The nature and beauty of Microsoft Office 365 is that it is cloud-based. There are no geographic boundaries – you can be anywhere with internet access and be virtually down the hall from your office.

And like the cloud-based service itself, support for Office 365 (or other plans such as Microsoft 365 Business) can happen from anywhere. As long as we have internet access, we can communicate with you and remediate your devices and services without having to spin our wheels – this is quite a ‘green’ business model.

Remote tools are plentiful these days, many of them available for free. As a rule, we try to maintain three different remote methods as three layers of backup for remote remediation. If one isn’t working, then another will. These little remote programs run in the background – or not – sometimes people prefer to start an ad hoc session.

And it isn’t only about remote control. Over the next few years, you’ll see that our primary support method will take its form in Microsoft Teams. Not only can we chat by text through Teams, but we can initiate an impromptu meeting with audio (and video as an option). And during such a meeting, you can share your desktop (circled icon above) on one monitor, two monitors, or you can share an application that you are running on your computer, such as Outlook or your line-of-business application.

With Microsoft Teams, there will be no reason to use a conventional telephone, cellphone, or even email, although both phone and email systems will be around for a long time – Skype for Business, the enterprise telephone system for Unified Communications, is now deprecated as a service and Microsoft Teams will become the default client for its new Intelligent Communications. Look for a not-too-distant announcement from us about Phone System and Calling Plan becoming our new voice solution as an integral piece of our Microsoft 365 tenant.

If we have communicated and agreed upon the best Office 365 services plan for you going forward and the option is available below, then please choose the respective PURCHASE button. Otherwise, a customized invoice will be sent to you as it’s considered appropriate for the given scope of services to be provided. If we haven’t spoken yet, then please either contact us by the form below, email, text, or schedulea free 15-30 minute meeting to initiate a preliminary plan.

Annual HelpDesk – $250 Per Person Per Year

  • One Year of Remote-Only Technical Support:
    • One license for one user and *all* of their devices.
    • On-demand support throughout the year.
    • Limited to five support incidents (tickets) per month per organization.
      • Each ticket or incident not to exceed any of the following:
        • 1 phone call
        • 10 email replies
        • 10 chat or text sessions
          • Microsoft Teams
          • Microsoft Skype
          • Facebook Messenger
          • Mobile text
    • Covers support for Windows 10, MacOS, iOS, Android, all Office 365 plans (software and services), and Complete Annual Cloud Backup.
    • Support of Line of Business (LOB) applications requires Managed IT Services agreement.
    • Any services provided beyond this scope will be billed at Professional Services rate.
    • Requires automatic payments via credit card billed in advance of services.
    • Maximum 5 seats per organization.
    • Ongoing training.

Monthly HelpDesk – $30 Per Person Per Month (+ $120 First Hour)

  • One Month of Remote-Only Technical Support:
    • One license for one user and *all* of their devices
    • On-demand support throughout the one-month term.
    • Limited to five support incidents (tickets) per month per organization.
      • Each ticket or incident not to exceed any of the following:
        • 1 phone call
        • 10 email replies
        • 10 chat or text sessions
          • Microsoft Teams
          • Microsoft Skype
          • Facebook Messenger
          • Mobile text
    • Covers Windows 10, MacOS, iOS, Android, all Office 365 plans (software and services), and cloud-to-cloud backup offered by RIT.
    • Support of Line of Business (LOB) applications requires Managed IT Services agreement.
    • Any services provided beyond this scope will be billed at Professional Services rate.
    • Requires automatic payments via credit card billed in advance of service, plus:
      • First hour billed at the hourly rate for Professional Services.
    • Maximum 5 seats per organization.
    • Ongoing training.

Professional Services – $120 Per Hour Pre-Paid

  • Hourly Remediation and Professional Consulting Services:
    • Per request and approved proposal.
    • Minimum one hour required to initiate Monthly HelpDesk.
    • Same rate for remote and onsite.
      • Minimum 1 hour for remote control.
      • Minimum 4 hours for on-site visit.

Complete Cloud Backup – $100 Per Seat Per Year

  • One User License:
    • 1 year of cloud-to-cloud, unlimited backup with lightning-fast search and one-click restore of Office 365 data:
      • SharePoint, OneDrive, Exchange, Office 365 Groups, and Microsoft Teams.
        • Microsoft Teams conversations, calendar, files, and notebook.
    • Six daily snapshots.

