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Matt Scherocman

FindTime: Scheduling a Meeting Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

FindTime: Scheduling a Meeting Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

FindTime for Office 365 Makes Scheduling a Meeting Easy

Scheduling across multiple organizations can be a difficult process. A one-hour meeting with seven people from two different companies can take weeks to schedule. For the meeting organizer, planning a meeting between multiple third party representatives is a tiresome game of phone and email tag. For the attendees, it’s equally as frustrating. Just as soon as the business calendar is being updated, an email storms the inbox, stating that someone forgot to check a calendar and a new meeting time is needed.

Those who have gone through this process frequently find themselves saying, “There has to be a better way to schedule these meetings.”

Scheduling FOR the People

With the addition of Microsoft’s FindTime to the Office 365 suite, a better way to schedule meetings across organizations exists. FindTime is a free Outlook add-in that gives meeting organizers and attendees the flexibility to schedule a time that works for everyone. FindTime reduces the amount of phone calls and email clutter that piles up during the scheduling process.

How does FindTime work?

replay findtime meeting pollFindTime is a plugin for Outlook with Office 365.
You can either start a new message or reply with a meeting poll.
Next, it automatically looks at your calendar and the calendars of people in your organization, and show times when all invitees are available. 
The coolest part is...the application emails the “poll” to the other parties and lets them select the times they are available, along with the ones that they prefer the most.

findtime

FindTime is a welcomed tool for sales teams, product managers, business developers, and any other business units that require meetings with other organizations. 

To use FindTime, the organizing party must have an active Office 365 subscription and be using Outlook. However, attendees don’t need an Office 365 subscription and they don't have to be using Outlook. FindTime transforms multiple party scheduling by seamlessly working across different email service providers, devices, and organizational sizes and structures.

With FindTime, organizers and attendees can focus their time and resources on how to make meetings productive, not how to make them happen.

findtime install for free

 

Matt Scherocman

Difference Between Microsoft’s Cloud App Security and Office 365 Advanced Security Management

Difference Between Microsoft’s Cloud App Security and Office 365 Advanced Security Management

Cloud App Security and Office 365 Advanced Security Management are very comparable Microsoft products, and many of our clients are confused over the difference between them. Both were acquired by Microsoft through the acquisition of Adallom and give users the capability to create security policies and receive alerts when those policies are breeched. In addition, each of the products give users the ability to set manual or automation remediation. Focused on Office 365, Advanced Security Management (ASM) does that work automatically.

In contrast, Cloud App Security covers a wide range of SaaS-based applications - including competitor’s services like Box, Salesforce, and Amazon Web Services. Cloud App Security also adds more functionality including its own data loss prevention, ability to automatically add new applications, and integration with Security Information Event Management (SIEM) products. 

The below chart provides additional details on when each product includes:

Difference Between Microsoft Cloud App Security and Office 365 Advanced Security Management

Contact Interlink today to discuss your needs and which solutions would be a fit for your organization.  

Aaron Seals

Affordable High Quality Video Conferencing

Affordable High Quality Video Conferencing

Polycom RealPresence Trio - package MSRP is $2300


Through experience we know that users want top quality audio first with simple operation. The Polycom RealPresence Trio combines the clarity of the Polycom conference room phone with a simpler operating screen where users can join with one click and no laptop required. 

The package includes a speakerphone, camera, and a Visual+ box for connecting to an external monitor over HDMI. With the implementation of a 5-inch color touch screen and intuitive navigation the Trio creates a simple system which means quick starts for every meeting and minimal training requirements.

Quality Video Conferencing skype copy

Polycom RealPresence Trio isn’t just simple for users, but it is also quick to deploy and easy to manage for administrators. With strong features such as Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and zero-touch deployment it easily connects as a phone and can integrate directly with your call control platform. With ease of use and deployment in mind the Trio brings native integration with Skype for Business, Microsoft Lync 2013, and support for all the major SIP platforms to ensure that deployment is simple and future-proof. With the future built in mind the underlying software platform allows for future application expansion making the Trio an investment that continues to become better over time.

Stand-out Features:

  • Clear and rich audio experience powered by new, patented technologies such as Enhanced HD voice and NoiseBlock
  • Visual collaboration capabilities with HD content sharing and the option for real-time video interaction
  • Wired or Wireless pairing with portable devices (BYOD)
  • “One touch join” meeting ability resulting in a speedy connection
  • Affordably priced for mass adoption across every meeting space
  • Ability to extend audio coverage with expansion mics

Interlink can help guide you through how the Polycom RealPresence Trio can fit into your workplace environment. 

Contact us for more information.

Mark Rackley

Impactful Changes to Office 365 – SharePoint Sandbox Solutions [Time Sensitive]

Impactful Changes to Office 365 – SharePoint Sandbox Solutions [Time Sensitive]

Microsoft has recently made a significant change to the way they are handling SharePoint Sandbox Solutions in Office 365. This may have a major impact or your organization as these changes roll out across tenants.

