Zero Touch Deployment: The Perfect System for Schools Facing COVID-19

Shaking hands upon introduction. Holding a menu at a restaurant. Many touches you regularly performed pre-COVID-19 now seem like an unnecessary risk. We can relate. We feel this way about traditional software deployment. In a traditional deployment, eMazzanti’s specialists work with members of the client organization to log into a device and configure all software, custom settings and security measures. We then test that all systems are go, often with the help of the end user, before moving onto the next device. While we are known for our efficiency and commitment to minimizing downtime, we recommend that clients seeking to…

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Why Schools Need to Extend Quarantine to the Virtual Classroom

As an educator, you might be interested to know that Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines quarantine as,“a restraint upon the activities or communication of persons or the transport of goods designed to prevent the spread of disease.” As a person living in the year 2020, you know it in practice all too well. Since COVID-19 caught the world off-guard, we’ve been sheltering in place, only interacting with a few trusted members of our social circle in-person and holding everything from work meetings to weddings online. Your school has fully embraced the new normal. You’re implementing policies that will bring all of the…

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Is Your Classroom Going Virtual?

Virtual Classroom: 3 Tips from an Educator Who’s Done It Students milling about the grounds. Professors bellowing in lecture halls. This was the scene in late summer 2020, when Notre Dame University opened its South Bend, Indiana campus for classes as usual. In the midst of normalcy, an invisible intruder lurked, waging a potentially deadly attack. Students, staff and faculty began falling ill with sore throats, chills and fever. Over the next few days, approximately 400 members of the Notre Dame community tested positive for COVID-19. The administration promptly shut down all activity on campus and called for at least…

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How Your School Can Ace Virtual Teaching

As schools across the United States plan for a virtual or partially virtual curriculum, eMazzanti Technologies has received an influx of phone calls and emails from educators seeking a swift and seamless transition to this new normal. We are honored, but not surprised that schools trust us to guide them through this period of unprecedented change. Mere months ago, few could have anticipated that the COVID-19 pandemic would impact the Fall 2020 school semester, but the team at eMazzanti is better equipped than most. Since 2001, we’ve been helping clients adjust operations to adapt to changing times. School administrators—start taking…

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How to Change Microsoft Teams Background

Well into the 2020 summer of work from home (WFH), we’ve become better acquainted with one of the most popular collaboration platforms, Microsoft Teams. With an easy-to-use interface and powerful video conferencing features, Teams gets the job done. To further enhance your Teams experience, let’s learn how to change Microsoft Teams background. With the best collaboration tools on the planet, Microsoft works hard to help you appear professional. So, don’t spoil the illusion with unplanned chaos or messes you didn’t have time to clean up. Avoid unnecessary embarrassment for yourself and other household members by blocking them out. Blur or…

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Collaborate with Exceptional Security and Privacy Using Microsoft 365 for Remote Work

Three years ago, Microsoft launched Teams, a powerful component of Office 365 (now Microsoft 365), ushering in the next phase of cloud-based collaboration. Now, with the majority of employees working from home, the service and providers that support Microsoft 365 prove more essential than ever. Organizations around the world depend on Microsoft 365 for remote work. They tap into its robust and secure options for online meetings and collaboration. Feature-Rich Video Conferencing Online meetings help to bridge the gap created by social distancing, bringing team members into a virtual conference room. Because much of communication depends on nonverbal cues, video…

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You Look Marvelous! The Sprint to Video-based Team Interaction

In our new work-from-home (WFH) world, the requirement for on demand video conferencing has exploded with quadruple digit growth. Businesses are scrambling to engage qualified video conferencing vendors to implement video-based team technology virtually overnight. Businesses now must deal with completely remote workforces, while schools and education systems attempt to facilitate online learning. And, with social distancing as our new norm, our connection constraints now point to video. Security and Functionality The journey to video has had some notable bumps with flurries of headlines and memes that make fun of Zoom and its unsecure platform. Skype (owned by Microsoft) started…

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Working Remotely, What You Need to Know

The COVID-19 crisis – Working remotely to help These are trying times. First, know that that your health and safety is the highest priority. Second, we’re all in this together so cooperation and our best efforts are required. We appreciate the leadership of local, state and federal government officials and the dedicated healthcare professionals on the front lines. With a united effort, we can overcome the challenges ahead and return to conditions of health and prosperity. That said, we want you to know that with the coronavirus outbreak impacting populations worldwide, it looks like we’re in this for the long…

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Remote Collaboration: Connecting Teams When Circumstances Force Work-at-Home

From winter blizzards to international travel advisories and global health concerns, sometimes powers beyond our control force remote solutions. When team members cannot gather in person, technology comes to the rescue. Now, more than ever, solutions such as Microsoft Teams prove essential in maintaining productivity through remote collaboration. Coronavirus Provides Preparedness Motivation Current global fears about coronavirus (COVID-19) have set stock markets reeling and prompted widespread panic. In the office, an employee with a persistent cough prompts worry among coworkers. Parents find themselves unexpectedly working at home when schools or daycares close. And employees cancel work trips to high risk…

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5 Business Benefits of Office 365 Migration

Between 2016 and 2017, business adoption of Office 365 doubled, passing 120 million active commercial users per month. And the trend continues to surge upward. Organizations across the globe have reaped the benefits of Office 365 migration as they implement a growing number of business cloud services. Teams collaborate more effectively, with increased support for remote workers. Security features built into the system protect sensitive data, and Office 365 easily expands to match business growth. At the same time, organizations tap into these benefits while reducing the IT workload in-house. 1. Intelligent Collaboration Office 365 offers organizations the tools to…

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