An independent IT planning information service based on analysis
of Microsoft technologies, roadmaps
and licensing policies.
Directions on Microsoft: About Us
Directions on Microsoft is an independent source of information for IT executives who need clarity about Microsoft technologies, strategies, product roadmaps, and licensing policies. Our driving ethic is to provide actionable information that is clear, complete and free of marketing hype.
If you are looking for trusted, all-in-one-place information about Microsoft -- vetted and distilled by experts -- you have found it. Directions enables you to efficiently answer questions such as:
Please take time to explore our site and review our samples, analyst bios, and member feedback. You'll get a sense of what thousands of IT decision makers worldwide have discovered since 1992: Directions on Microsoft is the best tool available for any organization trying to optimize its Microsoft investments.
Our suite of services-delivered in print, on the Web, and as trainers-include:
Licensing Boot Camps. Directions on Microsoft Licensing Boot Camps are intensive, multi-day workshops that demystify Microsoft licensing programs and rules. Our team of independent licensing experts train IT planners and purchasing professionals how to intelligently evaluate their Microsoft licensing options and maximize the return on their organization's Microsoft software investments. Participants learn:
Roadmap. An all-in-one planning reference that provides estimated release dates for future products, release histories for past versions, product overviews and new feature summaries, code names, support deadlines, retirement dates, and product dependencies for more than 100 versions of Microsoft enterprise software products. Helps answer:
Licensing Guides. Each Licensing Guide provides an easy-to-understand explanation of licensing rules and purchasing considerations for a different Microsoft enterprise technology, or provides an all-in-one-place explanation of the latest version of Microsoft volume licensing programs, such as Select or Enterprise Agreements. Updated regularly, these Guides help IT decision makers and purchasing managers to quickly answer basic questions, such as:
Technology Evaluation Reports. In-depth research reports drill down into key Microsoft technologies and initiatives so you understand the technical significance and strategic underpinnings that can affect your business. Published quarterly, reports cover vital areas including:
Update. An all-in-one-place resource that keeps you up-to-date on the full breadth of Microsoft activities. Published online each week and in print every month, our comprehensive Update news and analysis service covers all aspects of Microsoft—including operating systems and server apps, development tools and programs, desktop applications, appliances, online services, licensing, organizational shifts, marketing and sales initiatives, and much more. For each new Microsoft product, technology, policy, initiative, and strategy, we answer:
TeleBriefings. Monthly conference calls consisting of a 20-minute presentation by a subject matter expert followed by a questions-and-answer period. Our TeleBriefings service will quickly give you clarity about new Microsoft technologies and activities that could impact your business.
Our TeleBriefings help you:
What topics will Directions cover in the future?
The Directions Research Agenda (pdf) lists Roadmaps, Research Reports, and major Update news & analysis articles under development.
What differentiates Directions from other sources of information?
Understanding Microsoft isn't easy. Microsoft buries you with hype, the press with sound bites, and industry analysts with opinions. None are entirely reliable and none give you the complete picture.
Directions on Microsoft is designed for people whose job depends on knowing what Microsoft is doing and where it's heading. You need Directions if:
You manage your company’s relationship with Microsoft. Directions alerts you to shifts in Microsoft strategy and policy while there’s still time to do something about it, and gives you an extra edge to pursue and finalize a strategic relationship.
You plan, build, or manage systems that use Microsoft technology. Directions delivers hard-to-find details you need to extract maximum value from your Microsoft investments.
You evaluate new technology and/or advise clients about technology directions. Directions helps you spot new Microsoft technologies that merit your attention. . . and avoid those that don’t.
You market products or services complementary to or competitive with Microsoft offerings. Directions helps you to quickly identify emerging business opportunities and threats.
Directions is a necessity for any firm impacted by Microsoft’s strategic and technical moves (view a partial list of our customers):
We offer two content membership levels, Basic and Complete. The services included with each level are detailed on our membership page.
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