Holiday Hackers are Hard at Work: Ways to Protect Yourself On National Computer Security Day

Holiday Hackers are Hard at Work: Ways to Protect Yourself On National Computer Security Day

By Patrick Tiettmeyer

The holidays are a time where memories are made with family and friends. It’s a time when we surf the internet to see photos of children with Santa, dogs wearing antlers, and recipes for eggnog. It’s a time when people take to e-commerce websites to shop, using their credit cards and bank accounts, trusting the sites to be secure.

And for the most part, they are: Companies worldwide focus millions of dollars and thousands of hours, annually, on their security and yet they still face threats and breaches. There are some issues we simply cannot control. What we can control is the safety of our own personal computers.  Continue reading “Holiday Hackers are Hard at Work: Ways to Protect Yourself On National Computer Security Day”

How Data Analysis is Taking Over the World

How Data Analysis is Taking Over the World

By Chris Douglas

It’s Cyber Monday, but before you dive into online shopping on company time ahem, let’s explore some information about data.

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No…not THAT Data… You know, data – the information that’s gathered and reported whether you realize it or not. The amount of data being collected is out of this world! And it keeps growing. A study was done by Dun & Bradstreet and Forbes Insights regarding the current state of data analytics adoption from over 300 executives in North America, U.K. and Ireland. Several different industries were a part of it, and it seems the landscape has shifted pretty heavily over the past several years. Continue reading “How Data Analysis is Taking Over the World”

The Latest on PowerApps

JohnEssentially, PowerApps is a Microsoft-based service that allows technical and nontechnical users to build, manage, and share web and mobile apps. Its intuitive design and wide selection of templates allows people without coding experience to build apps that empower and drive business. PowerApps also integrates with Microsoft and Office 365 services.

In this Collab365 Live Show, hosts Nick Brattoli and Andy Talbot chatted with Darshan Desai and Ashlee & Paul Culmsee to learn about what’s new with Microsoft PowerApps.

Here were some of the key takeaways:

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The Latest on Microsoft Graph

JohnMicrosoft Graph, a feature in the Office 365 suite that “facilitates search across integrated applications,” was released in 2015.

At its core, Graph takes data from every other Office 365 application and consolidates it into one endpoint; therefore, Graph contains an incredible amount of data. The service can also keep track of a user’s open documents, share files, and conversations. This information is entered into a machine learning algorithm to help commercial and consumer users organize and manage a range of services, including their contacts, conversations, and calendar.

Collab365 Live Show hosts Nick Brattoli and Andy Talbot caught up with Diego Costa, a developer, and Yina Arenas, a program manager at Microsoft, to discuss what’s new with Graph, how to use the new functionality, and what we can expect from it in the future.

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The 411 on Microsoft 365

Duane OdumEarlier this week at Microsoft’s Inspire conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced the release of Microsoft 365, an solution that bundles Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. The service offers two routes: Enterprise (for larger organizations) and Business (for small to mid-size businesses).  Both plans will be available for purchase in early August.

In a blog post, Kirk Koenigsbauer, VP of the Office team, describes Microsoft 365 as “a complete, intelligent and secure solution to empower employees…to be creative and work together, securely.”

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Collab365 Live Show #11 Recap: “Latest & Greatest Around Microsoft Flow”

JohnEssentially, Microsoft Flow is an addition to PowerApps and Power BI, built on top of Logic Apps. Flow encourages users to automate their business processes. Although Flow focuses more on users whereas PowerApps focuses more on developers, both share an infrastructure and help people perform functions such as send notifications, copy files, collect data, and set up approval workflows. One of our developers, Duane, gave a great overview of Microsoft Flow back in February, but lots of new features have sprung up since then.

In the most recent Collab365 Live Show, hosts Nick Bratolli and Andy Talbot spoke with two members of Microsoft Flow’s product development team to learn what’s new with Flow. The guys also discussed how Flow integrates with other Office365 applications and what new features we’ll see added to the service in the future.

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Introducing Microsoft Stream

Duane OdumOffice 365 has introduced a new application to its suite in preview for First Release tenants: Microsoft Stream, a video service that effectively replaces Office 365 Video (the two services will coexist temporarily, but you should learn how to transition your videos to Stream).

Stream provides a secure, centralized location for businesses to create, upload, store, manage, and view videos to share with other users in their organization to encourage faster and easier collaboration. You can also connect Stream with other Office 365 applications, such as Yammer, SharePoint, and OneNote.

Other features include:

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