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  • Blog Post: Announcing 2 Webcasts highlighting Retail Solutions

    Webcast: Maximizing the Lean Store Advantage with RFID http://bit.ly/aeEG0g   The recent economic crunch has decisively demonstrated that retailers need lean, on-target inventories to succeed in a changed marketplace. But simply slimming down product inventories isn’t enough. Retailers need similarly...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing Webcast Series - 'Connecting the Deskless Worker for the Retail Industry'

    I will be talking about Cloud Services for the Retail industry on Monday, Jan 25 at 9am PST. Join me in the hour long session and I would love any feedback, comments and suggestions. I will post the final deck on the webcast link as well as on SlideShare. Feel free to tweet live comments using the #MSCloud...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010: Developer Platform White Paper

    Just released, a great resource for retailers looking at using SharePoint as a developer platform: An Introduction for ASP.NET Solution Architects by David Chapell. This white paper provides an overview of the SharePoint 2010 Developer Platform for ASP.NET developers. LINK
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Brings Rich, Connected Experiences to Digital Signage Market

    At NRF this week, Microsoft announced a strategic alliance with Intel to deliver a new validated platform optimized for the digital signage industry. For some time, the retail and hospitality markets have needed a more high performance and reliable platform for digital signage – this new platform will...
  • Blog Post: Leverage the Flexibility of Cloud Computing to Differentiate Your Organization

    I will be talking about Cloud Computing and Software as a Service at the Big Ideas Session at NRF. Please drop by and catch me at the session or in booth #836 .   DETAILS OF THE SESSION   Leverage the Flexibility of Cloud Computing to Differentiate Your Organization Tuesday, 01/12/2010 9:30AM...
  • Blog Post: Video Game Retailer Improves Online Experience and Store Traffic with E-Commerce Upgrade

    “The in-store pickup feature has been very popular with customers…. By aggressively promoting the in-store pickup feature, we’ve been able to drive increased traffic to the stores.” - Curt Burgess, Director of Online Operations, GameStop An ambitious growth strategy at video game and entertainment software...
  • Blog Post: Grocery Retailer Uses Business Intelligence to Strengthen Supplier Negotiations

    Grocery retailer Waitrose needed a more efficient business intelligence solution to support buyers’ daily decisions. It designed a solution based on Microsoft® technologies, which pulls reporting and analysis into one place. Buyers can quickly access crucial trading figures and supplier data for use...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics RMS customer stories

    Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) offers small and mid-market retailers a complete point of sale (POS) solution that can be adapted to meet unique retail requirements. This powerful software package automates POS processes and store operations, provides centralized control for multi-store...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure TCO and ROI Calculator

    The Windows Azure platform offers a flexible, familiar environment for developers to create cloud applications and services. With Windows Azure, you can shorten your time to market and adapt as demand for your service grows. Windows Azure offers a platform that is easily implemented alongside your current...
  • Blog Post: Talk to the Microsoft Retail team at NRF

    Visit Microsoft in Booth #836 January 10-13, 2010 New York, New York Join us at the Microsoft booth at NRF to experience Connected Experiences for Retail firsthand and see what they could mean for you and your organization. Details
  • Blog Post: Getting Your Directory and Mail Content Into Microsoft Online Services: An Overview

    Date: November 19, 2009 Event Start Time: 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (UTC - 8 hours) Duration: 1 hour This is the first of a series of webinars on Migration. This one will introduce the different onboarding strategies used to get directory and mail content into Microsoft Online Services and will...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint 2007 Planning Tools/Resources

    SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool Planning a Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) installation or a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) installation for a large enterprise can be a very complex undertaking. Determining the most cost-effective topology, hardware, and bandwidth requirements...
  • Blog Post: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Application Template: New Store Opening

    The New Store Opening application template helps a team manage the opening of new store locations or re-modeling of existing store location. The site provides a single location to manage tasks, issues, and documents for all store opening processes, enabling end users to view relevant information and...
  • Blog Post: Centralizing and Sharing Business Intelligence

      This technical white paper features the Microsoft CBI (Consolidated Business Intelligence) portal as the context to discuss how Microsoft IT uses Microsoft Office SharePoint Server and Microsoft business intelligence products to help business units within Microsoft to make better and faster decisions...
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications in Retail from Clarity Consulting

      Excellent demo of a fully Hosted Customer Interaction Management Platform from Clarity Consulting: http://connect.claritycon.com/
  • Blog Post: Moving from Notes to Microsoft Online

    In today's competitive global market, businesses need technology that cost-effectively enables flexibility and adds value to their organization. Business Productivity Online Standard Suite delivers hosted communication and collaboration tools that feature: High availability Comprehensive security Simplified...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Online Dedicated Service Descriptions

    Microsoft Online Services provides dedicated, enterprise-level hosted solutions for e-mail, collaboration, instant messaging and Web conferencing. Services are delivered from a highly reliable network of Microsoft data centers on servers systems dedicated to individual customer—enabling customers to...
  • Blog Post: Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Compliance Planning Guide

    The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Compliance Planning Guide version 1.2 is targeted for merchants that accept payment cards, financial institutions that process payment card transactions, and service providers—third-party companies that provide payment card processing or data storage services...
  • Blog Post: Self Service BI in Retail

    I've been in several meetings with retailers where business users and IT have been at odds with each other over business intelligence and reporting. At many of the retailers, I have noticed that business groups tend to own a large part of the Business Intelligence Applications and IT has very little...
  • Blog Post: Stories about SharePoint in Retail: Specialty Retailer Smoothes Operations for Improved Productivity and Future Profits

    Jamba Juice—a leading provider of healthy, on-the-go food and beverages—viewed the economic slowdown as an opportunity to assess its operations and improve efficiencies. The company decided to invest in integrated technology tools that would help its stores run more efficiently and streamline communication...
  • Blog Post: Stories about SharePoint in Retail: Craft Brewer Stays Connected with its Sales Force

    New Belgium Brewing, one of the most innovative and fastest-growing craft brewers in the United States, has long used information technology to help meet its commitments to environmental stewardship, employee empowerment, and the bottom line. To help keep a close eye on inventory sales and costs, New...
  • Blog Post: Stories about SharePoint in Retail: Major Tire Company Adopts Collaboration System with Faster Search

    With over 5,500 employees at its corporate head office and 475 retail outlets nationwide, Canadian Tire was looking to refresh its Intranet site known as inTIREnet. The pre-existing site, hosted on a Lotus platform, was visually cluttered and staff complained of poor search functions. Canadian Tire teamed...
  • Blog Post: Subscribe to the RSS Feed for Retail Case Studies

    The Case Studies website is at http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/ and is a great source for stories on how organizations solved challenging situations using Microsoft technology. Filtering on Retail Industry enables you to have a look at Retail Industry stories. The site also supports RSS and here...
  • Blog Post: Social Enabling Shopping Sites

    Shopping is undeniably a social activity. As more retailers realize the need to embrace social media, they're also recognizing that there are key loyalty differences between online and offline retail behavior: in the online world, retailers have to deal with the fact that customers can switch behaviors...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence Case Studies for the Retail Industry

    Wenatex New Information Management Solution Awakens Business Insight at Sleep System Retailer Potbelly Sandwich Works Restaurant Boosts Revenues 2.5 Percent by Giving Performance Data to Managers Danske Danish Supermarket Group Manages 10 Terabytes of Business Intelligence with SQL Server 2005 Acosta...
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