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What Did Satya Nadella Tell Microsoft Employees Last Week?

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Microsoft shouldn’t be classified as a computer company, a database and applications software provider, a maker of games or mobile phones.

It’s a productivity company, that’s how its CEO, Satya Nadella, sees it. He went as far as to leave stylish and sticky terms like “mobile-first”, “cloud-first” out of the company’s new mission statement.

“Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. I’m proud to share that this is our new official mission statement,” he wrote in an internal e-mail (that was later leaked) to 118,000 Microsoft employees last week.

“We have unique capability in harmonizing the needs of both individuals and organizations,” he continued. “This is in our DNA”.

This has never been as viable and valuable as it is now, in today’s mobile, cloudy world.

After all, who wants to log out of one endpoint and log into another in order to do something simple like add a carton of milk to the family’s cloud-based grocery list (it’s why Microsoft acquired Wunderlist maker Wunderkinder) or to approve an invoice while standing on the sidelines waiting for your kid’s soccer game to begin? Getting it done, seamlessly and simply, is what it’s all about. That’s productivity. Mobile and Cloud are the great enablers of these experiences.

Think about One Drive, One Drive for Business and Azure co-exiting and an intelligent agent (Delve) knowing where you want to store your stuff as well as from where it can be retrieved via whatever means is most readily available or makes the most sense.

From an end users perspective, Nadella is talking about a whole lot more than bringing Web/Enterprise 2.0 experiences to tablets and phones.

“Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and our customers to thrive in this world.”

It’s important to note, said Nadella, that Microsoft’s worldview for mobile-first is not just about content and collaboration via mobile of devices.

“It’s centered on the mobility of experiences that, in turn, are orchestrated by the cloud,” he said. That is why we think of these two trends together. What we do with our products and business models has to account for this fundamental transformation.”

This is why Microsoft owns One Drive and Azure— they are enablers of productivity. They aim to make it simple, and almost natural, to work with Word, Outlook, Excel, Office, Office 365, Sharepoint Online, Microsoft Dynamics, apps like Sunrise and more , at any time and from anywhere.

It’s also why, in some cases, Cortana (a smarter version of Siri) will pop up to help you any time you have a question or need anything. It’s why Microsoft built Delve, so that everything you need, and might not even know you need, will show up on your screen, when you allow it to. Microsoft will continue to offer more as it learns more about you and how you live.

Of course, it’s going to do this without being creepy. And since they’re not in the business of serving ads to you, their motive is a bit different than say…

Nadella also called on his employees to become “customer-obsessed”. This he meant in a more general way.

“We will learn about our customers and their businesses with a beginner’s mind,” he told his team, “and then bring solutions that meet their needs. We will be insatiable in our desire to learn from the outside and bring that knowledge into Microsoft, while still innovating to surprise and delight our users”.

And finally, Nadella held out a challenge to his employees- to make Windows, and in this case Windows 10, which comes out later this month, an end-user obsession.

“We have the opportunity to connect with 1.5 billion Windows customers in 190 countries around the globe. We aspire to move people from needing Windows to choosing Windows to loving Windows. …”

If anyone can reinvent Windows, it’s this Microsoft team. And if it succeeds, our windows to the world will provide workplace experiences that we might not even imagine today.

We’re excited, and we’re watching.

Hey Office 365 Admins- You Can Leave Your Laptop at Home

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We’re supposed to be working in mobile-first, cloud-first world, right? Did vendors forget that the people who keep end users happy and everything running are their customers too?

The good news today is that Microsoft hasn’t. And that’s not just talk, there’s proof in the pudding. Earlier this week the Office team in Redmond announced the availability of new service: incident push notifications with the Office 365 Admin app for Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices for first release customers with the worldwide release to follow.

What this means is that admins can go freely about their day without worry instead of continuously checking-in. They’ll get a push notification if there’s a service incident affecting their users. And get this, they’ll be able to find out what’s going on, in detail, and what they can do about it. Much of the time the problems will be able to be solved right from their phones with a few taps.

And when it comes to staying on top of the fix, the latest service health status information is available from the same app.

