Monday, February 28, 2022

A First Device Supported by Microsoft Endpoint Manager for Frontline Workers

In today's fragmented technology environment, it's important for leaders to support the frontline workforce with a customized user experience. Microsoft Endpoint Manager plays an important role in large scale projects requiring a secure environment to operate efficiently, such as with RealWear's assisted reality wearable device—controlled by using simple voice commands, which frees the hands for the job. Its reliable features enable businesses to configure, manage and gather data from their devices with simple security and device management.


Analytics & AI solution

This video is a quick introduction to Microsoft Analytics and AI, explaining how to expand the reach of your data insights and gain increasing levels of efficiency and personalization. By harnessing the power of Microsoft Analytics, you can inform and drive intelligent automation through AI and machine learning.


Fundraising and Engagement for Dynamics 365 Sales demo video

This short demo video explains how Microsoft’s Fundraising and Engagement Solution is designed to help fundraisers, marketers, and development operations staff transform the way their organization works with workflows and business logic to match their mission-driven priorities.


Friday, February 25, 2022

2 Steps to Improve Business Decisions Using Data and Analytics

More than ever before, business leaders are integrating their data and analytics teams into their larger business decision making. Learn how to improve decision making at your organization and get the most out of your data and analytics program by doing the same. Read 2 Steps to Improve Business Decisions Using Data and Analytics, a report from Gartner, for the latest research on how to evaluate decision making processes across your organization—and how to improve them with data and analytics. Download the report to: Understand the full capabilities of your existing or potential data and analytics teams. See how to evaluate your current business decision making process to understand the potential roles for data and analytics. Learn how you can reengineer your current decision-making processes to best integrate your existing data and analytics team.


Fundraising and Engagement – take a test drive

Fundraising and Engagement is now available on AppSource. Take a Test Drive for up to 30 days to explore workflows that would be common to the “day in the life” of a fundraiser and gift processor at a nonprofit, when using Fundraising and Engagement in conjunction with Dynamics 365 Sales, a Microsoft solution built with MISSION CRM.


Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Empower IT and data professionals to achieve more with all their data 

Move your legacy data warehouse to a cloud solution and delegate tasks like infrastructure maintenance and platform upgrades. Migrate to Azure Synapse—a limitless analytics service with unmatched time to insight that accelerates the delivery of BI, AI, and intelligent applications. In this white paper, see strategies for migrating your legacy data warehouses to the cloud. And get a three-step technical overview of the process—from preparing to migrate to gaining insights from analytics.


Reimagine your digital endpoint estate

Growing concerns about employee experiences—including securing mobile devices and working with flexibility—call for endpoint modernization. The value in Microsoft 365 is its innovation in secure, cloud-connected management as well as its awareness of employee satisfaction (including the acceleration of onboarding of all workers). Take stock in your endpoint estate and start using modern products like Cloud Configuration and Endpoint Manager to manage Windows devices on-premises today. Review this infographic and discover the key components that enable unified device management.

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Modernize donor and constituent engagement to increase mission impact

This three-page flyer introduces Fundraising and Engagement for Dynamics 365 Sales, a Microsoft solution built with MISSION CRM. It provides a comprehensive overview of the value for nonprofit organizations, including these capabilities: Constituent management Opportunity management Donation management Payment processing Event management Recurring gift management Business intelligence powered by Azure


Tuesday, February 22, 2022

How four nonprofits accelerated their missions through the cloud

Nonprofits of all sizes are looking to technology to help maximize shrinking resources. A growing number are turning to the cloud to increase security and stability, reduce costs, and gain analytical tools that help them respond quicker and more effectively to needs. This e-book also outlines the key benefits of moving to the cloud and points you to several offers and resources that can make the cloud more affordable, accessible, and relevant to your mission.

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Securely harness the power of the cloud with Azure Advanced Threat Protection

Securely harness the power of the cloud with Azure Advanced Threat Protection. This infographic outlines how your organization can trust Azure Advanced Threat Protection as it provides real-time security at enterprise scale, detect threats quickly, and allows your organization to stay focused on what’s important.


Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches

More than 100 Azure services offer everything you need to build and run your applications with all the performance, redundancy, security, and scale that the cloud has to offer. But knowing where to begin with all these services can seem overwhelming.  Read this e-book to build your cloud computing skills quickly and efficiently. You'll be productive immediately, and when you finish, you'll be well on your way to Azure mastery. Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches, Second Edition breaks down the most important Azure concepts into bite-sized lessons with exercises and labs—along with project files available in GitHub—to reinforce your skills. Learn how to: Use core Azure infrastructure and platform services—including how to choose which service for which task. Plan appropriately for availability, scale, and security while considering cost and performance. Integrate key technologies, including containers and Kubernetes, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the Internet of Things.  Labs and exercises reinforce your new skills in every lesson, with project files that you can access in GitHub. Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches, Second Edition, is also available as an audiobook. Microsoft offers both the e-book and audiobook, from Manning Publications, at no charge.

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Building the AI-Powered Organization

In this Harvard Business Review, authors share the powerful impact of using artificial intelligence to drive decision making within organizations. Unlocking this opportunity stretches beyond unlocking the data but shifting the way organizations adopt the information to make decisions. It can even shake up the organization’s culture of top-down decision making.


Built-in hybrid

Microsoft is committed to enabling a seamless hybrid approach to cloud adoption. Azure was designed and built to natively support hybrid environments from its inception. This infographic  introduces more about the hybrid value you can benefit from when you choose Azure. 

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Monday, February 21, 2022

Deploy and protect endpoints for hybrid and frontline work

Today's transforming business scenario calls for an innovative approach. With a higher number of hybrid employees and a growing frontline base, it's more important than ever to secure endpoints, especially mobile. You can future-proof your business and mitigate risks with Microsoft 365. Key capabilities of products like Endpoint Manager, Microsoft Defender, and Azure Active Directory include broad device support, automatic enrollment, configured shared devices, custom device experiences, and more. Review the infographic to learn how to implement and protect every endpoint for remote and hybrid staff and frontline workers.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

9 tips for meeting with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams  enables you to host and participate in more productive meetings and invite anyone to join, even if they are not a Teams user. This blog offers 9 tips to  have more productive meetings with attendees in and outside your organization.


Unify management and security with Microsoft cloud, apps, and endpoints

Today's workers require adaptability since they often use various devices to accomplish tasks. Microsoft cloud, apps, and endpoints combine services you may already be using, such as Microsoft Intune, which are part of the Microsoft 365 stack designed to help secure access, protect data, and respond and manage risk. Use Endpoint Manager to deploy and configure apps to keep teams connected, apply Azure Virtual Desktop for fast, familiar access to internal resources, access Surface Hub to support a vast device ecosystem, and secure conditional access to mobile apps with Azure Active Directory.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Azure Power Hour for Nonprofits (On-Demand)

Azure Power Hour for Nonprofits Webinar Series


Cloud analytics with Microsoft Azure

Learn how to bring the limitless scale, powerful insights, unified experience, and cost-efficiency of Azure Synapse Analytics to your organization.  Get a practical, hands-on introduction to Azure Synapse Analytics in Cloud Analytics with Microsoft Azure. Discover how to drive deep insights from all your data and apply machine learning models to intelligent apps through step-by-step guidance and detailed use cases. Explore how to work with a fully managed, integrated data analytics service that blends data warehousing, data integration, and big data processing with accelerated time to insight into a single service. 

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Derby County  Community Trust puts its trust in Microsoft Teams

Whether teaching Physical Education courses virtually or  conducting virtual prenatal visits, Derby County Community Trust is leveraging Microsoft Teams to provide  essential  services  across the county. Colleagues  are empowered to work  more efficiently together  and connect  better with people in the community.

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Monday, February 14, 2022

REI embraces hybrid work with Microsoft Teams and Surface Hub

REI is the largest consumer cooperative in the United States specializes in camping gear, outdoor apparel, and equipment. The popular Northwest company uses Microsoft Teams Connect capabilities to simplify how employees collaborate with external parties outside the company—with Microsoft Endpoint Manager and Intune key to its strategy for protecting mobile devices. During the pandemic, REI sold their campus and were fully committed to a hybrid work strategy. The fact that they had implemented products within the Microsoft 365 platform helped ensure their success in their new workplace environment.


