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October 2017

Extend your data management capabilities to the Azure Cloud!

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Extend your data management capabilities to the Azure Cloud!

Why Azure is the right choice

Productive

Get unparalleled developer productivity with integrated tools from mobile DevOps to serverless computing.

Hybrid

Develop and deploy where you want, with the only consistent hybrid cloud on the market. Extend Azure on-premises with Azure Stack.

Intelligent

Create intelligent apps that delight with data-driven experiences. Go quickly from concept to release with Azure data services and artificial intelligence, from image recognition to bot services.

Trusted

Join startups, governments, and 90 percent of Fortune 500s that trust the Microsoft Cloud for security, privacy, transparency, and the most compliance coverage of any cloud provider.

Total scale and the ability to manage resources:

Now you can extend Azure Public Cloud with Azure Stack

Companies around the world are under pressure to transform to digital organizations. The ability to produce business-changing apps can help companies engage customers, empower employees, optimize operations, and transform products. Azure lets you develop and deploy where you want, with the only consistent hybrid cloud that spans across apps, data, identity, and management.

The value of Azure Hybrid allows you to:

Build and innovate hybrid cloud apps

Maximise your existing skills by migrating to an Azure hybrid cloud solution, and get a flexible, unified approach to building apps that can run in the cloud or on-premises.

Distribute and analyse data seamlessly

Use the same query languages for cloud and on-premises assets, and apply analytics and deep learning in Azure to enrich your data regardless of its source.

Build and innovate hybrid cloud apps

Maximise your existing skills by migrating to an Azure hybrid cloud solution, and get a flexible, unified approach to building apps that can run in the cloud or on-premises.

Distribute and analyse data seamlessly

Use the same query languages for cloud and on-premises assets, and apply analytics and deep learning in Azure to enrich your data regardless of its source.

Build modern applications across hybrid cloud environments

Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments. Only Azure Stack lets you deliver Azure services from your organisation’s datacentre, while balancing the right amount of flexibility and control—for truly-consistent hybrid cloud deployments.

Hybrid use cases with Azure and Azure Stack

Azure and Azure Stack unlock new hybrid use cases for both customer facing and internal line of business applications:

  • Edge and disconnected
  • Cloud applications to meet varied regulations
  • Cloud application model on-premises

Use Azure Stack in combination with Azure to simplify complex challenges.

For more information on Azure and Azure Stack https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=852379&clcid=0x409

Azure Stack is brought to you by First Distribution and Dell/EMC.
To find out more about Microsoft Azure, or to speak to a First Distribution representative, email Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Let Azure Light Up Your Data

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Let Azure Light Up Your Data

It’s time to realise that Data is the new Electricity

Azure’s Data Platform & Analytics lead to New Service Provider Opportunities

Azure creates Partner Opportunities with IaaS scenarios

FROM DATA TO DECISIONS AND ACTIONS

Azure provides the following building blocks which you should be monetising on:

PARTNER CALL TO ACTION:

Get your teams ready

  • Sales and Technical enablement
    https://azurepartnerreadinesscatalog.azurewebsites.net/

Build/enhance Managed Services Practices

  • GoFirst Cloud Services from First Distribution can help you out
  • Download MSP Playbook
    https://aka.ms.AzureMSPplaybook

Build Azure offerings

  • Hybrid Iaas -a good starting point
  • Data & Analytics – Look at your existing customer base
  • Leverage CSP in a Box http://aka.ms/csp-in-a-box

For more information about Microsoft Azure, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

GoFirst Cloud Services

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Partner-to-Partner Ecosystems enabled by First Distribution

Our partnership with Microsoft provides organisations with many of the world-leading cloud services which is a massive endorsement of our network, infrastructure and data centres capabilities. This is a clear signal that cloud services just work better with First Distribution.

We have teamed up with the best platforms, implementation partners and advisers to provide you with the best products, solutions, cloud migration and managed services.

Our differentiation includes facilitating co-marketing with our partners to drive awareness and lead generation, but now it goes even further by enabling PROFESSIONAL SERVICES through GoFirst Cloud Services.

Giving partners the ability to do it all…

The Discover Value tool provides an opportunity to help determine if Microsoft 365 would meet the needs of your business. This tool takes you through a brief assessment of process improvement opportunities tied to your business objectives and identifies Microsoft 365 capabilities that meet your needs. At the end of this process you will receive:

  1. Discover Value Report: a personalized solution tailored to address your business challenges, priorities and offer recommendations that will maximize value for your business.
  2. Forrester Report: the potential return on your investment for your industry segment.
  3. Engagement Opportunity: visit the Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience portal for a hands on exploration of the Microsoft 365 solution

What:

GoFirst Cloud Services enables consultation, scoping & design, setup, deployment, migration, management and support services at a predetermined rate which partners can offer to their customers.

