All the news of Microsoft Inspire 2020
The annual fully digital edition of Microsoft Inspire 2020 is starting today. A series of truly important innovations are on the plate, from the new generation of Azure Stack HCI to Microsoft 365, business and security applications. But let’s go in order.
Microsoft’s approach to hybrid has always been aimed at meeting the specific needs of customers, whether they are individuals or companies, with specific reasons for keeping certain applications or workloads within their data centers.
During Inspire 2020, Microsoft launched the new generation of Azure Stack HCI. It is a native and fully integrated Azure service that offers customers the easiest and fastest way to integrate their datacenter with the cloud. Users can use their existing skills and manage HCI Azure Stack systems, Windows Server and Linux virtual machines from the Azure portal, just like any other resource.
Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo are some of the key partners ready for the new adventure
How Azure improves
«Companies are adapting to rapidly changing conditions. Knowing that our customers are counting on us to offer the tangible benefits of the cloud, we share several new migration features to help them act faster, innovate and orient their IT operations for what matters most. ”
So here is Azure Migrate, to conduct more comprehensive data center migration assessments. In addition, several Azure disks and network enhancements have been added to meet the requirements of some of the most critical workloads.
This includes shared disks for Azure Disk Storage, private links for safe export and import on a private network, and support for third-party virtual devices, within large-area virtual network hubs, including Barracuda .
No less important, the distribution supported by Microsoft of Apache Hadoop, completely open source and compatible with the latest version of Hadoop. With deployment, users can provision a new HDInsight cluster based on the Apache code created and fully supported by Microsoft. Customers will automatically be migrated to the supported distribution.
Microsoft 365 and Universal Print
As for Microsoft 365, here is Microsoft Lists, an app that helps keep track of information and organize work, distributed from the end of July and available in Microsoft Teams in August. Lists allow users to track problems, resources, routines, contacts, inventory and more using customizable views, rules and comments to keep everything in sync. Lists are a critical part of Microsoft 365 for corporate security and compliance. Announced at Build earlier this year, they can be created from the home page and through Microsoft 365 apps, primarily as tabs in Microsoft Teams and SharePoint sites.
“Business and education customers who move to the cloud with Microsoft 365 have long needed a simple experience. Then Universal Print acts as an excellent SaaS solution to reduce time and effort. This new service, announced in the spring, offers opportunities to many partners and resellers, who can offer print and output management solutions with native integration.
The return of Yammer
A new generation Yammer, with an experience reinvented both for the web and for mobile devices, brings many integrations for the benefit of the communities, involvement and knowledge of Microsoft 365. The conversations come to the fore to increase visibility and involvement, support for external users in communities, Azure B2B, and a series of links with the most used Microsoft apps, to facilitate collaboration and sharing. Global Microsoft 365 administrators can configure access to the new Yammer through the traditional administration portal.
The changes of Teams
In the Teams world, Microsoft has announced new ways to support the meeting experience through greater device management capabilities. This allows customers to have two options for device management in Rooms: internally, through the features in the Teams Administration Center, or outsourced, with a Microsoft partner certified with Managed Meeting Rooms.
In addition, managed meeting rooms now provide cloud-based IT service, which includes proactive management and monitoring 24/7, provided by Microsoft experts. The rooms give customers the ability to shift the operating burden of their rooms to Microsoft or a partner; one solution is suitable for customers who want to modernize and expand their rooms without a rid
Microsoft has released a Power Platform solution that aims to support customers in prioritizing employee health and safety in the workplace. These solutions can be easily customized and distributed on a large scale and are integrated throughout the business application world.
We are talking about Location Readiness, to allow facility managers and task force managers to determine the readiness of their facilities and efficiently manage their secure reopening, quickly making informed decisions using critical factors such as Covid-19 infection rates. and the availability of consumables ..
By Employee Health and Safety Management, to allow you to quickly check in to work remotely, book a meeting room and more, without leaving your desk. But also Workplace Care Management, to provide managers with the tools to actively manage Covid-19 cases, identify critical points for security improvements and import data from contact traceability systems.
And finally Location Management, to keep the offices open safely, with a position management that simplifies the maintenance of a safe environment with tools for monitoring employment, healthcare supplies, procedures and the application of best practices related to work.
Dynamics 365 Customer Voice
Dynamics 365 Customer Voice offers immediate integration into daily applications, workflows and models to help organizations listen, understand and respond to customer needs. Designed to simplify integration with Dynamics 365 and third-party business applications so that organizations can acquire and incorporate real-time feedback into a unified vision, Customer Voice immediately acquires feedback with ready-to-use templates that include questions , predefined workflows and reports.
With the integration features, you can customize your surveys on a large scale and link responses directly to Microsoft applications, including Dynamics 365, Power BI, Power Apps and hundreds of other apps via Power Automate. There is also Dynamics 365 Connected Store, the AI tool that uses intelligent edge devices (video data, IoT sensor data) to provide activated alerts and actionable advice that can make commercial spaces more efficient, with a focus on three fundamental scenarios: Shopper Analytics, queue management and visualization effectiveness.
To conclude, Azure Sentinel updates to allow users to collect and analyze security data across multiple sources. The new connectors simplify the acquisition of information from networks, firewalls, endpoints and vulnerability management platforms such as Alcide kAudit (Kubernetes logs), Vectra AI, Perimeter 81 (activity logs), Symantec Proxy SG, Symantec VIP, Pulse Connect Secure, Infoblox NIOS, Proofpoint TAP, Qualys VM, VMWare Carbon Black, Okta SSO, RiskIQ. These connectors with sample queries, dashboards, and analytics will help you collect security data easily, detect and respond to threats, and provide information immediately.
The world of partners
With Azure Lighthouse, Microsoft offers customer enhancements based on partner feedback, including Azure multi-factor authentication and Azure Privileged Identity Management support. Just Azure Lighthouse will allow partners to reduce the risk of high access, strengthen authentication methods and meet their customers’ compliance and risk management requirements. Role-based access control (RBAC) can be permanent or temporary and access to a privileged role (built-in RBAC) can be elevated for a shorter period for networked guest management activities.
Finally, Microsoft announced improvements to its partner program, ISV Connect. This will introduce go-to-market benefits such as event marketing services, as well as channel expansion, which will help drive customer demand and response to the channel’s needs. Microsoft also announces further investments in Microsoft AppSource to improve app discoverability and search results for its audience of over 750 million customers in 141 countries. These innovations are based on the model that offers reinvestments to software suppliers through technical and sales qualification advantages.
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