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The cloud has become a foundation that enables digital transformation, market differentiation and competitive advantage for all types and sizes of businesses. As businesses continue to leverage th...

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Windows 10 feature updates can help employees work more efficiently by allowing them to customize their PC preferences, increase security structures, and get more creative with their software tool...

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What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malware designed to provide an unauthorized actor access to an organizations’ systems and to deny the use of those systems until a ransom is paid. Per...

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2020 brought many changes. We  launched BDO Digital  in January with the goal of helping middle market organizations harness innovation and capture the full power of technology. At the time, no on...

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Throughout 2020, BDO Digital worked with Microsoft to produce a number of informative webinars to help companies meet the challenges of this tumultuous year. Webinars covered topics such as Managi...

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Digital transformation has gone from buzz word to best practice to baseline, especially during these uncertain times. As businesses continue to struggle with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemi...

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Salesforce.com (SFDC) is investing in its already market-leading Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform by focusing on data analytics and artificial intelligence. In 2016, Salesforce beca...

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Insights  ("Customer Insights" or "CI") is an intuitive and flexible customer data platform that can unlock insights and power personalized customer experiences. I...

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IT organizations recognize that they need to move to the cloud for better scalability, mobility and security. Often, this means partnering with a service provider who has the depth and breadth of e...

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How the Middle Market Is Tackling Disruption Today We surveyed 600 C-suite executives at middle market organizations on their plans for digital transformation. This survey was conducted prior to...

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As a result of the COVID-19 virus many organizations have mandated a remote work policy, making it hard to imagine a world without modern technology and cloud services. The demand for instant avail...

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In response to COVID-19, organizations across the globe adjusted their operations and core business functions due to mandated remote work policies. To maintain stability, when adapting to rapidly c...

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The demand for virtual communication is at an all-time high with COVID-19 as many organizations have moved to remote work policies. Working from home has employees communicating virtually through a...

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COVID-19 has rapidly and irrevocably reshaped the global business climate. Virtually overnight, restaurants and bars have shuttered their doors to customers, transitioning to delivery and take-ou...

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With the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide during the past few months, more than ever, people are working remotely or exercising “social distancing.” As a result of an incr...

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Automation is no longer just for data sciences, it’s for every industry. Thanks to advancements in modern technology, such as Microsoft Power Automate , Incorporating automation into your st...

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Cloud computing is by far the most popular infrastructure in all IT sectors. According to Leftronic , 90% of companies use some type of cloud service and 77% of enterprises have at least one appli...

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With the current rise of work from home given the COVID-19 crisis it’s important to be sure your sales team is leveraging the proper tools to help facilitate CRM use and tracking of leads and pipel...

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With the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak spreading around the world, many companies are seeking to understand how they can enable their employees to work from home while weathering the outbreak. Wh...

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The COVID-19 outbreak could have a direct and lasting impact on organizations of all sizes. As the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to climb both in the U.S. and across the...

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Building applications to automate processes and advance functionality was once a time consuming and expensive processes reserved for professional developers. Today, business leaders with a vision f...

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The potential to create, edit and duplicate application workflows and functionality with greater speed and agility has put advanced automation – including pre-build AP components – into the hands o...

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The potential to create, edit and duplicate application workflows and functionality with greater speed and agility using Power Platform has put advanced automation – including pre-build AP componen...

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What is Microsoft Power Automate? Microsoft Power Automate is an Online Workflow Service that automates actions across common workplace applications and services to make your life easier. When c...

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This year's Microsoft Ignite Conference revealed many new features for Microsoft Teams! These features were designed to respond to evolving business needs and help increase productivity. The upd...

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About Business Application Modernization (BAM) Organizations are dependent on applications to run their core business and many of these applications have become the lifeblood of the business. Eve...

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Running Windows 10 in kiosk mode is a great feature if you need to lock down devices to only allow one or a few applications to run while also preventing end users from accessing anything else on ...

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Microsoft Teams is a unified communications and collaboration hub that includes messaging, guest sharing, bots and a dynamic user experience. The goal of Teams is to allow users to centralize thei...

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Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) has deprecated their hybrid mobile device management (MDM) feature and many companies have yet to move over to Microsoft Intune for MDM to cont...

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In Part 1 of this Auth0 series, you went over the basics of creating a tenant, adding some users, and hooking into common social providers for identity federation. Here in Part 2, we’ll extend that...

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These days there are a lot of tools and services which can be used to supply identity-related information in the cloud. For example, some of the most common providers are: Azure AD, Microsoft Acco...

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Have you ever put a username and password in plain text of a script file? Have you thought about the impact this could have if someone found a username and password together in that script? Common...

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System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) can be a great endpoint management solution for your on-premises IT infrastructure. Yet as many SCCM admins can attest, the software is quite complex, an...

