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What is Office Sway?

Sway

Sway is now rolling out to users with full features and capabilities.

SWAY

In October 2014, Microsoft introduced a new way for consumers to share their ideas utilizing a number of multimedia outlets. Sway allows for the compiling of videos, pictures, Tweets, and more in polished reports and presentations – all in an interactive way.

Check out this Sway we put together on the new offerings of Office 365! 

Sway can be used across many different industries and businesses – even in education.

  • Newsletters

  • Marketing plans/campaigns

  • Proposals and sales pitches

  • Project plans/updates

  • Brochures/digital fliers

  • Weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual reports

  • Training manuals

 

Sway vs. PowerPoint

  • Fluid. Better movement from slide to slide that gives a more unified flow in the presentation.

  • Embed. Add Tweets, Videos, other Sways and more directly into the presentation simply and without having to interrupt the movement.

  • Upload. Word, PowerPoint, and PDFs can be uploaded and formatted automatically into Sway saving time and energy re-entering all of the content.

  • Explore. Deeper options to navigate with horizontal and vertical movements. Possible integration of vertical movement within a horizontal format.

  • Publish. Created and shared easily on the web with co-authoring capabilities.

 Sway picture

Sway will support Office 365 work and school credentials, meaning all qualified Office 365 for business or education subscribers can start utilizing Sway too. Both Sway on the web and the next Sway for iPhone update will support logging in with Office 365 work or school accounts.

Look for an article on Sway- Tips and Tricks coming soon.

If you want to know about the new Office 365 products, features and updates, contact us here.

Sarah Bunt

Your Microsoft FY16 Funding Guide

Microsoft has announced their first round of funding buckets for their 2016 fiscal year.

Funding can be used to help offset the costs of deployment and adoption of Office 365 Workloads and the deployment and adoption of the Enterprise Mobility Suite.

Funding available for purchases of Office 365:

 Clients who purchase Office 365 between July 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015, are eligible for the US Early Bird Office 365 Active usage funding.

The payout is $15/seat up to 1000 seats with a maximum of $15,000.

Requirements:

  • Clients first purchase of Office 365
  • Purchase of 150+ seats of eligible 365 SKUs:  any combination of E Suite (E1, E3, E4), or standalone SKU’s of Office ProPlus, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, Project and Visio
  • Must reach 5% active usage on a single workload by December 31st, 2015 to qualify for payment
  • Please note: Exchange active usage is not eligible for this offer

**The deadline to apply for the Early Bird Office 365 Active usage funding is August 31, 2015.

 


Clients who purchase Office 365 from September 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016 are eligible for the Office 365 Adoption Funding.  

The Payout is $15/user for first 1,000 users and then $5/user for 1000+ users up to $60,000.

Requirements:

  • Clients first purchase of Office 365.Purchase of 150+ seats of eligible Office 365 SKUs: All E Suites, Office 365 ProPlus, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, OneDrive for Business, Project Online, Project Pro, Project Lite and Visio Pro for Office 365 standalone SKUs
    • This offer is available through EA/EAS, Open, Open Value, Open Value Subscription, Cloud Solution Provider, MPSA, AOS and MOSP
  • Purchase of 150+ seats of eligible Office 365 SKUs: All E Suites, Office 365 ProPlus, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, OneDrive for Business, Project Online, Project Pro, Project
  • Qualified workloads:  SharePoint, Skype for Business, Office Pro Plus or Yammer
  • Client must meet 15% active usage metric on any one workload
  • Please note: Exchange active usage is not eligible for this offer


 

 Funding available for purchases of Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) or EMS through the Enterprise Cloud Suite:

 Clients who purchase Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) Or Enterprise Cloud Suite before August 31, 2015 are eligible for the EMS Deployment Funding

Amount of funding based on # licenses purchased: 150-249 users = $4,000 ; 250-999 users = $6,000

 Requirements:

  • Purchase ECS or EMS from before August 31, 2015
  • Funds can be used to offset the cost of deployment for Microsoft Intune, Azure Active Directory Premium, or Azure Rights Management System.
  • Deploy any two components and receive double the funding
  • Example: purchase 250 EMS licenses under ECS and deploy Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory Premium = $6,000+$6,000 = $12,000 maximum EMS deployment funding.
  • Funding must be requested within 4 months of purchase date and deployed within 90 days of funding approval.


Clients who purchase Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) from September 1, 2015- March 31, 2016 are eligible for the EMS Adoption Funding.

