Matt Scherocman brings more than 15 years of experience in the information technology industry to Interlink Cloud Advisors. His experience includes both the system integrator and manufacturer sides of the business. During his time at the Microsoft Corporation he was responsible for all the the Large Account Reseller (LAR) relationships in the four state Heartland Area of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Prior to Microsoft, Scherocman led a Cincinnati based IT consulting company to grow 5000% and become a Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year. He is actively involved in the strategic vision and operation decisions of the company including finance, selling strategy and marketing. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Miami University and is a Certified Expert in Microsoft licensing including speaking engagements at both Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference and Channel Partner Summit. He is a frequent contributor to leading industry publications.
Recently Microsoft announced their new Secure Productive Enterprise offering. This offering combines Office 365 with either the E3 or E5 packages, with the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite, and Windows Desktop OS.
Microsoft has just launched special pricing through March of 2017! See below.
Contact us today to talk about how to take advantage of this offer with Microsoft!
FindTime for Office 365 Makes Scheduling a Meeting Easy
Scheduling across multiple organizations can be a difficult process. A one-hour meeting with seven people from two different companies can take weeks to schedule. For the meeting organizer, planning a meeting between multiple third party representatives is a tiresome game of phone and email tag. For the attendees, it’s equally as frustrating. Just as soon as the business calendar is being updated, an email storms the inbox, stating that someone forgot to check a calendar and a new meeting time is needed.
Those who have gone through this process frequently find themselves saying, “There has to be a better way to schedule these meetings.”
Scheduling FOR the People
With the addition of Microsoft’s FindTime to the Office 365 suite, a better way to schedule meetings across organizations exists. FindTime is a free Outlook add-in that gives meeting organizers and attendees the flexibility to schedule a time that works for everyone. FindTime reduces the amount of phone calls and email clutter that piles up during the scheduling process.
How does FindTime work?
FindTime is a plugin for Outlook with Office 365. You can either start a new message or reply with a meeting poll. Next, it automatically looks at your calendar and the calendars of people in your organization, and show times when all invitees are available. The coolest part is...the application emails the “poll” to the other parties and lets them select the times they are available, along with the ones that they prefer the most.
FindTime is a welcomed tool for sales teams, product managers, business developers, and any other business units that require meetings with other organizations.
To use FindTime, the organizing party must have an active Office 365 subscription and be using Outlook. However, attendees don’t need an Office 365 subscription and they don't have to be using Outlook. FindTime transforms multiple party scheduling by seamlessly working across different email service providers, devices, and organizational sizes and structures.
With FindTime, organizers and attendees can focus their time and resources on how to make meetings productive, not how to make them happen.
Cloud App Security and Office 365 Advanced Security Management are very comparable Microsoft products, and many of our clients are confused over the difference between them. Both were acquired by Microsoft through the acquisition of Adallom and give users the capability to create security policies and receive alerts when those policies are breeched. In addition, each of the products give users the ability to set manual or automation remediation. Focused on Office 365, Advanced Security Management (ASM) does that work automatically.
In contrast, Cloud App Security covers a wide range of SaaS-based applications - including competitor’s services like Box, Salesforce, and Amazon Web Services. Cloud App Security also adds more functionality including its own data loss prevention, ability to automatically add new applications, and integration with Security Information Event Management (SIEM) products.
The below chart provides additional details on when each product includes:
Contact Interlink today to discuss your needs and which solutions would be a fit for your organization.
Companies want to continue to use the most advanced technology to enable their employees to achieve more, but all of these new and different products have resulted in a licensing headache. We hear constantly that attempting to navigate around Microsoft licensing can be challenging and frustrating. Microsoft created the Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) a few years ago in an attempt to simplify this process. It was a single licensing option that included E3, the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite and Windows Desktop upgrade. Building upon this initial base Microsoft is now continuing to simplify this process with the introduction of the Secure Productive Enterprise. This will be bringing together Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise upgrade, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite into a single licensing offering called the Secure Productive Enterprise. This will be replacing the Enterprise Cloud Suite and Microsoft will be introducing even more options by also offering an Office 365 E5 option in the bundle.
Moving forward Microsoft will be standardizing packaging offers across Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite by offering two tiers of the Secure Productive Enterprise: E3 and E5. This is what it will look like:
Microsoft will continue to evolve the Windows E5 edition by adding more functionality. The first difference is the introduction of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for end point breach detection.
Interlink can help guide you through your options and help figure out what works for your users. We can help profile your users - remember that you don’t have to license everyone with the same license bundle in the cloud.
Video is one of the most powerful forms of media. It gives you the opportunity to convey meaningful messages, tell a story, and connect with others in ways that cannot be done otherwise. Video is a media outlet that is heavily engrained in our personal lives, and as it continues to grow, we should use it to make an impact in the workplace. This is the goal of the new Microsoft Stream business video service - to bring the power of video into the workplace and give organizations access to its many benefits.
With the preview launch of Microsoft Stream, we wanted to share some of the features that make it an easy, collaborative, and social experience for users:
Ease of upload and organization: With easy drag and drop capabilities you can quickly upload your videos and organize them how you see fit
Discover relevant content: With content discovery powered by machine learning you can find content through “trending” videos and searches by hashtag, most liked videos and other terms
Watch anywhere on any device: With Stream being optimized for mobile usage you can take this content on the go with you, whenever and wherever you are.
Secure video management: Backed by the powerful Azure Active Directory, manage who can view your content within your organization
Engage with content: Make video social with the ability to share via email, like your favorites, and more.
Those who are using Microsoft Office 365 may already be utilizing the existing Office 365 Video platform. As Stream builds upon the feedback and success of Office 365 Video, these two platforms will converge making Stream the de facto video experience within Office 365. While Stream is still being developed, there will be no changes made to the current Office 365 Video experience.
As Microsoft continues to build upon the Stream platform, they are looking to develop something that makes video an extraordinary experieince within the workplace. As the platform continues to evolve, it will include some of the following ideas:
Deliver corporate broadcast seamlessly: This will allow organizations a better way to communicate and connect through live video with Stream becoming the hub for both live and video on demand.
Intelligent video search: No longer do you have to skip around the video looking for content, with intelligent video search you can search within the video. Leveraging capabilities such as audio transcription and face detection, Stream allows for a deep searching making relevant content easier to find and faster.
Make video part of your business apps and workflows: Building on the Office 365 platform Stream is able to integrate with other apps such as Microsoft Flow, SharePoint, and many others.
IT management capabilities: Being able to manage the content your organization shares is a big deal so Stream allows for IT to manage permissions throughout Stream. From removing and monitoring content to granting access to channels, IT has the tools to ensure the best experience for its organization.
Microsoft Stream App Ecosystem: Instead of locking down the API Microsoft will be opening it up to allow partners to create custom applications and make them available in AppSource, Microsoft’s marketplace for business applications that was announced earlier this month.
We're looking forward to the exciting new features coming to video with Microsoft Stream and hope you are too. For more information about Microsoft Stream and how to get started managing videos within your organization, please visit the Microsoft Stream webpage.
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