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cybersecurity risk reduction
Ways to Improve Your Organization’s Cybersecurity Today

- June 11, 2019

Cybercrimes are on the rise and predicted to cost the world $6 trillion in losses annually by 2021. From ransomware...

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Managed Cloud Services help ensure best long-term Azure cloud performance
Managed Cloud Services help ensure best long-term Azure cloud performance

- June 3, 2019

Relying on Microsoft’s Azure cloud for your daily business operations sounds warm, fluffy and oddly comforting. We hear a lot...

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Stay Ahead of the Curve with RSM Device Management
Stay Ahead of the Curve with RSM Device Management

- May 28, 2019

In the U.S. alone, smartphone users will reach 271 million by 2022 and the number of tablet users is forecast...

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Using Search within Office 365
Using Search in the Microsoft Cloud

- May 7, 2019

Moving your enterprise content to the cloud allows you to capitalize on an underused (or underappreciated) tool of Office 365:...

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Ransomware in the Cloud
Ransomware in the Cloud

- April 16, 2019

The black plague of cloud security Ransomware is the IT equivalent of the medieval Black Plague. It can easily and...

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digital transformation
You have the map – But don’t know where you’re going?

- March 29, 2019

RSM recently released findings from its 2018 Digital Transformation Survey. We surveyed CFOs across the middle market to better understand...

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Risk Impact of SD-WAN to Financial Institutions

- March 21, 2019

Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) are expected to have exponential adoption rates over the coming 18 months, as organizations look...

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firewall security
Top 10 firewall assumptions that can cost you your job

- February 22, 2019

When (not if) your environment is breached and the forensics auditors are reviewing the environment, will they find you were...

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Creating a modern secure workplace
Creating a modern secure workplace

- February 21, 2019

At RSM, we have been educating our clients on the merits of effectively managing corporate data in the world of...

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TECH ALERT: Windows 7 still poses as a significant risk for many middle-market companies
TECH ALERT: Windows 7 still poses as a significant risk for many middle-market companies

- February 21, 2019

NOTE: Extended support from Microsoft for Windows 7 will end on January 14th, 2020. Leverage this critical time to address...

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Software Defined Wide Area Networking
What carriers don’t want you to know about SD-WAN

- February 17, 2019

Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is the next generation of WAN technologies to provide connectivity between people and applications....

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SharePoint calendar – Everything you need to know
SharePoint calendar – Everything you need to know

- September 25, 2018

Microsoft® Sharepoint® calendar is a powerful feature that allows you to manage the events, appointments, reminders etc. This blog explains...

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Applications Templates without Programming for Microsoft Power BI
Applications Templates without Programming for Microsoft Power BI

- May 4, 2018

One of the newest ways to extract data from Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operation, Enterprise edition is to...

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Is The Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Ready For Your Data Center?
Is The Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Ready For Your Data Center?

- April 20, 2018

Today, there is a significant focus on the cloud. Most anything we do in the technology world can be moved...

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BI360 Composer – Alternative to Smart List
BI360 Composer – Alternative to Smart List

- April 16, 2018

Do you ever get frustrated that Smart List only allows four filters when retrieving data? An alternative might be to...

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BI360 Tips & Tricks – Excel Security on Budgeting Templates
BI360 Tips & Tricks – Excel Security on Budgeting Templates

- April 13, 2018

To avoid Budgeting users from making changes budget templates you can implement Excel Security Protecting the worksheet: Planning creates special...

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Microsoft Office 365 Collaboration – Office 365 Groups, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Team Sites and Yammer
Microsoft Office 365 Collaboration – Office 365 Groups, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Team Sites and Yammer

- April 2, 2018

There are several apps in Office 365 which provide collaboration features and support to enable the collaboration within different teams...

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Survey Reveals Top of Mind CFO Technology Issues
Survey Reveals Top of Mind CFO Technology Issues

- March 15, 2018

Capabilities, Not Costs, Define IT Outsourcing A recent CFO Research survey of middle-market senior finance executives, conducted in collaboration with...

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Two Different Apps – Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Web App
Two Different Apps – Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Web App

- March 8, 2018

RSM recently helped resolve an Office 365 case related to the creation of an Outlook group intended to enable collaboration among select...

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Office 365 – Employee Portal, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint
Office 365 – Employee Portal, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint

- February 15, 2018

Recently, one of our clients shared with us that they will start building their new employee portal using Microsoft Teams....

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Office 365 – Document Life Cycle
Office 365 – Document Life Cycle

- February 1, 2018

Document Life Cycle is the process and set of various stages that a document goes through when a new document...

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Microsoft Sway Application Simplifies Communications
Microsoft Sway Application Simplifies Communications

- January 8, 2018

The Microsoft Sway application is included in most Office 365 plans, but many organization have struggled to find a purpose...

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Missing setting Metadata navigation in document library revealed
Missing setting Metadata navigation in document library revealed

- January 8, 2018

Recently, there was a request to enable the Metadata navigation in a document library in SharePoint Online, because the list...

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Office 365 Error – “Additions to this Web site have been blocked” – Mystery Solved
Office 365 Error – “Additions to this Web site have been blocked” – Mystery Solved

- January 8, 2018

Recently, we encountered a very misleading error from SharePoint Online / Office 365 which took a long time to figure...

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Unified Communications, Analytics, and the Customer Experience
Unified Communications, Analytics, and the Customer Experience

- December 12, 2017

Today, organizations are constantly vying for the next competitive edge that is going to enable them to stretch above their...

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When Passwords Aren’t Enough – Increasing Security through Two-Factor Authentication
When Passwords Aren’t Enough – Increasing Security through Two-Factor Authentication

- November 14, 2017

Most people, when asked to picture a hacker, would describe the assailant as an individual sitting in front of a...

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Mobile Device Security and Two-Factor Authentication: Is Your Mobile Device Safe?
Mobile Device Security and Two-Factor Authentication: Is Your Mobile Device Safe?

- November 8, 2017

More and more online services are requiring users move to a form of dual factor or two-factor authentication to access...

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A snapshot outlook on higher education – using profitability analysis to drive strategy
A snapshot outlook on higher education – using profitability analysis to drive strategy

- November 7, 2017

Trends in higher education The accelerated demand for education by increasingly more diverse student populations has piqued the interest of...

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The next generation cloud: A road map from cloud infancy to cloud maturity
The next generation cloud: A road map from cloud infancy to cloud maturity

- October 13, 2017

Join us on Thursday, October 26, at 11:30 a.m. EDT | 10:30 a.m. CDT for a 60-minute webcast on next...

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Can your vendor’s cloud security controls protect your data? Here’s how you can tell!
Can your vendor’s cloud security controls protect your data? Here’s how you can tell!

- October 10, 2017

According to the IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey (2016), 70 percent of businesses had at least one application operating in...

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Joining the Windows 10 Device to Azure AD – Part 2
Joining the Windows 10 Device to Azure AD – Part 2

- October 4, 2017

This is Part 2 of our 2-part series on Joining Windows 10 Devices to the new Microsoft Azure Active Directory....

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Exploring Visualizations for Power BI
Exploring Visualizations for Power BI

- October 4, 2017

When working with Power BI, a great way to test the functionality is to attach your desktop to a sample...

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Linking AX2012 Cubes for Power BI
Linking AX2012 Cubes for Power BI

- October 3, 2017

One of the key areas of both current and legacy support is the connection to Microsoft Dynamics AX2012 Cubes. These...

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Joining Windows 10 Devices to the New Microsoft Azure Active Directory – Part 1
Joining Windows 10 Devices to the New Microsoft Azure Active Directory – Part 1

- October 2, 2017

Configuring Azure Active Directory for AD Join Microsoft has made sweeping structural changes within the new Microsoft Azure portal. Gone...

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Apple Fix Resolves Issues Between iOS 11 Update and Office 365, Exchange 2016
Apple Fix Resolves Issues Between iOS 11 Update and Office 365, Exchange 2016

- October 2, 2017

Apple’s major update iOS 11, released in mid-September, was causing some issues between Office 365 and some configurations with Exchange...

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Sample Azure Database for Power BI
Sample Azure Database for Power BI

- September 27, 2017

When working with Power BI, a great way to test the functionality is to attach your desktop to a sample...

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Managed Services Offers Multiple Benefits for Financial Institutions
Managed Services Offers Multiple Benefits for Financial Institutions

- September 22, 2017

Managed services describes the practice through which a company’s day-to-day technology is managed by third party providers. There are a...

