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Happy Holidays from Imaginet!

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This time of year is when we reflect on how much your support has made our success possible—and what a year it was! Many organizations (like yours) have had to pivot and adapt to change quickly during these surreal times. We know, more than ever, how technology plays a vital role in keeping our workplaces, families, and communities safe and well-connected. Thank you for your support! From our physically distanced office to yours, we wish...
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First 6 Months at Imaginet, During a Pandemic

By All Posts, Application Development
In April 2020, amidst the plight of the COVID-19 pandemic, I finally graduated from the Business Information Technology program at the Red River College. Typically, I would have been excited to put my school career to a close, yet I spent the latter half of my final semester worrying about my future employment. I had heard stories of fellow students who were accepted by prospective businesses, only to discover around early April that all onboarding...
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These Are the Microsoft 365 Features You Didn’t Know Existed

By All Posts, Office 365, Teams
Microsoft 365 is an impressive suite of cloud-based software. You are likely to be familiar with Microsoft Office products like Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. The worldwide migration to working from home has no doubt left you very aware of products like Microsoft Teams. Beyond these well-known applications did you know there are numerous add-ons and features to make the Microsoft 365 experience even better? Here are some Microsoft 365 features you might not know...
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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

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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Why You Should Use Microsoft Teams to Collaborate Remotely

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 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, it can...
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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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