An independent source of objective facts about Microsoft enterprise technologies,
product roadmaps, licensing policies, and strategies since 1992.
Directions on Microsoft is an independent source of objective facts for IT planners and purchasing professionals who need clarity about Microsoft enterprise technologies, product roadmaps, strategies, and licensing policies. Since 1992, DOM has specialized in supplying information that is clear, complete, and free of marketing hype so IT professionals can plan their projects and purchases with confidence and precision.
If you are looking for trusted, all-in-one-place information about Microsoft—vetted and distilled by experts—you have found it. DOM enables you to efficiently answer questions such as:
Explore our site and review our samples, analyst bios, and member feedback. Or download the pdf of our membership brochure to read later. You'll get a sense of what thousands of IT decision makers worldwide have discovered since 1992: DOM is a must-have resource for any organization trying to intelligently plan for its Microsoft investments.
DOM is delivered in print, on the Web, and as training. Our services include:
Roadmaps. This all-in-one-place planning reference 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. Roadmaps help answer:
Technology Evaluation Reports. Our 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. These reports cover vital areas, including:
Webinars. Monthly interactive webinars consist of a 20-minute presentation by a subject matter expert followed by a question-and-answer period. Our Webinars service will quickly give you clarity about new Microsoft technologies and activities that could impact your business.
DOM webinars help you:
Licensing Guides. Each Licensing Guide provides an easy-to-understand explanation of licensing rules and purchasing considerations for a different Microsoft enterprise technology, or it 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:
Licensing Boot Camps. DOM 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 organizations' Microsoft software investments. Participants learn:
Understanding Microsoft isn't easy. Microsoft buries you with hype, clogs the press with sound bites, and inundates industry analysts with opinions. None are entirely reliable, and none give you the complete picture.
Directions on Microsoft is unique. We make it relatively painless to keep up with shifts in Microsoft technologies, roadmaps, strategies, and licensing policies. We separate the substance from the hype, so you get information that's accurate, objective, and actionable. You benefit from:
Timely insight. DOM delivers more information about Microsoft, sooner, than any IT analyst firm or media sources. How? Our analyst team [analyst bios] is in regular contact with Microsoft managers. Many are former Microsoft employees with close personal contacts throughout the organization. We alert our customers to shifts in Microsoft strategy and policy while there's still time to do something about it.
Exclusive focus. Keeping tabs on Microsoft is a full-time job. We know. It's our job. DOM is the only independent organization in the world devoted exclusively to tracking Microsoft. We've been doing it for over two decades. No one understands Microsoft better than we do.
Unmatched expertise. Each of our analysts [analyst bios] has an average of 20+ years of industry experience and brings a specialization in a different area of the Microsoft enterprise technology stack. Our analysts attend dozens of conferences, talk with Microsoft customers and partners, tear apart hundreds of user manuals and SDKs, and meet with Microsoft technologists and managers on a regular basis. It's a painstaking process that allows us to help you spot the new Microsoft technologies and shifts in strategy that merit your attention—and avoid those that don't.
Independent and objective. We are an independent company. Our customer base includes Microsoft customers, partners, vendors, and Microsoft itself. Microsoft is not an investor in our company. Microsoft does not underwrite any of our research. Microsoft does not purchase any advertising in our publications (we carry no advertising). Microsoft does not exert any editorial control.
Directions on Microsoft is designed for people whose job depends on knowing what Microsoft is doing and where it's heading. You need DOM if:
You manage your company’s relationship with Microsoft. DOM 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. DOM 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. DOM 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. DOM helps you to quickly identify emerging business opportunities and threats.
DOM is a necessity for any firm impacted by Microsoft’s strategic and technical moves (view a partial list of our members):