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Microsoft Cloud App Security – On-Premise Security in the Cloud

Microsoft Cloud App Security – On-Premise Security in the Cloud

Why Do I Need Security in The Cloud?

Whether you like it or not, your company data is most likely all over the place. More than 80% of employees admit to using non-Microsoft SaaS applications, like Salesforce, Box, etc., at work.* With valuable and confidential files flying around, you need to make sure that the level of security you’ve already implemented on-premises is reflected in the cloud, and Microsoft has you covered. With Microsoft’s Cloud App Security enterprise-grade security for cloud applications, you have the tools for deeper visibility, comprehensive controls, and enhanced protection against the dangers—such as company data leaks—of unsecured cloud activity across multiple non-Microsoft cloud vendors.

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Matt Scherocman

Introducing Microsoft StaffHub: A New App to Manage the Work Life of Deskless Workers

Introducing Microsoft StaffHub: A New App to Manage the Work Life of Deskless Workers

Deskless workers are truly the unsung heroes of the workforce, and for many industries such as retail, food service, manufacturing and hospitality these hundreds of millions of workers are a company’s backbone, interacting with customers and making things happen. Although they are incredibly critical to the success of business, these deskless workers frequently don’t have the dedicated workspaces or proper applications they need to stay connected with management and each other.

This severely limits the transmission of information between these deskless teams. Even worse, it makes deskless workers and their supervisors rely on slow, limiting, inefficient paper processes to perform simple tasks.

Microsoft has updated its StaffHub app with a couple of new features that make managing work shifts even easier. StaffHub is Microsoft’s new Office 365 service that lets businesses manage schedules remotely.  Employees of a business can also use the app to see what their shifts are, swap their shifts or even communicate with each other right from the app.  Employers and employees can also:

  • Creating and modifying schedules with features like “copy last schedule”
  • Swapping shifts and sending alerts
  • Distributing new information to employees like policy updates, manuals, and guidelines
  • Setting up meetings between deskless workers
  • Notes can be used to remind staff about new product lines and special offers.
  • Employees can quickly message each other arranging breaks, letting each other know about regular customers or let them know they are running late.

This is especially frustrating when these employees frequently have powerful smartphones in their pockets and purses. Microsoft has eliminated these issues and changed the way deskless workers communicate and manage their life at work with Microsoft StaffHub.

MIcrosoft StaffHub

What Microsoft StaffHub Can Do

StaffHub makes it easy for managers to create, update and edit shift schedules for their team, streamlining what has been a labor-intensive process. In this interface, colleagues can see an overview of their upcoming shifts, resolve scheduling conflicts and all requests to alter the schedule go straight to the manager who can respond immediately via the app. Microsoft added more crucial features which include:

  • Customize StaffHub notifications by visiting “Settings” in the left menu. You can now easily change your shift reminder and when you receive notifications.
  • Employers can send videos, news and documents to individuals or groups.
  • Catch up on the latest conversation quickly with “Jump to last unread” and new messages indicators.

Microsoft StaffHub mobile

With Microsoft StaffHub, the back-and-forth phone calls, text messages, and email change requests can be eliminated, and managers of deskless teams can interact in real time - making sure schedules, information, and meeting times are all up to date. Anything shared between deskless workers is readily available by the entire team, significantly reducing the time it takes to get everyone working with the same information.

StaffHub is available in 15 languages, including all the major Romance languages and Chinese. It’s available as part of the Office 365 K1, E1, E3 and E5 plans(including the “education” version of these plans). StaffHub runs on the web and under iOS and Android. Each individual using it must have an Office 365 account.

Contact Interlink today to learn how your deskless workers can start becoming more productive with Microsoft StaffHub.

 

Sarah Bunt

On-Demand Webinar | How to Stay Secure & Productive with Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite

On-Demand Webinar | How to Stay Secure & Productive with Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite

On-Demand Webinar & Slides

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Are you looking to add a tighter level of security to your environment? Do you want to stay secure and productive on your favorite apps and devices?

In this on-demand event, Microsoft and Interlink Cloud Advisors show you the powerful new capabilities of Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security and how it ensures your critical company data is protected.

During this online event, see what’s new through a live demo of EMS’s E5 functionality and how it allows you to:

  • Lockdown your valuable data: Automatically classify information to better protect intellectual property with Azure Information Protection. Lock it down so, your competitors can see it and your existing sales people can’t take it with them!
  • Secure the cloud: Drive security policies and reporting across Microsoft and non-Microsoft cloud services with Cloud App Security. Your data is being dispersed all over the global by using various SAAS services. Take back control and visibility – we’ll show you how!
  • Control Administrator Account Access: Ensure that powerful rights are utilized appropriately. Privileged Identity Management gives the ability to grant access to admins only when required and limited to the resources needed.
  • Use Identity Protection: Ensure that users are accessing your environment following the policies that are required for your business. Automatically identify risky scenarios, take appropriate actions, and provide reporting.

