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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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Will Robots Take Away Human Jobs?

It’s been a question on people’s minds for a while now: many have wondered what work might look like in the future when robots become more prevalent, and what will happen to those people whose jobs can be replaced by them. For some, a rise in the adoption of robotics brings angst that societies will…

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Integrate External Attack Surface Management (EASM) with Azure Sentinel

RiskIQ, an External Attack Surface Management (EASM) company that Microsoft acquired last year, helps customers assess and monitor all of their areas of potential attack across their enterprise. This covers not only endpoints but also multiple cloud environments, SaaS platforms, and in the supply chain as well. It identifies vulnerable assets, remediating them before attackers…

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Infused Innovations Welcomes Kristi Robison as Client Strategic Advisor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2022 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] INFUSED INNOVATIONS WELCOMES KRISTI ROBISON AS CLIENT STRATEGIC ADVISOR North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations formally announces the hiring of Kristi Robison as Client Strategic Advisor. Kristi Robison has joined Infused Innovations as an addition to the growing Client Strategic Advisory services arm of the company. …

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Innovation Spotlight: Ukrainian Pastry Chef Dinara Kasko’s 3D-Printed Cake Designs

My Mother’s Day cake this year was a special treat: slicing into it revealed a multi-layered dessert of vanilla cake, lemon curd caramel, and mango gelée, topped with tesselating swirls of mango mousse and flecks of gold. Its impressive design was thanks to a silicone mold created through pastry chef Dinara Kasko’s 3D-printed cake process.…

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What Can Your Organization Achieve with Innovation Services?

Imagine your work could be totally transformed. How would you transform it? For those willing to think outside the box, this is a real question to ask—an open-ended question that could lead to surprising results. Creating new and remarkable ways of doing things is very possible, with emerging technologies developing every day. It takes innovative…

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Microsoft Purview Combines Data Governance and Compliance

The world is becoming increasingly interconnected and digitally oriented. This is the case across industries and different aspects of our lives—healthcare, insurance, shopping, work. With such dependence on this connection from any location through digital means, there are lots of bases to cover in terms of data organization, security, and compliance in regulation standards. To…

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Microsoft Will Raise Prices for Nonprofits and End On-Prem Grants

In March, Microsoft made a number of changes to its licensing and pricing for Office 365 and Microsoft 365 business subscriptions. Now, effective September 1, 2022, Microsoft will raise prices for nonprofits as well, as the company recently announced. Here’s a breakdown of the price increases, the reasoning behind them, and why they’re being raised…

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3 Surprising Ways Technology Can Help Animals

If you’re like many of us here at Infused Innovations, you love both technology and animals. Are they usually discussed together? No. But there are some really cool innovative tools can be used to benefit animal welfare. Technology can help animals in a number of ways: the possibilities developing today are offering new insights and…

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Microsoft Defender for Cloud: the Only Offering that Natively Supports Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud

The three largest cloud infrastructure providers are Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud (in that order, according to market share). They each offer an array of capabilities and conveniences—on top of data storage, customers can use them to build applications, run projects, track analytics, and more. Many customers, especially enterprises, have aspects…

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What’s all the Hype About NFTs?

You’ve probably heard about NFTs becoming one of the next big things in the digital world. Non-fungible tokens, as the full name goes, are a way to attach scarcity to digital items—thus creating value. This allows for them to be bought, collected, traded, invested in and so forth. But since they’re also non-tangible, this concept…

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Azure Firewall Basic Geared Towards Small and Medium Sized Businesses

Firewalls have long been a first line of defense for network security. The barrier that they create between internal and external networks acts as a sort of living fortress wall, monitoring the traffic and deciding what to let in. A firewall can take the form of hardware or software-and in the case of Azure Firewall,…

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The Enterprise World Names Infused Innovations Top Most Trusted Security Automation Solution Companies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Enterprise World Names Infused Innovations Top Most Trusted Security Automation Solution Companies Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] The Enterprise World Magazine ranked the Top Most Trusted Security Automation Solution Companies for small to medium-sized businesses and Infused Innovations is proud to have made the list. Infused Innovations is growing at a…

