Author: J. Peter Bruzzese

Office 365 and SaaS Management Platforms (SMPs)

A 2018 market guide from Gartner I recently read had me quite curious due to the use of a new acronym in the Office 365 bolt-on marketplace.  They call these solutions SaaS Management Platforms (SMPs).  Ultimately these are management solutions for cloud services (e.g. Office 365, G Suite, etc.) that focus on six functional categories: administration, IT role-based access control, policy managemen...

Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and Office 365

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) (aka 2-step verification) can help protect Office 365 end users should your organization be targeted by cyber criminals.  But there is a caveat that IT admins should be aware of. The Background Currently Microsoft has about 160 million commercial customers on Office 365 with over a billion end users.  Talk about a target rich environment.  Every Office 365 end-use...

Avengers Endgame: Marvel’s Magnum Opus

This post will contain NO spoilers for the recently released Avengers Endgame. On Friday morning, April 26th, I got up at 6am… left my home by 6:30 am with my 11 year old son (awake, dressed and not at all grumpy about it)… drove an hour to the nearest IMAX theater… for an 8 am showing of Avengers Endgame.  And the theater was packed. As one collective mind we cheered at points&#...

Office 365: Microsoft M/CSPs taking reporting and consumption into their own hands

It’s one thing to be a reseller, get an order for Office 365, and get your customer a portal set up and their users in the cloud. It’s another thing for those users to consume whole-heartedly the new set of communication and collaboration tools now placed at their fingertips. And without consumption, the need for higher priced license types (E3 for example) become an unnecessary expense. In additi...

5 Key Office 365 Migration Reminders

Microsoft wants your migration to Office 365 to go as smoothly as possible.  They’ve spent a great deal of time working on making it a streamlined process with fewer errors to worry about.  Recently Microsoft released a new Hybrid Agent public preview that is part of the Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard and allows you to choose between an Exchange Classic Hybrid Topology and an Exchang...

Office 2019: The last of the dated Offices?

Continuing the typical cadence of Office releases, Office 2019 comes 3 years on the heels of Office 2016 (which followed from 2013, which followed from 2010, and 2007 and 2003 and so it goes). Office 2019 didn’t hit with a bang (nor a whimper) but somewhat of a ‘meh’ due in part to the fact that most of the features that would typically be viewed as “new” and “e...