If you don’t have the app yet, you can get the iPhone app here, the Android app here and the Windows phone app here.

Architect Updates: OneDrive Incremental Copy Filters, Office 365 Vanity URL Support, and Groups Report Enhancements

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This week we’ve made a host of optimizations for the MetaVis Architect Suite (Release 2.1.4.201506142230). There are a few new things to show you so let’s jump in.

OneDrive for Business Incremental Copy Filters

We’ve made an enhancement to MetaVis Architect Suite that gives users the option to apply filters when performing an incremental content copy via the Item, List, and Site Copy Wizards. Users also now have the option to apply filters on an incremental mass File System copy. These options are available when copying into both SharePoint and OneDrive locations. Now, bringing over only the content you need is easier than ever.

Office 365 Vanity URL Support

We’ve added functionality to MetaVis Architect Suite that gives users the option to enable Office 365 Vanity URL support which will bypass URL verification when connecting to Office 365 tenants. Users will no longer have to know the exact system-generated or custom-assigned URL. This will also reduce connection errors when connecting to an environment that utilizes vanity urls.

Groups Report Enhancements

We’ve added functionality to MetaVis Security Manager that enhances the Security Groups report by adding Orphaned groups information, the option to display the number of group members on the Groups report, and the option to sort the report by member count. With these enhancements, it is easier than ever to discover, analyze, and manage your security groups.

Be sure to check out all of the major features of MetaVis Architect Suite to see how you can use this product for much more than migration. Also make sure to check out the recent updates to the Architect Suite software as we introduce something new almost every week.

 

 

 

Another Reason Why Office 365 Will Be Simply Irresistible

Microsoft is really bad at keeping secrets. And Office enthusiasts are really good at finding out what they are. There’s a new, still somewhat in stealth, service called Microsoft WiFi on the way. It will be accessible from just about anywhere in the world  and Office 365 Enterprise users are rumored to be among the first to gain access.

Membership has its privileges, right?

From what’s been leaked, Microsoft WiFi will be a cross-platform play- Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. It makes sense. Think Windows 10. Think of Office 365 on every device.

It’s also a way of getting you into “Microsoft space” and making iOS and Android  platforms seemingly disappear. Steve Ballmer might have been brash enough to phrase it that  way, but Satya Nadella’s style is different. He wants to claim his company’s birthright by delivering products and services that are simply irresistible.

Here’s what he told his employees early this year:

“At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more.”

Connectivity is a starting point for all of that, and  the mobile workforce can’t be productive unless  it is omni-present and affordable. You can’t, or at least it’s incredibly expensive and inefficient, work with huge documents via a mobile service. Neither the enterprise, nor a small business wants to pay for and wait for that.

It won’t be long before we know more, but here’s an image that was gleaned from the from the Microsoft WiFi site before Microsoft took it down.

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Architect Updates: Azure Turbo Command Line and Scheduling Options, Optimized SharePoint & OneDrive for Business Performance

This week we’ve made a host of optimizations for the MetaVis Architect Suite (Release 2.1.4.201505312311). There are a few new things to show you so let’s get started.

Azure Turbo Command Line and Scheduling Options

We’ve made enhancements to MetaVis Architect Suite that allows users to utilize command line options and schedule list and site copies when utilizing the new Azure Turbo Mode that was recently added to the MetaVis Platform utilizing the Office 365 Migration API. With this update, users are able to automate their copy operations while benefiting from the increased speed of Azure Turbo Mode.

Optimized SharePoint & OneDrive for Business Performance

We’ve added functionality to MetaVis Architect Suite that optimizes the performance of all non-Azure Turbo Mode SharePoint and OneDrive for Business operations. With these operations, users who are unable to utilize the speed of Azure Turbo Mode are benefitting from an increase in speed and efficacy.

Be sure to check out all of the major features of MetaVis Architect Suite to see how you can use this product for much more than migration. Also make sure to check out the recent updates to the Architect Suite software as we introduce something new almost every week.

