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  10/20/2017 |   Tommy Scalici
In Case You Missed It - Microsoft Ignite 2017 Edition

You couldn’t make it to Microsoft Ignite this year? No problem, it only takes you a few minutes to stay up to date. COMPAREX expert Tommy Scalici was there and summed up the main topics for you. Read the full article ...

 

  10/18/2017 |   Christoph Dehn
SharePoint on Azure: The Right Choice For Your Business?

Is SharePoint on Microsoft Azure the right choice for your business? Our expert Christoph Dehn helps you to decide. He gives an insight on the benefits of running your SharePoint on Azure. Read the full article ...

 

  10/12/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
From Unified to Intelligent Communications – Microsoft’s New Vision For Microsoft Teams

At Microsoft Ignite, September 25 2017, Microsoft made a strategic announcement on “Intelligent Communications“. Microsoft essentially created a new productivity segment that combines communication and collaboration into a single unifying platform or app – Microsoft Teams. Read the full article ...

 

  10/10/2017 |   Eric Berg
Project Honolulu: What to Expect of Microsoft's New Server Management Tool

Only a few weeks ago Microsoft presented Project Honolulu at Ignite. Eric Berg, MVP and COMPAREX expert, was involved in testing and developing Microsoft’s new Server Management Tool. He explains why admins will love. Read the full article ...

 

  10/05/2017 |   Thomas Rupp
How VMware Can Help Secure Your Data Center Against WannaCry, Petya & Co

Did you ever ask yourself why so many businesses are an easy target for hackers and cyber criminals? Our expert Thomas Rupp knows the answer and sheds some light on security in the field of virtualization as well as the solutions VMware offers in this context. Read the full article ...

 

  10/02/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Tech News: IT Insights in September

What has been going on in the IT world in September? We compiled the latest vendor news and trending topics of the past month. It just takes you a few minutes to stay up-to-date in the world of IT. Read the full article ...

 

  09/28/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
EA Renewal: What You Need To Consider Now

Are you facing a renewal of your Enterprise Agreement (EA)? As the EA has changed a lot during the last 3 years there are new considerations to be made, when your EA is up for renewal. We compiled 3 important considerations to keep in mind that are going to make the process much smoother. Read the full article ...

 

  09/26/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Future Office: How Technology Will Change the Way We Work

Have you ever wondered what your workplace will look like in 20 years? We took a glimpse into the future to explain which technologies will have the greatest impact on our working environments. Read the full article ...

 

  09/22/2017 |   Robin Hobo
4 Major Trends in Enterprise Mobility

Which trends are going to influence workplace mobility? Our expert Robin Hobo took a closer look at Enterprise Mobility and summed up 4 major trends. Read the full article ...

 

  09/20/2017 |   Mathias Schneider
Fighting Ransomware With Acronis Backup 12.5

Hardly a week goes by without new versions of ransomware hitting the headlines. The new Acronis Backup 12.5 includes technology that defines a new benchmark in the fight against ransomware. Read how the new function Active Protection works and how it can improve IT-Security. Read the full article ...

 

  09/15/2017 |   Christoph Vollmann
SharePoint Online and On-Premises: a Comparison

What’s better: the cloud or on-premises? Which SharePoint version is more suitable? Our expert Christoph Vollmann has compared the models and summarized the most important differences. Read the full article ...

 

  09/11/2017 |   Clara Schwarz
Three Clever Ways to Reduce Your Software Costs

Did you know that a good strategy for Software Asset Management (SAM) can reduce your software costs drastically? We’ve got three tips on how you can make money with SAM. Read the full article ...

 

  09/07/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
How to Fight Ransomware With the GDPR

The GDPR imposes large fines, but forces companies to take IT-Security policies more seriously. In today’s article we explain why the GDPR can take on both a cautionary and a protective role. Read the full article ...

 

  09/05/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Software Audits: Dos and Don‘ts

Your next software audit is just around the corner? Don’t panic. Our dos and don’ts will guide you through the vendor audit. Read the full article ...

 

  09/01/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Tech News: IT Insights in August

What has been going on in the IT world in August? We compiled the latest vendor news and trending topics of the past month. It just takes you a few minutes to stay up-to-date in the world of IT. Read the full article ...

