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Coming Soon to a Machine Near You, SQL Server 2016!

Posted by Jim Hodges on May 10, 2016 11:09:04 AM

When a software package has been around as long as Microsoft Windows™, Office™, or SQL Server™ (all dating to circa 1990), it seems to become harder and harder to add significant new features to such a mature product. Other than pivot and the ribbon, Office™ is virtually unchanged from the early days. Windows™ has taken more risk yielding successes as well as flops like Millennium™ and Vista™. But SQL Server™ just seems always to get better and better while maintaining continuity. The upcoming 2016 release (June 2016) is no exception.

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Topics: SQL Server, Microsoft, Business Intelligence

Streaming Data into Azure IoT Hub

Posted by David Buckingham on May 3, 2016 12:42:15 PM

Microsoft has embraced the “Internet of Things”, IoT for short, with two services offered by Microsoft Azure: Azure IoT Suite and Azure IoT Hubs.

The Azure IoT Suite is set of pre-assembled Azure Services which help you quickly get started with pre-configured IoT solutions such as predictive maintenance and remote monitoring.  With these pre-configured solutions, you can quickly connect your “things” to Azure and easily have access to all of the rich services that Azure provides, without the time it takes to configure each specific service.

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Topics: IoT (Internet of Things), Microsoft, Azure

4 Reasons to Choose Skype for Business

Posted by David Long on Apr 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM
The modern workplace is built for teams and networks. Real-time collaboration is incredibly important if you want to stay competitive. Complicating things are the surge of the Millennial generation into the workforce. By 2020, they will be the majority, and they communicate in a lightning fast way. If your organization does not provide the tools, they will find a way to get their job done outside of your network.

Microsoft understands this wave and how it will impact your business. Skype for Business can be deployed online, on-premise or in a hybrid manner, to allow the functionality you need to prepare your business for this modern workplace.

Reason 1: Complete Meeting Solution
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Topics: Skype for Business, Microsoft, Unified Communications

How to Sync Security Between CRM and SharePoint

Posted by Chris Johnson on Apr 21, 2016 3:11:12 PM

CRM & SharePoint Integration 

If you are familiar with the very powerful interface which allows a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) user to attach seamlessly documents to a given entity (account, contact, opportunity, etc.) using the CRM/SharePoint integration, you may also be aware of a potentially dangerous gap in the security model.


I have found that the out-of-box integration is well designed, intuitive, and easy to use. I can take any document and with a few clicks of the mouse, associate it to a CRM entity while saving it in a SharePoint library. This interface gives users the best of both worlds: CRM for field level data and SharePoint for document management. The possibilities are seemingly endless.

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Topics: CRM, Microsoft, SharePoint, Security

CRM to SharePoint Security Wide Open?

Posted by Michelle Burwinkel on Apr 21, 2016 2:31:16 PM

Is document security important for your clients and your business? Do you store medical, financial or legal documents within SharePoint/Microsoft Dynamics CRM? The safety of these materials along with sensitive information like salaries and employment contracts are often unknowingly compromised! Do I have your attention now!?!

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Topics: CRM, Microsoft, SharePoint, Security