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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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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Enhanced Productivity with Windows 10

Enhanced Productivity with Windows 10

Since the beginning of the business computing revolution, IT professionals have been staffed with one over-arching mission: to empower their end users.  Each and every employee within an organization – from the CEO to the firstline worker – depends upon IT to protect them from security threats, and provide them with the tools and technology they need to do their best work. Although the technology we use has changed dramatically since PCs first started appearing in the workplace, the fundamental purpose of IT – to protect and empower the organization – still holds true today, and more so than ever before. Looking back just over a decade ago, the world was a very different place where technology is concerned.  The Nokia 2600 Classic was the best selling phone of 2007.  The bleeding edge of technology for its time.  Can you imagine still using a phone like this today?  You wouldn’t.  Nor would you expect your users to. But the reality is, on...
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Microsoft 365 Customer Story: TransBlue

Microsoft 365 Customer Story: TransBlue

Whether you are part of a large conglomerate or a small business like TransBlue, modernizing your workplace is a necessity if you want to keep up with customer demands and the competition. Running back and forth between jobsites can eat up time and resources, especially for a small business. TransBlue was still running their business the old-fashioned way when they updated their business infrastructure. TransBlue now uses Microsoft 365. The mobility enables them to cut out drives to the job that used to eat up an entire day. With a suite of tools at their disposal, Microsoft 365 provides TransBlue with the collaboration and mobility their employees need to stay productive. With tools like Microsoft Teams, they can have face-to-face meetings no matter where they are and upload and share on Teams with ease.  Your organization can benefit from the power of a modern workplace and your employees will thank you for using the suite of tools they already know and trust with Microsoft 365. Email us today to find out how we can help you plan your shift to...
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Your Path To A Modern Desktop

Your Path To A Modern Desktop

Making the shift to a modern desktop helps you to foster a highly secure workspace, empowered by the latest productivity, teamwork and collaboration experiences for your organization. As an IT Admin, making the shift also removes much of the pain of keeping your desktop environment secure with built in end point protection and easier access to the latest security updates, as well as improved information protection and integrated identity and access management. Deploying new PCs or getting PCs back to a business ready state gets easier and you can keep your user populations happy and secure with the most up to date experiences. This is best achieved through Microsoft 365, which brings together Office 365 with Windows 10 Enterprise and Enterprise Mobility + Security in a complete intelligent solution. Has It Been A While? If you haven’t shifted your desktop environment for a while, you will notice that a few things have evolved since your previous desktop deployments. Here are the top...
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Imagine What Dynamics 365 Can Do For You!

Imagine What Dynamics 365 Can Do For You!

Customer experience is often the key differentiator between businesses. In fact, 3 in 4 business leaders in a recent study said improving the customer journey and user experience was their top priority in the next year. What's your priority? For Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, who own 23 luxury hotels worldwide, they sought out a solution to more intelligently manage customer data while personalizing communication with their guests. Through their integration of Microsoft Dynamics 365 they've seen increased year-over-year revenue growth by sending relevant, customized content enabled by an automated, cloud-based system. Our industry does not respect tradition, it only respects innovation Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft A powerful CRM, like Dynamics 365, can increase your organization's profitability by streamlining administrative processes in your sales, marketing, and service divisions, while letting you focus on building and maintaining the customer relationships that matter. A strong CRM solution is a multifaceted platform where everything crucial to developing, improving, and retaining your customer...
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Streamline Data Management and Turn Communication Challenges into Opportunities

Streamline Data Management and Turn Communication Challenges into Opportunities

After several acquisitions and quick growth from a small and nimble company to a much larger group of properties and brands, Red Lion Hotels Corporation needed to digitally transform.   Using Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Teams, they improved employee connectivity and unified two legacy data management systems into a single, customized platform, addressing data-quality concerns and improving customer satisfaction.   At Oakwood Systems Group, Inc., we realize that technology affects not only companies, but also owners, staff, and customers. To learn how your organization can leverage smart technology to simplify your business and improve customer and employee relationships, contact us today. ...
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Drive secure and scalable business success with a modern data platform

Drive secure and scalable business success with a modern data platform

If you really want to make a difference in your organization, you can start by modernizing your IT infrastructure. That’s what Kyle began with when he started to work for the City of Corona. He worked hard to help the citizens of Corona by moving the city’s IT services to Microsoft 365 and Azure. This allowed the Corona government to provide real-time data and insights for their traffic management professionals; enable better communication with first responders via mobile devices; and connect with the community. Editing in Microsoft Teams and being able to access features from a mobile platform brought huge time savings and removed redundant efforts among the staff, saving time and resources. With Azure, the city can now access and analyze data quickly, so they can respond to the changing environment faster and with greater accuracy. Thanks to Kyle and Microsoft, Corona’s shift to a modern IT platform helps them to rapidly meet the changing needs of the city...
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