Beringer Associates Technology Blog

Tag: Cloud Computing

In this blog, I’m going to cover Dynamics 365 pricing and licensing for the Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition. Dynamics 365 launches on November 1st and offers an Enterprise Edition and a Business Edition.  Check out Dave’s blog from earlier this week that covers the introduction of these new products.

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With the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics 365, more companies than ever are looking to move their business critical solutions to the cloud. But when it comes to cloud computing, one of the most popular questions we hear time and time again is “Where is my data stored?”

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How many cloud services does your enterprise rely on to keep your business running? If you are one of our clients, then I’m sure services like Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Office 365 come to mind. Are you utilizing a virtual machine or SQL database in

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PowerApps are the latest addition to the Microsoft Business Application platform, which allow you to develop your very own custom app with minimal coding experience. You can easily connect to existing data sources and services like Excel files, SharePoint lists, Dynamics CRM and custom APIs, and then automatically generate a purpose-built business app.

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If you’ve ever been tasked with migrating data, then you know there are a wide variety of challenges that you must overcome. I’ve migrated data to Microsoft Dynamics CRM from many disparate systems in my career, which typically involves pulling data from a live system. The key word is “live”, so you need to tread lightly when querying millions of rows of data. It is very easy to negatively impact performance, which will instantly translate into end user complaints.

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Web Conferencing in today’s workplace is as common as making a phone call. An early innovator in the field, Cisco is still a top choice for most companies. Their WebEX platform is salable, secure, easy to use, and even free in some instances. Sometimes in the IT world, even with preview builds, and despite best efforts by large companies such as Microsoft and Cisco, technology takes awhile to catch up and mesh with each other.

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Often times as technicians we need to know the service tags and product numbers of the systems we support to do a warranty check on vendor websites.  In a world of remote support, asking the user for this information is not always the best option.  This information lies in the system BIOS and windows does not make it readily available for us to retrieve.  However, there is a way to get this information with little to no interaction from the end user.

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Smaller iPhone coming soon!

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If there was one thing about the iPhone 5 that I missed, it was the smaller size.  Yes the smaller size.  In a race to larger screens, it seems the advantages of a smaller screen are lost on designers.  Smaller screens, smaller sizes (aka just the right size) enables the phone to completely fit in your hand and let the average thumb go all the way around the screen without having to move the phone.

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The iPhone 6 and 6S are among a growing number of smartphones ideal for global travelers since they can be used almost anywhere in the world. The iPhone 6 supports the necessary radio frequencies that local carriers offer their 4G LTE wireless service. The days of complicated “world” phones are over. Almost all carriers now support the global frequencies one way or the other.

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AT&T has just rolled out Wifi Calling for the iPhone 6 and 6s. This feature was previously limited to subscribers in the Houston area but is now available nationwide. AT&T was the last holdout on the technology but they have finally made the switch (Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile already participate). This feature allows your iPhone to make and receive calls and/or Text messages when cell service is spotty or non-existent, over your phones’ WiFi connection. To turn on Wi-Fi calling, go to Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling, and tap the slider to turn it on. No more having to deal with buildings that have poor signal, or interference if your home has a bad cell signal. Just turn on your Wi-Fi and make your calls over the internet. Happy calling.

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