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This week, Tony continues his journey into Office 365 and looks at one of the latest features: Office Delve.

In part one of this series I explained my recent experience in changing over to Office 365.  I discussed the migration, the familiarity and compatibility Office 365 has with other Microsoft products and groups and how to establish them.  In this article I will further explain my experiences in using Office 365 for business use and how it has enabled me to remain mobile. Read more

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Jerry Stidham is a Cloud Deployment Specialist and all-around Microsoft guru for us here at Agile IT.  He has recently taken the time out from helping over 500,000 users migrate to Office 365 to explain some “industry secrets”.  To benefit from more of Jerry’s wisdom, check out our blog or contact us.

Amazon has recently announced that they will be offering enterprise level e-mail for customers. It will be competing with two already well established entities in Google and Microsoft and it most certainly will be an uphill battle for them. While it will not likely overtake either one of them in the foreseeable future it could dip into the smaller business market and make an impact.  Read more

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Office 365 isn’t just for sitting in an office and working solely from your desktop.  If you’ve been wondering what Office 365 is like for remote users, keep reading.  We were curious too, and so we asked someone who recently migrated to Office 365 to let us know how it went, and give feedback on the “user-friendliness” of Office 365.  This is the first installation in a series of posts about working remotely with Office 365.  Read what Tony had to say about moving to Office 365, and then contact us with any further questions, or to see if Office 365 is right for you (hint: it is). Read more

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When researching virtualization software it is important to understand they are not all created equal. It seems as though the world is going virtual and when looking at vSphere and Hyper-V there are some differences you should be aware of to avoid taking an unnecessary and costly risk in selecting a robust solution for a virtual data center. The first thing to consider is if you have a vested interest in either company. Do you currently own VMware or Microsoft products and if so have you contacted each company to see if they can offer a discount or additional support if you add vSphere or Hyper-V to your array of software from them? If you have no contractual ties with either vendor or are looking for a virtualization software suite that fits your organization’s requirements the following provides a brief overview of both Hyper-V and vSphere.

Hyper-V

Hyper-V is a Microsoft product that runs the Windows Server  family, from Windows Server 2008 R2, through Windows Server 2012. This software tool allows you to establish a virtual server environment. A virtual computing environment helps maximize efficiency of your network resources by using more of your hardware’s capabilities. Hyper-V allows you to create and manage multiple virtual machines off a single server. You can also run multiple operating systems on the same server with Hyper-V.

Hyper-V is installed from the Windows wizard and redesigns the architecture of the OS as it is installed to become an additional layer installed on the physical server. Hyper-V can be installed as a feature in Windows Server or as a stand-alone Microsoft Hyper-V Server. If you plan to purchase Hyper-V strictly for virtualization you are best purchasing the stand-alone server version to save money and maximize use out of your server as the stand-alone is not installed on a machine that already has Windows Server and is a scaled down version of Windows Server which does not have the additional features you won’t use in the virtual environment. The GUI is scaled down and un-necessary features are not installed on the stand-alone version either.

All functions in Hyper-V are managed through the Hyper-V Manager GUI. Using the Manager interface you can change, create, and delete virtual mahcines (VMs) as well as manage dependent operations within each VM. You can also create snapshots, import VMs, and enable replication.

Hyper-V is an excellent virtualization tool and is not just limited to Microsoft VMs. As mentioned earlier you can also create VMs using Linux that run with Hyper-V. Hyper-V is a great choice if you are already accustomed to Microsoft products in how they operate.

vSphere

vSphere is a virtualization suite by VMware which allows you to build VMs either in the Cloud, at remote sites, or within your physical data center. Cited as being the virtualization pioneers, VMware continues to make its mark on virtualization by developing tools and products such as vSphere which are prepared to bring VMs to mobile devices and the Cloud.

vSphere runs on any x86 application at scale and at full operational efficiency. The latest release is vSphere 5.5 also known as ESXi and is a bare bones hypervisor that installs on top of your physical server much like Hyper-V and creates partitions to run multiple VMs. The physical resources are shared equally across all the VMs you create so they can all run at equal times. vSphere’s management is available remotely and requires less than 150MB of disk space since there is no underlying operating sytem which requires fewer patches and provides a small attack surface.

The 5.5 platform provides replication and data protection which provides backup and recovery protection. Data protection has a wizard driven setup to easily deploy a data protection resolution within a vSphere VM environment. One of the highlights of vSphere Data Protection is that it reduces complexities in deploying a backup server as well as a reduced time to deploy a backup.

