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Entries for 'Rick Rietz'

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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Office 365 Business and Technical Benefits
Rick Rietz

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 & 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
Rick Rietz

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
Rick Rietz

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)
Rick Rietz

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
Rick Rietz

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
Rick Rietz

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
Rick Rietz

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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Microsoft SharePoint Vs. Google Docs/Sites
Rick Rietz

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 straight-forward, the explanation can get a bit complicated. The short answer is Google Docs/Sites is 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 quickl...

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Save Time, Money, and Frustration with SharePoint 2010 Search
Rick Rietz

Save Time, Money, and Frustration with SharePoint 2010 Search

If your organization is like most, documents you spend hours creating will "die" on your network drive after only a short period of time - never to be heard from again. When you've finished using the document for its immediate purpose, you and everyone else typically forgets about it. Months or years later, a similar business problem arises and you recall that you solved this problem before. All the answers you need are tucked away inside that document you (or someone else) had...

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Why Choose Silverlight for Application Development
Rick Rietz

Why Choose Silverlight for Application Development

Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) To help explain why one would choose Silverlight for application development, I think it’s important to have a basic understanding of Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). Silverlight is one of a small handful of RIA software frameworks that are used to build interactive web applications for internal enterprise applications and public-facing Internet sites. Flash and Java are the other major RIA software frameworks that compete with Silverlight. RIAs share...

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SharePoint 2010 Feature Highlights
Rick Rietz

SharePoint 2010 Feature Highlights

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, DMC has access to exclusive training and online content which allows us to better serve our clients. Important Details Users Need to Know about SharePoint 2010 is a recent webcast that Microsoft is allowing DMC to share with you. This webcast session demonstrates SharePoint 2010's new features, with a focus on Sites, Communities, and Search. The webcast runs about an hour long. If you don't have the time to view the entire webcast, you can read t...

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Is 1% a Big Deal?  Do the Math…
Rick Rietz

Is 1% a Big Deal? Do the Math…

Of course the answer to this question can vary significantly, but far too often, ideas that are supposed to change things by 1% are dismissed prematurely. Why does this happen? To most people, the number 1 is a pretty small number. If you have to make an effort to change something and you expect the result of that effort to yield a 1% improvement, a common gut reaction is that it’s probably not worth the effort. For motivation, justification, and acceptance of any risk that comes along ...

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Video Blog: Planning a Successful Microsoft SharePoint Portal
Rick Rietz

Video Blog: Planning a Successful Microsoft SharePoint Portal

Beginning a Microsoft SharePoint Portal implementation is exciting, as it holds great promise to deliver value to everyone in your organization.  To make your SharePoint Portal project a success, it's important to do some up front planning. In this video blog, I describe some key factors to closely consider when planning your SharePoint Portal. Functional Planning: Features - Collaboration, Business Processes, Content Management, Search, Web 2.0, and KPIs/Dashboards Versio...

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Video Blog: Feature Comparison of SharePoint 2010, Foundation, MOSS, and WSS
Rick Rietz

Video Blog: Feature Comparison of SharePoint 2010, Foundation, MOSS, and WSS

Microsoft has just released SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint 2010.  In this video blog, I provide an introduction to Microsoft SharePoint and break down the key features and differences between the currently supported versions of SharePoint:   SharePoint 2010 SharePoint Foundation 2010 Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS 3.0)  See Related DMC SharePoint Video Blogs: Automating a SharePoint Dashboar...

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Video Blog: Automating a SharePoint Dashboard is Essential
Rick Rietz

Video Blog: Automating a SharePoint Dashboard is Essential

Instead of writing a traditional web blog, I decided to break from tradition a bit and author a video blog instead this time! Nearly all SharePoint projects I work on include a SharePoint Dashboard component that automates the aggregation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). In this video blog, I highlight the key benefits that automating the aggregation of data via a SharePoint Dashboard have over manual KPI reporting. To have a successful SharePoint Dashboard, it is essential that senio...

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