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New Apple Update Creating Issues with Office 365 and Exchange 2016
New Apple Update Creating Issues with Office 365 and Exchange 2016

- September 21, 2017

The new iOS 11 Apple update was released this week and some users are experiencing issues with Office 365 and...

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Email Security – How Do You Keep Your Email Environment Safe?
Email Security – How Do You Keep Your Email Environment Safe?

- September 18, 2017

Twenty-five years ago, when discussing email security, the response to this question would have been much simpler. Probably along the...

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Digital Transformation – 5 Secrets to a Successful Business Intelligence Strategy
Digital Transformation – 5 Secrets to a Successful Business Intelligence Strategy

- September 12, 2017

Who are your customers? How much does it cost to acquire a new one? Which customer relationships are the most...

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IT Professionals and Soft Skills: A Reminder
IT Professionals and Soft Skills: A Reminder

- August 21, 2017

Over the course of the last 10 years, my experience with IT professionals has ranged from architect-level VMware expert all...

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Windows 10 Servicing Plans Change
Windows 10 Servicing Plans Change

- August 15, 2017

In an interesting turn of events, Microsoft recently decided to completely revamp the Windows 10 servicing plans model which I...

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Cloud Migration Key Decisions: Public vs. Private
Cloud Migration Key Decisions: Public vs. Private

- July 31, 2017

There is no debating the overwhelming impact cloud computing has had on the IT landscape in recent years. Organizations, ranging...

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Four Ways to Leverage Your Existing Infrastructure for Office 365 Authentication
Four Ways to Leverage Your Existing Infrastructure for Office 365 Authentication

- June 29, 2017

When it comes to having a successful Microsoft Office 365 deployment, it is important to keep the end user’s experience...

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IWAN: Cisco Systems Entry into the SD-WAN Arena
IWAN: Cisco Systems Entry into the SD-WAN Arena

- June 28, 2017

Cisco’s Intelligent Wide Area Network (IWAN) is an evolution of existing feature sets that have come together in a very...

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MAPS for Power BI
MAPS for Power BI

- June 16, 2017

When working with Power BI, one of the most used and highly interactive features is the map feature.  Power BI...

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How to Incorporate Linux into a Windows-Based Network
How to Incorporate Linux into a Windows-Based Network

- June 13, 2017

This post is to share the strengths of the Linux OS and explain how this lightweight operating system can be...

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Minimizing the Risk of Ransomware by Leveraging Storage Snapshots
Minimizing the Risk of Ransomware by Leveraging Storage Snapshots

- June 8, 2017

The topic of ransomware is top of mind among both information technology (IT) professionals and business leaders lately and is...

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Managed IT Services: A Structured Approach
Managed IT Services: A Structured Approach

- June 2, 2017

Managed information technology (IT) services are becoming more prevalent in the business world, and I don’t see that changing any time soon....

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Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT)
Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT)

- May 16, 2017

As compute power continues to grow at an exponential rate, companies are constantly looking for new ways to harness and...

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Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and SharePoint for Financial Institutions
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and SharePoint for Financial Institutions

- May 7, 2017

Microsoft SharePoint is an easy to use intranet/extranet, and internet sites that make it simple for everyone to access critical information, regardless of...

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Considerations for branding SharePoint Online
Considerations for branding SharePoint Online

- May 4, 2017

SharePoint branding can add a great deal of value by enhancing the companies’ user experience to increase the overall usability...

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Using Microsoft To-Do for effective task management
Using Microsoft To-Do for effective task management

- May 1, 2017

A new task management product, Microsoft To-Do, wasn’t recently released by Microsoft and is available to consumers and Office 365 subscribers. To-Do...

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Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies in Office 365
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies in Office 365

- April 27, 2017

In today’s society, technology plays a vital role in our everyday routine and it is heavily depended upon. What we tend...

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SD-WAN: What is Software Defined Networking and how can it help me?
SD-WAN: What is Software Defined Networking and how can it help me?

- April 24, 2017

One of the big buzzwords in the industry today is SD-WAN, or Software Defined Networking. In this article, I am...

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Solver’s BI360 – An Alternative to Management Reporter
Solver’s BI360 – An Alternative to Management Reporter

- April 24, 2017

If you are looking for an option for reporting other than Management Reporter,you should try looking at Solver’s BI360 Suite...

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How to use the five new features in SharePoint 2016
How to use the five new features in SharePoint 2016

- April 21, 2017

We all resist change one way or another but recently, I’ve been working with SharePoint 2016 and clients seem very happy with the...

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Change Scribe Insight Target Connection without Losing Data Mappings
Change Scribe Insight Target Connection without Losing Data Mappings

- April 13, 2017

With the introduction of Global Connections, in Scribe Insight Version 7.9, it became a little bit tricky to change connection...

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Windows 10 Servicing Plans Explained
Windows 10 Servicing Plans Explained

- April 12, 2017

An update to this post was published on August 15, 2017. The update reflects recent changes to Microsoft’s Windows 10...

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Surfacing external data in SharePoint
Surfacing external data in SharePoint

- April 7, 2017

As SharePoint is being used to streamline Line of Business (LOB) activities, it may be necessary to incorporate external data,...

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Formal patch management programs critical to technology security and performance
Formal patch management programs critical to technology security and performance

- April 4, 2017

Annoying pop-ups, system crashes, latency issues and viruses are just a few of the common problems end users can encounter...

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Stoplight indicator for a task list in SharePoint online
Stoplight indicator for a task list in SharePoint online

- March 24, 2017

Recently, a client wanted the ability to look at the task list in SharePoint and tell if the task(s) is on...

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Managed IT Services – Examining the Pros and Cons of Outsourcing
Managed IT Services – Examining the Pros and Cons of Outsourcing

- March 14, 2017

Many small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) don’t have the time or resources to devote to managing an IT department; often,...

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Roaming VMware Horizon credentials with Microsoft Office Click-to-Run
Roaming VMware Horizon credentials with Microsoft Office Click-to-Run

- March 9, 2017

One of the great things about Office 365 and VMware Horizon is that it makes life as the IT administrator...

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Information Rights Management (IRM) for Office 365
Information Rights Management (IRM) for Office 365

- February 23, 2017

Information Rights Management (IRM) is a form of IT security technology used to protect documents containing sensitive information from unauthorized...

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Network Access Controls Enhance Network Stability and Manage Security Threats
Network Access Controls Enhance Network Stability and Manage Security Threats

- February 20, 2017

From addressing new auditor-mandated security requirements to removing network vulnerabilities, administrators have a growing need for network access controls that...

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What is Enterprise Content Management (ECM)?
What is Enterprise Content Management (ECM)?

- February 2, 2017

Enterprise Content Management, ECM, while implemented via technology, is not technology, it is a set of practices and methodologies for...

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Layer2 Cloud Connector for SharePoint and Office 365
Layer2 Cloud Connector for SharePoint and Office 365

- January 26, 2017

Line-of-business connectivity and enterprise search are core capabilities within SharePoint that drive user adoption, productivity and ROI across the organization....

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Create A Video In Microsoft PowerPoint Using Office Mix
Create A Video In Microsoft PowerPoint Using Office Mix

- January 19, 2017

Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most frequently used slide-based presentation programs on the market. It’s likely that, at some...

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Part 2: Creating visuals from SharePoint list data using Power BI
Part 2: Creating visuals from SharePoint list data using Power BI

- January 17, 2017

There are many different options when it comes to data sources with Power BI. In Part 1: Embedding Power BI...

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Part 1: Embedding Power BI reports in SharePoint
Part 1: Embedding Power BI reports in SharePoint

- January 11, 2017

The ability to visualize data is extremely valuable in the world of business today. Instead of looking at a spreadsheet...

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The Borderless Datacenter – Part 2 of 3 – The Threat Landscape
The Borderless Datacenter – Part 2 of 3 – The Threat Landscape

- December 22, 2016

The Borderless Datacenter Part 2 of 3 – The Threat Landscape Regardless of the physical location of an organization’s critical...

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Save Money by Automating Azure Virtual Machines Schedule
Save Money by Automating Azure Virtual Machines Schedule

- December 10, 2016

One of the benefits of hosting Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations virtual machines through Microsoft Azure is the pay-as-you-go payment...

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Underutilized feature of SharePoint – Content Query Web Part (CQWP)
Underutilized feature of SharePoint – Content Query Web Part (CQWP)

- December 8, 2016

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to query and display data from multiple lists in SharePoint? With...

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Work Smart with the Microsoft Surface Product Family
Work Smart with the Microsoft Surface Product Family

- November 30, 2016

There is more to the Microsoft Surface family of products than just tablets! Microsoft envisioned a complete line of products...