Conclusion

Hyper-V comes with the Windows Server family of products, and integrates well with Azure for a comprehensive virtualization solution. vSphere, on the other hand, has high upfront costs and costs more to maintain. Although both hypervisors provide a great way to virtualize your datacenter, provide security, data protection, and backup; in the long run, Hyper-V is the hypervisor of choice for today’s business.

 

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2014 Brings Continued Growth for Leading San Diego Microsoft Partner

With over 150,000 users successfully moved to the Cloud and business continuing to increase, Agile IT predicts 2015 will be another year of success.

San Diego, California – 20 January, 2015 – Today, Agile IT released its year-end summary, showing that business is booming for the San Diego technology company.

Ranked by the San Diego Business Journal as #15 of the 100 fastest growing private companies in San Diego, 2014 was a record breaking year for Agile IT, with the company receiving a number of other prestigious accolades. Read more

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The Benefits of Virtualization

In recent years the world of computing has gone from physical servers to Cloud-based servers and virtualization. Mobility, efficiency, cost, and availability are all factors driving this change in information technology (IT). Server virtualization has grown quite a bit in the ten years since its origin. While some organizations may count it as “new” others would not fall back to a physical platform for anything.

Virtualization has changed the way many companies do business by providing capabilities physical systems could not. When transitioning to a virtual environment, an organization should take full advantage of all the efficiencies and capabilities it offers. Organizations should completely virtualize their data center in order to reap the benefits of virtualization. This article examines some of the top benefits an organization can reap from moving from a physical to a virtual server environment. Read more

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Microsoft knows you work on the go- and has taken steps to ensure you can access your files while traveling, in the park, or in the comfort of your home.  Microsoft and Agile IT want your business to be as mobile as you are.  Agile IT has been helping customers embrace Microsoft since 2006.  As one of the leading Office 365 migration specialists in the world, we are perfectly equipped to help you move to Office 365 in a cost-effective, efficient and seamless migration that will forever transform the way you do business. Moving any organization to Office 365 is a multi-phased project that requires expertise in project management, change management, technical consulting, and technical support. AgileAscend: Office 365 Migration Solutions enable you to draw on Agile IT’s expertise and experience to migrate seamlessly to Office 365 – on time, within budget and with minimal disruption to your business. Contact us today to see how we can help you get started in the cloud. Read more

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Being a non-profit in a for-profit world can be hard, especially when it comes to keeping up technologically.  By moving to Office 365, many non-profits are eliminating the need for high-cost servers and technology infrastructure.  As one of the leading Office 365 migration specialists in the world, Agile IT is perfectly equipped to help you move to Office 365 in a way that is cost-effective, time-efficient, and seamless.  Let us migrate you to the cloud, and change the way you give back forever.  Contact Agile IT today to set up a free consultation with one of our senior technical advisors.  


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Mark your calendars, because July 14, 2015 is going to mark the end of support for Windows Server 2003 R2.  There are currently 8 million installations of Windows Server 2003 still active- is your business one of them?  Even if your organization is already on Windows Server 2012, 8 million installations is a lot- someone you do business with could be using it.  What would the implications on your business be if they were shut down?  Read more

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In order for any business to be successful, there needs to be a solid IT infrastructure.  How are you supposed to focus on growing your organization if you’re busy focusing on your technological needs?  With Agile IT and Office 365, you can keep your business in the cloud and not have to worry about servers failing, running out of storage space, or any of the other myriad issues that come with having a hosted or on-premises server.  Contact Agile IT today to schedule a free consultation with one of our technical advisors and see how we can transform your IT.
 

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 By now, we’ve all heard the scary stories of hackers that have been circulating the last few months.  Luckily, Microsoft is proactive about security threats and ensuring that your data in the cloud is as safe as safe can be.  As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Agile IT is proud to move our customers into the Microsoft Cloud, knowing that Microsoft is always one step ahead.  Contact us today to make the move to Office 365, where you can securely, safely access your data from anywhere.

 

If you have been following the From Inside the Cloud series, we regularly bring you an insider’s view on how we operate and manage the Office 365 service for security, privacy and compliance directly from the people behind the service.

 

Recently, there have been a number of cyber security related news articles about vulnerabilities and exploits. If you are wondering if the Cloud increases your data risk, in this week’s episode we focus on the measures that our engineering team has in place to prepare for emerging security threats to the Office 365 service.

 

As we explain in this short video, we operate under the assumption that no computer system is perfectly secure, so we invest heavily in the “Assume Breach” approach.

