VirtualWorks’ Douglas Geller Touts ViaWorks’ SharePoint Benefits

Sep 12, 2014 12:48:00 PM

VirtualWorks is a sponsor at SPTechCon 2014 in Boston, and is excited to meet with current and potential customers alike at their booth at SPTechCon.

Douglas Geller, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for VirtualWorks, spoke with TechnologyAdvice host Clark Buckner about VirtualWorks’ work, major pain points in the industry, SharePoint as he sees it now and in the future, and what’s on the horizon for VirtualWorks.

Topics: SharePoint

Top 5 Reasons to Visit the SPTechCon Boston Exhibit Hall

Sep 11, 2014 1:26:30 PM

Are you attending SPTechCon Boston? Or are you thinking about attending? Well, we have 5 reasons why you should stop by the Exhibit Hall!

Topics: SharePoint, SPTechCon announces managed SharePoint services for on-premises or hybrid customers

Sep 11, 2014 10:42:47 AM, a global SharePoint hosting provider, has added a new service to its arsenal. Keeping with their mission to add value to their customers’ SharePoint, takes a big step with their latest SharePoint solution that makes their five star customer-rated support and expertise available regardless if it is hosted in’s private cloud, left in an on-premises data center, or placed in a hybrid environment.’s “SharePoint Anywhere” showcase is headlined by a managed SharePoint on-premises solution for businesses. This service caters to organizations that currently struggle with maintaining and upgrading their environment or lack a team dedicated to the complicated platform and need a cost-effective solution for their in-house deployment.’s managed services place a full team of specialists at your disposal 24/7 to handle backups, patching, monitoring, site design and functionality, upgrades, support and more.

In the Community: A vibrant, growing market

Sep 10, 2014 11:19:00 AM

Whether SharePoint blends into Office 365, or companies stay with on-premises SharePoint Servers (Microsoft quietly has said there will be two more releases of the on-premises servers), Microsoft always leaves room for improvement. So, rest assured, the third-party add-ins and plug-ins that make your SharePoint more secure, more performant or just plain more robust will be around for a while.

Topics: SPTechCon

Microsoft starts rollout of Delve, Office Graph—first step to hybrid?

Sep 10, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Delve, a tool for helping Office 365 users find documents, meetings and more across the suite, is being rolled out to users. This could be a first step toward creating hybrid scenarios for SharePoint on-premises servers and Office 365 clouds.

Topics: Office Delve, Office Graph

Cryptzone acquires HiSoftware

Sep 9, 2014 12:34:36 PM

Cryptzone, a global provider of data security and identity and access management (IAM) solutions, has acquired HiSoftware Inc., a leading provider of governance, compliance and security solutions.  HiSoftware’s product portfolio provides a highly complementary set of solutions that will enhance Cryptzone’s already robust capabilities in securing critical data in the cloud, on mobile devices, and in customer data centers. The combined company will offer a complete suite of context-aware access control, data security and compliance solutions designed for today’s dynamic, mobile, cloud-centric enterprise IT. Cryptzone will be headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts and have a European center of excellence in engineering located in Gothenburg, Sweden, its birthplace. Combined, the companies will have more than 700 customers including large global enterprises like JPMorgan Chase, Northrup Grumman, AIG, Proctor & Gamble, State Street Trust, New York Presbyterian, ANZ Bank, and California State University, as well as some large U.S. government agencies such as the Departments of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Secretary of Defense, and Department of Treasury/IRS.

Cryptzone will look to integrate HiSoftware’s advanced suite of solutions, including its Compliance Sheriff Web, Security Sheriff and Site Sheriff products, into the company’s existing product set.  This will provide expanded and unique capabilities that will allow the company to deliver powerful security that protects enterprise information assets, corporate applications, and other network resources for customers around the globe. HiSoftware’s compliance product allows enterprises and government agencies to validate compliance of internal and external website content against predefined and user-defined policies, including HIPAA, FISMA, WCAG, US Section 508, and GLBA. The company also specializes in delivering content security and site management solutions within Microsoft SharePoint, a business collaboration platform utilized by more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500, and other unstructured collaborative environments.

