In today’s ever-changing marketplace, many companies have made strategic shifts and are acquiring smaller firms or merging with larger ones to maintain their competitive position. Even outside of merger and acquisition trends across numerous industries, is the trend towards globalization. No matter what size, small or large, any company working on an international level must manage multiple Active Directories and multiple Exchange and Office 365 organizations. To streamline the communication between employees working with various divisions or OUs (organizational units) within their same organization, Outlook users can save pertinent information such as all email addresses and phone numbers for other colleagues in their Global address list.
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AmyKelly Petruzzella is a marketing executive who focuses on Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, and Active Directory trends, challenges, and business outcomes for enterprises. Over the years, AmyKelly regularly engages with Gartner industry analysts, and she has been recognized several times for Top 50 Microsoft Marketing Excellence. She is a frequent speaker and blogger and an industry veteran who advocates for women in technology.
Irvine, CA (July 15, 2021) - - ENow Software, the leader in Microsoft monitoring and management technologies, has ranked 10th in Fifty Five and Five’s annual Top 50 Microsoft Partners report for the 8th consecutive year. ENow prides itself on demonstrating value in all facets, including maintaining long-standing partnerships with industry MVPs whose input and innovation continue to help shape ENow solutions and its marketing and technical content.
Last week Microsoft announced Windows 365, a new cloud service that introduces an innovative way to experience Windows 10 or Windows 11 (when W365 is generally available later this calendar year) for workers of all types, from interns and contractors to software developers and industrial designers. Windows 365 takes the operating system to the Microsoft Cloud, securely streaming the full Windows experience—including all your apps, data, and settings—to your personal or corporate devices. This approach creates a fully new personal computing category, specifically for the hybrid world: the Cloud PC.
As hopefully many of you already know Exchange Server 2016 entered the Extended Support phase of its product lifecycle on October 14th 2020. During Extended Support, products only receive updates defined by the Fixed Life Cycle. For Exchange Server 2016, the Fixed Life Cycle will include any required product and security updates and time zone definition changes. With the transition of Exchange Server 2016 to Extended Support, the quarterly release schedule of cumulative updates (CU) will end.
A critical milestone during a merger or acquisition for enterprise end-users is Day 1. This is the first day when the merging organizations officially start working as one. It lays the foundation out of the gate and can affect the first 100 days post-transaction. To achieve a successful Day 1, it all comes down to IT.
For investors, executives and the entire business, the much anticipated and immediate synergies, growth and business benefits of a merger or acquisition concentrates everyone’s expectations.
These days, chances are you will be asked to help orchestrate a merger or acquisition at some point, if you have not already. But you don’t have to wait until the project is underway. In fact, you can get started on a few things now, before an M&A is even being discussed by your executive team.
A quote by Bill Gates, "Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other," still holds true today, especially when it comes to mergers and acquisitions (M&As).
In 2020, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) evolved rapidly. Activity started modestly at the beginning of the year, but M&As had plenty of potential to gather momentum. Then the pandemic hit, and by late March, most deal-making had come to a standstill. Focused on transitioning staff to working from home, shoring up balance sheets and maximizing liquidity, many companies shelved any M&A plans they may have had. The good news – global M&A activity recovered dramatically in the second half of 2020.
This year, the global M&A market could not be more different. It has recovered dramatically and carried over momentum from a flurry of deals in the latter half of 2020. This momentum is poised to accelerate even more with many companies making strategic shifts and acquiring smaller companies or merging with larger ones to maintain their competitive position. Even outside of the M&A trend that has been witnessed across numerous industries, is the trend towards globalization. No matter what size, small or large, any company working on an international level must manage multiple Active Directories and multiple Exchange organizations.
From an IT perspective, M&As can be challenging. To streamline the communication between employees working with various divisions or organizational units within their same organization, Outlook users can save pertinent information such as all email addresses and phone numbers for other colleagues in their Global Address Lists (GAL).
Country boundaries are not the only barrier to communication within companies with multiple Active Directories and organizational units. Even if you work for a small domestic firm, you still need a way to effectively combine Global Address Lists if your firm decides to synchronize all its crucial operational data with a parent company.