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New Microsoft Windows 10 available July 29th!

New Microsoft Windows 10 available July 29th!

Windows 10 is being made available as a free upgrade for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices - available starting July 29, 2015.  With familiarity and ease, Windows 10 is designed to start up and resume fast. Plus, it is packed with innovations and compatible with the hardware and software you already use.  

Matt Scherocman

NEW Microsoft Office 365 E5 Plan

NEW Microsoft Office 365 E5 Plan

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Microsoft has added a new a new premium Office 365 Enterprise suite plan– E5It will deliver the most comprehensive set of productivity, collaboration, analytics, security and compliance capabilities of any Office 365 plan. Also, Microsoft has added new feature value in E1 and E3 with Skype Meeting Broadcast added into E1, and DLP and Encryption extended across workloads (SfB and SPO) for E3.  

What is E5? 

 

The new advanced feature value of security, analytics and new cloud voice and PSTN conferencing capabilities has been reserved for E5Let’s briefly breakdown the features below. For a more detailed look at E5 and all of the new aspects of the Enterprise plans, contact us here.

 

 

Security:

 

Includes Predictive eDiscovery, Secure Attachments/URLs with Advanced Threat Protection and Access Control.

Sarah Bunt

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

Matt Scherocman

What is Microsoft’s Enterprise Cloud Suite (ECS)?

First and foremost, it’s a new licensing bundle of products from Microsoft. It can be hard to understand considering it is a bundle of bundles. Moving to the cloud from a traditional licensing plan can be confusing. We hope this brief overview gives you the highlights of this new option. We will look at what is in the ECS Suite, how it is the same, and how it is different than today’s enterprise desktop license model.  

 

 

Here are the four components of the ECS Suite:

 

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What are the benefits of the ECS Suite?

  • Simpler – One sku is licensed by user that includes the most popular cloud offerings.
  • Discounting – Microsoft puts a compelling discount onto the bundle versus purchasing the individual pieces.
  • Licensed by userWith the average employee using more devices for business like tablets, mobile phones, and even home PCs, licensing by user makes sense for most scenarios.  
  • Ability to decrease license count – In the crazy world of mergers and acquisitions, it is important for some organizations to be able to decrease their licensing headcount as their business changes.  Most ECS licensed agreements are able to have their quantity decreased “true down” on the anniversary of the agreement down to a minimum of 250 users.
  • Like all Microsoft agreements, customers have the ability to add licensing at any time.

 

In today’s model you have your CAL suite, plus Office and Windows.

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Tomorrow’s ECS plan encompasses the same items on the left now delivered in a cloud / user model with enhanced functionality.

 

Matt Scherocman

Mobile Device Management Options

Mobile Device Management Options

 

Mobile Device Management or MDM is a headache for all IT departments who allow mobile devices to connect and sync company information.  The issues of protecting company data and information become even worse in today's "bring your own device" world, employees want the ability to use their own personal devices for both business and personal use. How does IT manage the balance between company security and end user efficiency?  Many find the balance by utilizing an MDM tool.    

Microsoft has moved into MDM space these past several years; early on with Exchange ActiveSync, later with the development of the InTune solution, and now with Office 365.

There are some key differences between how each service manages your mobile devices. They are outlined in the provided chart above, but we will also give more specifics below.

 


 

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