# Azure

# Azure
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The Future of Finance Is Leaving Paper Checks in the Past

Paper checks? Who uses those anymore? In this post from Steve Murphy from the Payments Journal, it's clear that digital payment systems (and digital wallets) are what's need to adapt to consumer purchasing habits.

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How Accountants Can Use CRM Software to Stay in Touch with Clients

Looking at ways to better meet the needs of your clients is critical for accountants. Using customer relationship management software (CRM) is an excellent way to serve your clients by keeping them happy and engaged. CRM software is also simple to use, allowing accountants to work much more efficiently without constantly dealing with technical issues.

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Diving Into the Compliance Manager for Dynamics 365

Did you know Microsoft has released a tool to help with managing compliance for a variety of regulations and standards, like GDPR, NIST, ISO20071, and HIPAA? And even better news, it works with not just Dynamics 365, but also Office 365 and Azure, integrating with your own AD as well. All companies need to worry about securing their data and being compliant with the regulations out there nowadays. In this session, we will show and demo how the Compliance Manager can help.  

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True Sky Overview - Your Corporate Performance Management System

True Sky is a corporate performance management system that streamlines the budgeting and forecasting process for companies using Excel.

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SAP and Microsoft expand partnership and integrate Microsoft Teams across solutions

Leveraging Microsoft Teams with SAP is now possible in a recent announcement from SAP and Microsoft. The goal is a "frictionless enterprise" that broadens collaboration within organizations and opens new possibilities to streamline. This announcement further builds on the partnership between SAP and Microsoft that was announced in 2019.

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The Future of CRM Is Here; Do You Know C3.ai

Adobe and Microsoft recently announced the creation of C3 AI CRM software with the help of Microsoft Dynamics 365. This innovative AI-first CRM software is built for all types of industries while making it easy to integrate with Adobe Experience Cloud. All of this improves customer-facing business operations with predictive insights.

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Jumping into Azure Arc Data Services

A great examination by Infoworld.com on Azure Arc Data Services and how businesses can utilize this new tier of cloud-focused management tools while maintaining on-premises resources.

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Understand the queries behind Composite Models

With the December 2020 release of Power BI Desktop we got an early christmas present. A loooong waited feature that will change how we build Power BI solutions! The feature is called “DirectQuery for Power BI datasets and Azure Analysis Services” also known as Composite Models Gen2.

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Protecting Microsoft 365 from on-premises attacks

This link to the Microsoft Community site will show you how to configure your systems to protect your Microsoft 365 cloud environment from on-premises compromise. The author, Alex Weinert of Microsoft, primarily focuses on Azure AD tenant configuration settings, the ways Azure AD tenants can be safely connected to on-premises systems, and the tradeoffs required to operate your systems in ways that protect your cloud systems from on-premises compromise.

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Skeptical about AI-derived recommendations? Here are some tips to get you started

As a senior executive or CIO, how can you assure yourself that artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML)-derived recommendations are reasonable and flow logically from the project work that has been performed? While you want to be supportive and encouraging of your team’s work, you don’t want to be misled inadvertently and you want to confirm that the data science team hasn’t misled itself.

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5 Tips to Improve the Way You Manage Your Azure Networks

Learn the edge services to have more visibility and proactive monitoring of your Azure Virtual networks and best practices to manage the inbound/outbound traffic flow. 

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The CEO of the Year Is Marc Benioff of Salesforce

So while other executives in the Cloud Wars had superb years and were forces of outsized change and innovation and impact, I chose Benioff as the Cloud Wars CEO of the Year for 2020 because he achieved all of those things without his company missing a step