The Payout is $15/user for first 1,000 users and then $5/user for 1000+ users up to $60,000.

 Requirements:

  • Net new Purchase of eligible SKU’s: EMS & ECSPurchase of 150+ seats of a single eligible SKU qualify for an investment toward driving active usage of Intune and Azure Active Directory Premium.
    • This offer is available through EA/EAS, Open, Open Value, Open Value Subscription, Cloud Solution Provider, MPSA, AOS and MOSP.
  • Purchase of 150+ seats of a single eligible SKU qualify for an investment toward driving active usage of Intune and Azure Active Directory Premium.
  • Client must meet 15% active usage metric for Intune and/or Azure Active Directory Premium
  • Please note: Azure Rights Management is not eligible for this offer

Click here to view a summary of what determines active usage for both Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)

Contact Interlink today if you have any questions or want to know if you qualify for any Funding!

 

Sarah Bunt

Interlink Cloud Advisors Named 2015 Fast 55 Winner by Cincinnati Business Courier

Cincinnati-based systems integrator, Interlink, gets awarded for their 233 percent revenue growth.

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The Cincinnati Business Courier recently announced the 2015 Fast 55 award winners at their annual Fast 55 awards luncheon. Interlink Cloud Advisors, a systems integrator focusing on Microsoft cloud-based solutions, was recognized as the 5th fastest growing firm in Cincinnati overall. They were also the fastest growing firm in the ‘$1 million to $5 million’ revenue category.

 

For the past 11 years, The Business Courier has been ranking Greater Cincinnati’s fastest-growing private, for-profit companies through its Fast 55 program. To be considered, companies must be headquartered in the Greater Cincinnati region and have an average of at least $1 million in sales for the three most recent years. Each year, awards are presented to the top 5 companies that have demonstrated the most outstanding revenue growth over a three-year period. Winners are selected out of the 55 previously named finalists, in five revenue categories ― ranging from $1 million to $100+ million. The award represents the incredible hard work and dedication behind Interlink’s growth.

 

“We are proud to be recognized as a top growing contributor to our region’s economic success and believe it is due to our firm commitment of helping businesses take advantage of the economics, flexibility and extensibility of cloud computing on the Microsoft platform,” stated Interlink President Matt Scherocman. “It feels good to know we have built a company that offers services and solutions that are not only profitable, but also cut client costs and increase overall performance.”

 

Microsoft echoes those sentiments. “As a born-in-the-cloud integrator, Microsoft has partnered with Interlink for the past four years. We have watched them grow from a startup to one of our top managed partners, which now provides solutions across three different geographic areas,” explained Amy Riegert, Director of Partner Sales at Microsoft in the US Central Region.

 

To see the entire list of Fast 55 Finalists and Winners, visit: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/feature/fast-55/


To view pictures of the event, visit:
http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/blog/2015/06/the-23-best-photos-of-the-courier-s-fast-55-awards.html

Sarah Bunt

How does Office Delve boost workgroup productivity?

Microsoft Office Delve accomplishes this by making it easy to identify files that you need to work, even when you can’t locate or describe them.

Microsoft Office Delve, a new information discovery and content management applicationmonitors content and tailors information discovery to each person’s content and work habits. Delve is based on Office Graph technology. This technology uses machine learning to track the links between people, content, and activities across Office 365 applications. The relationship maps that Graph creates pushes use patterns to news feeds personalized for each user.

Delve measures the relevance of each file that workgroup members create, change, and share. The more relevant a content is to your work—and the more closely you work with others to create and share it—the more relevant the file is to you. When you look for files, the most relevant ones appear on the search list.

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Sarah Bunt

Is Office 365 International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Compliant?

The simple answer is "no".

There are multiple flavors called Office 365 and the shared version (the most common) is not ITAR compliant. This comes from two different concerns around ITAR – 1) That only US citizens manage the data – Microsoft uses follow the sun support which includes non-Americans providing support and accessing the data 2) Is that the data stays in the US only. While this is typically true for Office 365, it does have the ability to fail over workloads to data centers located in other countries.

There are a few options:

  1. The ITAR compliant platform version of Office 365 is ITAR compliant, but it starts at 30,000 users and is considerable more expensive. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn270088.aspx
  2. Clients can split their users between platforms. Clients move everyone not working on defense contracts, including foreign nationals, out to the cloud and then hybrid the connection back to their existing Exchange installation where the ITAR restricted users and projects are housed.

Other Resources: Office 365 ITAR-support

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