Friday, February 11, 2022

Expand collaboration while working remotely, keeping your team engaged, connected, and secure

This one-slide for Teams Meetings and Calling provides insights on how to power up a remote employee with #Microsoft Teams. Learn ways to expand collaboration while working remotely, as well as streamline connections across devices, all while keeping teams engaged, connected, and secure.


Leading charity implements CRM system to revolutionize way of working

This nonprofit organization hit growing pains as its range of services expanded along with its personnel. It lacked the necessary technology to capture detailed data such as reporting on business activity, client outcomes, and employee information. Learn how Harrow Mencap leveraged Dynamics 365 to help to better serve its mission.


Windows and SQL

Learn about the features and benefits of migrating to Windows Server and SQL Server on Azure. This video discusses key aspects such as preventing the loss of valuable data and getting the lowest cost of ownership.


Thursday, February 10, 2022

Enterprise cloud strategy for nonprofits

By their very nature, nonprofit organizations must constantly find ways to do more with less. Moving your technology workloads to the cloud can help you accomplish that while accelerating innovation and enhancing security. Download the e-book "Enterprise Cloud Strategy for Nonprofits" to learn how using Azure cloud services can help make your organization more productive, innovative, and flexible, and help you drive greater societal impact.

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A year of change: Digital transformation trends

Digital transformation has migrated from a source of innovation to simply a requirement for any organization. This e-book reports on the findings of how customers are adjusting to the level of change. It addresses the four biggest trends facing organizations in this new world.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

7 steps to successful online events

In this e-book, we'll look at some of the differences between online meetings and live events, and how to be successful with both. We will also describe seven steps to setting up and running an effective online event, with a handy checklist at the end.


What is Microsoft Teams?

This video shows how you can pull together a team with Microsoft Teams on your PC, Mac, or mobile device. Use chat instead of email, securely edit files at the same time, see your likes, mentions, and replies with just a single tap, and have the freedom to customize it all by adding notes, websites, and apps.


The IT Leader's Guide to Mastering Compliance with Low-Code Solutions

Mastering Compliance with Low-Code Solutions With the ever-increasing speed of business, shifting regulatory landscape, and exponential growth in data collection, IT leaders like you are struggling to keep pace with the compliance demands of your organizations. Find out what you need to know to effectively tackle compliance initiatives and proactively shield your organization from potential compliance risks. Download this guide to better understand: The changing compliance landscape. Key challenges facing IT professionals. How to improve the efficiency of compliance initiatives. The opportunities presented by low-code app development.

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Better on Azure: The benefits of using Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server workloads

Azure is a logical choice for Windows Server and SQL server workloads. This whitepaper examines how Azure supports applications that rely on SQL Server or Windows Server in four key areas: security, rapid innovation, hybrid solutions and cost advantage.


Best of Azure: Windows Server and SQL Server

A recent Microsoft study found that customers considering cloud migration for Windows Server were 30% more likely to choose Azure due to its intelligent security, seamless hybrid capabilities, and unique cost savings options. Discover why customers choose Azure for their Windows Server and SQL Server workloads.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Streamline solutions with Microsoft Teams

Using Microsoft Teams helps you save time  by having all solutions in one place for improved collaboration and information sharing. Foster a collaborative environment and embrace the upside of teamwork—frictionless sharing that makes good ideas exceptional. 

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Return to the workplace with confidence

In this webinar, learn about Microsoft's Return to Workplace solution. It allows for business continuity, safe reopening of workplaces, and support for your employees', volunteers' and constituents' health. Give people the confidence to meet in person with a pre-built solution designed to protect teams and streamline the entire reopening of the workplace process.


Why Only The Agile Will Survive

This compelling article written by Steve Denning for Forbes outlines how COVID-19 has been an accelerator for change—both good and bad. With this change becomes the imperative need to be agile to not only survive but to thrive.


Protect your endpoints with top EDR software

Companies must now consider endpoint detection and response software (EDR) with AI and machine learning capabilities, as well as threat intelligence databases, to function in a safer, evolving digital environment. However, most of the features users expect from popular EDR tools, such as device control, advanced threat targeting, and rollback, are either unavailable or require an additional fee. Microsoft Defender for Endpoints (formerly Defender Advanced Threat Protection) integrates into the source code of Windows, making it an obvious choice for its devices. (It's also available for Mac and Linux.) Defender for Endpoints simplifies management while also providing strong security and a wide variety of standard features.