If you have uploaded any Sandbox Solutions to your Office 365 tenant in the past week or so, you may have found that you are no longer able to activate these templates. That is because Microsoft is in the process of disabling the activation of any Sandbox Solutions that contain code. In addition, according to an article in Reddit - Microsoft has disabled activation of Sandboxed code solutions AND will disable all active solutions in 30 days on SharePoint Online.

Now, I’m skeptical of the statement that all Sandbox Solutions with code will be disabled in 30 days, as this will unlikely cause catastrophic consequences for some folks, but I don’t have any further information at this time.

What do disabled SharePoint Sandbox Solutions mean to me?

There are a few implications here. If you have any code-based Sandbox Solutions running in your environment in Office 365 you may start to see broken web-parts, pages, event receivers, or broken other functionality/errors in the next month or so. The implications could be as small as a missing web part on a page to a broken site collection. It really depends on what code has been deployed to your tenant.

In addition, if you’ve previously created any Site Templates that were created from sites that had activated code-based Sandbox Solutions, you will NOT be able to create sites from these templates after the solution has been disabled.

How can I tell if I have any SharePoint Sandbox Solutions?

You can go to your Solutions Gallery to see if you have any Sandbox Solutions deployed. You can get to the Solutions Gallery by going to the Site Settings of your Site Collection, then clicking on the “Solutions” link under the “Web Designer Galleries” section.

sandbox Solutions

Please note, this is also where things like Site Templates are stored, so don’t freak out of you see some solutions deployed and don’t know what they are. Hopefully they were named well as there are little details displayed from the Solutions Gallery itself.

Why weren’t we warned sooner?

Microsoft actually DID warn everyone back in January 2014 - one instance of this is on the SharePoint dev blog in an article titled Deprecation of Custom Code in Sandboxed Solutions. Plus we’ve been telling clients since then to stop doing code-based Sandbox Solutions.

Yet, it is a little surprising they would make sure a hard cut off of 30 days though. If I can get some confirmation I’ll be sure to update the post.

What do I do if this affects my company?

Excellent question. First of all, if you have any Site Templates that utilize code-based Sandbox Solutions, re-create those Site Templates with your code-based Sandbox Solutions disabled. I would do this immediately - if not sooner. Once a solution has been deactivated there is no way to create a site with a Site Template dependent on that feature.

Secondly, if you have any code-based Sandbox Solutions, evaluate their functionality and determine what will stop working. Some of the functionality (visual web parts) can be recreated with scripting, while other functionality (event receivers) may cause you a lot more heartburn to replicate without a Sandbox Solution.

You can also reach out to us at Interlink and we could help point you in the right direction for what to do in your particular scenario. It is important you do SOMETHING though. Interlink can assess your current environment, help point out possible pain points, and guide you through the re-creation of code-based Sandbox Solutions into a supported format.

Should I panic?

Hopefully, no, but honestly, if code-based Sandbox Solutions are forcibly disabled in 30 days you should be concerned if there is any chance you have them in your environment.

[Update as of 8/3/2016: Microsoft released a script that lets you check for sandbox solutions]

Matt Scherocman

Secure Productive Enterprise – The Ultimate License Bundle– The New Enterprise Cloud Suite

Secure Productive Enterprise – The Ultimate License Bundle– The New Enterprise Cloud Suite

What is Secure Productive Enterprise? 

Companies want to continue to use the most advanced technology to enable their employees to achieve more, but all of these new and different products have resulted in a licensing headache. We hear constantly that attempting to navigate around Microsoft licensing can be challenging and frustrating. Microsoft created the Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS) a few years ago in an attempt to simplify this process. It was a single licensing option that included E3, the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite and Windows Desktop upgrade. Building upon this initial base Microsoft is now continuing to simplify this process with the introduction of the Secure Productive Enterprise. This will be bringing together Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise upgrade, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite into a single licensing offering called the Secure Productive Enterprise. This will be replacing the Enterprise Cloud Suite and Microsoft will be introducing even more options by also offering an Office 365 E5 option in the bundle.   

Moving forward Microsoft will be standardizing packaging offers across Office 365, Windows 10 Enterprise, and the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite by offering two tiers of the Secure Productive Enterprise: E3 and E5. This is what it will look like:

Secure Productive Enterprise

Microsoft will continue to evolve the Windows E5 edition by adding more functionality. The first difference is the introduction of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection for end point breach detection.

For more information, check out Microsoft's blog post Empower Your Employees with the Secure Productive Enterprise.


Interlink can help guide you through your options and help figure out what works for your users. We can help profile your users - remember that you don’t have to license everyone with the same license bundle in the cloud.  

Contact us for more information.

 

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