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4 min read

Outsourced IT Services: What Are The Pros And Cons?

Put down your copy of “Firewalls For Dummies” and take a moment to introspect.

If you could be doing anything in the world right now, what would it be? Okay, so maybe jetting off to Italy for a seaside brunch isn’t realistic, but what if you could get...

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BEMO Welcomes Ivan Molnar To The Team

BEMO is proud to announce our newest hire of 2022, Ivan Molnar!

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BEMO Welcomes David Ducolon To The Team

BEMO is proud to announce our newest hire of 2022, David Ducolon! 

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BEMO Welcomes Kostadin Lukov To The Team

BEMO is proud to announce our newest hire of 2022, Kostadin Lukov!

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BEMO Welcomes Adrienne Munday To The Team

BEMO is proud to announce our newest hire of 2022, Adrienne Munday! 

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BEMO Named Finalist for Microsoft's 2022 Partner of the Year Awards!

We are proud to announce that BEMO has been chosen as a finalist for Microsoft's 2022 Modern Workplace for SMB Partner of the Year Award!

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BEMO Welcomes Julio Soza to the Team

BEMO is proud to announce our newest hire of 2022, Julio Soza! 

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BEMO Welcomes Kraig Rury To The Team

BEMO is proud to announce our newest hire of 2022, Kraig Rury! 

Kraig has joined our team as Principal Software Development Manager.

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Does your Microsoft Partner make their NPS and CSAT public?

At BEMO, transparency is our middle name.

It’s one of our core values and one that we encourage and cultivate every day in our team.

Countless times, we’ve heard partners and customers tell us how hard it is to find a trusted Microsoft Partner. From poor...

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5 min read

Cloud Managed Services: What’s The Deal?

 

Life’s Too Short To Worry About Managing Your Own Server

Have you ever tried to fix your own plumbing, but somehow made the leak worse? Did you end up having to call a plumber and declare those hours spent “repairing” your pipes a complete waste?

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BEMO Welcomes Tanner Narkoff To The Team

BEMO is proud to announce our newest hire of 2022, Tanner! 

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BEMO Welcomes Adam Janssen To The Team

BEMO is proud to announce our newest hire of 2022, Adam Janssen!

Adam has joined our Marketing team as Sales Development Representative.

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BEMO Welcomes Kevin Jefferson to the Team

BEMO is proud to announce our newest hire of 2022, Kevin Jefferson!

Kevin has joined our growing sales team as an Account Executive for SMBs.

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Does BEMO have the best benefits out of any Microsoft Partner?

Here’s some food for thought: We spend 33% or more of our time during the week at work. Assuming you sleep 8 hours a night, that’s HALF of your waking time M-F.

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How To Stay Organized At Work

Let’s face it: getting organized and staying organized at work can be difficult. Despite how hard you try, it’s easy to lose sight of your long-term goals and projects in the mess of your day-to-day meetings, emails, phone calls, and tasks.

But it...

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IT Management Software: Top 8 Solutions For Your Business

A good software stack can make all the difference in the world for a small to medium-sized business (SMB) trying to gain ground against the competition. Sure, you can offer a great product and build a brilliant team. But if you’re constantly dealing with...

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BEMO Welcomes Cindy Oliveto to the Team

BEMO is proud to announce our newest hire of 2022, Cindy Oliveto!

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IT For Small Business: Never Skimp On Cybersecurity!

 

60% Of Small Businesses Will Be Targeted By Cyber Attackers. Don’t Make It Easy For Them.

If you think that number seems overinflated or pessimistic, I hate to tell you, my friend, but you’d be dead wrong. In fact, a 2021 survey showed that 42% of...

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What is BEMO building?

 We recently announced that we raised $3M from investors in addition to a $500k, 0% interest loan from Microsoft. So... what are we building?  

Microsoft continues to pack more and more security tools in their Microsoft 365 for SMB licenses, with their...