 

Our colleague, Vivek Sharma, in his discussion on whether your data is safe at rest, highlighted the role of the Red and Blue teams as part of our “Assume Breach” approach.

 

And as core strategists of this approach for Office 365, today’s post focuses further on explaining the role of our Red team, an internal dedicated team of “white hat” hackers from varied industry backgrounds such as broader technology industry, defense and government, who conduct penetration testing on our system.

 

As a team, we push ourselves to creatively anticipate and simulate attacks from real-world adversaries using Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) that we know from ongoing research on emerging threats and trends. This then leads to the proactive exploration of vulnerabilities during a phase we call “reconnaissance” followed by “exploitation” where we try to bypass protections that may be in place and then lastly attempts to “access” the data. We in fact offer a number of examples of how we may go about this in this video.

 

Of course, as we do this there are clear rules of engagement to ensure that as we test the system we do not target customer data, impact service availability or compromise existing in place security.

 

Further, balancing the Red team is the Blue team whose role it is to monitor activities within the system to detect anomalous behavior and take action. As hard as the Red team is trying to find and exploit vulnerabilities the Blue team is trying to detect, investigate and mitigate security events.

 

Our red and blue teams work together within engineering to fix and harden the service. You can see and hear more on the Blue team’s work in our next post on Office Blogs, with lead engineer Matt Swann, who takes us behind the scenes of intrusion detection.

 

The combined efforts of our teams go toward improving detection by evolving our machine learning algorithms for the detection of anomalous activity as well as incident response.

 

We hope that today’s explanation offers a useful overview of how we prepare and plan for emerging security threats to keep your data safe.

 

Let us know what else you would like us to cover in this series—send us your comments and questionsand of course you can find more by visiting the Office 365 Trust Center.

 

This article excerpt, by Chang Kawaguchi, Travis Rhodes and Vijay Kumar, originally appeared here: http://bit.ly/1EpUR5J
The Coming of Age in Cloud Computing
Cloud computing has been around for years, in some form or another.  As its popularity grows, the way it serves us grows and changes as well.  On Monday, Microsoft announced changes that will make their cloud more powerful and accessible to the masses than ever before.  Agile IT is the Microsoft Southwest Area Cloud Partner of the Year for 2014, and one of the top 100 Cloud Computing Solutions Providers in the world.  Contact us today to see how we can help transform your IT infrastructure.  


 
Cloud computing isn’t merely changing the way much of the technology business works. Now it is changing itself, and putting even more computing power in more places.

On Monday, Microsoft, which operates one of the biggest so-called “public clouds,” or large and flexible computing systems available for remote rental, announced several changes to its data storage and processing services that will make them more powerful.

Microsoft also announced a partnership with Dell to sell a kind of “cloud in a box,” or hardware and software that created a mini-version of Microsoft’s cloud, called Azure, inside a company.

The idea is that a company could work with its own version of Azure, then easily move up to the giant version Microsoft has to handle big workloads. Hewlett-Packard may be after something similar with its effort to create a private-public cloud business based on the HP cloud, which uses a kind of open source software.

What all of this means is that cloud computing, which makes it easier to tie more things to computers and more easily manage software, is starting to appear in even more forms and types. Within each corporate proposition, including Google and Amazon, as well as Microsoft, HP and others, there appears to be an increasing trend toward offering more flexibility. Generally it’s done by abstracting what were functions of specialized hardware into more easily altered software.

Microsoft’s announcements this week came after the news last week that it would offer Windows Server technology on Docker, a fast-moving open source project (and start-up company of the same name) that takes cloud-type software abstractions even farther. Docker’s so-called “containers,” which were previously available on the Linux operating system, make it possible to build, deploy and update a software application anywhere in the world.

Adding to this confusing paradise of computing power, flexibility, and global software deployment, on Wednesday a company called Bracket Computing announced that it had a technology that makes it possible to run high-performance corporate computing systems across several public clouds at the same time.

While it now works only with different geographic locations inside the global cloud of Amazon Web Services, Bracket hopes eventually to enable companies to securely manage their computing across several public clouds at once. This kind of brokering, if successful, could mean further competition among the public clouds, either on price or service.

People who had worked with the Bracket System were impressed. “Even just with A.W.S., this is powerful,” said Frank Palase, senior vice president of strategy at DirectTV. “Abstracting over several cloud providers would mean we could have high levels of performance with no fear of outages,” since one system could be brought up if another failed.

