Category Archives: Microsoft Azure

Chevron – A Refinery for Digital Transformation based on Azure IoT and Analytics

chevron-LogoChevron announced this week that they were committing to a Microsoft Azure platform for the consolidation, processing, and refinement of IoT data and Analytics across and through their organization.


This sounds like most other press releases, but the organizational change impacts that this announcement mentions and implies caught my attention.

About five years ago, I had the opportunity to help drive some change within Chevron as a consultant and I learned a little bit about the organization. I remember being extremely impressed at the way they think about systems and how training for every role – users and administrators and equipment operators, etc. – was ingrained into the company. Chevron also had a mindset at that time to work harder to stay abreast of technology.

In the press release (link below), operational groups such as, “supporting infrastructure …advanced technologies, … optimize exploration, reservoir management, production operations, midstream logistics and marketing operations.” Mentioning these in a press release indicates that they have already gone beyond simply committing to the purchase of a block of Azure compute and storage and are already planning on how value from this technology will be realized.

A large organization like Chevron has some tremendous pipelines to fill to get advanced technology like Azure IoT and Analytics to reach across the organization. Chevron has the infrastructure and the technology and the people processes in place to take advantage of today’s technology. It is encouraging to see the groundwork for successful organizational change is already being built.

Related Resources:

Press Release: Chevron Partners with Microsoft
to Fuel Digital Transformation
from the Reservoir to the Retail Pump

Microsoft Transform Blog: Chevron fuels digital transformation with new Microsoft partnership


Dogs and Cats Living Together

OK, so that’s an overused title, and I expect that it will apply to many future blog posts, as well. The times, they are a changin’.


The news today was that Box and Microsoft have extended their partnership to allow Box to store content on Microsoft Azure. This allows Box to support those customers that prefer to use Microsoft Azure as their cloud storage service.

Box provides strong content management services, comparable and different in ways from SharePoint Online, which is part of the Microsoft Office 365 service.

Microsoft Azure is providing, and has scheduled on the roadmap, additional information compliance and security capabilities.

I expect that Box will be able to leverage the Microsoft Azure information protection and content classification capabilities. If Box can incorporate the content retention and deletion policies that Microsoft Azure is implementing, this may mean that an enterprise would be able to use one set of common Classification Labels to assign to content across the organization – across email in Exchange Online, enterprise documents in Box and SharePoint Online, file server content in Box and Microsoft Azure, and on employee laptops and mobile devices with Box and Microsoft OneDrive.

Azure Information Protection - Labels

Azure Information Protection – Labels

With Box and Microsoft both chasing vertical implementations, digital workplace transformation, IT services and Business Solutions, the coverage for Enterprises may be even closer to one layer of security than the days when everything was stored on a single storage rack and WordPerfect was the enterprise productivity OS.

I look forward to Box and Microsoft being able to speak the same security language. It’s about the users, and about making business work right.

Use the right tool.

The more things change, the more they become the same.

While you are waiting, listen to Bob Dylan, The Time They Are A Changin’ (1964)

Headline reference: Dogs and Cats Living Together