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Matt Scherocman

Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) vs. Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Licensing Agreement: What's Best for You?

Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) vs. Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Licensing Agreement: What's Best for You?

EA VS. CSP

Choice is critical in business, but sometimes it’s difficult to determine the best decision for your specific organization. Such is the case when it comes to contracting services for Azure and your other Microsoft cloud applications. For many years, the best choice for larger organizations was signing up for an Enterprise Agreement (EA) directly with Microsoft. However, now there is a new option called Cloud Service Provider (CSP), a contract you can purchase from a certified Microsoft partner.

Both offer similar services and similar pricing. There are advantages and disadvantages to both depending on your size and type of business. So, how do you decide what’s the right choice for your organization? Below is a look at the two options in several key areas.

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Ken Kruthaup

Microsoft PowerApps: Quickly Build Custom Business Apps

Microsoft PowerApps: Quickly Build Custom Business Apps

Office 365 can be an incredibly powerful tool. However, there are times when more automation is needed than comes out of the box. Whether it is the need to automate a workflow, simplify a process, or just have an easy to use application, Microsoft PowerApps looks to fill this gap by allowing organizations to easily create their own solutions which can include Office 365, third party, and home grown applications. So, what is PowerApps and how easy is it to use within an organization?

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Matt Scherocman

Microsoft Teams: Collaboration in the Modern Workplace

Microsoft Teams: Collaboration in the Modern Workplace

For any organization, it is incredibly important to have a system in place that enables employees to be efficient and productive. In most cases, employees take it upon themselves to use applications, usually unknown by the organization, to help manage their tasks and collaborate with their teams more efficiently. This presents a big issue for organizations because their employees use unauthorized and potentially unsecured applications, which can result in the data leakage of secured documents. So, how do you enable your employees to collaborate effectively while making sure they are productive? Microsoft has you covered with their approach to the Modern Workplace and their integration of products such as Planner, OneNote, SharePoint, and many others into their collaboration tool Microsoft Teams.

So, what is Microsoft Teams? If you have not already read our blog Microsoft Teams | A Hub for Teamwork in Office 365, it's Microsoft’s new chat-based work space in Office 365 that brings conversations, content, and people together, all in one place, so they can easily collaborate more. It truly feels like the future of workplace collaboration with everything you need built right in.

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Matt Scherocman

The Path to GDPR Compliance

The Path to GDPR Compliance

There are big changes coming for organizations that conduct business in, or store and collect data tied to citizens of the European Union (EU). From data protection and breach reporting to governance documentation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) calls for businesses in any location that hold data on Europeans to be more efficient and accountable with their IT operations – or face significant penalties.

With May 25th, 2018 as the proposed GDPR enforcement date, you have just a few months to comply with the new (and slightly confusing) GDPR laws. Though that may seem far away, the date will come quick, as will the scrutiny into your data practices.

But the path to compliance doesn’t need to be difficult. At Interlink, through our cloud and on-premises solutions, we’ve identified a path forward. 

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Matt Scherocman

Microsoft Office 365 Groups – Making Your Job Easier

Microsoft Office 365 Groups – Making Your Job Easier

In our blog Introducing Groups in Office 365, we discussed how Office 365 Groups facilitates the storage of information so it’s accessible across different applications but remains secure and easily to manage. Office 365 Groups helps teams collaborate in their desired application, including: Outlook, SharePoint, Skype for Business, Planner, Yammer, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams.

But, it’s not just your administrative staff that will benefit from the use of Office 365 Groups. Your IT staff will also thank you for making end user access and management much easier to setup and administer. With a much less complex and time-consuming process, Office 365 Groups makes assigning permissions easy by automatically assigning users access to the tools they require. Groups can also make it easier to manage both security groups and distribution groups at the same time.

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