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5 Lessons Learned with SQL Always Encrypted

By All Posts, Application Development, SQL Server
Microsoft introduced Always Encrypted with SQL Server 2016 as an approach to encrypting data at rest and in transit to protect personally identifiable information and financial transactions. Always Encrypted works by encrypting the data on the client side and hiding the encryption keys from the server. Without explicit permission and configuration, even database administrators cannot read the information stored in an encrypted column. This is obviously a significant step forward in security and allows users...
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New Microsoft Teams Features 2020

By All Posts, Office 365, Teams
At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft announced several new features to improve, and liven up Microsoft Teams. Check out our favourite new features your teams will love to use. Together Mode Some new Teams features bring new functionality, while others are whimsical additions. One of the latter is the new together mode. Individual meeting participants using pretend backgrounds was funny and clever, and eventually cliché. Teams’ new together mode removes the standard Brady Bunch grid style of the typical online...
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Project Oakdale and What It Means for Your Teams

By All Posts, Office 365, Power Platform, Teams
Microsoft’s Project Oakdale is a new platform for Microsoft Teams to deliver Power Apps and Virtual Agents all within the Teams client. Your whole organization can benefit with additional features like relational data tables for storing and collecting information, and one-click solution deployment. Project Oakdale enables everyone to build and test Power Apps and Virtual Agents directly in Teams with very little coding. Deploying to the correct team is as simple as selecting it. Relational...
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Biggest News from Microsoft Ignite 2020

By All Posts, Featured, Office 365, Teams
Microsoft’s yearly developers and IT professionals conference, Microsoft Ignite, was held last week digitally across the globe from September 21-23, 2020. The three-day conference featured exciting announcements and new features on the Microsoft products you know and trust. To stay up-to-date on the latest news, our teams attended to present you with the biggest news around collaboration, running the gamut from SharePoint Online to Teams, and a little more: SharePoint Syntex Probably the biggest news...
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Imaginet Recognized as a Microsoft Content Services Charter Partner

By All Posts, Announcements, Office 365, SharePoint, Teams
Imaginet—a leading provider in Microsoft 365, SharePoint, and Teams business productivity solutions—is proud to announce that we have been selected by Microsoft as a Charter Member for Microsoft 365 Content Services. The Microsoft Content Services platform is an end-to-end set of software and services that connects entire workplaces and enables intelligent content management. In their mission to redefine enterprise content management, Microsoft will integrate AI and cognitive services with existing Microsoft 365, SharePoint, and Project...
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Empower your team to stay connected with Microsoft Teams and keep business running smoothly—even as you work from home. Get started today with Imaginet’s Microsoft Teams consulting services.

Empower Your Team to Connect and Collaborate with Microsoft Teams

By All Posts, Featured, Office 365, Teams
As COVID-19 continues to keep people working remotely, it’s becoming increasingly important to help your team feel connected. With isolation, social distancing, and stay-at-home mandates, it’s easy for individuals to start to feel disconnected and discouraged. Giving your team the resources to stay connected can help. Microsoft Teams can be one of those resources. Not only can Teams help you continue to run your business as smoothly as possible during this challenging and uncertain time,...
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Recommender Systems 101: What Are They and How Do They Work?

By All Posts, Business Intelligence, Office 365, Power BI & SQL
Recommendations appear everywhere. Netflix shows you movies you may like based on your watching patterns. And when you online shop, you may see suggestions like , “customers that bought this item, also bought this one,” or you see people you may know in social media platforms. These are examples of a type of machine learning called recommender systems. Machine learning applies mathematical algorithms and statistical techniques on large amounts of data to create models that...
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The thing about working remote, is in order to be effective, your whole team needs to be effective. Once you find a good rhythm though you might even find yourselves more productive than when you were in the office!

10 Tips for Working Remote

By All Posts, Application Development, Modern Workplace, Office 365, Productivity, Teams, User Experience Design
Are you new to working remote? I’ve done it for years. As a working mom, it saves me a lot of time commuting and getting ready in the morning. After the kidlets are dropped off at our nearby daycare, I come home, make myself a coffee, and focus on getting my work done in a timely manner. The thing about working remote, though, is in order to be effective, your whole team needs to be...
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Using UX Strategy to Maintain Market Fit in a Volatile Market

By All Posts, User Experience Design
In times of strife, we tend to fall back on our old tried and true methods. We cut exploration and innovation projects and focus on core business functions. But what happens when your core business is what’s being upended? Or your customers' needs seem to have changed overnight? First, breathe. Panic and anxiety have never been good bedfellows for innovation. Pressure, however, makes for great innovation! We’re entering a new era. It’s scary, but also...
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Preparing for Next Level Knowledge Management in Office 365 – Project Cortex

By All Posts, Office 365, SharePoint, Teams

Since the initial announcement of Project Cortex late last year, many organizations have been anxiously awaiting its arrival with the promise of turning traditional Enterprise Content Management (ECM) on its head with the use of machine learning and AI. Imaginet has been preparing by being an early adopter in the Microsoft Content Services Partner Program. Our current clients have been asking what impacts Project Cortex will have on their current Microsoft 365 environments, and clients…

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