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Josh Franklin

Josh Franklin

Cloud Solutions Specialist

Recent posts by Josh Franklin

7 min read

What is a file server?

By Josh Franklin on Apr 15, 2021 4:01:26 PM

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 them without truly knowing how they function. In this blog, we will go over all that and more. We’ll answer all your questions, from: What is a file server? to File Server pros and cons. In the end, you’ll not only be fully versed in the wonderous world of file servers, you’ll be able to confidently assess how to incorporate file servers into your business (or not). Let's jump on in.

Topics: Windows Server Comparison
6 min read

Cloud Storage vs. Local Storage

By Josh Franklin on Jan 29, 2021 3:23:22 PM

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 storage, the cloud offers new avenues for businesses looking to improve efficiency and agility. Yet in some cases, newer isn’t always better. While cloud storage certainly offers benefits to many companies, some are finding that using local storage – or a hybrid mix (using both local AND cloud storage) – is a more effective solution. Examining the pros and cons of cloud storage vs. local storage is an important part of identifying what is right for your business. In this blog, we will help you do just that. Let's begin!

Topics: Migration OneDrive
7 min read

Power BI Pro vs. Premium

By Josh Franklin on Dec 4, 2020 7:29:21 PM

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, Dynamics, and more, to create charts and graphs that constantly update as they receive new data. This means less work for you, the user, as you're free to dig into the data, instead of spend your time manually refreshing it. 

Topics: Power BI
11 min read

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

By Josh Franklin on Oct 30, 2020 4:48:06 PM

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 management benefits. Windows 10 Enterprise can be purchased as a monthly subscription for $7 or $11 per user/month depending on which license you purchase, similar to the other Office 365 licenses. There are two Windows 10 Enterprise licenses, called Windows 10 E3 and Windows 10 E5. Both E3 and E5 take all of the features of Windows 10 Pro and kick them up a notch. A HUGE notch. Still, there are some important differences. In this blog, I'll explain those differences so you can better choose which is right for you: Windows 10 Enterprise E3 or E5.

Topics: Microsoft 365 Windows 10
13 min read

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

By Josh Franklin on Oct 23, 2020 3:21:28 PM

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 them with video! As you explore the app a bit more, you notice that there’s no dial pad. “What the heck? I thought Teams could make outgoing calls?!” you think. Well, you’re right. Teams CAN make outgoing calls. But what you didn’t realize, is that you need an add-on called Microsoft Business Voice in order to do so. 

In this blog, we will discuss the top 5 add-ons we see used the most often and help you to decipher which add-ons you need and which you can go without. 

Topics: Office 365 Cybersecurity
9 min read

Getting Started with OneDrive for Business: 6 Tips and Tricks

By Josh Franklin on Oct 9, 2020 7:04:12 PM

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 household name, many people feel less familiar with OneDrive for Business. Chances are, however, even if you're not familiar with its innerworkings, you've encountered it. If you or your work have any sort of Office 365 subscription, you already have OneDrive for Business. So, let's get to fully utilizing it, shall we?

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365 OneDrive
17 min read

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

By Josh Franklin on Sep 4, 2020 11:19:48 AM

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, that I thought it worth sharing. So, in this blog, I’ll compare the various aspects of working for a giant corporation versus working for a much smaller company, so that anyone (maybe you?) who is looking to make the same type of change has a better idea of what to expect.

Topics: Microsoft Teams Life at BEMO
16 min read

What is the Cloud? Plus: Cloud Pros & Cons

By Josh Franklin on Aug 14, 2020 2:58:58 PM

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 productivity to improved efficiency, higher employee satisfaction, less operating expenses, and increased data security. Still, the knowledge that one should move to the cloud often precedes a clear understanding of what the cloud actually is. So, what exactly is the cloud? Read along to learn all about the cloud and why it will or won't work for you.

Topics: Office 365 Azure Microsoft 365 Microsoft Teams
9 min read

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

By Josh Franklin on Jul 17, 2020 6:18:57 PM

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 instead of being beholden to your desk. Yet, as businesses and users make the switch to the cloud, one of the most common questions I get is “OK, so I have OneDrive and SharePoint...what's the difference again? They both seem to do the same thing, so which one should I use?” Here, we'll tackle all your SharePoint vs. OneDrive quandaries.

Topics: Office 365 Microsoft 365