Resolute IT performs all of its consulting services on a 100% remote basis.

By covering all hardware under a support agreement through the device’s respective vendor, we have no reason to ever set foot inside your door. For example, the copier or multi-function printer is often covered under such an onsite maintenance plan. And Dell (or HP, Lenovo, Apple or Microsoft) have support plans for business and enterprise. Hard drives and operating systems are so much more resilient than in previous times, so support incidents are rare compared to years ago.

As the network has now been extended far beyond the walls of the office, specialized routers, switches, and unified threat management (UTM) devices are less prevalent and far less relevant. Productivity now takes place anywhere and at any time, while the security surface is now located at the managed end-point or document level by policy, not within the office perimeter as defined by tethered cabling.

Remote Control tools are abundant these days. Even Microsoft recognizes remote support services by virtue of its Remote Assistance feature built right into Windows 10.

As a result of this paradigm shift in the way that we can provide support, you have many more choices when deciding upon a consulting firm to manage your technology affairs. ‘The cloud’ means that we can now store documents and messages in a data center, as well as some applications are web-based or delivered via the web. But this also holds true for your support services – we use remote control software, automated remote monitoring and management tools, online support portals, cloud-to-cloud backup services, and of course, chat and voice through conventional means (phone and email), as well as through Microsoft Teams – we now establish a Teams team for ongoing chat, voice and video call support within every client’s Office 365 tenant.

So rather than leaning over your shoulder in your Tampa office, we can all remain in our comfort zones while receiving help and sitting in front of our own device screens within our internet-connected world.

 

“On August 17, 1908, the new Bank of Italy (now Bank of America) Headquarters at 552 Montgomery Street (San Francisco) was opened to the public. Here, on the first floor in an open area, A.P. Giannini had his office where all comers were invited to stop and chat about not only financial but family matters as well.” – US Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places.

In this same spirit, I kept my desk near the door when I had an office on Cape Cod. I can’t tell you how rewarding it was to have a steady stream of people dropping in to sit down and chat with me.

And now that I work solely as a remote consultant, I am opening a client-facing portal on an always-open basis in Microsoft Teams.

As Microsoft announced the free offering of Microsoft Teams yesterday, I feel that people are now unencumbered for the lack of this tool – Teams is free to download for desktop and mobile, and very simple to create an account in a matter of seconds.

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A recent study predicts that 42% of the global workforce will be mobile by 2020. I wonder if we aren’t already there.. Another finding says that the number will be 75% by 2025.

Who really wants to get up, get ready, and walk into an office by 9am or earlier? We can easily attend a 10am office meeting using Microsoft Teams, so we can remain at home or in a coffee shop using a laptop, tablet or even a phone to share our presence, our Office documents, and our enthusiasm with colleagues. And of course, we don’t even have to be in the same country as the other attendees. 

While in the meeting, we can easily share the document that we’d been creating over the weekend. Teams allows you to present your original document for others to view within the Teams interface and co-author or co-edit it there. While collaborating on this document, team members can exchange chat messages alongside the open document. Or better yet, collaborating members can start an impromptu video meeting, while other members of the team can join the meeting and participate by co-authoring the document. You can even record the meeting for later review.

So the future is here. Where you are is irrelevant. But how you’re able to interact is key.

In its July 2018 roundup   of Microsoft Teams news, they announced a new feature that I dismissed at first. “Visio in Teams”, I thought. “So what – it’s just read-only with Visio Online.” But this is *not* Visio Online. Or is it?

At the bottom of this article it says, “Viewing diagrams within Teams is free for most Office 365 customers  , but editing is only available for those with a Visio Online Plan 1 or Plan 2 subscription.”

I’ve searched through the articles for ‘co-authoring’, but all it says is “Team members can work together on diagrams through in-app conversations to provide feedback in real time.” But can we edit the same diagram with another member in real time? One article compares the new editing feature to other Office co-authoring capabilities within Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. “We’ve extended these editing capabilities to Visio files, enabling you to make simple changes to your diagrams without leaving the Teams app.

So does this mean we can also co-author as we would in Word? I think not. Oh, but wait…

On one page of Microsoft’s website it says, “Real-time co-authoring – Not available in Visio Online. Advanced reviewer features, such as merge conflicts and compare diagrams, are only available in the Visio desktop application. With Visio Online, you can view, add, or delete comments.”