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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and Intel TDT Combine for a New Ransomware Defense

Ransomware continues to be a growing and evolving threat. As some cyber attackers become increasingly sophisticated, things like ransomware kits allow even hackers with a low level of skill to take part in this malicious activity. With relatively little investment, they end up reaping big gains. And once that happens, they have all the more…

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The Role of Technology in Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

During World War II, Ford Motor Company stopped its civilian automobile production and redirected its assembly lines toward military machinery instead. It was one way that a private company used its resources to aid government and country efforts. Decades later, today’s warfare involves more than physical machinery. Russia’s horrific attack on Ukraine is a culmination…

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Windows Hello for Business Cloud Trust is in Preview

Windows Hello for Business is an enterprise login tool that verifies identity with biometrics: facial recognition or fingerprints. This eliminates the need to enter passwords, which saves time & hassle and increases employees’ productivity. Last week, Microsoft announced its Windows Hello for Business cloud trust, which applies to hybrid environments. This new authentication model considerably…

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Infused Innovations Launches New Innovation Services

Infused Innovations Launches New Innovation Services NORTH KINGSTOWN, RHODE ISLAND, February 23, 2022 Infused Innovations announces the launch of its new Innovation Services practice for clients and forward-thinking organizations. Infused Innovations, a digital transformation consultancy leveraging the Microsoft ecosystem, today announced the launch of its new Innovation Services to help organizations push the boundaries of…

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Forrester’s Total Economic Impact™ Report for Microsoft Zero Trust Security Solutions

Two big aspects in work environments have changed considerably in recent years: huge amounts of workers have shifted to more remote or hybrid work, and cyber crimes have increased drastically in response to vulnerabilities related to this. Such a scenario makes it crucial for businesses to adopt a rigorous Zero Trust cybersecurity stance to protect…

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Facts and Misconceptions About Zero Trust

Cybercrime reports have gone up over 300% in the last couple years. And a surprisingly large number of breaches happen with company employees involved, often because of mistakes like falling for phishing baits. Any insider in the company can potentially be a point of vulnerability that can expose the whole network. That’s why a Zero…

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What’s Your Vision of the Metaverse?

The other day I had my first dream about the metaverse. Some friends and family were going to play a game, much like laser tag, that incorporated virtual elements into our physical space. I was new to the game, though, and when I asked a friend how to play, he rudely told me to look…

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What You Need to Know About Microsoft Licensing Changes in 2022

Last year Microsoft customers got a heads up that subscription pricing would increase starting on March 1, 2022. Now that we’re closing in on that date, it’s time to take a look at budgeting and make any last licensing choices before it’s too late. The good news is that there are opportunities to save if…

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How to Create an Environment of Innovation at your Company

There are lots of changes happening in today’s workplaces. Where and how work is done is affected by new needs and expanding capabilities. It’s truly a time of growth and transformation. Is your organization taking advantage of this time to flourish in new ways? Or are you having trouble moving forward? Now is a perfect…

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What is Blockchain?

Blockchain technology has many uses and offers a decentralized method to store data and conduct transactions. This decentralized nature, in contrast to working through a central governing host, brings better transparency, privacy, and owner control. Without a central entity overseeing data, it’s distributed among users. For this reason, it’s also called distributed ledger technology (DLT).…

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What Are Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs)?

When you log into an account with Google or Facebook, you’re doing an identity verification through a central intermediary. While it may seem convenient to log in with these established accounts, it comes with concerns for privacy. These large intermediaries will gather metadata as you use the account—things like when and how long you used…

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5 Tech Terms for 2022

Happy New Year! 2021 had its challenges and its highlights, bringing us now to a new year that many have been looking forward to. And when it comes to looking forward, technology is the realm where you can always expect new innovation and possibilities. What will we hear about in the tech world in 2022?…

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Technology Highlights of 2021

2021 was another year of ups and downs, full of both concerning issues and exciting advancements. In terms of technology, we are going through some big transformations and seeing things that seemed very futuristic not long ago. Here’s a look at some of the technology highlights of 2021 that stood out to us as we…

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What Are Verifiable Credentials?