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BEMO Raises $3M Seed Round to Build Security Solutions on Top of Microsoft Security Stack

Redmond, WA, May 16, 2022 — BEMO, a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP), today announced the completion of a $3 million seed funding round to secure small and medium-sized companies (10 to 500 users) running on the Microsoft Cloud against...

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How to remove Office 365 from GoDaddy (+ more tips and tricks)

You've started your business, you've bought your domain and just as you're about to checkout from GoDaddy you get an offer: Office 365 for cheaper than Microsoft even sells it! You click Add to Cart and boom! You're off to the races. And for a while,...

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What You Can Expect From BEMO’s Remote IT Services

Get your questions answered by certified IT experts, no matter where you are in the world.

Until the COVID pandemic began, most IT support companies worked on-premises, in your office, at your desk, on your hardware. Despite our transition to...

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Welcome Daleska Sanchez & Jenna Jacobs, BEMO's Newest Hires of 2022

We here at BEMO are proud to announce our third and fourth hires of 2022: Daleska Sanchez & Jenna Jacobs!Daleska Sanchez will be joining our Support Team as a Technical Support Engineer. She is based in Managua, Nicaragua and will be reporting to Nina...

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GoDaddy customer service email: Tired of waiting for a reply?

Office 365... You know your company needs it, but you don't know where to purchase it from. You already purchase your domain and website through GoDaddy, and you know that they offer Office 365 licenses, but is purchasing through them really the best...

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What Does it Cost to Brand Your Small Business?

by Steve Gershik @sgersh

Steve Gershik is a three-time founder of small businesses and an experienced technology marketing executive for over 20 years. He’s BEMO’s new Vice President of Marketing.

When I say branding, which companies come to mind?

If...

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Welcome, Nina Cullen! BEMO's Second Hire of 2022

We here at BEMO are proud to announce our second hire of 2022, Nina Cullen!

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How to Keep Your Remote Workers Cybersecure

Cybersecurity has never been more important for your small to medium sized business.

A whopping 43% of cyberattacks target SMBs, and 60% of these businesses are forced to close after a cyberattack. And to top it all off, do you know what the average...

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Personal vs. Corporate Devices for Remote Work: Pros & Cons

Let's face it: Work-from-home (WFH) and hybrid work is here to stay, and with that, your company has a decision to make: Should you let your employees work using their own computers and phones, or issue company owned and managed devices for them to work...

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5 signs it's time to break up with your Microsoft Certified Partner

We've all been there: the dreaded "Talk". When you hear your partner ask if you have time for one, what happens? Head-to-toe chills? Does your stomach drop? No matter your reaction, when someone utters those words, you know you're about to update your...

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BEMO Launches the Microsoft New Commerce Experience on the BEMO Store

March 18, 2022 - Update

Microsoft announced the implementation of a new cancellation window duration for commercial seat-based offers in CSP new commerce that will go into effect at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on March 18, 2022 (12 a.m. UTC on March 19).Starting...

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Welcome Ademar Amorim, BEMO's First Hire of 2022!

What better way to bring in the New Year than to announce BEMO's first hire of 2022, Ademar Amorim!

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Top 9 Cybersecurity Tips for Small to Medium Sized Businesses

"Rome wasn't built in a day, but it burned in one." - classic Italian saying

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Microsoft's Office 365 price increases in 2022: What you need to know

"Microsoft to increase prices for Microsoft 365 in 2022". Maybe you've seen it in the headlines lately or perhaps this is the first time you're hearing about it. Either way, I doubt anyone clicked their heels as they jumped for joy upon hearing it. Price...

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How do I purchase Windows 7 ESU 2022? Plus: What does Win 7 ESU cost?

It's the most wonderful time of the year! How so? If you're thinking hot cocoa and mittens and gifts galore you're way off! No, my friend, it's the most wonderful time of the year because it's time to buy Windows 7 ESU updates again. Did I just hear your...

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Welcome, Joseph Candelario, BEMO's Fifth Hire of 2021!

