Say hello to Azure’s arsenal of backup and disaster recovery solutions

Say hello to Azure’s arsenal of backup and disaster recovery solutions

Originally published in November 2015. Updated: May 18, 2016. New on-demand Webinar

We used to just worry about the unlikely natural disaster and the odd communications breakdown when planning for backup and recovery. But these days, an entirely new breed of threats have emerged that promise to knock out your business applications and data the first chance they get. From cyber crime, to cyberterrorism and mobile and cloud computing complexities, handling these new threats with the same old tools simply isn’t possible.

But there is hope. New platforms and best practices are emerging that allow businesses to better prepare for backup and recovery.

This was the topic that drove a recent Softchoice webinar, centered on how your business can more effectively, simply and securely provide a robust DR and BC strategy leveraging a suite of Azure based technologies from Microsoft.

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Straddle your mobile workforce with Office 365 and EMS

Straddle your mobile workforce with Office 365 and EMS

In a world where more than half of information workers use three or more devices to get work done, creating a mobile workforce sounds almost redundant these days. Mobility isn’t an add on – it’s essential.

But even as the expectations and habits of users have rapidly gone mobile in recent years, IT’s ability to deliver on those experiences, securely, hasn’t always kept pace.

With so many users going around IT to get the services they want, the time is now to re-evaluate your mobile device management paradigms. Not only will users benefit, but it gives technologists an opportunity to show leadership in the boardroom, bringing the entire business into a new era of productivity and stream-lined processes.

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5 Reasons Why Managed Services for Office 365 Makes Good Business Sense

6 Reasons Why Managed Services for Office 365 Makes Good Business Sense

A common myth among IT leaders is that once you move Office to the cloud, the lion’s share of support and maintenance simply disappear.

The reality is quite different.

Quite often, failing to responsibly and accurately manage this new cloud environment causes significant disruptions to the workplace. In fact, 60% of availability and performance errors with the cloud are a direct result of misconfigurations, according to the Enterprise Management Association.  Moreover, 50% of outages (and yes, outages do happen) are caused by change, configuration and hand-off issues.

With all the benefits, it’s no wonder many organizations settle on 24×7, always-on Managed Services for Office 365 to stick handle potentially costly, high-maintenance work and focus on other initiatives, instead.

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Are You Factoring Millennials into Your Office 365 Strategy?  

Are You Factoring Millennials into Your Office 365 Strategy?  

As the first digital natives, Millennials want things done quickly, and efficiently. You know the saying: they want everything to “just work.”

The question all IT leaders need to ask: Are you attracting and retaining this new generation of users by providing best-in-class technology at work?

With the war for talent at an all-time high, the stakes couldn’t be more significant.

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Take a page from the CMO to drive Office 365 success

Take a page from the CMO for Office 365 success with personas

*Editors Note: this blog was updated April 1st, 2019

You might not think the CMO has much in common with the CIO. But as the role of IT morphs into a more user-centric, customer-first mentality, everyone in the innovation department might do well to look to the other side of the office for some inspiration.

And perhaps nowhere is this better exemplified than with personas.

What is a persona?

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Starting Office 365? Stay Focused on the Users

Starting Office 365? Four Ways to Keep the User in Focus

All too often, major technology changes, like switching over to Office 365 Hub, are planned and implemented without first consulting the people it affects most: the users.

Just look at these numbers from Why UC Implementations Fail:

  • 77% of employees say they’re not consulted before a new tool is rolled out
  • 58% of employees say they’re not consulted on the tool’s usefulness post implementation

The impact of this short sightedness is more than a few ruffled feathers.

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