Tuesday, March 1, 2022
The story of modern computing began with mainframes and dumb terminals and ends (but not really) with PCs acting a bit like those terminals (with the real computing happening in the cloud). Now, thanks to the combination of the cloud and the web, the story continues with Microsoft Windows 365, built on Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop, which streamlines virtualization and works across any device—even a Chromebook, iPad, or Android phone. It's interesting how much the future resembles the past, while innovating on today's technology.
Microsoft Whiteboard is an endless canvas for people to work together in person or remotely across multiple devices. Surface Hub lights up the Microsoft Whiteboard experience with a gorgeous screen display and advanced inking capabilities, and there are so many great features built into Whiteboard to help you create your content. Customize the background of your canvas, enjoy the seamless inking experience of the Surface Hub 2 Pen, draw a shape and Whiteboard will perfect it for you. And if you want to create a table, start by drawing a rectangle, add some grid lines, and Whiteboard will recognize your intent. Start to add content and the table will intelligently adjust to fit. You can invite your colleagues to contribute to the whiteboard and they can add to it anytime from anywhere on multiple devices, making this game-changing for teamwork.
Monday, February 28, 2022
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Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, one of the largest premium wine companies in the United States, prides itself on superior consumer experiences. To unify its consumer data and provide opportunities for innovation, Ste. Michelle is deploying Microsoft Dynamics 365 Commerce across all its wine brands. The company is already seeing better mobile experiences, and it expects that by enhancing its omnichannel commerce platform, Ste. Michelle will increase sales and conversion rates, attract new business, and boost loyalty among existing consumers.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2022
This infographic provides 4 key themes for sales success, including building and strengthening relationships with key prospects and engaging with the whole buying committee. It also notes that success is all about scale and cross-platform is key.
Watch floral artist Maurice Harris bring his ideas to full bloom with the new Surface. From processing power and brilliant touchscreen to all-day battery and stunning graphics, the new Surface family can make your imagination a reality.
Customer experience is expected to overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator by 2020. Get ahead of the competition now by personalizing your organization's customer experience strategy. Read the Customer Centricity e-book to learn how to unify your siloed marketing, sales, and service data into a single, intelligent 360-degree customer view by adopting a customer data platform.
Monday, February 21, 2022
During the global disruption caused by COVID-19, Microsoft faced the same supply chain issues every company faced along with global work-from-home orders. That's when the company's Digital Security and Resilience (DSR) team took Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop to the next level, providing high-end virtual workstation capabilities for software development teams and making the solution more useful and relevant than ever. Each solution is tailor-made to a specific business need, with custom security for each.
Staff at the blue frog restaurant chain looked for help modernizing and transforming IT operations from the table to the boardroom. Microsoft delivered in the form of a powerful combination of Surface Go and Surface Pro devices, supported by a suite of business and productivity software built around Windows 10.
Set up Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop in minutes to enable secure remote work—whether on corporate-assigned hardware or the employee's own device. Provide the familiarity and compatibility of Windows 10/11 with the new scalable multi-session experience for your end users, and save costs by using existing eligible Windows licenses. Sign up to say connected—we can provide the expertise needed to take your organization to the next level.
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
The approach to modernizing endpoints is realized with Microsoft 365—and Microsoft Zero Trust is the model for security. With Zero Trust in place, employees can perform from anywhere in the world while maintaining tight control over core security needs. Let the Microsoft intelligent security cloud and endpoint leadership be your guide. Take a look at this infographic and advance your journey toward the Zero Trust model.
The global pandemic changed the way the world works. Thankfully, working remotely is now easier than ever with access to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Even though virtual desktop environments are typically more secure than standalone desktops, organizations need to focus on implementing security measures against hackers accessing a company's systems. Learn seven strategies companies should employ to eliminate loopholes attackers often exploit.
Tustin school district brings advanced, inclusive learning to high schools with Microsoft Surface Pro
After testing four different tablets in their schools, the Tustin Unified School District found Microsoft Surface Pro to be the best choice for their high school teachers and students. In this video, see how Surface was able to increase productivity across the board and empower students with different accessibility needs and learning styles.