The Marketing Team, which until this fall was a team of one, is growing by leaps and bounds! Come September, we were lucky enough to add Steve Gershik as our VP of Marketing and now we are welcoming our first ever Product and Partner Marketing...

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Welcome Diego Godoy, BEMO's Fourth Hire of 2021

Please join us in welcoming Diego Godoy as our newest BEMO Team member! Diego specializes in Intune and Microsoft 365 Security and will be joining our Implementation Team, led by Christophe Koehl.  He will be joining us from Santiago, Chile! A little...
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Business Continuity Plan Checklist

Business Continuity. It sounds important, doesn't it? It seems like a no-brainer essential and if you agree, you're not wrong. Business Continuity is important, it is a no-brainer essential element to a successful business but...what is it exactly and...

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Top 5 Small Business Marketing and Branding Techniques to Grow Your Business

by Steve Gershik @sgersh

Steve Gershik is a three-time founder of small businesses and an experienced technology marketing executive for over 20 years. He’s BEMO’s new Vice President of Marketing.

Top 5 Small Business Marketing and Branding Techniques...

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IT Security Policy: Why You Need One (+How to Create Yours)

What's your company's security policy? How do you classify your data? How do you manage your data? Most importantly: How do you protect your data? If these questions leave you wanting to pull an ostrich and bury your head in the ground, come on up for...

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Should I upgrade to Windows 11? Not yet. Here's why.

 

Windows 11 upgrade

If you’ve been reading the news (where Microsoft is concerned, at least) you’ll know they’ve been pretty amped to share their newest OS (Operating System) Windows 11. The hype campaign for brand new OS has been everywhere but…does it...

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How to stop email spoofing

Have you ever received an email where...you just couldn't quite tell if it was real? Your heart began to beat just a little faster as you decided if you should click on the link. I mean, on the one hand, it was from your boss. On the other, it was your...

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Security Attestation: What is it? Do I need it? + Free template

Do you know where you stand in terms of your security status?*Gulp*If you just cried a little wondering a.) what I'm talking about and b.) if you're in big-time trouble, dry your eyes. We've got you covered. This blog will explain all you need to know...

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Welcome Steve Gershik, BEMO's Third Hire of 2021

After months of preparation, sorting through hundreds of applications, and weeks of interviews, we are happy to announce that Steve Gershik has joined the BEMO team as our first-ever VP of Marketing! As a marketing pro, Steve will use his expertise to...

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BEMO ranks #1951 on the Inc. 5000!

Inc. Magazine publishes a yearly list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States called the Inc. 5000, and for the first time in our 11 years of business, BEMO has made the list. And not only did we "make" the list, but we ranked...

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How to prevent cybersecurity attacks

Hello Sir/Madam,My name is Joe and I want all of your money. Will you wire it to me?Thanks!JoeAh, if only attacks were that easy to spot. Cybersecurity attacks have come a long way since back in the day when fake princes were asking for exorbitant sums....

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Managed IT Services Near Me: Does Location Matter?

While the last year has taught us that more things than ever can take place virtually (think: school, counseling, events, etc.) some things simply have to be in-person. Ice cream tastings, childcare services, dog walking companies...you get the gist,...

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Benefits of IT Management

Whenever we are making a decision, we want to know: how will this benefit me? Right? Thankfully, in our hyper-connected world, there's information aplenty to help you make those decisions. When it comes to deciding whether the benefits of Managed IT are...

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O365: Improve Microsoft Office Skills

So, your company has made the move and you're living your best Microsoft Office 365 life. Congratulations! From Teams to the Office Suite your workday has gone from sour to sweet. Right? Hopefully! We all know the saying "Give a woman a fish, she'll eat...

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Welcome Lauren MacBlane, BEMO's Second Hire of 2021

Please help us in welcoming to the team Lauren MacBlane! Lauren is our newest BEMO team member and will be joining us as our second Customer Success Manager. She will focus on creating stellar relationships with our customers, helping them create...

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Welcome Sylwia Chmielewska, BEMO's First Hire of 2021

Sylwia is the newest addition to our BEMO team and we couldn't be happier to have her! Joining us as our Head of People, Sylwia will be a stellar addition to our Leadership Team and will spearhead our aggressive recruiting plan, seeking out the best of...

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What is Managed IT?

If you're googling "what is Managed IT" or "IT Support" then you're probably the CEO, COO, or CFO of a small business with 10 to 50-ish employees. You're also probably starting to get pretty tired of being the default part-time IT person simply because...

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Managed Service Provider vs. Cloud Solutions Provider: What's the Difference?

IT support services in recent times have been nothing but revolutionary. The technology landscape has continued to evolve as the sector gets dominated by record-breaking cloud-based applications, commonly referred to as SaaS, or software as a service,...

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What is a file server?

I would be willing to wager that you’ve heard of a file server before but can you be totally certain what it is and what it does? As new terms become part of our colloquial conversations (I mean…what is “The Cloud” anyways, right? 😉) sometimes we use...

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All of Your Post-Email Migration Questions for Office 365, Answered

If you're reading this blog, congratulations are certainly in order! You've completed your email migration and are all set to move forward with the full power of Office 365. With Office 365 you and your team will enjoy a suite of tools to take you...

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Microsoft Teams Governance

I love Microsoft Teams! At BEMO we use MS Teams as the hub for everything we do. I cannot imagine collaborating with a global team (operating remotely, mind you) any other way. We've all seen a workplace that's disorganized and the lack of follow-through...

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Business Voice & Microsoft Teams Calling, Part III: Setting Up Your Plan

In my previous two blogs, Business Voice Part I & II, I explained what Business Voice is and shared with you what you typically need to deploy a phone system (along with its numerous benefits: enabling organizations of all sizes to take advantage of a...

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Cloud Storage vs. Local Storage

In recent years, public perception of cloud technology has gone from being a “nice to have”, to a "need to have". It's seen as an essential for many businesses. With the prevalence of cloud-based applications, disaster recovery planning, and data...

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What is a Microsoft Certified Partner?

When you’re searching the internet for Microsoft licensing or IT providers for your business, you’ll likely come across many who have a little Microsoft Partner logo on their websites like ours on the BEMO website:

A Partner. You know you need one...

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Windows 10 Pro vs Enterprise

UPDATED August 31st, 2021 to reflect new (lower) pricing:Windows 10 Pro is the business version of Windows 10 that comes pre-installed on most PCs when you buy them from Dell, HP, Microsoft, etc. Windows 10 Enterprise however, is an add-on that sits on...

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How to Clear Your Outlook Cache

Note: This blog was last reviewed 2/2022. We do our best to keep all of our blogs up to date to offer you the best, most accurate guidance possible. If you notice otherwise, please drop a comment so we can update the blog. Thank you!

Everyone loves a...

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How Do I Buy Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) 2022?

Around this same time last year, we started receiving the ESU phone call. IT Professionals from SMBs to Enterprise levels were asking "Where can I get Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU)? I need it now!" This year, the ESU phone calls have been...

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Working for Microsoft vs. Working for a Partner

It's hard to believe it has already been 3 months since I joined BEMO as our Customer Success Manager. Prior to joining the team, I worked for the tech giant that is Microsoft for nearly a decade! In my time with them, I wore many hats, including...

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5 min read

Power BI Pro vs. Premium

What is Power BI?

Power BI is a program created by Microsoft that allows you to take data and turn it into something that is not only visually appealing, but also interactive and engaging. Power BI allows you to connect dynamic sources such as SQL,...

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Microsoft Business Voice, Part II: Office 365 Phone Setup Prep

Right now, more than ever, connectivity is key. Every day we email, chat and text to ensure our businesses are running smoothly as we transition from the office to home (back to the office, back home...). Yet, when you can't quite figure something out...

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Your Top 8 Office 365 Migration Questions, Answered (+ Pricing)

If the words "Email Migration" strike fear into your heart, you're not alone. Many of our customers find email migrations to be, at best, nerve-wracking, at worst, daunting enough to avoid for years before coming to us. We get it. Your emails, files,...

