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The future of Cloud Computing

If you give the Cloud a chance, you will clearly see the advantages of moving your entire business to a hosted, virtual environment. Even though, cloud computing has recently exploded and is gaining momentum, just like everything else that is new to the market; there is a user adoption curve stretched over the lifespan of the product or service. Thinking back to high school, do you remember Rogers Adoption Curve? Once a new product or service is introduced, very few (16%) are the innovator / early adopters. The majority of the population (68%) find themselves in the early / late majority and the last 16% are the laggards who will eventually adopt or never adopt for various reasons.                     The good news is, Cloud Computing is nothing new and we are approaching the early majority adoption stage. The bad news is, [...]

By | 2018-07-18T11:27:01+00:00 April 27th, 2012|Cloud, Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP, Exchange Online, Office 365, SharePoint|

The Cloud Office of Today

Okay, confession time:  this blog is late.  I usually publish my blogs on Friday’s and an endless number of things have gotten in my way.  However, the biggest thing that has gotten in my way is simply this:  Writer’s Block!  Oh yeah, good old Writer’s Block!  But then, recent events have brought me to thinking about the Cloud Office of today.  To quantify this, I am speaking of the physical office and how it can be fully deployed in the Cloud.  Is it reasonable to expect a Cloud solution to be fully deployable at your office?  My recent conclusions are:  yes.  It is recent that I have had the need to investigate some of the critical elements of a Cloud office that until now have been undefined.  The critical element missing has been an online phone system such as Lync Online.  So we begin there: In my quest for the [...]

The Future of Business Intelligence

Let us explore the future of Business Intelligence.  Last week I spoke about Windows 8 and it's impact on computing.  However, let's further explore the problems, yes problems, with Business Intelligence.Until today, Business Intelligence has been primarily provided by Hyperion, Cognos and other solutions.  Many years back, Microsoft introduced Microsoft Analysis Services.  However these solutions have been either expensive in their software purchase and/or their implementation.  Further complicating things are the differing requirements from the user to the manager to the executive.Therefore, we have seen an emerging trend in business solutions in which we believe you should know about.  They are:Audience -- the audience or consumer of the business intelligence will always be the number one concern in Business Intelligence.  For example, the CEO and CFO will have a varying set of requirements of what they want to see.  The manager of purchasing will want to see something different from [...]

The Financial Case for The Cloud

In this blog entry, I want to take on the financial case for moving your business to the Cloud. First, let's discuss what the Cloud is and what it isn't in the context of business applications. According to NIST (National Institute of Science and Technology) “Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models.” NIST further defines that there are 5 Characteristics 1) On-Demand Self Service 2) Broad Network Access 3) Resource Pooling 4) Rapid Elasticity 5) Measured Service The Cloud, for purposes of ERP and CRM applications, will be discussed in the context of Software as a Service [...]

Not receiving meeting requests in Outlook 2010

One day meeting requests started going directly to my calendar without me having to accept the meeting. This was not good as I had to check my calendar regularly to make sure I wasn't missing an appointment. It got worse. Suddenly the meeting request quit showing up at all. I didn't realize this until I got an angry email (All CAPS) from my boss wanting to know if I was going to join a meeting. The solution was easy: 1. Close Outlook. 2. Go to Start, Run and enter: outlook.exe /cleanrules 3. That starts Outlook 4. Close Outlook again 5. Go to Start, Run and enter: outlook.exe /cleanserverrules

By | 2018-07-18T11:27:43+00:00 September 8th, 2011|Exchange Online|

Using the Dynamics CRM Email Router with Exchange Online

So, we just recently made the transition to Exchange Online for all of our email accounts. As part of the process, we had to configure our CRM Email Router to work with Exchange Online. This turned out to be a little bit trickier than I thought because you have to have a version of the CRM Email Router that is compatible with Exchange Online. For CRM 4.0, this required that we install rollup 11 of the CRM Router. However, I believe that compatibility MAY have come in at rollup 9. You will know if your version of the CRM Router supports Exchange Online by whether or not Exchange Online is an option available to you in the Email Server Type drop down on the Incoming and Outgoing Configuration Profiles. If it is not an option, you need a hotfix before you move on. Now, it is important to note that [...]

By | 2018-07-18T11:27:44+00:00 February 18th, 2011|Cloud, Dynamics CRM, Exchange Online, Office 365|

Setting up a Motorola Droid with Exchange Online

To setup your DROID with your existing Exchange Online email account, follow these steps: On your DROID, go to Settins >> Accounts >> Add Account and select Corporate Sync; Complete the following fields as indicated: Email: enter your email address Password: enter your Exchange Online password Domain Username: enter your email address : leave blank Click NEXT If your DROID is not able to automatically find the Exchange Online servers, you will have the opportunity to enter the Server Address. If you are in North America, you should enter: red001.mail.microsoftonline.com Finally, mark the checkbox to use a Secure Connection. Once this is done, your DROID should start downloading your Mail, Contacts and Calender items from Exchange Online.

By | 2018-07-18T11:28:36+00:00 February 11th, 2011|Cloud, Exchange Online, Office 365|

Setting up an Apple iPhone with Microsoft Exchange Online

To setup your iPhone with your existing Exchange Online email account, follow these steps: On your iPhone, go to Settins >> Mail, Contacts, Calendars >> Add Account and select Microsoft Exchange; Complete the following fields as indicated: Email: enter your email address Domain: leave blank Username: enter your email address Password: enter your Exchange Online Password Description: Enter something to help you easily identify this account Click NEXT If your iPhone is not able to automatically find the Exchange Online servers, you will have the opportunity to enter the Server Address. If you are in North America, you should enter: red001.mail.microsoftonline.com You should also turn USE SSL on. Once this is done, your iPhone should start downloading your Mail, Contacts and Calender items from Exchange Online.

By | 2018-07-18T11:28:36+00:00 February 10th, 2011|Cloud, Exchange Online, Office 365|