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Technology focused companies vs. reactionary
Technology focused companies vs. reactionary

- November 21, 2016

As we all know, IT services are a lifeline for most businesses today, kind of like oxygen for all of...

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The Borderless Datacenter, Part 1 of 3-Business Driven Infrastructure Design
The Borderless Datacenter, Part 1 of 3-Business Driven Infrastructure Design

- November 16, 2016

  The Borderless Datacenter Part 1 of 3 – Business Driven Infrastructure Design   Business leaders around the globe experience...

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Use Office 365 Admin App to Manage your Dynamics CRM Online
Use Office 365 Admin App to Manage your Dynamics CRM Online

- November 2, 2016

If you are a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online organization, Microsoft created a mobile application that allows a system administrator to...

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10 Signs You Are Outgrowing QuickBooks – Time for Dynamics ERP
10 Signs You Are Outgrowing QuickBooks – Time for Dynamics ERP

- October 31, 2016

QuickBooks is a household name among small and medium sized business.   It is typically one of the first accounting packages...

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Overlooked steps for an Office 365 exchange migration
Overlooked steps for an Office 365 exchange migration

- October 31, 2016

With more and more organizations moving to Office 365 and taking advantage of the cloud and more and more online...

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Introducing the New Cloud POS in Microsoft Dynamics AX
Introducing the New Cloud POS in Microsoft Dynamics AX

- October 27, 2016

With the new version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, one of the most exciting changes is Cloud POS. Microsoft has replaced...

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Overview of eDiscovery and in-place holds in SharePoint 2013
Overview of eDiscovery and in-place holds in SharePoint 2013

- October 19, 2016

Electronic Discovery, or eDiscovery, is the discovery of content in electronic format for litigation or investigation. This typically requires identifying...

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Dropbox vs. SharePoint
Dropbox vs. SharePoint

- October 13, 2016

You have a file that you need to send to a co-worker, or a client, but every time you click send it comes...

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Documentation: Improving the path for others
Documentation: Improving the path for others

- September 30, 2016

I remember one of my first jobs working at a bank. I was so excited to learn everything about the...

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Use SharePoint search analytics to improve results
Use SharePoint search analytics to improve results

- September 28, 2016

One common complaint among SharePoint users is that search feature is awful. Unfortunately, most don’t know what to do about it....

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Getting management buy-in for the SharePoint journey
Getting management buy-in for the SharePoint journey

- September 18, 2016

The vast majority of businesses are using some sort of SharePoint solution in their organization. It may vary from SharePoint foundation...

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IoT is here to stay: Time to rethink your business model!
IoT is here to stay: Time to rethink your business model!

- August 29, 2016

Two years ago there was excitement in the air about the impact of Internet of Things (IoT) on the consumer...

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Migrating Outlook content to SharePoint
Migrating Outlook content to SharePoint

- August 18, 2016

Organizations have begun to explore the option of migrating some of the Outlook content they share to SharePoint, due to the limitations...

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Term and synonyms in SharePoint
Term and synonyms in SharePoint

- August 11, 2016

Information architecture in SharePoint is dependent on the industry and the type of business. Recently, our team engaged in a...

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How to trick SharePoint publishing sites to save as a template
How to trick SharePoint publishing sites to save as a template

- August 4, 2016

Ever gone to save a template in SharePoint and to your dismay the sign above appears after your screen turns...

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4 things to identify when migrating to SharePoint
4 things to identify when migrating to SharePoint

- July 21, 2016

Now more than ever, users and organizations are looking to web-based enterprise content management systems like SharePoint to handle the...

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How to redirect users to a new site in SharePoint Online
How to redirect users to a new site in SharePoint Online

- June 15, 2016

Recently, while meeting with a client we were asked to create a new intranet site on the organizations SharePoint platform. The main...

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CYBER SECURITY TREND #4 FOR 2016 and 2017: SECURITY CONCERNS TO ADDRESS BEFORE MOVING TO THE CLOUD
CYBER SECURITY TREND #4 FOR 2016 and 2017: SECURITY CONCERNS TO ADDRESS BEFORE MOVING TO THE CLOUD

- June 3, 2016

In our next submission in this series we will touch on Gartner’s fourth projection for 2016 and 2017 which is...

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Using Azure Stack to deploy Microsoft Azure on premise
Using Azure Stack to deploy Microsoft Azure on premise

- May 31, 2016

Microsoft Azure Stack enables you to deploy a private Microsoft Azure cloud platform that you can run and manage in...

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CYBER SECURITY TREND #3 FOR 2016 AND 2017: OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
CYBER SECURITY TREND #3 FOR 2016 AND 2017: OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

- May 17, 2016

In our forth submission for this series we will explore Gartner’s third projection for 2016 and 2017. Out with the...

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The case for IT Governance
The case for IT Governance

- May 12, 2016

IT Governance is not the most sexy topic in the world of IT. Even to people that wake up every...

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CYBER SECURITY TREND #2 FOR 2016 AND 2017 ACCORDING TO GARTNER: SOFTWARE DEFINED
CYBER SECURITY TREND #2 FOR 2016 AND 2017 ACCORDING TO GARTNER: SOFTWARE DEFINED

- May 10, 2016

Continue with our blog series on Gartner’s cyber security predictions for 2016 and 2017 and their impact on the middle...

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Migrating large on-premises SharePoint sites to Office 365
Migrating large on-premises SharePoint sites to Office 365

- May 4, 2016

Many organizations have adopted SharePoint, in it’s beginning stages, and today are faced with a lot of content that has grown...

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CYBER SECURITY TREND #1 FOR 2016 AND 2017 ACCORDING TO GARTNER: WORLDS COLLIDE
CYBER SECURITY TREND #1 FOR 2016 AND 2017 ACCORDING TO GARTNER: WORLDS COLLIDE

- May 3, 2016

In a continuation of our prior post, RSM will delve into the middle market’s view on Gartner’s cyber security predictions...

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An introspective viewpoint of today’s hybrid infrastructure
An introspective viewpoint of today’s hybrid infrastructure

- April 28, 2016

The road to the modern IT department has taken several twists and turns over the years, which has forced the...

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Scrub hidden metadata in SharePoint docs
Scrub hidden metadata in SharePoint docs

- April 27, 2016

As ECM consultants, we harp on metadata and the importance of having strong data behind your content management strategy. This...

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Importance of a good project manager
Importance of a good project manager

- April 21, 2016

Technology projects are constantly growing in complexity. With multi-level integrations between systems, infrastructure and business intelligence; talented minds and skill...

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File share migration into SharePoint
File share migration into SharePoint

- April 20, 2016

Remember the ubiquitous file shares which end up as the central document repository for many organizations. This document repository becomes crucial for...

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Performance is key for your new technology implementation
Performance is key for your new technology implementation

- April 19, 2016

The fastest way to lose end user support of a new technology implementation is to see system crippling slowness, making...

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Adding Bing maps in Office 365
Adding Bing maps in Office 365

- April 6, 2016

Maps are in virtually any app or portal we use on a day-to-day basis. SQL server consumers have utilized this...

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GARTNER SPEAKS ON CYBER SECURITY TRENDS FOR 2016 AND 2017: ARE PREDICTIONS CONSISTENT WITH WHAT RSM CLIENTS EXPERIENCE?
GARTNER SPEAKS ON CYBER SECURITY TRENDS FOR 2016 AND 2017: ARE PREDICTIONS CONSISTENT WITH WHAT RSM CLIENTS EXPERIENCE?

- April 1, 2016

Against a backdrop of what may be the most exciting and dynamic, yet challenging time in cyber security and arguably...

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Excel services in SharePoint
Excel services in SharePoint

- March 30, 2016

Imagine a scenario where an organization leverages Microsoft Excel to generate and share reports and charts with their stakeholders and...

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Optimize your bandwidth for your new cloud services by switching carriers
Optimize your bandwidth for your new cloud services by switching carriers

- March 28, 2016

We are constantly challenged with trying to keep our network and computer performance acceptable for our business. I continually hear...

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Systems monitoring isn’t complete when a system is built
Systems monitoring isn’t complete when a system is built

- March 25, 2016

Providing a managed service monitoring system is not as simple as setting up a good checking policy to meet a...

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Security planning for your SharePoint deployment
Security planning for your SharePoint deployment

- March 24, 2016

Every project should have a considerable amount of the overall effort dedicated to planning. We typically gage 25% of overall effort....

