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Using Sensitivity Labels for Teams, Microsoft 365, and SharePoint
Today, we must be able to collaborate with coworkers, partners, and customers no matter where we are — and the data we access through various services and devices should be properly protected. Sensitivity labels are one way to do so: they protect and classify information as private, public, or sensitive to keep your data secure.  A sensitivity label in its simplest form is a level of security applied to your content and containers such as: SharePoint sites Microsoft 365 groups Microsoft Teams sites Note: Sensitivity labels for containers can be enabled through PowerShell. PowerShell will need to be run as an administrator and have a global admin account. Check out How to enable sensitivity labels for containers and synchronize labels in Microsoft documentation for further information. To create a sensitivity label, visit your tenant’s Office 365 Security & Compliance Center from the Microsoft 365 admin center. Locate the Sensitivity Label […]
Azure AD Connect – Take Action!
What is it? Azure AD Connect is a Microsoft identity tool used by organizations with on-premise Active Directory infrastructure and Microsoft 365 environments. It makes sure that identity data such as passwords and user accounts are in sync – which generally improves your productivity all around! Your organization may be using this in a situation commonly referred to as a ‘hybrid model.' If you are in a hybrid model and have Azure AD Connect installed as an in-between, this software is critical to keep both on-premise and Microsoft 365 linked together . . . oftentimes going unnoticed until something goes wrong and suddenly your password for Outlook is no longer accepted by your laptop to sign-in or you keep having to remember two separate passwords for what is supposed to be one unified ecosystem. What a pain . . . has this happened to you? What do you have to […]
MFA, is it enough?
For as long as I can remember, "username and password” were a fundamental combo to everything in your digital life. You had a username for work, school, even your bank account. Simple passwords became complex passwords as security grew – but that only led to password reuse across platforms typically stored in plain text in your ‘passwords.xls’ file or worse, a ‘sticky’ on your monitor.  Over the last twenty years we’ve watched news headlines report security breaches at the places we expected to have the highest levels of security; however, they had cracks in their armor. The breaches became so abundant sites like www.haveibeenpwned.com were built to give you the ability to check if you’ve been compromised. To improve upon complex passwords, two-factor authentication (2FA) and multi-factor authentication (MFA) came about with promise of higher levels of security. But is that enough? A brief history: Two-factor and Multi-factor authentication have […]
5 Microsoft Teams Features We Love
Some of us have been using Microsoft Teams since its inception in 2017. Some started this year. Regardless, it is clear that the ease of collaboration and visibility afforded by Teams have secured this platform a rank at the top of the modern business tech stack. Forrester found that executives and decision makers improve their time-to-decision by 17.7% with Teams. Plus, with 75 million daily active users, Microsoft has voiced its commitment to continually improving the feature-rich platform.   Features we currently love “Blur my background” has always been handy, but now Microsoft has made it even easier to add your own custom background. In Background settings, where you would go to blur a background or choose one of the provided landscapes, select “Add new” to upload your own .JPG, .PNG, or .BMP file.   Double click any chat in your chat list to pop out a separate window for that […]
What's inside Modern Team Sites for End Users?
Modern Team Site is brand-new user experience. It's more than just a fresh look, it's designed from the ground up to work on mobile devices, and it addresses dozens of nagging usability issues. Modern Team sites are available to use in Office 365 and work seamlessly with Mobile apps also. In this article, we will discuss some of the key features of Modern Team Sites.   What Are Modern Team Sites? Before we start, let's talk about what Modern Team Sites are. Released in 2016, Modern Team Sites is composed of pages, lists, libraries, and team news, thanks to integration with Office 365 Groups, allowing users to collaborate and communicate with others. According to Microsoft, "when you create a modern team site in SharePoint Online, it automatically creates the O365 group, group email address, and ability to identify whether this site will contain sensitive data (privacy) and more new features. […]
Skype for Business Online Retirement Announcement
On July 30, 2019, Microsoft announced July 31, 2021 will mark the official retirement of Skype for Business Online at which time access to and support for the service will end.   This news reflects Microsoft’s focused investment in Microsoft Teams, expanding on capabilities in Skype for Business Online by bringing together calling, chat, meetings, and Office 365 and third-party productivity apps in a single, intelligent hub. The richer functionality of Microsoft Teams enables organizations to move faster and collaborate more efficiently and replaces Skype for Business Online as the core communications client for Office 365.   With the focus of helping customers transition from Skype for Business Online to Teams, as of September 1, 2019, no new tenants will be on-boarded to Skype for Business Online. Customers actively using Skype for Business Online will still be able to add new users to their tenant. While many organizations across the […]
Top 10 Microsoft Teams Questions from Customers
Still debating whether to migrate to Microsoft Teams? Here are 10 questions that have repeatedly surfaced during Microsoft's Ignite tour along and answers to those questions. Learn more about how Teams can optimize your communication and collaboration for your organization. Manageability & Deployment 1) Can you restrict access to a specific channel in a team? You will be able to later this year – with secure private channels, you will be able to customize which members of the team can see conversations and files associated with a channel. You can restrict channel participation and exposure when needed without having to create separate teams to limit visibility. This is one of Microsoft's top requested features and they are actively testing this internally and with select customers. 2) What are best practices for governance, specifically around team naming and retention? To assure the best experience for end-users, Microsoft Teams provides IT organizations […]
Best Practices for Organizing Teams
In our day-to-day business lives, I think we could all enjoy the ability to make decisions more quickly! To do that, you need to eliminate organizational roadblocks such as analysis paralysis and disjointed workspace and create a modern and digital workspace that supports and fosters discussion and collaboration. Read more to learn how FMT Consultants is utilizing technology to align with Microsoft’s digital transformation both internally and for our clients in order to achieve faster decision making and growth from our very own Director of Consulting Services Zach Saltzman.
