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Christopher Bauer

How Managed Service Providers Can Help You Save Time & Money When Migrating to Office 365

How Managed Service Providers Can Help You Save Time & Money When Migrating to Office 365

There are many benefits to migrating to Office 365 and not just through cost savings. More specifically, businesses can take advantage of the expandable data management that comes with a cloud hosted environment. However, a poorly planned Office 365 migration can lead to ballooning costs and wasted IT resources. So, let’s talk about how to pop that balloon and make sure your business is operating efficiently and on budget while migrating to and operating in the cloud.

Trying to quantify the number of items before migrating your email to Office 365 can seem overwhelming, especially for a team that has not experienced a migration. This is where working with an experienced Managed Service Provider (MSP) can launch your project in the right direction right from the start. An MSP will also help keep overall costs low and your project on track. Let’s face it, as the leader of an IT department you are always juggling projects and business priorities and dedicating the necessary time to a cloud migration project isn’t always feasible. That’s also when partnering with the right MSP that can provide the dedicated attention necessary to properly plan and execute your project is crucial.

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Matt Scherocman

Comparing the Office 365 Enterprise Kiosk (K1) Plan vs. Enterprise (E1) Plan

Comparing the Office 365 Enterprise Kiosk (K1) Plan vs. Enterprise (E1) Plan

Many of our clients have been asking us about the differences between Microsoft’s Office 365 Enterprise Kiosk (K1) plan and Enterprise (E1) plans and have been confused about which plan is right for the users who do not need the higher end suites. This comparison is for clients who are considering either of these two plans and want to figure out which one is a better fit for their business. 

What is an Enterprise Kiosk (K1) plan? 

Essentially, the Kiosk plan is for those that are looking for inexpensive licenses for deskless workers - users who are often working away from a desk or using a shared PC and don’t need desktop versions of Office. 

What are the differences between the K1 and E1 plan?

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Matt Scherocman

Is Skype for Business Cloud PBX the Right Choice for Your Organization?

Is Skype for Business Cloud PBX the Right Choice for Your Organization?

The move to cloud-based voice solutions for business communications has been underway for years and Microsoft has joined the party with its Skype for Business Cloud PBX offering. While there are many cloud PBX systems on the market, Microsoft's Cloud PBX provides the added benefit of complete integration with the familiar Office 365 suite. This can be a powerful advantage when you are looking to implement a major phone system change.

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Matt Scherocman

Easily Improve the Security of Office 365 with Secure Score

Easily Improve the Security of Office 365 with Secure Score

Everybody has a burning desire to keep score. Whether it involves the seventh game of the NBA finals or the value of your house compared to your next-door neighbor, most people want to know where they stand.  

Up to now, there hasn’t been a comprehensive scoreboard to empirically gauge data risk levels in the cloud. That all changed with the introduction of Office 365 Secure Score – a feature from Microsoft that tracks and analyzes your ongoing activity and security settings and presents you with an overall security score.

Maintaining the security of your data and systems is crucial to your business. Using Secure Score is an effective way to keep a close eye on your security tools use and procedures.

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Matt Scherocman

Easing the Pain of M&A with an Office 365 IT Strategy

Easing the Pain of M&A with an Office 365 IT Strategy

Duro Bag was once a small, family-owned paper bag manufacturing business with traditional IT needs. After being acquired by a private equity firm, a new entity was created called Novolex. After a flurry of acquisitions, Duro quickly became part of the largest paper bag producer in the world with nearly 2,000 employees and billions of dollars in revenue. The CIO and Director of IT suddenly found themselves in charge of the IT infrastructure for an organization that was no longer a small manufacturing company, but instead a billion-dollar enterprise with multiple subsidiaries, and more coming on board.

“There is no way they had enough excess capacity in the original company to merge all the acquired IT systems together,” says Matt Scherocman, President of Interlink Cloud Advisors. “They had to go to the cloud because they couldn’t possibly move fast enough to build servers and infrastructure, to be able to consolidate the firm’s IT systems.”

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