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The Future of Passwords is in Your Hands (and Your Eyes, and...)

Today, we use passwords to restrict access to and protect most, if not all, of our electronic computing devices (computers, tablets, cell phones and all remote computing services). Passwords have been a solid standby for...well, forever, but now, we find...

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How to Migrate Your Gmail, G Suite or IMAP Contacts and Calendars to Office 365: A Step-By-Step Guide

At BEMO, migrations are our expertise. Every day, we perform assessments and migrations and we take great pleasure in helping our customers transition from an ill-fitting solution to one that fits like a finely tailored suit. While migrations are no...

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Customer Interviews, Phase II: A Change Is Gonna Come, 10 Promises for 2020 and Beyond

Earlier this fall, we had our final of 10 customer interviews. It was a process we began in summer of this year and one that was long overdue. With the last interview complete, we dove on in to the data, both qualitative (in-depth interviews) and...

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Welcome Christophe Koehl, BEMO's Seventh Hire of 2020!

Christophe Koehl is our newest addition to the BEMO team! Christophe joins us as an Implementation Engineer. He is an expert in Autopilot and Intune deployment and will be a wonderful addition to our team (a statement we know is true because he has...

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Windows 10 Enterprise E3 vs E5: What's the Difference?

Windows 10 Pro is the business version of Windows 10 that comes pre-installed on most PCs when you buy them from Dell, HP, Microsoft etc... Windows 10 Enterprise, is an add-on that sits on top of Windows 10 Pro for added security and mobile device...

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The Top 5 Add-Ons Your Microsoft 365 Licensing Needs to Make Your Business Thrive

Imagine for a minute that you just purchased Microsoft 365 Business Premium for your company. You install the desktop apps, get loaded in, and start exploring. You open up Teams and see that you are able to chat with your co-workers. You can even call...

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The 12 Best Business Books That Made BEMO 3X Revenue in 2020

I'm a voracious consumer of books, whether it be reading them or listening to them, I probably consume 2-3 books per month and have done so for several years. I have consumed every popular business book ranging from startups, management, sales,...

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Getting Started with OneDrive for Business: 6 Tips and Tricks

OneDrive for Business is one of the best cloud-based storage solutions out there. It enables us to securely store our data in the cloud, and also allows us to access that data from anywhere there’s an internet connection. Still, while Microsoft is a...

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Microsoft Business Voice, Part I: What Is It and Do I Really Need It?

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last six months, chances are you've noticed that a lot of businesses are changing the way they do, well, business. Companies are shifting the way they operate and very often, that means moving, in some...

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Customer Interviews, Phase I: We Asked, You Answered

When I joined BEMO, six months ago now (!), I was curious about our customers. Working in Marketing, I spent very little time actually interacting with them, yet our blog, our vision, everything we do is meant to revolve around them. You see the...

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6 min read

G Suite to Office 365 Migration: A Step-By-Step Guide from Our Pros

If you've ever done it, you know that migrating from one offering to another is never an easy feat. Beyond the "should I really press 'OK'?!" every step of the way, to the sheer time suck it can be, migrations are not for the faint of heart. Yet faint of...

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Welcome Sakshi Tomar, BEMO's Sixth Hire of 2020!

We are happy to announce that Sakshi Tomar has joined the BEMO team! Sakshi will be our first hire solely dedicated to Technical Support. She will help our customers navigate issues and utilize the full potential of their tools. She will work both with...

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Buying GoDaddy Office 365: Why It's A Trap!

So, you're an entrepreneur or small business of fewer than 10 people and you're ready to get started. What's the first thing you do to make it official? You buy a domain name for your website! And many of use GoDaddy, the largest domain provider in the...

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Our 23 Employee Benefits: The Final Outcome

UPDATE, January 2021: When we first published this post last fall, 2020, we mentioned it would be updated as our benefits were update. Now's the time! Check out what's new in the world of BEMO benefits (hint: it's amazing 👏).

We started our BEMO...

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Life After Microsoft: What It’s Like to Work For a Microsoft Partner

Three months ago, I transitioned from my job as a Cloud Technical Expert at Microsoft, into a role as a Cloud Solutions Specialist with BEMOGoing from one side of Microsoft cloud sales to the other has been a very interesting experience, enough so, ...

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We Ranked The 23 Team Member Benefits As A Company

Earlier this summer, our CEO and CFO asked all of our BEMO employees to participate in a week-long brainstorm. "A week-long brainstorm? About what?" you might wonder. Our employee benefits. So, brainstorm we did. This blog will discuss the next step we...

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Welcome Domonic Lastoria, BEMO's Fifth Hire of 2020!

Domonic is the newest addition to our BEMO team. He will be joining us as our Customer Success Manager in order to build long-term relationships with our current customers and keep them delighted! Domonic will work closely with Brandon, Julia and Josh.

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Your Complete Guide to Microsoft Email Security

Technology is ever-evolving. Every day there are new ways to interact online and with those many points of access, open many doors for security issues. So, how does one stay on top of new tech while simultaneously protecting it? Just as tech is...

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4 min read

Our 23 Future Team Member Benefits (To Be Implemented by December 2023)

"Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first." Simon Sinek

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What is the Cloud? Plus: Cloud Pros & Cons

Cloud computing has been around for a while now, but it’s only more recently that it has become a major focus of businesses worldwide. More and more, companies are expected to make the move to the cloud. The touted benefits range from increased...

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Welcome Carol Bubar, BEMO's Fourth Hire of 2020!

Welcome to BEMO, Carol! Carol Bubar has joined BEMO as our newest team member and we couldn't be happier. Carol works as our Operational Excellence Manager, ensuring that BEMO runs as beautifully as a Swiss watch. Carol will be working closely with the ...

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9 Tips for Meeting with Microsoft Teams

If you’re using Teams and you’re like me, you’re discovering new things about it every day. Microsoft has been a busy bee since the release of Teams and even more so since 2020 became the year of working from home. While there is certainly shiny and new...

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6 min read

SharePoint vs. OneDrive (What's the Difference Again?)

Cloud computing is becoming more and more common. Everywhere we look it's cloud this and cloud that, and understandably so, because with the cloud, access is unlimited. When you use the cloud, you can access your data and work on documents from ANYWHERE...

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6 min read

10 Challenges of Managing Your Virtual Team (and 10 WFH Solutions)

Whether you're starting a remote company from scratch or you're trying to transform your current business into running more smoothly while people work from home, you'll find that operating a remote company has different challenges than a traditional...
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6 min read

Slack vs. Teams

In this post, we'll take a look at Slack vs. Teams. More likely than not, you've heard of both, maybe you've even used one or the other but what do you know about how the two compare? Which one should you use for your company? In this blog, we'll bring...

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5 min read

How to Set Up Office Message Encryption (OME)

In this blog post, we'll be giving you the step-by-step instructions for configuring Office Message Encryption. I have to say they aren't for the faint at heart! Enabling OME is much more difficult than the other Microsoft email security products such as...

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6 min read

10 Benefits of Microsoft Teams (To Make Life a Whole Lot Better)

A few months ago, upon starting up with BEMO, they upgraded my setup from my  laptop to a new laptop and two monitors. It was an outright command station, if I'd ever seen one. At first I thought “Is this overkill?” but now I couldn’t imagine using...

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4 min read

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection: Plan 1 vs Plan 2

Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) protects you by preventing dangerous links and malicious attachments from entering your organization via email and other tools (like SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams). On the rare occasion that Office 365 ATP...

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Welcome Josh Franklin, BEMO's Third Hire of 2020!

Josh is our newest BEMO team member and comes to us by way of Houston, Texas! Josh will join us as a Cloud Solutions Specialist, providing full-scope cloud consultations to our small and midsize businesses as well as to our education, government and...

