Thursday, December 31, 2015

My top 10 must read business books

This is always a work in progress but I’ll start by listing out my current top 10 business books and then if this changes over time I’ll republish them. I do read a lot of books and it takes something pretty special to break into this top 10 so I can’t see it changing that much. However, I certainly recommend each and every one of these books as an absolute must read for anyone and especially anyone running a business.

You can follow all the books I read and want to read over at Goodreads where I have an account. You can also view my activity via:

https://www.goodreads.com/director_cia

or just follow me on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/ciaops

Here’s my current top 10 in order:

1. The Art of War – Sun Tzu

The all time classic on strategy. As relevant today as it ever was. A very short read but very deep.

2. The Millionaire Fastlane – M.J. DeMarco

I love the brutal honesty of this book. It doesn’t mince words about what it takes to shift from a pay check to actually living the life you want.

3. The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

The world is all about not what you know but who you know. This book explains exactly how this works and how to use it to your advantage.

4. The Four Hour Work Week - Tim Ferriss

Many people believe this book is about shirking responsibility. It is in fact a blueprint for how to free up your time to do things you want and enjoy. It will challenge the way you look at your career.

5. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth - T. Harv Eker

Successful are defined by a different mindset. This mindset can be learned. It can be trained. This is a great book to show you how to do just that.

6. Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even If You Hate Marketing and Selling - Michael Port, Tim Sanders

You can’t survive in business without a steady flow of customers. Selling people is the wrong approach, you instead need to attract them to your business. This book helps you achieve exactly that.

7. Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level - Mark Divine

Another mindset book. Business is not always going to be easy or take the intended route. This is when you need to have the determination to see your plans through to success. This book shows you how to develop the mental toughness to make this happen.

8. The E-Myth – Michael Gerber

The classic on ‘procedurising’ your business and creating a structure that doesn’t need you to survive. The simple secrets inside this book can transform any business from hardship to joy.

9. Profit First: A Simple System To Transform Any Business From A Cash-Eating Monster To A Money-Making Machine - Mike Michalowicz

Business is about making a profit. This then gives you the freedom to do what you want with that profit. This book helps you focus on profit and setting up systems to make the most of the profit you generate.

10. The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy - by Lewis Howes

A great summary book of many of the things you need to remember when it comes to leading a successful life. This book nicely encapsulates most.

These books make my top 10 list because I have read them all multiple times and continue to do so. No matter how many times I read them I always get something from them.

Let me know what you think. Do these work for you? What’s your top 10? I’d love to hear.

Recommended reading from 2015

I get through a lot of books during the year but here’s my recommended list from what I read in 2015 in no particular order.

The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande

Checklist are the way to ensure you perform in a standard and repeatable manner. They allow you to focus on getting things done and prevent missing steps or making mistakes. This is a great book that reminds of the power of checklists and why you should be using them every day.

The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod

Those who get up early get more done and are more successful. After reading this book I changed my morning routine to get up much earlier and it is amazing how much more I get done first thing following the suggestions and guidance from this book. If you really want to get more done in your day, read this book.

Profit First – Mike Michalowicz

Another great book that had a major impact in the way I manage money. I like that it keeps things simple and focuses on the money after all expenses (i.e. profit). if you run a business or struggle to save for a goal I’d highly recommend you read this book.

Sleep Smarter – Shawn Stevenson

The key to so many aliments we experience in the modern world is to get more sleep. This book helps you understand why sleep is so important for optimal mental and physical performance. I am still struggling with eliminating technology before bedtime as recommended within the pages but I am getting better and so is my sleep after reading this book.

The School of Greatness – Lewis Howes

A revisit for me of many of the best things I’ve learnt via other books. However, it is always good to have it re-inforced and this is great book to ensure you are across the things you need to be great. There is always room for more common sense and motivation and you’ll find it in this book.

Extreme Leadership – Jocko Willnik and Leif Babin

A book with a strong military focus which I do find both appealing and interesting. Whether on the battlefield or life to be a leader means owning and fixing the problem even if you didn’t create it. Doing so with grace and humility is tough but that what being extreme is all about. Leadership is a skill and can therefore be learned and is something can make a huge impact when applied correctly. This book gives you insight into how to go about that.