No matter your security concern, chances are that Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop has you covered. This infographic shows the wide range of safeguards, from data protection and privacy to threat defense, cloud-level identity governance, and more.
Monday, February 14, 2022
To best serve its clients, Grant Thornton must tie its extensive knowledge of macro-level economic and industry trends to the micro-level business needs, motivations, and challenges faced by individual executives within its client base. The global accounting and consulting firm does this by using Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales, Microsoft Azure, and LinkedIn Sales Navigator to "connect the macro with the micro" and deliver that information quickly and accurately to geographically distributed team members. They also use Dynamics 365 Sales Insights to understand the health of client relationships and where new opportunities may lie, take actions based on those insights, close new opportunities faster, and win more deals.
Forward-thinking Blue Springs School District in the Blue Springs area of Kansas City, Missouri, is preparing its students for a technology-rich world. The district wanted to give students the best possible education within the financial constraints that face most school districts. It also aimed to ensure equal access to technology for children of all economic backgrounds. By providing a Microsoft Surface Go device for each student, the district optimized its technology budget and leveled the academic playing field for all. Most important, its students are poised to soar.
In today's fragmented technology environment, it's important for leaders to support the frontline workforce with a customized user experience. Microsoft Endpoint Manager plays an important role in large scale projects requiring a secure environment to operate efficiently, such as with RealWear's assisted reality wearable device—controlled by using simple voice commands, which frees the hands for the job. Its reliable features enable businesses to configure, manage and gather data from their devices with simple security and device management.
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Today, success is about quality over quantity, replacing the days of cold calling and cut-and-pasting of boilerplate email copy. This infographic provides 3 key themes to each part of a successful sales process.
Growing concerns about employee experiences—including securing mobile devices and working with flexibility—call for endpoint modernization. The value in Microsoft 365 is its innovation in secure, cloud-connected management as well as its awareness of employee satisfaction (including the acceleration of onboarding of all workers). Take stock in your endpoint estate and start using modern products like Cloud Configuration and Endpoint Manager to manage Windows devices on-premises today. Review this infographic and discover the key components that enable unified device management.
Whether you need to provide employees with virtualization to full company desktops or just specific apps, Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop provides a quick and easy way to provision and deliver a low-latency, high-performance user experience virtually anywhere, securely, and on any device. Sign up to say connected—we'll help you get up and running with the best virtualization tools to take your organization to the next level.
Regina Maria is a leading provider of healthcare services in Romania. Microsoft equips them with technology to optimize business processes and maintain a high level of patient care. Microsoft Teams unifies their communication applications into a single system, allowing them to reduce the approval process time and increase speed and rate of response to customer feedback. With Microsoft tools, Regina Maria's database is 20% more accurate and complaint management is 50% faster.
Monday, February 7, 2022
More than 50% of work done today is accomplished through collaboration but 70% of professionals work somewhere other than the office at least one day week. This article shares how Microsoft Surface and partner devices are keeping modern professionals connected no matter where they are.
Rockefeller Capital Management provides financial services for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients. During a recent modernization initiative, the company moved its infrastructure to Microsoft Azure, facilitating the development of new cloud-centric security services and setting the stage for years of rapid growth. They took advantage of the scalability of the Microsoft cloud in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of its cloud-first infrastructure, the company was able to use Azure Virtual Desktop to triple the size of its virtual PC environment and remote access capabilities in just 48 hours.
Today's transforming business scenario calls for an innovative approach. With a higher number of hybrid employees and a growing frontline base, it's more important than ever to secure endpoints, especially mobile. You can future-proof your business and mitigate risks with Microsoft 365. Key capabilities of products like Endpoint Manager, Microsoft Defender, and Azure Active Directory include broad device support, automatic enrollment, configured shared devices, custom device experiences, and more. Review the infographic to learn how to implement and protect every endpoint for remote and hybrid staff and frontline workers.
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Today's workers require adaptability since they often use various devices to accomplish tasks. Microsoft cloud, apps, and endpoints combine services you may already be using, such as Microsoft Intune, which are part of the Microsoft 365 stack designed to help secure access, protect data, and respond and manage risk. Use Endpoint Manager to deploy and configure apps to keep teams connected, apply Azure Virtual Desktop for fast, familiar access to internal resources, access Surface Hub to support a vast device ecosystem, and secure conditional access to mobile apps with Azure Active Directory.
Examine how virtualization with Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop addresses a wide range of scenarios, from empowering remote workers and short-term contractors to task-based and schedule-oriented solutions—or any combination delivered on any device. Explore the depths of the virtual environment: how it may be deployed; what it enables for employees and the organization; and the business results. Sign up to download this in-depth infographic and better understand how virtualization can deliver a scalable growth path that evolves with your users' needs.
Fortnum and Mason uses Dynamics 365 to support efficiency and growth for the future. The system provides important insights such as how often a customer shops with them and what their spend is, giving Fortnum and Mason the tools to make sure they are offering customers the products and services they want. Overall speed and usability, as well as closer control on costs, allows Fortnum and Mason to be proactive about achieving goals and serving their customers.
Monday, January 31, 2022
In the last twenty years, application software has made the transition from a legacy DIY Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) model to a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Today, this same transformation is available for virtual desktops. Learn how steps in the journey to SaaS—such as simplifying IT operations and improving reliability—can enhance security, performance, and horizontal scalability.
REI is the largest consumer cooperative in the United States specializes in camping gear, outdoor apparel, and equipment. The popular Northwest company uses Microsoft Teams Connect capabilities to simplify how employees collaborate with external parties outside the company—with Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Intune key to its strategy for protecting mobile devices. During the pandemic, REI sold their campus and were fully committed to a hybrid work strategy. The fact that they had implemented products within the Microsoft 365 platform helped ensure their success in their new workplace environment.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Today's B2B buyers have high expectations, and those expectations will not be met if B2B buyers are accustomed to sophisticated consumer interactions in their personal lives. Executive B2B buyers are not impressed by marketing driven by large, relatively impersonal data analysis that leads to inconsistent and conflicting interactions or sales outreach that doesn't cater specifically to their needs at the right time. This blog recommends taking a new approach that unifies relationship data across the full customer lifecycle.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Simplify deployment and management of your infrastructure and scale quickly based on your evolving business needs with Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop. Configure network settings, add users, deploy desktop apps, and enable security with a few clicks. Give your employees the best tools available, securely on whatever device, to accelerate your organization's growth. Sign up and stay connected to receive future updates on Azure solutions.
Companies must now consider endpoint detection and response software (EDR) with AI and machine learning capabilities, as well as threat intelligence databases, to function in a safer, evolving digital environment. However, most of the features users expect from popular EDR tools, such as device control, advanced threat targeting, and rollback, are either unavailable or require an additional fee. Microsoft Defender for Endpoints (formerly Defender Advanced Threat Protection) integrates into the source code of Windows, making it an obvious choice for its devices. (It's also available for Mac and Linux.) Defender for Endpoints simplifies management while also providing strong security and a wide variety of standard features.
How does a global company connect its salespeople to customers in an efficient yet personal way? Rotterdam-based Broekman Logistics decided to add the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing app to the company's existing Dynamics 365 Sales app to make it even easier and more efficient to find and develop high-quality leads and nurture customer relationships. As a result, Broekman Logistics not only increased its sales, but also gained valuable insights that it uses to sharpen sales management. The real engine behind global logistics? It's all about a smooth collaboration between sales and marketing.
Monday, January 24, 2022
Global manufacturer Kohler had just begun implementing Microsoft 365 when the pandemic hit. With employees all over the world affected by new work-from-home mandates, the company turned to Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (previously Windows Virtual Desktop). Kohler tailored its response to each country and addressed shortages of equipment by leveraging the Azure Virtual Desktop capabilities that enable employee-owned devices to connect to on-premises engineering systems as well as other work-critical resources. During the ramp up, some 600 devices a week were enrolled using Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Microsoft Intune, permitting a "bring your own device" approach while maintaining security standards.
