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Roundup of Key Microsoft Team Features Announced at Microsoft Ignite

At the Ignite 2018 conference last week, Microsoft revealed that Microsoft Teams is now the fastest growing business app in Microsoft’s history and announced several powerful new capabilities to foster teamwork and collaboration. As we help more of our clients strategically rollout and adopt Microsoft Teams, it is exciting to learn that many of the […]

New Microsoft Teams Features for Meetings

Microsoft Ignite 2018 is underway! There are loads of announcements coming out each day about new capabilities and features in Office 365, SharePoint, Microsoft Teams, Azure, and more. Our team is currently gathering top takeaways – stay tuned for upcoming blog posts! In the meantime, here are two of my favorite features now available in Microsoft […]

Six Myths About Moving to the Cloud: What You Really Need to Know About Moving to Office 365

Most organizations that choose to move to the cloud do so because they have decided they need it for business agility and want the cost savings that come with it. If your organization is considering Microsoft Office 365 as your first step in moving applications to hosted solutions, you may have found similar inconsistencies in […]

Can You Use Microsoft Teams Without an Exchange License?

One of the government clients that I support has selected to use Google as their primary unified communication service. However, they also purchased an Office 365 tenant to use for SharePoint Online, Skype for Business, and OneDrive for Business. The Exchange license is turned off for all of their users. But what about Microsoft Teams? […]

The Principle of Least Privilege Access in the Cloud

The principle of least privilege states that each component should allocate sufficient privileges to accomplish its specified functions, but no more. This limits the scope of the component’s actions, which has two desirable effects: the security impact of a failure, corruption or misuse of the component will have a minimized security impact; and the security […]

4 Project Management Applications You Should Be Using Now

According to PWC, more than half of the companies that are unhappy with the project management software say that it is because the software is too expensive.  Are you still using sticky notes or Microsoft Excel to manage projects?  I continue to be surprised that Excel is still one of the most popular project management applications.  If you […]

Board Portal Solutions – Diligent vs Office 365

According to Wikipedia, “a Board Portal can be a custom-built, in-house application, an off-the-shelf, commercial application that is deployed by IT, or a subscription-based software as a service (SaaS).”  The portal is used to provide information to the board of directors and organize documents used to conduct a meeting.  Diligent Corporation (formerly Thompson Reuters Boardlink) […]

Office 365 vs. Your Information Security Program

As you compare Office 365 versus your company’s security program, you should evaluate both internal and external threats.  Many security professionals focus on external threats, but data shows that internal threats are more common than external threats.  I have found that that NIST has a lot of great resources that can be leveraged to build […]

Top Azure Consulting Companies

Below is a list of what I believe are the top Azure consulting companies in the DC Metro area including Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C.  The ratings are based mostly on industry insider knowledge, including factors such as satisfaction of known customers, consultant turnover, and experience with key 3rd party solutions from the Azure Marketplace.  Top companies can do more than just migrate virtual machines to Azure, […]

Unraveling Office 365 Groups

Let’s face it, Office 365 Groups is a bit confusing.  Are they the same as AD security groups?  How do I use them and what do my users need to know? From an IT perspective, we need to be able to put Office 365 tools in a box and present them to our users and […]

Office 365 – Desktop Update Best Practices

When it comes to cloud migrations, most customers dedicate efforts to the migration only to then realize there is more work to be done.  Enterprise customers have been accustomed to Microsoft version releases every couple of years.  However, subscription-based cloud services update often.  Large enterprises managing desktops and applications often dedicate teams to test and […]

Document Scanning Solutions for SharePoint Online

The ability to integrate a scanning solution with SharePoint is a requirement for organizations looking to move a large number of paper documents to SharePoint online.  These solutions provide a way of sending a document or a batch of documents directly to a SharePoint Online document library.  Several solutions exist including PSIGEN, Ephesoft, Xerox, and […]

Transforming Communications – Skype for Business Certified Devices

Did you know you can replace your voicemail, call routing systems, and conference dial-in service with Skype for Business?  Most Office 365 customers understand that if you have an Office 365 E3 subscription, you can use Skype for Business for conference calls and screen sharing over the internet.  The Office 365 E5 subscription offers exciting […]

Why an Accurate Active Directory Profile is Critical

When was the last time you updated your work profile?  In some cases the answer is never, as you may be thinking, “Isn’t that IT’s job and didn’t I complete several HR forms when I joined the company?”  Chances are you’ve updated your LinkedIn profile more frequently than your company bio.  Many of us spend […]

Microsoft Outlook App for iOS

In a previous YouTube video, Dean Virag showed you how to setup two-factor authentication using Azure AD premium.  The setup for two-factor authentication using the Outlook iOS app is very similar to any of the Office desktop apps. The Outlook app is an alternative to the native mail, calendar, and contacts apps on your iPhone or […]