There’s Gold in Your Content, Find it in Office 365

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So many of us were so focused on guessing what Microsoft executives would say about Sharepoint at its mega-user conference, Ignite, earlier this month, that we didn’t pay much attention to what was unveiled at BUILD, the developers’ gathering held in San Francisco a week earlier. And that might not seem like a big deal until you realize that it’s at that conference that Microsoft code jockeys and tool makers get a peek at the goods with which they’ll build tomorrow’s solutions. The solutions that we, and our clients and/or internal customers, will come to depend on.

And perhaps there’s nothing as edgy and as valuable to Office 365 users as the potential unleashed by Office graph, the intelligent fabric that applies machine learning to map the connections between people, content and interactions across the platform.

Office graph represents relationships among enterprise objects as edges. Enterprise objects include items such as people and documents, as well as the relationships and interactions among these objects. The relationships and interactions are represented as edges.

Some edges represent simple, single interactions, others represent multiple interactions.

Simple edges might be Modified as in “Carl modified a document” or Viewed as in “Bob viewed an Excel spreadsheet”

Edges that involve multiple interactions are more complex and may offer greater, deeper insight. Consider the two new scenarios that Microsoft unveiled at BUILD:

WorkingWith — Allows for search (or queries) around People with whom you regularly interact and informally collaborate. It leverages machine learning around the Office graph that takes data from places such as SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Exchange Online, the Microsoft Azure Active Directory, and Delve.

TrendingAround — Reveals items that are popular in your circle of colleagues by enabling queries around a person or piece of data in Office 365 to determine how it’s trending in the network.

Here are some the places, objects and edges that developers might use to learn about an “actor” named George. It will look into his:

a)      PersonalFeed: George’s Home view in Delve.

b)      Modified: Items that the George has modified in the last three months.

c)      Everyone: Everyone who reports to the same manager as George

d)      OrgDirect: George’s direct reports

e)      OrgManager: The person whom George reports to

f)       OrgSkipLevelManager: George’s skip-level manager

g)      WorkingWith: People with whom George communicates with or works with frequently

h)      TrendingAround: Items popular with people whom George works with or communicates with frequently

i)       Viewed  Items viewed by George in the last three months

j)       WorkingWithPublic: a view of the individuals outside of the organization with whom George communicates or works with frequently

 

What does this mean for companies using Office 365? That the content that their productivity workers  create and engage with day in and day out can be transformed into  priceless assets that lead to smarter decisions, bigger profits or savings. We haven’t seen anything like this before.

 

To find out more about the Lifecycle Management of your content in Office 365, be sure to join us for our webinar on May 28 at 11:30AM EST at  by registering here.

What Mobile First, Cloud First Actually Means to Microsoft Users

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We’ve been listening to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talk about a Mobile First, Cloud First world for quite a while now. Though it may sound like he’s bellowing buzzwords, attempting fancy branding, or simply declaring that Microsoft will focus on creating interfaces to access cloud data via phones and tablets first and PC’s second, there’s a whole lot more to it… At Ignite, Microsoft’s user  conference held in Chicago earlier this month, he made his vision perfectly clear.

Mobile isn’t about a device; it’s about a new way of working. One in which the “modern worker” (that’s you and me) gets to choose how he gets his work done. What matters is the mobility of the experience; in other words, anytime, anywhere access and productivity via any endpoint (desktop and laptop included).

“When we say mobile first, it is not the mobility of a single device that matters.  In fact, it is the most irrelevant thing,” said Nadella during Ignite’s opening keynote. “What matters is the mobility of the experience across all of the computing devices in our lives,” he went on.

And that mobility is enabled by the cloud.

“When we talk about cloud first, it is the cloud back-end for all of your devices, all of your applications, all of your data, it is about adding intelligence to your experiences,” said Nadella.

And that intelligence, it would seem, is gleaned from data and analytics which is optimally delivered via the cloud.

The Microsoft boss then spoke about the options for deployment. As he sees it, application programs will be replaced by lightweight apps or SaaS solutions. Think Office vs. Office 365. This is an important differentiator because the same applications will be deployed to many different computing end points.

“These applications are both going to generate data and consume data at unprecedented levels,” said Nadella. “And all of this is going to require the distributed cloud infrastructure that we all will need to provision to support them.”

