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Security in the Cloud with Office 365

Making the move to the cloud can be intimidating. There are many things to consider: What are the best practices? Who are the most knowledgeable vendors? Which is the best solution? But one consideration that should be at the forefront of all cloud migration decisions is security. Many organizations can be hesitant to make the […]

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Identity Management in Office 365

Identity and authentication management is the most crucial component of any migration to Office 365. Office 365 uses the cloud-based user authentication service Azure Active Directory to manage users and offers three identity models: cloud-only, synchronized, and federated. It is important to carefully consider which identity model to use, as well as the cost and […]

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Skype Online – Pulse Available Exclusively to Broadcast Meetings

If you check the Message Center in the Office 365 admin portal, Microsoft announced that the Pulse service is no longer available as a free service but as an exclusive service for Skype for Business Broadcast Meetings. Microsoft Pulse allows for interactive voting, surveys, and polls to be conducted during a meeting for attendee interaction. […]

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Skype Practice Adds New Capabilities with Clarity Connect

Announced on Friday, June 23, 2017, Perficient acquired Clarity Consulting based out of Chicago. Clarity Consulting adds many capabilities to Perficient’s Microsoft practice for custom application development and cloud implementations. Most notably is the addition of Clarity Connect, a full feature contact center solution for Lync and Skype for Business. Clarity Connect was developed specifically […]

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Skype Online – Managing User Access to Skype Meeting Broadcast

The things you can find when you’re not even looking for them. Recently I was enabling Skype Meeting Broadcast in Office 365 for a customer, and I wanted to verify if there were any other PowerShell commands available with the word “broadcast” in them to make sure I didn’t miss any configuration options. When I […]

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Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups from 365 Admin Perspective

I wanted to share the FAQs that may answer some of the questions for anyone who is planning to launch Microsoft Teams and Office 365 groups to the organization. I will answer when to choose what collaboration tools on Office 365 in a separate post. I know there is a lot of overlap between the different productive […]

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Skype for Business Online – Call Queues

As previously mentioned in my post about auto attendants, I briefly discussed covering the new addition of Call Queues in Skype for Business Online in a follow-up post. That being said, I will describe what exactly a call queue is and how this functionality can be beneficial to you when leveraging Cloud PBX. I will cover how to […]

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Skype Online – How To Create and Apply Dial Plans

Last week Microsoft moved Skype for Business Online tenant dial plans from preview into general availability. As I have previously written about, dial plans are a great addition to those considering Cloud PBX for their organizations. Dial plans allow administrators to accommodate end-user dialing habits, such as dialing 7 digits for a local number. Dial […]

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Office 365 – Microsoft Releases Teams Bandwidth Calculator

Microsoft Teams has generated lots of questions since its preview became available in the fall of 2016. Since the service was made generally available in March 2017, Microsoft has started releasing more tools and information on how to plan, provision, and administer the new service in Office 365. One of those tools released this week […]

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Skype Online – Meeting Migration Service Tips & Tricks

Last November Microsoft released the Meeting Migration Service (MMS). MMS is a Skype for Business Online service that automatically updates Skype for Business meetings for users. MMS will identify any future single and recurring meetings for a meeting organizer, replace the meeting information block with new conference information, and send out meeting updates to all recipients. […]

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