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Next-Gen Information Protection Announcements – Ignite 2015

Microsoft thinks about security in three ways

  • Being pervasive
  • Transparent
  • People centric

Pervasive – policy applied to data level (when its created inside the ecosystem)
so it goes with data across devices.
Unified compliance – running data through compliance center across email, SP, messaging, etc.

Pervasive -Admin goes to compliance center
Sets up files and links with security
User opens links received via email. Malicious links redirect user to a threat warning page blocking access.

Audit Activity
Activity feed of what happened within the org. who logged in, who downloaded what file etc.

Corporate Data on Personal Device
IT can now selectively wipe corporate data profile and keep personal data intact.

UPDATES

Organization Search

Admin perform searches external sources like Facebook, twitter etc. Report comes back with list of activity around external services. This extends eDiscovery within the organization

COMING SOON (IN DEVELOPMENT)

Data Insights
*MSFT acquired equivio last year which provides these insights.
Admin imported any files and run the program on that. Wants to perform keyword search. It will provide time vs accuracy when you trying to go through review ton of documentation providing data insights. Based on the results Admin can then run the keyword search or not.

Unified Compliance and Policy
DLP will now go through all data in SharePoint and mark data with red icon with a policy tip of why this data has security concerns. End users can view this tip.

New SharePoint Online Migration API Announcement – Ignite 2015

The single biggest benefit of this new Migration PowerShell API is speed. Close to 5 times faster than CSOM calls. The new API was released today and is available for public consumption.

An Overview

  • Source – file share, SharePoint on-prem, potentially any other data source
  • Package – create package for the API to be able to accept it
  • Azure temporary holding storage – use power of Azure to bring content faster in MSFT network
  • SharePoint /OD4b final destination – timer job based import in a scalable way that will not hurt the service using back-end resources

Who is it for?
IT admin and developers Read the rest of this post »

Office 365 Groups Roadmap Announcement – Ignite 2015

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You will find some exciting announcements and investments, but before we discuss the future roadmap, let’s dive in to background and benefits of Groups.

The world has changed

Earlier – Information moves slowly. Fixed workforces; siloed teams. Believed in command and control
Now – information travels fast. Leverage the on demand; global talent pool. Always mobile, always moving. Collaborate easily, often and always. Grow up on social networks. They believe in Learn and adopt

The rise of dynamic teams
• Modern collaboration
• Intelligent fabric (office graph and Office 365 groups)
• Personalized insight

Benefits of Groups
1. Single Definition – Groups is definition of team.
2. Public by Default – Enable quick discovery of information in a simple way.
3. Sharing to Non Members –
4. Self Service – It works on demand.
5. Context & History – e.g. New member joining the team
6. Simple to manage

Groups works on Azure AD and works across Outlook, OD4B, OneNote, Calendar, Skype, Dynamics CRM, Delve, Yammer (future ~ 2016) Read the rest of this post »

Ignite 2015 – DevOps Strategy, Visual Studio Online Announcements

ignite mainFor my first session at Microsoft Ignite Conference 2015, I chose DevOps as a Strategy for Business Agility by Brian Harry, Microsoft Technical Fellow and he serves as the Product Unit Manager for Microsoft Team Foundation Server. I must say, it was a great choice.

Brian kicked off this amazing session with only a few, very short slides, explaining the benefits of DevOps and apologizing that the title was not completely accurate. Brian did discuss the strategy and why DevOps is extremely important, however he understood his audience was much more interested in all things Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server.

(If you want to know more about DevOps and how it can help transform your business, email me)

As head of the TFS team, Brian is in a unique position to share how he manages his team and runs his development life cycle. Read the rest of this post »

Fast Track your Office 365 Deployments with Centrify

This guest post comes courtesy of our partner, Centrify.

Whether you are an SMB with hundreds of users or a large enterprise with tens of thousands of users, when it comes to making Office 365 deployments to be effective, it must be scalable to on-board existing & add new O365 users quickly and thereafter enable easy access to all users anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

This leads into several challenges:

  1. User provisioning – do I as the IT admin have to manually add hundreds or thousands of my employee accounts, assign their licenses, and manage their roles and access controls within these cloud apps?
  2. Easy 1-click access – will I as the end user have to supply my login credentials every time I try to access Office 365 wherever I am?
  3. Secure mobile access – If I do find a Single Sign-on (SSO) solution, how can it protect all the devices on which I would access Office 365 from, in the wake of those devices’ theft or compromise?

Thanks to Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions, IT and end users can experience:

  • Seamless integration with Active Directory and Office 365
  • Automatic user provisioning from Active Directory based upon roles & groups
  • Policy and role based access by location, time and device
  • Password-free secure login to any SaaS app from anywhere
  • Secure management and support for any mobile device
  • All through a single, centralized IT management console

Meet the Centrify IDaaS solution — built on Microsoft Azure.

Azure Centrify

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Ignite 2015 – Keynote Review & New Product Announcements

ignite mainThe Microsoft Ignite Conference 2015 kicked off today with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Lots of marketing fluff to start the presentation, which is to be expected. Microsoft’s new vision is Cloud First | Mobile First – Empowering I.T., Developers, and Consumers to come together.

Next, he outlined the three key pillars that span Devices, Apps, Data, and Cloud:

  1. Security & Privacy
  2. Data Sovereignty
  3. Regulations

Coming into the conference, I expected to hear lots about Security. The #1 concern of the enterprise is security, so this focus is no surprise.

