Infographic: The Strategic CFOs Guide to Cloud Technology

The world in which many Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) operate is changing. Increasingly modern organizations are turning to their CFO for strategic leadership and insight on how best to position themselves on a competitive footing. Accordingly, the CFO of today needs a tool-set capable of supporting them in this new role.

Cloud technology offers a fantastic platform for any strategist looking for an agile and robust set of tools capable of driving their company forward into the future.

Below is an infographic which will help you start to approach the cloud from a leadership position, and begin to leverage IT as the strategic asset it can be.

Catherine Livingstone Shares the Holiday Spirit with Clinton’s Fire Department

Catherine Livingstone, co-owner of Bryley Systems, was simply admiring the lovely holiday wreaths being hung by members of the Clinton Fire Dept. Since these fellows were just outside our office, Cathy decided to take a walk outside and comment in person, on how festive the neighborhood was looking. After exchanging holiday greetings, the next thing you know, Cathy had on a firefighters jacket and struck a pose with Dewey, the department mascot!

What’s New with Office 2019?

Commercial customers can now purchase Microsoft Office 2019 for Windows and Mac. Office 2019 is the next perpetual release of Office. It includes significant improvements over Microsoft Office 2016 and earlier versions of on-premises Office.

What’s New with Office 2019?

  1. Advanced presentation features. While PowerPoint is still one of the most popular and commonly-used presentation solutions available, there are plenty of others who view it as dated.  In order to stay relevant, Microsoft has incorporated more advanced presentation features in Office 2019. These include things like enhanced Morph and Zoom capabilities to help you create a more sophisticated and dynamic presentation.  Those features are already included in Office 365 ProPlus, but are not available to people who are currently operating with Office 2016.
  2. More powerful data analysis. When it comes to data management and analysis, Excel still reigns supreme. Office plans to kick things up a notch in the 2019 version of the software. Customers should expect even more powerful features, such as new formulas, new charts (like funnel charts and 2D maps), the ability to publish from Excel to Power BI (Microsoft’s own business analytics service), and enhancements for PowerPivot and PowerQuery.
  3. Improved inking features.  Those who use Microsoft Surface devices are probably already big fans of the digital pen that allow them to draw, note, and scribble directly onto their device’s screen. Office 2019 will introduce all new inking capabilities across all apps—such as pressure sensitivity, tilt effects that adjust the ink’s thickness depending on the angle of the pen, and even a roaming pencil case, which allows users to store and organize their favorite pens, pencils, and highlighters to roam with them across their different devices.
  4. Easier email management. Iif you’re an Outlook user, the release of Office 2019 shouldn’t leave you in the dark. Microsoft has tried to remove the hassle and headaches out of email management.

According to Microsoft, these include things like:

  • Updated contact cards
  • Office 365 Groups
  • @mentions
  • Focused inbox
  • Travel package cards

General Information

What did you announce on September 24, 2018?  Office 2019 is now available as a one-time purchase for commercial users. Office 2019 is available for both Windows and macOS, and includes classic versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The Windows version also includes Publisher 2019, Access 2019, Project 2019, and Visio 2019. Office 2019 applications don’t receive feature updates but do receive regular security and stability updates.

If I have Office 365, do I need to get Office 2019?  No. Office 365 is our always-up-to-date version of the Office apps, and subscribers already have a version of Office that has all the functionality that’s in Office 2019 and more. See a comparison of Office 365 ProPlus and Office 2019.

Is OneNote included in Office 2019?  With the introduction of Office 2019, OneNote for Windows 10 replaces OneNote 2016 as the default OneNote experience on Windows for Office 365 and Office 2019. OneNote for Windows 10 is included with Windows 10. If you’d prefer to use OneNote 2016, you can install it at any time, including as part of a volume install with the Office Deployment Tool. There are no similar changes for OneNote for Mac: it will install as part of Office 2019, if it is not already present, and includes additional functionality for Office 2019 customers. It also remains available as a free download from the Apple App Store. Learn more, including about feature differences across platforms.

Who is the audience for this release?  The commercial release of Office 2019 is geared toward volume-licensed commercial customers who have a specific need for on-premises or hybrid deployment and want to have the latest version of Office applications and services available for that scenario.

When will consumer versions of Office 2019 be available?  Consumer versions of Office 2019 are available starting October 2, 2018.

What is the difference between Office 2019 (on-premises; one-time purchase) and Office 365 (subscription)?  Office 2019 (for both Windows and Mac) is a one-time purchase and does not receive feature updates after you purchase it. Office 2019 includes a meaningful subset of features that are found in Office 365, but it’s not part of Office 365. Office 2019 will receive quality and security updates as required.

Office 365 is a user-based subscription service powered by the Microsoft cloud. It provides access to a suite of services beyond what the on-premises version has and receives feature updates on an ongoing basis. It includes the most productive, secure, and up-to-date features.