In today’s highly digital world, we’ve come to rely on digital copies of documents. We keep and send digital files to reduce paper waste and speed up transmission. We store photos on hard drives or the cloud so we don’t have to print all of them, and those that are printed can always be duplicated…

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New Microsoft Teams Essentials Competes with Zoom

Video calls are now a commonplace part of our lives. From work to school and every kind of virtual meeting in between, we’ve done a lot of them in the past couple years. For many people, Zoom is what they’re most familiar with—it quickly rose to household fame when everyone scrambled to adopt remote practices…

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Cyberattacks in 2021 Doubled Those of 2020

If 2020 was the year of Covid chaos, 2021 was the year of cybercrime explosion. Of course, both of these roller-coaster years were much more complicated and neither can be summed up in one simple term like that. But it’s true that cyberattacks have risen dramatically this year, making even 2020 look tame in comparison.…

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Silicon Review Magazine Names Infused Innovations Top 50 Best Workplaces of the Year 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Silicon Review Magazine Names Infused Innovations Top 50 Best Workplaces of the Year 2021 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] The Silicon Review Magazine ranked the 50 best workplaces of the year 2021 for small to medium-sized businesses and Infused Innovations is proud to have made the list. “It’s important now, more than…

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New Improvements to Microsoft Secure Score in December 2021

Today’s cloud services allow for convenient, hassle-free data storage and application running. The challenge that comes with this digital environment, though, is the potential for security compromises. Microsoft Secure Score is a helpful way for Microsoft users to track their security posture across all of their solutions. As with other Microsoft tools, it’s always being…

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CIO Bulletin Recognizes Infused Innovations in Top 50 Most Influential Companies of the Year 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CIO Bulletin Recognizes Infused Innovations in Top 50 Most Influential Companies of the Year 2021 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] CIO Bulletin ranked small to medium size businesses for their influence throughout the year 2021 and Infused Innovations is proud to have made the list. “These companies have worked tirelessly to create…

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Gratitude at Work is Good for Businesses

It’s Thanksgiving week and the time of year when individuals and families take extra time to reflect on what they’re grateful for. It helps us gain perspective and keep a positive mindset as we head into the winter months. But it’s not just helpful at home—gratitude at work is good for organizations, too. That’s why…

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Using Machine Learning for Music Therapy

We all know instinctively that music has tangible effects on our bodies and minds. Upbeat songs motivate us to exercise or take on a challenge; softer, less rhythmic music might relax us or get us ready for bed. Researchers have done studies that measure these effects on the body through skin and brain monitoring. A…

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A Guide to Microsoft Product Name Changes

If you’ve ever been confused by Microsoft’s offerings, their names, or what they include, you’re not alone. Even as a Microsoft Gold Partner, we have to stay on top of the seemingly ever-changing product terminology. Just as Microsoft is always looking to improve their technologies, it seems that what they call them is also under…

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Top 10 Announcements from Microsoft Ignite November 2021

Microsoft Ignite November 2021 is in session this week, so it’s your chance to catch up on Microsoft enterprise news. If it feels like Ignite just happened not long ago, that’s because Microsoft is actually holding two Ignite conferences this year (the other one was an extra spring conference in March). Hosted virtually once again,…

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Why You Should Never Link Your Personal Email to Work

With busy work and life schedules, we often want to make things as easy and convenient as possible. You might get the urge to link your personal email to work as one of those ways to simplify. Just one inbox to check, wherever you are, and you get all the messages you need—right? But if…

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Security vs Productivity: The Gradient for XDR and Conditional Access to Capitalize

It wasn’t too long ago that if you had antivirus ​software running on your computer, and the IT department had a moderately good firewall at the border of your network, that was considered “secure enough.” Staff would come into the office and be on the secured network, and they would get their work done. Then…

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MITRE D3FEND and Azure Mappings: Counteracting ATT&CK Methods

Whenever I read about MITRE ATT&CK and D3FEND, a part of my brain goes, “[email protected]?”  But another part is excited about such a comprehensive reference framework to nail down the moves that cyber attackers make—and to map responsive counteractions in defense. With funding from the NSA, MITRE D3FEND was released this summer to fill in…

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What is MITRE ATT&CK?

