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Google Apps for Work. Powertools, Advanced Document Management

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November 03, 2015 10:30 ET Powertools, Advanced Document Management Integrated With Google Drive, Is Now 'Recommended for Google Apps for Work' Millions of Google Apps for Work Users Now Have Access to an Easy-to-Use Document Management System, Fully Integrated With Google Drive, That Delivers Powerful Features That Boost Productivity and Require Zero IT Expertise to Configure and Manage SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 3, 2015) - Designed4Work, innovator of advanced productivity tools for Google Apps for Work, announced that Powertools, the document management and workflow technology for Google Drive™, has been inducted into the 'Recommended for Google Apps for Work' program that showcases innovative technologies for users of Google Apps for Work. The announcement was made today by Amit Singh, president of Google for Work, at the Web Summit in…
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Microsoft empowers business transformation

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ATLANTA — March 16, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced the availability of new products and services designed to enable people and organizations to put data to work, driving better results for business of all sizes. The announcements were made at Convergence 2015, Microsoft’s annual conference for its business customers. “Businesses are hungry to seize new opportunities using technologies like machine learning and predictive analytics,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Only when businesses create a culture that empowers everyone to have access to data and insight that drive action will they be positioned to truly transform.” Nadella demonstrated products and services built by Microsoft to empower industries, organizations and individuals to drive insight and action from their data. “Microsoft Azure IoT services combined with Windows 10…
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Office 365 E5 enterprise plan – December 1

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Microsoft's high-end Office 365 E5 SKU for enterprise users -- which company officials are expecting to grow significantly Microsoft's subscription business -- will be available starting December 1, 2015 The Office 365 E5 plan, which Microsoft announced in July, will be available to customers starting December 1. The E5 SKU is listed on the Volume Licensing price list preview which Microsoft published on November 1. The Office 365 E5 SKU will be replacing the current E4 version. The Office 365 E5 SKU will include Skype for Business (Lync) with support for features including Cloud PBX and Meeting Broadcast; new analytics features, like Power BI Pro and Delve Organizational Analytics; and new advanced security features, such as eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox, Data Loss Protection and Safe Attachments. "With E5, we have expanded…
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MS Word 2016 real-time co-authoring

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Now that Office 2016 is officially here, we are giving a special nod to one of our coolest features within the suite—real-time co-authoring. The Word team is honored to debut this new capability in Office 2016 for Windows. We work and live in a world where collaboration can’t always happen in person and sharing ideas and information can’t always wait. In fact, a lot of real-time collaboration went into delivering this very blog post—weaving comments and content together between engineering and marketing teams located in different buildings. At times, multiple people were in the document making changes at the same time. Real-time co-authoring in Word 2016 allows for this and, in fact, has been available since 2013, when we introduced real-time collaboration in Office Online. But with Office 2016, we…
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MS OneNote and Office Mix integrate with all major Learning Management Systems

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Today, OneNote and Office Mix team up to talk about the work we are doing to integrate with all major Learning Management Systems (LMS) and the benefits this brings educators. We have three key announcements: OneNote and Office Mix are both officially certified to the IMS Global Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard. OneNote Class Notebook LTI is now in General Availability release. OneNote now automatically adds all students enrolled in the LMS course to the course’s OneNote Class Notebook. LMS integration with LTI In June, both Office Mix and OneNote Class Notebook announced LTI support. This means that both apps are easily integrated with all major LMS—including Canvas, Engrade, Blackboard, Haiku, Moodle, Brightspace, EDUonGo, edX, EdCast and Schoology. OneNote Class Notebook allows teachers to launch the OneNote Class Notebook app…
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SOAP or REST

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Understanding SOAP and REST Basics And Differences January 8, 2013 by John Mueller 53 Comments Share Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and REpresentational State Transfer (REST) are two answers to the same question: how to access Web services. The choice initially may seem easy, but at times it can be surprisingly difficult. SOAP is a standards-based Web services access protocol that has been around for a while and enjoys all of the benefits of long-term use. Originally developed by Microsoft, SOAP really isn’t as simple as the acronym would suggest. REST is the newcomer to the block. It seeks to fix the problems with SOAP and provide a truly simple method of accessing Web services. However, sometimes SOAP is actually easier to use; sometimes REST has problems of its own.…
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VMware hails hybrid cloud as answer to enterprise Safe Harbour

