Office Analyst Reports

Vendor Rating: Microsoft
Oct. 17, 2014
Gartner, Inc.
Microsoft provides software, cloud services and hardware for computing, collaboration and gaming to enterprises and consumers. Microsoft’s transition to a ‘mobile first, cloud first’ strategy under new CEO Satya Nadella aspires to thought leadership commensurate with its strong market position.

Office 365

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways
June 29, 2015
Gartner, Inc.
Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a Leader in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways, which evaluates 16 vendors in the market. According to Gartner, the secure email gateway market is experiencing “renewed interest” due largely to an increase in targeted phishing attacks. Secure email gateways provide basic message transfer agent functions; inbound filtering of spam, phishing, malicious and marketing emails; and outbound data loss prevention (DLP) and email encryption.

Cloud Office Questions Begin the Shift From ‘If’ to ‘When’
April 22, 2015
Gartner, Inc.
Very soon, the question facing enterprise collaboration and communications leaders will not be whether to move these workloads to the cloud, but how painful will it be to remain on-premises? According to Gartner, in general, cloud users will have the best and most economical experience. Organizations that keep their communications and collaboration deployments on-premises will miss out on cloud-only innovations and features, such as content visualization and discovery, virtual personal assistants, “smart” inboxes and unlimited storage.

Predicts 2015: The Digital Workplace Underscores the Benefits of a Consumerized Work Environment
Nov. 13, 2014
Gartner, Inc.
Gartner’s five digital workplace predictions highlight the major impact that consumerization and engagement trends will have on business, IT and workforce strategies. By 2018 the most transformational digital workplace productivity technologies (personal and group) will be available only in the cloud. If the business can benefit from rapid innovation cycles, begin planning a move to a cloud-based office suite.

Skype for Business

Microsoft Lync (Skype for Business): What Do Adoption Trends Mean for Your Organization?
Jan. 20, 2015
Gartner, Inc.
Gartner provides insight on current and future Lync telephony adoption and recommendations for enterprise IT planners for evaluating how to integrate Lync in initiatives. The report states, “Gartner expects Microsoft Lync, as a telephony solution, to continue its rapid adoption rate, earning Microsoft a coveted top-three position as a global telephony provider by 2016.”

Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony
Oct. 21, 2014
Gartner, Inc.
For the first time, Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony. Gartner writes, “Telephony platforms are migrating to software-based solutions that are tightly integrated within a UC suite.” The report also notes, “Enterprises looking to upgrade legacy systems can use this research to decide whether to stay with an incumbent vendor or consider alternative suppliers.”

Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications
Aug. 04, 2014
Gartner, Inc.
Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications. Gartner writes “UC offers the ability to significantly improve how individuals, groups and companies interact and perform.” The report identifies five UC characteristics that will impact the success of a product and the satisfaction of users, including the user experience, mobility, interoperability, cloud and hybrid and broad solution appeal.

SharePoint and Yammer

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management
Sept. 25, 2014
Gartner, Inc.
For the seventh consecutive year, Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management (ECM). According to Gartner, “The worldwide market for ECM software grew by 8.6% in 2013, to a revenue total of $5.1 billion, which indicates that ECM technologies continue to attract more users and deliver value to enterprises.” To meet the market’s needs, more ECM vendors are offering cloud-based environments, mobile interfaces and social capabilities.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace, 2014
Sept. 03, 2014
Gartner, Inc.
Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders quadrant in its Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace. Gartner writes, “Business benefits from using social software result from improved communications, the ability to influence behavior, and the opportunity to gain insights into specific activities around which social interaction occurs.” The report states that social software can be used in very purposeful ways to get work done, handle exceptions, and make decisions.

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