But it’s not just that, but all of the different tiers of technology will also require a landscape— in Nadella’s words, “a context where things like security, privacy, regulation, data sovereignty will all matter.”

If you’re a company starting from ground zero, that doesn’t have to comply with many regulatory requirements, then Nadella’s vision is bliss. Not only would you be able to leverage the economic  efficiencies of the cloud, but more importantly, Microsoft’s newest gems like Power BI, Office Delve, Office Graph over all of your data.

But if you’re like many, many companies, you may not be ready or able to scrap your on-premises investments, right now. But does that mean you won’t have access to the same great technologies that your competitors in the cloud do?

Of course Microsoft wouldn’t do that to you. It would be the same as saying “Go Cloud or Get Lost” and Nadella’s team doesn’t behave that way. Instead Microsoft’s Global Senior Director for SharePoint and OneDrive product marketing, Seth Patton, and its Senior Technical Product Manager for Sharepoint, Bill Baer have promised a solution to leverage the tools on premises.

More about that in the next post.

Architect Updates: Copy 2013 Video Sets, and Live Compare Backup Enhancements

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This week we’ve made a host of optimizations for the MetaVis Architect Suite (Release 2.1.4.201505172148). There are a few new things to show you so let’s jump in.

 

Copy 2013 Video Sets

We’ve made enhancements to MetaVis Migration Suite allows users to copy the new 2013 Video sets when copying between SharePoint 2013 on premise environments, between Office 365 environments, or between On-Premise and Office 365. This allows users to better manage their content and bring over their multimedia when performing copy/move operations.

 

Live Compare Backup Enhancements

We’ve added functionality to MetaVis Architect Suite that gives users the ability to run Live Compare on a backup project and its corresponding Site Collection. Users can now compare the site and lists permissions between their backup project and the live site to see if there are discrepancies. Users also have the ability to compare just the list views in the backup project to the views in the corresponding site. With these enhancements, the user has the ability to see which backups or pieces of the backup need to be updated.

 

Be sure to check out all of the major features of MetaVis Architect Suite to see how you can use this product for much more than migration. Also make sure to check out the recent updates to the Architect Suite software as we introduce something new almost every week.

 

MetaVis Technologies, a Metalogix company, announces Azure Turbo

Utilizing Microsoft’s newly announced Azure-enabled SharePoint Online Migration API, MetaVis Technologies offers faster, simpler migration to Office 365. Through powerful integration with Microsoft’s Azure infrastructure, the MetaVis platform’s new Azure Turbo mode now enables users to migrate their content to the cloud quicker than ever.

Thanks to Microsoft’s new SharePoint Online Migration API and Azure infrastructure, Azure Turbo mode allows users to perform extremely fast migrations while simultaneously avoiding pain points and bottlenecks such as network throttling and load balancing.

Thanks to a great deal of work and integration, MetaVis Technologies is pleased to announce that Azure Turbo mode is available now to help customers increase the speed and efficacy of their migrations to the cloud.

Customers who would like to enable Azure Turbo mode on their license can do so by calling support.

Architect Updates: Nintex Workflow Conversion, and Workflow Report.

This week we’ve made a host of optimizations for the MetaVis Architect Suite (Release 2.1.4.201504262243). There are a few new things to show you so let’s get started.

Workflow Report

We’ve added functionality to the Pre-Migration Analysis report of MetaVis Architect Suite that identifies and describes Microsoft and Nintex Workflows including site-and list-level workflow associations as well as reusable workflows across multiple server farms, Office 365 tenancies, site collections and sites using the SharePoint Pre-Migration Analysis report functionality.

Nintex Workflow Conversion

We’ve made enhancements to MetaVis Migration Suite that converts Nintex workflows from the on-premise format to the new Office 365 format when copying Nintex workflows from on-premises to Office 365 SharePoint locations.

 

Be sure to check out all of the major features of MetaVis Architect Suite to see how you can use this product for much more than migration. Also make sure to check out the recent updates to the Architect Suite software as we introduce something new almost every week.