You’ve made the decision to move to Microsoft Office 365.
The decision could have been driven by security concerns, cost factors, productivity initiatives or any number of different reasons. It may have involved everyone from the executive team, to finance, to sales and marketing, to operations, to IT. Every company comes at it differently.
But once the decision is made to move to O365, all companies do the exact same thing. They say: “Hey IT, get that done, will you?”
Office 365 is more than just Outlook in the Cloud. Office 365 is the first step in leading your company’s Digital Transformation. But if you are like most companies, you move to Office 365 and stick your toe in the water (or Cloud as it were) by starting only with Outlook. Unfortunately, many companies start and stop with Outlook. Why do they stop? That’s a good question. Many companies just don’t know or understand all the capabilities of Office 365 while others haven’t found a clear path or guidance to implementing what Office 365 has to offer them.
Revised July 20, 2020: If you asked the two questions in the title of this blog today, the answers would be: “There is no difference.” “Yes, they are the same.” So, if you prefer current events, read our new blog Office 365 is now Microsoft 365. If you are a fan of the History Channel, keep reading this blog from March 2019 and re-live the glory days when the once powerful Office 365 brand ruled the world of Microsoft Productivity Apps.
To help increase productivity in the workplace, more companies are adopting collaborative communication platforms. These platforms help reduce email clutter and streamline processes with many tools that employees use on a regular basis. Many organizations are catching on to the value of these programs, projecting to increase the communication platform market’s value to $49.5 billion by 2021. Two players have come forward as the frontrunners for many major businesses: Slack and Microsoft Teams. Each platform is similar in structure but has enough differences that beg the question, which is better: Slack or Teams?
In 2018, AXELOS announced plans to update ITIL® in 2019 with the release of ITIL® 4. Find a complete description of the new ITIL® 4 certification structure (or scheme) here. The first release of ITIL® 4 will be the Foundation level launching in Q1 2019. (The higher levels of ITIL® 4 are due for release in H2 2019).
The New ITIL® 4 Certification Structure
In 2018, AXELOS announced that it would update its ITIL® service management framework for the first time since 2011. The widely anticipated new version finally arrives in Q1 of 2019 with the release of the ITIL® 4 Foundation course and exam. The remaining levels are scheduled for release in H2 of 2019. The new certification structure (or scheme) is aligned with ITIL® v3 but has been significantly streamlined to provide clear paths for you to continue your ITIL® journey.
With the retirement of the MCSA: Office 365 certifications on March 31, 2019 and the release of the new Microsoft 365 certifications, the next generation of Microsoft certifications is here. And, it is truly a new generation. For the first time, Microsoft certifications will focus on building the skills required for actual job roles rather than focusing on features and services of the Microsoft software product itself. As a result, Microsoft is calling these new certs “role-based” certifications.
With the retirement of the MCSE Azure certifications on December 31, 2018 (see below) and the release of the new Azure certifications, the next generation of Microsoft certifications is here. And, it is truly a new generation. For the first time, Microsoft certifications will focus on building the skills required for actual job roles rather than focusing on the features and services of the Microsoft software product itself. As a result, Microsoft is calling these new certs “role-based” certifications.
Getting a Cisco router up and working is a fairly straightforward endeavor, as there are really only a few items that need to be addressed. Let’s take a look at the basic instructions that will help you configure and setup the router. Once these basic settings are established, the configuration can be made more complex given the individual needs specific to each use.Read More
Team Foundation Server (often abbreviated to TFS) is a Microsoft product that provides tools and technologies designed to help teams collaborate and orchestrate their efforts to finish projects or create a product. It enables DevOps capabilities covering the entire application lifecycle. The main elements include source code management, requirements management, project management, reporting, testing, and release management capabilities. TFS is tailored to Visual Studio and Eclipse, but is also used as a back-end in other integrated development environments. Let’s take a closer look at this powerful product.Read More