Managed IT Services – $150 Per Person Per Month

  • All-inclusive and proactive IT services (per user per month):
    • Remote and onsite calls included.
    • Vendor liaison and purchasing agent roles.
    • Network documentation.
    • Network health reporting.
    • Customer support ticketing portal and knowledge base.
    • Security hardening with best practices.
    • Complete Annual Cloud Backup included.
    • One license for one user and *all* of their devices to enjoy on-demand support throughout the year.
    • Unlimited support incidents (tickets) per month.
    • Covers Windows 10 Pro, MacOS, iOS, Android, all Office 365 plans (software and services), and cloud-to-cloud backup offered by RIT.
    • Support of Line of Business (LOB) applications included.
      • Must have current maintenance or service plan
      • Must have proper & complete licensing for every user
    • Infrastructure ramp-up project required prior to start of agreement.
      • Computers and servers fully updated and running optimally
      • Printers under service plan
      • Mobile devices (phones and tablets) updated to recent model and current OS
        • Only iOS and Android
      • Internet service(s)
        • Two for failover and load-balancing
      • Local Area Network (wired and secured wireless)
        • Gigabit certification
        • Clean and orderly communications closet
        • Separate guest WiFi network
      • Billed as an hourly project under Professional Services
    • Ongoing training & coaching.

Documents and Mailbox Migration – $250 Per Person One-Time Fee

  • One Seat – covers all of the following:
    • Automatically discover email environment and configure a migration plan that’s right for you.
    • Identify the impact of migrating your file server to SharePoint Online with Office 365.
    • Perform identity mapping by scanning SharePoint, Active Directory, and Azure Active Directory.
    • Monitor progress and output files into the Logs directory showing the summary and more detailed insights into the scenarios that could be impacted by migration.
    • Data automatically synced before, during and after migration cutover.
    • Full fidelity sync technology ensures no data loss on final data sync post-cutover.
    • Account provisioning and DNS updates take place during Migration Sync.
    • Desktop readiness and remediation:
      • Outlook configured to work with Office 365.
      • Local data moved as required.
      • User’s previous Outlook experience recreated as closely as possible post-migration.
    • Seat defined:
      • For billing purposes, any migrating top-level Public Folder or Mailbox (Individual, Shared, or Resource Room/Equipment) is considered a seat.

 

I used to recommend Office 365 Enterprise E3 as the best bang for the 20 bucks within the realm of Microsoft’s Office 365 offerings. But when Microsoft 365 Business was launched at the same $20 mark in August of 2017, then there was a new kid on the block – and this one had Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection.

 

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) adds important layers to the security stack, such as ATP Safe Links and ATP Safe Attachments. And to round out the trilogy, there’s ATP for SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams.

 

Just to test drive this latter member of the trio, I downloaded a sample virus file and then uploaded that test malware to my OneDrive file repository. I opened the Office portal and navigated to the supposedly-infected file to give it a click. Because I’ve configured an alert for just such a problem, I instantly received an urgent notification:

 

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Fortunately, this was a harmless test file. But if it were the real thing, then we would take immediate measures.

 

And the file is locked down:

So as much as we have Exchange Online Protection for email scanning and filtering, I’m more than pleased to know that we have built-in security when it comes to Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.

 

 


For many years, we’ve learned to save files to folders. And within folders, we’ve created subfolders as yet another location to store files. And then you might create a folder within 
that subfolder… The result can lead to a complicated collection of nested folders with files stored in disparate locations.

 

Then along came SharePoint where we learned a new way to sort documents – with metadata. Metadata hasn’t gone away at all, but I only see its best value when considering larger document libraries.

 

 

Now we have Microsoft Teams and its filing system! Because each channel within Teams has an associated folder in the Team’s SharePoint document library, we’re starting to consider yet another way of looking at file management. Perhaps we can think of a Teams channel as a folder?

 


 

The General folder for the General channel is seen from the RIT Finance SharePoint team site.

 

 

If we were to add a new channel to a team, then a new folder by that name would appear in addition to the General folder.

 

But now we have to talk about sharing files within Teams.

 

When a file is shared with a colleague while in a private chat, then the file is stored within the OneDrive repository belonging to the person who shared the file. In truth, OneDrive is actually a hidden SharePoint library, but that’s fodder for another conversation.

 

But when you share a file while in a channel’s group conversation, then the file becomes stored within the respective channel’s Files tab, or rather, the channel’s folder within the Team’s SharePoint document library.

