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Time to upgrade: How to prepare for Windows Server 2008 end of support

Steve Luper, Cloud Solution Architect Jeff Mitchell, Cloud Solution Architect The end is nigh! End of support for Windows Server 2008 is right around the corner, coming on January 14, 2020. I know what you’re thinking: “My customers’ Data Center Migration’s got time, that’s over a year away.” I would encourage you to dig deeper into that thought. Halloween has….

Embrace new Dynamics 365 features and offerings in the October 2018 release

Jim McGraw, Partner Technical Architect The Microsoft engineering and product teams deliver again with the October 2018 release! Enhancements to Dynamics 365 applications include hundreds of new capabilities across Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Portals, Omni-channel Engagement Hub, Field Service, Project Service, Social Engagement, Finance and Operations, Talent, Retail, and Business Central. We’re also introducing a new set of mixed reality….

Friends don’t let friends compromise security: Extending cybersecurity to supply chains

Network attacks are on the rise, and as with all things security, it’s always best to get ahead. This summer, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about Russian hackers infiltrating “air-gapped” networks of US utility companies with “relative ease” as just one part of a tale that’s becoming all too common. The NY Times described another scenario where a….

Microsoft Information Protection and Unified Labeling

If you attended the Microsoft Ignite conference or read the about the Modern Workplace announcements at the event, you may have learned about some exciting privacy and compliance announcements. Yes, I used exciting and compliance in the same sentence! At Microsoft Ignite, we announced the availability of centralized management of labels and protection settings in the Security & Compliance Center.….

New Azure Government Services for partners

With Microsoft’s announcement of new Azure Government services, fresh mission scenarios for government agencies have opened up that were not possible before. For partners with a focus on public-sector industry and who have an interest in expanding public sector business through areas like data platform modernization and cloud infrastructure & management, they may find value in the following services and….

Modern Workplace community call: Windows as a service and Microsoft Managed Desktop

Will McNae, Partner Technology Strategist As we get closer to all the spooky fun that comes with this time of year, I’m reminded that technology advancements can be scary when we don’t have a full understanding of what’s driving the change or how we’re included in the journey. In our October Modern Workplace Community call, we’ll be joined by Andrea….

Learn what Microsoft Teams has to offer for firstline workers

If you attended the Microsoft Ignite conference or read the about the Modern Workplace announcements at the event, you may have learned that firstline worker capabilities are coming to Microsoft Teams. This announcement is a game-changer for partners considering offers and services to firstline workers. To start let’s define who we mean when we talk about firstline workers. Firstline workers….

Quick resources for Microsoft Office 365 Government GCC in CSP

Microsoft recently announced the availability of Office 365 Government GCC in the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. Partners focused on public sector industry who are interested in having your organization or your customer’s organization approved for Microsoft Office 365 Government GCC for CSP should review the following useful resources: Office 365 Government service description Selling cloud services to the….

Making the most of AI for your Business Applications practice

Join our monthly Business Applications Community call on October 9 to learn more about extending Microsoft Dynamics 365 by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI). We will give an overview of the AI offerings included in Dynamics 365 and those services available on Azure to build AI into your solutions. Guest presenter Geoff Innis will demonstrate two examples of how partners can….

Join the Modern Workplace Quarterly Update call

Welcome to the Modern Workplace Partner Community. For those new to the community, Microsoft’s Modern Workplace solution area is made up of three main segments: Productivity, Security, and Modern Desktop. There are many solutions that are a part of these segments and we will use the Modern Workplace Partner Community to provide readiness on these solutions. One of the main….