Speaking at Codec’s 2017 Microsoft Event, Aisling Curtis began her presentation with a bold statement - the Commercial Director for Microsoft Ireland announced that Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and organisation in the planet to achieve more. And how might Microsoft’s grand ambitions be realised – the answer in a word (or two) is digital transformation according to Curtis.
You may or may not be aware that there is new ransomware attack release named “Bad Rabbit” infecting devices across the globe. Let’s examine how it works, how it might affect you and most importantly what you should (and shouldn’t) do to avoid it.
New security levels for more complex environments and increased threats.
Codec will be holding its annual Microsoft-focused event on November 2nd 2017. This event will involve Codec’s business partners talking about their experiences using Microsoft’s suite of products, and how these same products have helped transform their business processes.
Codec intend to provide a platform for businesses with like-minded concerns and aspirations to talk to one another, to learn, and to grow their knowledgebase so they can leverage and extract the maximum possible benefit from their arsenal of Microsoft software.
More than three quarters (78%) of IT decision-makers surveyed in a recent poll carried out by Gartner are currently using or intend using Office 365 software and services in the coming year. This figure represented an increase of 13 percentage points compared with the results from the previous Office 365 research conducted by Gartner back in 2014.
Those participants who are currently using it seem reasonably content too, scoring Office 365 at a mean average of 5.3 on a scale from 1 to 7 when rating their level of satisfaction with product.
So your company is considering buying Office 365 or perhaps you already have it but are unsure how to utilize it effectively for your specific business needs.
What do you need to do? Well, the key first challenge is to get your employees on board with the fact that the cloud is transforming how we work. The second challenge is to really invest in Office 365 and realise the tremendous value it can provide to your business. And if you still need further convincing then let’s examine 5 ways in which your business can not only maximize business productivity with Office 365, but change how you do business forever. A bold statement? Yes, but hear me out.
What is a Microsoft CSP?
The Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program (CSP) is the new business model for customers to purchase Microsoft Online Services and receive support through approved Microsoft Partners. CSP enables businesses to not only migrate workloads to the cloud but also prepare for future possibilities and opportunities as they evolve and grow. Microsoft are encouraging their SMB customers to work with appointed CSP providers in managing their license requirements around office 365.
Salesforce.com has led the market for decades. Their dominant position however as the market leading CRM software platform provider appears to be under threat from Microsoft according to the latest Forrester report.
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With so many hybrid devices coming in from all manufacturers, this year will be known as the “Year of the Hybrid”. The obvious and well known Microsoft Surface Pro 4 took the market by storm late last year, revolutionising the idea of what these Hybrids can do.
Not to be outdone, HP have released their beautiful HP Elite X2 1012.
With no doubt all-flash storage can be a competitive advantage for your organization, bringing a new level of productivity and improved performance (as it reduces a time the employees wait for their databases or other applications), much easier disaster recovery, high resiliency, space efficiency reliability and much more.