General Electric (GE) has selected Microsoft Office 365 cloud productivity software for its more than 300,000 employees across 170 countries.
“As we deepen our investments in employee productivity, Microsoft’s Office 365 will be our first choice for providing scalable productivity tools to our employees worldwide,” said Jamie Miller, senior vice president and CIO of GE.
GE’s IT organization has selected Office 365 based on Microsoft’s ability to deliver better productivity experiences across devices and platforms. GE can deploy the cloud platform rapidly and reliably for its large global employee population.
Office 365 will provide several benefits to GE and its employees, including these:
# An integrated set of productivity capabilities including email, Skype for Business calling and meetings, real-time document co-authoring, and team collaboration
# Extensibility of the Office 365 platform, which will enable GE to enhance the capabilities of critical line-of-business applications by connecting to Office 365 through open APIs
# IT controls and security capabilities that enable GE to provide employees with secured access to information and full productivity capabilities on a multitude of devices, while adhering to corporate policies, industry regulations and legal requirements
Meanwhile, Dell’Oro Group, said that Cloud data centers will emerge as the sole growth driver for server shipments, as unit shipments into enterprise data centers decline. Server unit shipments are expected to continue to grow overall during the forecast period.
Sameh Boujelbene, director at Dell’Oro Group, said that Cloud servers will reach 50 percent of total server shipments by 2017.
The IT analysis report indicates that servers’ migration to Cloud holds implications for server form factor, even challenging the basic definition of a server. A minimum of eight network speeds are expected to co-exist for server access over the next five years.