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What is the Skype Operations Framework?

Posted by David Long on Mar 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The move to the cloud has necessitated a thorough reexamination of how customers and vendors plan, deliver and operate Skype for Business.  Microsoft and KiZAN have developed unique offerings that provide guidance and assist with successfully delivering Skype for Business online, on-premise or taking a hybrid approach. 

KiZAN’s offerings complement the guidelines provided by Microsoft’s Skype Operations Framework (SOF).

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Topics: Skype for Business, Unified Communications

Unlocking the Hidden Value in your Office 365 Subscription

Posted by Mark Gordon on Mar 27, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Many companies find that they have Office 365 in their Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and are not using any of the O365 services. This can happen when Microsoft makes you a deal that is just too good to pass up and at the same time you are not ready or able to move your files or email to the cloud yet.

Just because you are not using the full O365 suite does not mean that you can’t start getting value out of that line on your EA. Here are some ways that smart companies are taking advantage of their Office 365 licenses without doing a wholesale move of data to the Microsoft cloud.

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Topics: Microsoft, Office 365

Skype for Business Meeting Turns Ugly

Posted by Brad Watson on Mar 25, 2017 11:11:49 AM

"The string of expletives accompanying Carl’s flying chair left little doubt
the meeting was over."

How's that for a setup?

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Topics: Skype for Business, Unified Communications

Custom App Development in the Cloud [9 surprising examples]

Posted by Brad Watson on Feb 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The “Cloud” is surrounded with so much marketing hype we may rightly expect to be awestruck when we come into contact with it.  In reality, the cloud is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives in ways that probably go unnoticed.  If you are unsure what a cloud app is, check out our previous post: What is a Cloud App.

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Topics: Azure, Mobile Applications, Custom App Development, PaaS

What Is Automation and How BPA Helps Your Business

Posted by Justin Kobel on Feb 16, 2017 1:01:36 PM


The inefficient, manual, repetitive task is engrained into the day-to-day operations of most businesses.  It manifests itself in a variety of ways. 

Here are a few of the most common: 

  • The cutting and pasting of data from one report into a spreadsheet in order to produce "the real" report
  • The upkeep and use of an obsolete system or software “because it contains valuable information”
  • The laborious reconciliation of timesheets, billings, expenses or “non-accounting” data
  • Unsecured paper/document-based messaging or communication workflows
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Topics: Automation, Business Process, Business Productivity

Windows Upgrades Have Never Been Easier

Posted by Curtiss Adams on Feb 14, 2017 3:00:00 PM

For many companies, upgrading operating systems across the organization can be a complex challenge.  Application and driver compatibility are two variables among many that must be thoroughly analyzed to successfully deploy windows upgrades. 


"The windows 7 upgrade was hard enough.... 
Why upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows upgrades are now simpler with Upgrade Analytics

The Upgrade Analytics tool is designed specifically to address uncertainties in the application and driver environment when upgrading to Windows 10.  

Comprehensive analysis of the technology landscape can be frustrating and time-intensive, but if the proper planning is not completed, then less than desirable outcomes are often achieved. 

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Topics: Windows 10, Microsoft Operations Management Suite, Upgrade Analytics

Your Operating System Could Be Killing Productivity

Posted by Curtiss Adams on Feb 14, 2017 12:33:40 PM

Generally speaking, companies must weigh the pros and cons of upgrading or updating any system.  It is accepted that physical assets such as machinery or equipment must be maintained at specific intervals.  

Furthermore, the projected end of life date is typically established at the time of purchase.  Equipment kept in use past its projected EOL requires additional maintenance and upkeep and often hampers productivity or increases risk and most companies would not dispute this fact. 

Software systems are no less critical.  Software applications and operating systems also have a projected EOL, but often the temptation to extend the service life of these assets is greater than for a piece of equipment that you can touch and feel. 

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Topics: Microsoft, Security, Windows 10

What Is a Cloud Application?

Posted by Brad Watson on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Much of the buzz surrounding all things “tech” now revolves around a single word: “Cloud.”  The “Cloud” is everywhere. The “Cloud” is all-knowing.  The “Cloud” is curing the diseases that science did not even know existed.  “Cloud Cloud Cloud!”  

The “Cloud” is surrounded with so much marketing hype we may rightly expect to be awestruck when we come into contact with it.  In reality, the cloud is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives in ways that probably go unnoticed.

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Topics: Azure, Mobile Applications, Custom App Development, PaaS

Lessons in Disaster: 5 Excuses That Will Kill Your Business

Posted by Joe Kipp on Feb 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Disasters, we all want to avoid them, but sometimes it is impossible. The best we can do is have a solid plan to recover, rebuild and limit the damage when disaster strikes.

We do this in our personal lives, but when it comes to our business, we tend to procrastinate and make excuses. No one seems to think it can happen to them, then a tornado, hurricane, fire or other catastrophic event wipes out their company.

Most business cannot survive if their systems are down for a few hours, not to mention days, weeks or months.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity

Disaster Recovery - 5 Ways OMS Will Save Your Bacon

Posted by Joe Kipp on Feb 2, 2017 4:42:23 PM

As the technology demands of today's business environments expand, protecting both virtual and physical assets becomes an increasingly complex matter.  As such, multiple disaster recovery solutions are often required to address the entire technology infrastructure. 

However, this added complexity adds cost and creates doubt as to whether the DR solutions will actually work as intended when everything "hits the fan."

Microsoft's Operations Management Suite (OMS) eliminates the complexity and offers a comprehensive disaster recovery solution for VMware, Hyper-V, and physical servers to analyze, manage, and protect your business. 

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Topics: Azure, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity

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