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The Complete Office 365 and Microsoft 365 Licensing Comparison

The Complete Office 365 and Microsoft 365 Licensing Comparison

  I've only met one other person that could write the complete Office 365 and Microsoft 365 licensing comparison. That person is Glenton Davis, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft. (Although, I did stump him on a few CAS unified...
Budgeting for Microsoft Defender XDR and Zero Trust Security

Budgeting for Microsoft Defender XDR and Zero Trust Security

Building a Zero Trust Security framework with 20+ vendors has zero chance of success. This is why budgeting for Microsoft Defender XDR for Zero Trust Security must be at the forefront of a modern cybersecurity strategy for organizations of any...
Microsoft Defender For Endpoint Standalone is Now Available! (Formerly MD ATP)

Microsoft Defender For Endpoint Standalone is Now Available! (Formerly MD ATP)

Note: Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (MD ATP) Is Now Defender For Endpoint Update: As of August 2021, MDE P1 is also available bundled in Microsoft 365 E3/A3. Only two years overdue, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint standalone is now available!...

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The Benefits of AI for Businesses Today

Perhaps you’ve read articles here and there about artificial intelligence incorporated into today’s work tasks, but it’s largely off your own business radar. You might see it as a tool that enhances operations under the surface of software, still somewhat unknown in your concrete organizational decisions. AI is becoming increasingly pervasive and going far beyond…

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Infused Innovations Welcomes Erica Bosse as Director of Customer Success

Infused Innovations  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2021  (401) 267-4460  [email protected]   INFUSED INNOVATIONS WELCOMES ERICA BOSSE AS DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER SUCCESS Emphasizing the firm’s focus on client business outcomes  North Kingstown, RI: On Wednesday, Infused Innovations formally announced the hiring of Erica Bosse as Director of Customer Success. Erica will start immediately in this new role.     As the Director of Customer Success, Erica will be responsible for driving value for Infused Innovations’ clients throughout their Digital Transformation…

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Microsoft Defender for Mobile Endpoints

We’ve written about Microsoft Defender for Endpoints and Microsoft Defender XDR. The Defender stack is a cybersecurity platform that encompasses several elements of antivirus protection. These are generally targeted toward enterprise computer networks in cloud-based or hybrid business environments. But Microsoft Defender is also available for mobile endpoints. Last summer it first became available for…

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Tech Intensity: Expanding Beyond Digital Transformation

One of the big tech buzzwords in 2020, and leading up to it, was digital transformation. Perhaps a good one to ponder as we move into 2021 is tech intensity. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has often mentioned this latter term during his keynotes. (He coined it in 2018 and brought it up again more recently…

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Forrester Wave Gives Azure Sentinel a Leader Placement

Gartner isn’t the only technology research group that classifies Microsoft as a Leader. Forrester Research has also named Azure Sentinel a Leader in its recently released report, The Forrester Wave™: Security Analytics Platform Providers, Q4 2020. The Forrester Wave is similar to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant chart in that it classifies technology vendors on a scale…

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Tech Trends We Can Expect in 2021

Hindsight is 2020. And many people are glad to put that chaotic year into the realm of remembrance. But we still face the same ongoing challenges as we move into 2021, and our new year will be colored by everything that came before it in the last one. Can our experiences of 2020 help us…

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Create Your Zero Trust Business Plan

The recent Solarigate news has many of us chilled and concerned about how to protect ourselves and our organizations. It’s clear that we can’t take cybersecurity for granted and we can never be too careful with our data and networks. That’s why we strongly recommend adopting a Zero Trust policy. Within this type of security…

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Budgeting for Microsoft Defender XDR and Zero Trust Security

Building a Zero Trust Security framework with 20+ vendors has zero chance of success. This is why budgeting for Microsoft Defender XDR for Zero Trust Security must be at the forefront of a modern cybersecurity strategy for organizations of any size that are running Microsoft Windows or Office 365. Microsoft Defender XDR allows you to…

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How Do You Protect Against Supply Chain Attacks? Assume You’re Breached

The recent news of the SolarWinds and FireEye breaches has left some IT managers wondering how they can better protect against supply chain attacks. The short answer is to assume you’re already breached and use a defense-in-depth strategy to limit your exposure to an attack. (Also referred to as a Zero Trust strategy.) Before we…

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Microsoft is a Leader in Five Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrants

It’s no new surprise that Microsoft is a leader according to Gartner, but we can’t help noticing that the company has earned this distinction in five of the 2020 Magic Quadrants: Enterprise Information Archiving Cloud Access Security Brokers Access Management Endpoint Protection Platforms Unified Endpoint Management Let’s take a quick look at each of these…

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Security and Productivity Don’t Have to Be Opposites

Some of the most common challenges we hear from our clients have to do with a perceived battle between security and productivity. We hear CISOs saying, “I can’t implement security because it makes my staff crazy / slows them down / kills their productivity.” Or, alternately said, “My employees can only be productive if I…

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Who’s at the Top of Gartner’s 2020 UEM Magic Quadrant? Intune.

If you’re not familiar with Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, it’s an interesting way to look at technology companies and where they land in terms of completeness of vision and ability to execute. The chart is broken into four quadrants: niche players, visionaries, challengers, and leaders. A lot of vision without the ability to follow through makes…

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Forrester Finds Over 200% ROI in Azure Sentinel After Three Years

A Forrester Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study published this month analyzed the financial effects for companies using Microsoft’s Azure Sentinel. Forrester interviewed customers who previously used on-premises SIEM solutions and have now switched to the cloud-based Azure Sentinel. The organizations participating in the study specialized in IT services, big data, financial services, and e-commerce on…

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What Exactly is Behind a Digital Transformation?

You may have had technology providers offering or promising your company “digital transformation.” This sounds great: your organization will undergo a modern renewal of cyber integrity, emerging more technologically fit than ever before. But what does this actually mean? It’s often used as a catch-all / solve-all term without much substance behind it. Perhaps this…

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Microsoft and Infused Innovations Want to Help Your Organization Work Towards Environmental Sustainability

You may have read our article on persuasive technology and the popular documentary The Social Dilemma. But according to the head of our Innovation Lab, Phil Magnuszewski, David Attenborough’s A Life on our Planet is “the most important documentary of the year.” Perhaps this is because even among all our social and political challenges, the…

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AI for Earth: Examples of Technology Leading Environmental Change

Here are some examples of how leaders around the globe are using technology and AI to bring about environmental change.

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Gartner’s 2020 Hype Cycle for Cloud Security

Over the past several years, companies have gradually been moving their data and work processes to the cloud. Some have been reluctant to make this move, though, most often because of concerns about cloud security. Even for the most avid supporters of cloud-based work, security is an important issue. And accordingly, Gartner has a Hype…

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An Election in Today’s Tech Age: from Social Media to Artificial Intelligence

Election day in the U.S. is just around the corner. We’ve seen all the usual pre-election activities: lots of campaign news coverage; an influx of calls, texts, and mail urging us to vote for particular candidates and measures; the signs up around the neighborhood declaring homeowners’ stances. But we’ve now entered an age where there’s…

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A Look at AI in Gartner’s Hype Cycle

Artificial intelligence has definitely received a lot of hype in recent years. This has been a long time coming in regard to the general concept of AI. Imagine the first articles you ever read about AI, or the increasing multitude of films that feature various robots as characters. When it comes to more specific and…

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Diversity Drives Success in Organizations

It was this day in 1492 when Christopher Columbus first reached the island of Guanahani in the Bahamas. We’ve come a long way since then, and people now largely recognize that he wasn’t the first to discover the Americas. In fact, many places in the United States now call this holiday Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead,…

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Persuasive Technology: How Can We Make It More Ethical?

Have you read much about captology? It’s not a term frequently used, but it addresses a pervasive issue in our now very digital world. Captology is the study of persuasive technology—it was coined in the 1990s by BJ Fogg based on an acronym for Computers As Persuasive Technologies. It looks at any technological devices or…

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Lost Your Internet Connection? Try These 5 Tips

Let’s see if you can relate… You’re in the middle of an important work meeting and it’s your turn to share the details of a major project you’ve been working pretty hard on. Right as you get the spotlight to share with your team, the connection gets choppy. Your team says “you’re cutting out, we…

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What is Project Cortex?

How many times has someone on your team tried to collaborate on a document in SharePoint and had to ask where the document is? Or, how often have you found two people working on the same task but in different departments? Coming soon, Microsoft’s Cognitive Services and AI will be tackling these exact issues. Microsoft’s…

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What’s New with Cognitive Services and AI at Microsoft Ignite 2020?

