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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What are Office 365 Groups?

The Rise of Group Collaboration in the Workplace.   Update Announcement. Office 365 Groups can now have up to 100 owners. To find out more please follow this link. With the recent launch of Microsoft Teams, Office 365 now provides a comprehensive suite of applications to support collaboration both within, and outside of an organisation. …

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Office 365 Secure Score-Scores Your Security!

Review your Office 365 tenancy’s security with Microsoft Secure Score. In February this year, Microsoft introduced another new service into the ever expanding Office 365 universe – Secure Score. In a nutshell, Secure Score looks at your Office 365 tenancy, determines what you have purchased and creates a score based on your security profile.  The …

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Office 365 Group-Based Licensing

Office 365 Group-Based Licensing. Microsoft’s solution to licensing users in bulk Ever since Office 365 has been available; licensing users has been somewhat difficult because there has been no simple way to license users in bulk. The ability to apply licences to multiple users at the same time has been available in the console for …

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