 

If you’ve forgotten which channel’s folder contains the file you’re looking for, then you can go to the Files button in the left-hand rail to view and scroll through the collective list of files belonging to all teams and channels. Or you can search all files across all Teams’ channels from the Command bar at the top-center. This search tool is available at all times wherever you are within the Teams app. You can also sort using metadata within the Files view by clicking the column labels, such as Type, Name, Modified, and Location.


 

“Currently, according to Microsoft, more than half of all commercial (business) Office users are using Office 365 rather than standalone/perpetual Office. But during some point in the company’s fiscal 2019 (which kicks off on July 1, 2018), Microsoft is expecting two-thirds of its business Office customers will be using Office 365.“ – Mary Jo Foley  (10/10/2017)

Okay, so let’s just say that we remain just past the halfway point. Somewhere else I picked up another tidbit from Redmond VP, Brad Anderson, who told of Microsoft billing for more than 120 million Office 365 licenses (users) per month. Doing the math, when it hits the 2/3 mark, then there will be an additional 40 million people using Office 365 during this fiscal year topping out at 160 million licensed users per month.

Dollar amounts and corporate earnings aside, this is a massive demographic, especially in consideration of all the servers that will be retired, all the documents that will be uploaded, and all 40 million email accounts along with each account’s respective messages, contacts, calendars and tasks that will migrated from on-premise machines to data centers.

But with the new cloud platform brings new ways of getting things done. You’ll no longer save to the S:\ (shared) drive; instead you’ll save to a SharePoint library, that is, if you’re saving to a common repository of shared documents. Your own documents – those that you’re still getting ready to publish for the rest to view and modify – will be saved to your respective OneDrive, which is actually a hidden SharePoint document library itself.

And now that your original files sit in the cloud, they can be shared with a link, not by attachment to an email. When they’re shared in this manner, then multiple users can co-author the document simultaneously. No more passing around various versions of the same file. The real file gets modified right in front of you as you share it with colleagues.

Not much will change with email, except that you’ll likely spend less time in Outlook. Instead, you’ll be chatting away in Microsoft Teams, either by text in private or within a group chat scenario, perhaps while several are co-authoring a document and tossing ideas back and forth. And if the conversation dictates a meeting, then that can happen in an ad hoc private manner with up to 20 attendees or later on as a scheduled meeting. And the scheduled meeting can be audio only, or it can be a video meeting with up to 250 attendees.

“There is also an option for recordings to have automatic transcription, so that users can play back meeting recordings with closed captions and search for important discussion items in the transcript.” – Microsoft

And more than ever, we will work from anywhere. Teams meetings, for example, can be attended using your mobile device.

40 million more Office 365 users – that’s equivalent to the entire population of California.

We’re very careful about choosing our affiliations. Only the highest quality vendors become part of our offerings.

A case in point would be AppRiver, our Microsoft licensing provider for Office 365 and associated services. AppRiver not only provides the software licensing, but they support the product with their award-winning ‘Phenomenal Care’ helpdesk solution, as well.

When you call into AppRiver, they answer within 3 rings and present themselves in a friendly, polite and clear manner. 

This is your second line of support – your first call would be to our primary helpdesk line, but we can scale according to demand by leveraging AppRiver as an option.

Microsoft
Intel
Apple
Cisco Meraki
Dell EMC
HP Enterprise
Lenovo
Android
Plantronics
Polycom
Logitech
BitTitan
SkyKick
Sennheiser
D&H Distributing
AppRiver

 

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.

Here’s what it looks like when your company has their computer network properly set up for the modern workplace.

  1. Email, Contacts, Calendars, Files, Phones are all in the Microsoft cloud:
  • Outlook Email, Contacts and Calendar items are never lost and always available, no matter what type of Internet-connected device
  • OneDrive and SharePoint files are accessible and secure using Delve to find them
  • As Skype transitions entirely into the Teams space, your computer and headset become a phone, as well as the Teams mobile app (you can still connect your desktop IP phone to the Microsoft cloud-based IP PBX (Phone System)

2. Each user has a laptop with a built-in video camera (think Microsoft Teams calls and meetings):

  • Whether connected to WiFi in the corporate office or WiFi in the home office, you can attend company meetings from your chosen comfort zone
  • Collaborate and co-author OneDrive or SharePoint documents in real time with team members or external guests
  • Make phone calls and meet one-on-one with colleagues

