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Office 365 is new territory for Microsoft. It’s a transformational move at the center of their productivity stack. Tried and true products like Office, Project, and Visio are being transformed into online solutions. Right now that’s a mix of in-the-cloud and on-premises, what some call “software plus services.” But the reach is extending beyond the center: now there’s CRM online, Visual Studio Online, SQL Power BI, Microsoft Azure, Azure Active Directory—and the list keeps growing. We all know how that’s affecting the licensing—shifting from “I own it” to “I’m pretty much renting it, forever and ever.” That by itself is a tough choice for many customers to make, and requires careful and thorough due diligence. And while I won’t detail this today (really), I want to remind you to talk to us about our Microsoft License Optimization (MLO) process if you’re struggling with it—we can help. 

Tags:Active DirectoryAzure Active DirectoryCloudGoogle ChromeMicrosoftMicrosoft AzureMicrosoft License OptimizationOfficeOffice 365ProjectReadiness AssessmentSecuritySharePointUse IT Office 365Visio

What's New in the World of Microsoft?

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by James Nagurney | 09.02.14

Can you believe some businesses are still running Windows XP? Check out the story below, as well as the rest of your Microsoft headlines, for the latest and greatest on the software giant.

Tags:Amazon Web ServicesExchangeLyncMicrosoftMicrosoft AzureMicrosoft Ended SupportMicrosoft Hyper VMicrosofts New Mini Start MenuMigrating from VMwareOffice 365VMware Virtual EnvironmentsWindows 8Windows XP

The Four Most Important Questions About Office 365

What You Need to Know Before You Make the Move

by James Nagurney | 08.27.14

Microsoft’s year ended with a flurry of activity on June 30. One of the trends we continue to see developing is the move towards the cloud and Office 365. It’s no secret that Microsoft has been pushing Office 365 hard in the last year or so, and has been offering price and funding incentives for current customers to make the leap. Microsoft’s cloud offerings suit some customers just fine; for other customers, we recommend sticking with the current perpetual licensing model. It really depends on the circumstances, and, of course, the cost. As I travel around the country talking to Microsoft customers about Office 365, I encounter some common themes/concerns/considerations around this offering. Read on for the four questions I’ve encountered most frequently. 

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Moving on Up to Office 365

What You Need to Know

by Patrick Renzi | 07.21.14

Moving to Office 365 is exciting, but it doesn’t have to be hard. You have enough on your plate already, so why stress over the unknown? PC Connection, Inc. is a premier Office 365 partner with Microsoft. Our Cloud software practice has taken proactive steps to make it an easy transition to Office 365. Here are some tips to make your transition a breeze.

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No One Is Immune to Microsoft's Software Audits

How Prepared Is Your Organization?

by James Nagurney | 07.07.14

Recently, I was struck by a survey that I found on an industry website. A link to the full article is below, but here’s the gist: Microsoft is auditing its customers at a brisk pace, and no company is immune. All software vendors retain the rights to audit their clients, and we feel that it is fair to expect these periodic compliance checks. But Microsoft is auditing customers at a 2 to 1 rate over other vendors like Adobe, IBM, and Oracle—58% of executives surveyed said they have been audited by Microsoft in the last 12 months*. Five years ago, these types of audits were relatively rare and only encountered under specific situations. Today Microsoft absolutely does not discriminatethere need be no compelling event or “areas of concern” to trigger a compliance check on your Microsoft software. Most often we are seeing Microsoft approach customers via email to conduct a self-audit, but we also see the more invasive, third-party types of audit that will send a shiver down any CIO’s spine. The different kinds of audits that are being imposed really do run the gamut.

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