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System Center Configuration Manager ( SCCM ) can be a great endpoint management solution for your on-premises IT infrastructure. Yet as many SCCM admins can attest, the software is quite complex, ...

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After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 . To date, there is still a paid support option for the operating system, but all complimentary updates that come as a part of th...

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In the modern workplace, teamwork is how work gets done. There’s been a 50% increase in collaborative work compared to two years ago . Businesses that invest in collaboration and teamwork are ...

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The Gartner Magic Quadrant recognizes Microsoft as a top provider of Endpoint Protection Platforms. Their latest product offerings prove they have risen to the challenge that today’s threat landsc...

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What is a Bot in Teams? Bots have been a part of Microsoft Teams for some time now, yet many users are not aware that Bots are readily available to them in Teams. Bots are automated intelligenc...

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The Gartner Magic Quadrant recognizes Microsoft’s vision and execution on strategy as a low-code application platform vendor. By 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for mo...

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A recent analysis of Windows Defender ATP data found that 96% of malware encountered is unsigned. Application control is regularly identified as one of the most effective mitigations against ...

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The primary role of a business analyst is to work directly with business stakeholders to gather an understanding of a business problem by defining, analyzing, and documenting requirements. Certa...

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Despite the rising number of data breaches as a result of compromised user passwords, we’re still seeing an alarming number of users put themselves and the companies they work for at risk by using...

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If your business applications use Azure Storage as a piece of its infrastructure, you might already know about the various options for redundancy and disaster recovery. Those wanting peace-of-mind...

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Announced in September of 2018, Windows Virtual Desktop was described as Microsoft’s native answer to cloud-based Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) running in Azure. Unfortunately, it stayed un...

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JavaScript’s naturally unstructured frame makes it possible to use it in many different ways. However, these ways usually end up being very unreadable. It’s easy to fall into the trap of a tangled...

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Traditionally, SharePoint site architecture has used sites and sub sites to organize content into related groups. As your business continues to evolve and the digital workplace becomes more dynami...

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At first glance, it would appear that Teams is just another application to add to an increasingly crowded group chat marketplace. And if you already have tools in place that are working just fine,...

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An Introduction to Robotic Process Automation for Insurers

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Every IT environment is made up of complex and ever-changing infrastructure systems and applications that interact with and depend on each other to function. As business leaders race to capitalize...

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SharePoint hub sites were designed to help your organization overcome the universal struggle that comes with managing the ever-growing number of SharePoint sites and documents. By associating indi...

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User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is a phase of software development in which the software is tested by the users to verify that it works. This test group will identify “bugs” and share their feedback...

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Power BI was first made generally available in July 2015. Since then, Microsoft has released more than 400 features. While this rapid innovation is enabling users to sign up for services in second...

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It's understandable that we see some clients rush to design and develop a new web application. Often, this new solution is needed to address current pain points or position for rapid organizationa...

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You're well aware that Microsoft provides phone system functionality as a part of the Office 365 platform, but perhaps you're not ready to take the full leap to a cloud-based telephony solution ju...

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Most of our applications need access to other systems. This could be a database, an API, or some other external system. These resources are often secured by a user name and password, API key, or a...

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Secrets are meant to be kept safe. This is especially true if those secrets are of sensitive nature -- like passwords, storage account access, and API authorization keys. If your secrets are kept ...

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Microsoft recently announced that they will be retiring Unified Messaging (UM) in Exchange Online --a move that is expected to affect many organizations. What does this mean? If you’re usi...

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As companies put a bigger focus on team performance, Microsoft Teams has become a hub for teamwork and a vital tool for collaboration. The transition to Teams may take some time to get used to, bu...

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As Microsoft continues to invest heavily in their three cloud-based solutions platforms (Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365), the improvements to both core functionality and cross-platform integra...

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In today’s world, it’s clear that managing security is a struggle for many organizations. With each passing minute, not only do the number of attacks increase, but the sophistication, scope, and a...

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About Power BI Power BI is an analytics service that enables anyone to visualize and analyze data with greater speed, efficiency, and understanding. It connects users to a broad range of data thr...

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We are at the forefront of a technological revolution transforming how we communicate and collaborate worldwide. The future of work in the cloud is enabling people to collaborate regardless of the...

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that cloud technology is changing the way the modern workforce gets things done. From empowering us to work from anywhere on any device to enhancing the way we comm...

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In today’s hyper-connected world, organizations must constantly evolve to satisfy the appetite for customers who expect quick, convenient, and reliable service at their fingertips. The financial s...

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As the year comes to an end, most companies are making plans for improving their business in 2019. In the spirit of this New Year’s trend, we thought we’d share some exciting IT resolutions you ma...

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An Introduction to Robotic Process Automation for Natural Resources Companies  

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As an IT service provider that started as an application development company nearly 35 years ago, we understand the importance of creating solutions that are as unique as your business! While our ...

