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Microsoft’s take on Healthcare IT

Collaboration for better healthcare experiences: Microsoft’s take on healthcare IT

Collaboration for better healthcare experiences: Microsoft’s take on healthcare IT

Microsoft has been keen in facilitating all areas of life. This time it’s Healthcare. The demand of technology in healthcare is ever increasing. Microsoft has been learning throughout the years alongside industry experts regarding demands of health organizations to have a deep impact on people. In this regard, Microsoft Teams has been played an important role There have been three core innovations to facilitate healthcare IT industry:

  1. Microsoft 365 for health organizations: this introduces capabilities in Microsoft Teams that provides a secure hub for teams communications
  2. Azure API for FHIR®: This is a tool to share information in the cloud.
  3. Microsoft Healthcare Bot: It provides chatbots and AI bots which serve as virtual assistants to help healthcare organizations attain a diverse healthcare experience.

Many other benefits include enabling secure workflows in Microsoft Teams to protect patient data. Setting priority-based notifications, message delegation, ability to integrate FHIR-enabled electronic health records (EHR) data with Teams and many others.

Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint with Autodesk AutoCAD

Microsoft integrates Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint with Autodesk AutoCAD

Microsoft integrates Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint with Autodesk AutoCAD

After Adobe and SAP, Microsoft has done collaborations with Autodesk AutoCAD and provided integration capabilities between Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint and Autodesk AutoCAD.  Microsoft’s visions in this regard are to create a secured file transaction hub where customers can store critical content without any security apprehensions. Integrations with AutoCAD are just the next episode to fulfill this vision.

For engineers and architects, CAD drawings are critical. Now they can store their DWG files in OneDrive and SharePoint to get the best benefits of mobile and desktop applications, innovative collaboration capabilities and enterprise-grade compliance. In this way, task management gets simplified and flows are smoother in a workflow. The new integrations also allow for connection between SharePoint, OneDrive and drafting tools of AutoCAD. With these integrations, DWG files can be edited on the go in mobile app and AutoCAD latest new web app.

With these capabilities, architect and engineers are facilitated with team collaborations and their tasks have become easier than ever.

Azure Active Directory Password Protection

Announcement: Azure Active Directory Password Protection is now generally available

Announcement: Azure Active Directory Password Protection is now generally available

With hacking techniques gaining popularity, it takes less than a week to guess a password by any hacker and the user is hacked.  Corporate resources demand higher security pertaining to the sensitivity of the data and services of corporate sectors.

Microsoft introduces Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Password Protection for users so that they are safe from comply guessed passwords that lead with vulnerabilities. This feature prevents users from creating password that can be guessed easily. The feature is available for both cloud environments and hybrid environments.

The feature is easily configurable from the Active Directory Portal. Password protection can be configured from Authentication methods blade. Password protection is also enabled for Windows Server Active Directory. This feature can be enforced throughout the company and hence it will prevent employees to select commonly guessed passwords for their accounts related to the company and ensure protection from hackers who try to intrude using password guessing technique.

OMS Portal moved to Azure Portal

OMS portal deprecated: The Popular Azure Portal is the new norm

OMS portal deprecated: The Popular Azure Portal is the new norm

OMS portal has now moved to popular Azure Portal and Yet again Microsoft has sent the final reminder. Since last year, the capabilities offered by Operations Management Suite (OMS) like monitoring, management, and security have eventually are incorporated into Azure portal. In this way, the azure portal has seen many enhancements since the past 12 months. These new features and capabilities are making the Azure portal more popular.

It is a fact that Microsoft had plans to fully replace the OMS portal with Azure Portal since many years but this year, this is finally accomplished. All the features provided to customers through the OMS portal are now there in the Azure portal. Hence it is high time that you switch to Popular Azure portal.

Microsoft has provided detailed documentation regarding how to move to the Azure portal in its quite comprehensive documentation. There is new alert management experience, user access management is done through role-based access control, and cross workspace queries replace the Application Insights Connector. The OMS app for smartphones is being deprecated altogether.

Microsoft GitHub

GitHub incorporates into Microsoft for promoting developers

GitHub incorporates into Microsoft for promoting developers

GitHub is now a Microsoft Development platform. Previously, it has been a development promoting platform for a long time and developers rely on this open source service for their development oriented tasks. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it will be acquiring GitHub for 7.5 billion USD. Quite recently, Microsoft revealed that it has made the whole process of acquisition complete.

