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Patrick Renzi - Partner Development Specialist

Patrick Renzi

Patrick is a Partner Development Specialist for Volume Licensing/Online Services at Connection. He specializes in Microsoft Cloud, Client, and Server software. In his free time, he enjoys writing poetry, mogul skiing, spending time with his dog, and camping and hiking. 

Areas of expertise:Cloud ComputingSoftware

Articles by Patrick Renzi


Stuck on Step Zero?

How to Activate Office 365

by Patrick Renzi | 12.30.16

You've taken the plunge and decided to make the switch to Office 365. The first step was, naturally, completing the licensing purchase. Regardless of how you've made this purchase, there may be a few roadblocks sitting in your way. So let's hope the detour signs are there to help navigate you through. Connection is here on your journey to Office 365 to be that signage—brightly declaring to watch out, activation is just ahead! Let's start with the Enterprise Agreement, Microsoft's flagship agreement.

Tags:AzureCloudConnectionEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftOffice 365Office 365 TenantsServer Assessments

Stay Competitive with Speed and Quality

Get to Market Faster with Xamarin DevOps Tools

by Patrick Renzi | 12.28.16

As a small ISV start-up, you truly face a tough task. How can you compete against more established software developers without cutting deeply into your bottom line? Creating new IP takes time, and testing that IP takes even longer. You could cut time by developing your application for only one platform: developing for only iOS will reach a larger subset of clients; while developing for Android may take less time. Focusing on just one platform may save time, but you are also limiting your audience of mobile users. If only there was a tool to simplify coding to normalize your app across all platforms. Someone must have been listening, because now there is!

Tags:AndroidAzureVisual StudioXamarin

What's in a Name?

Enable Your New Secure and Productive Enterprise

by Patrick Renzi | 12.12.16

It's no secret that Microsoft owns the productivity workspace. They have shown time and time again that productivity is about more than just end-user applications. Without a stable, user-friendly interface, adoption of these apps would simply flounder. Never content to simply sit on their laurels, Microsoft began to notice the trends of the last decade. The shift to mobile users demanding the same experience across all devices led them to release per-user subscriptions of Office 365 and then Windows Enterprise. Both give users the same experience across all devices, and, as mobility continues to flourish, Microsoft is pushing to secure those users—leading to the release of the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). This bundles the best of their of per-user, device-centric security and leaves no stone unturned. EMS protects the device, the user’s identity, the apps, and the files.

Tags:Connectioncyber threatsEnterprise Cloud Suite ECSEnterprise Mobility SuiteMicrosoftMobile usersOffice 365Secure Productive Enterprise SPESPE E3SPE E5Windows Enterprise

Click to Run

Upgrades Are In—Don’t Be Caught Out

by Patrick Renzi | 11.17.16

When you manage IT for a large organization, control is everything. Whether it’s control of data access, device privilege, or the applications running, control isn't something quickly divested, at least not easily. Volume Licensing has been the preferred deployment and procurement method by so many enterprises due to the control it offers to those who manage these enterprises. Enter the new kid on the block: Click to Run.

Tags:Click-2-RunDeploymentEnd of LifeITMicrosoftNetworkOffice 365SoftwareVolume LicenseWave 15Windows 10Windows Server 2016

 Cloud Computing

Moving to the Cloud?

The Platform You Might Not Have Considered

by Patrick Renzi | 05.26.16

If you looked out of the window today, you’d probably see a large assortment of clouds. Clouds of all different types, shapes, and sizes. There are cirrus clouds, cumulus clouds, public clouds, and hybrid clouds; but do you see your cloud? Is it light, fast moving, and flexible? Is it dark, erratic, and unpredictable? Chances are you don’t know yet, and there is nothing wrong with this sentiment. You manage IT in a very real business, with very real concerns. But with the proper plan in place, you can ensure that utilizing the hyper scalability, flexibility, and efficiency of Microsoft’s Cloud Platform will be as smooth a transition as it can be.

Tags:AzureAzure Remote AppMicrosoft AzureMicrosoft CloudMicrosoft Office 365Mission-criticalPlatform as a ServicePublic CloudSaaS

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