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Part 2 – Using consistent metadata in SharePoint
Part 2 – Using consistent metadata in SharePoint

- March 17, 2016

In part one of this series, we discussed the importance of consistent metadata, specifically column types, in SharePoint, that can...

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Part 1 – Using consistent metadata in SharePoint
Part 1 – Using consistent metadata in SharePoint

- March 10, 2016

Metadata is the foundation of a strong collaboration and portals within SharePoint. Metadata determines the quality of, content search results, content filtering,...

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Utilizing your Office 365 investment
Utilizing your Office 365 investment

- March 3, 2016

Welcome to the cloud, new Office 365 subscriber. Do you know what you actually get with your shiny new subscription? Sure,...

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I/O and You: Part 2
I/O and You: Part 2

- February 26, 2016

As mentioned in the first I/O and YOU post there is more to SQLIO (disk subsystem benchmark tool by Microsoft)...

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Using technology as a competitive advantage
Using technology as a competitive advantage

- February 26, 2016

There are various ways to look at technology within an organization, however, many mid-sized organizations tend to see it as...

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Take advantage of browser profiles in Office 365
Take advantage of browser profiles in Office 365

- February 24, 2016

“Let me show you what that looks like on our Office 365 tenant!”  Many of us in consulting, whether sales,...

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What is Microsoft’s ECM strategy?
What is Microsoft’s ECM strategy?

- February 17, 2016

Depending on what you read, Microsoft’s ECM (Enterprise Content Management) strategy of cloud first, mobile first which are the tools...

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What is missing from Microsoft Office 2016?
What is missing from Microsoft Office 2016?

- February 10, 2016

For all of the new features being offered in Microsoft’s rollout of Office 2016 there is one essential tool missing:...

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Windows Continuum allows you to take your work everywhere
Windows Continuum allows you to take your work everywhere

- February 4, 2016

Microsoft has a vision that your data and applications should be available anytime you need them. The cloud has enabled...

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Moving your file shares to an ECM platform
Moving your file shares to an ECM platform

- February 3, 2016

As an organization approaches a migration from network file shares , one of the most difficult thing to do is...

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Business Case for an Information Security Officer
Business Case for an Information Security Officer

- January 28, 2016

The role of the Information Security Officer (ISO) is to ensure a proper Information Security Program is in place. It...

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Why Migrate to IPv6?
Why Migrate to IPv6?

- January 28, 2016

A little background on IPv6, it has been in development for over 20 years. It was released and approved in...

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Pillars of Successful cloud solutions – Cloud infrastructure
Pillars of Successful cloud solutions – Cloud infrastructure

- January 18, 2016

Here we are, at the finish line of the Pillars of Successful Cloud Solutions.  In the last post of the...

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What’s new in SharePoint 2016?
What’s new in SharePoint 2016?

- January 7, 2016

With the new release of every major piece of software the inevitable question users and system administrators ask themselves is always,...

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Bandwidth for Christmas?!?!
Bandwidth for Christmas?!?!

- January 6, 2016

Christmas of 1998, I was eighteen years old, I opened what I still consider to be one of my favorite...

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IT support needs – what’s best for your organization?
IT support needs – what’s best for your organization?

- January 5, 2016

IT support and its role in modern companies is often a topic that tends to leave an organization’s decision maker in a tight spot....

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The future of SharePoint development
The future of SharePoint development

- December 30, 2015

As we have seen with the introduction of Office 365 and the trend to move from on-premises environment to a cloud...

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BYOD (bring your own device) plan basics and cost savings for your company
BYOD (bring your own device) plan basics and cost savings for your company

- December 29, 2015

We hear new acronyms all the time and have to look up what they mean. BYOD, Bring Your Own Device,...

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BYOD (bring your own device) plan basics – Security and support
BYOD (bring your own device) plan basics – Security and support

- December 29, 2015

In my last post BYOD (bring your own device) plan basics and cost savings for your company, I laid out...

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Does my organization have a disaster recovery solution or a backup solution
Does my organization have a disaster recovery solution or a backup solution

- December 22, 2015

By now, I assume we have all heard the statistics that 80% of organizations that face a catastrophic event, without...

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Keeping your SharePoint environment secure
Keeping your SharePoint environment secure

- December 18, 2015

Major security breaches expose an organizations sensitive data so make sure you take time to ensure your own SharePoint environment is secure....

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Welcome to the era of “Good Enough” IT
Welcome to the era of “Good Enough” IT

- December 15, 2015

Over the last few years I have seen a really disturbing trend with my clients – they make purchases based...

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Top 5 recommended IT readings
Top 5 recommended IT readings

- December 11, 2015

It’s Winter here in the U.S. so when I’m not out hunting or playing in the snow with my son,...

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Sharing your documents internally and externally
Sharing your documents internally and externally

- November 30, 2015

Many organizations have defaulted to legacy file sharing technologies to exchange large files with others. This is mainly due to...

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PAYG Cloud Computing: Pay for Only what You Use!
PAYG Cloud Computing: Pay for Only what You Use!

- November 19, 2015

Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) also known as pay-per-usage or pay-per-use is a payment method that charges users for procured rather than actual...

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Uploading and configuring custom display templates in SharePoint
Uploading and configuring custom display templates in SharePoint

- November 18, 2015

In the second post of this series, “Creating and understanding display templates,” I explained how to create new display templates by understanding the...

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Creating and understanding display templates in SharePoint
Creating and understanding display templates in SharePoint

- November 13, 2015

In the first post of this series, “Render content in SharePoint with content query and content search”, I explained how to retrieve and display content...

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I/O and YOU: Part 1
I/O and YOU: Part 1

- November 12, 2015

Often, you’ll hear someone complain about the network being slow or a program being slow. To the ire of the...

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IT Administrator: The Cloud does not Mean IT Staff Outsourcing
IT Administrator: The Cloud does not Mean IT Staff Outsourcing

- November 12, 2015

Almost every week, I meet a new IT pro of one kind or another… system, network, analyst, ninja and more...

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Render content in SharePoint with content query and content search
Render content in SharePoint with content query and content search

- November 4, 2015

Within SharePoint 2013, there are two different ways you are able to render the content from your SharePoint sites. You can render...

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Top three actions to take when unexpectedly losing a key IT resource within your company
Top three actions to take when unexpectedly losing a key IT resource within your company

- November 2, 2015

As an IT leader or business owner, have you lost a key IT resource? Have you had to scramble to...

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Don’t get caught with your phone system down
Don’t get caught with your phone system down

- October 28, 2015

Many people talk about the dark days of IT as cloudy days. However, the cloud has been a significant improvement...

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Is Windows 10 business ready?
Is Windows 10 business ready?

- October 27, 2015

As many are aware, Microsoft recently released its new iteration of its ever popular Windows operating system on July 29,...

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Windows 10 – Should you upgrade?
Windows 10 – Should you upgrade?

- October 27, 2015

Windows 10 sounds amazing, and in fact it is. Microsoft has made notable gains with Windows 10, but that doesn’t...

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How to avoid a bad IT implementation
How to avoid a bad IT implementation

- October 23, 2015

In technology when a large implementation fails at a large entity, such as an SAP implementation in Marin County, California...

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Phones: More than just a dial tone! Introducing Unified Communications
Phones: More than just a dial tone! Introducing Unified Communications

- October 22, 2015

When most people think about phones in the workplace they see the phone on their desk and think, “Well that’s...

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Meraki: How can it fit into your enterprise?
Meraki: How can it fit into your enterprise?

- October 22, 2015

What is Meraki? Meraki is a Cisco cloud based mid-market network solution. It combines a very easy and intuitive interface...

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Dissecting the administrator’s Microsoft Office 365 experience with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Dissecting the administrator’s Microsoft Office 365 experience with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

- October 20, 2015

Last week I attended the CRMUG Summit in Reno and leda session called Dissecting the Administrator’s Office 365 Experience with...

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Enterprise Content Management (ECM) vs. a shared file system
Enterprise Content Management (ECM) vs. a shared file system

- October 14, 2015

The challenge of managing documents scattered across shared folders comes up in almost every ECM engagement that I work on....

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Benefits of IT Outsourcing
Benefits of IT Outsourcing

- October 12, 2015

Organizations are under increasing pressure to improve their bottom line. Decreasing unemployment figures and a robust dollar are squeezing the...

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Benefits of Effective Technology Training
Benefits of Effective Technology Training

- October 8, 2015

Technology training can be painful. We all know it. It is often viewed as a “necessary evil” when implementing new...

