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Matt Scherocman brings more than 15 years of experience in the information technology industry to Interlink Cloud Advisors. His experience includes both the system integrator and manufacturer sides of the business. During his time at the Microsoft Corporation he was responsible for all the the Large Account Reseller (LAR) relationships in the four ...state Heartland Area of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Prior to Microsoft, Scherocman led a Cincinnati based IT consulting company to grow 5000% and become a Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year. He is actively involved in the strategic vision and operation decisions of the company including finance, selling strategy and marketing. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Miami University and is a Certified Expert in Microsoft licensing including speaking engagements at both Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference and Channel Partner Summit. He is a frequent contributor to leading industry publications. More
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What Are the Differences Between Exchange Online Protection (EOP) and ForeFront Online Protection (FOPE) ?

Microsoft's new antispam and antivirus engine is called Exchange Online Protection (EOP).  In general, EOP offers the same capabilities as the previously known ForeFront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE), with improvements such as a streamlined management console, better reporting tools, a new policy rules engine based on transport rules, EU routing capabilities, and enhanced anti-spam capabilities.  Here is a feature-by-feature comparison of and EOP.

Also, check out the service description for EOP:
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Is it Better To Purchase Online Services Under an Enterprise Agreement?

Microsoft recently announced that they were reducing prices of their online service for Enterprise Agreement clients.  Essentially this amounted to a 15% discount across the board on the regular online E plans.  In my opinion, this change was long overdue while it finally builds a programmatic discount between retail pricing and Enterprise Agreement pricing that is significant.  Previously it was only pennies on the dollar, for example the E3 plan was $20 retail and $19.40 on the Enterprise Agreement, a 2% savings.  We are happy to see that these discounts are becoming standardized for clients.  Discounting on the new items will happen for clients as they add cloud to their EA agreement or they renew their agreement with cloud product.

Effective September 1, 2013, Microsoft has reduced the cost on Office 365 Full USL (User Subscriber License) for Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers.

EA SKUs impacted by the USL Price Reduction include Full, Transition, & Step-up USLs:

E1, E3, E4, Exchange Online Plan 1 and 2, Lync Online Plan 1 and 2, SharePoint Online Plan  1 and 2, SharePoint Online Plan 1 and 2 (both with Yammer), K1 Suite

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What Are the Differences Between the E3 Plan and the Midmarket Bundle?

When the Midmarket Bundle is purchased as a license:

    • Must be paid for one year upfront
    • Cannot add other products (archiving for example to the product).  Without this, a user would not be able to placed on legal hold – which I think it required functionality for most clients

When the Midmarket Bundle is purchased directly through the portal:

    • Can pay monthly and can add other products

  Differences between Midmarket bundled purchased via the portal and the E3 plans:

    • E3 adds the Data Loss Prevention
    • E3 adds unlimited archiving and legal hold
    • E3 Office can be deployed with push methods – like group policy deployment or system center, midmarket can only be downloaded by each individual client
    • Rights management – internal controls of what other users can do with the senders email is only available in E3
    • Support for midmarket is business hours only versus 24x7
    • Midmarket is limited to a maximum of 300 users
    • Midsize options do NOT qualify for the on-premise  use rights like E plans.  So, all workloads would need to be run in the cloud with the Midmarket licensing

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How Do I Choose the Right Cloud Deployment Partner?

Start with these questions when deciding on the right Cloud Deployment Partner:

    • Do they have a documented assessment process?  Can they show you completed examples?
    • Can they use Microsoft funding to make the assessment process at no cost to you?
    • Are they a Microsoft managed partner?
    • How many deployments have they completed?  Are they reference able?
    • Can they connect you to Microsoft to discuss their experience?
    • Are they a Microsoft certified Cloud Deployment Partner and Cloud Accelerate Badged?
    • Do they know about Microsoft fast track funding, up to $20K to help customers deploy Office 365?
    • Can they describe the four different migration methods and their pros / cons?
    • Can they describe your single sign-on options?

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What Are the Improvements to SharePoint Online?

Microsoft recently made improvements to the functionality of SharePoint cloud based version:


    • Improved file upload experience: increased file upload limit from 250MB to 2 GB and expanded support for a broader range of file types, specifically .exe and .dll.  These file types can be controlled from SharePoint central administration via the Blocked File Types pages.


    • Increased Site collection and list lookup limits: increased site collection limit from 3,000 to 10,000 and list lookup threshold from 8 to 12 lookups. (for Office 365 Enterprise plans only


    • Improved self-restoration: increasing recycle bin retention duration and turning versioning on by default for new SkyDrive Pro libraries.
        • Customers will now have 90 days to recover deleted documents, lists, list items, sites, etc. from the recycle bin (was emptied automatically every 30 days).

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