 

  08/30/2017 |   Andreas Gräfe
The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Software Development

Software development in the cloud offers many advantages. COMPAREX expert Andreas Gräfe explains why he prefers the cloud to any other environment. Read the full article ...

 

  08/24/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Unified Communications: Revolutionizing Productivity with Skype for Business

A good Unified Communications strategy can help to increase your productivity. Read why Unified Communications offers many advantages for your business and why Skype for Business might be the right solution. Read the full article ...

 

  08/22/2017 |   Ron Vermeulen
How to Improve Your Company's Cyber Resilience

While we are still reeling from the aftermath of the "WannaCry“ ransomware exploit and the global impact of the cyberthreat, it might just the right time to start considering the next set of threats that we need to be concerned about. Read the full article ...

 

  08/16/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
How BYOD Affects Your Productivity

Do your employees already use their own devices? A good BYOD strategy can boost your productivity. Here is what you need to consider. Read the full article ...

 

  08/10/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Top 10 IT Acronyms That All IT Managers Should Know

API, PHP and VPN don’t ring a bell? Then you should definitely have a look at our list of common IT acronyms every IT manager should know. Read the full article ...

 

  08/08/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
The Future of Computing: Quantum & Qubits

Quantum computing is one of the IT world’s most trending topics. Find out how qubits are supposed to change our lives and how IT security is concerned by the technology. Read the full article ...

 

  08/02/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Tech News: IT Insights in July

What has been going on in the IT world in July? We compiled the latest vendor news and trending topics of the past month. It just takes you a few minutes to stay up-to-date in the world of IT. Read the full article ...

 

  07/31/2017 |   Anja Dörner
IT Security: How to Secure Your Business Against Cyber-Attacks

Obviously there is no such thing as rock-solid protection against cyber-attacks. But you can improve your IT security by sticking to our 6 tips and tricks. Read the full article ...

 

  07/26/2017 |   Thino Ullmann
Should I Use Windows 10 Enterprise With or Without Software Assurance?

Is Software Assurance (SA) for Windows 10 Enterprise really worth it? Thino Ullmann summarizes the main aspects of SA and sheds some light on the pros and cons. Read the full article ...

 

  07/24/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Is Your Business one of the 50% Unprepared for GDPR?

You better prepare, or it'll cost you! GDPR will be in-force sooner than you think. In this blog, we explore the key considerations the modern CIO needs to be aware of. Read the full article ...

 

  07/21/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Creating a Strong Password in 5 Steps

If you use 12345 as a password you should definitely read our latest blog article. As hacker methods are becoming ever more sophisticated, creating a secure password is crucial. Here are our 5 tips for a secure password. Read the full article ...

 

  07/19/2017 |   Oana Moldovan
Managing Your Modern Workplace with Microsoft Office 365

Has the modern workplace already entered your office? Oana Moldovan explains how Yammer, Office 365 and Teams can help create the modern workplace and how to use these tools efficiently. Read the full article ...

 

  07/14/2017 |   Mukul Chopra
Digital Privacy Laws: How Europe Protects Your Online Data Differently than the U.S.

Europe and the U.S. are facing far-reaching changes regarding digital privacy laws. Are you up-to date? We compared how Europe protects your online data differently than the U.S and how multinational companies are affected by that. Read the full article ...

 

  07/12/2017 |   Frank Sander
How to Solve SQL Server Problems

Users may encounter problems when working with SQL Server, but they can be avoided with the right know-how. This blog article investigates serious problems of the type “My application has stopped working.” Read the full article ...

 

  07/10/2017 |   Thino Ullmann
What’s New in Windows 10 S?

Windows 10 S is the latest operating system released by Microsoft. What’s new in Windows 10 S and what are the differences to other Windows versions? Thino Ullmann took a closer look. Read the full article ...

 

  07/10/2017 |   Anton Neidel
Why Windows 10 Can Help to Beat Cyber Attacks

WannaCry may be over. But are you prepared for the next cyber risk? Anton Neidel explains why Windows 10 can help to protect your IT. Read the full article ...

