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DMC to Lead "Dashboard in a Day" Workshop at Microsoft
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DMC to Lead "Dashboard in a Day" Workshop at Microsoft

DMC Senior Consultant Michael Dannemiller will lead a Power BI "Dashboard in a Day" hands-on training workshop at the Microsoft Technology Center in Chicago on Tuesday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Microsoft in partnership with DMC, Inc. are pleased to offer this one-day workshop covering the capabilities of Power BI. The goal of this workshop is to help you understand how to analyze your data in a rich and compelling way.  You are enc...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft's Gold Data Analytics Competency
Rick Rietz

DMC Achieves Microsoft's Gold Data Analytics Competency

DMC is proud to announce that we have earned the Microsoft Gold certified competency for Data Analytics. This certification recognizes DMC for excellence in helping clients gain insight into their data and make predictions and recommendations through the application of Microsoft Power BI and SQL Server technologies. DMC joins an elite tier of Microsoft Partners by adding this Gold competency to our book of six Microsoft certified competencies. Through the Partner Network program, DMC has acce...

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DMC Travels to Washington and Advocates for Technology Policy Changes
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DMC Travels to Washington and Advocates for Technology Policy Changes

This Spring, I traveled to Washington DC and met with a congregation of other leaders in the technology industry at the invitation of Microsoft’s advocacy organization, Voices for Innovation. The occasion was an “advocacy blitz” that the group had planned for the following day to inform senators and representatives from all states about issues that directly affect the technology industry. I received an invitation to join the three member delegation from Illinois in DC to adv...

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DMC to Host IAMCP Chicagoland Event on April 19
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DMC to Host IAMCP Chicagoland Event on April 19

DMC Chicago will host area Microsoft Partners at the Chicagoland International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) April meeting. IAMCP members will gather at DMC on Thursday, April 19 from 3 - 5 p.m. to learn about Microsoft PowerApps and Flow.  Event Information Using Microsoft PowerApps and Flow to Quickly Address Business Process Needs Did you know non-programmers can quickly build line of business solutions to collect data, eliminate manual...

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6 Best Practices for SharePoint User Adoption
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6 Best Practices for SharePoint User Adoption

You've invested valuable time and resources into your organization's SharePoint / Office 365 solution but have you thought about user adoption? User adoption planning is critical to SharePoint implementation success. Even the most powerful and well-designed SharePoint portal will flounder if employees aren't properly introduced to this business productivity tool. Upfront planning, communication, and leadership alignment can simplify your SharePoint deployment and adoptio...

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DMC Featured as Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partner & AppSource Provider
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DMC Featured as Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partner & AppSource Provider

Following our acceptance into the Power BI Red Carpet Program in 2016, DMC has now earned membership as a Microsoft Showcase Partner, a premium partner group for Power BI. By participating in this program, DMC receives access to training opportunities that are reserved exclusively for Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partners. Program Requirements To be eligible for the Partner program, companies must be a Microsoft Partner with the Data Analytics competency, which requires that multiple indivi...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft's Silver Cloud Platform Competency
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DMC Achieves Microsoft's Silver Cloud Platform Competency

DMC has earned the Microsoft Silver competency for Cloud Platform (Azure). This certification recognizes DMC for its expertise in helping customers modernize their infrastructure and migrate applications and data to the Microsoft Azure cloud. The Cloud Platform competency is awarded to an elite tier of Microsoft Partners who demonstrate technical certification, market influence, and customer satisfaction in the delivery of Azure solutions. This certification enables DMC to receive e...

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Microsoft SharePoint Vs. Google Docs/Sites
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Microsoft SharePoint Vs. Google Docs/Sites

I recently fielded a question from a potential client who wanted to know if Microsoft SharePoint or Google Docs with Google Sites was a better fit for their organization's document management and collaboration needs. Although this question is pretty straightforward, the explanation can get a bit complicated. The short answer is Google Docs/Sites is a great tool if you do not have an enterprise collaboration platform at your disposal, and you need to to get a document sharing site up quick...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft’s Gold Cloud Productivity Competency
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DMC Achieves Microsoft’s Gold Cloud Productivity Competency

DMC recently upgraded our Silver Cloud Productivity competency to Microsoft Gold for Cloud Productivity! This certification recognizes DMC for its expertise and experience helping clients deploy Microsoft cloud and hybrid solutions. Hybrid solutions rely on a combination of cloud and existing investments in on-premises resources.  This Microsoft Gold level certification makes DMC eligible for exclusive training opportunities that further the implementat...

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