by Shyam Oza
It seems that Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint Online are finally treading on a much less infamous part of the very infamous Gartner Hype Cycle from the depths of the trough of disillusionment when Cloud joined the bucket of buzzwords, to a potential path of enlightenment as Microsoft unveils the latest version of Office 365. As Microsoft’s offering matures and its benefits become as well known as its limitations, we’re starting to see adoption rise and favorability turn toward the Redmond, Wash. technology giant’s platform. Gartner, Forrester, and others are all showing in their research that the signs are surprisingly pointing skyward for the deployment of Office workloads. While I agree that the outlook is changing, I think this trend is in flux and could accelerate rapidly as long as a true understanding of Microsoft’s platform continues to disseminate across the community. So what should we know about Microsoft’s strategy to be better equipped?