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 […]

Microsoft PowerBI

5 Reasons You Should Be Using PowerBI

PowerBI is a set of online services and tools that enables you to view, share, and collaborate on the data that is important to your organization.  PowerBI can be enabled through your Office 365 portal and is available as a free or Pro Version (stand alone).  The pro version is also available as part the Office 365 E5 bundle.  Making […]

Governance Features Available for Office 365 Groups

Governance and security are important aspects on customers’ minds when it comes to collaboration tools.  Microsoft Groups, which are a new feature in Office 365, are of course, no exception.  Although there are many safeguards already in place, there are some noticeable governance gaps that Microsoft is rapidly working on resolving and releasing as soon […]

Microsoft Stream – an Office 365 Video Replacement

Microsoft recently announced Microsoft Stream – a video sharing service for Microsoft users.  As some of you may know, Microsoft already has a video application called Office 365 Video.  Stream builds on what Microsoft learned from Office 365 Video, creating a more engaging, secure, and efficient place to store and collaborate with videos.  Stream will […]

Does Our Government Contractor Need to Move to Gov-Cloud?

If you work in the DC Metropolitan area, you are aware that there are thousands of companies who serve the needs of the Federal Government.  If you doubt these numbers, FOIA lists contractors in SAM.  Government Contractors often have to adhere to many of the same security and compliance standards of the Federal Government, especially […]

Microsoft Delve to Stay Connected

A lonely leaf on a tree…. That’s the feeling that I have experienced in the past while working remotely on long-term client engagements. It’s easy to feel disconnected from the goings-on at company headquarters when you are only there a few times a month or year. I know the opposite to be true as well. Companies […]

Microsoft Office 365 Flow General Availability

Many SharePoint power users learned to love and depend on the 2010 version of SharePoint Designer for their workflow needs.  However, many had a love/hate relationship with it.  Although it empowered users to automate business processes without using code, it was plagued with performance issues.  For SharePoint 2013, Microsoft addressed this by changing the framework […]