Microsoft’s annual Ignite conference for technology leaders is underway. Curious about what’s been said about AI at Microsoft Ignite 2020? We were too. With the growing relevance of AI today, it makes sense for it to be a prevalent topic at Ignite. Here’s a look at some of the biggest news in AI from the…

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Top Announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2020

We’re always here to give you timely highlights of conference events. This week is Microsoft Ignite 2020, the tech giant’s annual gathering for technology leaders. A day into the event, here’s a recap of some of the most important news. Satya Nadella’s Keynote: Building Digital Resiliency   Azure Automanage and New Availability Zones If your…

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EA or CSP Licensing: Which is a Better Choice for Your Company?

We understand Microsoft 365 licensing. Probably even better than the Microsoft product teams. Need proof? Check out our industry-recognized Microsoft 365 comparison chart. Our team actively responds to community questions on our blog and also via the r/Office365 subreddit. If you’re still skeptical, keep reading. There are a few different ways to purchase Microsoft offerings.…

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Artificial Intelligence Applications That Can Save Lives

Over the past several years, artificial intelligence has become a subject of increasing curiosity. It’s grown in the public imagination as well as in technological research and professional use. New AI technologies are being developed so rapidly that we often don’t realize the extent to which they can contribute to both productivity and health. There…

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Insider Risk Management with AI and ML

Additional remote work and online activity have made individuals and organizations more vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. Many organizations overlook these threats, and often when they do address them, they focus on outside attacks. They can easily fail to see potential risk that lies within their own internal network. And these internal threats are more common…

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Microsoft Not Acquiring TikTok

Update: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft is not acquiring TikTok and plans to announce Oracle as the winner. Good news for your teenage kids: their favorite new app may soon undergo some big security improvements. Actually, they may not even be paying attention to the strengths or weaknesses behind this trendy video-sharing…

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Forrester Study Shows 123% ROI from Microsoft Azure AD

Part of a successful business is being able to find and implement the options that will bring the best returns on investment (ROI), both in security and financial gains. One of the pertinent investments that businesses face today is in digital security, especially with the spreading out of employees working at home due to COVID-19.…

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Remote Work Leaves Many Organizations Open to Cybersecurity Risks

With COVID-19 as an ongoing threat, people have moved to remote work at home more than ever before. Many have made this change unexpectedly, feeling their way in a process they weren’t planning on adopting. For those who didn’t work remotely before, adapting to the new scenario while maintaining productivity and well-being have been common…

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CBRS Deployments set to Drive Innovative Wireless Solutions

Citizens Broadband Radio Service (or CBRS for short) is the basis on which organizations can build their own private 4G/5G networks. Built in a 150 Mhz section of the radio spectrum between 3550 MHz and 3700 MHz (commonly referred to simply as “3.5 GHz”), the freeing up of the CBRS band stems from the 2010…

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Working from Home’s Effect on the Brain

If you’ve shifted to remote work over the past few months, you may have wondered about—or noticed—working from home’s effect on the brain. Maybe you feel like it’s been exhausting, and you wouldn’t be alone in that impression. Not only have many employees personally reported difficulty in their transitions to work at home—there are brainwave…

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Microsoft Announces Zero Trust Implementation Partnership with Infused Innovations

Microsoft and Infused Innovations have announced a joint partnership to accelerate Zero Trust deployments in the Microsoft cloud. Infused Innovations is now the only managed service provider that offers both Zero Trust implementation and ongoing services in the Azure Marketplace. Through this partnership and with this unique advantage, the two companies look forward to helping…

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Infused Innovations Named Top 10 Most Trusted Cybersecurity Company in 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2020  Infused Innovations Named Top 10 Most Trusted Cybersecurity Company in 2020 by Industry Wired Magazine Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected]   Industry Wired magazine published its list of the top 10 most trusted cybersecurity companies in 2020 and Infused Innovations is excited to be at the top of the list.  With the ever-increasing risk for cyber-attacks,…

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Infused Innovations Ranks No. 1348 on the Inc. 5000 List for 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 12, 2020  Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000 NEW YORK, August 12, 2020 – Inc. magazine today revealed that Infused Innovations is No. 1348 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The annual…

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Using Machine Learning to Beat a Video Game

Our brains are always reacting to stimuli and continually adapting those reactions for improved outcomes. In the first years of our lives, this process taught us how to get food, move around efficiently, and learn what was safe to play with. It took a lot of sensory input and repetition before we could eventually use…