How should a customer choose the most appropriate version of Office for their specific scenario?  For many customers, Office 365 is the way to go. It’s the most secure, intelligent and collaborative version of Office. However, going to the cloud is a journey, and our customers may be in different stages of that journey. This includes hybrid and on-premises. To support those customers, we have Office 2019, a valuable new release of Office with a subset of features from Office 365. To assess which version of Office best fits your organization’s needs, contact us at 978.562.6077, or at ITExperts@Bryley.com.

Why is Microsoft offering Office 2019 when it has shifted its strategy to Office 365 in the cloud? Most of our cloud-powered innovation is coming to Office 365 and Microsoft 365. However, we recognize that some customers can’t move to the cloud in the near term. We want to support all our customers in their journey to the cloud, at the pace that makes the most sense to them.

Will there be on-premises versions of Office beyond Office 2019? Moving to the cloud is a journey with many considerations along the way. Therefore, we remain committed to on-premises customers and plan to do additional releases post Office 2019.

How do I know whether my PC or Mac can run Office 2019?  Office 2019 is compatible with Windows 10 and the three most recent versions of macOS.

  • For the best experience, use the latest version of any operating system. See the system requirements page for the full set of requirements for running Office 2019.

 

Note: When a new version of macOS is released, Office 2019 for Mac’s Operating System requirement becomes the then-current three most recent versions at that time: the new version of macOS and the previous two versions. For example, at the time macOS 10.14 is generally available from Apple, Office for Mac will support macOS 10.12, 10.13, and 10.14. Learn more about the latest macOS release here.

Will Office be identical on a PC and on a Mac? No. Office applications are customized for each platform. The Office applications available for Mac users and the specific features that are included may differ from those available for PC users.

Can people with earlier versions of Office open documents I created by using Office 2019?  People who use Office 365, Office 2016, Office 2013, and Office 2010 applications can open documents created by using Office 2019 without any additional action.

How do I activate Office 2019 for my organization? The activation methods for Office 2019 are the same as they were for Office 2016:

  • If you use KMS keys, then you have to set up a 2019 KMS Host to activate against.
  • If you use MAK keys, then you can either activate over the Internet (recommended) or if offline, activate over the telephone.

For more information about activation of volume licensed versions of Office 2019, see here.

Is Internet access required to use Office 2019?  No, you don’t have to be connected to the Internet to use the Office 2019 applications, such as Word 2019, Excel 2019, and PowerPoint 2019, because the applications are fully installed on your computer.

Is Internet access required to update Office 2019?  Although updates for Office 2019 are made available through the Internet, they can be hosted on-premises for disconnected networks.

How do I upgrade my Office apps? If you make a one-time purchase of Office, you don’t receive an automatic upgrade. If you use Office 365, you already have the most current version of Office. For more information, see this Office article.

LANGUAGE SUPPORT FOR OFFICE 2019

For which languages is Office 2019 available?  For a full list of supported languages, see here. Not all languages are available in all countries/regions.

Can I use Office 2019 in languages other than the one I originally purchased?  Microsoft offers simple and cost-effective solutions for multilingual environments. You can install language accessory packs after you install Office 2019 to add additional display, help, or proofing tools. For more information about how to add languages, see here.

SUPPORT AND SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR WINDOWS

What support comes with Office 2019 for Windows? Microsoft Office 2019 for Windows provides 5 years of mainstream support plus two 2 years of extended support as an exception to the 10-year Fixed Lifecycle Policy term. This seven-year term aligns with the support period for Office 2016.

Office 2019 is supported on the following:

  • Any supported Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel
  • Windows 10 Enterprise Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) 2018
  • The next LTSC release of Windows Server

Why has Microsoft switched to a 5+2 years support model for Office 2019 for Windows? Modern software not only provides new features to help people do their best work, but also new, more efficient manageability solutions and more comprehensive approaches to security. Software that is a decade old or more, and hasn’t benefited from this innovation, is difficult to secure and inherently less productive. As the pace of change accelerates, it has become imperative to move our software to a more modern cadence.  By adopting the 5+2 year period, Office 2019 will help reduce this exposure.

What experience can I expect with Office 2019 vs. Office 365 if I’m running Windows 7 or 8 on my system?  Office 2019 is not supported on Windows 7 or Windows 8.  For Office 365 installed on Windows 7 or Windows 8:

  • Windows 7 with Extended Security Updates (ESU) is supported through January 2023.
  • Windows 7 without ESU is supported through January 2020.
  • Windows 8.1 is supported through January 2023.

Can Office 2019 run alongside Office 2016?   No. Office 2019 and Office 2016 cannot run concurrently on either Windows or Mac.

SUPPORT AND SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR MAC

What support comes with Office 2019 for Mac?  Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac provides 5 years of mainstream support. This 5-year term is aligned with the support model for Office 2016 for Mac.

What are the system requirements for running Office 2019 on Mac?  Office 2019 for Mac is supported on the three most recent versions of macOS. When a new version of macOS is released, the Office 2019 for Mac Operating System requirement becomes the three most recent versions at that time. That is, the new version of macOS plus the previous two versions.  For the best experience, use the latest version of any operating system.

Can Office 2019 for Mac run alongside Office 2016 for Mac?  No. Office 2019 and Office 2016 cannot run concurrently on either Windows or Mac.