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Microsoft Authenticator App (MFA the easy way)

I am busy. I have a sneaking suspicion that you are too. However, until recently, I donated precious time, multiple times a day, to getting out my phone and typing in a six-digit code to authenticate my accounts. I get that we need security, but does...

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2 min read

How to Set Up Exchange Online Protection

In this blog post, we're going to walk you through the step-by-step process for setting up Exchange Online Protection (EOP). Although setting up Exchange Online Protection is important, it is only one portion of a comprehensive email security strategy....

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2 min read

How to Set Up Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

In this blog post, we're going to walk you through the step-by-step process for setting up Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Although setting up ATP is a great move, it is only one portion (though an important one) of a comprehensive email...

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7 min read

Spear Phishing vs. Phishing: The Difference And How To Prevent It

As many companies shift their operations online (and their employees shift into their “daytime jammies”) so too must their attention shift to cybersecurity. In our current COVID-19 conundrum many companies are moving strictly online. With these moves,...

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Welcome Julia Chester, BEMO's Second Hire of 2020!

Julia is our latest addition to the BEMO team by way of Alaska! She will work closely with Brandon as an Inbound Marketer, bringing fresh content to your fingertips!

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Welcome Mohamed Sekrane, BEMO's First Hire of 2020!

Mohamed is our newest addition to BEMO! He is joining our team as an Implementation and Support Engineer and will work closely with Cata, Harpreet, and Bruno. He is very customer-centric, so we're especially happy to have him!

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5 min read

How Do I Buy Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU)?

UPDATE, December 2020: This blog was originally written for ESU updates for 2020. If you're wondering where to purchase updates for 2021, check out our most recent ESU blog How Do I Buy Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) 2021?We are getting an...

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3 min read

SQL Server 2008 End Of Life

Microsoft will no longer release security updates for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 after July 9, 2019. Remaining on legacy infrastructure exposes your business to security threats, makes you non-compliant with regulations, and is more costly to...

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6 min read

Microsoft 365 vs Office 365

Microsoft 365 is a bundle of Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). Microsoft 365 is the parent product of Office 365 and was created to bundle all of Microsoft's 'a-la-cart' productivity, mobility, and security tools into one,...

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3 min read

Azure AD Connect: Step-By-Step Instructions

Azure AD Connect is a Microsoft tool designed to meet and accomplish your hybrid identity goals. It lets you connect your on-premises Active Directory to Azure Active Directory, providing the following features:

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5 min read

Microsoft 365 Business Premium vs Office 365 E3

Microsoft 365 Business Standard (formerly known as Office 365 Business Premium) is by far the most common product among SMBs while Office 365 E3 has become the standard for enterprises, which Microsoft describes a 300+ employees. In this article, we will...

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The Office 365 for Government Buyers Journey

Most of our customers and partners ask us about the approval process for government organizations wanting to be on Microsoft Government Community Cloud (GCC). It's hard to find any reading materials online and even when you call Microsoft's sales number...

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Azure AD Identity Protection: 17 Best Practices

A successful Zero Trust strategy requires seamless and flexible access to applications, systems, and data while maintaining security for both users and the resources they need to do their jobs. It requires being cloud-ready, starting with identity, and...

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Windows Autopilot Overview

When you bring on a new hire does your IT team spend time having to configure that person's computer and then does the new hire has to spend the next 7 days setting up their accounts and apps? Isn't this frustrating? Not with Windows Autopilot. Welcome...

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Microsoft EMS E3 vs E5

In our last blog post, What is Microsoft EMS? we gave an overview of the 6 tools that make up the Enterprise Mobility + Security suite. In this post we'll dive into the 13 specific differences between the Microsoft EMS E3 and E5 licenses, so that you can...

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What is Microsoft EMS?

Microsoft launched the Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) in March 2014, in an effort to transition from 'bolted-on' security to 'built-in' security. It was a huge bet at the time, as EMS was meant to bring enterprise-level security that Fortune 500...

