Brian Siefferman

Brian is a Technical Consultant for Perficient’s Unified Communications practice focusing primarily on Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams workloads. He has been in this role since December 2017 and has an active presence blogging about all things Teams related. Currently, Brian resides in the suburbs of Chicago and enjoys running, swimming, weight lifting, and playing soccer in his free time.

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New Microsoft Security and Compliance Certifications (Feb 2021)

This morning I was sipping on my cup of coffee and browsing through Microsoft’s Learn page when I stumbled upon a few new certifications and exams around Microsoft Security and Compliance! I haven’t seen any announcements around these new certifications but I was intrigued nonetheless. Today, we’ll discuss the new beta exams and corresponding certifications […]

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Major Updates coming to Teams (Q1 2021)

Microsoft Teams has already had some exciting updates in January and Microsoft shows no signs of slowing down! In this article, we’ll highlight some of the major updates coming to Teams over the next few months and discuss some of the potential impacts that this may have on your users and administrators. Major Updates Teams […]

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Introducing Microsoft Viva, a new Employee Experience Platform

Microsoft recently made a massive announcement about their new Employee Experience Platform (EXP), Microsoft Viva. This is Microsoft’s first experience platform that empowers you and your colleagues to feel connected, supported, and able to put your best foot forward at work. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss what Viva is, its various components, and when you […]

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Microsoft Teams Updates (February 2021)

It’s February! With Valentines Day right around the corner, love is in the air, and Microsoft has so graciously given us a plethora of new features and functionality over the past month! What’s not to love about that!? In today’s blog, we’ll discuss some of the latest and greatest features around Teams collaboration, meetings, calling, […]

How to use Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms (Part 2 of 2)

Welcome back to the second blog post on Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms! Last time, we discussed what breakout rooms were, how they are created, how to assign users, and how to open/close a breakout room. If you are joining us for the first time, I encourage you to check out the first post here. This […]

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Microsoft Teams Updates (January 2021)

Welcome to 2021! I’m sure I can speak for pretty much everyone when I say that 2020 won’t be missed! Nevertheless, Microsoft has graced us with some exciting new updates to start the year off on the right foot. In today’s blog, we’ll cover some of the biggest updates around meetings, calling, management, and even […]

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How to use Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms (Part 1 of 2)

Microsoft recently announced the general availability of Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms! This has been a long-awaited ask from the tech community and has been in the works for quite some time! In today’s blog, we’ll discuss what a breakout room is used for, how to create one, how to assign people to a specific breakout […]

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Microsoft Teams Updates (December 2020)

Happy holidays to everyone, and welcome to December! Microsoft has been working diligently to get everyone some great new updates before the end of the year. In this blog, we’ll cover some of the biggest updates announced this month around Teams meetings, calling, and collaboration! Meetings AI-based noise suppression I cannot emphasize how excited I […]

Using New Built-in Polls in a Teams Meeting

One new update that may have flown under your radar is the new built-in polls feature in a Teams meeting. In today’s article, I’ll be covering this cool new feature and show you how you can start using polls in your meetings! Step 1: Schedule your meeting Let’s start things off in the Microsoft Teams […]

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Securing Teams with built-in apps in Microsoft Endpoint Manager

With about 42% of the U.S. labor force working remotely, managing devices has become more important than ever. Luckily, Microsoft has made great advancements in device management capabilities, many of which we’ll discuss today. In this blog, we’ll go over four main areas of Endpoint Management: Creating an app deployment Securing the app (conditional access […]

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Four Microsoft 365 Network Connectivity Principles You Need to Know (Part 4 of 4)

Welcome back to the last part of our “Four Microsoft 365 network connectivity principles you need to know” blog series! Last time, we discussed the concept of enabling direct connectivity for Microsoft 365 connections If you haven’t had a chance to check that blog post out yet, I encourage you to check it out here. […]

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Four Microsoft 365 Network Connectivity Principles You Need to Know (Part 3 of 4)

Welcome back to part 3 of the “Four Microsoft 365 network connectivity principles you need to know” blog series! Last time we discussed the topic of local egress and how enabling local egress of Microsoft 365 data ensures the greatest chance of the traffic being routed through the closest Microsoft network point of presence in […]

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