In addition, we provide an in-depth licensing overview and comparison of EMS E5 vs. EMS E3 features and functionality. You’ll also see how you can leverage Microsoft paid assessments and proof of concepts to see if EMS E5 is the right solution for your business!

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Click to instantly watch this information-packed webinar and download the slide deck.


PRESENTERS

Eric Inch

Eric Inch

Eric Inch is a Technical Solutions Specialist - Mobility & Security for the Microsoft Corporation. He is responsible for helping clients deploy the EMS offering across their corporate account base.

Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy is a Senior Consultant for Interlink who has helped more than a hundred clients migrate their workloads to the cloud.  He is badged by Microsoft and certified in their cloud technologies.

 

 

Matt Scherocman

Microsoft EMS Case Study: Interlink Sets G&J Pepsi Free to Innovate, Collaborate and Grow

Microsoft EMS Case Study: Interlink Sets G&J Pepsi Free to Innovate, Collaborate and Grow

G&J Pepsi Cola is the largest family-owned and operated Pepsi franchise bottler in the United States. Over 1,000 of their 1,600 employees are made up of deskless workers, including drivers, salespeople, and merchandisers. Not yet utilizing mobile devices, this sizable workforce did their job based on paper marching orders each morning. Over time, these paper instructions became hefty books that field people lugged around and rummaged for information.

hybrid Use Benefit quoteRealizing the need for change, G&J transitioned from paper to electronic documents and outfitted its deskless workforce with Android smartphones. The move created hundreds of new, unsecure and unoptimized mobile endpoints.

hybrid Use Benefit case study

Here’s just a couple of ways Interlink used the full value of Microsoft enterprise cloud products to meet G&J’s business challenge.

  • Secured the Digital Link with Microsoft EMS
    Using Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), Interlink quickly secured 1,200 smartphones and tablets.

    With the mobile devices secure, G&J corporate offices, distribution centers, and field employees can now communicate and collaborate without having to worry about endpoint security. Management is free to share sensitive data in real time with other business units, decreasing data availability downtime while increasing efficiency of response to changes in operations.
  • Extended Microsoft EMS with Azure Active Directory Premium
    G&J uses several different applications across their IT infrastructure, all deployed with the challenge of needing to be secure and easily accessible. Using Azure Active Directory Premium, Interlink streamlined the management of these applications and improved the secure accessibility of multiple applications.

    By using a cloud-based single-sign-on (SSO), G&J consolidates application management and usage into one simple process. IT no longer needs to spend time and resources configuring multiple sets of credentials, and field employees never need to be concerned about not having access to their suite of third-party applications.

Read the full case study and see how Interlink met G&J Pepsi’s business mobility challenges with Interlink and Microsoft EMS.

hybrid Use Benefit case study

Contact us to show you how we can improve your collaboration, security, and mobility with Microsoft EMS too.  

Matt Scherocman

Limited-Time Microsoft Offer: Migrate VMware to Hyper-V Now and Save

Limited-Time Microsoft Offer: Migrate VMware to Hyper-V Now and Save

With the launch of Windows Server 2016, making the switch from VMware to the Microsoft Hyper-V makes more sense than ever. With Microsoft’s VMware migration offer, switching to a cloud-ready, dynamic virtual server is easy.

Migrating from VMware to Hyper-V takes advantage of Windows Server 2016 unmatched benefits, including:

  • Built-in security capabilities
  • Reduced total cost of ownership
  • The flexibility to deploy hybrid to the cloud where optimal
  • Scalable cloud application workloads support
  • One less vendor that you must negotiate with


Windows Server 2016 provides robust solutions for small and large enterprises. The Hyper-V puts an emphasis on security by offering new, unique security services such as Shielded Virtual Machines and Azure powered Just in Time Administration.

Windows Server 2016 also comes with software-defined datacenter capabilities that cover virtual machines management, increased performance software defined storage, and time-saving networking infrastructure solutions

Reducing Total Cost of Ownership

Migrating from VMware to Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V reduces your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). The VMware to Windows Server 2016 migration offer gives customers free Windows Server Datacenter licenses with a Software Assurance subscription. Basically, if you purchase the maintenance package, Microsoft will grant you the actual license. 

The annual cost of a similar VMware solutions suite almost double that of a Windows Server 2016 datacenter – which you still need to purchase to support your Windows workload! (You can calculate your savings here). 

Microsoft Hyper V

Hyper-V positions your IT infrastructure, management, and deployment solutions to be ready to scale with cloud challenges so you can take advantage of the benefits of virtual machines. 

 

Start The Migration Process Today

Contact Interlink to discussion the migration planning process. We will assist you in identifying which virtualized workloads you’ll want to migrate and how many Windows Server Datacenter cores are required.

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