3. Security is authenticated via the web with Azure AD and the Microsoft Graph:

  • Gone are the days of a hard perimeter at the office – venture into the world and still remain connected to company data without fear of loss or intrusion

4. You have absolute ownership of your data:

  • Not even Microsoft has access unless express permission granted
  • Option to extract data and take it with you even after your contract ends
  • Always encrypted data at rest and while in motion

5. Your devices are all compliant, connected, monitored and administered with Microsoft Intune as part of Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS):

  • Intune helps you manage and secure devices, applications, and data
  • Azure AD Premium helps you provide employees with secure access and single sign-on to thousands of SaaS apps and almost all on-premises web apps
  • Azure Information Protection helps you keep email, documents, and sensitive data protected and secure anywhere, even when shared outside your organization

What you will NOT have in this perfect world:

  • Mapped Drives
  • VPN’s
  • On-premise Servers
  • Thumb Drives
  • Costly Network Upgrades
  • Unwanted Down Time

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

MICROSOFT OFFICE 365

MIGRATION. CONFIGURATION. TRAINING. SUPPORT. BACKUP. ADMINISTRATION. 

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, 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.

Certified by CompTIA in 1999 with their A+ exams and again by Microsoft in 2007 as a Small Business Specialist.

Tampa | St Petersburg | Clearwater | Sarasota | Bradenton | Remote Support

Microsoft Office 365 Tech Support & HelpDesk

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A Different Approach

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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Ease and Assurance

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.

Microsoft Office 365 Migration

 Renovation

Whether you need to start from scratch or enhance your current systems, we can work together on a plan.

Productivity

Productivity

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

Mobility

Mobility

Catering to the needs of today’s workers means business happens everywhere and anywhere. 

Analytics and Reporting

Analytics

Knowing the effect your technology investment has on your bottom line is critical to the health of your business. 

PLAN and COMMUNICATE

 

 


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.

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Resolute IT is owned and operated by Scott Abbotts


Our Story

Always on the cutting edge, we strive to bring the most productive, secure and affordable new technologies to the small business.

We’ve come from beginnings as a 1996 web designer and a 1999 support technician for the US Census.  When our Cape Cod-based company (pleasantbay.NET) launched in January 2000, the transition from offering web design services to the hands-on skills of network and computer support began an exciting and rewarding journey.

Our current hopes and goals are to help the small business rid themselves of archaic technologies, bringing cloud-based solutions to practical use.  Some technology providers are hanging onto their customers’ servers, VPN tunnels and ‘keys to the kingdom’ for dear life as these on-premise devices and legacy methods represent hourly billing to them. But we are moving to embrace the world of cloud computing by offering Microsoft Office 365 consulting, management and training. We enable team-based collaboration with Microsoft’s productivity tools — from anywhere. 

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Managed Services


..might simply mean proactive monitoring and maintenance. But it might also include a greater variety of bundled services.

In the case of Resolute IT’s offerings, most all of these bundled services are cloud-based in nature. For instance, we place a software RMM agent that runs on your local machines, but it communicates with a cloud-based server to enable automated updating and collection of system-related data (not personal data).

With OneDrive and SharePoint within Office 365, every desktop machine synchronizes with the Microsoft Cloud (data centers), while a cached copy is normally synced on the local computer – files can be designated to be synced or not, depending on storage capacity or limitations.

And while your primary data store remains inherently backed up to the Microsoft cloud data centers, another cloud-based service provides redundancy and quick recovery with convenient cloud-to-cloud backup in the case of accidental file deletion, malicious data destruction, or ransomware attacks.

The most important word here is “customized”.  No two companies are the same. We put together a unique package to meet your specific needs meeting your desired budget.

But especially as each situation is unique and deserves special attention, we generally aspire to avoid hourly rates for emergencies. We base our pricing and levels of service on proactive prevention. Compensation is part of an ongoing and mutual agreement that mandates predictable costs and predictable actions.

In general, we offer just one subscription plan that includes all services for approximately $150 per month per user.

Prior to an ongoing agreement, migration from your previous email vendor, as well as data migration from your on-premise server or cloud location, must be performed at an estimated flat fee of $200 per mailbox/user. And before that, your network’s health must be optimized, including failover internet service.

Remote HelpDesk

..includes remote-only support during specified business hours. Limits apply.

Offered to consumers and micro-businesses (less than 5 end-users).

Annual Fee: $250 per user
Biannual Fee: $150 per user

No Obligation

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