Microsoft HoloLens developer events to be held in 11 US cities in October and November

Microsoft had a spectacular demo of its HoloLens augmented reality headset during its press event earlier this week, and now it wants to show developers how they can make apps for HoloLens. The company will be offering a series of developer demo events across the US starting next week and running throughout October and November.

Data Security And Executive Conversations: The Basis For The e-Book “Breaches And The Boardroom”

I have discussions on a daily basis with executives and their legal counsel on the value of hosting and the importance of the terms and conditions around this hosting that should be present to protect them. It was these executive-level conversations that inspired me to document the lessons that I have articulated many times over in the e-Book, “Breaches and the Boardroom.”
Some executives I meet with are very knowledgeable about data security, but most of them are still learning and need to be educated on the questions they should be asking themselves and the people they rely on to support them. Many have tasked their partners or IT teams with evaluating the deployment method for their ERP solution, which is often the system containing the lion’s share of sensitive or proprietary information. It is surprising how few of them are discussing their security needs at a Board level.
Yet, studies show that cybersecurity has a significant impact on shareholder value. A key finding in an IBM sponsored study points to an important fact: when Boards of Directors play more active roles in the case of data breach, this can reduce the overall costs to the organization.
Every day on the news we hear about the latest security breaches. What was the cause? What can I do to protect my company from a breach happening to us?
The breaches discussed in this e-Book are well known examples, but each one gives an important lesson to all of us on security best practices. While it might be easy to dismiss breach cases as old news, or assume that technology has evolved since these occurred, these core lessons are still extremely relevant.
The purpose of Breaches and the Boardroom is to provide the reasoning and repercussions around the known breaches, but more importantly the questions you should be asking yourself and your teams, and the controls you should have in place in your company.
Please download the e-Book here. I welcome your questions and feedback, and I am interested in your ideas for future topics.
Kathy Killingsworth, PMP
Senior Director, Governance, Compliance & Risk for Concerto Cloud Services
by Concerto Cloud Services

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IT'S YEAR-END TIME AGAIN!! Microsoft Dynamics GP Year-End Blog Series for 2015

Hi GP users!
It’s time to start thinking about Year-End again!  The Microsoft Dynamics GP Support Team will be publishing blog articles again with year-end closing information to assist you with planning for a smooth year-end close.  These articles include general questions about year-end processes for that module, and any changes that may affect your Year-End processes for 2015.  It is recommended to install the 2015 Year-End Update.  Below is the schedule of upcoming blog posts that I hope will be useful to you:

October 27, 2015 – Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 – Lifecycle and Upgrade Services
October 29, 2015 – Install and Upgrade
November 03, 2015 – Forms and Reports Upgrade
November 05, 2015 – Table and Column Changes in Year-End
November 10, 2015 – General Ledger
November 12, 2015 – Analytical Accounting
November 17, 2015 – Fixed Assets
November 19, 2015 – Payables Management
November 24, 2015 – U.S. Payroll
November 25, 2015 – Affordable Care Act (ACA)
December 01, 2015 – Receivables Management
December 03, 2015 – Inventory
December 08, 2015 – Canadian Payroll (ROE changes)
December 15, 2015 – W2 Self Service for U.S. Payroll (in GP 2015 R2)

Note:  The blog article will be directly linked to the above schedule as the articles are published. Dates may be subject to change.

How can I be notified when the above blog posts are published?
Click HERE to get your CONNECT on!  You can utilize the CONNECT section on the Home Page in Microsoft Dynamics GP to get all the latest feeds and information as it is published.
When is the 2015 Year-End update expected to release?
The 2015 U.S. Payroll Year-End Update is currently targeted to release in mid/late November 2015.  
The 2015 Canadian Payroll Year-End Update is targeted for early/mid December 2015.

Where can I download the 2015 Year-End Update from?
You can bookmark and watch the pages below for the 2015 Year End Update to be released: 
U.S. Payroll:
Click HERE for U.S. Payroll Year End Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015Click HERE for U.S. Payroll Year End Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013
Canadian Payroll:
Click HERE for the Canadian Payroll Year End Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015Click HERE for the Canadian Payroll Year End Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

Note:  The Year-End Update will be an all-inclusive update and includes all prior service packs, hot fixes, etc.
Note:  There will not be a 2015 Year-End Update available for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010.  Visit the Microsoft Support LifeCycle page for more information.

Where can I get a PowerPoint deck for the year-end information?

Check out the new PowerPoint presentation for ‘What’s New in Year-End 2015′.  View updated slides for all the changes included in the 2015 year-end update.
Here is a link to the ‘standard’ Year-End Close Procedures that generally do not change from year to year.

What are some of the cool new features that I should be aware of for Year-End this year?

In Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 (14.00.0725), the Self-Service user can now view and print their own W2.  Click HERE to read more about this new feature in US Payroll.
Click HERE to find out how to create a SmartList Designer report of your ACA information. 

Where can I find documentation and other resources for Microsoft Dynamics GP in general?
• Have you heard about the NEW Microsoft Dynamics GP Directory?  The Microsoft Dynamics GP Directory is a one-stop shop for what you are looking for around Microsoft Dynamics GP.  It provides a consolidated view of relevant documentation, videos, solutions to known issues, new features, blog links, installation guides, Hot Topics, community sites, and much, much more….  Be sure to check it out!
• For any general questions, you can also utilize the Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner Community Forum to ask your peers for tips.

I hope the information above will help you to have a smooth and successful year end!
Thank you!
Cheryl Waswick | Sr. Technical Support Engineer | Microsoft Dynamics GP Applications Support

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Internet of Things: Lighting up modern work spaces (Video)

The Internet of Things presents tremendous opportunities for enterprises. These include helping employee productivity, creating new experiences, and learning more about the environment to optimize resources. Microsoft IT is lighting up a Real Estate & Facilities IoT pilot that utilizes low cost sensors, data analytics, and the cloud to improve open floor plan productivity – setting the stage for a future journey into IoT.