The ROI of Office 365: Making a Business Case

Office 365 is Microsoft’s flagship product. It provides the most flexible way of licensing your familiar desktop applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and offers significant enhancements and benefits in the tools and capabilities it provides to enable you to run your organisation. However creating the business case for Office 365 can be a …

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Client Access Rules for Exchange Online explained

Controlling end-user access to Exchange Online Control of end-user access to Office 365 is an important business requirement. If your organisation has deployed Office 365 you are probably familiar with Azure Active Directory’s Conditional Access Policies. And if Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) has been deployed, AFDS Access Control Policies. Depending on conditions such as …

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Data residency solved with Office 365 Multi-Geo capability

Office 365 Tenant locations Multi-geo data residency is becoming a necessity for many businesses. ‘Choosing’ a geographic location when creating an Office 365 tenant causes problems for multi-national organisations. They need to comply with different data residency requirements for the countries or industries in which they operate. Also referred to as ‘data-at-rest’ or ‘data sovereignty,’ …

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The future of Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business

During the Ignite conference in September Microsoft set out their vision for intelligent communications. This positions Microsoft Teams as the primary application for communication and collaboration within Office 365, which effectively means that it will eventually replace Skype for Business. Therefore any organisation already using, or planning to use either of these services needs to …

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Planning comes before successful transformation with Teams

So, you’ve heard all about Microsoft Teams? You’ve seen the ‘Teams’ app tile appear in your Microsoft Office Home page? You’re hearing all about the benefits of this extremely powerful, innovative, fully integrated collaboration and communication offering. And you want to start using it right away, yes? Great! But, wait just a little longer. Consider …

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Security breach solutions: Microsoft Office 365 & Azure

The “Assume Breach Paradigm” seems a bit alarmist and unnecessary you may think. “In fact it’s probably just a way of making our organisation spend more” you might say. It is indeed alarmist, but there is substance behind it and unfortunately I have personal experience of breaches. Hence, my view is that some investment is …

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Intrusion detection with Microsoft Azure & Office 365

In this blog, Peter Holland explains why Intrusion Detection is vitally important and why Microsoft’s solutions within Azure and Office 365 are not the intruder’s friend. What is Intrusion Detection? Not long ago, most organisations considered intrusion detection something to do with identifying an external party illegitimately connecting to internal systems and resources. The network …

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Office 365 UK Data Location

If you implemented Office 365 prior to the latter part of 2016, your Office 365 tenancy is most likely located in EU datacentres (Ireland, Netherlands, Finland or Austria). After this point, any new deployments which selected United Kingdom as the country will have been deployed in the new UK data centres. For original EU deployments …

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Getting on-board with Office 365 ProPlus

Recent announcements from Microsoft about the future compatibility of Office applications with its Office 365 platform have further highlighted the importance of staying up to date client side. Whilst for some, the use of online applications only may be a viable option, most organisations still rely on the use of locally installed Office applications either …

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New Ways to Sign into Office 365

Up to now, if you deployed Office 365, you only had two real options for authenticating using your Active Directory credentials – AD Connect Password Sync or Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). The Password Sync solution works OK but isn’t entirely seamless whilst the ADFS solution is seamless but requires significant infrastructure. Microsoft has now …

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