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DMC's Power BI, Azure, and Azure IoT Event
Rick Rietz

DMC's Power BI, Azure, and Azure IoT Event

This May, DMC Chicago hosted a Power BI, Azure and Azure IoT event that included a hands-on BI workshop and IoT demonstration.  Despite the rainy weather, we still had a full room of 25 people and the event proved to be very successful! Everyone in attendence was brought up to speed on Microsoft's Power BI, Azure, and Azure IoT platforms and how to take advantage of these offerings in order to improve business operations. The event included a live demonstration of how to se...

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Attend DMC's Power BI, Azure, and Azure IoT Event
Rick Rietz

Attend DMC's Power BI, Azure, and Azure IoT Event

DMC is hosting a Power BI, Azure, and Azure IoT event that includes a hands-on BI workshop and IoT demonstration on Tuesday, May 10th (8:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m. CDT) at DMC Chicago (2222 N. Elston Ave., Ste. 200). Participants will learn how to take advantage of these offerings to improve business operations. Event Overview This event is ideal for business, engineering and IT leaders. You will walk away with a practical understanding of how these technologies work and...

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DMC Selected to Join Microsoft’s Azure IoT Red Carpet Program
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DMC Selected to Join Microsoft’s Azure IoT Red Carpet Program

DMC is proud to join Microsoft’s new Azure IoT Red Carpet Program. Partners are individually selected by Microsoft and invited to join the program based on their expertise and proven success in implementing IoT solutions.  By joining, DMC will be listed in Microsoft’s IoT Partner Directory, and gains access to exclusive resources including engineering, marketing, and sales support. This also includes access to a private network of IoT partners to share insight as the Internet...

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Windows 10 Special Event with IAMCP and DMC
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Windows 10 Special Event with IAMCP and DMC

DMC recently hosted a special IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners) event at our Chicago office where we hosted approximately 40 Microsoft Partners. The keynote was presented by Microsoft Windows 10 executives from Redmond, including Nic Fillingham (Worldwide Windows Team – Sr. Partner Marketing Manager), Jenn Pettit (US SMB Windows Team - Sr. Audience Marketing Manager) and Annie Jonas (US Windows Team - Product Marketing Manager). We&nbs...

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DMC to Present at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference
Rick Rietz

DMC to Present at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

DMC is excited to present at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). The annual event for the Microsoft partner community will be held in Orlando this year on July 12-16. Last year, there were over 16,000 attendees from more than 140 countries. The WPC is a wonderful opportunity to connect with peer Microsoft partners across the U.S. and the rest of the globe to share industry innovations. The extensive programming schedule offers a great deal of technical and business insight,...

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What’s the Difference Between Standard Cloud Support and Signature Cloud Support?
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What’s the Difference Between Standard Cloud Support and Signature Cloud Support?

Standard Cloud Support is pretty intuitive: you receive the standard support from Microsoft for issues you encounter with Office 365. What is Signature Cloud Support though, and why should you care about it? Signature Cloud Support offers more timely and thorough technical support to primary Cloud partners and those partners’ clients. Among the numerous benefits available, Signature Cloud Support members experience specialized support from exclusive technicians with a high level of know...

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Avoid Buyer’s Remorse by Choosing Office 365
Rick Rietz

Avoid Buyer’s Remorse by Choosing Office 365

If you had to describe Office 365 in one word, what would it be? Awesome? Confusing? For me the answer would be: Simple. Simple to use, simple to administer, and simple to purchase.  We live in a fast paced society, which unfortunately has caused most of us, including myself, to become impatient. In fact, I’m currently asking myself if I lost my audience due to this long introduction, but my point is coming, I promise.  This impatience has led us to make quick decisions, ma...

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How to Prepare for Life After Windows Server 2003 R2
Rick Rietz

How to Prepare for Life After Windows Server 2003 R2

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, I frequently attend partner events, both online and in-person. One thing I can guarantee prior to attending, is that at some point Windows Server 2003 going End of Life will be discussed. While it is old news to me and many others, somehow there are still eight million instances of the Operating System running in North America. While July 14, 2015 feels like a long way away, especially for a Chicagoan standing on the precipice of winter, Microsoft customers need to d...

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Office 365 Business and Technical Benefits
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Office 365 Business and Technical Benefits

Microsoft continues to deliver enhancements and improvements to its Office 365 cloud offerings. With a brand new suite of Office 365 plans going live on October 1, 2014, I thought it might be helpful to share an updated list of business and technical benefits.  Below I have shared my thoughts on what I consider the most compelling features and benefits of Office 365. There are a lot more features and benefits than I have listed here, so you shouldn't consider my lists exhaustive...

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Office 365 Small and Midsize Bundles Get a Makeover
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Office 365 Small and Midsize Bundles Get a Makeover

As Microsoft Office 365 users know, one of the many benefits of being in the cloud is always having the latest and greatest versions of software. In addition to having the most up to date functionality, on October 1, 2014 Microsoft Office 365 customers will see new product bundles and pricing improvements aimed at small and medium sized businesses (1-300 users). The Enterprise plans will remain unchanged. What Benefits and Features come with these updates? Increased Flexibility: Custome...

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Office 365 & Sharepoint Custom Packaged Solutions
Rick Rietz

Office 365 & Sharepoint Custom Packaged Solutions

David and I spent the DMC Fed Ex Day putting together information that describes a dozen packaged solutions that DMC has developed for SharePoint and Office 365. For each solution, we authored a description of the solution along with a list of features and a list of benefits. We also developed a pricing model for each packaged solution.   Below is a sneak preview of the packaged solutions our team has developed. Fault Tracking and Reporting IT Help Desk Tracking Maintenanc...

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Getting Started with Microsoft Office 365 Video Series
Rick Rietz

Getting Started with Microsoft Office 365 Video Series

Have you considered moving some of your business systems into the cloud? This year our Microsoft Consulting Services practice has seen a significant increase in Office 365 projects. A move from on-premise Exchange to Exchange Online or choosing one of the Office 365 bundled cloud offerings is especially compelling for small and medium size businesses. To help you better understand Microsoft's cloud offerings and decide if a move to the cloud is right for your business, DMC has created a v...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner Status
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DMC Achieves Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner Status

I am very excited to announce that DMC has achieved Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner status, a distinction shared with only one percent of Microsoft partners worldwide.  The Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner Program is designed to recognize and reward high performing partners that have a proven track record of delivering Microsoft cloud solutions to their customers. DMC’s cloud services focus on Office 365, which includes SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, CRM Online,...

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Office 365 Event:  Your Complete Office in the Cloud
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Office 365 Event: Your Complete Office in the Cloud

If you missed this event, DMC has created an Office 365 Video Series that explains some of the benefits & drawbacks and allows you to see Office 365 in action.  DMC will be hosting complimentary breakfast events on June 18 and June 19 for organizations interested in taking advantage of Microsoft's Office 365 cloud offerings.   Is your business facing any of these scenarios?   1.  Growing in size and looking for technology to help meet your bus...

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A Simple Guide to Microsoft's New Office 365 Plan Options
Rick Rietz

A Simple Guide to Microsoft's New Office 365 Plan Options

Microsoft's "New Office 365" plan lineup for 2013 is pretty extensive, providing customers with many choices to consider. Since you cannot change plan families (more on this later), it is critical to be aware of a few subtle, but key details that differentiate the new plans from one another. If you are unsure if moving to the Office 365 cloud is a good move for your organization, here are a few scenarios that often drive businesses to move to the Office ...

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To Save or not to Save? (to SharePoint)
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To Save or not to Save? (to SharePoint)

I recently fielded a question from a client who wanted to know when it was appropriate to save a file to SharePoint instead of saving the file to the network shared drive.  I was happy to hear that the alternative to saving to SharePoint being considered was a network shared drive and not a personal hard drive  Why, you might ask: You can't index and search for a document on a personal hard drive Others won't know the file even exists unless you tell them No one ...

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DMC to Lead Roundtables at SharePoint Share-A-Pint
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DMC to Lead Roundtables at SharePoint Share-A-Pint

Join DMC at the Chicago SharePoint "Share-A-Pint" on June 13th at 5:30pm, featuring discussions led by DMC's Anjali Bharadwa and Jack Cosgrove. "Share-A-Pint" is an informal monthly event aimed at knowledge sharing and networking between SharePoint professionals. Event Topics: DMC Senior Consultant, Anjali Bharadwa, will lead an administrator roundtable entitled "SharePoint Designer Workflows". DMC Application Developer, Jack Cosgrove, will&...

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So that's why businesses implement Microsoft SharePoint...
Rick Rietz

So that's why businesses implement Microsoft SharePoint...

I meet with a handful of business leaders every week, and I regularly get asked the question “What is SharePoint?”  Most people, especially busy executives, don’t have 60 minutes to hear a presentation and demonstration about SharePoint.  So here’s how the conversation usually goes: Busy Business Executive:  What is SharePoint? Me:  “SharePoint is an Enterprise Collaboration Portal” Busy Business Executive:  So, what does t...

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Microsoft Releases SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1
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Microsoft Releases SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1

Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for Office 2010, Project Server 2010, Fast Search, SharePoint 2010 Server, SharePoint 2010 Foundation, and SharePoint Designer 2010. In order to ensure the continued stability of your SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Foundation platforms, I highly recommend that your organizatioin take the time to install Service Pack 1. Below is a summary of a few of the key SharePoint fixes and enhancements: A large number of fixes have been made to address compatib...

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DMC Featured as Guest Speaker at MANA Workshop
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DMC Featured as Guest Speaker at MANA Workshop

Paul Pease and Peter Zafiro of The Pease Group recently invited DMC to speak at the Manufacturers’ Agents National Association's (MANA) "Successful Rep Channel Management" workshop on March 11th. It was a great opportunity to demonstrate how SharePoint can be used as an extranet to support sales activities. Business Owners and Sales Managers often struggle to communicate in a timely and effective way with their independent channel reps. My goal as guest speaker was to exp...

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