Why We’re Excited About Fluid Framework in Microsoft 365

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Friday, May 22nd 2020 — Categories: O365, Enterprise Applications, Microsoft

First introduced in 2019, Fluid Framework has made a reappearance at this year’s digital-version of the Microsoft Build conference, and it’s now available for preview with some initial releases for Office.com and Outlook clients coming soon.

But what is this new framework for productivity applications? Here’s why we’re excited about Fluid and the changes it may bring to the way we collaborate and work digitally.

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4 Digital Transformation Focus Areas During a Pandemic

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, April 9th 2020 — Categories: Datacenter Automation, DevOps, IT Operations, Digital Transformation

You’ve already been disrupted –- now see why this is an opportunity for transformation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench into many IT plans and budgets for 2020. We won’t dive into that right now, as it’s been said many times over.

Now, many IT managers are turning towards the grim possibility of reduced budget. With economic uncertainty looming, it may be enough to just keep the proverbial lights on. This is a great time to take a look at both short- and long-term opportunities presented by pursue digital transformation.

Your daily operations are already disrupted. Your users are adopting new ways of working. And even if your IT staff and budget are stretched thin, many aspects of digital transformation can actually help you increase efficiency and deliver more value to your organization.

Here are the most vital transformative measures to focus on during this time of upheaval.

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MBJ: Green House Data targets Omaha with Deliveron acquisition

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Monday, February 10th 2020

On January 24th we were thrilled to see Deliveron leadership gracing the front page of the Midlands Business Journal, the weekly business paper of Omaha, Lincoln, and Council Bluffs.

The piece, which can be read below in its entirety, covers the history of Deliveron and its founders, the strategy behind the Green House Data acquisition of Deliveron, and the ways that DevOps and Digital Transformation are changing the marketplace for IT services.

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How Azure Migrate Helps You Assess Cloud Readiness

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, February 6th 2020 — Categories: Azure, Migration, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Microsoft

Every cloud migration follows the same general path: assessment, optimization, security protocol, and management. As your cloud environment matures, the latter three phases should be repeated to refine and improve your operations.

One native Azure tool that can be useful to begin this cloud journey is Azure Migrate. It consists of Azure Server Assessment and Azure Server Migration. Assessment is a discovery tool helps you assess cloud readiness and collect valuable intelligence about your virtual machines and associated infrastructure so you can be prepared to replace them in Azure. Migration, as you might expect, can actually migrate those servers to Azure.

Within the Azure Migrate hub are also database migration tools, Movere (an assessment tool purchased by Microsoft), a web app migration assistant, and Azure Data Box which assists with large scale data migration without using the internet.

This blog will focus on the Server Assessment tool, which helps you plan for cloud readiness, budget, and target environment architecture within Azure. Learn if it will work with your target environment, what it reports, and how it can lay the groundwork for a successful migration.

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Anglin’ for Your Creds: Phishing via Social Media Connections

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, December 19th 2019 — Categories: Security

This past week Green House Data employees found an invitation to connect in their LinkedIn inboxes from one Coleman Anglin, who claimed to be a Marketing Specialist at the company (unsurprisingly, no one in the marketing department received this invitation). 

Of course the humorous last name of “Anglin” belies the true nature of this connection: phishing. While our security team was swift to send out a notice not to connect to this individual, the attempt highlights a growing trend of phishing attacks reaching beyond e-mail to the social media realm.

But why bother posing as a fellow employee or a friend on social media? Several employees asked what the threat could be from this seemingly innocuous connection, even if it was made in bad faith. 

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