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Strategic considerations in the path to the next generation of mobility
Strategic considerations in the path to the next generation of mobility

- September 30, 2015

Today the concept of mobility is becoming a necessity for businesses of all sizes.  Many organizations are listening to their...

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Pillars of Successful Cloud Solutions – APPLICATIONS
Pillars of Successful Cloud Solutions – APPLICATIONS

- September 28, 2015

In my last post, Pillars of Successful Cloud Solutions – PROCESS, I discussed how processes that are well-defined, documented, and...

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High Availability and Disaster Recovery:  is your plan aligned to your needs?
High Availability and Disaster Recovery: is your plan aligned to your needs?

- September 23, 2015

Disaster Recovery, Backups, and High Availability are terms that are thrown around in reference to a business’s ability to recover...

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The customer service side of providing system updates to clients
The customer service side of providing system updates to clients

- September 23, 2015

Today it seems everyone knows the basics of system updates and why they are needed, however, I notice with clients...

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Customer support: Resourcing for results
Customer support: Resourcing for results

- September 18, 2015

The last thing you want to hear from a colleague or client on a Friday evening is, “I’m sorry for...

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3 simple ways to increase SharePoint usability within your organization
3 simple ways to increase SharePoint usability within your organization

- September 17, 2015

Usability in a SharePoint site is critical to success. Often times an end user needs to go to the wayside while focus...

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HITECH and HIPAA IT Compliance Resources
HITECH and HIPAA IT Compliance Resources

- September 15, 2015

Security and privacy in IT is a complicated beast. Recently in the news we’ve seen plenty of large (and small)...

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Disaster Recovery: What to do when the lights go out
Disaster Recovery: What to do when the lights go out

- September 15, 2015

Disaster Recovery: What to do when the lights go out What do you do when the power cuts out midway...

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Manage your projects using SharePoint
Manage your projects using SharePoint

- September 9, 2015

Learn how to manage multiple projects using standard SharePoint functionality.

The Reality of Cybersecurity Threats Facing Hedge Funds
The Reality of Cybersecurity Threats Facing Hedge Funds

- September 3, 2015

Cyber attacks are already a threat to hedge funds, but the true risk is expected to escalate rapidly over the...

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IT Security is more than a purchase, it is a process
IT Security is more than a purchase, it is a process

- August 20, 2015

In a previous article I explored the concept of compliance not equaling security. Once management in regulated industries, particularly financial,...

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Using a search connector can surface SharePoint results
Using a search connector can surface SharePoint results

- August 19, 2015

Users today expect to go to one place for their information by using their  favorite search engine, blogging site, or...

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What ERP applications can be integrated with SharePoint?
What ERP applications can be integrated with SharePoint?

- August 13, 2015

SharePoint has a very wide breadth and depth with the ability to provide a variety of capabilities, features and technology. These capabilities will allow you to create...

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7 major cyber attack themes revealed at Blackhat and DefCon 23
7 major cyber attack themes revealed at Blackhat and DefCon 23

- August 12, 2015

Similar to prior years RSM Security and Privacy teams have a heavy presence at Blackhat and DefCon this year.  With...

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Upgrade path to Windows 10 for your business
Upgrade path to Windows 10 for your business

- August 12, 2015

Microsoft has released its Windows 10 operating system as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating system...

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Is my content secure in SharePoint?
Is my content secure in SharePoint?

- August 6, 2015

One question I get asked a lot when talking to clients about implementing SharePoint is, “is my content secure when...

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Information Technology Management: How much money can I spend?
Information Technology Management: How much money can I spend?

- July 30, 2015

Recently you may have been promoted to IT Manager, Director; maybe even CIO, since then you have been buying books...

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Should employees be allowed to work from home?
Should employees be allowed to work from home?

- July 28, 2015

In the 13 years from 1997 to 2010, the amount of people who work from home (also known as telecommuting)...

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VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Editions
VMware vSphere Remote Office Branch Office Editions

- July 24, 2015

Last week I was asked by a client to develop a strategy for the placement of servers in their remote...

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Aligning your business needs with your IT goals
Aligning your business needs with your IT goals

- July 21, 2015

In a day and age where IT plays an increasingly larger role in business processes and operations, one of the...

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Tips for managing permissions in SharePoint
Tips for managing permissions in SharePoint

- July 21, 2015

Managing permissions in SharePoint can be a tricky thing to do.  Not only is there no easy way to see who has...

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Five signs your company should consider IT outsourcing
Five signs your company should consider IT outsourcing

- July 20, 2015

For many small and middle-market companies, it is increasingly known that outsourcing IT can be directly tied to business success. ...

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The economy favors technologically advanced companies
The economy favors technologically advanced companies

- July 14, 2015

The Speed of Technology            In the 2015 rankings released by Forbes, Apple, Google, and Microsoft hold three of the top...

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Remote access to technology a must for millennials in the workplace
Remote access to technology a must for millennials in the workplace

- July 13, 2015

Millennials are quickly making their way into the corporate world, and the expectations of this new group of professionals are...

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 Update 1: Getting Started with Office 365 Groups
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 Update 1: Getting Started with Office 365 Groups

- July 10, 2015

The Dynamics CRM 2015 Spring Update contains a wonderful new preview feature titled Office 365 Groups which will allow for...

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How to enhance search results in SharePoint search using query rules
How to enhance search results in SharePoint search using query rules

- July 8, 2015

Continuing on from a recent post by my colleague Jesse Marshall, Making SharePoint search more user friendly, there is another great feature of SharePoint...

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Making SharePoint search more user friendly
Making SharePoint search more user friendly

- July 1, 2015

“Take it easy on me, It should be easy to see.” Sure, that is from the Little River Band –...

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Technology can impact campus recruiting
Technology can impact campus recruiting

- June 26, 2015

As I sat watching my two-year old cousin navigate an iPad with precision, while at the same time being asked...

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Cybersecurity and Data Breach Preparedness
Cybersecurity and Data Breach Preparedness

- June 25, 2015

As hackers become more advanced, organizations must increase their focus on cyber security to protect sensitive data and systems. No...

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Pillars of successful cloud solutions – PROCESS
Pillars of successful cloud solutions – PROCESS

- June 25, 2015

In my last post, Pillars of Successful Cloud Solutions – PEOPLE, I discussed how employees fall into one of three...

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Different ways to execute SharePoint workflows
Different ways to execute SharePoint workflows

- June 24, 2015

SharePoint workflows provide a great way to automate the business processes. They usually are created for the business processes where humans...

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Migrating away from public folders in Exchange Server 2013?
Migrating away from public folders in Exchange Server 2013?

- June 23, 2015

What else can you compare public folders to but roaches?  No Exchange Administrator wants them around, any time you mention...

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Cisco ISE: Secure Network Access in Dynamic Environments
Cisco ISE: Secure Network Access in Dynamic Environments

- June 22, 2015

RSM has been implementing Identity Services Engines (ISE) for clients since it was released by Cisco a few years ago....

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Virtual volumes VVOLs: Making storage smarter
Virtual volumes VVOLs: Making storage smarter

- June 11, 2015

With the release of vSphere 6, VMware introduced a technology that will change how virtual machines interact with storage called...

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How do I organize my content in SharePoint?
How do I organize my content in SharePoint?

- June 9, 2015

You have applied the principles of information architecture to your Intranet site. Every type of document has got a well-defined...

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Top three actions to take when losing a key IT resource within your company
Top three actions to take when losing a key IT resource within your company

- June 5, 2015

In today’s world, companies are dependent on technology to perform the daily functions that allow us to run our business...

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Leveraging SharePoint as the framework for your Human Resources (HR) portal
Leveraging SharePoint as the framework for your Human Resources (HR) portal

- May 28, 2015

Human Resource (HR) departments are continually being challenged with fewer and fewer resources while at the same time being required...

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New features coming to OneDrive for Business sync app
New features coming to OneDrive for Business sync app

- May 26, 2015

Recently, at the Microsoft Ignite conference, there were a lot of exciting announcements. The news that really hit the mark with me...

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Building infrastructure for the future
Building infrastructure for the future

- May 26, 2015

If you were a business joining the small list of 100,000 websites that existed in 1996, you would not have...

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What is SharePoint today?
What is SharePoint today?

- May 21, 2015

Considering the general pervasiveness of SharePoint it’s interesting that I get asked more often now than ever, “what is SharePoint?, what...

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Technology in Education
Technology in Education

- May 20, 2015

The rapid and constant pace of change in technology is revolutionizing modern educational methods and curriculums.  Today’s youth, thru school,...

