By: Joshua Weiss, Marketing Associate

The Enterprise Connect Expo in Orlando, Florida was an amazing experience. With around one hundred companies at the expo there was no shortage of exciting things to check out. From businesses dedicated to improving your company’s customer service to emergency services that send direct messages to everyone in your company, just about everything you could ask for was at this expo.

What should your conference room look like?

Companies like Poly, Biamp, Yealink, Teem, and Evoko bring value with the products they provide. These companies all make setting up and attending meetings easier.

For example, Poly demonstrated their Polycom Studio, which is a USB video bar built for small rooms. This is a camera and microphone that is easily plugged in and used without hassle. It also has a feature where it tracks the person talking and focuses more on them. Poly even won an award called Best Communications/Collaboration Device for this product at Enterprise Connect 2019.

Biamp was demonstrating their products and how they are effective for Microsoft Teams meetings. They had a couple different types of ceiling microphones which can be useful for conferences with 8 to over 25 people. The different types of microphones included ones that went directly into the ceiling and ones that hang down low for even better sound quality. They also showed off their product called Tesira which is an integrated, networked AV processing and distribution platform. This is used for helping you create the dynamic, efficient AV systems your customers need.

Evoko demonstrated a product called Evoko Liso which is a piece of hardware that is put up outside the meeting room. This product is a touch screen room manager that tells you when a meeting is scheduled in that room. You can even book, end, or extend a meeting directly from the home screen (which is a clock) or use the calendar to search for other rooms based on availability, size and equipment. You can also easily see if a meeting is available by the light it emits, green for available, red for in use, or amber for scheduled.

Teem, does the same thing as Evoko with the hardware outside of the meeting room but takes it up a notch. While you can schedule meetings directly on the touch screen monitor, you can also do it through your voice. Teem implemented Alexa, which can use your voice commands to schedule a meeting for you. Not only can you schedule meetings in person but you can schedule meetings through your already existing calendar system, including Office 365. This would allow someone on Teams to set up a meeting in a specific room and have it show up on the monitors outside of the meeting rooms which is very valuable.

All of these businesses bring value to a company that often has in person meetings and trouble with conflicting meeting times between teams and needs great quality audio and visual during those meetings.

The Microsoft space was amazing. Their space was dedicated to Microsoft Teams and all of the stuff we can expect in the future for Teams. Features such as customized backgrounds in meetings are expected very soon. This is like the blur feature it already has but instead of blur you can have the background be trees or an office setting.

Microsoft showed off the star of their show, their updated Whiteboard, which is a tool that can be used in meetings to assist in teamwork. Whiteboard provides an infinite digital canvas for meeting participants to work together directly in Teams. Essentially, it is a huge touch screen that is running Teams, which allows you to draw stuff out while in meetings.


By: Indira Ghosh, Marketing Associate

Time for some Facts and Figures related to Cyber Security issues! 

The annual number of data breaches and exposed records in the United States from 2005 to 2018 (in millions) shows a rise of more than 600%  
  • 92% of malware is delivered by email. 
  • 60% of small companies go out of business within six months of a cyber-attack. 

With a Microsoft Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Policy you can: 
Identify sensitive information across many locations, such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business. 

For example, you can recognize any document containing a credit card number that stored in OneDrive for Business site. 

Prevent the accidental sharing of sensitive information:
You can identify any document or email containing financial data shared with people outside your organization, and then automatically block access to that document or block the email from being sent. 

Monitor and protect information in the latest desktop versions of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word:
DLP Policies have capabilities to identify sensitive information. DLP provides continuous monitoring when people share content.

You can educate your users about DLP policies:
If a user tries to share a document containing confidential information, a DLP policy can send them an email notification and show them a policy tip.

Give us a call at 914-355-5800 to find out more about Data Loss Prevention and other Microsoft security products. 


By: Indira Ghosh, Marketing Associate

First, here are some facts about security vulnerabilities:

  • More malware is being launched than ever before, with approximately 230,000 new malware samples per day.
  • 92% of malware is delivered by email.
  • 56% of IT decision makers say targeted phishing attacks are their top security threat.
  • The average ransomware attack costs a small business anywhere from 40 thousand to 1 million dollars.
  • It takes organizations an average of 191 days to identify data breaches.

Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online gives you basic protection, is that enough?

This is what you get:

  • An Email filtering service that helps protect your organization against spam and malware. This filters out thousands of unsolicited messages daily that might contain malware.
  • It is simple to setup and already has a powerful default out of the box. 
  • You can add additional rules to block emails that still pass through as well.

Now, what doesn’t it do?

  • It does not check emails for malware attachments at all.
  • It does not protect email content for website links that take you to Phishing sites.

Microsoft Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is an affordable add-on that provides the following:

  • The email arrives at Microsoft, where it is scanned by Exchange Online Protection for SPAM.
  • Next ATP scans the email; it ensures attachments are safe by checking the attachments against its real-time updated database.
  • Additionally, if the system recognizes a suspicious link or content, the email is removed, or the rough contents of the link are described.
  • Naturally, the user and the company IT administrator receive notification.
  • The intelligent solution provided by Microsoft can protect your data against sophisticated threats.

Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is about $2.00 per month which is $24.00 annually per user. ATP is a necessary layer in today’s security environment.

Give us a call at 914-355-5800 to find out more about ATP and other Microsoft security products.


By: Joshua Weiss, Marketing Associate

Microsoft Teams is a workplace chat app that has integrated everything Office 365 offers and keeps it all in one convenient location.

Microsoft Teams is all about keeping its users working together. While Teams has tons of functions, like integrated apps, bots to help guide and work for you, enterprise-level security and more, its main goal is to allow its users an easy and secure way to speak about work, all while building team chemistry.

In today’s work climate, team chemistry can make or break your business. If everyone is not on the same page it can lead to disastrous results and we want the opposite of that. We can achieve this through the use of the Microsoft Teams chat.

The Teams chat is such a useful tool to have. Long gone are the days of slow back and forth emails between colleagues. Nowadays everyone wants a response ASAP and Teams allows people to deliver on that.

With the Teams chat, people can be connected immediately in a number of ways. You can simply text chat people or do things like call or video chat, all while being completely secure through the Microsoft cloud. Users can create teams in channels for specific projects and add the users they want into a specific team.

Here is an example of how useful this chat is. Let’s say you need advice on a project. All you would have to do is message a coworker, share your screen (by pressing one button inside the chat window) and they can see exactly what you see, allowing a simple and efficient way to give feedback. Also, if they wanted to add something, you could just give them control and they can add whatever they need. Instead of you having to email them the entire document and wait for it to get back to you before working on it again.

Teams is so simple yet so useful for workers because the benefit of quickly receiving feedback allows for peoples creativity to continue flowing instead of the typical ups and downs, we normally face.

One of the best features Teams has is the ability to add a Task from Microsoft Planner directly into a Team. This allows us to breakdown the work into tangible tasks and make everyone aware of the To Dos for a project. Such as a Task to meet weekly with reminders directly into our Outlook. This way, once we are in a chat, we will be organized as to what we talk about and have a clear path to get us to our goal.  

Like the old saying “time is money”, staying productive at work will bring you more profits. Teams is a great way to add value and build productivity throughout your business. Don’t miss out, with Teams you can be the most productive you have ever been!

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