BizTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Business https://biztechmagazine.com/rss.xml en How to Add a Custom Domain to Office 365 https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/how-add-custom-domain-office-365 <span>How to Add a Custom Domain to Office 365</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/kearadowdbclp" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keara.dowd_bClp</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:06</span> <div><p>Office 365 allows businesses to add custom domains to their tenants, providing a personalized experience for their users and brand. Using a domain that a business’s partners and clients will trust over the default provided by <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> builds credibility. In fact, <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft/office365.html" target="_blank">Office 365</a> allows users to add up to 900 domains, offering plenty of flexibility. Here’s how to do it.</p> <h2>1. Enter the Domain Name</h2> <p>Sign in to the Office 365 admin portal. Navigate to <strong>Setup</strong> and <strong>Domains</strong>, then click <strong>Add domain</strong>. In the <strong>Enter a domain you own</strong> field, add the custom domain that the business controls and wants to use for its Office 365 tenant. Click <strong>Next</strong> and move on to the next steps of verifying domain ownership.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/adam-bertram" hreflang="en">Adam Bertram</a></div> </div> Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:06:54 +0000 keara.dowd_bClp 45036 at https://biztechmagazine.com Artificial Intelligence Systems Are Catching Feelings https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/artificial-intelligence-systems-are-catching-feelings <span>Artificial Intelligence Systems Are Catching Feelings</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/kearadowdbclp" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keara.dowd_bClp</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/12/2019 - 13:02</span> <div><p>Artificial intelligence continues to evolve, changing the way people work and, increasingly, the way customers interact with businesses. Key to expanding AI is teaching these systems to recognize and respond to emotional nuances that are fundamental to communication.</p> <p>Emotion AI, also known as affective computing, enables systems to detect, analyze, <strong>process and respond to emotional cues and moods</strong> — including love, fear, anger and shame.</p> <p>“By 2022, your personal device will know more about your emotional state than your own family,” says Annette Zimmermann, research vice president at Gartner, <a href="https://www.gartner.com/smarterwithgartner/emotion-ai-will-personalize-interactions/" target="_blank">in a blog post</a>.</p> <p>That shift will have big implications, says Hayley Sutherland, a senior research analyst for AI software platforms at <a href="https://www.idc.com/" target="_blank">IDC</a>.</p> <p>Consider that <strong>by 2024, AI-enabled human-computer interfaces will replace </strong>an estimated one-third of screen-based business-to-business and business-to-consumer applications.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/author/erin-cunningham" hreflang="en">Erin Cunningham</a></div> </div> Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:02:30 +0000 keara.dowd_bClp 45031 at https://biztechmagazine.com Microsoft Ignite 2019: 5 Things to Takeaway This Year https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/microsoft-ignite-2019-5-things-takeaway-year <span>Microsoft Ignite 2019: 5 Things to Takeaway This Year</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/kearadowdbclp" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keara.dowd_bClp</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/11/2019 - 15:02</span> <div><p><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/microsoft-ignite-2019" target="_blank">Microsoft Ignite 2019</a> is in the books as tens of thousands of IT professionals go back to their organizations to share the latest in trends and services. There were big announcements and in-depth conversations about how new technology can <strong>streamline businesses practices, raise the bottom line, and protect organizational data</strong>. Here are the big takeaways from this year’s conference. </p> <h2>1. All Eyes Continue to Be on the Cloud</h2> <p>With an overwhelming <a href="https://www.rightscale.com/lp/state-of-the-cloud" target="_blank">96 percent of organizations</a> now using the cloud in one way or another, it’s no surprise that the biggest announcements of the week were centered around Azure. <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> announced hybrid platform <a href="https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&amp;ai=DChcSEwjW8c-MlODlAhUOYoYKHdt8CU8YABAAGgJ2dQ&amp;sig=AOD64_1b87ajNBkyJP6iTD1DzctgTFE68Q&amp;q=&amp;ved=2ahUKEwjzlsiMlODlAhXSqlkKHW2VBtoQ0Qx6BAgMEAE&amp;adurl=" target="_blank">Azure</a> Arc, which is designed to <strong>connect on-premises and cloud capabilities</strong> within any existing infrastructure to be managed in one space.