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“Cloud is Strong” according to Microsoft Q2 2016 Earnings

I’ve previously blogged about Azure being the future of the Enterprise data center. Some times it can be difficult to tell how well Microsoft’s Cloud business (Azure and Office 365) are doing. Good news for us is that when Microsoft releases their earnings, they do give a glimpse of how well the different divisions of the business are doing in the form of dollar ($) signs. Microsoft’s Q2 2016 ending Dec. 31, 2015 shows strong growth in their cloud service offerings.

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Perficient’s Microsoft Practice is Ready to ‘Rise’ and Shine

Agility in any marketplace requires a willingness to evolve. With the acquisition of Rise Foundation, Perficient’s Microsoft practice is positioned to create, market, and sell products of its own.

Rise Foundation is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application that transforms SharePoint for Office 365 or SharePoint 2013/2016 on-premises into an easy-to-use intranet or portal for the business user. But Perficient did not just pick up the application; it acquired the product development team as well. This allows Perficient to develop and support the product in ways that add value to the company’s core services business.

“We have been working with clients to make the most of their investments in Microsoft technology on their own digital transformation journeys, and adding Rise Foundation to our portfolio provides a way to expedite that,” said Matt Morse, General Manager, Microsoft Modern Apps business unit. Read the rest of this post »

Maximize Your Office 365 Investment – 5 Tools to Use Today

More than 50 million business users leverage Office 365. However, many enterprises simply implement Exchange and stop there. Office 365 has so much more to offer!

This guide takes a look at five key features that you may be overlooking:

1. Skype for Business: Users across the globe can come together to collaborate on projects, using their preferred devices.
2. SharePoint Online: It’s more than just content management. Business users can implement SharePoint Online for MySites, enterprise social networking, and blogs.
3. OneNote: Improve productivity by sharing notes and diagrams in the cloud – all documents are easily searchable across various devices.
4. OneDrive for Business: Seamlessly share files with colleagues, partners and associates, and retrieve files no matter your location or device.
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Perficient to Speak at Nintex’s Inaugural InspireX

Nintex, a valued partner of Perficient, is hosting its first customer and partner event February 22-24, 2016 at ARIA Resort in Las Vegas.

Matt Morse, general manager of modern applications within the Microsoft group at Perficient, will lead a breakout session on hybrid solutions using Nintex and Office 365. Most organizations with investments in Office 365 and Nintex have needs provided by other cloud platforms, as well as business applications that run within their own data centers. This session will show how Nintex Workflow and Nintex Forms can help bridge this heterogeneous environment, creating seamless user experiences that cross application and platform boundaries. Perficient will:

  1. Communicate the tenet that success in a process-oriented environment is driven more by user experience than by where the software is running.
  2. Demonstrate the ability of the cloud-based version of Nintex to integrate with other cloud platforms and with on-premises scenarios.
  3. Demonstrate the ability of Microsoft’s Azure platform to provide a vehicle for extending Nintex capabilities beyond Office 365 and other cloud platforms.

InspireX will provide customers and partners with valuable best practices, inspiring customer success stories, and fun networking opportunities.  Register today to see how Perficient and Nintex work together.

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Perficient & Microsoft Move Kraft Heinz to Office 365

Earlier in 2015 H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group combined in a $46 billion deal to create Kraft Heinz Company – now the 3rd largest food company in North America, the 5th largest in the world, and over $29 billion in net sales in 2014. That’s a lot of numbers. With a lot of numbers, come a lot of people that need to work together. This is where Perficient and Microsoft come into play.

Prior to the merger, Heinz realized that in order to allow employees to communicate and collaborate across its global environment it would need to make a move to Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus. The company engaged Microsoft and Perficient to roll out the Office 365 solution using Click-to-Run to very quickly deploy to over 14,000 users across 32 countries in just 10 weeks. For the full customer case study please click here to learn how Perficient and Microsoft worked together to make this solution possible for Kraft Heinz. Further, watch the video below to see the solution in action.

Look for future posts for a more detailed technical overview of how Perficient and Microsoft worked together to move Kraft Heinz to Office 365.

Register Today for an Office 365 Custom Dev Workshop

Perficient and Microsoft invite you to join us for a day-long Office 365 custom development workshop at the Microsoft MTC on February 10th.

We’ll provide an overview of the platform, discuss best practices, and deconstruct a sample custom application. During the hands-on lab you’ll have the opportunity to deploy your own customization using the Add-In model. In addition, there will be time to network with your peers as well as Perficient and Microsoft product experts.

For more information, please contact Cate White at cate.white@perficient.com.

Registration is limited, so RSVP today.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Microsoft MTC, Cambridge
255 Main Street | Cambridge, MA 02142

 

Office 365 – What’s Your Office 365 “Secure Score”?

Part of the excitement of working with Office 365 is there is no shortage of new features being rolled out to keep your job interesting. As a consultant, it certainly keeps you on your toes and reminds you of the importance of continual education.

There are the features documented on the Office 365 Roadmap, features that are noted in the “Change Alerts” group in Yammer and then features that are little hidden gems that no one seems to be talking about.

I recently stumbled across one of these hidden gems called “Secure Score”.
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Office 365 – SSL Certificate Maintenance Tasks To Plan For

It should come as no surprise that Office 365, being a secure service, has a number of SSL certificates in play. Some are owned and managed by Microsoft and some, depending on your on-premises components, are certificates that you are responsible for maintaining.

Failure to keep track of these certificates could result in an interruption of services.

Below are the various certificates that you should be aware of and how to manage them.
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Office 365 – A Look Back at Office 365 Blog Posts in 2015

As we wrap up 2015, I took a look back at my articles for the year and revisited the topics. This was my second year posting here on the Perficient blogs and I managed to more than double last year’s 21 posts with 45 new posts.

Quantity of posts is by no means the goal, I really strive to create original posts with content that I have not found elsewhere. A number of posts have been scrapped after finding out during my research that someone else has already covered the topic sufficiently.

My goal is always to give you something new and interesting to read.

Below is a summary of my 45 posts in 2015, all in one spot. I’m looking forward to what 2016 will bring and what Office 365 topics and issues we’ll encounter.
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Office 365 – Why PowerShell Version Matters

Just a quick post today on a topic that is loosely related to Office 365 but certainly can be important…

It’s no secret that a good part of the management within Office 365 is done via PowerShell. Whether you’re writing the scripts yourself or downloading scripts from the “PowerShell for Office 365” site, you’re going to be using PowerShell pretty regularly.

In my role, I’m often testing some scripts in a lab environment before handing them over to a client to run. The expectation is that they should execute the same in production as they did in my lab.

But what happens when the script doesn’t produce the same results in production?

Below is one little trick that should probably be a best practice for any scripts you’re handing off to someone else to run.
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