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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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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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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5 Reasons Your Organization Should Move To The Cloud

5 Reasons Your Organization Should Move To The Cloud

How many reasons do you need to transition to cloud-based IT infrastructure? For most companies, it's more than just one. At Oakwood Systems Group, Inc., we know the benefits of the cloud outweigh any of the hassle. Microsoft cloud services offer with increased scalability and security, not to mention flexibility and ease of use. You'll also save your business time and money by reducing maintenance of on-premises IT infrastructure. Here are 5 reasons your organization should consider adopting the cloud. 1. Cloud Based Applications Are Here To Stay The value of the cloud - The cloud market is expected to pass $500 billion by 2020.Adoption is growing - 72% of organizations had at least one application in the cloud in 2015, a 15% increase from 2012. 2. Security Comes Standard As cloud technology improves, security fears lessen. In a survey of enterprise IT managers, security is no longer ranked as the #1 concern when it comes to cloud computing. One of the biggest advantages of moving to...
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Intelligent Security for The Modern Workplace

Intelligent Security for The Modern Workplace

One of the biggest challenges in digital transformation is ensuring security across an organization’s entire digital landscape without reducing user productivity. Piecing together individual solutions can result in a complex security posture that overburdens operations and encourages users to bypass security measures. Cloud computing allows enterprises to share security signals worldwide, which is changing how they do security. In this new world where data and users roam free, it’s even more important to have an integrated suite of security tools. Microsoft 365 is a complete, intelligent solution that helps secure corporate data and protect against bad actors, while taking advantage of the transformative opportunities presented by cloud computing. Its built-in security solutions integrate easily and share insights from the trillions of security signals on the Intelligent Security Graph across the global Microsoft ecosystem. With Microsoft 365, you can reduce the number of security vendors you manage and safeguard your organization, without sacrificing productivity. Microsoft 365 keeps users, data, devices, and applications safe An...
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Intelligence in the Cloud and on the Edge with Azure IoT

Intelligence in the Cloud and on the Edge with Azure IoT

Maximizing the impact of your IoT Proof of Concept Whitepaper. Download Here The Internet of Things (IoT) is real and it’s here today, but to many of you, IoT may seem confusing and hard to understand how it applies to your business. In this post, we hope to offer you further understanding on how Azure IoT could bring your business together in new, insightful ways – from generating new revenue streams, to increasing process efficiencies, and delivering better customer experiences. What is IoT? There’s a revolution underway that is positioning companies to take operational efficiency to new levels and inform the next generation of products and services. This revolution of course, is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT, however is not a technology evolution. It's a business revolution, enabled by technology. With Microsoft’s long history of driving business success and digital transformation for customers, it’s no surprise that Microsoft is also focused on powering the business revolution through its robust Azure...
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Customer Cloud Success Story: Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)

Customer Cloud Success Story: Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)

If you’ve ever had a beer, more than likely it was an AB InBev product. This global company brews and markets one-third of the beer products sold around the world and stores massive amounts of data in order to do so.  With siloed datacenters, AB InBev lacked integrated systems, cohesion between markets and regions, and the agility to get to market quickly. Like businesses of every size, they needed a robust cloud solution in their digital transformation journey.   Watch this quick video to see why AB InBev chose Microsoft Azure and let Oakwood Systems Group, Inc. show you how you can also break down data silos, increase operational insights, and cut down on IT costs with a modern data platform. ...
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Protecting Azure Resources with Recovery Services Vault

Protecting Azure Resources with Recovery Services Vault

Your data is important. You need the best data recovery service on the market. At Oakwood Systems Group we know how to help you integrate the solutions that meet your needs. With file and folder backup and recovery, virtual machine backup and recovery, and SQL running on IaaS VMs, Azure Recovery Services Vault gives users a strong feature set and an easy-to-use data protection service for businesses to protect their data. Like many businesses, as their organization began rapidly migrating and deploying solutions to Azure, the demand for data protection in the cloud has also increased. That's why Microsoft developed Azure Recovery Services Vault to help manage their backup and disaster recovery needs natively in the cloud. Microsoft implemented Azure Recovery Services Vault to provide data protection services for their growing Azure virtual machine infrastructure. Recovery Services vault is a cloud-based PaaS solution⎯by using it, their employees can quickly obtain access to data protection for Azure resources. It’s flexible and adaptable enough to...
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Azure Has You Covered

Azure Has You Covered

One thing that makes Azure unique is its ability to handle nearly any situation. If you're not ready to completely move to the cloud, no problem. Azure has hybrid options that let you get your foot in the door and build on it. If you're running an app or system that requires multiple capabilities, Azure has seamless integration across its different service offerings that can fit every need. The possibilities are endless. What exactly is Azure? Flying at a high level, it may look like only a cloud, but delve under the surface, and you’ll discover an entire world of integrated offerings. When SitePro was looking to move their operations from on-premises physical servers, they needed a system that could handle the multiple elements of their innovative turnkey application. They found all these capabilities through Azure.  SitePro utilizes multiple services, including Azure App Service, Azure Cosmos DB, and SQL Database, to handle the various aspects of their application and their business. This simplicity reduces cost and improves user experience.   With service offerings spanning everything from AI to Developer Tools, we’ve got your needs...
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The Power of Backing Up in Azure

The Power of Backing Up in Azure

Data has never been more critical to your enterprise as it transforms in this digital world. Azure Backup helps you retain rapidly increasing amounts of data while keeping storage costs low. It makes it easy for you to backup and restore your most important information when the unexpected happens. As ransomware attacks increase, built-in protection from Azure keeps your data safe. Azure Backup gives you a cost-effective, simple and secure backup solution that protects your data. Benefits of Azure Backup: Simple, Secure & Cost-Effective Setting up Azure Backup for your virtual machines can be accomplished in just three steps. Once the initial backup is completed, only incremental changes are sent based on a defined schedule. You can then retain your backups for as long as your compliance(s) require. Built-in protection against ransomware helps you protect your data from unauthorized requests to delete your backups. Before ransomware has the chance to corrupt your data, you’ll be notified so you can save...
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Interested in a 212% ROI?

Interested in a 212% ROI?

When you think about switching from running and housing your SQL Server on-premises to Azure, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the infrastructure maintenance savings. But what about hidden savings? Like efficiency savings for your IT team and database admins? Or the freedom to expand your capacity as soon as you need it? Just last week we detailed that SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 will no longer be supported by Microsoft starting in July 2019. Outside of the reasons stated above, here's a few more on why this is an issue to be addressed sooner than later. Mitigate risks with platform security and compliance: There will be no access to critical security updates, opening the potential for business interruptions and loss of data. Upgrade to better cost efficiency: Maintaining legacy servers, firewalls, intrusion systems, and other tools can get expensive quickly. Modernize to innovate: Grow your environments with data, analytics and the cloud. In...
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