Monday, February 7, 2022

The Total Economic Impact™ Of Microsoft Endpoint Manager

Microsoft Endpoint Manager is a solution that provides on-premises and cloud-based devices with tools (as well as the ability to co-manage with them) to provision, deploy, manage, and secure endpoints. It also enables insights into endpoint health and performance and remediates vulnerabilities in multiple areas—all while significantly reducing costs. It gives organizations the enhanced control and monitoring to support employees with minimal impact on user experience while preventing data loss and applying Zero Trust best practices. Subscribe to stay connected—we'll help you ensure a more secure, productive work environment throughout your organization.

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Friday, February 4, 2022

Microsoft makes it easier to get started with Windows Virtual Desktops

This blog outlines the latest Microsoft 365 updates that make life easier for the IT admins who help provision and manage corporate Windows and Mac machines.


Thursday, February 3, 2022

Five best practices for cloud security

Cloud security is a fundamentally new landscape for some organizations. While many of the security principles remain the same as on-premises, the implementation is often very different. This overview provides a snapshot of the five best practices for cloud security: identity and access control, security posture management, apps and data security, threat protection, and network security.

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Cloud security advice for nonprofit leaders

Need help identifying and categorizing data? Want to respond effectively to security and compliance issues? This flyer provides nonprofit leaders with advice on how Microsoft 365 can help with cloud security.

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Deploy and protect endpoints for hybrid work environments

Digital transformation is accelerating and keeping up with advancements adds complexity for workers, technology, and security teams. With an ever-expanding attack surface, leaders are challenged to manage a growing number of devices and endpoints. Meet the evolving needs of today's business world with modern endpoints built on the Microsoft 365 and intelligent security cloud. You can build security into apps and device experiences that help reduce the threat of endpoint vulnerability, including adoption of Zero Trust and Secure Endpoints for Frontline workforce devices. Sign up to say connected—we'll help you learn more about how to deploy and protect endpoints for hybrid work environments.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Unmatched security with Azure for Windows Server and SQL Server

Organizations already choose Windows Server and SQL Server for their proven security and compliance capabilities. This infographic represents Microsoft's unmatched security commitment—review it here.

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Management and security: Manage and secure access to apps, data, and devices

This 13-minute video provides guidance on how to secure apps to ensure secure remote work environments. It covers enabling access to cloud and on-premises apps, security control, and data protection on devices.


The new normal: Hybrid work means greater focus on endpoint security

We used to think of network security as a perimeter issue, but with so many endpoints, the perimeter no longer exists. Employees now work from various locations using different devices, making it is close to impossible for any single IT team to confirm that they're using protection mechanisms. Employees require safe, versatile endpoint experiences to perform at their best from anywhere in the world. How can organizations protect themselves? Endpoint security seeks out viruses, malware, and other risks and, if it finds them, it works to mitigate the risk to the rest of the network by keeping it locked down.


Tuesday, February 1, 2022

All You Need to Know About Windows Virtual Desktop

Windows Virtual Desktop is the only cloud-based service that delivers a multi-user Windows 10 experience, optimized for Office 365 ProPlus—which means you can deliver a virtual desktop experience and remote apps to any device with cost advantages previously only possible with server-based virtualization. This  webcast gives you the inside look at Windows Virtual Desktop and how to use it in your organization.


6 steps to building a holistic security strategy​ for your nonprofit

Today's nonprofits need agile security frameworks built on holistic strategies embedded into technologies, processes, and training programs. This e-book highlights some of the strategies and best practices that nonprofits can use to successfully integrate security into the fabric of their operation.

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Secure score in Azure Security Center

This article introduces secure score, which is the central feature in Security Center that helps you understand your current security situation as well as how to efficiently and effectively improve it. It provides detailed guidance on how to access your score, how it is calculated, how to improve it, and more.


An elevated Surface experience

The new Microsoft Surface Management Portal is a centralized solution for IT administrators to self-serve, manage, and monitor Surface devi...