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Directions on Microsoft (DOM) is the only independent IT planning information service focused exclusively on Microsoft. Since 1992, DOM has equipped enterprise IT departments with objective information about Microsoft enterprise technologies, roadmaps and licensing policies that is clear, accurate, and entirely free of marketing hype.

We track down the hard-to-find facts enterprise IT needs to make intelligent decisions about their Microsoft investments and put those facts at your fingertips so you can focus your attention on more strategic activities such as building business cases, architecting new solutions, budgeting for licenses, and planning migrations.

If you are looking for trusted, all-in-one-place information about Microsoft enterprise products and cloud services—vetted and distilled by experts—you have found it. DOM enables you to efficiently answer questions such as:

  • What products does Microsoft offer for a particular task?
  • Which products will likely get further Microsoft investment?
  • What are the main improvements planned for the next version of a product?
  • When will Microsoft support end for a product version?
  • What licenses do I need to buy and what's the best way to purchase them?

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 known since 1992: DOM is a must-have resource for any organization trying to intelligently plan for its Microsoft projects and purchases.

Directions on Microsoft: Frequently Asked Questions

What Information Does DOM Provide?

DOM is delivered in print, on the Web, and as training. Our services include:

Roadmaps. All-in-one-place references that summarize essential facts about Microsoft enterprise products and cloud services, including code names, release dates, new features, key use scenarios, and support deadlines. Roadmaps help answer:

  • What products does Microsoft offer for a particular task?
  • Which products will likely get further Microsoft investment?
  • What are the main improvements planned for the next version of a product?
  • When will Microsoft support end for a product version?

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:

  • Development platforms
  • Licensing policies and technologies
  • Security infrastructure
  • Systems management

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:

  • Bring you and your team up to speed on new and emerging Microsoft technologies
  • Understand recent shifts in Microsoft enterprise software roadmaps
  • Learn how to effectively license Microsoft infrastructure technologies

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:

  • Which licenses do I really need to buy?
  • What is the best way to purchase the licenses I need?
  • When should I buy Software Assurance?
  • What would be useful to know before I sign a volume license agreement?

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:

  • Key Microsoft licensing concepts, terminology, and models
  • How to evaluate Enterprise Agreements
  • Server and CAL models for the major products, such as Exchange and Windows Server
  • How to design solutions in a way that minimizes licensing costs

What Differentiates DOM from Other Sources of Information?

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.

When Do I Need DOM?

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.

You manage your organization's Microsoft licensing agreements. DOM helps you to understand the best way to purchase the licenses you need and how to stay compliant without overbuying.

What Types of Firms Rely on DOM?

DOM is a necessity for any firm impacted by Microsoft’s strategic and technical moves (view a partial list of our members):

  • Corporations purchasing Microsoft desktop and server products; firms building custom internal systems on Microsoft platforms
  • System integrators constructing solutions on top of Microsoft platforms and advising clients on technology directions
  • Independent software vendors (ISVs) creating applications for Microsoft operating system or server platforms
  • Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) licensing Microsoft products for inclusion with their PCs
  • Component manufacturers selling Microsoft-compatible hardware
  • Application service providers (ASPs) hosting solutions using Microsoft platforms
  • Telecos, cable, and wireless operators building communications and other infrastructure with Microsoft technologies
  • Portfolio managers investing in hardware, software, or communications-related areas

What is DOM's Privacy Policy?

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