 

Reach out to Bryley Systems for any additional information regarding Microsoft Office 2019.  You may contact us at 978.562.6077, or at ITExperts@Bryley.com.  We are here to help.

Reference:  Reprint: Microsoft Support. Office 2019 / FAQ. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4133312/office-2019-commercial-for-windows-and-mac-frequently-asked-questions. Bryley is a Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions Provider.

Bryley Celebrates 1 Year at 200 Union Street in Clinton!

Just one year ago, Bryley Systems relocated to our ultra-modern office space at 200 Union Street in Clinton. Walking or driving by, one might mistake it for a US Post Office, well it was! It was built in 1937 as the Clinton Post Office and was completely remodeled in 2005 when the building was sold and the post office relocated to the other end of town.

When To Replace a Server

Every IT professional would agree that servers are the lifeblood of your organization. No matter what daily task you perform, whether it is responding to email, preparing for a presentation, or completing other workday tasks, it’s important to have a server in your office that runs smoothly. No organization, no matter what the size, wants to face the IT issues associated with a slow or non-responsive server. While there is no way to accurately predict when a server will need to be replaced, there are some general guidelines you should observe to ensure that this critical piece of equipment is running properly.

Holiday Shopping Online. It’s Convenient, but Buyer Beware…

With black Friday just around the corner, many of us are starting to think about holiday shopping. We all love the convenience of being able to be at home in front of a computer vs the hassle of crowded malls and searching for parking spots. You can click here and there and order whatever product you desire and have it delivered to your front door. You can compare pricing, look for deals, compare products, and it all can be done quickly and in the convenience of your own home, any time, night or day. The downfall? Wherever there is money and users to be found, there are malicious hackers roaming around.

Improve Productivity During Winter Storms – Set Up a VPN BEFORE The Storm Hits!

A fierce New England Nor’Easter can create a lot of chaos and the only way to maintain your organization’s productivity levels at its peak is to be prepared — long before the storm hits.

Bryley Systems is encouraging our clients to call us now to ensure that Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are set up and operational prior to that first snow day.  The time to set up a VPN is now – not the day of the storm!

A VPN is a network created between your employee and what they access.  The VPN connection will allow your employees the ability to access information from home (or while traveling) and will increase productivity while remaining secure.  It will also allow employees to share files for long periods of time, in a secure manner.  VPNs are not only beneficial during a snow storm, but also when an employee is battling a cold or flu.

If you don’t use your VPN regularly you may have forgotten your password or even how to log in.  You may in fact, not even have a VPN set up yet.

Call Bryley today at 978.562.6077 to ensure your VPN connections are set up properly, or email us at Service-Request@bryley.com.  We are here to help.

The Bryley Team Proudly Celebrates Veteran’s Day With A Flag Raising Ceremony

Monday, November 12, 2018. On a cool, crisp, Monday morning with clear blue skies , we proudly gathered outdoors by our 35’ flag pole and raised the American flag in a tribute to all veterans.

We are very proud to honor our own John DeCola, Engineer and Senior Airman, USAF, and retired employee James Livingstone, Captain, USAF. Thank you for your service.

Bryley Systems – Bryley Strong

What makes Bryley Systems different? Longevity.

It’s not just about the significant number of Microsoft, Cisco, and VMware Certified Engineers we employ, or the multiple Product Certifications we hold across company departments. What makes us strong as a Managed IT/Cloud/Security services provider is measured in 5 years, 10 years, even 20 years!

Our company’s long-term success lies in our ability to strengthen and support the network of relationships between our clients and employees in a way that advances the best interests of everyone.

We are very proud to say that 60% of our employees have been with us five years or longer, one third over 10 years, and 15% over 20 years!

And we are truly honored that 45% of our current, agreement-based clients have partnered with Bryley Systems for five years or longer, over 25% at 10 years or longer, and 10% at least 20 years or more.

Since 1987, our team of seasoned IT experts and our client longevity have truly made Bryley Systems – Bryley Strong.

Kudos to Tech Support!

Recent survey highlights – Here’s what Bryley clients are saying:

  • Eric diligently worked through the issue and got our distribution working effectively and in a timely manner.  Thanks, Eric.
  • Ray has done a great job for us.  He set up our new workstations and helps us work out some issues we’ve had.
  • Always professional, kind and knowledgeable about our programs and systems.  Thank you for your prompt assistance always!

Bryley Systems Ranks #5 in Top IT Service Providers by the Worcester Business Journal

Worcester Business Journal
October 15, 2018

Each year, the Worcester Business Journal (WBJ) compiles and publishes a list of IT Service Providers throughout Central Massachusetts. The list, published on October 15th, ranked Bryley Systems #5 in the organizations surveyed.  Bryley has consistently ranked well on the WBJ list for the last 4 years.

If you are looking for a business partner to help you navigate the ever-changing technology and cybersecurity landscape, we’re here for you. For more information about Bryley’s full array of Managed IT Services, Managed Cloud Services, and Cybersecurity Services please contact us at 978.562.6077 or by email at ITExperts@Bryley.com.