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VMware chief claims the roll-out of its hybrid cloud network should help ease enterprise concerns about off-premise data protection VMware claims the outcome of the EU Safe Harbour ruling will cause minimal disruption to its operations and should serve to reinforce its hybrid cloud strategy. The virtualisation giant was among the first to predict that the hybrid cloud model would emerge as the enterprise’s preferred model of consuming IT some years ago, while others backed the public or private cloud. In keeping with this, VMware rolled out its vCloud Air platform in 2013, which is designed to make it easier for users to move workloads between their on-premise and off-premise environments, and the firm has opened numerous datacentres worldwide to support it. Users also have the alternative option to procure…
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Three Ways You Can Recover From an ERP/CRM Failure

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Recovering from a failing  project is an incredibly difficult process. It can require a change in project scope, a hard look at requirements, an introduction of new methodologies and clear project controls. In some extreme situations, the project team and consultants may need to be replaced. After a sobering, no holds barred assessment; the following actions must be taken. Re-examine the ERP Software. Determining if the ERP/CRM software was originally a good fit for the organization is the first step to recovery. The recovery team must determine if the project team evaluated the ERP/CRM options appropriately or chose specific software based on invalid assumptions. While the software is often the immediate culprit, often times it is merely a symptom of the real failure issues: failure to provide adequate change management…
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4 Ways IT Can Drive Innovation

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CIO Priorities In today’s rapidly changing business environment, every industry—healthcare, education, retail, transportation, agriculture, government services, and more—is transforming and experiencing disruption at some, if not all, levels. Now more than ever, business leaders are looking for the tools that will help them navigate these changes to drive innovation and competitive differentiation. And since you and your IT leadership team are closest to the technology, they’re looking to you for answers. Help us, FAST! Business leaders are calling on you and your IT organization to supercharge innovation by giving them IT solutions quickly. They want responsiveness from your organization, as a true partner and team. If you can’t partner with them on a solution, they’ll build it or buy it themselves, using shadow IT. In fact, according to a Harvey…
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CEOs want CIOs to stop using jargon and focus on business needs

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Public sector CIOs shouldn’t underestimate the IT literacy of CEOs and need to focus on collaborative working, the organisation's use of data and solving business issues. At a recent workshop, around 20 local government CEOs called on CIOs to “reshape their teams” to suit the future needs of the organisation, said a report by not-for-profit organisation Eduserv. The report – based on the discussions at the workshop – said CEOs are knowledgeable about IT and how it benefits the organisation – but are frustrated with IT teams' use of jargon and business cases. “Sometimes dealing with IT feels like heavy lifting all the time, trying to get behind and beyond the ‘tech speak’,” the report said, quoting one chief executive officer. “Their frustration is with claims coming from IT – either…
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New Knowledge Management in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 release

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In Today’s world, the success of an organization is directly linked to the quality of customer service it provides. The only way to do customer-centricity right is to offer customers the right information. Knowledge management is considered as one of the most important pillar of customer service that helps organization give their customers the right data at the right time to solve their problems. As Bob Stutz mentioned in his blog post, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 comes with a new knowledge management solution. With this new solution, you can quickly turn customer feedback and issues into knowledge articles. Content authoring and update of knowledge articles is enabled in the interactive service hub. Here are the main features that come with the Knowledge Management offering in CRM 2016 release: Rich Content…
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How to Build Your Brand into a Knowledge Centre

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Oct 11, 2015 106 views 14 Likes 2 Comments Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Retaining relevancy and remaining useful are two key requirements for brands to achieve when operating in a disruptive digital landscape where there is a need to earn the attention of existing customers and prospects. For brands to  provide a product or service that’s truly unique and remarkable, the answer to this question is a lot closer to home. Turn your brand into a Knowledge Centre Searchmetrics, a technology provider for enterprise SEO and content marketing analysis, have released their 2015 ranking factors, highlighting the key considerations to impact a brands search and content marketing strategies. Click here for your copy This post will highlight some of the key findings from the report that brands can use…
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Why it’s time to STOP “Adding Value”

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It’s probably the most commonly proposed response to price pressures and commoditisation: if we’re not prepared to cut our prices, we had better add more value for the customer. It’s a reasonable objective, but the sad truth is that most so-called “value-added” strategies simply add cost and complexity without making the offering any more desirable to the customer. In fact, they often have the opposite effect. (more…)
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Safe Harbour invalidated by EU Court of Justice

