Sierra Speaks

13 10, 2016

Webinar – Securing cloud applications with multifactor security

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More and more organizations are moving to the cloud. After the initial first steps of creating a single sign-on system and the migration of on-premises Exchange to Microsoft’s Office 365 Exchange Online offering, many organizations struggle to come to terms with how to secure critical business information as it moves outside the corporate firewall.

Historically enterprise data has resided within the corporate firewall, and has been protected by complicated VPN solutions, firewall rules, and other remote access

12 10, 2016

Microsoft Dynamics AX on a USB stick

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Virtual machines (VM) have been provided by Microsoft over the last bunch of years to provide demo or technical evaluations for their products. The common problem has been performance, capacity requirements and technical acumen to get these things going. I’m sure many of us have run the gauntlet of determining how to achieve optimal performance, given the technology available at the time, using approaches that have included custom built machines with fast storage, evolving from USB

27 09, 2016

Microsoft Ignite – Day One

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Wow what a first day!

The Ignite experience couldn’t get any better, being surrounded by 23,000 Microsoft geeks ultimately with one goal in mind – returning to our employers with a head full of new knowledge on how to solve real business problems with the latest Microsoft technology with no regards for whether the solution is in production release from Microsoft, or the costs of implementation. If it’s new is cool – that’s the geek motto I

15 09, 2016

Webinar: Making the leap to Microsoft Dynamics 365

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Dynamics 365 is Microsoft’s latest offering to deliver end to end business applications in the cloud. It combines Microsoft’s current CRM and ERP cloud options into a new integrated solution with purpose built apps that manage and support business functions and processes like finance, sales, project services and operations.

With more product options than ever before, the path to selecting the right technology for your organization can be a cumbersome journey.

This in-depth webinar explores the following:

25 08, 2016

Webinar: Assessing your cloud readiness capability

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Most organizations are moving their data or systems into the cloud. Those that haven’t yet, are thinking very hard about it. Many of those current or soon-to-be cloud adopters are asking themselves “how can we use the cloud safely and still realize the benefits of it”?

This webinar centers around 6 key aspects; application, infrastructure and enabling technologies, business and IT readiness, and most importantly, security, risk and compliance. Also shared are the lessons learned helping customers

25 08, 2016

Microsoft Cloud Platform Competency Achieved

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Sierra Systems has achieved its first Microsoft cloud gold competency, Cloud Platform and I couldn’t be happier. The Cloud Platform competency is a recognition of our commitment to Microsoft Azure.

The achievement and this crucial milestone highlights our continued pursuit of working and transacting in the cloud. To achieve this competency we were required to work with a number of clients who consume Microsoft Azure services and solutions in addition to achieving a number of certifications, and

18 08, 2016

Celebrating our success: The PMI Project of the Year at Alberta Parks

On June 6, 2016 Sierra Systems was joined by individuals representing Alberta Environment and Parks, and Silvacom Ltd. to the Project Management Institute – Northern Alberta Chapter (PMI-NAC) Project of the Year Awards. The Project of the Year Award recognizes the accomplishments of a project and the project team for superior performance and execution of exemplary project management. Sierra Systems was nominated and won Government Project of the Year.

About The Winning Project
Seven years have

16 08, 2016

How to…. Assign SharePoint Farm Admin Rights to an Active Directory User Account

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When supporting an on-premises SharePoint environment SharePoint admin rights are normally given to the support administrator or the password of the SharePoint farm’s admin service account is shared with them. Some organizations have a policy of not sharing the service account password and instead provide similar rights to the support user’s admin account.

To generate a user as a SharePoint farm administrator, one who can complete all SharePoint server related tasks no matter if they are using

16 08, 2016

Dynamics 365 Brings It All Together

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When we see people bundle up, we can safely assume that fall is near. Microsoft bundled up their CRM and ERP offerings a bit early this year, to be ready for the release of Dynamics 365 this fall. But what is Dynamics 365? And what choices are available? Let’s answer those questions in the blog below. Bundled up? Let’s go!

Dynamics 365 is Microsoft’s latest offering to deliver end to end business applications (apps) in the cloud.

9 08, 2016

Microsoft Dynamics AX – Task Guides

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Task Recorder has long been a trustworthy companion throughout many versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX. In the latest version of AX there have been some useful extensions added. One of these new functions is titled ‘Task Guides’, I’ll cover this function in this blog post.

Task Recorder is a valuable tool to record tasks and processes in Microsoft Dynamics AX to create documentation or videos, which can then be used as training material or for working instructions.