 

  07/03/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Tech News: IT Insights in June

What has been going on in the IT world in June? We compiled the latest vendor news and trending topics of the past month. It just takes you a few minutes to stay up-to-date in the world of IT. Read the full article ...

 

  06/30/2017 |   Thino Ullmann
The 5 Keys to Success with Intercultural Teams

Communication inside of companies is becoming increasingly challenging in an age of heightened globalization and internationalization. Colleagues in international positions communicate simultaneously across national borders and time zones Read the full article ...

 

  06/29/2017 |   Mukul Chopra
Ransomware: To Pay or Not to Pay?

This week, the barrage of ransomware has once again reached global proportions. Petya, like Wannacry, will not be the last ransomware we will have to encounter. Read the full article ...

 

  06/28/2017 |   Maximilian Hoppe
How Do I License Test and Development Environments?

Finding the right software licenses for test and development environments is a science in its own right; after all, not only do the requirements change all the time, there are also numerous restrictions. Read the full article ...

 

  06/26/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Securing Your Data Center From Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are no longer freak occurrences. Companies will face substantial loss of revenue if a datacenter fails, paralyzing the entire IT infrastructure. So you need to take action! Read the full article ...

 

  06/21/2017 |   Maximilian Hoppe
Open Source Software: Dos and Don’ts

Are you allowed to do whatever you like with open source software? Regrettably no, as the vendor’s terms of use apply here as well. Read what happens if you fail to stick to the small print. Read the full article ...

 

  06/19/2017 |   Frank Sander
5 Typical SQL Server Problems and How to Get Rid of Them

Many IT administrators struggle repeatedly with similar problems when dealing with SQL Server. It’s time to put an end to this predicament! Read the full article ...

 

  06/16/2017 |   Franz Schildberger
Your Guide to Choosing a Software Portfolio Analysis Solution

SAM solutions have promised software compliance and lower risk in case of an audit. But knowing your software inventory can do so much more for your business. However choosing a software portfolio analysis can be quite challenging. Read the full article ...

 

  06/12/2017 |   Frank Brünger
5 Must-Ask Questions When Licensing Virtual Teams

Teamwork in hermetic office complexes is a thing of the past. The future of international collaboration lies in virtual teams. Read the full article ...

 

  06/09/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
3 Facts about Microsoft Teams

In mid-March Microsoft announced that its latest collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams, has rolled out to Office 365 users worldwide. What is Teams and how can it affect my personal teamwork? Read the full article ...

 

  06/07/2017 |   Rik Schaap
Achieving Excellence with Software Asset Management

Achieving excellence in your SAM practices is not that hard. Rik Schaap explains how these four best practices will help you to get the most out of SAM. Read the full article ...

 

  06/02/2017 |   Thino Ullmann
Enterprise 2.0: Social Media in Companies

Social networks belong to most companies’ communication strategy. But have you ever thought about using it internally? Thino Ullmann shines a spotlight on Social Intranet and explains the benefits of the Digital Workplace. Read the full article ...

 

  05/31/2017 |   Anja Dörner
Cloud Computing and Data Protection: What You Need to Know

In an age of digitalization, the issues of cloud computing and data protection are extremely significant to almost every company. But many decision-makers remain concerned about security when migrating their data to the cloud. Read the full article ...

 

  05/29/2017 |   Maximilian Hoppe
Why Software Portfolio Management is an Integral Part of any Good SAM Strategy

Do I need Software Portfolio Management? Yes, says SAM consultant Maximilian Hoppe. Discover why Software Portfolio Management can be the basis for long-term value creation. Read the full article ...

 

  05/24/2017 |   Anton Neidel
ATP in Office 365 E5: What’s it all about?

These endless acronyms! Every company uses them, and the Microsoft universe is jam-packed with them as well. For instance we may encounter product acronyms like SPE and EMS or abbreviated features like the one used in today’s topic: ATP, or Advanced Threat Protection. Read the full article ...

 

  05/22/2017 |   Maximilian Hoppe
How Software Asset Management can increase your IT security

Cyber attacks are becoming ever more elaborate. There is no such thing as a complete protection. But the good news is that Software Asset Management can considerably increase your IT security. Maximilian Hoppe explains how it works. Read the full article ...