It’s also possible that Bracket’s Computing Cell could hold containers, like Docker, inside its system.

For all the new terminology and hand-waving around these developments, at least one thing is clear: The cheap and easy cloud is also catching up in areas like reliability and management ease, where it has been criticized. Like all big computing trends, it has started rough, but it appears to be stabilizing and getting bigger.

This article excerpt, by Quentin Hardy, originally appeared here: http://nyti.ms/10M0OgV
 Here at Agile IT, we struggle to think of a single company that doesn’t use Office.  Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are staples in every organization.  With Office 365, you can access, edit, and share your documents from anywhere.  Even more excitingly, you can do it from anywhere- without downloading extensions for your browser, and without the fear of losing file fidelity or formatting.  So what are you waiting for?  Contact the experts at Agile IT today to set up your free consultation and get started in the Cloud.
 

Technology is the great enabler of creativity and productivity. So when you encounter technology that inhibits your ability to collaborate, you have to wonder what went wrong. To choose the right technology for collaborating on Office documents on the Web, ask yourself these three questions:
1. Do you use browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari?
You don’t want to be constrained by your Internet browser. After all, the browser is only a means to the end of being productive on the web. Office Online works consistently across all major browsers, including Internet Explorer (IE), Chrome, Firefox and Safari. You do not need additional software such as extensions to make this work. You can view Office documents with consistent file fidelity in these browsers. You can edit Office documents using Office Online across these major browsers without worrying about losing the Office file format or the formatting of the document itself.
The experience of Google Docs is skewed toward Chrome browser. Even in Chrome, however, you need to install the “Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides” extension to be able to edit Office documents in the browser. In other popular browsers like IE, Firefox or Safari, Office documents are opened in view-only mode. If you still want to edit the Office document in these browsers, you will have to convert the standard Office document to Google’s proprietary format and risk losing complete file fidelity and formatting of the document.
2. Do you share and collaborate on Office documents?
Do you remember when you last worked on an Office document all by yourself? If you are like me, it’s been a very long time. Most work today happens in collaboration with others.
Sometimes, I leave my comments within the Office document, so others can incorporate my feedback into their work. The flexibility of working on documents without worrying about whether the team is able to meet at a particular time or in a specific place is liberating. Being able to access, review and comment on the documents while on the go gives me the freedom to choose where and how I work. Many of you seek real-time coauthoring of Office documents, so you can see in real-time who else is working on the document. Office Online offers that capability as well.
Office Online enables you to access and collaborate on Office documents whenever and wherever you need. It is the easiest way to share and the most collaborative way to work on Office documents. You can even share Office documents with people who have not created a Microsoft account. So, if you are wondering how you could share and collaborate with your friends with a Gmail account, Office Online works for you as well. Just share the document using Office Online, enter the email address of the person, and voila!
While Office Online encourages collaboration on Office documents, Google inhibits sharing and collaborating on Office documents in Google Docs, Sheets or Slides. The only way to collaborate on Office documents in Google is to email them in the old-school way. If you really want to write comments, and share and collaborate with others within the document, Google offers you only one choice. You have to convert the document from standard Office format to Google’s proprietary format. And this results in risking the complete file fidelity and formatting of the document.
3. Do I need to spend time fixing formatting of Office documents?
With the ever-increasing number of devices available today, Office documents are created, shared, reviewed and worked on across different form factors. As you work with these documents, you expect them to look similar no matter how you access them. That’s the promise of Office file fidelity. Even when features are not supported across various platforms, modern Office experiences such as Office Online and Office for iPad enable you to keep the fidelity of the document intact. This promise helps you avoid spending time trying to fix document formatting and instead allows you to be productive and to save time and effort on the project.
Those of you who use Google Drive to store your documents often complain how you lose formatting of your documents when you are working on Office documents using Google. Whether you use Google Docs after installing the “Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides” extension in the Chrome browser or use the latest Docs, Sheets & Slides apps on iOS and Android, you continue to lose document formatting on these devices. For schoolwork, students have to assign someone to fix, format and finalize all formatting changes before submitting term papers. At work, end users have to spend invaluable time and effort to fix the formatting of documents before finalizing their analyses and presentations.
With over one billion users worldwide, Office is the de facto productivity standard. Technology should not limit your ability to share and collaborate on Office documents. Instead, it should simplify the experience and enable creativity. Check out these videos for Word Online, Excel Online and PowerPoint Online to see how Office Online helps you collaborate on Office documents on the web.
Start using Office Online to create, share, collaborate, and coauthor Office documents today!
This article excerpt, by Sanjeevini Mittal, originally appeared here: http://bit.ly/1tt9ViA
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AgileDataCenter is made for businesses of all sizes.  AgileDataCenter Dedicated Server Environments are designed to make it dramatically faster and easier to move the contents of your server to new hardware – whether on-site or in the Cloud – and to maximize your existing server(s) as you grow.  With the power of Agile IT and Windows Azure behind you, imagine what you could accomplish.  Contact Agile IT today to get started. Read more

