Archives for Business Productivity

Explore the Power of the Microsoft Cloud

Cloud Business Alignment Workshop Let Avtex Help You Get the Most Out of the Microsoft Cloud The Microsoft Cloud presents significant opportunity for organizations to improve access to information, streamline business process and encourage collaboration. The cloud’s faster iteration cycle delivers capabilities to users more rapidly than ever before, making it possible to continually improve available toolsets. The rapid advancement of technology within the enterprise can lead to confusion, however, making it important to keep users informed on available tools and changes to business processes. Avtex leverages a deep knowledge of Microsoft Cloud capabilities and best practices to help you
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Top 11 SharePoint branding requests

It’s not unusual for customers to choose SharePoint for technical reasons, long before they start thinking about branding the site. When I ask them what they want in the way of branding, they’ll sometimes respond “I don’t know. What do people usually want?” This happened often enough that I finally put together a list. I use it as a starting point for discussions about branding needs.   Ranking Description Effort 1 Apply client colors Simple to medium, depending on depth of color scheme 2 Use client logo Simple 3 Custom background image for header Simple to medium 4 Adjust structure
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An Introduction to Microsoft Teams

For the last year or so, my team has been utilizing Slack as a productivity and team engagement tool since most the team works remotely and we rarely can all be in once place at the same time for team building.  With the introduction of Microsoft Teams, we are looking at how this may be able to replace Slack with an application that is integrated with the rest of our productivity solutions in Office 365.  So far, after about a week of use, there are a LOT of pros and cons about the solution in regards to how my team
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Avtex Offers Full Service Azure AD Connect Upgrade Support

In April, Microsoft announced the upcoming deprecation of DirSync and Azure AD Sync, with support ending on April 13, 2017. This means that many organizations must take action to upgrade to Microsoft’s replacement platform, Azure Active Directory (AD) Connect. At Avtex, we have streamlined the process of upgrading to Azure AD Connect. We’ve already helped many clients prepare for the transition and are available to help you transition ahead of the end-of-support deadline. On your behalf, our experts will execute the many key steps in the upgrade process, including: Examining your current platform to determine upgrade readiness Identifying the best method
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Do You Offer the Support Your Employees Deserve?

Many organizations feel that they offer their employees the information they need to succeed and enjoy their jobs. Unfortunately, information is often difficult to locate, spread across multiple locations or challenging to understand. Failing to provide a useful resource platform can cost your organization time, money and productivity. Designing and developing an effective Employee Self Service, or ESS, portal or resources is vital to the continued success of your business, and the happiness of your employees. What makes an ESS solution effective? In order to be useful, your ESS portals and resources must be: Easily accessible: Today’s employee accesses information
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Yammer activation for the masses of Office 365 customers – whether you like it or not.

Recently, Microsoft has decided to activate Yammer on all eligible Office 365 subscriptions.  While this is a nice step in getting the service ready for use out of the box, it also causes administrators to take action to keep Yammer disabled if you so choose to do so for existing Office 365 tenants. Present day, the Yammer license is an option that can be disabled right within the Office 365 portal GUI, but it wasn’t that way not so long ago.  If you are a customer who has been on Office 365 prior to Feb 2016, the Yammer license had been embedded and enabled by
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Assessing Client Readiness When Making the Transition to Microsoft Office 365

With recent advancements in cloud technology and stability, many organizations are strongly considering migrating key applications and workloads, such as Microsoft Exchange, off-premise. Doing so offers many benefits; by migrating to the cloud, organizations are offered added features, the latest version of software, exclusive services such as email security and archiving, and enhanced agility in the deployment of modifications or updates. But how can you gauge client readiness? While staying on the cutting edge of technology and hardware is a goal of many organizations, doing so can be costly and time consuming. Reviewing your organization’s specific hardware capabilities is key
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Compliance and Security Factors to Address When Migrating to Office 365

While the benefits of migrating to Office 365 are clear and worthwhile, it is important to consider all the factors prior to, and during the migration. One important factor is compliance and security. Ensuring that the migration complies with all security guidelines is key to avoiding costly issues in the future. When planning the migration, focus on these key security and compliance issues: User access: planning your organization’s approach to user access requirements well in advance will help to eliminate last minute issues as the migration comes to a close. Consider your organization’s current approach to user access and security and
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