But on the features page for Visio Online 2 (not Visio Online 1) it says, “Complete diagrams faster with multiple people working on the same diagram at the same time.”

And in order for members to see any changes, they have to refresh the diagram in Teams.

In order to perform with full functionality, we are advised to use the desktop version of Visio. For ‘almost desktop’ functionality, we can subscribe to Visio Online 2.

Update 07/07/2018: Direct from Microsoft: “At this point in time Visio Online does not support co-authoring inside Teams, irrespective of the license. But this is part of our roadmap and we are working to enable this in future.”

In the May 2018 results at the security lab of AV Comparatives , Microsoft Windows Defender Antivirus performed very well. Often seen as a mediocre solution over the years, Microsoft’s solution is stepping to the plate.

But it isn’t just one solution. Microsoft’s answer has to be seen as a holistic approach as it integrates with Office 365 and its other defense layers as the company depicts here:

Physical security

  • 24-hour monitoring of datacenters.
  • Multi-factor authentication, including biometric scanning for datacenter access.
  • Internal datacenter network is segregated from the external network.
  • Role separation renders location of specific customer data unintelligible to the personnel that have physical access.
  • Faulty drives and hardware are demagnetized and destroyed.

Logical security

  • Lockbox processes  for a strictly supervised escalation process greatly limit human access to your data. Learn how to activate Lockbox .
  • Servers run only processes that are whitelisted, minimizing risk from malicious code.
  • Dedicated threat management teams proactively anticipate, prevent, and mitigate malicious access.
  • Port scanning, perimeter vulnerability scanning, and intrusion detection prevent or detect any malicious access.

Data security

  • Encryption at rest protects your data on our servers.
  • Encryption in transit with SSL/TLS protects your data when it’s transmitted between you and Microsoft.
  • Threat management , security monitoring, and file/data integrity prevent or detect any tampering of data.
  • Exchange Online Protection  provides advanced security and reliability against spam and malware to help protect your information and access to email.

User controls

  • Office 365 Message Encryption  allows users to send encrypted email to anyone, whatever email service recipients may use.
  • Data loss prevention can be combined with Rights Management and Office 365 Message Encryption to give greater controls to your admins to apply appropriate policies to protect sensitive data.
  • S/MIME provides message security with certificate-based email access.
  • Azure Rights Management  prevents file-level access without the right user credentials.

Admin controls

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  • Multi-factor authentication protects access to the service with a second factor such as phone.
  • Data loss prevention prevents sensitive data from leaking either inside or outside the organization while providing user education and empowerment.
  • Built-in mobile device management capabilities allow you to manage access to corporate data.
  • Mobile application management within Office mobile apps powered by Intune provides granular controls to secure data contained in these apps.
  • Built in antivirus and antispam protection along with advanced threat protection safeguard against external threats.
  • Office 365 Cloud App Security provides enhanced visibility and control into your Office 365 environment.

 

The last article that I wrote was about the Microsoft Office 365 terminology change from “Preservation” to “Retention” in regard to how your data is held – or not – within Exchange, SharePoint and OneDrive.

But when you want to hold your Microsoft Teams data with a retention policy, that policy must be exclusive to Teams – no other service can be part of that policy.

Teams holds its chats, conversations and emails forever by default, but your company might have another inclination to delete data, save it for 7-10 years, or both for whatever reason. Policies can be created and applied in a granular fashion.

Microsoft unveiled its new Teams Retention policies at the end of March 2018 and rolled them out to tenants over the month of April. This is evidently part of the move to bring Skype functionality into the Teams fold.

The next step on the roadmap for Teams data management is eDiscovery.

Scott Abbotts | https://resolute-it.com | https://office365techguy.com

 

What used to be called a Preservation Policy is now called a Retention Policy. That said, you might still see a folder in your OneDrive’s storage metrics* that’s called Preservation Hold Library, although the folder isn’t visible unless you’ve actually edited or deleted items that are affected under such a policy.