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Igniting Power BI
Igniting Power BI

- May 19, 2015

At the IGNITE Conference a few weeks ago, I was fortunate to take in a Power BI overview session presented by...

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Patch management is a never ending battle
Patch management is a never ending battle

- May 14, 2015

Many articles in this blog talk about cool, sexy, and trendy things. However in IT there are a lot of...

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What’s New in vSphere 6
What’s New in vSphere 6

- May 11, 2015

Making the decision to upgrade your vSphere infrastructure can be a complex decision. One of the primary factors to consider...

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Compliance does not necessarily equal IT security
Compliance does not necessarily equal IT security

- May 4, 2015

Throughout my career I’ve worked a lot with regulated clients in the financial and healthcare fields and one disturbing trend...

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Wireless Guest Access – Not as easy as you may think
Wireless Guest Access – Not as easy as you may think

- April 30, 2015

Businesses and organizations of all types are deploying wireless access for their guests.  Coffee shops, schools, libraries, shopping centers, restaurants,...

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Security vs. Control: Airplanes, the Cloud and Office 365
Security vs. Control: Airplanes, the Cloud and Office 365

- April 29, 2015

So, I had time to write this on an airplane tonight, and it was fundamentally uncomfortable.  It was hot, crowded,...

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Maximizing your SharePoint Return on Investment (ROI)
Maximizing your SharePoint Return on Investment (ROI)

- April 28, 2015

If you’re like many organizations that have implemented SharePoint for your users, you have likely put lots of time, money,...

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Using Veeam with Amazon AWS S3 Storage Gateway for Backup Archives
Using Veeam with Amazon AWS S3 Storage Gateway for Backup Archives

- April 23, 2015

Veeam together with Amazon AWS S3 and Glacier In late 2014, Amazon announced that AWS Storage Gateway would now support...

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SharePoint product catalog templates are not just for eCommerce
SharePoint product catalog templates are not just for eCommerce

- April 23, 2015

One of the most exciting features of SharePoint 2013 is the product catalog template but it tends to be ignored because of...

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Designing a Unified Communications Platform in 2015
Designing a Unified Communications Platform in 2015

- April 21, 2015

As we look at the evolution of unified communications platforms over the last 20 years, we quickly realize these systems...

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SharePoint custom solutions can be very powerful for your business
SharePoint custom solutions can be very powerful for your business

- April 12, 2015

SharePoint is a platform which delivers very powerful out of box solutions. However, there is a threshold beyond which custom...

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Checkpoints when moving your business to the cloud
Checkpoints when moving your business to the cloud

- April 10, 2015

As businesses explore cloud solutions, it is quickly discovered that no cloud service fits all organizations, and the right platform...

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Understand SharePoint globalization and localization
Understand SharePoint globalization and localization

- April 9, 2015

Currently, you may have a SharePoint site which is running well in only English but there is a request for...

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Best practices for SharePoint user training
Best practices for SharePoint user training

- April 1, 2015

Effective user training can help to mitigate some of the challenges that organizations face when rolling out SharePoint to their...

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What’s happening in your SharePoint environment?
What’s happening in your SharePoint environment?

- March 23, 2015

Time and again I come across situations where companies can only guess at whether their SharePoint implementations are successful. What...

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What can I do with SharePoint navigation?
What can I do with SharePoint navigation?

- March 19, 2015

One of our colleagues, Wendy Neal has created some wonderful articles on best practices and web site usability.     From her...

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XP migration complete? Removing server 2003 is next
XP migration complete? Removing server 2003 is next

- March 16, 2015

If you are like most organizations, over the past year or two you have been removing Windows XP from your...

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Delegation Dangers – Prevent Token Impersonation
Delegation Dangers – Prevent Token Impersonation

- March 7, 2015

Impersonating Windows access tokens can still be a fruitful way for an attacker to expand access on a network. Thanks...

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SharePoint migration communication plans are essential
SharePoint migration communication plans are essential

- March 4, 2015

When you decide to migrate your SharePoint environment your users will need to know that content is going from one...

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The real cost of usability
The real cost of usability

- February 27, 2015

This morning I read an article on CMSWire.com that really resonated with me. The article stated that one of the...

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Microsoft Windows 10 – A Paradigm Shift Toward Simplicity & Empowerment
Microsoft Windows 10 – A Paradigm Shift Toward Simplicity & Empowerment

- February 26, 2015

As you may have heard, Microsoft is busy preparing for it next big operating system release, Windows 10. Over one...

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Pillars of Successful Cloud Solutions – PEOPLE
Pillars of Successful Cloud Solutions – PEOPLE

- February 19, 2015

In my last post, In The Cloud? How is it working out? , I stated successful cloud implementations sit on...

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Software-Defined Networking – SDN Versus Legacy Network Infrastructure
Software-Defined Networking – SDN Versus Legacy Network Infrastructure

- February 17, 2015

As organizations continue to the search for ways to accelerate time to increase revenue, reduce operational costs, and deploy new...

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Do you know how to search?
Do you know how to search?

- February 13, 2015

You sat in the design sessions for the new SharePoint platform. Buzzwords like ‘metadata’, ‘information architecture”, and ‘taxonomy’ were thrown...

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Looking Beyond the Politics of Net Neutrality
Looking Beyond the Politics of Net Neutrality

- February 12, 2015

What might it mean for your business? In the past few months, you may have heard the term Net Neutrality...

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3 tips for successfully using record management within SharePoint
3 tips for successfully using record management within SharePoint

- February 11, 2015

So quite some time ago, you decided to starting using SharePoint for content management and collaboration. That was about a year, what...

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Development life cycle for SharePoint projects
Development life cycle for SharePoint projects

- February 10, 2015

SharePoint Projects have unique requirements. A traditional software development life cycle does not work very well for SharePoint projects. This...

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Sharing content externally with SharePoint
Sharing content externally with SharePoint

- February 5, 2015

If your organization has any scenarios that involve sharing documents or collaborating directly with vendors, clients, or customers, then you...

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Microsoft Cloud Platform Roadmap
Microsoft Cloud Platform Roadmap

- February 5, 2015

I have been working with Microsoft for the largest portion of my career; be it as a customer, a partner,...

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Harvesting metadata from what already exists
Harvesting metadata from what already exists

- February 3, 2015

As we all know, one of SharePoint’s most compelling features is to store documents in such a way that you...

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Using OneDrive within your organization
Using OneDrive within your organization

- January 28, 2015

Chief Information Officers (CIOs) need to find ways to introduce “easy-to-use” tools that are familiar to them in a manner...

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Standing a Ghost of a Chance With GHOST
Standing a Ghost of a Chance With GHOST

- January 28, 2015

The seemingly endless parade of vulnerabilities recently found in legacy code that characterized much of 2014 continues into 2015 with...

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Strategies for backing up SharePoint
Strategies for backing up SharePoint

- January 28, 2015

You get a call from a panicked user who tells you they’ve accidentally deleted an important file from SharePoint. And...

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Understand the technical career path for SharePoint
Understand the technical career path for SharePoint

- January 23, 2015

As you progress through your SharePoint career you may be starting to wonder what’s next from technical perspective.  You may...

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Disruptive technology enables innovation
Disruptive technology enables innovation

- January 23, 2015

Earlier in January, Las Vegas hosted the world’s largest trade show, presenting all things Tech, known as the Consumer Electronics...

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Avoid multiple data entries using SharePoint
Avoid multiple data entries using SharePoint

- January 20, 2015

I talk with clients all the time regarding the inefficiencies of re-work across the organization. Duplicate data entry is typically...

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NetSuite takes QuickBooks customers to the Cloud
NetSuite takes QuickBooks customers to the Cloud

- January 19, 2015

IN THE BEGINNING After working within an implementation team for NetSuite’s Cloud ERP Software, I have become surprisingly familiar with QuickBooks....

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Protect business data with Microsoft Azure RMS (Rights Management Services)
Protect business data with Microsoft Azure RMS (Rights Management Services)

- January 15, 2015

Protect your business and don’t make the news for the wrong reasons We’ve all seen the stories about security breaches...

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What is BI360 Reporting? | Business Intelligence Reporting Made Easy
What is BI360 Reporting? | Business Intelligence Reporting Made Easy

- January 14, 2015

BI360 Reporting tool is an Excel-based report writer that can connect directly to your Dynamics ERP or CRM system, and...

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Rolling out your SharePoint intranet smoothly
Rolling out your SharePoint intranet smoothly

- January 13, 2015

So, you’re about to implement SharePoint or Office 365 for your company intranet, and there is no doubt that you...