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 Whether you’ve got 14,000 employees or four employees, allowing them to communicate with you and with each other is vital to success.  Kennametal found the answer in Office 365. We have seen countless stories of organizations in diverse industries upping their game with Office 365- whether they be in manufacturing and engineering, like Kennametal, or banks, non-profits, education, government.  Office 365 is right for so many industries. Contact Agile IT today to find out if it’s right for you.
 
Being a CIO is about more than just achieving benchmark performance and lowest costs for technology assets. I believe it’s really about collaborating with your business leaders to drive better overall results for the company. At Kennametal, we recognize the huge impact it makes on getting those results if we have the right people onboard, particularly when they work together.

 

But with nearly 14,000 employees in more than 60 countries, it can be challenging to find and connect the individuals who have the experience and insight needed in a given situation. We do our best to bring colleagues face to face when they’re working together on big projects and initiatives, but it isn’t always feasible to take people away from their families and other Kennametal responsibilities. That’s why we look for other ways to open paths of communication and foster close working relationships. We develop manufacturing products and solutions, and for an innovation-based company like ours, any way we can get people collaborating, brainstorming and sharing ideas is good.

 

That’s one of the reasons we adopted Microsoft Office 365. Our engineering teams use its functionality for videoconferencing, instant messaging and ad hoc conversations, and document collaboration—tools that give them the next-best thing to being there. Kennametal also has created a companywide intranet called the Hub, where our engineers, scientists and manufacturing technicians all access company news, get business intelligence about competitors, and participate in internal conversations using our Yammer enterprise social network. It’s a real game changer for us to be able to reach our 5,000 factory workers more directly. In the past, they had to find a kiosk in the factory if they wanted corporate information, but now they use their personal smartphones to access the Hub anytime. Available from anywhere because it’s based on Microsoft SharePoint Online, the Hub has strengthened the sense of community for our factory and corporate employees alike.

 

Recognizing the extensive knowledge and experience in our workforce, particularly among our engineers and materials scientists, we’re taking advantage of our new toolset to proactively capture and disseminate that knowledge and, ultimately, innovate faster. We use the Hub to track the areas of expertise among employees and share their information across teams and geographies and between our younger employees and those nearing retirement. We’ve asked our employees to fill out profiles about everything from the schools they’ve attended to the projects they’ve worked on. This makes the Hub a valuable knowledge management resource that supports both long-term collaboration and short-term problem solving. For example, when manufacturing technicians from around the company encounter an issue, they can check the Hub and to see who has the expertise to help, and they reach out to each other—their ability to collaborate is limited only by our imagination.

 

On the flip side, as we bring in younger employees, we want to meet their expectations of having access to just about everything at their fingertips. We believe that technology choices like Office 365 will help us attract and retain new talent to continue the Kennametal tradition of innovation.

 

This article excerpt, by Steve Hanna, originally appeared here: http://bit.ly/10L4TBT
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 SharePoint Online is here to revolutionize the way you interact with your employees – and the way they interact with each other.  Studies show that when employees have a quick, reliable way of communicating with each other, they are more productive and tend to be better informed of the latest trends in their fields.  Let Agile IT show you what SharePoint can do for your organization – contact us today.
 
Employee engagement is about employees giving extra effort above and beyond regular job duties. But how many companies use technology to drive the engagement they so badly want and need?
Consider this. Technology can help you:
  • Get the most out of your employees.
  • Encourage collaboration and social interaction.
  • Connect disconnected workers.
  • Measure employee engagement.
Think about the lack of collaboration within the healthcare industry. Most providers have a mindset that if they aren’t right in front of a patient, they aren’t productive.

Imagine what nurses in one neurology unit could learn from those on the same unit in a sister hospital? Even the larger networks of facilities don’t facilitate this learning effectively.

Nurses increasingly use hand-held devices to communicate with each other, docs, and technicians. If you could provide them with mobile access to a community of nurses working in a similar discipline, what might they innovate? Would they like their jobs better?

