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Microsoft Dynamics 365 April Update

Today's guest blogger is Kirsten Nelson, Dynamics 365 Solution Architect

For the last few weeks Microsoft has been preparing Dynamics 365 for the new release that starts this April.  In preparation for the release we anticipate every weekend until the start of the release these rolling maintenance schedules will occur.

To check when your instance of Dynamics is going to be down for this scheduled maintenance log into Office.com and:

Microsoft Secure Score dashboard

Microsoft Secure Score is a tool that will allow organizations to compare their O365 settings against a security baseline created by Microsoft. If your organization has a subscription that that includes Office 365 Enterprise, Microsoft 365 Business, or Office 365 Business Premium, you can view your organization's secure score by visiting https://securescore.office.com.

Ethereum and Bitcoin

Last year, we created a good overview of what blockchain is, and what it will eventually mean for businesses of many types. Interestingly enough, the World Bank's perspective (perhaps the industry most likely to be impacted) is to embrace the technology fully. While blockchain hasn't devoured the world quite yet, more and more organizations are adopting the technology to secure their transactions, reduce settlement times, and eliminate double spending.


Inside View Screenshot

As of January 16, 2019, Microsoft is no longer including Insights for new Dynamics 365 customers. Current customers however will continue to have access until August 15, 2019. What does this mean for users? You have a few choices:

  • Acquire licensing to continue with Insights
  • Start using Dynamics 365 AI for Sales

Each of these choices will require some effort on your part, and we’re here to tell you what needs to be done to ensure your users don’t lose important CRM functionality.

Teams Conference Call

Today’s guest blogger is Sagar Modi, Microsoft Unified Communications Architect

Recently during a Teams deployment, I came across an interesting bug. External users & dial-in users were not being automatically admitted into the meeting, even though the global settings had been applied for them to do so (see screenshot below).  They were having to be manually admitted into the meeting, by a participant who was already in the meeting.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

How Microsoft is increasing accessibility in their products and progress for Dyslexic people.

Microsoft Unified Communications Customer Strategy Session

Today’s guest blogger is Sagar Modi, Microsoft Unified Communications Architect

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Communications vNext in Denver, a conference focused solely on Microsoft Unified Communications technologies. What follows are my experiences and hopefully something everyone can learn from!  

How did I Discover This Conference?

With its acquisition of Chicago-based IT services firm, Magenium Solutions, AVI Systems adds to its visual communications technology expertise in areas ranging from Unified Communications to Enterprise Systems Management

Dynamics 365 is New Again

Microsoft is now rolling out version 9.0 of its business productivity suite, Dynamics 365. This is a long-awaited series of updates that change the way we interact with the software and improve usefulness quite a bit. Pieces that are new include a refreshed user interface, the Customer Service Hub, a better Outlook experience, and a new look and feel for the mobile experience. The update also includes a number of features that are either being replaced or going away entirely. 

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR is a regulation intended to strengthen data protection for all individuals in the European Union. However, if your organization has operations within the EU – you are also subject to its requirements. It can be viewed as a strong response to the numerous recent cases of personal data being mishandled and that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

What Are Some of the Rules?

One Drive Fall 2017

Since the release of SharePoint Online’s (SPO’s) modern document page design users have been asking where is the “Open in Explorer” button.  The answer: It’s gone.  If you go back to the “classic” page view you can still access it but that means you lose the new modern page features.

Digital transformation involves using up to date technology along with your best business practices to make your business more efficient, effective and profitable. To Magenium Solutions, digital transformation has the following hallmarks: web-based, mobile, and easily integrated with other systems. Organizations who have made a digital transformation have made a deliberate investment in technology that will reduce costs, reduce risk, and increase revenue over time.