When:

GoFirst Cloud Services can be utilised for different predetermined Office 365, Dynamics 365, Enterprise Mobility and Azure scenarios with clear in-scope and out-of-scope differentiation options.

It really depends on the customer requirements.

Where:

GoFirst Cloud Services are delivered as a remote deployment services across the CSP subscription based products: Office 365, Enterprise Mobility and Security.

More goes into the typical Dynamics 365 and Azure products and therefore would typically require scoping and design, integration and alternative pre-work prior to solution implementation. These services would typically first need to be scoped before quotations would be provided. As a value add First Distribution would offer these consultation services free of charge.

GoFirst Cloud Services are enabled remotely across South Africa & West/East and Central Africa including IOI, Nigeria and SADC.

How:

  1. The GoFirst Cloud Services catalogue (SOW) will be provided to partners who wish to register and take part in this program.
  2. Consultation Services on Azure and Dynamics 365 can be initiated on request to: microsoft.CSP@firstdistribution.co.za
  3. Subscription-based orders for licensing including GoFirst Cloud Services can be send to: microsoft.CSP@firstdistribution.co.za
  • The GoFirst Cloud Services pre-installation document will be required with all the relevant customer details.
  • Customers will be contacted within 24 hours to step an appointment, planning and delivering of the GoFirst Cloud Service.
  • A high-level project plan with timelines will be provided to the customer.
  • The customer will be required to sign a project completion certificate.

Support will be provided by First Distribution:
support@firstforcloud.com
0861 00 99 88

Introducing Microsoft 365

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Introducing Microsoft 365

A complete, intelligent solution, including Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, that empowers everyone to be creative and work together, securely.

Unlocks creativity

  • Work naturally with ink, voice, and touch.
  • Visualize information in new ways.
  • Create compelling content with Intelligent apps.
  • Build on the work & expertise of others.

Built for teamwork

  • Enterprise-class email, voice, and video.
  • Connect everyone with company-wide communities.
  • Share and collaborate on documents in real time.
  • Includes Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace.

Integrated for simplicity

  • Always up to date.
  • Self-service deployment.
  • Cloud-based management.
  • Rich telemetry from your environment.
  • Reduce TCO with consolidated solutions.

Intelligent security

  • Protect identity, apps, data & devices.
  • Thwart advanced threats.
  • Manage data archiving, governance & discovery.
  • Powered by Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph.
  • Accelerate GDPR compliance.
Microsoft 365 E3 Microsoft 365 E5
Office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint

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Email & calendar Outlook, Exchange

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Chat-based workspace Microsoft Teams

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Voice, video & meetings Skype for Business

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PSTN Conferencing, Cloud PBX

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Social & intranet SharePoint, Yammer

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Threat protection Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, Windows Defender Antivirus, Device Guard

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Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics, Windows Defender Antivirus, Device Guard

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Identity & access management Azure Active Directory P1, Windows Hello and Credential Guard

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Azure Active Directory P2

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Device & app management Microsoft Intune

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Information protection                 Feature

Office 365 Data Loss Prevention, Windows Information Protection and BitLocker, Azure Information Protection P1

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Azure Information Protection P2, Microsoft Cloud App Security, Office 365 Cloud App Security

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Advanced compliance Advanced eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox, Advanced Data Governance

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Analytics Delve

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Power BI Pro, MyAnalytics

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The Discover Value tool provides an opportunity to help determine if Microsoft 365 would meet the needs of your business. This tool takes you through a brief assessment of process improvement opportunities tied to your business objectives and identifies Microsoft 365 capabilities that meet your needs. At the end of this tool you will receive:

  1. Discover Value Report: a personalized solution tailored to address your business challenges, priorities and offer recommendations that will maximize value for your business.
  2. Forrester Report: the potential return on your investment for your industry segment.
  3. Engagement Opportunity: visit the Microsoft Customer Immersion Experience portal for a hands on exploration of the Microsoft 365 solution

Discover value

Click below to discover the value that Microsoft 365 can provide to your organization

For more information about Microsoft Office 365, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Maximize the impact of your firstline workforce

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Microsoft 365 Firstline Workers – Maximize the impact of your firstline workforce

Firstline workers are the lifeblood of your customer’s in the manufacturing, retail, healthcare, government, and many other sectors. They are the first in line to engage with your customer’s important and valued clients, they represent your customer’s company brand, and see products and services in action. In short, they are the face and backbone of each unique organization.