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Monitoring – or why Monday mornings give System Admins anxiety – Part 1
Monitoring – or why Monday mornings give System Admins anxiety – Part 1

- January 9, 2015

Imagine you’re a System Administrator for an organization that typically starts business at 8AM on Mondays. Saturday night you spent...

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5 ways to find documents easily with Sharepoint views
5 ways to find documents easily with Sharepoint views

- January 8, 2015

Whether you use views today or you are new to views completely, here are 5 ways you can use views...

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VMware Operations Manager
VMware Operations Manager

- January 7, 2015

Solution Overview How do you monitor your VMware Environment? If you are like most administrators, vCenter is your primary means...

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Moving fax systems into 21st Century
Moving fax systems into 21st Century

- January 2, 2015

Many times when businesses consider making changes to its phone system or carriers, little thought is given to the legacy...

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Next Generation Phone Lines (SIP) – Prepare to Save!
Next Generation Phone Lines (SIP) – Prepare to Save!

- December 24, 2014

The land lines that we know today are going away.  By the end of this decade, your company will most...

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5 ways to get your SharePoint project back on track
5 ways to get your SharePoint project back on track

- December 23, 2014

We work with many clients who have implemented SharePoint in their organizations but aren’t utilizing it to its full potential or...

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Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery: Understanding RTO and RPO
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery: Understanding RTO and RPO

- December 23, 2014

Lately, I have had several conversations with customers regarding Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR).   I am finding that, in...

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Should you upgrade or migrate your SharePoint enviornment?
Should you upgrade or migrate your SharePoint enviornment?

- December 18, 2014

To upgrade or migrate?  That is the question… Many organizations struggle with the decision of how to take their current...

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Managed services for technology infrastructure
Managed services for technology infrastructure

- December 18, 2014

Emerging technology is increasingly becoming a part of every facet of business, and its proper integration and optimization is critical...

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Medical industry technology infrastructure improved by M & A process
Medical industry technology infrastructure improved by M & A process

- December 17, 2014

Are you utilizing a merger or acquisition as a catalyst for technological improvement? During a transaction, hospitals and other medical...

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Get me a “SharePoint Type”
Get me a “SharePoint Type”

- December 16, 2014

There is an old Hollywood joke about the four stages of an actor’s career, with apologies to Mr. Bacon: Who...

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Hybrid on-demand cloud technologies for information delivery
Hybrid on-demand cloud technologies for information delivery

- December 12, 2014

The global market place is evolving, shifting consumer behavior and forcing businesses to rethink traditional IT services and how they’re...

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Using SharePoint to help people collaborate in real-time
Using SharePoint to help people collaborate in real-time

- December 11, 2014

Many of our clients use SharePoint to plan, execute and track projects. SharePoint has a number of tools that enable...

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Prevent security breach if credentials are stolen
Prevent security breach if credentials are stolen

- December 10, 2014

The headlines for 2014 were full of incidents involving stolen credentials. One of the bigger headlines involved a Russian crime...

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Which SharePoint App Model is right for you?
Which SharePoint App Model is right for you?

- December 9, 2014

It is quite evident that SharePoint Apps are becoming rapidly popular as a choice to extend SharePoint functionality with custom...

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SharePoint Online with Office 365 vs. SharePoint Server
SharePoint Online with Office 365 vs. SharePoint Server

- December 4, 2014

I’m sure you all have been hearing a lot about Office 365 and SharePoint Online over the past several months...

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How to integrate management reporter reports into a SharePoint library
How to integrate management reporter reports into a SharePoint library

- December 3, 2014

Publishing your Management Reporter 2012 reports to SharePoint is fairly straightforward to configure. This article describes how to integrate Management...

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Content types: The foundation of SharePoint information architecture
Content types: The foundation of SharePoint information architecture

- December 2, 2014

SharePoint is a beast. Given the volume of data and the disparity of the type of data being managed, it...

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ERP in the Cloud – what you need to know about controls and security
ERP in the Cloud – what you need to know about controls and security

- December 2, 2014

Companies today deal with implementing constant technology changes in order to fit their growing needs. Leveraging internal staff for in-house...

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25 usability tips for SharePoint 2013
25 usability tips for SharePoint 2013

- November 25, 2014

On Saturday, November 22 I presented a session at SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities in Bloomington, Minnesota called “25 Usability Tips for...

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Network security – More than just the firewall
Network security – More than just the firewall

- November 21, 2014

Security postures of traditional networks, especially smaller organizations, have always focused on the edge of the network as the highest...

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Giving SharePoint a nudge – Architect your choices wisely
Giving SharePoint a nudge – Architect your choices wisely

- November 20, 2014

I’m working my way through a very popular book called “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness” by University of...

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How SharePoint can solve your human resources IT challenges
How SharePoint can solve your human resources IT challenges

- November 18, 2014

I was recently asked to write an article for a local business journal on how businesses are challenged with technology in...

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In The Cloud? How is it working out?
In The Cloud? How is it working out?

- November 18, 2014

Over the last 18 months, the biggest agnostic buzz word in Technology has been CLOUD. Chances are Public, Private and...

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SharePoint is more than document management
SharePoint is more than document management

- November 14, 2014

There are quite a few people that I talk to that think SharePoint is only for document management, when that...

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SharePoint: Creating a page vs. a sub-site
SharePoint: Creating a page vs. a sub-site

- November 7, 2014

Whenever I’m speaking about or conducting basic SharePoint user training, there is usually some confusion surrounding the use of pages...

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How mobility and cloud computing are changing the face of customer interaction
How mobility and cloud computing are changing the face of customer interaction

- October 22, 2014

How mobility and cloud are empowering consumers and connecting employees – changing the way business is conducted With mobile technologies...

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Sway – Microsoft Office 365 New Core Application Introduced
Sway – Microsoft Office 365 New Core Application Introduced

- October 21, 2014

RSM Technology Management Consulting representatives recently attended one of Microsoft’s U.S. stops in their global Office 365 Summit Tour.  The...

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Modernize your disaster recovery and back ups
Modernize your disaster recovery and back ups

- October 16, 2014

Introduction Data protection is critical for business success.  With ever increasing infrastructure complexity, compliance and regulatory driven requirements, integration of...

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Using Power BI to light up Microsoft Dynamics Business Applications reporting
Using Power BI to light up Microsoft Dynamics Business Applications reporting

- October 3, 2014

Power BI, simply stated, is a Microsoft business intelligence platform designed to combine the familiarity of Microsoft Office (with over...

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Are you in Shellshock?
Are you in Shellshock?

- October 2, 2014

Are you properly protected against a recently reported critical vulnerability in the Bourne again shell, simply known as BASH? Where...

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Think You’re Safe Since Cryptolocker was Shut Down? Think Again!
Think You’re Safe Since Cryptolocker was Shut Down? Think Again!

- June 19, 2014

The United States FBI earlier this month identified the author of the original CryptoLocker malware, a Russian national named Slavik...

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Consider IaaS: Seven real reasons organizations are moving to the cloud
Consider IaaS: Seven real reasons organizations are moving to the cloud

- May 6, 2014

Many organizations are evaluating Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms as a part of a cloud offering, largely due to...

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How secure is your wireless network?
How secure is your wireless network?

- February 18, 2014

How secure is your wireless network? Ask yourself a few simple questions: Are you still using WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy)?...

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Understanding Storage Technology – Part 3: Sizing Storage beyond the Terabytes
Understanding Storage Technology – Part 3: Sizing Storage beyond the Terabytes

- February 11, 2014

How do you get the right size storage device?  You add up all the gigabytes and terabytes of data it...

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Data Loss Prevention
Data Loss Prevention

- January 28, 2014

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is one of those hot topics that every executive will agree they should have, but may...

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O365 SharePoint 2013 Folder Creation Code Using the Client Object Model
O365 SharePoint 2013 Folder Creation Code Using the Client Object Model

- January 13, 2014

A lot of organizations today are taking advantage of Microsoft Dynamic CRM’s integration into SharePoint because  SharePoint is by far...

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Understanding Storage Technology – Part 2: The Alphabet Soup of Storage
Understanding Storage Technology – Part 2: The Alphabet Soup of Storage

- January 9, 2014

In a previous blog entry, we looked at the evolution of today’s storage technologies.  Too often, however, the dizzying array...

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Making sense of IT Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Making sense of IT Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

- December 17, 2013

A new client who is going through a core systems upgrade was asked from the vendor about their Disaster Recovery...