Here are some more examples of how technology can help.

Employee Travel
Many probably already use online tools like TripAdvisor to make personal travel plans. What if they could share with fellow employees the tips and tricks that make business travel better? Let them post reviews of the contracted hotels in a city. Let them recommend places to eat. Get some champions to share key parts of the travel policy in the same community. You can also trend travel expenses. It may be possible to reduce travel expenses through this type of sharing.
 
Intranet News
For many years now intranet news has been a one-way push from the corporate communicators to employees. Making news a collaborative opportunity for any author opens the door to more interesting and meaningful content. Incorporating rating and sharing pushes it beyond the everyday network of users. The more value that employees gain, the more engaged they’ll be.

Innovation
Ask employees to submit suggestions and ideas. True engagement occurs when you enable them to vote on ideas and track the winning ideas through feasibility study and implementation. This encourages more and more idea submissions and voting. The ROI can spiral into millions of dollars of savings, new business and productivity.

The Role of SharePoint
SharePoint can serve all of these needs. If you make strategic choices that support business goals, you can get employees more engaged with each other, the organization, and their work through a great SharePoint intranet.

This article excerpt, by Stacy Wilson, originally appeared here: http://bit.ly/1nOp1rB
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 As technology grows and changes, industries are forced to adapt.  The airline industry is a prime example of this, as many airlines merge, and more regional airlines pop up.  Read how one airline manages to stay ahead of the pack by utilizing Office 365.  Contact Agile IT today to ensure that you too are making use of the technology available to your business.
 
The airline industry has seen its share of turbulence over the last decade, as mega-airlines merge and acquire smaller players, more regional airlines take to the air, and customers aggressively seek online bargains. Finnair, Finland’s largest airline and the fifth-oldest airline in the world, has remained successful because it knows how to adapt and find smarter ways to operate.

 

In the face of many new low-cost air carriers springing up across Europe, Finnair still dominates both domestic and international air travel in Finland. “We have survived because we’ve been successful at keeping our costs under control, but we also understand that you can’t cut costs at the expense of customer satisfaction and employee effectiveness,” says Kari Hänninen, architect in Corporate Information Management for Finnair. “We have to compete for the best people, who want a modern work environment where they are valued and listened to.”

 

Gain rock-solid, spam-free email
Finnair decided to unplug its expensive email and file-share servers and throw away its mix of document-sharing tools. In their place, it gave employees subscriptions to Microsoft Office 365.

 

“We ran a small pilot program of Google Docs, but Google doesn’t work well with Office, which all employees use, and its pricing model is not that great,” Hänninen says. “Microsoft had a far stronger federated enterprise solution, better support, a more convincing story around total cost and a more enterprise-ready, innovative solution.”

 

Finnair pilots, gate agents, mechanics and office staff now have anytime, any-device access to their email, which helps keep everyone on the same page. Office 365 filters all Finnair email for spam and malware to help keep communications more secure. “We switched from Postini to Exchange Online Protection (EOP), the Office 365 spam filtering technology, in just one day,” Hänninen says. “The EOP interface is familiar and easy to use and the filtering is excellent. We get rock-solid protection with financially backed service-level agreements. And because it’s part of Office 365, it’s more cost-effective to manage.” Finnair is able to easily create targeted email filtering rules for different roles.

 

Help employees find their voice
It’s easy for Finnair gate agents, cabin crew, and pilots to feel disconnected from decisions being made at headquarters. Employees use social networking capabilities built into Office 365 to participate in relevant conversations. “It’s very easy to get a snapshot of issues, to contribute, and to invite others to join a conversation,” Hänninen says. “If you have something to contribute that could help the business, now you can. It really helps people feel that they are heard and also helps them get the information they need to make better decisions.”

 

Reduce costs by 15 percent
Although the benefits of bringing its workforce closer together have been far-reaching, the reality is that there would have been no refresh unless it had involved saving money. “With Office 365, we have eliminated recurring software upgrade costs and the extra cost of Postini,” Hänninen says. “Over six years, Office 365 will be 15 percent less expensive than maintaining our own email servers. Plus, paying for software as a per-user fee makes it much easier to predict and budget.”

 

This article excerpt, by Office 365 Team, originally appeared here: http://bit.ly/1qtPmLu
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Recruiting using social media is a growing trend in today’s world.  In 2010, for example, 6% of all companies used social media to attract talent.  In 2014, so far that number is 94%.  Millennials and recruiters are changing the recruiting industry together.  Is your organization keeping up?
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