The Modern Classroom: Empowering Education

The Modern Classroom: Empowering Education

The world our students learn in today is vastly different than when we went to school.  They have more access to information and technology than ever before, but it is the skills around the effective use of that technology to analyze, evaluate, and create that will set them up to become lifelong learners.  Transformation and evolution in education can mean any number of things.  For example, taking learning beyond the classroom, personalizing those experiences to reach and challenge all learners, providing several ways to interact with content like hands-on or game-based learning as well as immersive experiences using Virtual and Augmented Reality.  Transformation in education is not without its challenges.  Microsoft understands the teacher's role in the lives of their students as critical to the child's academic, social, and mental well-being.  Teachers are tasked with increasing student learning outcomes as well as the instructional capacity of their peers  This is what they do for every student they have regardless of their academic,...
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Microsoft Teamwork Solutions

Microsoft Teamwork Solutions

Staying connected with communication tools from Office 365. It takes a village to turn ideas into realities. Teamwork is bringing people together to share information, work together, and accomplish common goals and objectives. When you have a place to create and make decisions as a team, there’s no limit to what you can achieve. Teamwork solutions from Microsoft provide a modern conversation experience for today’s teams. Now, you can bring everything together in a shared workspace where you can chat, meet, share files, and work with business apps. Powered by Office 365, Teamwork solutions from Microsoft empower people to express their ideas more effectively, promote a more flexible workplace, and reduce costs for customers. Finding secure, easy ways to connect across locations and time zones should be a high priority for companies seeking a competitive advantage in today’s quickly changing technology landscape. Luckily, Teamwork solutions from Microsoft provide a complete solution that connects your teams and resources and make it easier than ever to work together across organizations. Teamwork solutions from...
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Evolve Your Web Applications with Microsoft Azure

Evolve Your Web Applications with Microsoft Azure

Today, every company runs many different applications that are essential for success – both internal business applications but also external-facing applications for customers and partners (such as the company website, customer self-service portal, e-commerce sites, or mobile apps). And then, there's data. Every user interaction with any application works with data, consumes data and generates data. Today, every business collects tremendous amounts of information - and the challenge is how to turn this data into actionable insights and intelligence to provide a superior customer experience. The Customer Experience To ground us into the importance of customer experience, let's start by looking at a Forrester quote that says “More than any other factor, customer experiences determine whether companies thrive and profit, or struggle and fade." In today’s digital economy customers are the new market-makers, reshaping industries and changing how businesses compete and win. Your end users have really high expectations. Here are a few interesting points from the Forrester study previously mentioned. 79% of customers won’t return...
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Get Modern with Windows 10 and Office 365

Get Modern with Windows 10 and Office 365

Digital transformation and the modernization of IT are essential priorities for companies seeking a competitive advantage in today’s quickly changing technology landscape. Organizations like yours are driven to make changes by consumer demands and expectations, technology improvements, competitive and market forces, and changing regulatory requirements. In this shifting landscape, you and your employees need to work better and smarter. It's time to get modern with Windows 10 and Office 365. If you’re like most companies, you’re now starting to recognize the value of moving to a cloud-based solution and upgrading to Windows 10 and Office 365. However, you probably have a few questions about what this might look like for your team. How does upgrading to Windows 10 and Office 365 empower people to collaborate in real time and store and access data? Microsoft 365 provides organizations with a unified environment for collaboration and teamwork. All services are managed under the same framework and identity management solution. Data is protected by first-class security and encryption standards, and your collaboration...
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4 Myths of Cloud Computing

4 Myths of Cloud Computing

With security breaches and their impact on businesses frequently in the headlines, the need for stringent security measures has never been more evident. A third of U.S. businesses report having had a breach of customer information, and the costs can be significant. One in five organizations have lost customers due to a cyberattack and nearly 30% have lost revenue, with the average cost of single data breath reported at $4 million. However, 74% of IT leaders say security concerns are holding back their move to the cloud. Are you one of them? While reservations about the security capabilities of cloud environments concerns used to be a reason for companies to delay migration, investment by Microsoft into new security tools and resources are challenging those misperceptions and providing compelling reasons to make the move. It's time for the the real story. Here are four common myths about cloud security, and some facts about the Microsoft cloud. Myth 1 Microsoft employees will have...
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The Second Wave is Cresting…

The Second Wave is Cresting…

...and this time your options aren’t as limited as they were last time. What you don’t know, however, can hurt you this time around. Let me explain.  A couple of years ago, all the IT managers and server admins we know were rushing to get their Windows Server 2003 boxes upgraded (or get everything off of them) and either:  Moved onto 2008 boxes ~ GOOD Moved onto 2012 R2 boxes ~ BETTERFinally rewrite this dang ColdFusion app ~ PROBABLY OVERDUE Remember those excel sheets with the lists of servers and the apps / databases installed on them? I know these kids do Back then Office 365 was still something “new and shiny” and no one was sure that if it was around to stay yet or not. Most people didn’t even know who Satya Nadella was. Satya Nadella Bill Gates Fast forward several quarters, and that Win Server 2003 wave seems like a distant memory. But now the clock is ticking on Win Server 2008 R2, and a new wave is cresting. Just like before, IT organizations have choices that include...
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Develop Applications with Confidence

