this article, I want to share some of the lessons I learned from working at Directions on Microsoft and how they can benefit anyone who deals with Microsoft enterprise technologies. These are some of the best practices that I followed and recommend to others:

Keep up with the Microsoft roadmap. Microsoft is constantly releasing new products, features, and updates that can affect your IT environment and strategy. You need to stay informed about what's coming, when it's coming, and how it will impact you. Directions on Microsoft provides comprehensive and up-to-date roadmaps that summarize essential facts about Microsoft enterprise products and cloud services. These roadmaps help you plan ahead and avoid surprises.

Understand the Microsoft licensing options. Microsoft licensing is complex and confusing, and it can have a significant impact on your IT budget and compliance. You need to understand the different licensing models, programs, and agreements that Microsoft offers, and how they apply to your specific situation. Directions on Microsoft provides detailed and practical guidance on how to optimize your Microsoft licensing and purchase the right licenses for your needs.

Seek independent and objective advice. Microsoft has its own agenda an


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