Building SharePoint: No unicorns and no free lunch

Sep 9, 2014 12:31:00 PM

If you work in technology long enough, you begin to see it has trends just like any industry. Suddenly, no conversation can be had without certain buzzwords coming up. Old problems are said to disappear without any clear explanation of how they were dealt with. Enthusiastic people assure us that everything will be OK if we just follow the trend.

Topics: SharePoint planning

Microsoft releases Office Delve for Office 365 customers

Sep 8, 2014 3:54:00 PM

Topics: Office 365, Office Delve

Announcing Office 365 deployment benefits for new customers

Sep 4, 2014 10:58:00 AM

Office 365 provides the best cloud productivity experience by giving businesses new ways to help their people to collaborate, gain valuable business insights and ultimately get things done.  As a cloud based service customers can move to Office 365 faster than a traditional on-premises solution and Microsoft is focused on making that transition to the cloud as fast and seamless as possible.

Continuous improvement of the Office 365 deployment experience

Last year as part of that commitment, Microsoft introduced FastTrack which encompasses its onboarding methodology, tools, and process to streamline deployments.  FastTrack has helped thousands of customers, together with their partners, move to Office 365.  While feedback has been very positive, Microsoft is continuing to identify best practices and it believes that providing support directly from the Office 365 Service team during the critical phases of on-boarding can shorten the time for deployment. The result is the Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center.

Announcing the Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center

The Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center delivers a quick and predictable way to get started and deployed in your organization. The Onboarding Center is available to customers and their preferred partners.  This new benefit is included at no charge to all new customers purchasing 150 seats or more of a qualified license purchase. The Microsoft Office 365 Onboarding Center, included as part of the service, will support the provisioning and configuration of Office 365 workloads including Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Office 365 Pro Plus, and Yammer.  Microsoft will ensure that the Office 365 service is provisioned and ready for use in your organization.

Key features of the Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center:

  • Direct remote assistance provided by an Office 365 onboarding expert who will assist with critical onboarding activities working with customers and partners.
  • Robust suite of automated checks and configuration tools to enable tasks such as current state assessment, identity management, and domain configuration.
  • Onboarding support will be available in the following languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • Available worldwide starting September 1, 2014.

Once your organization is on-boarded, you will want to get your users up and running as quickly as possible.  Depending on the Office 365 workload, additional activities may be required such as email or document migration.  In order to help customers through this phase Microsoft has created the Office 365 Adoption Offer.

Announcing the Office 365 adoption offer, for a limited time

From September 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 this offer is available for all new Office 365 customers that buy at least 150 qualifying Office 365 SKUs during the offer time period. Through this offer, customers may opt for one of the following benefits:

Adoption activitiesdelivered by your preferred Office 365 Cloud Deployment Partner or Cloud Productivity Competency partner.

Microsoft will provide a limited set of funds for your preferred partner to assist you with driving adoption of Office 365 in your organization.  You may use these funds to have your partner deliver a variety of adoption activities in order to get your users up and running.

For Office 365 Adoption Offer eligibility details terms, and conditions please see Office 365 Adoption Offer.

Email Migration offerdelivered remotely by Microsoft.

Microsoft will work with you to remotely migrate all of your purchased mailboxes from the following source environments:

  • Exchange Server 2003 or above
  • Lotus Domino 7.0.3 or above
  • Google Gmail
  • IMAP accessible environments

The email migration offer is available to customers and partners as part of the adoption offer.  Microsoft delivers the migration service staffed by experts that will work with you to ensure that you get your users mail migrated over seamlessly.  For Email migration offer details terms, and conditions please see Email Migration offer.

Ensuring that customers realize the value of Office 365 in their organizations quickly while providing a smooth onboarding experience to their users is a top priority for the Office 365 team.  Microsoft is excited to make the Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center and the Office 365 Adoption Offer available to qualified new customers starting today.  For more details see Office 365 Deployment Center.

Topics: Office 365

Yeee-HAW!! SPTechCon moving to Austin

Sep 3, 2014 12:25:44 PM

After six successful years in San Francisco, SPTechCon: The SharePoint Technology Conference, will move to red-hot Austin, Texas, Feb. 8-11, 2015.