Winners for the 2016 IMPACT Awards for Canadian Microsoft Partners were announced on July 10 at the Microsoft World Partner Conference in Toronto. New Signature has been named as the winner of the 2016 Enterprise Cloud Packaged Solutions Award. The IMPACT Awards celebrate innovation in technology and the impact that that innovation has on …
When opening a document using a Microsoft office application, e.g. PowerPoint, that is licensed through an Office 365 subscription, you may be prompted to re-authenticate with your email address and password. This is normal and is part of the way the service ensures the software is licensed and used appropriately. However if you are … Read More
Wednesday evening I had the privilege of attending the Helios HR reception for award finalists at 2941 restaurant in Virginia. Receptions including cocktails and appetizers should be fun and it was quite fun until I went to get my car from the valet. I lined up with the other guests, not worried that the … Read More
New Signature is pleased to announce it has been named the 2014 Microsoft United States Partner of the Year. This top honor among all Microsoft partners in the United States was earned by demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of Microsoft services and devices. “New Signature has achieved so much already this year, including … Read More
CMS Consulting president Brian Bourne frequently contributes to IT security and privacy discussions in Canada. With cloud computing gaining rapid traction in Canadian organizations, the questions of “data sovereignty” and “data residency” come up frequently now.
To get more clarity on these topics in a public sector setting, Brian talked to Tracy Ann Kosa, a senior strategist in privacy at Microsoft Corp. and a doctoral candidate in Computer Science at University of Ontario Institute for Technology. Tracy is working on creating models for measuring privacy. Here is her take on what is important with regard to establishing “reasonable protection” for cloud computing in public sector settings:
There are a number ways to manage device drivers in Windows at the enterprise level. Jason Cotton, a Senior Consultant at CMS Consulting, recently shared key approaches over on the blog of our sister company Infrastructure Guardian.
The four approaches are:
1. Include everything the manufacturer offers for that model
2. Do an ‘auto detect’ drivers task
3. Combination of drivers and executables
4. Include only what plug and play will use for the tested model
Here are the key arguments for his favourite method of creating driver packagers:
While the Razor syntax provided in the View layer for .NET apps is very powerful, it isn’t always as flexible as you need, and won’t always provide you with friendly markup on the front end. At the same time, there may be instances where you’d like to decouple your front end from the back … Read More
Office 365 contains several built in reports you can run to audit different aspects of the security of your Office 365 service. Below is a list of the key reports related to email and what they can tell you. The reports can be found under the Auditing section of the Compliance Management area within … Read More
There is no true way at this time to use Feature Stapling with SharePoint Online, which would let you customize the default template and solution for new site collections, including My Sites, but there are some workarounds we can use to get close to the same functionality. Below I’ve outlined a few use cases … Read More
with business technology knows that there is a “science” and an “art”
to IT. Today I’d like to discuss my “art” of managing device
My approach is not the only method that will end up with a functional product. But,
although it may not be the most obvious way, it offers me specific advantages over all the others
methods. That’s why I call it an art.
Here is an overview of different methods for creating driver packages:
This is the first of a series of posts regarding the retention, protection, deletion and auditing of email data in Office 365. Along the way we will examine the concepts behind some powerful but little known features of the service. In this post we’ll be focusing on the Exchange Online and SharePoint Online components … Read More