Demystifying the Voice & Meeting Capabilities of Skype for Business Online

Posted by Stephen Ratcliffe on Apr 5, 2016 8:33:00 AM

Skype-meeting.pngThis past November, Microsoft announced the launch of several new Skype for Business communications services to modernize voice, video, and meeting experiences. New capabilities such as Skype Meeting Broadcast, PSTN conferencing, and Cloud PBX with an option to add PSTN calling are now offered as part of Microsoft’s Office 365 E5 plan. Over the next 12-18 months, Microsoft will continue to rollout additional features to support these services and bring them up to full parity with on-premises Skype for Business. In the meantime, it is important to understand how to best take advantage of the benefits of Skype for Business online while maintaining any required functionality.

A closer look at the new Skype for Business capabilities:
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Topics: Skype for Business

4 Common (and Wrong) Tricks for Managing Change

Posted by Paula Schwartz on Mar 30, 2016 8:40:34 AM

Managing Organizational ChangeChances are, if you are implementing a new business process or technology solution – anything that requires your employees to change the way they work – you are doing it wrong.  Whether you realize it or not, many organizations use “tricks” to get their employees to buy into the latest business project or IT initiative.  However, when these tricks backfire, they can be very costly. 

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Topics: OCM, Organizational Change Management, Managing Change

Testing?  We Don't Need No Stinkin' Software Testing!

Posted by Ahmed Abdalla on Jan 19, 2016 10:02:16 AM

Software-Testing.pngAll of the IT and software development leaders I speak with want to and expect to deliver high quality applications however, very few of them successfully integrate testing into the development process.  In most cases, testing is an after-thought or is viewed as not as important when compared to the development aspect of the project.  Therefore, if done at all, testing is allocated limited budget and resources.  In my experience, the lack of commitment and integration of testing leads to problems throughout the entire development lifecycle.

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Topics: Application Development, Software Testing

End of Support for Older Versions of Internet Explorer Coming Soon

Posted by Bruce Lyons on Jan 7, 2016 8:44:26 AM

Internet Explorer End of LifeOn January 16, 2016, the only version of Internet Explorer that will be supported by Microsoft will be Internet Explorer 11.  Microsoft will also continue support for the new Microsoft Edge browser that is part of Windows 10.  It is recommended that all customers running older versions of Internet Explorer upgrade to the most recent version, or Internet Explorer 11, on Windows 7 or newer operating systems.

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Topics: Systems Management, Internet Explorer

Wondering Why the Cloud is More Expensive Then On-Premises?

Posted by Janine McGee on Dec 14, 2015 11:19:53 AM

cloud-cost.pngLast month I had two calls with two of my favorite Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud providers, Microsoft and Nintex, and both were along the same line of discussion: “My colleague is asking me: Why does it cost more to go to the online solution? I’ve already paid for the on-premises, shouldn’t I be reducing my cost for going to the Cloud?”

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Topics: Office 365, Cloud, Nintex

Business Process Automation with Nintex and SharePoint

Posted by Jesse Wilker on Oct 20, 2015 9:22:09 AM

BPAHas your organization reaped the benefits from a commitment to Business Process Automation (BPA)? Well, now is as good of a time as ever to explore that possibility. In this series, I am going to cover BPA and its potential value to your business and walk you through how we implement BPA in organizations with tools such Nintex and SharePoint.

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Topics: SharePoint, Nintex

Why the Cloud Matters

Posted by Janine McGee on Aug 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM

why-cloud-matters-700x400I have been talking to Clients about the Cloud since Microsoft launched Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) in 2008. Back then it was Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Live Meeting and Office Communications Online. At that time I was still part of the Microsoft field sales and marketing team and we were all unsure about what this would mean to us from a revenue perspective and what it would mean to Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) and partners from a deployment perspective. None of this made sense. Why in the world would you “rent” the software rather than own it? How in the world was Microsoft going to get around all of the deployment blockers that we, the field sales team, faced every day as we encouraged our Customers to renew their Enterprise Agreements (EA)? And what does Software as a Service (SaaS) really mean?

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Topics: Office 365, Azure, Cloud

Protecting Sensitive Documents with Azure Rights Management

Posted by Chad Cooper on Aug 4, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Properly securing sensitive company data in a mobile world is one of the most significant challenges facing today's IT department. Azure Rights Management Server (RMS) provides a cloud based data encryption solution to help you safely secure your information and protect against intentional and accidental data loss.

In this video, we will look at an example of how Azure RMS can be used in your environment.

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Topics: Mobile, Security, Enterprise Mobility, Azure

BYOD Made Easy & Secure with Microsoft Intune

Posted by Chad Cooper on Jul 21, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Employees today increasingly rely on their personal mobile devices to access corporate applications and data. Microsoft Intune provides IT the ability to securely manage mobile devices. Intune provides device inventory, applications and settings management, and corporate data protection. Over the air enrollment of devices allows your employees to quickly subscribe to company services without IT intervention.

In this short video, we will see a typical enrollment scenario for a mobile device.

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Topics: Mobile, Security, Enterprise Mobility, BYOD

The 5 Must-Haves in a Contract Management Solution

Posted by Steve Pellegatto on Jul 7, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Contract_ManagementEvery business has contracts.  Most still rely on manual and paper-based methods to create, edit, and track contract execution and then struggle with searching and retrieving contracts when needed.  Contract management solutions enables companies to automate essential processes to better management the contract lifecycle and satisfy auditing requirements. 

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Topics: Business Strategy, Contract Management