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Total Cloud IT: Security, Compliance & Data Governance

Six months ago, SoftwareMedia engaged a team of experts to create and launch a truly transformative services organization specifically built to address the evolving needs of the business landscape, and its’ insatiable appetite for the cloud. Total Cloud IT was launched in June, and even though the organization is new, the executives are seasoned industry leaders who have faced these challenges before, modeling enterprise capabilities and services and making them adoptableto the SMB marketplace, with ease and cost effectiveness.

Get started with Microsoft Teams quick start

This quick start guide is full of information to help you make the most of Microsoft Teams. With this tool, your employees have a shared workspace for conversations, files, and meetings. Everyone can be more engaged and effective, even when working remotely. Review this guide to access actionable tips for better connection, collaboration, and productivity. View: Get started with Microsoft Teams quick start

Run effective meetings with Microsoft Teams

This video is a virtual class on running meetings with Microsoft Teams, led by a Microsoft training specialist. In this class, you'll learn how to schedule and manage Teams meetings end-to-end. You'll see how to access meetings and content easily and assess which devices will work best. The video also covers how to use Teams before, during, and after your meeting to create the best experience for your remote team.

The Network in 2020: Faster, Closer, Smarter

It's no secret that more people, more than ever, are more digitally connected. The underlying network needed to support this connectivity must be faster, closer, and smarter, according to Forbes contributor Steve Alexander. "On-demand content, bandwidth-hungry mobile apps, IoT devices, and new cloud-based applications are driving the need for more bandwidth and network capacity," Alexander writes. He reminds us that "fast ethernet" used to be the descriptive phrase for the network edge, and that over time we have quickly increased connectivity times—because users' needs demand it. This is no exception. "Since its inception, the internet has a been a catalyst for service providers to facilitate faster connectivity, an imperative that will increase over time," states Alexander. Read the entire article, "The Network in 2020: Faster, Closer, Smarter" for valuable insight on why network requirements will continue to align with the n…

Unblocking Teamwork: four tools and strategies to improve collaboration

This Microsoft eBook goes into detail about key tools and strategies to help customers overcome blockers and improve collaboration using Microsoft Teams. These tips can easily be adapted and applied to remote work. Suggestions include streamlining tools and apps, making virtual meetings more efficient, and improving version control. View: Unblocking Teamwork: four tools and strategies to improve collaboration

MS Azure IaaS TEI Infographic

Curious about the ROI of Microsoft Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)? Have a look at this infographic that shows Forrester's conclusions after six customer interviews and data aggregation for a five-year financial impact. Businesses experienced reduced data center and outsourcing costs, website scale and performance improvements, ease of experimentation through virtualized environments, and developer and testers enhancements. Want to learn more about the potential ROI that could be realized by shifting some or all of your management and operations to Azure? Contact us today. View: MS Azure IaaS TEI Infographic

Introducing Microsoft Teams: empowering remote work

This flyer highlights some of the key features in Microsoft Teams that allow customers to stay connected, collaborate, and increase productivity—all in one place. The flyer also offers ideas on how customers can use Teams to make remote work more efficient and even fun. View: Introducing Microsoft Teams: empowering remote work

9 ways to make working from home more joyful - The Aesthetics of Joy

This article offers nine ways to create a workspace and routine to make working from home a more joyful, sustainable experience. Suggestions range from self-care to workspace set up to breaks. Read the article for all the ideas. Read More...

It's 2020. Do You Know Where Your Digital Future Is?

In most of our homes, we utilize and depend on the cloud in multiple ways every single day—think online banking and shopping, social media, email and doorbell video cameras. "It might be the first time in history that our habits at home have outpaced how we function at work," writes Tyler Bowman in his Forbes article, "It's 2020. Do You Know Where Your Digital Future Is?" Bowman addresses three main lingering concerns in the corporate world, including generational divide. "Millennials are driving a market disruption that many CEOs are grappling to embrace," Bowman adds, however, that this difference does not need to result in irreconcilable work practices and values. His suggestions for embracing the disruption support his main point, which is it's just a matter of time before our cloud utilization at work catches up to our already existing cloud dependency at home. Read this article for interesting perspective on the corporate cloud in 2020…

SQL Server and Azure SQL Database GDPR Guidance Paper

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation in European law on data protection and privacy in the European Union and the European Economic Area. It also addresses the transfer of personal data outside of these areas. To meet General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements, Microsoft has implemented technical (tooling) and organizational measures (processes) to ensure that data processing is in accordance with GDPR privacy regulations. The actual path will be different for every organization, but general resources are available in a Service Trust Portal that Microsoft has created for customers to get started. This white paper provides a good overview of GDPR and includes many links to sites with more specific information for associated topics. Contact us if you have questions! View: SQL Server and Azure SQL Database GDPR Guidance Paper

J. Walter Thompson breaks new ground with Microsoft collaboration tools

This video shows how a global leader in marketing communications uses Microsoft Teams to increase collaboration across their entire organization. Teams helps them create a global, modern workplace so the company can innovate at the speed of culture. With this tool, they can stay connected and easily collaborate across different geographies.

SoftwareMedia Launches New Cloud Services Organization!

Salt Lake City, Utah - June 1st, 2020Today, SoftwareMedia proudly announces the launch of a sister company, Total Cloud IT, a cloud focused services organization assisting companies by delivering cloud and platform services. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Total Cloud IT has a national presence covering the majority of the continental US including Alaska. Throughout the last 20+ years, SoftwareMedia has seen a great need to deliver business outcomes-based services to its extensive client base. “The way work is being completed today is significantly different than it was two decades ago”, comments Adam Childers, CEO, SoftwareMedia. “We have been seeing a great need from our clients to better understand how to best use the technology they have invested in”. Investing in the resources needed to build Total Cloud IT seemed like the right decision to fill that gap, Adam mentioned. Total Cloud IT is a company built in the modern cloud-based business environment.  Built predominantly to con…

Digital Transformation in the Oil & Gas Industry: Collect and Monitor Sensor Data

At oil and gas facilities, data from sensors and cameras must be collected, analyzed and visualized economically in order to keep operations running smoothly. Watch this Lizo video to see how the Power BI application allows remote decision-making—significantly reducing overhead cost and achieving operational efficiency.