Top 10 SWC Technology Blog Posts of 2015

June 8, 2015   //   SWC Technology Partners, , , , , , , , ,

The first half of 2015 featured a plethora of big announcements from Microsoft and Google. Not surprisingly, many of these releases, updates, and rollouts are reflected in our top 10 most popular blog posts of 2015. Microsoft Lync got a big rebrand in what is now Skype for Business, while Google made a splash with its mobile search algorithm update. Cloud and BYOD environments continue to trend as more organizations look to cut their infrastructure costs while allowing their workforce greater freedom with always-on access to productivity apps and company data.

  1. Skype for Business is Coming!
    One of the biggest releases of the year, Microsoft delivered the Skype for Business client patch to Lync 2013 on April 14th, while the official server release went live on May 1st. Microsoft Lync Online (now Skype for Business Online) users are treated to the familiar Skype UI. Whether you’re running your server on-premises or online, you have control over what your users see.
  2. Social Listening in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015
    One of the most compelling features in Microsoft Dynamics 2015 is social listening—the ability to analyze what people are saying on social media and on the news. With this tool you can find your key influencers, spot trends and receive alerts on what people are saying about your product or brand. You can also monitor key metrics that determine the sentiment about your business, all the while building deeper relationships with your customers.
  3. Mobilegeddon Has Arrived
    On February 21st, Google made one of its most significant search algorithm updates to date. Now, the mobile-friendliness of a web page will be reflected in its search engine ranking. Read our post for a free tool that checks the mobile-friendliness of your website.
  4. The Ever-Changing Landscape of Identity Management
    Microsoft Identity Manager 2015 (MIM), formerly known as Forefront Identity Manager, is part of the Azure Active Directory Premium (AADP) offering and is set to release in the first half of 2015. MIM is an on-premises Identity and Access Management (IAM) system that reduces complexities in managing the identity lifecycle in organizations.
  5. User Experience: The Makings of a Sustainable SEO Strategy
    Creating a sustainable SEO strategy doesn’t depend on the system-gaming tactics of Google’s secret algorithms. It means listening to social signals, and creating quality content with well-designed user-friendly websites.
  6. How Can Office 365 Help My Organization?
    The modern workplace faces challenges that Office 365 can solve for users and IT departments. Be productive anywhere on any device; cut hardware, licensing, and operation costs for IT; and reduce the burden on IT with automatic updates in the cloud using Office 365.
  7. SharePoint On-Premises vs. SharePoint Online
    More and more organizations are moving to Office 365 and as such, moving to SharePoint Online as well. See why hybridization is also a popular option and how SWC can help get you there.
  8. Dynamics Marketing – Everything You Ever Wanted in a Marketing Automation Platform?
    Landing page creation and customization, A/B testing, triggers that allow you to conditionally react according to the action in an email message and scoring a contact’s lead based on their interactions throughout a campaign—all of these are capabilities that put Microsoft Dynamics near the top of the pack in marketing automation software. But does it have everything you ever wanted? Read our blog to learn more.
  9. What Can We Expect From Microsoft in 2015?
    Updates to Intune, Lync, and Azure; and the arrival of Enterprise Mobility Suite and Windows 10 on July 29th have organizations looking to the cloud to see how they can get the most out of their IT spend.
  10. Preparing for Server 2003 End of Life By Migrating to Microsoft Azure
    Microsoft will no longer push patches and security updates to Server 2003. This means physical and virtualized instances will be vulnerable to security threats. Furthermore, companies that continue to run Server 2003 will fail standard compliance audits. See your options to upgrade before support ends on July 14, 2015.

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