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Office 365 Spreads One Man’s Love for the Lake to the World

Hogan Consulting Group is excited to share an awesome new small business customer story from Microsoft. This video highlights Bryce McDonald, a solo entrepreneur who runs a wakesurf board making business called DAY 1 Wake. As a one-man shop, Bryce relies heavily on #Office365 to effectively manage the vendor and customer relationships that help him scale his home-based business out to the world. Because Office 365 is with him wherever he goes, Bryce never misses a beat – without sacrificing the thing that matters to him most, his family.
Office 365 gives Bryce the power and flexibility he needs to scale his small business operation of one. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you do the same.

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Cloud Strategy

Cloud Security

With Hogan Consulting Group as your guide, you can benefit rapidly from the agility of the Microsoft Azure, cloud, improve security and compliance, and minimize risk.

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End User Computing

Broadclyst School – Online dining

Satisfying all stakeholders in an organization is no small task. But Hogan Consulting Group knows getting everyone on the same page can produce superior results.

The dining hall at Broadclyst School seems an unlikely setting for high-tech consensus building. But #Office365 with Microsoft Forms enables school staff to feed each student according to his or her individual preferences. Furthermore, the analysis of a survey informs the school kitchen’s food orders and menu design–leading to a happy, well-fed student body.

Hogan Consulting Group can help you satisfy stakeholder appetites too. Contact us to find out how.

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End User Computing

Securing your mobile devices and data in an ever-more connected world

As you increase your mobility and cloud footprint, ensuring your people and customers remain secure from any location can be a challenge. Of course, there is no single answer, but there are steps that can be taken. That’s why at Hogan Consulting Group we’re committed to helping you maximize your security by offering resources on getting the most out of your mobile device management (MDM) solutions, biometric security, and modern business devices that have been built expressly for mobile workers. In this paper, we’ll consider why blending on-site security with MDM will give you a more flexible and scalable way to secure your mobile devices, data, and user identities.

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End User Computing

Microsoft Surface family–functionality driving productivity

With the Surface family, it has never been easier or more enjoyable to sync with teams, meet deadlines, and keep projects on track. The Surface family provides an improved delivery medium of the already powerful and responsive software and tools you expect from Microsoft.

Now, your organization can have everything they need right at their fingertips for day-to-day use.

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Cloud Strategy

Microsoft Practice Development Playbook: Security

As your company embraces the opportunities presented by cloud and mobile computing, you take on new risks. At Hogan Consulting Group we understand that one of the biggest challenges in digital transformation is ensuring security, privacy, and compliance. By developing a security practice, you can help turn the potentially dizzying array of services into a cohesive and understandable security solution that enables you to manage your security and protect your assets. In this playbook, you will find resources to help you protect against, detect, and respond to breaches with a comprehensive security practice.

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Cloud Strategy

Secure your data in the cloud with Azure

Data integrity is everything. That’s why #Azure delivers unified security management and advanced threat protection across your customers’ hybrid-cloud workloads. You can understand their security state, find vulnerabilities, and remediate them quickly. The Azure Security Center gives you options to limit your customers’ exposure to threats. Advanced analytics let you detect and respond swiftly to attacks. So you can give your customers that most precious of benefits: peace of mind, knowing their data is secure in the cloud.

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Get 1 Terabyte of Data Storage with Office 365

Each #Office365 license comes with one terabyte of secure data storage. Hogan Consulting Group has some cool factoids on just how much data that is!
For example, you could use that one terabyte of space to store 17,000 hours of music. Or 40 days’ worth of video. Or 310,000 photos, or 500 hours of movies! Office 365 gives small businesses like the one featured in this short video A LOT of storage space!
It’s not just the amount of data storage that matters, but also its safety. With Office 365, small businesses don’t need to worry about losing precious time, or information, because everything that you need most is backed up and secure. Contact Hogan Consulting Group to learn more.

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Rockwell Automation Evolves for its Customers thanks to Microsoft Azure

Countless organizations have a wealth of data that’s currently not doing them much good. But Hogan Consulting Group knows that, in today’s data-driven business landscape, you need every advantage you can get–which means putting all that data to work for you.

Rockwell Automation counts on #Azure tools and services to help customers like Great Lakes Brewery get more meaning out of their data. Whether it’s bot training using Microsoft Cognitive Services, data analysis with Power BI, or attaching to Cortana for a voice interface, #Azure delivers the cloud-computing infrastructure to support innovation on an enterprise scale.

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Broadclyst School–Communicating with Skype

Real-time communication can boost productivity, broaden perspectives, and build stronger partnerships. Hogan Consulting Group knows that, with the right tools, teams can share their work and ideas to benefit group projects and develop stronger working relationships.

The Broadclyst School uses #Office365 with Skype for Business to facilitate communication and collaboration among student teams around the world –supporting pupil engagement and enhancing their curriculum. Skype also encourages parent partnerships with the school by enabling parents to attend and participate virtually in school meetings when they can’t be there in person.

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Simple, powerful analysis with Office 365

Microsoft Forms is a simple, user-friendly tool that lets you collect customer feedback, measure employee satisfaction, and organize group events. You can create a survey in minutes, and respondents can fill out their responses on any browser without the need to download and install a separate app. Open lines of communication within your business.