Microsoft Endpoint Manager is a solution that provides on-premises and cloud-based devices with tools (as well as the ability to co-manage with them) to provision, deploy, manage, and secure endpoints. It also enables insights into endpoint health and performance and remediates vulnerabilities in multiple areas—all while significantly reducing costs. It gives organizations the enhanced control and monitoring to support employees with minimal impact on user experience while preventing data loss and applying Zero Trust best practices. Subscribe to stay connected—we'll help you ensure a more secure, productive work environment throughout your organization.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Digital transformation is accelerating and keeping up with advancements adds complexity for workers, technology, and security teams. With an ever-expanding attack surface, leaders are challenged to manage a growing number of devices and endpoints. Meet the evolving needs of today's business world with modern endpoints built on the Microsoft 365 and intelligent security cloud. You can build security into apps and device experiences that help reduce the threat of endpoint vulnerability, including adoption of Zero Trust and Secure Endpoints for Frontline workforce devices. Sign up to say connected—we'll help you learn more about how to deploy and protect endpoints for hybrid work environments.
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
The pandemic pushed fast forward on the hybrid workplace trend. Data shows that most workers prefer a balance of working from home and the office, and yet not everyone thrives in this environment. Now there are a number of questions pending: How do businesses manage this level of coordination? When and how much should things shift "back"? How will the result reshape workspaces and real estate needs? Learn where leaders are struggling to provide technical parity by design (rather than circumstance) to their workforce.
We used to think of network security as a perimeter issue, but with so many endpoints, the perimeter no longer exists. Employees now work from various locations using different devices, making it is close to impossible for any single IT team to confirm that they're using protection mechanisms. Employees require safe, versatile endpoint experiences to perform at their best from anywhere in the world. How can organizations protect themselves? Endpoint security seeks out viruses, malware, and other risks and, if it finds them, it works to mitigate the risk to the rest of the network by keeping it locked down.
Whether you already have a Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure or are ready to kick off your journey with Azure, explore two adoption paths with the same outcome: secure, customizable Azure Virtual Desktop and app solutions supporting remote work for a hybrid workforce. Review the infographic to examine these parallel paths and the capabilities they unlock—from the only multi-session Windows 10/11 experience to remote app streaming.
Monday, January 17, 2022
In this video, you'll see how Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales and Office 365 go beyond sales force automation to leverage CRM, engagement data, and insights to help your enterprise break down silos, drive more efficient sales, and win more revenue.
In May 2020, Microsoft Teams announced new meetings, calling, devices, chat, collaboration, platform, and industry features that are not to be missed. Read this article to stay up-to-date on the smart, simple, and flexible ways to stay connected, productive, and to further expand your workplace collaboration.
Today's users are looking for more ways to remain productive while working on any device. Businesses have security top of mind, and so with those two goals, Global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline chose Microsoft Edge as its single web browser. The IT team responsible for the Microsoft Edge deployment of over 130,000 employees enrolled every Windows 10 device in Microsoft Endpoint Manager. With Microsoft Edge now on their internal store, end users could install it on-demand—a perfect solution for employees who are asking for more ways to work the way that they want. With a consolidated default browser, legacy web apps are secure.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
In this report—a collaboration between Microsoft and Heinz Marketing—you'll find insights gleaned from over 200 in-depth surveys with top sales leaders. Learn how to achieve desired sales goals, maximize the effectiveness of customer data, and take more strategic steps toward building personal relationships using data-driven engagement tactics.
Microsoft Teams has quickly become the ultimate collaboration and teamwork application where users can easily add, customize, and find everything they need in one place. In this article, learn the basics around navigating Teams, discover new features for stronger collaboration, and examine business scenarios to understand the benefits as it integrates all the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective.
Digital collaboration is here to stay. For years, employees have been collaborating using digital tools such as Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and SharePoint. But due to recent events like the pandemic and employees demanding flexibility, organizations across the globe and a range of industries are choosing virtualization with Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly Windows Virtual Desktop) to "future-proof" their businesses. Sign up to download the full e-book "7 requirements for the digital workplace in 2021 and beyond" and explore the digital workplace of today and tomorrow.