Managing Microsoft Licensing through FMT’s Cloud Solution Provider - CSP program will cut costs
Navigating the Microsoft Licensing Landscape is difficult to say the least.  Here at FMT, we joke that you need a PhD in Microsoft to fully understand it.  In today’s fast growing business world, if you’re like most growing businesses, you don’t have time to learn everything you need to know.  Thankfully, you don’t need to.  Our team of consultants already have.   In this recorded training session, you’ll you learn how you can right size your licensing to save money,  increase performance, and navigate the complex and changing Microsoft environment.  By the end, you’ll feel confident in your ability to configure, implement, and deploy the licensing that makes sense for your business.      This session, led by FMT’s own Director of IT Consulting Zach Saltzman, walks you through everything you need to know, so you can stay focused on what matters most…  running your business. Here’s what we’ll […]
Microsoft 365 Teams, Skype, Outlook, Yammer, Groups – Oh My!
How do you find the right blend of applications to communicate and collaborate using Microsoft Office 365? Microsoft has been busy at work building out and delivering new functionality in Teams, their self-proclaimed “hub for teamwork.” Have you checked out Microsoft Teams? Perhaps your company is curious about adopting it? At FMT, we’ve heard a lot of feedback on both sides of the spectrum around Teams: some people love it and want to integrate it into their daily workflow, while others haven’t had a good first experience or are a bit perplexed about how Teams fits into the bigger Microsoft 365 picture and into their collaborative workspace. Microsoft 365 offers us at least a half dozen different applications and methods of communication and collaboration, so I understand anyone’s confusion when sitting down to determine what applications to use and when and where to use them. Fear not! Whether you are a […]
SMB TechFest Spotlight - FMT Consultants
Technology choices matter. Applying new technology tools, or revising existing ones, requires a significant effort and sustained commitment to transformation. All, while continuing to run a business at top speed. Whether you work in operations, finance, IT… or all of those (and more), creating lasting value takes real work from people committed to building better business solutions one business at a time, every time. In this discussion between Eric Casazza, CEO at FMT Consultants, and Dave Siebert of SMB TechFest, we discuss advanced supply chain solutions ranging from Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), to Demand Planning, to Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). It’s not just about financial management software. New technology investments can pay real dividends in operational efficiencies, advanced manufacturing capabilities, and stronger distribution networks.     At FMT we have decades of experience working side-by-side with businesses looking to take the next step (or giant leap) forward using the right […]
Feature update on Group Conversations in Outlook
As a collaborative tool, Office 365 has a feature called Office 365 Groups to collect resources to share with group members. Office 365 Groups allows the option to consolidate conversations, calendar items, files, and tasks. The feature integrates with existing Microsoft products like Outlook, Yammer, Teams, SharePoint, and Planner. When a user is part of a group, all emails and meeting invites are sent directly to the user’s inbox and stored in the group folder. Conversations in Office 365 Groups in Outlook happen in the shared inbox for the group. Users can participate in discussions and activities within the Outlook client as each conversation appears separately in the message list. The message itself is displayed as a conversational stacked thread and can be responded to directly. With the Version 1712 (Build 8827.2148) update released by Microsoft on January 2018 through the Office 365 Monthly Channel, it included a feature update […]
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