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Today’s Innovative Businesses: Focusing on What Matters Most – Infographic

The ability to automate business processes with Office 365 frees you from spending time doing mundane and recurring tasks. Microsoft Forms lets you collect data faster than before, and Microsoft Flow lets you create automated processes to make use of it. With intelligence and productivity at its core, Office 365 gives you the insights and assistance to do your best work.

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Even minor outages are unacceptable. With data as their lifeblood, your customers need a failsafe disaster-recovery solution that ensures constant, uninterrupted access. Azure Site Recovery delivers with automated replication of your customers’ virtual machines, based on policies that they set and control. By integrating with existing technologies, including System Center and Microsoft SQL Server Always On, Site Recovery coordinates and manages the ongoing replication of their data–so it’s always available.

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Mitigate Data Disasters with Azure – Infographic

Even minor outages are unacceptable. With data as their lifeblood, your customers need a failsafe disaster-recovery solution that ensures constant, uninterrupted access. Azure Site Recovery delivers with automated replication of your customers’ virtual machines, based on policies that they set and control. By integrating with existing technologies, including System Center and Microsoft SQL Server Always On, Site Recovery coordinates and manages the ongoing replication of their data–so it’s always available.

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Can you automate your business without losing that personal touch?

More businesses are looking to integrate automation into their operations. While it can help streamline your company and increase its effectiveness in performing many functions, it’s important to maintain the fine balance between customer relationship and efficiency. Personal engagement with your customers is how you establish rapport, loyalty, and get your customers to return. Changing that dynamic can confuse and detract from the relationship unless you are able to balance automation and integrate it in a way that enhances the overall customer experience.

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Use Business Process Automation to Increase Productivity

Satisfying all stakeholders in an organization is no easy task. But Hogan Consulting Group knows getting everyone on the same page can produce superior results.

With Office 365 Flow, automated workflows facilitate dissemination of data, synchronization of files, and the processing and granting of requests. This allows for standardized response times and aids in decision making. With Forms, collaboration is enhanced by the ability to analyze responses to surveys or polls instantly, allowing for real-time input from remote individuals.

Hogan Consulting Group can help you put your people on the same page too. Contact us to find out how.

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Keep Software Costs Down with Office 365

Hogan Consulting Group understands how important it is for small businesses to keep IT costs down. In fact, forty-one percent of small businesses say that lack of budget is their biggest barrier to adopting new technology. We think #Office365, with its low monthly subscription cost, can help. One license of this powerful business productivity suite is good for use on up to FIVE devices for a single user!

Professional services company Turbine Test Service has four Office 365 subscriptions that empower them to work flexibly, which they need because two of their co-workers work remotely.

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Ten predictions for the Internet of Things in 2018

At Hogan Consulting Group we know that IoT technology is advancing at a rapid pace fueled by cloud technology and consumer demand. Already, consumers expect more from their devices than ever before. Companies are speeding to keep up with constantly changing technologies as they race to meet consumers’ wants. With a European decision on the commercialization of IoT data looming, international politics will play a part in the outcome of that race. As IoT expands in almost every direction, where is it really headed? Forrester Research has an idea… or 10 about how the year in IoT is going to play out. Read the article and find out more.

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Microsoft Partners in Health Connecting with Azure

Another week, another customer success story. Partners In Health provides preferential options for the poor who cannot afford healthcare in impoverished nations.

When it comes to healthcare, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. For Partners In Health, time is life. As things change quickly in the healthcare industry, they use Azure to stay abreast of changes and developments by ensuring their employees are connected and able to collaborate to deliver results to those they serve.

Hogan Consulting Group knows that no matter your industry, time is of the essence. Contact us to find out how Azure can improve your processes and streamline your business.

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Microsoft focuses on the hybrid cloud, acquires Avere Systems in January 2018

“Hybrid is essential in a world of AI and IoT as we move toward the Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge working together. A distributed hybrid cloud enables a future-proof, long-term approach–which is exactly why we see it playing a central role in cloud strategies for the foreseeable future.”

#Azure is always taking strides to improve your set of capabilities. The acquisition of the high-performance storage vendor Avere Systems will help bring your customer a growing set of tools helping large enterprises deploy not only storage, but analytical resources across multiple datacenters, remote offices, public clouds, and private clouds.

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British Airways Leverages Visual Studio 2017 and Microsoft Azure to Unite its Global Workforce

Getting everyone in an organization on the same page is no easy task. British Airways turned to #Azure tools and services, along with Visual Studio 2017, when it decided to build an app that could disseminate company information across all employee devices and platforms. The developers iterated quickly through releases of the new app, adding features without worrying about lengthy regression tests. Their crowning achievement was single sign-on, which delivers an enhanced experience to all employees.

Let Hogan Consulting Group show you how your organization can achieve ground-breaking innovation. Contact us today to get started.

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Skype for Business Capabilities Guide

Skype for Business is revolutionizing the way our customers do business. Employees have access to all the data, apps, and colleagues they need to collaborate from anywhere using Skype for Business. Record meetings, share personal screens, and annotate PowerPoint files for real-time collaboration with up to 250 people. Use whiteboard, polls, Q&A, and built-in IM during business meetings to be more productive. Skype for Business is a powerful collaboration tool for real-time input.

To help customers accelerate collaboration, access this capabilities guide so you can assess how Skype for Business could benefit your organization.

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