A Day in the Life of a Construction Pro with Microsoft Teams

Sofia is a construction company superintendent who works at multiple sites and uses Teams to keep her schedule and projects all in one place. View this infographic to get a glimpse of a day in Sofia’s life — and how she uses productivity, collaboration, BI and enterprise mobility tools in Teams to stay on track.

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Employee empowerment bears fruit

Early adopters of Office 365, Fruit of the Loom uses Microsoft Teams to combine tools that allow 30,000 associates to collaborate across locations and countries around the world.

The video in this article tells the Fruit of the Loom story — showing that no company is too established to transform. Watch it to discover how Microsoft Teams empowers employees to effectively express ideas and unlock creativity by bringing together chat, meeting, calling, Office 365 apps and third-party tools — all in one place.

In a world where enterprise-grade security and compliance are non-negotiable, Microsoft Teams gives Fruit of the Loom the protection it needs to create a secure culture of knowledge sharing and creativity.

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Customer Story: NQ Cranes customers come first with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central


At NQ Cranes, the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central was a total success.

Not only did the business flow automation immediately reduce time on internal processes, but it also allowed more time for client management. Stephen Goodson, IT Manager at NQ Cranes touches on Business Central selection, implementation, and results—asserting that they were able to spend less time on internal processes and devote more time to account management.

Increase employee engagement by increasing your engagement with employees

An “engaged employee” is defined as an individual who is involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and workplace—in other words, an employee that every company would love to call its own.

And yet, according to a Gallup poll, only 3 out of every 10 employees are actively engaged at work, a statistic that no employer would want to call its own. So how can businesses change this? In his Forbes article entitled “Cultivating Employee Engagement With Emotional Connection,” author Louis Carter asserts that if companies want employees to be actively engaged with their jobs, then the company needs to be actively engaged with its employees—and that means making an emotional connection that lets employees know their opinions, contributions, and input are both appreciated and highly valued.

Read the full article to learn Mr. Carter’s advice for companies that want to improve their business by improving their communication with employees.

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Making it rain with SunCulture and Microsoft Azure


Whether they’re located in Europe, the United States, South America, or Africa, any farmer will tell you that the most vital ingredient to a successful crop yield is water. But for a smallholder farmer like Monica Riitho in the Kenyan village of Matanya, there’s an even bigger challenge: gaining access to water in the first place, and then efficiently managing water consumption to maximize crop output.

In the past, Monica would have to manually pump water from her well, then physically carry it to whatever plants needed watering—a hugely inefficient process that resulted in consistently low yields. But thanks to the RainMaker solar-powered pump and irrigation system, created by SunCulture and running on a Microsoft Azure-based IoT platform with Azure machine learning tools, Monica is spending up to 17 fewer hours per week manually pumping and carrying water, water consumption and distribution is much more efficient, and crop yields have risen significantly.

Watch this fascinating video to learn how Microsoft’s technical and financial support of SunCulture is not only helping Monica and other smallholder farmers like her to thrive, but is also enabling the Kenya-based business to scale up its solutions and expand across Africa and neighboring regions.

The state of modern device deployment in education

IT professionals have a unique perspective on technology in education. This study picked the brains of over 150 educational IT professionals, to learn more about their challenges, their priorities, and their future goals for technology in their schools.

The study compared those responses with the two most prevalent device management systems on the market: Microsoft’s Intune for Education and Google’s Chrome Management Console. Check out the results for yourself.

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Protect your company with security solutions from Microsoft

Every company needs to have an updated security strategy—we’re looking at you, small businesses. In a digital landscape that’s constantly evolving, now’s the time to adopt a cloud-based security solution to defend customer data against cyberattacks.

Want to secure your customers’ sensitive data? Contact us to learn more.

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