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Infused Innovations Continues their Commitment to Responsible AI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2020  Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] Certification Process to Support Practice Growth North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations has successfully completed one of the first steps towards the new Microsoft AI Engineering certification. Successful completion of the new Microsoft AI-100 exam demonstrates its support and investment in the Microsoft AI Platform and Azure AI Engineer certification track.  The new Azure AI Engineer Associate certification is the foundation for implementing AI solutions using machine learning & cognitive…

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Compliance Comparison of Remote Assist Apps with MCAS

Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) is the most powerful Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) tool in the Microsoft security portfolio after Azure Sentinel and Log Analytics. This gives it a significant role in identifying and responding to cybercrime taking place within applications. MCAS not only supports breach investigations, but it also has a catalog…

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Top Azure Announcements from Microsoft Inspire 2020

It’s a big week for Microsoft partners and others who like to follow the tech company’s developments. Microsoft Inspire 2020 just took place on July 21-22, as a free digital event in light of COVID-19 restrictions. Much of the important news revolves around Azure, Microsoft’s overarching set of cloud services designed for use up to…

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Accessibility in Microsoft 365

Today’s companies have diversities of all kinds—not just race and gender but age and ability as well. Everyone should have the opportunity to do their best work, regardless of their particular abilities and challenges. Infused Innovations is committed to helping users of all capabilities achieve more and be more productive. We see this as part…

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Fake Bosses, COVID-19, and Darth Vader: Interns Learn to Safeguard Against Every Threat

“Safeguard against every threat…” It’s what the CEO advised our five-year-old interns Joey and Walt to do. In the past several weeks they’ve learned a great deal, all while working from home under COVID-19. If you haven’t checked out this cute video series, you can watch their adventures on our YouTube page. Here we’ll go…

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Telephone Plans in Microsoft Teams

If you’re familiar with Microsoft Teams, you probably know it as a hub for communication and collaboration within the workplace. It serves as a convenient place to do group or individual chat, calling, and file sharing. But Teams offers even more than that. It’s also a good platform for education and distance learning, and even…

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Responsible AI for Responsible Democracy

Imagine for a moment, as you may have already done at some point, this scenario: artificial intelligence has reached a level of sophistication where it can manipulate and oppress human beings, interfere with democratic elections, spread false and distorted information, and promote its own advancement at the expense of those in weaker positions. Now, erase…

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Using Power BI to Analyze COVID-19

Microsoft’s Power BI—short for Business Intelligence—is often used to drive business decisions and strategies through graphs and other interactive visualizations. These applications include forecasting sales, expenses, hiring, etc. In working with Power BI, I’ve come to realize that while this tool is remarkably helpful, its use tends to be limited to these specialized business spheres.…

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Microsoft Tools Every Intern Should Know About

Here at Infused Innovations we have a couple new interns, and…well, they’ve got a lot to learn. Walt and Joey are only five years old, though, so we’ll cut them some slack. They’ve actually been doing fabulously in our short-clip video series designed to inform others of some resources every intern should know about. We…

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How Well Do You Know Your Customers? Gain a 360-Degree Customer View

If you run a business that relies on customer loyalty, you know how important your customer data is. You may be running a customer relationship management (CRM) solution to keep track of your customers’ experiences with your company. But in many cases, the separate elements of this data are kept in “silos” that make a…

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Statement from our CEO: We Stand With Those Calling for Justice, Equality, and True Democracy

The events of the past several days have made us at Infused Innovations question whether we can continue doing our jobs in information security and AI without addressing the social vulnerabilities that have increasingly been exposed in our nation and our world. The answer is: no, we cannot. What we stand for—responsible innovation, global sustainability,…

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Updates in Windows 10 version 2004

Microsoft has put forth its Windows 10 version 2004 update, or its Spring 2020 release. (The number 2004 refers to 2020 April—even though it was released in May. Microsoft notes that it chose to use 04 over 03 in order to avoid confusion with the year 2003. Still confused? The first two digits refer to…

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Top 10 Security Best Practices for Azure in 2021

Threat landscapes are constantly evolving. There are new AI & ML products on the market to address these constantly evolving threats. Let’s start with the basics and make sure the front door is locked. Here are the top 10 security best practices for Azure that we deploy for every client at Infused Innovations. 1. Create…