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Disruptions and opportunities: Navigating hybrid education

In the spring semester of 2020, schools were forced to pivot to remote learning due to COVID-19. The questions that arose also prompted system and school leaders to reexamine education in broader terms.
Barbara Holzapfel, VP Microsoft Education, addresses some of the shifts that are happening right now. She also highlights key findings in a new whitepaper titled, “Disruptions and Opportunities: Lessons from the spring of 2020.” Have a look at this blog, which includes links to additional remote and hybrid learning resources.

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Cost Savings and Business Benefits Enabled by Windows 10 Security Features

$1.1 million was saved by those using Windows 10 as a result of reduced productivity impact of malware infections. This Forrester Consulting study, commissioned by Microsoft, examines the Total Economic Impact™ of Windows 10 security features. Windows 10 provides a completely integrated solution, which impacts overall security and minimizes use of system resources.

Check out the full study to learn more about Windows 10 features to better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with this investment with InfiNet Solutions.

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Wild & Wolf


Watch how one global company removed outdated, legacy systems and truly transformed the way they ran their business with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Quickly outgrowing their disjointed systems, Wild & Wolf desperately needed a single platform to use across all their businesses.

After implementing Business Central, all of the companies that work with Wild & Wolf were now on one system, in the cloud. According to the company, the ability to “have one version of the truth for all our businesses is massively important for us.” Now, Wild & Wolf can envision a future with endless possibilities.

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3 Keys to Security and Compliance for Your School

The implementation of technology in schools supports personalized learning and drives student-centered outcomes. However, it also broadens the school’s digital landscape, which can make schools a target for cyberattacks. In fact, 60 percent of US K-12 data breaches in 2018 included student data.

What’s more, schools are filled with inquisitive minds and students and teachers often use any available technology to fulfill their learning needs. This further opens the door to breaches through unsecured apps and devices. As a result, many schools choose to automate their defenses against outside threats through intelligent technology.

Share this eBook with your prospects to educate them on the steps they can take to protect their schools with the adoption of intelligent technology.

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Increase business productivity with Windows Server and Azure

IDC calculates the need for data storage capacity across all media types over the next four years will exceed the entire amount of data shipped over the past 20 years. With an exponential increase in data storage capacity required by many businesses, companies are looking for cost-saving options. With platforms like Azure, your business can save during every stage of cloud migration.

Contact us today to learn how we can help.

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Remote Workforces Deliver Business & Employee Benefits

When considering the employee and employer benefits of working remotely, businesses are wise to change. The alternative could make your outfit less competitive.  

If you would like to gain a little perspective on how radically our culture has changed, try this exercise. Pick up a pencil and a piece of paper and write out a half-days’ worth of emails rather than send them electronically. You will probably discover the first one looks more like scribble than cursive writing. And, your productivity will completely tank.

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At first blush, the exercise demonstrates our reliance on electronic devices and real-time communication. But on another level, it shows that thought leaders are wise to embrace technological advancements as they emerge. Remote workforces rank among the more innovative trends of the business landscape today.

“To remain competitive in today’s work-from-anywhere environment, companies will need to invest in responsive technology infrastructure and enhanced virtual collaboration tools, as well as training and tailored performance management and incentive strategies for remote workers,” director of HR at the Gartner research group Emily Rose McRae reportedly said.

This shift away from in-house staff to people working from home or on the road once earned mixed reactions from industry leaders. But the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted businesses across the globe to find a way to have valued employees work from home until health crisis passes. Employers and employees alike are discovering this advancement tend to be mutually beneficial when utilizing platforms such as Microsoft Teams.

Mutual Benefits of Remote Workforces

The health crisis has motivated businesses to shift to Cloud-based systems and Microsoft Teams strategies as a short-term measure. But HR departments may want to take the opportunity to scan the workforce landscape because work-from-home expectations are expected to surge and impact hiring.