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the Safe Harbour framework is invalid, but what does that mean for business? According to the European Parliament, more than 3,000 companies currently use the framework for the transfer of data, including firms such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft. The Safe Harbour framework, administered by the US Department of Commerce, enabled US companies to self-certify that they have certain standards for the protection of personal data in place. However, the ECJ said the Safe Harbour framework is invalid as a mechanism to legitimise transfers of personal data from the EU to the US because it does not guarantee adequate data protection. Many agree that the ruling has far-reaching implications for all businesses, particularly social media networks and other technology businesses that…
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Students benefitting from individual secure, cloud-based document storage

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  When OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ West Kirby Grammar School wanted to upgrade and integrate its ageing systems to better support the faculty and high achieving student body, it turned to Microsoft. Using Office 365, Skype for Business unified communications, Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and powerful Window 8.1 tablets, the teaching and learning experience has been transformed with truly anywhere working. The school can confidently look to the future supported by a secure, cutting-edge platform that delivers unparalleled experience and the scope to develop and grow in line with the school’s success. As one of the top 50 performing schools in the UK, West Kirby Grammar School has a highly driven body of 150 staff and 1,200 students to equip and empower each day. What sets the school apart is…
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ExpressRoute for Office 365

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Announcing general availability of ExpressRoute for Office 365 Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365 enables organizations to establish a private, managed network connection to Office 365 as an alternative to connecting over the Internet. This direct connection offers customers more predictable network performance, an SLA for guaranteed availability and additional data privacy. As more organizations depend on Office 365 for document collaboration and communications, they will come to depend more and more on the network connectivity they have between their users and Office 365. Today we’re pleased to announce that Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365 is now generally available from these network operators: British Telecom Equinix Tata Communications TeleCity Group Verizon You can read about how Microsoft is using ExpressRoute for Office 365 in the Microsoft IT whitepaper, “Optimizing network performance…
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How SAML is used for Single Sign-On (SSO)

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Within SAML, there are profiles that define how assertions, protocols and bindings are combined to satisfy a particular use case. Think of a SAML profile as a template, each profile uses different combination of bindings, protocols and assertions. One of the most used SAML profiles is the Web Browser SSO Profile. The SAML Web SSO Profile provides the ability for users to access multiple applications with a single set of credentials entered once. This is the foundation of federation and also of single sign-on (SSO). Using SAML, users can seamlessly access multiple applications, allowing them to conduct business faster and more efficiently. You may not have realized this, but you use SAML SSO every day. Whether it’s logging into your bank online, using a mobile application, or pretty much anywhere…
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SAML — what is it ?

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Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is an XML-based framework used to authorize, authenticate and communicate attributes and privileges of a user. It provides numerous benefits to enterprises, organizations and governments. However, SAML has been widely adopted for three primary reasons: SAML is standardized, secure, and provides an excellent user experience. Three Benefits of Using SAML 1. Standardized The SAML standardized format is designed to interoperate with any system independent of implementation. This enables a more open approach to architecture and identity federation without the interoperability issues associated with vendor-specific approaches. White Paper: Introduction to SAML Learn how SAML is used by enterprise organizations for SSO Download 2. Security In the modern era of computing, security is of the utmost importance when it comes to enterprise applications. SAML is used to…
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Outlook 2013 wont send after Windows 10 upgrade – Fix

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Click on the search icon, search on 'CMD' when you find the application (Command Prompt) run as administrator (i.e. right click it and click run as administrator). You will then see a rectangular black window appear with folder> then type in sfc/scannow and sit back and wait (takes a while to run). You should see a progress '%age' text. It can take 30-45mins. When finished type in exit. Then close outlook, restart Outlook and problem solve.   Be careful if you have a lot of emails in the outbox as they will send immediately, so if you have sent them another way , on  a phone perhaps, be sure to delete them before you restart outlook.
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5 Business Benefits you can measure from new CRM/ERP systems

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ERP-Capabilities Every organization has a different reason to implement a new ERP system. But the most successful ERP implementations are those that coincide with the desire to improve their tangible business benefits. Unfortunately, most organizations have trouble realizing the potential of their new ERP systems and most organizations fail to realize at least half of the business benefits that they expect. The good news? In general, most successful implementations deliver some common benefits. Below are five tangible business benefits that you can achieve with the right focus and expertise: Increased revenues. Top-line revenue growth is the name of the game in today’s relatively weak global economy. Unfortunately, too many organizations leverage ERP software to minimize costs and neglect to capitalize on the opportunities to increase revenue growth. Modules such as CRM…
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