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Upgrading to Microsoft Teams: IT Admin Edition (Part 1)

If you’ve read my previous blogs, I talked a lot about the upgrade process from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. However, this covered the overall planning process but did not cover what things would look like from an IT administrator perspective. Well, lucky for you that is what we’ll be covering in this blog! […]

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Don’t Short Change Your Microsoft Teams Deployment

Teams is an iceberg. When you look at an iceberg from a boat you only see what’s above the water. With Teams what you see is a simple looking chat interface that many see as the successor to Skype. It’s so much more than that. Like an iceberg, you’re only seeing what’s above the water, […]

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Key Considerations When Adopting Containers

The following is the fifth blog in a series about software containers and Kubernetes, and their importance in modern application delivery. In this series so far, we have looked at why businesses are turning to containers, their benefits, the importance of container management platforms, and how to choose the container management platform that’s right for […]

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Send Emails to a Teams Channel – One Tip You Can’t Live Without

Since Microsoft Teams utilizes multiple services within Office 365 (i.e. Office 365 groups, Exchange, SharePoint and OneDrive), it can often incorporate a lot of the functionality from those services that you might not have thought possible. Microsoft Teams is all about productivity and teamwork, so after learning today’s Teams tip, you’ll find that it’s something […]

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Azure Subscription Transfer from Tenant to Tenant

The Checklist One of the benefits of today’s cloud-based world is portability. The ability to easily move full application environments around in the cloud can be both positive and negative. This portability can create a “casual” attitude about events such as moving full “production” environments around. This casual attitude can lead to modern day catastrophes […]

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Managing Coexistence & Interop in Microsoft Teams (Part 3)

Welcome back! You’ve made it to the final blog in this series on managing coexistence and interoperability in Microsoft Teams! Last time we discussed in-tenant interop flows. This time we’ll wrap things up by discussing external access/federation and how this differs from coexistence. For those of you coming from the Skype for Business world, you […]

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3 Best Practices for Driving User Engagement & Adoption of Microsoft Teams

More than many other applications, and specifically, more than the other Microsoft tools, implementing Microsoft Teams is a bigger challenge people-wise than technology-wise. Sure, there are absolutely technical aspects for an implementation that should not be taken lightly, including configuration, file migration, and security, to name a few, but frankly, and with no disrespect to […]

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Managing Coexistence and Interop in Microsoft Teams (Part 2)

Welcome back! In part 1 of this blog series we covered at a high level what coexistence and interoperability between Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams involved. This time, we’ll take things a step further by looking at the technical view of interoperability scenarios you’ll need to know in order to implement this in your […]

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Local Testing using Gremlin on Azure Cosmos DB Emulator

I was recently tasked with setting up a local database instance for testing a web application. The application uses a Gremlin graph database hosted on Azure Cosmos DB. The solution we decided on was using the Azure Cosmos DB Emulator with data populated by a script. Due to the low usage of Gremlin, there does […]

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Office 365 Tenant Migration and Active Directory Considerations

When migrating Office 365 tenancies for acquisitions, mergers, or divestitures; there needs to be a good amount of consideration given to the back-end identity infrastructure supporting each Office 365 tenant. Active Directory Directory Services (AD DS) is generally the identity store that connects Enterprise to Office 365 Azure Active Directory. There can be various ways […]

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How to Choose a Container Management Platform

The following is the fourth blog in a series about software containers and Kubernetes, and their importance in modern application delivery. In our last blog in this series, we examined the importance of utiziling a container management platform. In this blog, we’ll go further in depth on the multiple options you have when adopting a […]

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Perficient Mentioned in Gartner Hype Cycle for Digital Workplace

Gartner recently published their annual Hype Cycle for the Digital Workplace report. The report explores emerging technologies gaining acceptance and consideration as Digital Workplace strategies within various industries such as: Cloud Office Microapps Intranet as a Service This year, Gartner mentioned Perficient as a Sample Vendor in the Intranet as a Service category. But, what […]

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Managing Coexistence and Interop in Microsoft Teams (Part 1)

One of the biggest concerns when switching from Skype for Business to Teams revolves around the ability for the two products to work together. However, what is often overlooked is what will be required to meet these expectations. Fear not, in this article we’ll be discussing the high level in’s and out’s for interoperability and […]

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Perficient at THAT Conference

This past August 5th – 8th, a dozen and a half Perficient employees from across the country converged and attended THAT Conference in Wisconsin Dells, WI.  THAT Conference is branded as a “Summer Camp for Geeks”.  From the THAT Conference website, it is described as follows: “THAT Conference is the “Summer Camp for Geeks” that combines […]

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Office 365 Tenant to Tenant Migration Overview

Office 365 has become one of the top hosting platforms for SaaS for companies of all sizes.  The traditional Microsoft Office Product Suite has been the go-to desktop productivity set for many decades and as Microsoft has adjusted their (often confusing) bundled Office 365 licensing packages and pricing models, it is becoming increasingly attractive for […]

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The Benefits of Containers for Businesses

The following is the second blog in a series about software containers and Kubernetes, and their importance in modern application delivery. In our last blog in this series, we looked at what software containers are and their evolution over time. In this blog, we will examine the reasons that businesses are turning to containers and […]

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Working with Dynamics 365 Date and Time Fields in Logic Apps

Working with date and time fields in Microsoft Dynamics 365 can be tricky, especially when you’re using additional automation tools, such as Microsoft Flow or Azure Logic Apps, to facilitate your business processes. Recently, I worked with two different date and time fields on two entities that were not directly related inside of Dynamics. One […]

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Skype for Business Online Being Retired in 2021

Say it ain’t so! Our beloved Unified Communications platform will sadly be pushing up daisies starting July 31, 2021. For most of us working with Skype for Business (Online) we knew it was only a matter of time before Teams took the throne as Microsoft’s preferred UC/IC product. Microsoft has made this clear over the […]

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Using Chef Habitat to Migrate Legacy Windows Applications

Overview In this bog post we will discuss Using Chef Habitat to Migrate Legacy Windows Applications to a Modern Secure Platform. With support ending for Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008, legacy Windows applications will need to be migrated to newer secure and supportable modern platforms. For instance, Windows Server 2016 and 2019 […]

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Container-Based CI/CD with CloudBees Core on Kubernetes

Getting to Know Jenkins CI/CD is an imperative for software development organizations in today’s multiplatform, multi-cloud world. As far as CI/CD platforms go, Jenkins was one of the first and remains one of the most popular options. Jenkins is lightweight, easy, and extensible. The multitude of plugins available make the platform endlessly customizable and adaptable […]

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