By now, we know it well: cyber threats are a major concern with great potential for damage. There are so many different ways that adversarial actors can gain access and cause breaches to networks, devices, and organizations. MITRE ATT&CK is a structured breakdown of the techniques that cyber attackers use, as well as a catalogue…

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Infused Innovations Welcomes Bob Borges as Chief Technology Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2021 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] INFUSED INNOVATIONS WELCOMES BOB BORGES AS CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER Emphasizing the firm’s focus on technical strategy and service delivery. North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations formally announces the hiring of Bob Borges as Chief Technology Officer. As Chief Technology Officer, Bob will oversee the technical service…

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Microsoft Expands its Defender for Endpoint to Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016

Microsoft has several different operating systems for servers. Businesses and organizations have different needs, and Microsoft understands that. For a variety of reasons, some companies may not be able or want to upgrade their servers to newer operating systems. But they still need to be protected against modern attacks, which are only growing more adept.…

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Great Customer Relationships Means Great Communication

For those who want to build a customer-first culture at their organization, communication is crucial. This means more than just answering the phone and responding quickly to emails. It’s important to be aware of many different aspects and know just how your customer fits in. For really great communication, you should know the individuals, titles…

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Infused Innovations Appoints Erica Bosse as VP of Operations and Customer Experience

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2021 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] Emphasizing the firm’s focus on client experience  North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations Appoints Erica Bosse as VP of Operations and Customer Experience In this position, Erica Bosse will be responsible for aligning and leading organizational operations to fully support Infused Innovations’ focus on the…

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Empowering Nonprofits Through Challenging Times

It’s not always the most visible sector, but nonprofit organizations bring in over 10% of the gross domestic product in the U.S. and employ more people than most other industries (behind only retail and food services). On top of the direct employment they provide and the beneficial actions they take in society, nonprofits are also…

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The Complete Office 365 and Microsoft 365 Licensing Comparison

Full Microsoft 365 licensing comparison matrix of subscriptions that includes features and pricing for Office 365, EMS and Windows 10 Enterprise plans.

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Infused Innovations Appoints Phil Magnuszewski as First Chief Innovation Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2021 Infused Innovations (401) 267-4460 [email protected] Emphasizing the firm’s focus on innovation and client solutions North Kingstown, RI: Infused Innovations named Phil Magnuszewski as the firm’s first Chief Innovation Officer as of last week.  Phil Magnuszewski will build a suite of innovation products and offerings for clients, form viewpoints around emerging…

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The Great Resignation and What it Means for Your Company

The last couple years have been draining. An ongoing pandemic has put people on edge and lacking a level of social interaction they took for granted before. Societal and political roller coasters have often brought division and gloom. Work and schooling done at home (and then, maybe, back in person with new constraints) have caused…

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10 Cybersecurity Stats You Need to Know

Cyber attackers are smart, capable, and only becoming more so as time goes on. With increased vulnerability from public health fears and shuffled work settings, individuals and companies have suffered a great deal of attacks in the last couple years. And that’s on top of what was already a teeming problem. Some of the numbers…

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The Workplace Is Changing — Are You Ready?

The Workplace Is Changing. Are You Ready? A couple of months ago, I wrote about the “New Normal” and how technology is being reimagined for hybrid work. Since that time, there have been starts and stops with corporations hoping to get people back to the office by September. As we all know, globally the various COVID…

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Gartner’s Unified Endpoint Management Leaders

If your organization hasn’t consolidated control of user devices to Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) yet, Gartner predicts that you are likely to within the next three years. Just last year less than 5% of companies were using UEM, but with current trends it looks like the majority of them will adopt the technology by 2024.…