Any of these books I suggest you’d find very worthwhile and you’d certainly take away some lessons. As they say – readers are leaders – and I certainly subscribe to that so set aside some time every day and watch yourself grow as a result.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Less is more

The problem is a feeling of overwhelm and indecision that can grip you whether in life or in business. This is a reaction generally to the amount of choice and things that we need to worry about. However, in most cases we have brought this angst down on ourselves through the constant accumulation of things we really don’t need and no longer use.

A great discipline to get into is eliminate such things by doing a regular ‘clean out’. Many people are habitual hoarders and struggle to get rid of anything they have collected. What they don’t realise is that each and every item is weighing them down and taking up precious ‘space’ in their lives and more importantly, in their minds. This means they don’t have the ‘space’ available when an opportunity presents itself.

Let’s start by looking in your wardrobe. How many items of clothes do you have that you no longer wear? What about your drawers? How many old pair of socks are you holding onto because you believe they are somehow lucky or you fear running low? I’ll wager lots and lots. Unfortunately, the only real function they are serving is simply taking up space.

A great place to start de-cluttering your life is to focus on your wardrobe. Go through each item and honestly ask yourself if you really need it. Even if you think you do, could you buy it again if you really wanted? Finally, ask yourself when was the last time you actually wore that item. if you can’t remember, then it’s a great candidate to go. If you are disciplined about this approach and stay strong you’ll be surprised at how much you can eliminate. Give what you don’t need to charity and then take a look at how much free space you now have in your wardrobe. No more having to squeeze items onto the clothes rack. No more being unable to close drawers. Life with less is so much better but this is only the start.

Next, take a look at your workspace. What doesn’t need to be there? What papers and items are you just keeping for the sake of it? Do you really need or use all those Post-It notes? If you really want to keep the papers then scan them and ditch the paper. Most of the stuff you are hoarding at your desk can be purchased again if really needed so be ruthless, what do you REALLY need to get the job done? if you don’t need it, ditch it and don’t look back.

The removal of clutter extends everywhere, even into your digital file system. If you go through all those files you keep on your hard disk or in the cloud do you really need them? Sure, you can probably keep them because there is the space but each item you elect to keep simply adds to the clutter. What happens when you need to find that one file amongst all the clutter? What happens if you need to backup or move those files? The clutter goes along with it. If you really can’t press the delete key on your stuff then I’d suggest you create an archive areas seperate from your day to day data and move the low priority stuff there. Keep the information you work on day to day as clear as possible.

De-cluttering is an essential skill in today’s modern world. We are all adept at accumulating “stuff” we think we need, personally and in business. The more we add, the harder it becomes to manage and more it costs us mentally because we worry about it, consciously or subconsciously. Keeping it simple is unfortunately not simple at all and requires discipline. The way you achieve that discipline is by regularly de-cluttering everything about your life. If you start small, like with your wardrobe, you’ll find it easier when you move onto other areas. The more you use your de-cluttering muscle the stronger it becomes.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that de-cluttering is only a discipline you apply personally, it should be something you apply to your business as well. Regularly. All the stuff you have in your business is weighing you down and drawing your focus away from the opportunities available because you don’t have the space to deal with them. When de-cluttering your business, ask yoruself whether the item in question is helping you achieve success. If not, then it is probably weighing you down and distracting you from success. No matter how big or small the item, if it isn’t helping your towards your goals you are probably better off without it.

De-cluttering improves focus, frees the mind from the unnecessary and promotes discipline. It is therefore an essential skill of the successful but one that anyone can achieve if they simply set their mind to it. Start small and you’ll be amazed at how easy it actually becomes to de-clutter your life and open yourself up to the opportunities around us. Less is always more.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Beware of malware Office 365 statements

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It’s taken a little while but the bad guys have taken to impersonating Office 365 billing statements like the one shown above. Unless you check REALLY closely you’d click on the links provided and get your machine infected with something evil like Cryptolocker.

As always, the best defence is to be careful when clicking links and downloading attachments inside emails, even if they look legit.

The average user really doesn’t stand a chance as I have highlighted many times:

Why the bad giys always win

Paranoia is therefore your best defense, so be paranoid, REALLY paranoid when it comes you emails wanting you to click something, even those that appear to come from Office 365!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

CIAOPS SharePoint Level 1 course now available

 

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Following on from my Getting Started With SharePoint course I am happy to announce that the follow-on course, SharePoint Level 1, is now available at the CIAOPS Academy.

SharePoint skills is the biggest thing I find that is holding most Office 365 users back. This is because SharePoint is all about collaboration rather than simple storage. That means it has far more features and functionality than people appreciate. Understanding what SharePoint is actually capable of helps people to utilise SharePoint better to solve their business challenges.

My courses are designed to show you what SharePoint can do via focused on-demand video tutorials, reinforced with download PDF lesson notes.

The new course is available on demand and contains 25 lessons:

1. SharePoint structure overview

2. Introduction to Email Alerts in SharePoint

3. Introduction to Document Approvals in SharePoint

4. Changing the Site Title, Logo and URL

5. Document Check In/Out

6. Connecting SharePoint to Access

7. Content types

8. Creating sub sites

9. Introduction to Lookup Columns

10. Advanced List Editing

11. Working with Document Library Versioning

12. Introduction to Views

13. Using Promoted Links

14. Create a SharePoint Document Library Template

15. Using a template to migrate a SharePoint Library

16. Creating and using Site Columns

17. Creating and Editing Site pages

18. Adding a Yammer feed to SharePoint

19. Displaying Linked Lists

20. Getting Started with InfoPath

21. Saving a SharePoint Online Site as a Template

22. Creating a new Site Collection

23. Using a Site Template with a new Site Collection

24. Deleting a SharePoint Online Site Collection

25. Getting Started with SharePoint Designer

It is designed follow on from the Getting Started course and add to your SharePoint knowledge and help you make better use of SharePoint in your business. This course will help you become more of a SharePoint Power User.

The course is available stand alone or now combined into a SharePoint Quickstart package that also includes the original Getting Started course.

I have already commenced work on next SharePoint course which will take up where this Level 1 course finishes, so stay tuned.

You can find all my online courses at www.ciaopsacademy.com.

Friday, December 18, 2015

A new CIAOPS SharePoint online course is coming

My Getting Started With SharePoint Online course is available via two methods:

Delivered via email

or

On demand

I am just putting the final touches to my follow up 25 part SharePoint Level 1 online course that picks up from the Getting Started course and I’ll be posting it to the CIAOPS Academy before Christmas 2015.

ANYONE who has already signed up to one of my online courses at www.ciaopsacademy.com will receive a 50% discount on this new SharePoint Level 1 course when it becomes available.

So, if you have already taken one of my online courses then you’ll just need to keep an eye on your inbox for your discount code on or around Christmas. If you haven’t already taken one of my online courses then you might want to sign up to an existing course before December 25, 2015 to ensure you get the special 50% discount on the new course when it becomes available.

You’ll find all my online courses at www.ciaopsacademy.com.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A story with a happy ending

Open Live Writer

By now you should appreciate that I spend a lot of time blogging, not only here but in many other places on the web. When I first started out my blog was running on proprietary software I hosted on my own server. From there I moved to a public SharePoint blog that I also maintained on my own infrastructure. Eventually, I ended up on Blogger for various reasons and the offline tool that I used to craft posts was Windows Live Writer which Microsoft made available for free.

Over the years Microsoft has moved away from maintaining and updating Windows Live Writer which I can totally understand, especially being a free product. Problem was the Internet continued to evolve and was slowly but surely creeping towards being more secure. This meant that Blogger (a Google property) also became more secure in the way it handled authentication.

Doing so back in June 2015 this new autehntication broke the ability for Windows Live Write to post successfully to Blogger. The summary of my experiences are here:

Back with Blogger

As I expressed in that post, I was concerned about the way forward with Windows Live Writer because the writing was on the wall for it no longer being maintained. Kudos to both Microsoft and Google for working together on solving this and for Google to extending the older autentication for another 6 months.

Fast forward to a few days ago and BAMB, unable to post again (the 6 month lifeline was over). The support forums again lit up with people crying, screaming, begging for the problem to be rectified.

Scott Hanselman from Microsoft announced on December 9 that Windows Live Writer was being forked to an open source product called Open Live Writer. You read about it here:

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/AnnouncingOpenLiveWriterAnOpenSourceForkOfWindowsLiveWriter.aspx

Only problem was the new Open Live Writer still didn’t support the ability to post to Blogger. However, the encouraging news was that some smart people were working on solving the problem.

Martin Woodward from Microsoft who is an author and contributor on the project left a comment on my post:

Windows Live Writer not working with Blogger again

to let me know the issue was being worked on as a priority. Cool, just needed to be patient.

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I then received a reply to a tweet from Scott Hanselman that there was now a version of Open Live Write that supported posting to Blogger.

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So I popped back over to:

http://openlivewriter.org/

downloaded the latest version and installed it.

One of things I was worried about was the fact that I have two factor authentication enabled on my Google account. Would Open Live Writer handle this? Yes it did! In a better way than before when I had to use one time applications passwords with Windows Live Writer.

So after publishing a test post to confirm all was in order I am now back on the blogging train and normal service will continue.

Firstly, thank you to EVERYONE who worked to resolve this issue. You have no idea I suspect of how many souls you have pleased. It demonstrates the greatness of people when they work together (remembering that both Windows Live Writer and Open Live Writer are free products).

I look forward to continued improvements with Open Live Writer going forward (some stuff still needs doing but that is minor) and again thank everyone who made this piossible. You are legends!

I love Open Live Writer

Open Live Writer

Hopefully this means we’re back!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Windows Live Writer not working with Blogger again

Windows Live Writer has once again stopped working with Blogger. This means I can't post until things get fixed. Live Writer has recently been open sourced by Microsoft but that project also doesn't work with Blogger. Hopefully it gets sorted soon and I can back to posting.

Very frustrating and may have to consider alternatives if the situation continues.

Hang in there, back soon.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Power BI adds Cortana integration

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One of the regular Power BI demos that i do involves using the natural language query engine at the top of the dashboard. The above example is from a spreadsheet I uploaded to my Power BI environment that contains information about all the Olympic medal winners.

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So if I now type total medals by country into the query Power BI automatically provides me with the visualisation as you see above.

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But if I wake Cortana up by saying “hey cortana” and then asking “total gold medals australia by sport” you’ll see from above that it comes back with some Power BI suggestions.

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If I now select one of these you’ll see that it pulls the information from that same spreadsheet I was just using in Power BI.

That now means Cortana is integrated with Power BI! Pretty cool eh? So how do you configure that?

The first step in the process is to integrate Office 365 and Cortana. I have detailed that previously at:

Connecting Cortana to Office 365

Next, you’ll need to go into the Power BI Dashboard for the data set you wish to integrate with Cortana.

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Select the COG in the top right corner of the dashboard for the dataset and then the Settings option from the menu that appears.

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Ensure you have the desired dataset selected on the left. Then on the right ensure option Enable Cortana to access this dataset is checked.

Now users who have access to that Power BI dataset and have Cortana enabled and linked to their Office 365 account can query data by voice or simply by typing into the search box.

Another REALLY impressive new features is Quick Insights. Here I’ll use the Chicago Crime Statistics spreadsheet that I’ve also uploaded into my Power BI environment.

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Select the ellipse (three dots) to the right of the data source under the Datasets heading in the lower left of the Power BI screen.

From the menu that appears (shown above) select View Insights.

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You’ll now see a list of discovered “insights” displayed as shown above. But how are these “insights’ generated?

Power BI’s new Quick Insights feature allows you to run a variety of analytical algorithms on your data to search for potential insights with the click of a mouse. Through a partnership with Microsoft Research, we’re honing a growing list of algorithms to discover and visualize correlations, outliers, trends, seasonality, change points in trends, and major factors within your data, automatically, within seconds.

It gets even more impressive than that as detailed here:

Announcing Power BI integration with Cortana and new ways to quickly find insights in your data

Aside from all the new cool Power BI stuff the integration with Cortana illustrates another benefit of the Microsoft platform and how services like Cortana are being integrated across everything!

This stuff just keeps getting better!

Microsoft Devices Day Slides

I was lucky enough to be recently involved with the Microsoft Devices Day Roadshow around Australia, during which I presented on Office 365. 

The first session was news around Office 365. That presentation is shown above and can be downloaded from my docs.com site directly at:

https://doc.co/c6fkaK/qcihGm

The second session I presented was all around building offerings beyond just simple email with Office 365. 

You’ll find the slides from that session above as well as at:

https://doc.co/vahcUh/qcihGm

This second session was more focused on white boarding solutions around Office 365 and that may not come across in the deck. However, there is other stuff in there that may benefit people so feel free to download it.

If you have any questions about these sessions, whether you attended or not, feel free to contact me as I’m happy to share with your directly more details on either of these.

I take this opportunity to thank Microsoft for the opportunity to present as well as everyone who attended.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Need to Know podcast–Episode 94

I’m joined by a returning guest, Microsoft MVP Troy Hunt to discuss the Ashley Madison hack and the impact that it had on Troy’s site Have I been Pwned? You’ll not only get a fascinating look inside a high profile hack but you’ll also learn a lot about Azure and how Troy utilises it effectively to handle the scale required for just such an event.

As always, a big thank you to Marc Kean for producing this episode and doing the intro and outros.

You can listen to this episode at:

http://ciaops.podbean.com/e/episode-94-troy-hunt/

or subscribe to this and all episodes in iTunes at:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/ciaops-need-to-know-podcasts/id406891445?mt=2

The podcast is also available on Stitcher at:

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ciaops/need-to-know-podcast?refid=stpr

Don’t forget to give the show a rating as well as send me any feedback or suggestions you may have for the show. I’m also on the hunt for some co-presenters so if you are interested on being a regular part of the show please contact me.

Resources

Troy Hunt

Have I Been Pwned

Office 365 E5 SKU

Power BI adds Bing content pack

OneDrive for Business shared link expiry now available

Azure Backup now does servers

Microsoft Findtime

Enterprise Mobility Suite

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Power BI adds Bing content pack

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Power BI is a free (yes the basic offering is free) tool from Microsoft that allows you to analyse and report on data from all sorts of sources. You can upload your own spreadsheet for analysis and you can use the built in contents packs as you see above.

Microsoft has just release the Bing content pack for Power BI allowing you to analyse search terms.

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To configure, all you need to do is all the Bing content pack from the Data Sources option. You’ll then need to enter a search term you wish to track (here “Office 365”.

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Then you’ll get a dashboard you can start configuring.

The only limitation at the moment for the Bing Content Pack is that it doesn’t support the natural language query that the other content packs do. Hopefully, that feature will be coming in the future because that would really be a killer addition.

In the mean time, if you haven't had a look at Power BI head over to:

www.powerbi.com

and sign for a free account and start making your data visual.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

OneDrive for Business expiration of share links now available

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You should find, if not already then soon, that you can now set an expiry time on something you share from your OneDrive for Business as shown above.

This gives you much greater control over your files by being able to automatically revoke access to information after a certain number of days.

This ability is not yet available in SharePoint Team Sites but I would expect to appear there soon as well.

For more information on sharing files from your OneDrive for Business see:

Share documents or folders in Office 365

Azure Backup now does servers

Azure backup has allowed to backup up files and folders from servers and workstations to Azure very quickly, easily and cheaply. I have detailed this previously at;

Azure desktop backup

As announced here:

Announcing Microsoft Azure Backup Server

Azure backup now has the ability to backup server workloads like Exchange, SharePoint and SQL to both a local storage location as well as to Azure storage.This means that it can not only protect files and folders but all of the data on premises just as quickly and easily as it could for files and folder, however now there is also the added ability to have a local copy of the backup as well.

This now makes Azure backup a really compelling option for any business and provides the flexibility many demand.

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To get started have a look at the above links or login to your Azure backup vault and download the Application Workload client to get started.

Microsoft Findtime

Microsoft has just released a new product for Office 365 that allows you to more easily schedule meetings with both people inside and outside your organisation.

Take a look at these two videos for more information.

Basically, it is a add-in for Outlook on your desktop and your Outlook Online.

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When you select the meeting poll button you’ll get a new pane in your Outlook on the desktop like that shown above where you can select a few options for a meeting to send to every one.

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You can then post those option into the email and send it off, in this case, to someone outside the organisation. If they were inside the organisation you would see their availability.

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The recipient receives the email invite with a link to a page as shown above allowing them to vote on a suitable times.

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You get the same style of interface from Outlook Online as you can see above when requesting an appointment.

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You receive notification of those preferences as shown above.

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Once the times are clear for everyone the meeting is automatically finalised.

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A new calendar appointment item is automatically added to everyone inside your organisation with the meeting details as shown above.

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While those outside the business receive a normal calendar appointment, as shown above, in an email they can accept and add to their calendar.

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You can now also login to a web dashboard to see and manage your appointment requests as you see above.

I’ve only started to play around with Findtime but I gotta say it is really cool and is going to be a big benefit to many people. Best part? It’s free for Office 365 subscribers, so go to

http://findtime.microsoft.com

and get started today!

Enterprise Mobility Suite

I did a presentation recently on the Enterprise Mobility Suite for Microsoft and have uploaded the slides (Above) to my docs.com for you to download if you want. You’ll find the direct link at:

https://doc.co/j28JKd/qcihGm

The main benefits I see of using the product is the fact that you get Azure AD Premium which means added features like password write back and more functionality in the Azure Single Sign On Portal amongst other things. There is plenty to commend EMS to customers but the first start for resellers is to understand the product.

Here are some additional links that I found relevant but didn’t include during my research:

Supported SaaS apps - https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/active-directory/

Deploying the Azure RMS connector - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn375964.aspx

Advanced Threat Analytics - http://www.microsoft.com/en-au/server-cloud/products/advanced-threat-analytics/

Advanced Threat Analytics Installation - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn707704.aspx

Although I did include this link to a presentation on Advanced Threat Analytics from Microsoft Ignite in May I’ll repeat it here because I think that anyone interested in what this product can do should take a look. It is also really cool technology as well, so even if you don’t you’d deploy I’d still encourage you to take a look.

https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3870

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Office 365 E5 is here

After an announcement earlier this year Microsoft has released a new Office 365 suite plan called E5.

E5 will replace the current E4 plan that will be retired over the next 12 months. What does E5 include? Basically it includes everything E4 included but adds services like:

  • PSTN Conferencing provides the flexibility to dial in to a meeting from a traditional phone, in addition to the existing ability to join a meeting with a single click on your PC or mobile device.
  • Skype Meeting Broadcast makes it easier than ever to produce large virtual meetings for up to 10,000 meeting attendees, who can join from virtually any browser or device. Now Skype for Business truly is a single platform for every type of meeting.
  • Cloud PBX enables companies to eliminate separate PBX systems and transition to the cloud with Office 365 as the central location to manage users for communication and
  • With PSTN Calling, Office 365 customers can also subscribe to Microsoft managed calling plans and phone numbers, starting in the U.S. with more markets coming later.
  • Delve Analytics—Empowers individuals through rich dashboards that provide insights on time and relationships, with the goal of helping individuals get time back and spend it effectively.
  • Power BI—A business analytics service that enables information workers to visualize and analyze data with greater speed, efficiency and understanding through live data dashboards, interactive reports and compelling visualizations.
  • Customer Lockbox—Gives customers new approval rights, transparency and control over their data in the cloud.
  • Advanced eDiscovery—Integrates Equivio machine learning, predictive coding and text analytics capabilities, to reduce the costs and challenges that come along with sorting through large quantities of data for eDiscovery purposes.
  • Advanced Threat Protection—Protects against unknown malware and viruses by applying behavioural analysis.

For more information about the E5 SKU including pricing visit:

Office 365 Enterprise E5 overview and documentation

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Join the CIAOPS Office 365 Tech email newsletter

One of the greatest challenges faced by IT Professionals today is simply keeping up with the technology. The problem is there are so many different sources that it comes from as well as the volume that it flows at.

What makes it even more difficult for todays IT Professional is that they need to be able to administer the systems as well as assist end users get the most from the same systems. This means understanding both the front and back end of systems. In effect that means keeping abreast of the twice the amount of information.

I do my best to provide the best quality of technical information via a number of sources but not all information is relevant to all audiences. With that in mind I have created an new email list dedicated to IT professionals and administrators of products like Office 365. It is aimed at providing technical information about the products in more depth to help administer them better.

You can sign up for this new CIAOPS Tech email list directly at:

http://eepurl.com/bFYpEX

If you are also interested in end user information via email I’d encourage you to sign up to my free 23 part SharePoint Online training course at:

http://bit.ly/gs-spo

because after the end of the SharePoint course the information continues with detailed emails about getting the best from Office 365 products like OneDrive, Delve and more.

Why via email? Email provides the ability to automatically collect the information, store it for later review. I have found that many people still prefer to use email as their primary source of information for these reasons.

There’ll still be plenty of detailed information in this blog and via my other social media sources as usual but if you want to receive information from me about Office 365 and the Microsoft cloud then subscribe to one or both of the above email lists as suits your needs. Of course you should also feel free to send me any suggestions, at any time, about what topics you’d like to see covered on these lists as I want them to be as relevant as possible.

As always, I appreciate people consuming what I produce via various channels and I look to continue to improve what is offered.