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Will Your Business Get Hacked? (Quiz)

The team at BEMO came up with the most important questions to ask any business owner or company executive when determining their risk of a data breach. These questions (which take 5 minutes or less to answer) illuminate whether a business has the...

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Office 365 MFA Setup: Step-by-Step Instructions

With 81 percent of data breaches being due to weak, reused, or stolen passwords, turning on Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for all of your apps is necessary. In this article, we'll show you how to set up MFA for your Office 365 account paired with the...

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Azure AD: Premium P1 vs P2

A few weeks ago we wrote about the 4 types of Microsoft Active Directory, Azure Active Directory being one of those four. In this article, we'll explore the 3 licenses that you need to know about within Azure AD exclusively. The three Azure Active...

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Office 365 for Education: Everything You Need To Know

No company on the planet can beat Microsoft's value to schools and education organizations. Between school-specific applications, heavily discounted pricing, and free on-site training from the Microsoft Retail staff, schools nowadays receive technology...

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Azure MFA Loophole: Why am I still under attack?

I was approached by the Head of IT for a 70-something person company via LinkedIn, wanting an independent review of their environment. I thought sure, let's schedule a call to go over the details. This guy's company had an IT infrastructure of the...

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What are the 4 types of Microsoft Active Directory?

For the last six months at BEMO we have been migrating a lot of Domain Controllers to Azure. During our discovery calls with the customers, it's obvious there's a lot of confusion about all the different options around Active Directory (AD), Azure Active...

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5 min read

Office 365 Calling Plan: Ditch Your Phone Company!

Most people are still unaware that Microsoft provides domestic and international calling plans for businesses through Office 365's Microsoft Teams. What's the benefit of moving your business's phone to Microsoft? How much does it cost? Let's dig into it...

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What is Microsoft 365?

Microsoft is now pushing companies to adopt the Microsoft 365 product line, which bundles Office 365 with Windows 10 and their cybersecurity tools dubbed Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). There are 3 versions, Microsoft 365 Business Premium (formerly...

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Welcome Catalin Alaci, BEMO's latest hire!

Cata is our newest addition to BEMO. He is joining Bruno and Harpreet on the implementation team as a Cybersecurity Engineer. Cata has known the founders, Joel and Bruno for a very long time; having worked together in Microsoft's Hardware division in the...

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3 min read

How to Setup Self-Service Password Reset for Azure and Office 365

Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) for Office 365 and Azure is a great solution created by Microsoft to enable users to change and reset their passwords by themselves, saving IT a lot of time. Self-Service Password Reset allows users to both change their...

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Windows 7 End of Life: Should I care?

Microsoft will stop providing mainstream support for the Windows 7 operating system on January 14, 2020. From that day on, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows 7. Companies that remain on Windows 7 will...

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Office 365 E3 vs E5: Which one is better for my company?

Office 365 E3 is $20 per user/month and Office 365 E5 is $35 per user/month, so is it worth the extra $15 per user/month? In this article we dive into the specific features you get for the extra money so that you can decide whether it makes sense for...

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MxToolbox: How to Enable SPF, DMARC, and DKIM

In this blog post, we're going to walk you through configuring SPF, DMARC, and DKIM. While this is an essential step, it is only one portion of a comprehensive email security strategy. This blog is the 1st post of a 5 post series titled Your Complete...

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9 min read

How to Migrate from GoDaddy to Office 365: Step-By-Step Guide

Besides using GoDaddy as our DNS provider, we're not really fans of their email service or the way they lock people into long-term contracts when they bundle Office 365. GoDaddy, for whatever reason, will restrict global admin privileges and restrict the...

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Migrate From Gmail to Office 365: Step-By-Step Guide

Most people that come to us to migrate their email to Office 365 are under the impression that it's a really easy process. You have no idea how many times I've heard, "you're just copying and pasting a bunch of .pst files". So I'm publishing my...

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Windows Server 2008 End of Life

Microsoft will no longer release security for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 starting January 14, 2020. Remaining on legacy infrastructure exposes your business to security threats, makes you non-compliant with regulations, and is more...

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