</p> <p>The announcement came alongside a new rollout of Azure Stack Edge, which included mobile ruggedized versions that could be taken to disaster zones and other hard-to-reach places where needed. The announcements reflected enhanced efforts to expand where cloud can be used while simplifying how it’s used. <strong>Expansion and simplification</strong> were driving forces behind many of the conference’s sessions and demonstrations.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/taxonomy/term/12391" hreflang="en">Keara Dowd</a></div> </div> Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:02:15 +0000 keara.dowd_bClp 45026 at https://biztechmagazine.com Microsoft Ignite 2019: Using VMware as a Service on Azure https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/microsoft-ignite-2019-using-vmware-service-azure <span>Microsoft Ignite 2019: Using VMware as a Service on Azure</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/kearadowdbclp" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keara.dowd_bClp</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/06/2019 - 14:39</span> <div><p>When businesses are deciding whether to migrate to the cloud, they’re often facing similar concerns: what to move, when to move it and where to move it. It can be costly and time-consuming for organizations to move all of their data and applications from legacy systems into the public cloud.</p> <p>To help ease that transition for customers, <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> has launched a new product with <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/vmware.html" target="_blank">VMware</a> to make the shift quick and simple: Azure VMware Solutions.</p> <p>“<strong>90 percent of [VMware’s] customers</strong> say they want to move to the cloud,” said Eric Lockard, corporate vice president for Azure Dedicated, Wednesday at <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/microsoft-ignite-2019">Microsoft Ignite</a>. “But they want to keep at least some of their applications within the VMware environment.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/taxonomy/term/12391" hreflang="en">Keara Dowd</a></div> </div> Wed, 06 Nov 2019 19:39:28 +0000 keara.dowd_bClp 45021 at https://biztechmagazine.com Microsoft Ignite 2019: How to Curb Ethics Concerns Around AI and Machine Learning https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/microsoft-ignite-2019-how-curb-ethics-concerns-around-ai-and-machine-learning <span>Microsoft Ignite 2019: How to Curb Ethics Concerns Around AI and Machine Learning</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/kearadowdbclp" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keara.dowd_bClp</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/06/2019 - 10:33</span> <div><p>Organizations around the world are using artificial intelligence to become more efficient, more secure, and achieve their businesses goals. But as it’s used more, the many are still worried that it’s being used irresponsibly.</p> <p>Sarah Bird, an artificial intelligence researcher at <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>, said that the immense capabilities of the technology do force those building it to <strong>consider how it could be used</strong>.</p> <p>“This raises a host of questions about what kind of impact you want to have,” Bird said during a session on ethical AI at <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/microsoft-ignite-2019" target="_blank">Microsoft Ignite</a>.</p> <p>It’s a sentiment that’s carried across industries. Bird cited a recent survey which found that <strong>nine out of 10 organizations worldwide were struggling with ethical questions</strong> around using AI. And while many may think of AI ethics as surrounding far away problems like killer robots, that’s not the greatest concern.</p> <p>“When we’re talking about responsible AI, we’re talking about the problems that people have right now,” Bird said, such as fairness, appropriateness, and authenticity. All three must be considered when building the technology.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/taxonomy/term/12391" hreflang="en">Keara Dowd</a></div> </div> Wed, 06 Nov 2019 15:33:32 +0000 keara.dowd_bClp 45016 at https://biztechmagazine.com Microsoft Ignite 2019: How CISOs Should Simplify Security While Protecting Organizations https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/microsoft-ignite-2019-how-cisos-should-simplify-security-while-protecting-organizations <span>Microsoft Ignite 2019: How CISOs Should Simplify Security While Protecting Organizations</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/kearadowdbclp" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keara.dowd_bClp</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/05/2019 - 13:59</span> <div><p>Is it better to have a few people understand the entirety of security, or have everyone understand a small portion of it?