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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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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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Sarah Bunt

What New Features Have Been Added to Lync Mobile?

The latest release of Lync mobile includes a number of new features – first, Lync Mobile now provides the ability to view uploaded PowerPoint presentations from your Windows Phone or iOS device. While Lync Mobile has previously allowed users to view shared desktops, this new functionality allows Mobile users to view PowerPoints that have been uploaded to take advantage of functionality such as Q&AS and imbedded multimedia files.

A screenshot of the shared PowerPoint as it would be viewed from a Windows Phone is below:

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Other new features allow Windows Phone users to control Lync using voice commands. This is helpful if you, like me, often use your phone to join Lync meetings while driving. Instead of searching through your phone, now all you need to do is hold down the home key and say “Lync, join my next meeting” or “Lync, join my current meeting”. Note this added functionality is for Windows devices only.

There is also a new GUI for Lync on iOS 7 devices:

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The full press release can be found here

 

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What are the Compliance Updates to Windows Azure?

Windows Azure Compliance Updates: PCI DSS and ISO


PCI DSS Compliance

We are pleased to announce that Windows Azure has been validated for compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) by an independent Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). The QSA has issued an Attestation of Compliance, having audited the Windows Azure against the PCI DSS 2.0 security standards for Level 1. To assist customers in achieving PCI DSS certification, Microsoft is making the Windows Azure PCI Attestation of Compliance and Windows Azure Customer PCI Guide available for immediate download.

Visit the Trust Center for a list of other compliance and certifications.

What is the PCI DSS?
The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) is an information security standard designed to prevent credit card fraud through increased controls around credit card data. PCI certification is required for all organizations (merchants and payment service providers) that process credit card transactions.

Is Windows Azure PCI “certified”?
As a cloud provider, Windows Azure does not directly manage cardholder environments, and therefore, is not eligible for PCI certification. However, Windows Azure has been validated by a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) as providing a secure environment that merchants can use to achieve their own PCI certification.

What Windows Azure services are in scope?
The Information Security Management System (ISMS) for Windows Azure, including infrastructure, development, operations and support for Compute, Data Services, App Services and Network Services are in scope for the PCI DSS Attestation of Compliance. This includes everything listed under Services on http://www.windowsazure.com/. The Windows Azure datacenters in the following regions are in scope: Asia Pacific East (Hong Kong), Asia Pacific Southeast (Singapore), Europe North (Ireland), Europe West (Netherlands), US North Central (Illinois), US South Central (Texas), US East (Virginia), and US West (California).

 

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