Effective January 6, 2021, the integration of Kofax ReadSoft Online, Kofax’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for invoice data extraction and accounts payable automation, with the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platforms is available. The integrated solutions allow organizations to transform their procure-to-pay workflows and automate mission-critical processes.
Kofax ReadSoft Online provides invoice automation in the cloud. By leveraging ReadSoft Online to process purchase order (PO) and non-PO invoice data, users can transform accounts payable into a transparent, controlled and strategic business unit.
For the announcement, please visit: https://www.kofax.com/About/Press-Releases/2021/kofax-announces-readsoft-online-integration-with-microsoft-dynamics-365.
For more information on the product, please visit: https://www.kofax.com/Products/readsoft-online/overview.
For an information sheet, please visit: https://www.kofax.com/-/media/Files/Datasheets/EN/ps_kofax-readsoft-online_en.pdf.
Effective immediately, Cygna Labs’ Cygna Auditor offers organizations that adopt Microsoft 365 and continue to have on-premises infrastructure an audit and compliance reporting solution that can monitor all activity and changes in a single console. The solution provides comprehensive change auditing and alerts on critical activity, reports risky sign-ins and tracks role changes to enable companies with audit-readiness. Cygna Auditor is available for Microsoft 365, Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD) and Microsoft Teams. It is approved for government and the financial services industry.
For more information on Cygna Auditor for Microsoft 365, please visit: https://cygnalabs.com/en/office-365-auditing/.
For more details on Cygna Auditor for Azure Active Directory (AAD), please visit: https://cygnalabs.com/en/azure-ad-auditing/.
To learn more about Cygna Auditor for Microsoft Teams, please take a look at: https://cygnalabs.com/en/microsoft-teams-auditing/.
More information on its use on government and financial services industry can be found under: https://cygnalabs.com/en/government-industry/ and https://cygnalabs.com/en/financial-services-industry/.
There are several webinars led by Cygna Auditor specialists, that you may follow:
January 21, 2021: 2pm
January 26, 2021: 10am
January 29, 2021: 2pm
February 1, 2021: 10am
February 4, 2021: 2pm
February 9, 2021: 10am
February 12, 2021: 2pm
February 15, 2021: 10am
February 18, 2021: 2pm
February 23, 2021: 10am
February 26, 2021: 2pm
Please contact us for more information.
Until March 31, 2021, Microsoft offers a promotion of the Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) platform to new customers.
This promotion allows new Windows Virtual Desktop customers to save 30% of the computing costs in D-series and Bs-series virtual machines for up to 90 days, when using Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop native platform and activated before March 31st, 2021. Eligible customers can activate the promotion directly in the Azure Portal. Please note, that only one subscription per billing scope is eligible for the promotion.
Windows Virtual Desktop is the only service that delivers simplified management, a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimizations for Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. With Windows Virtual Desktop, customers can deploy and scale their Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes and get built-in security and compliance features.
For the activation of the offer, please visit: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/offers/windows-virtual-desktop-offer/.
For more information on Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/overview or https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/virtual-desktop/.
Since July 1, 2020, a new Microsoft Product Terms site is available with the aim of ultimately replacing the Product Terms (PT) and Online Services Terms (OST) documents.
The new site allows customers to filter content and review only the use rights and conditions relevant to their needs, to save a downloadable version of the use rights, to compare older use rights to the current ones, and to choose to use one of 35 different languages.
For the old Product Terms site which will be decommissioned, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/product-licensing/products.
For the new Product Terms site, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/terms.
For the FAQ on the new Product Terms site, please open: http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/5/9/A599711B-6807-4757-B38D-1EE269F2F19B/Product_Terms_FAQ.pdf.
Effective February 1, 2021, customers can purchase three new Security and Compliance Add-ons to Microsoft 365 F1 and F3.
These offers are
Microsoft 365 F5 Compliance
Microsoft 365 F5 Security
Microsoft 365 F5 Security and Compliance
as Add-ons for Microsoft 365 F1 and F3.
For more information on Microsoft 365 for frontline workers, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/enterprise/frontline.
Please contact us for more details.
Effective February 1, 2021, a Security, Compliance and Identity (SCI) add-on is available with a prerequisite of Microsoft 365 E5 that enables customers to hold their data for 10 years. Advanced Audit in Microsoft 365 provides one-year retention of audit logs for user and admin activities and provides the ability to create custom audit log retention policies to manage audit log retention for other Microsoft 365 services. It also provides access to crucial events for investigations and high-bandwidth access to the Office 365 Management Activity API.
For more information, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compliance/advanced-audit.
For the FAQ on Advanced Audit, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/compliance/advanced-audit?view=o365-worldwide#faqs-for-advanced-audit.
Effective December 2, 2020, the Oracle MySQL Database Service with integrated MySQL Analytics Engine, optimized for and exclusively available in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), is available.
The MySQL Database Service is a fully managed database cloud service that enables customers to provision MySQL databases in minutes and focus on development, without having to worry about time-consuming database administration tasks such as scaling, backup, OS patching, and server maintenance. The new service is completely compatible with on-premises MySQL, making it easy for customers to move existing MySQL applications and workloads to Oracle Cloud.
For the announcement, please visit: https://www.oracle.com/news/announcement/oracle-announces-mysql-database-service-with-integrated-analytics-engine-120220.html.
Effective December 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, promotional pricing is available for Microsoft Power Apps.
The Power Apps per App Promo is available to all customers with an existing or new Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS), or Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) agreement and requires a minimum purchase of 200 licenses.
The Power Apps per User Promo is available to all customers with an existing or new EA or EAS and requires a minimum purchase of 5,000 licenses.
For more information, please see the footnote on the Power Apps pricing page here: https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/.
Please contact us for more details.
Effective January 2021, Microsoft users will need a Work or School Account (WSA) to sign in to Volume License Service Center (VLSC).
If you still use a Microsoft Account (MSA) (previously called “Live ID”) to sign in to VLSC, please follow these three scenarios for this conversion:
Scenario 1: If you are a first-time user of VLSC and don’t have a WSA, sign in as a “new user” or inherit permissions from an existing MSA.
Scenario 2: If you have previously signed in to VLSC using an MSA, you can sign in with this existing MSA up to five times before you must use or create a WSA for continued access to the portal.
Scenario 3: If you are an existing Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD) user, sign in with a WSA and follow the AAD sign-in experience. Internal admin takeover of the Azure Directory might be necessary in this scenario. For more information and in-depth instructions on this scenario, refer to this resource document: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/enterprise-users/domains-admin-takeover.
For more information on the sign-in into VLSC, please find this FAQ: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/sign-in-faq.
For accessing the VLSC, please visit: www.microsoft.com/Licensing/servicecenter.
Effective January 1, 2022, commercial, government, education, and nonprofit organizations will not be able to buy new or renew software licenses, Software Assurance, or online services through the Open License program anymore. Until then, all customers can continue to purchase products through the Open License program, although we recommend buying through Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) and Open Value (OV) instead.
For the announcement and more details, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/news/microsoft_open_license_program_changes_for_public_sector_customers#:~:text=Starting%20on%20January%201%2C%202022,through%20the%20Open%20License%20program.