 

  05/18/2017 |   Mukul Chopra
The 5 Biggest Security Concerns after “WannaCry”

While we are still reeling from the aftermath of the "WannaCry“ ransomware exploit and the global impact of the cyberthreat, it might just the right time to start considering the next set of threats that we need to be concerned about. Read the full article ...

 

  05/17/2017 |   Franz Schildberger
Post Cyber-Attack: Know What You Have

Over the past weekend, the so-called “WannaCry” crypto virus attacked tens of thousands of international businesses, private persons and government agencies. It targeted devices running Microsoft Windows operating systems that lacked the necessary security patch levels. Read the full article ...

 

  05/11/2017 |   Thino Ullmann
The integration of Microsoft Yammer in Office 365 Groups is under way

With the start of Microsoft Yammer Enterprise's integration in Office 365 there is now an even stronger connection between Yammer Enterprise and Office 365 Groups, as Yammer Enterprise will no longer be available as a standalone license. Read the full article ...

 

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  12/21/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Individualize Windows 10: The best free apps for a better functionality

Windows 10 comes with great new features. Users can navigate intuitively through an improved Start menu, ask Cortana for advice, or skip back and forth between virtual desktops. But there are a few more tricks to improve the performance of Windows 10. Read the full article ...

 

  12/06/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
10 Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Edge (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet)

Microsoft Edge includes a number of new, handy features, among them Web Note to write, type and draw directly on webpages. The small e symbol as a desktop icon and keyboard combination has remained unchanged. We have compiled 10 keyboard combinations that make surfing the net that little bit easier. Read the full article ...

 

  11/25/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
The five best Excel functions for beginners

We have taken a look at the most common Excel functions to give novices a better grasp of the world’s most commonly used spreadsheet calculation program and present to you: The five best Excel functions for beginners. Read the full article ...

 

  11/11/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Individualize Windows 10: The best free apps for your custom look

Switch to Windows 10? Windows users have faced this question for the last 15 months. It’s not an easy one to answer, as among the new aspects contained in the new operating system is a revamped look. It is well-known that getting used to a new design can take time and slow down the workflow. Read the full article ...

 

  11/02/2016 |   Christoph Vollmann
Why there is currently no file hosting service alternative to OneDrive for Business

Which file hosting service ticks all the right boxes? OneDrive for Business might not (yet) be quite such a household name as Dropbox or Google Drive, but it is the only product that is truly mature enough for (secure) deployment in business environments. Read the full article ...

 

  10/21/2016 |   Sarah Cahill
New Azure Pricing Changes

As of October 1st, many changes have gone into effect regarding Microsoft Azure. There are several ways to purchase Azure, and Microsoft has taken steps to create price parity between the different licensing programs. Read the full article ...

 

  10/19/2016 |   Anja Dörner
Where do current IT threats lurk? Five steps to protect against cyberattacks

Viruses, worms and simple malicious code were the most frequent threats to the IT landscape before the turn of the new millennium. A signature-based protective mechanism in the form of an anti-virus program was sufficient to provide adequate protection against standard cyberattacks. Read the full article ...

 

  10/13/2016 |   Anton Neidel
What is Microsoft Office 365, and why should I use it?

Many Office users have difficulty working out what Microsoft Office 365 actually is. Frequently it is equated with the ‘classic’ Office product. The users therefore assume that they simply receive Word, Excel and PowerPoint, etc. ‘from the cloud’. Read the full article ...

 

  10/06/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
10 Shortcuts for Microsoft Word (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet)

Microsoft Word is the perfect way of getting thoughts down on (digital) paper, no matter whether they are project drafts or to-do lists. Microsoft provides a large number of keyboard combinations that make using the word processing program that bit easier. Read the full article ...

 

  09/30/2016 |   Thino Ullmann
ECS becomes SPE: What’s new in the Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise Suite?

The new Enterprise Suite will be available soon. COMPAREX Senior Technical Presales Executive Thino Ullmann has summarized the new features of the SPE, as well as the most important differences between the various versions of the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite and Windows 10 Enterprise E3/ E5. Read the full article ...

 

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