Your ‘permanently deleted’ mailbox items are held in the Recoverable Items folder, which is accessible from the Outlook Web App (OWA). Right-click on the Deleted Items folder and choose “Recover deleted items…” These are items that you’ve removed from the Deleted Items folder and will remain in the Recoverable Items folder for 14 days unless otherwise configured to 30 days by your system administrator OR unless there’s a Retention Policy in place that prevents anything from getting really, actually, truly, permanently deleted.

A caveat here: Retention policies applied to mailboxes require Office 365 Enterprise E3 or E5. This is because Exchange Online Plan 2 must be in place for mailbox retention. So if you have Office 365 Business Premium with its lesser Exchange Online Plan 1, then you can set a Retention Policy that covers your documents stored in SharePoint or OneDrive, but not on mail, calendar or contact items. Actually, you might be able to create such a policy that would seem to cover your Exchange items, but this data governance would not take effect until a qualified license would be put in place.

About Teams from Microsoft:

* To see your OneDrive metrics, go to portal.office.com, login, and then launch the OneDrive web app. In the upper right, click on the gear icon and choose Site Settings. On the Site Settings page under Site Collection Administration, choose Storage Metrics.

Scott Abbotts | https://resolute-it.com | https://office365techguy.com

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Originally a computer repair shop in 2000 and then a Managed Services Provider (MSP) in 2005, the company has evolved to become a Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) and business consultant to the small business, particularly as we assist companies with their adoption of Office 365 and its new Office flagship application, Microsoft Teams.

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We treat all our clients as individuals and don’t think a one-size-fits-all solution will work. We’ll help you develop a customized plan to your unique position.

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We accomplish this by proactively monitoring and maintaining hardware and software, as well as putting automated defense systems in place against malicious viruses, catastrophic damage and accidental loss by deletion.

Business continuity is a primary objective, which makes us partners with a common goal – you want to remain operational and therefore profitable, while the provider (RIT) profits by avoiding unexpected and untimely workloads.

Above peace of mind, Resolute IT includes training and support to enable the workers to become more efficient and most productive, thus enabling the worker and nurturing a competitive company advantage.

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It all starts with an earnest plan to configure your new accounts correctly and then carefully migrate your precious data. Call (727) 203-6959 in Tampa, FL or support@resolute-it.com

We leverage a 24/7 help desk for all Office 365-related emergency issues. But during normal business hours, our daytime help desk can also train and tutor workers by remote assistance.

Resolute IT responds to support tickets when a client uses prescribed protocols, such as sending an email to support@resolute-it.com, although we generally encourage all avenues of communication, even within our Microsoft Teams support channels.

Support tickets are answered in an immediate manner and according to the Service Level Agreement (SLA) in place.

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Resolute IT is a Microsoft certified consulting firm with a focus on Office 365 cloud-computing — configuration, maintenance, cloud backup, helpdesk support, and training, as well as overall managed IT services. 

A critical step to the cloud is the transfer or migration of your documents and email data (messages, calendars, and contacts) from your current file server and/or email server. If this isn’t already accomplished, then our migration services will ensure an accurate and complete transfer.

Ongoing helpdesk provides immediate access to our expertise, whether as an emergency response (24/7), scheduled training, or backend support, such as in the case of new accounts or password resets.

For businesses with five or more end-users, we offer customized IT managed services plans as a more proactive approach to keep your systems always available. HelpDesk included.

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Office 365 consulting is our primary offering, but helping people with their small businesses is our passion. As Office 365 is a cloud-based platform, we can perform 100% of these cloud functions on a remote basis.

Just like a general contractor in the building trade, we hire sub-contractors for specific tasks and in required locations. These are US-based, but internationally-respected professionals (MVP’s).

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Business continuity is a mutual objective – we are partners with a common goal: You want to remain operational and therefore profitable, while Resolute IT profits by avoiding unexpected and untimely workloads using proactive measures.

Above peace of mind, Resolute IT includes ongoing training and support with all support packages, enabling your workers while cultivating a competitive company advantage.

Included within these IT support packages is our cloud-to-cloud backup systems with lightening fast recovery of lost, damaged, deleted, or maliciously encrypted files.

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Keeping you and your employees up and running with your technology systems is an ongoing process.

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It all starts with an earnest plan by assessing your assets, then accounts configuration, and then migration of data.

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One way that our in-house support team provides ongoing training is by remote assistance within Microsoft Teams.