WHITEPAPER: A Blended IT Solution Cuts Waste


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How A Blended IT Solution Cuts Waste

Modern businesses need top-of-the-line productivity tools mixed with the best IT professionals around mixed with low-cost tech solutions.  It sounds impossible, but it doesn't have to be. With a Blended IT solution, businesses can blend their IT workforce with our expert staff and tech solutions.


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6 signs your company has outgrown its free email solution

6 signs your company has outgrown its free email solution

Source: blogs.office.com
A free email solution is great when your organization is first starting out. But how do you know when you have grown beyond the capabilities of your free email service and you need a more sophisticated solution? The business emailrequirements of a growing company are much different than those of a small startup. Whether you’re using Outlook.com or another provider, there are signs that indicate your business has outgrown free email.
The following list identifies six important capabilities you need now (or in the future) to ensure your email solution doesn’t hold you back. Needing any one of these capabilities is an indication that it’s time to consider moving from a free to a paid email solution:
  1. Security—If you’ve experienced a security breach—or are even worried about it happening—you need a more sophisticated solution that offers increased, enterprise-class security capabilities.
  1. Storage—You’ve reached your storage max: a very simple reason to upgrade. Storage space should never cause you to delete or change how you use your email, especially when paid solutions offer large stores of data.
  1. Tools—Free email tools don’t typically provide robust inbox- and user-management tools. Paid email solutions offer a range of features for managing users as well as extensive rules for managing your inbox—enabling you to spend less time managing your inbox and more time managing your business.
  1. Domain names—Using a custom domain for your business email is a vital way to ensure your business appears professional. For example, “yourname@yourcompany.com” has a lot more credibility than “yourcompany@domain.com.” While free custom email addresses are available, they often leave you open to security threats, because the company you host through will likely have access to your data and other information.
  1. Data—If you’ve ever felt the need to own and manage your email data, it’s time to move to a paid solution. Often, when you agree to free email terms, you’re granting the email provider permission to mine your data and send you ads—which is how their companies remain profitable while offering free services. Not only can this distract from your work, it also puts your company’s data at risk.
  1. File sharing—Need to share files and collaborate securely with your team? Paid email solutions enable team-based collaboration and sharing without putting confidential company information at risk.
Graduate to an email solution that offers your growing business increased security, enhanced customization and a variety of features and capabilities to improve collaboration. Not only will this keep your company running smoothly and increase teamwork—your IT team will no longer spend time on common free email service-level issues.

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4 Tech Topics That Are Better Than the Usual Thanksgiving Dinner Talk


4 Tech Topics That Are Better Than the Usual Thanksgiving Dinner Talk

By Kelly Cronin
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that fills our bellies, lets us relax, and of course reunites us with family.  Over dinner you get to share stories and experiences with your loved ones, but sometimes you also have to hold your tongue during heated political debates and never-ending interrogations from your Aunt. If you want to avoid the usual "Are you seeing anyone yet?" questions, try starting an educational discussion on these sweet new technology-related topics (plus they'll finally make you seem smarter and more "with it" than your hot-shot cousin).

1) Microsoft Teams

Microsoft just released a new collaboration tool for business teams.  The new chat-based workspace in Office 365 brings together people, conversations, content, and the tools teams need to achieve more together.  Teams has a variety of features that users can take advantage of to keep on track with projects, meetings, and documents.  You can add new "Teams" that let you create places to talk about anything you need to, a place to upload documents, and schedule a meeting with the team.  These teams can also link with your Office 365 groups and will automatically include OneNote notebooks, tasks from Planner, and meetings scheduled in Outlook.

Learn more about Teams

2) Mixed Reality

 In a rush of new virtual reality gadgets, the Microsoft HoloLens has revolutionized the holographic experience by mixing virtual reality and augmented reality.  You can show your family members some videos of the HoloLens that don't even seem real.  Check out this demo of how the HoloLens could be used here.
The mixed reality experience is giving users the creative world to use the HoloLens for education, business, art, and of course just for fun.  Western Reserve University uses the HoloLens to teach students anatomy.

Watch the video

3) Outlook Customer Manager

Outlook on Office 365 recently added a Customer Manager feature.  Outlook Customer Manager gives you a complete view of your interactions with each customer, helps you track tasks and deals in progress, and surfaces timely reminders. You can stay on top of customer relationships right from Outlook, with no need to install or learn separate tools. The information in the timeline is automatically gathered from the email, calendar and call log data from your Office 365 environment, minimizing the need to manually enter data about your customer interactions.

4) Systems Center Configuration Manager

With System Center Configuration Manager, you can now manage mobile devices using on-premises Configuration Manager infrastructure. All device management and management data is handled on-premises and is not part of Microsoft Intune or other cloud services. This type of device management doesn’t require client software since the capabilities that Configuration Manager uses to manage the devices are built into the device operating systems.

Read the full list of updates here

Enjoy your Thanksgiving meals, and try to keep your relatives talking about some neutral topics rather than openly saying who they voted for this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

#WEBINAR ON DEMAD: Demystifying Licensing: Pay As You Go Guide to Enterprise Agreement Changes

Demystifying Licensing: Pay As You Go Guide to Enterprise Agreement Changes

Sean Ferrel explains changes and benefits of using a Cloud Service Provider for Enterprise Agreement Changes in this hour long webinar:

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HUD Confirms Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Government is FedRAMP-Compliant

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HUD Confirms Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Government is FedRAMP-Compliant

As written by Amir Capriles on Microsoft.com.
For the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), creating strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities that strengthen the nation’s housing market is mission-critical. A key piece to meeting this mission in a mobile-first world is having access to secured, cloud-based technology business solutions that can enable an on-the-go, geographically dispersed, and productive workforce.
Today, we announced an important milestone in helping HUD fulfill its mission as the agency granted an Authority to Operate (ATO) for our Dynamics CRM Online Government cloud.
In addition to giving our government customers the assurance they need to transition their business solution workloads to Dynamics CRM Online Government, the HUD ATO confirms Microsoft’s solution complies with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program’s (FedRAMP) regulations and legislative demands.
To learn more about the news and how HUD will benefit by using the solution, check out the Dynamics team blog.
Managed Solution partners with IT staff to offer consulting and government solutions to improve IT infrastructure to reflect the latest technology.

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