</p> <p>That’s the question <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> CISO Bret Arsenault’s wife posed to him one day when he was struggling to simplify complex security issues and solutions for the company.</p> <p>“She said, ‘Do you want 10 percent of the people to understand 100 percent of your job, or do you want 100 percent of the people to understand 10 percent of your job?’ and she was right,” Arsenault said at a session at <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite" target="_blank">Microsoft Ignite</a> about the role of the CISO. “It’s better to have <strong>100 percent of the people understand the most critical 10 percent</strong> of the things we have to go get done.” </p> <p>Arsenault said that at the end of the day, it’s his job to make sure that everyone — not just security employees — cares about security. The success of a company’s protection plan depends on it.</p> <h2>Three Main Factors in Protecting Information</h2> <p>Arsenault said that protecting information depends on three major factors: <strong>identity management, data and telemetry, and device health</strong>. Employees are involved in all three.</p> <p>Whether the CISO reports to the CEO, or the two operate as peers, doesn’t really matter. “At the end of the day,” Arsenault said, “the user is in charge.”</p> <p>So when he became CISO 10 years ago, Arsenault invested heavily in data and telemetry to collect information on user habits to help build security solutions that would also work with user experience. It’s led to several changes, including a <strong>movement toward eliminating passwords</strong>, which the company is in the process of doing right now.</p> <p>To ensure that devices are healthy, Microsoft also changed the way employees can use outside devices to access the network and made them managed devices — crucial for protecting against threats while operating in a world that’s growing more connected by the minute, Arsenault said. He cited a growing number of recent attacks that were “supereffective in using [the <a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/networking/internet-things">Internet of Things</a>]’ and then pivoting from IoT to something else.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/taxonomy/term/12391" hreflang="en">Keara Dowd</a></div> </div> Tue, 05 Nov 2019 18:59:00 +0000 keara.dowd_bClp 45011 at https://biztechmagazine.com Microsoft Ignite 2019: Cybersecurity Needs a 3-Pronged Approach https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/microsoft-ignite-2019-cybersecurity-needs-3-pronged-approach <span>Microsoft Ignite 2019: Cybersecurity Needs a 3-Pronged Approach </span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/kearadowdbclp" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keara.dowd_bClp</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/04/2019 - 18:53</span> <div><p>As the amount of data that organizations have continues to grow, it leads to a growing problem: Protecting it all. </p> <p>According to a report from <a href="https://www.forgerock.com/resources/view/92170441/industry-brief/us-consumer-data-breach-report.pdf" target="_blank">ForgeRock</a>, data breaches <strong>cost U.S. businesses $654 million</strong> last year, and that number is expected to grow in 2019. In the face of these potentially devastating consequences, <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> Corporate Vice President Ann Johnson said Monday that only <strong>42 percent of CEOs </strong>feel sure they could keep their businesses running after a cyberattack.</p> <p>Johnson was part of a panel of executives speaking at a technical keynote on security at the <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite" target="_blank">Microsoft Ignite</a> conference. She and others named three pillars they said are key to staying protected.</p> <h2>Ensure Employees Are Keeping Their Identities Secure</h2> <p>Johnson says that, despite warnings, most data breaches she sees involve poor password security practices.</p> <p>“We get a lot of, ‘Oh, someone didn’t follow the encryption policy,’ or, ‘We have too much privilege for certain roles,’ or ‘We’re not using multifactor authentication,’” Johnson said.</p> <p>“Identity is at the center of security,” said Kim Kischel, senior product marketing manager for cloud security at Microsoft. She says that one way to protect those passwords is using a single sign-on solution, like <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/microsoft-azure-active-directory-premium-subscription-license-1-year/3633919" target="_blank">Azure AD</a>, because it <strong>takes the burden of memory off the employee</strong>.</p> <p>“Single sign-on improves productivity and security because it reduces the need for end users to remember passwords,” Kischel said.