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As technology continues to become deeply integrated into every layer of business, companies are relying more heavily on digital assets to generate revenue, enhance brand identity, and engage with ...

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Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) is a solution we use here at BDO Digital for Source Control, CI/CD, and NuGet package management. We understand the critical role this suite of tools plays in su...

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Microsoft continues to provide new and interesting ways to configure AD Connect for authentication. In the past, the two main options were Password Hash Synchronization or ADFS. Microsoft has now ...

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The measure of success for any software development project is not whether bugs and defects are found (issues are unavoidable) but it’s how well these issues are managed and resolved that can sepa...

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The cloud is transforming business faster and more pervasively than any other technology in history. Gartner predicts that by 2020, a “corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no-internet...

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In the movie ‘Field of Dreams’, Ray hears a voice that tells him, “If you build it, he will come.” Over the years, this iconic phrase has been referenced in business many times over to inspire act...

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By now you know that Microsoft Teams is incorporating the features of Skype for Business Online, and then some. You know that this is part of Microsoft’s plan to retire Skype for Business Online i...

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Office 365 includes several tools that can be used to build things that traditionally would have been built as custom applications. Your boss may very well ask you, ‘Can we build ‘that’ in Office ...

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Robotic process automation is helping manufacturing organizations do more with less.

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Over the past 35 years, we’ve been tracking the ways in which technology and digital transformation are impacting the companies we work with. In that time, we have never seen a technology impact b...

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Skype for Business Server 2019 has reached the public preview stage, which makes it available for download to try in your development, testing, and quality assurance environments. What's New: At...

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At the end of June we did a “first” for BDO Digital– offer free trial services of Microsoft 365 Managed Defense to ten of our customers. This isn’t as trivial as a “first month free” gym membershi...

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In my last blog post, Getting Started with Containers , I outlined several of the container options available within Microsoft Azure, including Azure Container Instances, Web Apps for Containers,...

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In recent months I have noticed that Office 365 Groups is still a topic being discussed in many organizations. Often within those discussions, I hear incorrect or misleading pieces of information....

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For the past several decades, midmarket IT organizations have been gradually applying automation to improve efficiency and drive down costs. While the benefits of automation are obvious, the impac...

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Many of our clients find themselves looking to move away from on-premises storage. Some of these clients are interested in saving money, as cloud storage is cheaper, and others want a more reliabl...

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Cloud computing is rapidly becoming the business standard for organizations who want to make use of its cost efficiency, scalability, and mobility. Most of our clients today now operate in a hyb...

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Testing is a critical part of any software project. Thus, it’s important to have a strategic testing methodology to ensure you’re delivering a quality product to customers. We can broadly catego...

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In the past, if a company wanted to offer remote access to their on-premises web applications, the best solutions available were VPN and placing applications in the DMZ. Jump to today, and employe...

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As the cloud continues to grow in popularity, companies have begun to transition to Azure SQL Databases instead of implementing traditional server-based SQL Server implementations. Today, there ar...

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We’ve previously talked about containers and how to use them to scale your application . But while you’re building a highly-distributed, scalable system, you need some way to make sure you’re m...

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The cloud has completely revolutionized the IT realm, opening up exciting new opportunities that make it easier than ever for companies to scale their growth. However, managing a cloud infrastruct...

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In part 1 of the Windows AutoPilot scenarios series , we covered the AutoPilot basis and what service it can do in its native form. We also looked at some exciting new features coming down the pi...

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Windows AutoPilot is a relatively new OS deployment scenario offered by Microsoft, typically used in conjunction with Intune . While it’s nice that Microsoft continues to come up with new ways ...

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Our workday has become dependent on devices and the IT systems that run them. Beyond employee productivity, external customers also expect quick, reliable service at their fingertips. In today’s d...

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Microsoft has made substantial investments in Dynamics 365. Over the past several years, it has acquired and/or built several best-of-breed products that provide new capabilities around marketing ...

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Azure Functions allow you to execute small, lean pieces of back-end code without worrying about a whole application or the infrastructure to host and run the code. There are different types of Azu...

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Lately, I’ve found you can’t have a conversation about deploying a new application without talking about containers. Businesses of all size are eager to understand what containers are, what servic...

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When using a public cloud like Azure, you have to start looking at ways to save money since your bill is based on consumption. If you can find ways to reduce or adjust your costs and consumption, ...

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365) has recently been experiencing substantial market momentum. In the final calendar quarter of 2017, Microsoft reported revenue growth of 67% for Dynamics 365, and anal...

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It seems like just yesterday companies were beginning to consider migrating to the cloud, while many still deciding if the cloud was right for them. Now, the vast majority of businesses are alread...

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While most business owners recognize the importance of leveraging emerging technology to improve productivity, they struggle when trying to identify which programs or applications work best for th...

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