Develop Applications with Confidence

The cloud promises a vast array of resources that can help developers create new value and open new markets. Sometimes the challenge is figuring out where to start. If you're interested in using the cloud as your application platform, you can learn how to get started quickly, and start building applications that take advantage of the efficiencies of cloud computing. Azure is a complete cloud platform that can host your existing applications, streamline the development of new applications, and even enhance on-premises applications. Let's take a closer look as to how Azure integrates the cloud services that you need to develop, test, deploy, and manage customer facing and internal LOB applications. The Way We Build Applications Today Has Changed Azure provides several cloud-based compute offerings to run your application so that you don't have to worry about the infrastructure details. You can easily scale up or scale out your resources as your application usage grows. Azure offers services that support your...
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Microsoft 365: Committed To YOUR Security

Microsoft 365: Committed To YOUR Security

Compliance is in place to protect your customers not burden your business, at least that’s the goal. In reality, compliance standards are always changing, and businesses of all sizes are constantly concerned about maintaining compliance.  That’s why Microsoft built over 900 controls into its software and employs a full team of people focused on this very task. With compliance infused into the very core of the software, your customers can feel confident their data is safe with your business, and you can breathe easier knowing your security is up-to-date.  At Oakwood Systems Group, Inc., we are committed to the idea that compliant data security should not be out of reach for any business. Below are the Top 10 security deployment actions you should be leveraging within Microsoft 365. (1) Identify Users Deploy Azure Active Directory and connect to your on-premises directories. Create a single, common identity for each user to provide managed, secure access to all corporate resources. (2) Manage Authentication & Safeguard Users Enable Single Sign-On (SSO) in Azure Active Directory to manage authentication across devices, cloud apps, and on-premises apps. Then set up Multi-Factor Authentication to authenticate user sign-ons through...
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Microsoft Teams: The Hub for Teamwork

Microsoft Teams: The Hub for Teamwork

With employees today accessing unsanctioned SaaS applications, dozens of ways to share files, and multiple communication channels, the modern workplace presents many challenges for teamwork. The good news is that there's a solution for you to help manage this. Microsoft Teams - the hub for teamwork in Office 365. Just over two years ago Microsoft introduced Microsoft 365. This integrated set of apps and services is designed to help users transform workplace collaboration, streamline business processes, and protect critical information. At the center of Microsoft 365 is Microsoft Teams. With more than 13 million daily users and 19 million weekly users - Teams is powering teamwork for users around the globe. With Teams, you can give your team built-in access to everything they need right in Office 365. Manage all your conversations, files, and tools in one workspace. Enjoy instant access to SharePoint, OneNote, Planner and Power BI. Create and edit documents right in Microsoft Teams. Speed employee onboarding with persistent conversations...
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The Workplace Evolution

The Workplace Evolution

The workplace is evolving rapidly, and employees have new expectations for work and how it should get done. Business leaders are embracing these changes and supporting a new culture of work. This means... Collaborating in real timeHaving always-on access to files and dataFlexibility to work from wherever, wheneverStaying safe and secure Business leaders recognize that people are at the core of how each of their companies operate and it’s imperative to empower their employees to innovate and grow in a competitive landscape. At the same time, companies are faced with the challenge of protecting their people and IP in a more complex threat environment. Companies are constantly looking for solutions to enable a modern workplace for their employees. Microsoft 365 brings together the best of Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security into an integrated solution to empower employees.  Microsoft 365 delivers value for customers across four core areas. The first two – creativity and teamwork – are about delivering a great end user...
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Planning For The Worst

Planning For The Worst

No matter how hard you work to educate your employees about the constant and evolving threats to your company, even the most conscientious employee may unknowingly open infected files or click on malicious web links. Security breaches are inevitable. The best strategy includes securing across all attack vectors and putting policies into place for reviews and change management within your organization. Microsoft 365 offers security solutions that address these attack vectors and will enable you to discover, analyze, and neutralize threats before they cause harm. Many common types of threats target these key attack vectors: devices, email, network, and user credentials. Microsoft 365 integrates threat detection across these attack vectors by ensuring that the security and resilience of systems and assets are aligned with related policies, procedures, and agreements. Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) For endpoint attacks, Windows Defender ATP provides near-instant detection and blocking of new and emerging threats using advanced file and process behavior monitoring and...
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Customer Cloud Success Story: Special Olympics

Customer Cloud Success Story: Special Olympics

For 50 years, the Special Olympics has used the power of sports to infuse joy, to incite action, to inspire communities, and to empower people with intellectual disabilities to discover new strengths and focus on what they CAN do.   This worldwide nonprofit uses the Microsoft Cloud to track data for nearly 5 million athletes in 170 countries. With anywhere, anytime access, countless hours have been saved and reinvested into impacting athletes and changing the world.  Just think—how can you make a difference and how might technology help you impact the world? Wherever you are in your cloud journey, Oakwood Systems Group, Inc. can help. Contact us to learn more. ...
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