Microsoft explains that it is its vision to support and help developers and acquiring GitHub is a part of implementing this vision. GitHub will continue to run as an independent business. Not only this is a large repository, it is a popular resource for developers and organizations for documenting and hosting code. The core idea of GitHub is not turning into Microsoft, but more of getting insights to the current developer trends going around outside of traditional Microsoft technologies. Not only it will help the company grow with these insights so as to make developers facilitate from their technologies, it will also help Microsoft towards providing a better Microsoft Development platform in future.

Source: https://news.microsoft.com/2018/06/04/microsoft-to-acquire-github-for-7-5-billion/

exchange server 2019

What Microsoft has to offer in the new Exchange Server 2019

What Microsoft has to offer in the new Exchange Server 2019

As promised earlier this month, Microsoft is right on time to launch its new Exchange Server 2019. With the launch of Microsoft Exchange Server 2019, the long wait of Microsoft enthusiast is over. There are major performance improvements in all new Exchange Server 2019 along with a great end-user experience and added security features.

Security: Recommended to be used over Windows Server 2019 Core, Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 implements added security with TLS 1.2 and improved hashing algorithms for least compromises of security.

User Experience: the most notable feature for users is improved calendaring in which the feature of restricting forwarding of a meeting request.  The feature of unified messaging is deprecated and the alternate approach that is provided is using Exchange Server 2019 with  Skype for Business Server 2019.

Performance: Solid State Drive (SSD) technology is implemented to provide faster loading of databases along with dual storage read/write capabilities. A total of 48 processor cores are available for the server and 256GB of RAM can be utilized for better performance.

IAAS Cloud Infrastructure

Simple Infrastructure: is it becoming a thing of past?

Simple Infrastructure: is it becoming a thing of past?

Cloud Infrastructure as a Service is a fast-growing market and is expected to reach up to 25% of total Infrastructure outsourcing market by 2020. IaaS has promoted promoting digital operation in an innovative manner along with enabling digital business. This has contributed to the growing popularity of IaaS.

It has been seen that, IaaS providers continue to offer legacy services which include simple servers, network resources and storage space, hence a simple infrastructure. These services will not be sufficient for the upcoming demands of digital business. In order to promote customers digital journey demands, Infrastructure providers need to offer digital infrastructure platform which offers a range of higher level services exposed via APIs, hence introducing a platform which customers can utilize for development of apps and services that provide value to business initiatives.

Hence provision of resources needs to be shifted from simple (storage, server, and network) to complex (Infrastructure resources) to find growth opportunities for both customers and Infrastructure providers.

Multi-Cloud Journey

3 Steps to Start Your Multi-Cloud Journey

3 Steps to Start Your Multi-Cloud Journey

The concept of ‘Multi-clouds’ revolves around private clouds, hosted cloud environments and even on-premises data centers. A lot of organizations, whose major domain is deployment and management, opt for this approach. Here are three basic steps to get hand on transition to a multi-cloud strategy:

  1. Be more accessible to business users and know where your resources are located.
  2. Be focused with business services and know the relationship between business process and workload
  3. Use a cloud management platform and create an initial multi-cloud governance system.

Taking a multi-cloud approach makes the IT infrastructure more flexible. However, there is not a single solution fits all, rather every company shall have their own multi-cloud roadmap that makes the transition phase easier for the organization.  A decent Cloud management platform enables end-to-end visibility across all the Cloud resources. It also simplifies much business complexity and integration challenges while moving towards multi-cloud.

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What’s New in Visual Studio 2017

What’s New in Visual Studio 2017

With the new release of Visual Studio 2017, Here’s what Visual Studio 2017 can offer you !

But what’s changed, what’s in it for developers?

Cloud Services :

There is tighter integration with cloud services. Azure is very much leading the pack from a developers perspective –  like technologies called ‘Containers’; these are now very tightly integrated directly into Visual Studio with Docker. Visual Studio makes it easy to configure, build, debug, package, and deploy apps and services on Azure.

Mobile App Development :

Both Xamarin and the Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova are included in this release. Both make it extremely easy to create solid mobile solutions for your customers in an efficient modern way. If you are more used to of Web development, then you should strongly consider using the Cordova tools.

Enhanced debugging experience :

The overall debugging and testing workflow and experience has been revised to help developers find problems as early as possible in the dev lifecycle. Live Unit Testing,  Exception Helpers, and Run to Click to fix the path to regression risks and exposing the root cause of new bugs.

Cross-platform development :

Seamlessly provide a software to any targeted platform. Extend DevOps processes to SQL Server through Redgate Data Tools and safely automate database deployments from Visual Studio. you can use .NET Core to write apps and libraries that run unmodified across Windows, Linux, and macOS operating systems.

details can be found  at  https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/whatsnew/

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