“By 2030, the demand for remote work will increase by 30 percent due to Gen Z fully entering the workforce. Gartner’s most recent ReimagineHR Employee Survey found that only 56 percent of managers permit their employees to work remotely. Organizations without a progressive remote-work policy will be at a competitive disadvantage for attracting and retaining talent,” according to Gartner.

That being said, these are the reasons why the global trend to remote productivity is well-received by management and staff.

  • Commute & Stress Reduction: No one can dispute the fact that commuting to the office adds unpaid work hours. Sitting in traffic or being packed into commuter rails tends to be an unpleasant way to begin and end each day. Employees and employers share this stressful routine. Remote work platforms such as the Cloud and Microsoft Teams allow all parties to sit down with a morning beverage and log on from anywhere. No hustle, no bustle, no extra hours, and no commuter expenses.
  • Talent Without Borders: Before the massive cellphone footprint, people used landlines with rotary dialing, and long-distance was expensive. In those days, it was common to pay a premium just to call someone in the next state over. But just as your cellphone can connect you to people far outside your region without added expense, so can the Cloud. When projects are conducted in Microsoft Teams via a Cloud-based network, your remote talent pool expands exponentially. A skilled person 1,000 miles away can secure a job they are qualified for, and employers gain access to talent otherwise unavailable.
  • Reduced Infrastructure: An increasing number of organizations that do not necessarily require a brick-and-mortar footprint. These outfits can eliminate that cost in some cases. Other operations can reduce office space expenditures. With remote workforces, less can be more.
  • Live-Work Lifestyles: Millennials and the Gen Z crowd tend to see work and life more closely aligned in their lifestyle than previous generations. The Cloud has been a boon and securing offsite positions allows employees a preferred professional lifestyle. Raising children no longer comes attached to childcare expenses or limited “parent hours” jobs.

Microsoft Teams Supports Remote Workforce Culture

With dispersed workforces increasing, Microsoft Teams ranks among the most business supportive products on the market. It seamlessly works with Cloud-based networks and delivers real-time communication. The platform offers chat, video conferencing, managed channels, shared calendar options, and project space that can provide supervisors with top-tier oversight. In these troubling times, Microsoft Teams use has surged by tens of millions. But industry leaders may also want to consider the long-term benefits of embracing remote workforces into the future.

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Do more with Microsoft Teams

59% of workers are unsatisfied with meetings, and 57% feel meetings are unproductive. That’s a lot of dissatisfied employees. If your team is feeling the effects of inefficient workplace solutions, consider modernizing. Take the first step in understanding where you can make improvements and contact the professionals at InfiNet Solutions. We can help you identify inefficient processes that detract from employee productivity and adopt the right modern workplace solutions.

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Reduce costs with Windows and Office

70% of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) reinvest saved money into their business thanks to the cloud.

Simplify the process of keeping devices up to date while saving time,
reducing costs, and gaining control. Check out this infographic–which shows industry trends, pain points, and proof points–to learn why and how.

And to find the right Windows 10 and Office 365 solution for your business to reduce costs, contact our team at InfiNet Solutions.

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Small Job Business Satisfaction: SMB Employees Want This…

In today’s dynamic workplace, many SMB employees are dissatisfied with their work environment, largely due to inadequate technology. This finding, as revealed in a Lenovo global study on workplace satisfaction, indicates that technology provisioning could be the root of the problem.

Employees expect to have access to the technology and tools that enable a mobile workforce, flexible working, and access to the cloud. And unfortunately, small to medium sized businesses are having a hard time keeping up. Share this insightful article from ChannelE2E on your social media accounts to attract new followers and encourage engagement.

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Data Migration Process: How Agencies Can Successfully Move Data to Modern Systems

In a recent Accenture survey of IT executives, 58 percent of those surveyed experienced 2 to 3 major IT outages over the past decade. Cloud migration can help prevent outages, increase security protections, and cut costs. When it comes to database migration, some IT pros fear data loss. That’s why it’s important to migrate to a platform that can handle your data storage needs–like Azure. Contact us today to learn how we can help you prevent outages with a tailored cloud migration plan.

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