Information | Business | Technology

What’s New with Office 365 Compliance Center

2015-12-May-Ferrara-Image1Litigation is costly, time consuming and a headache — and chances are your company is involved in it in some way. Compliance is the topic that causes many IT leaders to lose sleep, as they wonder whether they will survive a call from legal.

Microsoft is listening.

You would be forgiven if you missed some of the significant compliance news Microsoft announced last week in the midst of the Ignite conference hullabaloo, but the combined announcements show the company’s commitment to addressing lingering concerns with putting data in the cloud.

I’ve been tracking what Microsoft is trying to do with compliance, e-Discovery and other legal and compliance concerns for some time now. The lightspeed push to the cloud over the last five years has left a gaping hole in what organizations can do to get governance of their data under control.

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: Cloud, Microsoft|Tags: , |0 Comments

10 Cloud Roadblocks and What to Do About Them

2015-25-February-RoadblockAs organizations face growing pressure to properly manage their digital content growth, cloud vendors have been marching out a series of improvements in an attempt to gain their favor. One such example is Microsoft’s recent announcement about achieving ISO 27018 and HITRUST compliance. Consumer cloud services are ubiquitous and cloud adoption is steadily climbing in the enterprise. Yet IT organizations still lack experience on how to approach cloud services.

10 Roadblocks

Over the last five or so years, I’ve tested my mettle against various shapes and sizes of cloud projects for my clients. I’ve had failures, successes and many outcomes that required some calculated compromises to achieve project goals.

So what does any good consultant do with these lessons learned? Make a list. What follows are the 10 most common cloud roadblocks I’ve witnessed:

  1. Your clients may object to storing their content on cloud servers, which often times is built into business agreements. Right or wrong, this can completely derail any good intentions you may have about moving to the cloud.

Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic LicenseTitle image by  B4bees 

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: Cloud, Microsoft, Technology|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Updated Microsoft Certification Roadmap

Recently Microsoft has made changes to the overall certification roadmap by adding new exam types and shifting some around. These changes are the result of re-alignments internally to match the overall direction of the core product lines. If you’re just getting started on a Microsoft certification journey, these changes should help simplify the process in determining the right path to take.

A great resource to visualize this in one document is Microsoft’s own Skills Development Roadmap. The infographic is split up between 5 distinct tracks: Client, Server, Productivity, Database and Development. Also featured is the new MCSE Devices exam and exams related to Azure.

You can download the PDF here.

Want more information on Microsoft certifications and skill tracks? Follow the latest on Microsoft Learning.

By |February 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Office Graph From a Partner’s Perspective

2014-17-October-Sidecar-thumb-320x240-25509When Microsoft showcased the power of Office Graph through Project Oslo, the Microsoft partner community collectively wondered about extensibility and API access. But as with many Microsoft products, it will take the greater partner community to push Office Graph into the mainstream.

To explore this dynamic, I spoke with Yaacov Cohen, CEO of, to discuss the Microsoft Office Graph reveal and how it will impact the Silicon Valley-based software developer and its product line.


By |October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Microsoft, Office|0 Comments

Road to MCSE:SharePoint – Tips on Passing 70-412 Exam Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

SharePoint MCSE

If you’ve been following the previous posts, then I’m sure you get the picture by now. I’m about to give you some tips on passing the final MCSA exam for Windows Server 2012. And that means you’re one exam away from gaining the full MCSA cert that you’ve been coveting. If you’re following my journey for gaining SharePoint MCSE, then you’ve still got two more exams after this one. If not, consider yourself lucky! It’s all downhill from here. The 70-412 exam is the culmination of everything you’ve learned in the previous two with a more advanced leaning, hence the name Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services. Personally, I felt much better about this exam than I did with 70-411 due to my disdain for advanced networking. And although my score was lower on 70-412 than the previous two, I still felt better about my knowledge of the content than 70-411.

Study Resources: The updated exam objectives PDF linked above does a really great job of listing out the overall topics you should be studying. In my two previous posts I listed some of the topics that I felt warranted further review. This time around, I think it’s best to review that PDF and watch the Pluralsight videos. There’s no sense in reinventing the wheel here. I will say though that I spent a lot of time on High Availability/Failover Clustering, Dynamic Access Control, VM movement, and ADFS. I’ll be honest, I was concerned […]

By |February 11th, 2014|Categories: Certifications, Microsoft, Technology, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , |3 Comments

Road to MCSE:SharePoint – Tips on Passing 70-411 Exam Administering Windows Server 2012

SharePoint MCSE

If you haven’t done so already, read my introductory post (above) to this series on passing the 70-410 exam, as I’ll reference much of the same content.

After a brief hiatus in my quest to get MCSE: SharePoint knocked out, I’ve finally taken and passed the next exam 70-411, Administering Windows Server 2012. Although there is no requirement from Microsoft to take these exams in a specific order, it practically makes sense as the content gets progressively more advanced after 70-410. Before getting to some of the details, I’d like to start by saying that this exam was pretty difficult for me to prepare for. This exam is very heavy on the networking side of things. I am admittedly not a networking guru, nor do I particularly care to be one. I do feel better about my overall knowledge of advanced networking capabilities in Windows Server 2012, as it had been a very long time since I’ve brushed up on the subject. Regardless of my disdain, if you can barely contain your excitement when thinking about remote RADIUS server groups, then this is the exam for you!

Study Resources:

The below list comprises some of the hot topics that are worth focusing on. Again, this exam is much more difficult than 70-410. It’s really important to get deep on these subjects, because many of the questions do just that. Conversely, there were some questions that I felt could have easily been […]

By |December 6th, 2013|Categories: Certifications, Microsoft, Technology, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment