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Why, how & when to use current and upcoming Microsoft tech for IT implementers, developers and tech enthusiasts. Hosted by Microsoft Director Jeremy Chapman and his colleagues. An official Microsoft video series.
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Now displaying: May, 2021
May 24, 2021

Take a look at the new Microsoft Viva Connections, part of your Microsoft 365 subscription, that provides a curated, company branded experience in the context of the apps used every day, like Microsoft Teams. Adam Harmetz, lead engineer, joins host Jeremy Chapman to walk through the user experience, how to set it up, and options for personalizing information sharing by role.

If you're new to Microsoft Viva, it comprises four modules that deliver new employee experiences across knowledge, communications, resources, learning and insights. These leverage the foundational technologies of Microsoft 365, Microsoft Graph, and AI to deliver a modern employee experience platform.

Viva Connections is specifically about boosting employee engagement. This spans everyone in your organization, from everyday users, specific groups in departments, to frontline workers. It expands on your SharePoint home site and newsfeed and is designed to offer a destination that delivers personalized news, conversations, and commonly used resources.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
01:45 - Desktop UX
02:24 - Web UX
03:32 - How to set it up through PowerShell
05:54 - Mobile UX
07:26 - How to build adaptive cards
09:40 - Audience targeting
10:34 - How to get started
11:15 - Wrap up

► Link References:

To get started and find PowerShell scripts, go to https://aka.ms/VivaConnectionsPSBlog

Watch our Essentials episode at https://aka.ms/VivaEssentials

Set up Global Nav in your SharePoint Homesite at https://aka.ms/SetupGlobalNav

Watch the rest of our series on Microsoft Viva at https://aka.ms/VivaMechanics

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May 24, 2021

Tour your identity options when moving to the Zero Trust security model. Our last Essentials episode gave a high-level overview of the Zero Trust security model principles: identity, endpoints, applications, networks, infrastructure, and data.

Join our host, Jeremy Chapman, as he unpacks the foundational layer of the model with identity. As the primary control plane for Zero Trust, it acts as the front door for people, service accounts, and devices as each requests access to resources. Identity is at the core of the Zero Trust concepts of never trust, always verify and grant the appropriate level of access through the principle of least privilege.

Verify Explicitly
Azure AD - easily implement additional protections to verify explicitly
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) - requires an additional authentication factor. Replace passwords with Microsoft Authenticator, Windows Hello, or FIDO2 keys.
Activity reports in the Authentication methods - see who’s capable of MFA and passwordless authentication, how many recent registrations and by type.
Usage - see the distribution of MFA sign-ins and by method, as well as the number of password changes and resets.

Least Privilege access
Conditional Access in Azure AD - uses real-time intelligence at the time of sign-in to assess the risk level, then blocks or grants access.
Built-in Insights and Reporting - expose the impact of enabled policies pre- and post enforcement.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction
00:37 - Demo in Azure AD
01:47 - Azure AD Application Proxy
02:50 - How to set up multi-factor authentication
04:44 - Activity Reports for admins
05:21 - Least privileged access and conditional access
07:22 - Conditional Access Insights and Reporting
08:16 - Wrap up

► Link References:

For tips and demonstrations, check out our series at https://aka.ms/ZeroTrustMechanics

Learn more at https://aka.ms/zerotrust

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May 17, 2021

Take a deep dive on Microsoft Viva Topics, which uses AI to organize information into accessible knowledge within the apps and services you use every day. Walk through the admin experience for setup, as well as the controls available to publish and curate topic pages and ensure content accuracy. CJ Tan, Lead Program Manager, joins host Jeremy Chapman to cover the overall experience for users, knowledge managers, and admins.

If you're new to Microsoft Viva, it comprises four modules that deliver new employee experiences across knowledge, communications, resources, learning and insights. These leverage the foundational technologies of Microsoft 365, Microsoft Graph, and AI to deliver a modern employee experience platform.

Viva Topics builds a system that transforms information into knowledge and actively delivers it to you in the context of your work. As many of us are working remotely or in more hybrid office environments, it can be harder to stay informed. With Topics, we connect you to the knowledge and the people closest to it.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:45 - See how Topics works

03:46 - AI behind the scenes

04:57 - Knowledge manager experience

07:47 - User experience

09:25 - Admin experience- how to set it up

10:58 - Protect sensitive information

12:01 - Scope who can contribute

13:37 - Manually create topics immediately

► Link References:

Watch our Essentials episode at https://aka.ms/VivaEssentials

Find additional tutorials and guidance at https://aka.ms/vivatopics

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May 13, 2021

Adopt a Zero Trust approach for security and benefit from the core ways in which Microsoft can help. In the past, your defenses may have been focused on protecting network access with on-premises firewalls and VPNs, assuming everything inside the network was safe. But as corporate data footprints have expanded to sit outside your corporate network, to live in the Cloud or a hybrid across both, the Zero Trust security model has evolved to address a more holistic set of attack vectors.

Based on the principles of “verify explicitly”, “apply least privileged access” and “always assume breach”, Zero Trust establishes a comprehensive control plane across multiple layers of defense:

Identity: Azure Active Directory assigns identity and conditional access controls for your people, the service accounts used for apps and processes, and your devices.

Endpoints: Microsoft Endpoint Manager assures devices and their installed apps meet your security and compliance policy requirements

Applications: Microsoft Endpoint Manager can be used to configure and enforce policy management. Microsoft Cloud App Security can discover and manage Shadow IT services in use.

Network: Get a number of controls, including Network Segmentation, Threat protection, and Encryption.

Infrastructure: Azure landing zones, Blueprints and Policies can ensure newly deployed infrastructure meets compliance requirements for cloud resources. Azure Security Center and Log Analytics help with configuration and software update management for on-premises, cross-cloud and cross-platform infrastructure. Data Limit data access to only the people and processes that need it.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:37 - Six layers of defense

02:31 - Identity

03:48 - Endpoints

04:48 - Applications

05:46 - Network

06:36 - Infrastructure

07:18 - Data

08:11 - Wrap Up

► Link References:

Learn more at https://aka.ms/zerotrust

For tips and demonstrations, check out https://aka.ms/ZeroTrustMechanics

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May 10, 2021

Tour Microsoft Viva, the new employee experience platform that connects learning, insights, resources, and communication. Viva is a unique set of curated and AI enriched experiences built on top of and integrated with the foundational services of Microsoft 365. Join Jeremy Chapman as he shares Viva’s capabilities, the underlying tech, and your core options for enabling and configuring Microsoft Viva as a team leader or admin.

Microsoft Viva’s 4 core modules:

Viva Topics - builds a knowledge system for your organization

Viva Connections - boosts employee engagement

Viva Learning - creates a central hub to discover learning content and build new skills

Viva Insights - recommends actions to help improve productivity and wellbeing

As an employee:

Get more time to focus and recharge – no matter where you’re working from.

Connect with others, stay informed and engaged.

Accelerate learning new skills, and balance your time at work.

At an organizational level:

Boost morale and retention and the overall success of your organization.

Foster a new culture of support for employees, so even when not physically together with colleagues, they feel connected to collective goals.

Employees can easily leverage the knowledge and connections of their work community to get things done and feel invested in their career growth.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:13 - Viva Topics

01:54 - Viva Connections

02:21 - Viva Learning

02:56 - Viva Insights

03:38 - Implementing Viva

04:18 - Upcoming highlights

05:49 - Privacy and security

06:50 - Platform extensibility

08:21 - Wrap Up

► Link References:

For deep dives on all the Viva modules, go to https://aka.ms/VivaMechanics

Learn more at https://aka.ms/Viva

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May 4, 2021

How to build a fast, scalable data system on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale. Hyperscale’s flexible architecture scales with the pace of your business to process large amounts of data with a small amount of compute in just minutes, and allows you to back up data almost instantaneously.

Zach Fransen, VP of data and AI at Xplor, joins Jeremy Chapman to share how credit card processing firm, Clearent by Xplor, built a fast, scalable merchant transaction reporting system on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale. Take a deep dive on their Hyperscale implementation, from their approach with micro-batching to continuously bring in billions of rows of transactional data, from their on-premises payment fulfillment system at scale, as well as their optimizations for near real-time query performance using clustered column store indexing for data aggregation.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:35 - Intro to Clearent

01:33 - Starting point and challenges

03:12 - Clearant’s shift to Hyperscale

04:53 - Near real-time reporting/micro-batching

06:25 - See it in action

08:28 - Processing large amounts of data

09:42 - Named replicas

10:34 - Query speed ups - clustered column store indexing

11:45 - What’s next for Clearent by Xplor?

12:26 - Wrap up

► Link References:

Learn more about Clearent by Xplor and what they're doing with Hyperscale at https://aka.ms/ClearentMechanics

For more guidance on implementing Azure SQL Database Hyperscale, check out https://aka.ms/MechanicsHyperscale

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May 4, 2021

Modernize your existing data at scale, and solve for operational efficiency with Azure SQL Managed Instance. Azure SQL MI is an intelligent, scalable, cloud database service and fully managed SQL server.

Nipun Sharma, lead data architect, joins Jeremy Chapman to share how the Australian subsidiary of large equipment manufacturer, Komatsu, built a scalable and proactive sales and inventory management and customer servicing model on top of Azure SQL Managed Instance to consolidate their legacy data estate on-premises. See what they did to expand their operational visibility and time to insights, including self-service reporting through integration with Power BI.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:30 - Komatsu’s background

03:28 - Komatsu’s modernization path

04:12 - Consolidating data to one source

05:50 - Data migration and consolidation of 3 core systems

08:20 - Example reports

09:49 - Self-service reporting

11:17 - Built-in auto tuning

12:45 - What’s next for Komatsu?

13:45 - Wrap up

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May 4, 2021

Take a closer look at Microsoft Dataverse, a managed service that securely shapes, stores, and manages any data across your business apps, from ERP systems to user generated Power Apps. Dataverse empowers citizen developers to quickly develop apps at scale, and pro developers to easily create apps that interoperate across multiple systems. Marc Mercuri, engineering lead, joins Jeremy Chapman to show how Dataverse is a great data backend for any app and any developer – without the need to architect, implement or manage it.

Dataverse for Microsoft Teams:

Provides the data layer behind the Power Apps integration with Teams. As you build data rich apps, it places text and file based data in the right data store. Great for everyday, no-code apps built in Teams. Scales to a million rows, or 2GB.

Dataverse in Power Apps Studio:

Works as the backend service that powers Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents and Power BI. More capacity, control and capabilities Built on additional enterprise-grade Azure services for larger scale, data integration, relevance search, off-line support and more granular security. Scales to 4TB or more.

Dataverse Pro-Dev: Easily bring in existing data for an app Use virtual tables to directly call your remote data without importing or moving it. Greater control and security options. Build search into your apps and even into your processes or bots.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:45 - What is Dataverse?

02:17 - How to get Dataverse for Teams

03:57 - How it’s built: Behind the scenes

05:05 - Dataverse in Power Apps Studio

06:17 - Additional options: Business rules

07:15 - Bring in existing data

08:45 - How to integrate Search

10:42 - Dataverse Pro-Dev

12:18 - Wrap up: How to get started

► Link References:

For guidance and tutorials, go to https://aka.ms/DataverseMechanics

See controls for governance and compliance in action at https://aka.ms/PowerPlatformGovernance

Learn more about virtual tables at https://aka.ms/virtualtablemechanics

Get plugins and code samples at https://aka.ms/DataversePlugIns

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