Microsoft aims to keep teams connected while they work apart by making Microsoft Teams available to as many people as possible. In this article, learn how Teams allows you to chat, meet, call, learn, and collaborate all in one place. You will also find resources on getting started with teams for free, best practices on running virtual and inclusive meetings, and tips to foster community while working remotely.
Monday, January 10, 2022
Nunavut, located in the northernmost region of Canada, has a large population under the age of 25, distributed across remote communities with no connecting roads. The IT team in Nunavut's government collaborated with Microsoft on a pilot rollout of Windows 365 to help maintain remote government operations during COVID-19 and as part of a larger strategic initiative to provide more efficient community services to all its citizens. With Windows 365, Nunavut can deploy virtual endpoints to a government employee's device using Microsoft Endpoint Manager—no small challenge in dealing with getting users up and running with personalized, highly secure cloud PC service.
When COVID-19 hit in 2020, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP)—responsible for moving a billion gallons of fresh water in each day while taking storm and wastewater out—used Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop to shift roughly 2,000 employees to remote work in a matter of days. The move proved 90% faster than using traditional VPN connections, which it favored in the past. The choice paid off with faster connection speeds, more robust scalability, and multifactor authentication with access to both cloud and on-premises applications.
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Gartner Peer Insights compares vendors' customer relationship management (CRM) systems, which can then be used to determine best practices for your own business. This study in statistics provides insight on the best ways to capture and manage leads.
Today's complicated virtual business reality makes it difficult to secure fragmented IT or cloud point solutions. As we've seen, natural disasters and political tensions require always-on from anywhere tech solutions. We know that Microsoft 365 helps businesses stay agile in these uncertain economic times with cost savings and cloud advances. Need proof? This infographic illustrates how organizations further along in their transition from on-prem to the cloud are more likely to report positive experiences among employees and end users about securing data and personal privacy.
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
When choosing a virtualization solution such as Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop, you want to provide employees with the same experience they'd have on a local desktop or laptop—whether they're managing their inbox with Outlook, sharing files in OneDrive, or collaborating with colleagues on Microsoft Teams. Review the infographic for a handy checklist that includes choice of platform (including MacOS/iOS, HTML5, and Android), a like-local Microsoft Windows experience, containerized user profiles, and more.
Alcoa, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is a global leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminum production with locations in 10 countries. Alcoa deployed Microsoft 365 to improve communication and processes as part of the company's priority to reduce complexity. Employees at the company's Iceland facility embraced Microsoft Teams, using it to access business information from any location and on their own mobile devices. Alcoa uses Teams and Microsoft 365 to become more operator-centric with solutions that enable their employees in Iceland to manage schedules efficiently, streamline processes, and improve communication.
Team building is fundamentally important for your business to thrive. This article provides activities designed to enhance the interpersonal dynamics essential to a team's ability to bond together. Every core element has thought starters for those ready to dive in and a facilitator guide for those who want to take it to their team.
Driven by the pandemic and technology that reduces the limitations of remote work, company culture is no longer confined to the four walls of the office. But that doesn't mean that work culture has disappeared. Organizations are now faced with creating strong connections with remote workers. Learn about the three major challenges leaders need to address so workers feel engaged, productive, and inspired.
Monday, January 3, 2022
Go beyond transactions and interactions to give your buyers unique experiences that build trust. Transform the sales experience with Dynamics 365 Sales. Features include enabling smarter selling with contextual AI, increasing sales profitably with advanced insights, and improving coaching and sales performance.
Attitudes toward the shift to cloud computing are changing—even in the banking world, which has been reluctant to make the transition from on-premises to the cloud due to customer data security concerns. The chief information officer (CIO) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston noted recently that ignoring the cloud may introduce security vulnerabilities as on-premises vendors discontinue support for their products. Learn what executives are saying about how and why risk management needs to act now. Get up to speed on the benefits across the six stages of the life cycle for risk model development, and how Microsoft 365 can help build cloud computing infrastructures.