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What is the Cloud and how is it Architected?
What is the Cloud and how is it Architected?

- November 19, 2013

Part 1 -Welcome to the Cloud! Series This is the first in a series of blog entries about Cloud Computing. ...

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What Does the Cloud Mean for You? Is it for Everyone or Every Situation?
What Does the Cloud Mean for You? Is it for Everyone or Every Situation?

- November 19, 2013

Part 2 -Welcome to the Cloud! Series This is the second in a series of blog entries about Cloud Computing. ...

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Reasons to Migrate to Microsoft Exchange 2013
Reasons to Migrate to Microsoft Exchange 2013

- November 13, 2013

Today there is a lot of buzz around Cloud and when it comes to communications and collaborations, Office 365 is...

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Social Media: Why Your Company May Have the Wrong Ideas
Social Media: Why Your Company May Have the Wrong Ideas

- November 12, 2013

Social media is a hot-button topic across both the consumer and business worlds, with a vast range of opinions from...

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Aligning Technology with Your Business Goals
Aligning Technology with Your Business Goals

- November 11, 2013

How is IT thought of in your organization? Is technology an influential tool to help improve efficiency in the workplace...

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Multi-Vendor Networks: More Secure or More Risk?
Multi-Vendor Networks: More Secure or More Risk?

- November 10, 2013

Clients often ask if it would be wise to diversify their network components for fear a single code vulnerability could...

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Security through Segmentation: Reducing Scope, Risks and Costs
Security through Segmentation: Reducing Scope, Risks and Costs

- November 10, 2013

I recently saw an episode from one of those “caught on camera” television series that featured a group of thieves...

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Is Windows 8.1 Ready for Business?
Is Windows 8.1 Ready for Business?

- November 7, 2013

On October 18th Microsoft released Windows 8.1, this release builds on Windows 8 and adds several features that may be...

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Understanding Storage Technology – Part 1
Understanding Storage Technology – Part 1

- November 6, 2013

Understanding Storage Technology Series – Part 1 Since human beings have been able to record ideas and information, the technology...

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Five Reasons to Evaluate an IT Outsourcing Strategy
Five Reasons to Evaluate an IT Outsourcing Strategy

- November 1, 2013

With an eye on revenue and enhancing core business processes, companies are pursuing outsourcing strategies for many facets of their...

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VDI Comparison: VMware Horizon View and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS)
VDI Comparison: VMware Horizon View and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

- October 10, 2013

Introduction In today’s fast paced and information driven economy, a business’s ability to efficiently leverage the power of technology plays...

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IT Application Management: Building Your Application Portfolio
IT Application Management: Building Your Application Portfolio

- September 19, 2013

Summary When it comes to IT in the enterprise, it can’t be understated: knowledge is power. With regards to the...

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Microsoft Office 365: Enterprise Plans Explained
Microsoft Office 365: Enterprise Plans Explained

- September 16, 2013

One major advantage of a product offering like Microsoft Office 365 is being able to mix and match Enterprise Plans. ...

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Unified Communications: What’s the Benefit?
Unified Communications: What’s the Benefit?

- August 21, 2013

Increasingly businesses and organizations of all sizes are realizing the benefits of deploying Unified Communications (UC) services.  While many of...

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Disaster Recovery: How to Weather the Next Disaster Through Practical IT Solutions
Disaster Recovery: How to Weather the Next Disaster Through Practical IT Solutions

- August 19, 2013

Over the last ten years, the uptick in natural and manmade disasters has placed disaster recovery and business continuity at...

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Microsoft Office 365 – Enterprise Features for Any Size Business
Microsoft Office 365 – Enterprise Features for Any Size Business

- August 19, 2013

The cloud is one of the hottest buzzwords in business today.  I can summarize the mission statement of Microsoft® Office...

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Microsoft Collaboration Technology Supports Refresh Success
Microsoft Collaboration Technology Supports Refresh Success

- August 19, 2013

I am pleased to have presented my first RSM webinar with Microsoft.  It’s on a set of topics near and...

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Secure Mobile Apps: An Innovative Approach
Secure Mobile Apps: An Innovative Approach

- July 31, 2013

          SpydrSafe Mobile Security Recently I was introduced to a company called SpydrSafe Mobile Security.  SpydrSafe is...

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Microsoft Office 365 – Business Drivers for SMB’s to Take the Cloud Plunge
Microsoft Office 365 – Business Drivers for SMB’s to Take the Cloud Plunge

- July 31, 2013

Cloud computing continues to be more affordable and accessible than ever before and is becoming the great equalizer for SMB’s...

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The Evolution of the Firewall, Why You Need a Next Generation Firewall
The Evolution of the Firewall, Why You Need a Next Generation Firewall

- July 30, 2013

As security threats continue to evolve, we must ensure our defense strategies are keeping pace.  One important element of most...

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Cloud Computing: Eight Questions to Ask Before Moving to the Cloud
Cloud Computing: Eight Questions to Ask Before Moving to the Cloud

- July 30, 2013

The changing face of IT – When is the Cloud right for you In today’s fast paced and information driven...

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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: The Hidden Benefits
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: The Hidden Benefits

- July 30, 2013

Lately, many of our clients have been asking about virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI, for short).  Recent advancements in virtualization and...

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Dynamics CRM 2011 Online – Office 365: Internet Explorer Certificate Errors Windows Server 2003
Dynamics CRM 2011 Online – Office 365: Internet Explorer Certificate Errors Windows Server 2003

- March 28, 2013

You may notice that there are many articles regarding Certificate Errors in Internet Explorer. Most of what you will find...

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Commodity Contract Management – Getting the Most Out of Supplier and Contract Management (Part 1 of 2: Grower Accounting)
Commodity Contract Management – Getting the Most Out of Supplier and Contract Management (Part 1 of 2: Grower Accounting)

- March 22, 2013

RSM’ Commodity Contract Management (CCM) system is designed to enhance and manage the relationship between a company and its suppliers...

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Commodity Contract Management – Getting the Most out of Supplier and Contract Management (Part 2 of 2: Dairy Accounting and Producer Payroll)
Commodity Contract Management – Getting the Most out of Supplier and Contract Management (Part 2 of 2: Dairy Accounting and Producer Payroll)

- March 21, 2013

RSM’ Commodity Contract Management (CCM) system is designed to enhance and manage the relationship between a company and its suppliers...

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Is the Heartland ready for the Cloud?
Is the Heartland ready for the Cloud?

- January 22, 2013

“Is the Heartland ready for the Cloud?”  That’s a question that was posed to me recently.  The question implied both...

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What is BI360 Dashboard?
What is BI360 Dashboard?

- January 15, 2013

  The BI360 Dashboard module has the capability to calculate and store metrics and KPI’s. BI360 can support any dashboard...

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What is BI360 Planning? | Planning Made Easy
What is BI360 Planning? | Planning Made Easy

- December 18, 2012

  If you are like me, I dread the annual budgeting process; I would rather have a root canal than...

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Installing the Outlook client for Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Office 365 Subscriptions
Installing the Outlook client for Microsoft Dynamics CRM – Office 365 Subscriptions

- October 18, 2012

I am posting this article as a response to the video tutorial, Installing and Configuring the Outlook client for Microsoft Dynamics...

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Business Intelligence | What is Business Intelligence? (Part 2)
Business Intelligence | What is Business Intelligence? (Part 2)

- October 9, 2012

I think of Business Intelligence (BI) as more of a reporting tool rather than a conglomeration of data. Granted, having all...

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Online with Office 365 – Plug-In Registration and Scribe Adapter – an unsecured or incorrectly secured fault was received – Solved
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Online with Office 365 – Plug-In Registration and Scribe Adapter – an unsecured or incorrectly secured fault was received – Solved

- September 26, 2012

Microsoft is now moving the 30 day trial versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Online to its Office 365 platform. ...

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What’s Up With The Microsoft  Office Add-Ins?
What’s Up With The Microsoft Office Add-Ins?

- September 25, 2012

Microsoft Office Add-Ins In the past few months, I have been asked countless questions about the new Microsoft Office Add-Ins...

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Rethinking CRM on premise versus online and the Cloud
Rethinking CRM on premise versus online and the Cloud

- May 11, 2012

I’ve had a change of thinking regarding CRM on premise versus online. You can find detailed information on the technical...

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Capture the Cloud | it’s here . . . get your head in the clouds
Capture the Cloud | it’s here . . . get your head in the clouds

- October 13, 2011

Capture the Cloud | it’s here . . . get your head in the clouds is a blog written by McGladrey’s...

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