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I Hate SharePoint

Posted by Justin Kobel on Jun 8, 2018 12:01:06 PM

When I told people I was writing a blog about SharePoint, I got a lot of interesting responses. As the title of this document might suggest, most responses were firmly in the negative. Here are some examples:

  • “Better you than me.”
  • “SharePoint? Is it still 2004???”
  • “SharePoint sucks – Dropbox is so much better!”

You get the idea.

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Topics: SharePoint, Business Productivity

5 Ways to Improve Your Corporate Intranet

Posted by Justin Kobel on Jun 8, 2018 11:48:08 AM

As an administrator, you want your users to use only the tools you give them.

While this sounds heavy-handed, this policy can be the only thing standing between you and an expensive data breach. One way to enforce this policy is through the use of a modern intranet.

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Topics: SharePoint, Business Productivity, Digital Transformation

Healthcare Security Demystified

Posted by Brandon Stephenson on Mar 26, 2018 4:37:59 PM

Securing Applications and Data

For both traditional on-prem solutions and cloud-based solutions, how should organizations act to secure their data and applications?

When talking with IT service providers working in the healthcare space, we’ve found a few concerns repeated:

  1. My organization has become heavily security conscious after the malware attacks, but we’re not sure where to focus.
  2. Our leadership wants us to adopt cloud infrastructure and platform services, but our security team is preventing that as they are not sure of the security.
  3. As our development teams are building products, such as SaaS offerings for clients or other solutions, we are not sure what modern tools work for managing the infrastructure and apps involved.

Collectively, these concerns all engage in the shared idea of security and operations. 

 

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Topics: Security, cloud security, healthcare

You may not be selling the right thing to the right customers.

Posted by Brad Watson on Sep 21, 2017 1:23:56 PM

Business is tough. Your competition is actively trying to bury you, customers are slow to pay you, and the government will abscond with a pile of your cash if you have the audacity to show a profit.  At times it can seem as if the deck is stacked against you.  If those factors weren’t bad enough, here’s another nugget of inspiration for you,

“You’re probably digging the hole, jumping in, and burying yourself.”

The good news is when you stop digging, your competition will become less relevant, and your customers will fuel your growth instead of consuming your cash flow.

 

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Topics: Data, Dynamics 365 for Sales

The Importance of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning

Posted by Brad Watson on Aug 30, 2017 6:56:11 PM

The current flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey points out the need for technology architecture that is designed to keep the business operating during a disaster.  But that is not the whole story.

We conducted an in-depth interview with long term tech leader and CIO Mark Bates, along with Joe Kipp and Brandon Stephenson of KiZAN’s Modern Data Center and Infrastructure teams, to discuss possible learnings from our country's most recent disaster. 

The following are some brief takeaways.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales vs. Salesforce vs. Oracle

Posted by Brad Watson on Aug 28, 2017 7:36:11 AM

What is Sales Force Automation?

Organizations use sales force automation (SFA) to automate sales activities, processes and administrative responsibilities for their sales professionals, and SFA applications are a core technology of leading sales teams.  

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Topics: CRM, Dynamics 365 for Sales

What’s New in Dynamics 365 for Sales for Small to Medium Sized Businesses

Posted by Chris Harris on Aug 8, 2017 4:46:27 PM

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online has shifted and is now delivering functional modules which you can customize to meet the unique needs of your organization. The modules that make up the customer relationship management (CRM) portion of Dynamics 365 are referred to as “Customer Engagement” apps and include Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, Project Service Automation, and their related services.

The benefits of the new for Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement module include a revamped Dynamics 365 for Sales, Business edition (public preview). The new sales application is built on the Dynamics 365 for Sales Enterprise edition framework, providing familiarity for existing Dynamics 365 (online) customers. However, Dynamics 365 for Sales, Business edition is optimized for small-to-medium-sized businesses.

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Topics: CRM, Business Productivity

How to Hide the iOS status bar in a NativeScript app

Posted by Mike Branstein on Aug 4, 2017 9:23:10 AM

                                     

I’ve been working on an app to monitor the weather at a farm recently, and I wanted to hide the iOS status bar because it looks like it’s in the way. 

This is a quick tip that I always have to lookup, so I decided to put it here so I’d always know where to look.

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Topics: Mobile App Development

Best Preparatory Practice for Migrating to SharePoint 2016

Posted by Gabrielle Lafontaine on Jul 31, 2017 3:09:44 PM

 

In today’s post, we’re going to look at some of the best preparatory practices for migrating to SharePoint 2016 to help ensure your move to the latest version of the platform is a success.

 

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Topics: SharePoint

10 Tell-Tale Signs You’re Not As Agile As You Think

Posted by Brad Watson on Jul 18, 2017 9:22:53 AM

Your project, despite your best efforts, went completely off the rails.  Scope crept, deadlines were missed, budgets were busted, and fingers were pointed.  No amount of cajoling your developers made the situation any better, and the client, well, why couldn’t they just be reasonable?

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Topics: Agile Development

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