Skype for Business is Replacing Microsoft Lync. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Skype for Business is Replacing Microsoft Lync. Here's What You Need to Know

Just one month after releasing a technical preview, Microsoft made available the new Skype for Business client and Skype for Business Online, its planned replacements for Microsoft Lync.

In general, this migration should be relatively painless for most organizations. With support for Active Directory, call encryption, and all the essential enterprise class controls of Lync being ported over to the more user friendly Skype interface, it’s a great mashup of two popular apps, and is seen as a welcome change by the Softchoice team.

While it’s good to know what changes to expect, it’s also good to know what your options are. Even the slightest disruption to your workforce means bad news. Read on for advice on how to ensure that doesn’t happen.

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Why These 3 Businesses Used Microsoft Azure To Build Apps

Why These 3 Businesses Used Microsoft Azure To Build Apps

If you’re creating an app — lets say, one that will be the secret sauce, competitive edges of your business over the next few years — you’ve got a choice to make.

What do you do? Build everything from the ground up, taking months and untold hours of development to deliver? Or, take it to the cloud, and trim that timeline down to months – or even weeks?

Obviously, not everything is so clear cut in the world of IT. But for the businesses in the following Microsoft Azure case studies, they’ve earned themselves the label of innovator, relying on the flexible, open and robust platform tools offered by Azure to build apps – and deliver something beautiful for their clients.

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Beyond Office 365: Building a Global SaaS Identity Strategy

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If you are considering deploying Microsoft Office 365, you’re probably thinking about the challenges of managing user identities in the cloud. For many organizations, Office 365 represents their first “official” SaaS application and will likely pave the way for larger SaaS investments down the road.If you haven’t already, now is the time to think about the systems you need to support a global SaaS identity strategy.

A global SaaS identity strategy has two key components: authentication – or the process of confirming that users are who they say they are – and authorization – or determining what users are allowed to do after they log in. Put another way, you might have a valid passport (authentication), but you can’t board a flight without a ticket (authorization).

As more SaaS apps find their way into the workplace, the more authentication and authorization challenges you will face. Without an overarching strategy, you’ll need to address these challenges with every new SaaS provider – hardly a recipe for success. Here are five drivers that prompt many organizations to think beyond Office 365 and create a global SaaS identity strategy: [Read more…]