After the marketing fluff, Satya did hit us with some specifics around new product announcements.

Windows Update for Business – details were sparse, but sounded like a customizable update platform for your internal I.T.

Windows Server 2016 & System Center 2016 – no real detail, only that they are coming

Azure Stack – get Azure services on your premises, no detail, but sounds real interesting for cloud averse organizations

Operations Management Suite – a singular plane to manage I.T. – combines cloud and on-premises resources Read the rest of this post »

Office 365 Data Loss Prevention in Transit – Ignite 2015

Office 365 Data loss protection (DLP) comes with 6 to 7 predefined templates, MS is adding 20-30 every month
One central place to manage all workloads (SP, OD4B, Exchange) .

Admin Actions

Block access to content for SME. They shouldn’t be able to see end user content.
Send email notification
Policy tip (like outlook) across all workloads
Target policies by group (change scope anytime)
Everything is audited. Incident report is available per each hit, per user.

End User UX

Scenario – User places the file in OD4B.
Owner gets email notification that access was restricted. Probably because the person it was shared with added sensitive data. That user has the file blocked in Outlook.
Sees policy tip even inside the office client (e.g. Excel)

Admin UX

Incident mgmt system – integration with dynamics (if u have license). Admin can go to single dashboard to see a case and shows a view for compliance and dlp cases. Office 365 activity report also shows some incident reporting (not detailed). Export to csv or anything else.

SharePoint 2016 Roadmap Announced – Ignite 2015

SharePoint always had focus on key trends:

  • Modern collaboration
  • Content Management
  • Personalized insights
  • Security compliance 

SharePoint Evolution

 

Delve people profile will be part of SharePoint sites. (replaces the mysite profile and org chart scenarios). This UI allows for authoring capability (blog). Office graph is future for powering all of these experiences.

On Premise Investment – SharePoint 2016

 

Evolution Of Portals

UX: custom navigation and design (2016 adds video, people exp (nextgen portal) in delve from o365)

Management – Content re use and publishing (2016 adds ready to go simplified admin, configurable, customizable)

Extensibility – SP master pages, css (2016 adds standard apps and office 365 APIs)

Evolution of Files –

UX – doc lib (2016 adds store and share personal files across devices, mobile and social)

Management- admin controls for security and compliance (2016 adds MDM/DLP/Auditing & reporting/sync controls)

Extensibility – SharePoint APIs (2016 adds common set of APIs, apps, experience in delve)

Evolution of Enterprise Search

UX – enterprise search center

Management- search driven experiences

Extensibility – content and connector framework

SP – The Road Ahead

Renewed focus on our core – files, content, mgmt., sites and portals

Continued innovation across cloud, on-prem and hybrid

Strongest dev ecosystem – for partners and extended solutions

“Seth Patton” We will continue to evolve on cloud, on on-prem, and with hybrid

Release cadence

SharePoint 2016 – first major SP release where cloud will define how we deliver on-prem software.

Vision – deliver UX, improve, speed, scale better. And people centric compliance
Continue to maintain hybrid model. Continue to use existing customization on prem. Subscribe to cloud innovation, on your terms to enrich customer scenarios.

Search page and Delve page will now consolidate everything in a single result set. Filter content at one place. Blended results displayed from online or on prem.

SP config wizard – will now give a new screen to configure specific role for that server.

  1. Multiple server farm – special load , WFE, search, App, Distributed Cache
  2. Single server farm – single server farm

Patched/Updates – Zero downtime patching. All upgrades will run online.

Delve will now be available for 2013 on-prem by end of this year.

OOB SharePoint 2016 will now be responsive across mobile devices

Beta candidate will come out end of 2015. Release candidate by 2016 Q2

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Protect Against Data Loss in Transit in Office 365 – Ignite 2015

Office 365 Data loss protection (DLP) comes with 6 to 7 predefined templates, MS is adding 20-30 every month

One central place to manage all workloads (SP, OD4B, Exchange) .

Admin Action

Block access to content for SME. They shouldn’t be able to see end user content.
Send email notification
Policy tip (like outlook) across all workloads
Target policies by group (change scope anytime)
Everything is audited. Incident report is available per each hit, per user.

End User UX

Scenario – User places the file in OD4B.
Owner gets email notification that access was restricted. Probably because the person it was shared with added sensitive data. That user has the file blocked in Outlook.
Sees policy tip even inside the office client (e.g. Excel)

Admin UX

Incident mgmt system – integration with dynamics (if u have license). Admin can go to single dashboard to see a case and shows a view for compliance and dlp cases. Office 365 activity report also shows some incident reporting (not detailed). Export to csv or anything else.

Key Announcements at Microsoft Ignite Keynote – Satya Nadella

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It’s absolutely stunning atmosphere here in Chicago. What a breathtaking use of technology and level of energy with 23,000 technology folks here at Microsoft Ignite. It took two full days just to arrange chairs for the keynote!

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about how businesses are being transformed and will be the focus of Microsoft along with end customers. This is the very same opportunity that is driving Microsoft’s transformation. In the past 12 months, Microsoft had significant momentum and that comes from all users. Every business out there is a digital or software company and that creates amazing opportunity for Microsoft. Some of the announcements coming up include: Read the rest of this post »