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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Microsoft Teams Updates (May 2021)

Welcome to May! As per usual, Microsoft has released a plethora of new features that you can start using today! In this blog, we’ll cover the biggest announcements around Teams meetings, chat & collaboration, and management! Let’s see what Microsoft has in store for us this month! Teams Meeting Updates Breakout Rooms Retention + Participant […]

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How to Save Queries in Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS)

Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) is Microsoft’s Cloud App Security Broker (CASB) solution that provides organizations with simple deployment, centralized management, and innovative automation capabilities. One of the great features within MCAS that not many administrators leverage (or even know about) is the ability to save your custom queries! In this blog, we’ll create our […]

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Preparing for the SC-400: Microsoft Information Protection Administrator (April 2021)

Back in February, I posted another blog that outlined each of Microsoft’s new certifications around security and compliance. Today, we’ll dig into one of those exams, the SC-400: Microsoft Information Protection Administrator so you can get certified! Without further ado, let’s see what this exam entails! There are three main components to this exam: Implementing […]

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Microsoft Teams Updates (April 2021)

Spring has sprung! If you’re like me and you live in frigid temperatures about 7 months out of the year, the first day that reaches 50+ Fahrenheit you’ll find me on the running trail in shorts and a t-shirt! However, rising temps aren’t the only thing to be excited about, Microsoft has also been hard […]

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How to control sensitive data on unmanaged devices with MCAS (Part 2 of 2)

Welcome back! Last time we talked about controlling file downloads of sensitive content by using a session policy in MCAS. This time we’ll take things a step further and show you how to restrict specific activities like cut/copy, paste, and printing! If you are joining us for the first time, I encourage you to check […]

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How to control sensitive data on unmanaged devices with MCAS (Part 1 of 2)

In this day and age, protecting your organization’s sensitive data has started to become exceedingly difficult. Where remote work has become the new norm, you will likely see many end-users using their own unmanaged devices to access corporate information. With this comes the risk of unmanaged devices sending/sharing sensitive information without the ability to control […]

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Microsoft Teams Updates (March 2021 – Ignite Edition)

Microsoft Ignite wrapped up last week, and Microsoft announced a plethora of new updates coming to Microsoft Teams! In this blog, we’ll cover some of the biggest announcements around meetings, chat, collaboration, and calling from Ignite. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!  Meeting Updates Dynamic View With this new update, your meeting […]

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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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