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/taxonomy/term/12391" hreflang="en">Keara Dowd</a></div> </div> Mon, 04 Nov 2019 23:53:48 +0000 keara.dowd_bClp 45006 at https://biztechmagazine.com Micosoft Ignite 2019: Data Is In the Spotlight with Azure Arc, Synapse Analytics and More https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/micosoft-ignite-2019-data-spotlight-azure-arc-synapse-analytics-and-more <span>Micosoft Ignite 2019: Data Is In the Spotlight with Azure Arc, Synapse Analytics and More</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/kearadowdbclp" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keara.dowd_bClp</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/04/2019 - 14:19</span> <div><p>Azure was center stage on the first day of the <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite" target="_blank">Microsoft Ignite</a> conference as CEO Satya Nadella announced new services in data storage, analytics, and artificial intelligence. </p> <p>In a vision keynote address that started with a chuckle-filled Stranger Things<span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">–</span></span>themed video and ended with a Minecraft demonstration, Nadella rolled out several new features and services, most of which are powered by Azure.</p> <h2>Hybrid Computing Gets a New Look with Azure Arc</h2> <p><a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/azure-arc/" target="_blank">Azure Arc</a> is <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft.html" target="_blank">Microsoft’s</a> latest solution for multi-cloud computing. Users are able to control data centers at multiple locations, both virtual and physical, <strong>all from one interface</strong>. Arc can enable Azure services and security capabilities anywhere, including on-premises data centers. It also extends Azure management to any infrastructure.</p> <p>“Azure Arc really marks the beginning of this new era of hybrid computing, where there is a control plane built for multicloud and multiedge,” said Nadella. What most organizations may find most helpful is that Arc also works with Amazon Web Services, so they can take advantage of the solution without migrating services. <strong>Data can be moved or duplicated</strong>, either to a different location or to the cloud, with a mere click-and-drag of the mouse.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/taxonomy/term/12391" hreflang="en">Keara Dowd</a></div> </div> Mon, 04 Nov 2019 19:19:09 +0000 keara.dowd_bClp 45001 at https://biztechmagazine.com Why Now is the Time to Consider DRaaS for Your Small Business https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/why-now-time-consider-draas-your-small-business <span>Why Now is the Time to Consider DRaaS for Your Small Business</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/bobkeaveneyu64t" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Bob.Keaveney_u64t</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/04/2019 - 11:15</span> <div><p>Being cut off from its critical data for an extended period is every business’s worst nightmare. A crisis can be triggered by something as malicious as a ransomware attack, as innocent as human error or as uncontrollable as the weather. But regardless of the reason, the result can be potentially devastating.</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.vertiv.com/globalassets/documents/reports/2016-cost-of-data-center-outages-11-11_51190_1.pdf" target="_blank">report on a study by the Ponemon Institute</a> shows that <strong>organizations lose an average of $8,850 for every minute of unplanned downtime</strong>, and those kinds of losses can be particularly crippling to small businesses. According to the Federal Emergency Management Administration, about 40 percent of small businesses affected by natural disasters never reopen, <a href="https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1441212988001-1aa7fa978c5f999ed088dcaa815cb8cd/3a_BusinessInfographic-1.pdf" target="_blank">while 90 percent of them fail within a year</a> if they’re not able to resume operations within five days.</p> <p>That’s why it’s <strong>critical for every organization to have a strategy for disaster recovery</strong>. And more small businesses are turning to a growing option: Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).</p> <p><em><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/06/how-your-small-business-can-create-best-disaster-recovery-plan-possible" target="_blank"><strong>LEARN MORE: </strong>Businesses that plan for disasters are more likely to recover from them. Find out what should be in your DR plan.</a></em></p> <h2>More Than Backup: What Is DRaaS?</h2> <p>Most businesses are familiar with data backup — storing replicas of files and programs either in the cloud or on a remote server. DRaaS is different; it maintains a cloud-based replica of an organization’s entire IT environment, which can be used in the event of a primary systems crash.</p> <p><strong>DRaaS supports that replica and its processes, allowing the business to maintain normal operations</strong> on the replica system while IT works to recover backup programs and files. The failover can be automated,  <a href="https://blog.cdw.com/data-center/mastering-disaster-draas" target="_blank">like with Azure Site Recovery from Microsoft</a>, triggering the switch when a certain event occurs, or it can be set to activate only at the organization’s request.</p> <p>Getting <strong>disaster recovery on an as-a-service basis can be especially valuable for small businesses</strong> that may have limited IT resources. The benefits of a disaster recovery plan are available for a monthly fee, while installing the infrastructure behind a recovery plan can be costly. With a DRaaS, IT resources can all go to recovering the system while the DRaaS provider handles the processing of the organization’s day-to-day operations.</p> <p><em><a href="https://biztechmagazine.com/article/2018/11/once-novel-now-ubiquitous-evolution-everything-service" target="_blank"><strong>MORE FROM BIZTECH: </strong>Check out how the XaaS movement could help businesses strategize, cut costs and improve security.</a> </em></p> <h2>What should a business look for in a DRaaS provider?</h2> <p>The DRaaS market has been growing rapidly. Industry leaders like <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/microsoft/microsoftazure.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-azure-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>, <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=IBM%20disaster%20recovery&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">IBM</a>, and <a href="https://www.cdw.com/search/?key=vmware%20disaster%20recovery&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">VMware</a> all have cloud-based disaster recovery solutions available, and it can be hard to know what to look for when shopping around.</p> <p>To find the right service provider, there are some questions a business should ask itself. First, how up to date does your data need to be, and how long can you be without it? The <strong>recovery time objective and recovery point objective must be clear in the service-level agreement </strong>to ensure your business is getting the coverage it needs. IBM’s service, for example, includes continuous updates, allowing for quick recovery times that are verifiable within the service.</p> <p>Second, will enough resources be available? You’ll want to <strong>make sure that there is enough bandwidth to run programs after the failover</strong> and to hold up when your systems are facing the most use. VMware’s service, for example, can easily accommodate growth, so as small businesses expand, their service expands with them.</p> <p>Third, how will you know it will work? Testing the service will be key, so <strong>making sure the provider offers automated tests is important</strong>. Microsoft Azure Site Recovery includes options for drills, as well as the option to actually perform the failover in a controlled environment. It’s crucial to know that operations will be able to resume promptly.</p> <p>Whether at the hands of a malicious actor or due to an honest mistake, system downtime can deal a major blow to a business’s bottom line, and small businesses don’t always have the IT resources to recover on their own. DRaaS solutions can give your organization the support it needs to stay afloat during a crisis.</p> <p><a data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" href="https://biztechmagazine.com/agility"><img alt="Agility_Logo_sized.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://biztechmagazine.com/sites/biztechmagazine.com/files/Agility_Logo_sized.jpg" /></a></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"><a href="/taxonomy/term/12406" hreflang="en">John Landvick</a></div> </div> Mon, 04 Nov 2019 16:15:07 +0000 Bob.Keaveney_u64t 44996 at https://biztechmagazine.com Microsoft Ignite 2019 https://biztechmagazine.com/ad/microsoft-ignite-2019-0 <span>Microsoft Ignite 2019</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/kearadowdbclp" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">keara.dowd_bClp</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:23</span> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://biztechmagazine.com/ad/microsoft-ignite-2019-0" data-title="Microsoft Ignite 2019" data-via="BizTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Nov</span> <span>01</span> <span>2019</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's vertical template --> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-counter="true" data-url="https://biztechmagazine.com/ad/microsoft-ignite-2019-0" data-title="Microsoft Ignite 2019" data-via="BizTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fbiztechmagazine.com%2Frss.xml%3Fc%3D67" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <!-- Pinterest button is in EdTechk12 theme's horizontal template --> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://biztechmagazine.com/ad/microsoft-ignite-2019-0" data-title="Microsoft Ignite 2019" data-via="BizTechMagazine" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> Fri, 01 Nov 2019 14:23:33 +0000 keara.dowd_bClp 44991 at https://biztechmagazine.com