Maximize the impact of your firstline workforce with Microsoft 365 New F1 Plans

The new Microsoft Office 365 F1 plans have been created and released to replace the Microsoft Office 365 K Plans. These plans have been designed to connect and engage Firstline workers.

The new F1 Plans are purposely built to meet varied demands across multiple industries and deliver key capabilities to manage and unlock skills, knowledge, and expertise of your firstline workforce.

Reliability
Security
Privacy
Administration
Up to date
Active Directory integration
Support

What does it cost?

Office 365 F1 (Corporate)

For people in your organization without a dedicated PC that need occasional access to web email, internal sites and documents with Office Online.

$3.40

R46.30

Office 365 F1 (Government Pricing)

For people in your organization without a dedicated PC that need occasional access to web email, internal sites and documents with Office Online.

$3.40

R46.30

What’s included in the new plans:

Email and calendars Business-class email through a rich and familiar Outlook browser experience. Included is a 2 GB per user mailbox, attachments up to 150 MB, anti-malware protection, and anti-spam filtering. Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) is supported for phones and POP support for desktop email clients.
Instant Messaging, Presence, and Meetings Allow users to Connect with co-workers by using Skype for Business web and basic clients and attend Skype for Business broadcast meetings in a browser or on nearly any device.
Chat-based workspace Connect teams with Microsoft Teams in Office 365 and bring together chat, content, people, and tools in one place so your teams have instant access to everything they need.
File storage and sharing OneDrive for Business gives each user 2GB of personal cloud storage that is accessible from anywhere. Easily share documents and send email attachments and control who can see and edit each file.
Intranet access Provide secure access to company intranet resources such as training content, reference material, and company news and information from a browser and on mobile devices with the SharePoint Mobile App.
Corporate social network Discuss ideas, share updates, and crowdsource answers from coworkers across your organization. Yammer gives you a faster, smarter way to connect and collaborate across your company.
Office Online Create and edit Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Excel documents in the browser versions of the Office applications.
Workday management Microsoft StaffHub helps firstline workers manage their work days with schedule management, information sharing, and the ability to connect to other work-related apps and resources from a mobile device or browser.
Professional digital storytelling With Sway, you can easily create engaging, interactive web-based reports, presentations, newsletters, trainings, and more—right from your phone, tablet, or browser. Sways are easy to share and look great on any screen.
Enterprise video service Create, manage, and share videos securely across your organization. Microsoft Stream makes it easy for everyone to collaborate with video to stay connected to the content that matters most.
Workflow automation Build automated workflows between apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, collect data, and more with Microsoft Flow – no coding required.
Web and mobile app development Quickly build and publish custom business apps for web and mobile with PowerApps. Choose from templates or start from scratch to extend your business data – no coding required.
Apps for Office and SharePoint New third-party and customer-developed apps work with Office and SharePoint to bring web services right into your documents and sites.

For more information about Microsoft Office 365, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Public Cloud transformation for identity protection

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An easy and obvious first step into Public Cloud transformation for identity protection

In today’s business age, it is imperative to enable directory synchronization for all users across your business – a key enabler for single sign-on is Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).

With Azure AD you can now seamlessly integrate identity management capabilities including multi-factor authentication, device registration, role-based access control, and security monitoring and alerting.

Deploying domain controllers in Azure is an important step in providing a business with resilient identity.  By taking precautions like you would for on-premise environments, you can have a safe and secure cloud environment.

The best practices listed are not an exhaustive list of all configurations and settings that you should implement to have a secure domain controller environment in the cloud.  It is however a a great guideline to get started with Azure Active Directory. The information needs to be applied to the specific security requirements and standards your customer requires.

The following guidelines has been provided by Mike Hacker:

  • Review the guide for hosting Active Directory domain controllers in Azure.
  • Use a dedicated Azure storage account for Active Directory domain controller disks.
  • Ensure that the storage container for the domain controller’s OS and data disks is set to private access type (this is the default for new containers).
  • Use role based access control (RBAC) to limit who has access to manage the storage account and access keys.
  • Enable Azure Disk Encryption with key encryption key (KEK) for both the operating system and data disks.   This will utilize Azure Key Vault for storing the keys.   The Key Vault must reside in the same Azure region and subscription as the virtual machine.
  • Use RBAC to limit who has access to manage the Key Vault.
  • Keep domain controllers in their own virtual network subnet.
  • Implement an incoming deny all network security group rule on the domain controller subnet and then configure only the required ports for the domain controllers.
  • Set a static IP for the domain controller using PowerShell or the Azure Management Portal.  Never set a static IP address directly in the operating system.  You must always set the operating system to use DHCP.
  • