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How will you deploy SharePoint in the Cloud?

In part 1 of this series, we looked at the key criteria for selecting the right SharePoint version to deploy for your business. Once that’s done, your IT department needs to define the hosting model that will fit its management needs. Here’s how.

We continue our look at the different options you need to weigh before deploying SharePoint in the Cloud. Today’s topic, the hosting model, isn’t an easy one. There are different hosting models – multi-tenant, semi-private and private—and each one will result in very different experience for an in-house IT team. Here’s an overview of what you should consider when planning your SharePoint deployment hosting category.

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Powering SharePoint 2013 in the Cloud

Deploying SharePoint in the Cloud is a smart move for any IT department looking to simplify its in-house infrastructure and reduce costs. But to truly leverage SharePoint in the Cloud, you first need to clearly identify the needs of your users. This will make it easier for you to select the right version of SharePoint, as well as the hosting model and management level needed to run your sites. In the upcoming weeks, we will help you zero-in on these decisions with this three-part blog series.

Now that more and more organization are taking the leap to the Cloud to power up SharePoint and other productivity applications, the reasons have become clearer as to why IT departments are choosing this option: improved agility and performance, rapid deployment, instant scalability, lower cost, better availability and more. In fact, early cloud adopters, mostly small organizations under 100 employees, have never looked back.

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SkyNox Online Business Data Backup

SkyNox, your Online Backup solution

Trick or treat! You’ll be hearing this a lot in a couple of days. Halloween may be all about ghosts and goblins, but businesses have much bigger threats to worry about… such as losing the critical business data that’s stored on their employees’ computers and in-house servers.

To put you in the Halloween spirit, we’ve gathered some of these terrifying stats into one spooky infographic. So brace yourself and read at your own risk! But don’t panic! There are solutions that can help protect your business from the terrifying prospect of unwanted data loss or exposure.

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The SharePoint App Store

The SharePoint App Store is a resource for your users

With the rise of smartphones and tablets, apps became the new thing. Groceries, banks and golf courses started offering apps for mobile users. No matter what you want or need to do, “there’s an app for that” (as Apple famously said in its 2009 iPhone ad).

As everyone has gotten more and more acquainted with apps, it was no surprise that their usage spread across other platforms as well. The notion of applications has now been implemented by Microsoft in its Windows 8 release, a clear sign that what was a mobile fad has now become a dominant technology trend in the user experience.

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Compliance

New HIPAA regulations have come into effect this month

Is your email encryption solution HIPAA compliant? Does your Microsoft Exchange environment ensure HIPAA compliant email?

More importantly, do you have a Business Associate agreement in place with your Service Provider?

IT teams working in the healthcare or finance industry, or for publicly traded companies, are often under pressure to meet mandatory government and industry regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), HIPAA and GLBA.

These regulations stipulate the measures companies must take to ensure proper data security and monitoring. Lack of compliance can result in severe penalties, ranging from fines to legislative actions.

This is where things get complicated for IT teams. Deciphering HIPAA and SOX regulations often requires having a legal background. The growing patchwork of state, federal and international compliance regulations—and their sometimes overlapping applications—only makes matters worse.

Fortunately, there are hosting providers that offer simple and intuitive email solutions that can help you become HIPAA compliant while ensuring your Outlook experience remains for the most part unchanged.

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Apple released iOS 7 a couple of days ago


Apple released iOS 7 two days ago. While other hosting providers have been scrambling to catch up, SherWeb’s hosted Exchange® customers using an iPhone have been syncing emails and calendars since Day 1 of the new operating system’s availability.

Apple’s long-awaited iOS 7 was released Wednesday, and has widely been touted as the first major update to the look and feel of Apple products since the passing of Steve Jobs. And true to Apple form, the new iOS immediately became a popular download among iPhone and iPad users. In fact, the adoption rate has been simply phenomenal. Less than 24 hours after being launched, the iOS 7 had already been installed on 26% of all iOS devices (this represents 13% of all mobile devices worldwide).
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Easily enhance your Exchange 2013 experience

Did you know that making just one tiny addition to your DNS records will allow you to make full use of all the options available in your Microsoft Exchange 2013 account?

All you have to do is create an Autodiscover record. Why? An Autodiscover record makes configuring your Exchange account much easier—with only your email address and password. It also gives you access to other features that are exclusive to Exchange.

The Autodiscover service supports email clients running Microsoft Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, Mac Mail, Entourage 2008 WSE and many smartphones (you can check your mobile phone documentation to see if it’s supported).

The Autodiscover service must be deployed and configured correctly for clients to automatically connect to certain features in Exchange 2013. Fortunately, doing this is very easy. Take a look…

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This workflow is compatible with SharePoint

One of the biggest advantages of SharePoint over other online collaboration tools is that you can use workflows to simplify and enforce business rules. Workflows can also be used to automate many recurrent tasks that your team performs on a regular basis, ensuring consistency and saving a lot of time and headaches.

The problem is that too few SharePoint users know how to create workflows. We think it’s time to change that because they can make getting work done as a team a whole lot easier.

Like many features in SharePoint, workflows can be as customized and complex as you want them to be, but they don’t have to be. In fact, creating a standard workflow is quite easy, thanks to the simplified tools and wizards in SharePoint Designer. Most can created them without the skills of a developer, or writing a single line of code.

SharePoint comes with several workflow templates. In this article, we briefly explain how a workflow works, and how you can easily set up an Approval workflow in SharePoint 2010 and 2013 in just a few minutes.

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Here’s how you can can access multiple mailboxes in just a few clicks.

We often talk about Microsoft Exchange 2013 as being a powerful tool that allows organizations to share and collaborate more productively. Here is just one example of this: You can configure Outlook to give users access to several inboxes or resource mailboxes.

Assistants to C-level execs often need to read and respond to the exec’s emails on a daily basis. By giving them access to the exec’s inbox, they can do this with ease. Exchange is the only email platform that allows you to manage multiple outlook mailboxes. This feature is not possible with a POP3 or IMAP account.

In this article, we look at a few other examples of when shared mailboxes can be a good idea. We also include easy step-by-step instructions on how to do this.

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Are end-users putting sensitive data at risk? (Credit: webstockphoto.com)

Anyone working on an IT team knows that most end-users don’t really care about backing up. Or they think they’re doing it properly—but aren’t.

Because the burden of ensuring data security falls on the IT staff, in this article, we thought we would address some of the more common misconceptions users tend to have about backups, and how IT pros can set them straight to ensure critical business data is being properly safeguarded.

And by the way, feel free to distribute this blog throughout your organization.

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