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3 Surprising New Reasons We’re Excited about Nintex

An Insider’s Review of the 2016 InspireX Conference

If you didn’t attend Nintex’s recent InspireX conference in Las Vegas, you missed out on an event that was…well, inspiring.

Fortunately, we went there on your behalf.

Over the course of 2 ½ days, we witnessed powerful keynote speeches, attended content-rich workshops, and had eye-opening discussions with people from the Nintex team. When it was all over, we were more fired up than ever before about Nintex.

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Office 365 Fast Track Planning – Use the Software Assurance (SA) benefits you’re already paying for

In 2014, Microsoft reported to its partners that less than 18% of its customers who were eligible for planning services had actually reserved the right to use those services.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Microsoft not only offers eligible customers planning services, but 82% of these eligible customers have not taken advantage of services they’d already paid for.  In other words, don’t look now, but your organization may be leaving some “free” services on the table that you’ve already paid for!

And, if your organization is considering or is currently using some portion of the Office 365 platform, then your organization may be eligible to take advantage of the Office 365 FastTrack Planning service offering.

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Big Data in the Real World: Retail

It’s no secret that the retail industry has faced drastic changes over the past decade.   Trends ranging from changing demographics (Millennials replacing Baby Boomers as primary customers), online sales growth while brick and mortar revenues decline, an increase in major security breaches affecting millions of customers, and customer experience failures (and wins) broadcast through social media. All of these affect the way major retailers, as well as mom and pop shops, do business today.
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Why Is SharePoint A Popular DM Platform?

SharePoint is a popular ECM (electronic content management) server software from Microsoft. Some of the most common uses include document and intranet content management. It was traditionally enterprise software for medium and large businesses, but SharePoint has become more widely used by small businesses and other organizations after being bundled with Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription. As its popularity expands, more people have questions about the platform and its capabilities.

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Embarking on Records Management – You Have to Own it To Do It: Part II

What Do We Mean by Records Management Program Ownership?

Ownership refers to how information technology and lines of business executives collaborate to establish guidelines on:

  • What constitutes a record to begin with
  • Who the internal champion(s) and/or primary stakeholders are in the project
  • Where records need to be stored along all stages of their lifecycle and when they can be deleted or destroyed, in context with industry and legal standards
  • Why records might need to be collected, held for audit, or made available for evidentiary purposes
  • How to implement your records management plan, be it in incremental phases or as a massive, cross-organizational rollout all at once

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Embarking on Records Management – You Have to Own It to Do It

Implementing a Records Management program is a strategic imperative which should never be taken lightly, neither by corporate nor public sector executives.

When you are building a house your architectural design is the foundation of your plans and will determine whether your house will crumble or collapse over time. Similarly your RM initiative’s architectural design is a pivotal factor, determining whether your program will be sustainable over the long haul.

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How to Fit Fifty Employees onto a Network Designed for Fifteen

Small businesses of fifteen employees or less often face huge costs they haven’t experienced before when they begin to grow to fifty and beyond. The obvious costs of managing an expanding team include salaries for employees and time spent on recruiting, and some companies choose to expand benefits in order to appeal to new team members. It’s a make-or-break time for many businesses, and maintaining productivity throughout the process of expansion is paramount. General Networks has seen some of the challenges expanding businesses face first-hand, both within our own company and while aiding in the growth of our clients.

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Office 365 Storage heading toward 1TB base per tenant

Microsoft continues to improve it’s Office 365 offering and it looks like companies will someday enjoy a much larger base storage per tenant in their SharePoint Online instances.

Currently (at the time of this writing) Office 365 tenants have a base storage of 10GB + 500MB per subscribed user. See their official boundaries and limits here. Unless you have hundreds of users this storage amount isn’t very much and has caused many small and medium sized businesses to have to purchase additional storage from Microsoft at a cost of $0.20 / GB / month. It doesn’t sound like much but it can add up over time.
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