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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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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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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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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Rolls Royce is Flying High with Azure IoT

Rolls Royce is Flying High with Azure IoT

Rolls Royce has over 13,000 engines in operation around the world, and they provide services to maintain those engines at peak performance. Today’s engines have thousands of sensors that can produce terabytes of data on long-haul flights. Making sense of all that data is critical in transporting customers safely and efficiently. That’s why they use a suite of tools from Microsoft to help iron out what all that data means. But adopting the right tools is easier said than done. Avoiding operating disruptions is crucial to success at Rolls Royce. In fact, a single issue with a plane, and its inevitable effect to an entire airline, can cost up to one million dollars per day! Limiting these disruptions is the biggest reason for their investment in IoT technologies from Azure. Being able to identify problems before they arise has been invaluable for the manufacturer. With early notice, Rolls Royce can reduce inventory costs and maximize availability of parts. Saving airlines...
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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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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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Transforming The Customer Experience

Transforming The Customer Experience

In a world of instant gratification, customers expect more from the businesses they patron. That's why you need a CRM solution that's more than just a CRM platform. You need an all-in-one business management solution to streamline and connect business processes with customer experience. It's the way of the future for a demanding generation of customers. Deliver the level of service and experience they deserve with Microsoft Dynamics 365. This all-in-one Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) business management solution will help connect your financials, sales, service, and operations to streamline business processes, improve customer interactions, and make better decisions. Manage Your Financials Make informed decisions: Connect data across accounting, sales, purchasing, inventory, and customer interactions to get an end-to-end view of your business. Chart financial performance in real time with built-in Power BI dashboards. Accelerate financial close and reporting: Streamline accounts receivables and payables, and automatically reconcile accounts to close and report on financials quickly and accurately, while maintaining compliance. Improve forecast accuracy: ...
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Modernize in The Cloud with Azure SQL Database

Modernize in The Cloud with Azure SQL Database

Getting ahead means getting to the cloud Studies show that companies that embrace the cloud grow 19.6% faster than those who do not and more than 80% of organizations now adopt cloud-first strategies as part of an overall digital transformation. As a first step on the digital transformation journey, IT must optimize its operations to effectively manage growth in the cloud. To stay competitive in today’s marketplace, IT organizations must continuously optimize how they maintain and use the data that fuels their operations.  Modernizing to the cloud as part of a digital transformation can deliver: Operational efficienciesBusiness enablement to drive continued growth IT optimization introduces some new priorities to consider: Eliminating time spent managing “long tail” of applicationsFreeing up limited IT resourcesMigrating business critical apps to the cloud Azure SQL Database Azure SQL Database is your fully-managed relational database-as-a service. It's the best and most economical cloud destination for your SQL Server data and running on the Microsoft SQL Server engine means it’s...
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Resistance Is Futile

Agile development methodologies are well into the Gartner “Scope of Enlightenment” stage, yet are still misunderstood by stakeholders and teams that don’t yet realize the tremendous value that it can bring to an organization.  Historically, there have been distrusting and adversarial relationships between business teams and technology teams. However, these melt away when they collaboratively set goals, both identify and track tasks, and report on progress.  The transparency of standups and burndown charts creates an understanding and empathy that changes the entire team dynamic.  User Stories focus business partners on the ‘what’ they actually need, while allowing technology organizations to focus on the ‘how’.  This is the key difference between Use Cases and User Stories in creating opportunities for the two groups to focus on what they do best, and energize development teams to demonstrate creativity and innovative capabilities.Extending Agile principles to the business team, as end-to-end capabilities, are quickly deployed, and reduce requirements and customized needs in a system. ...
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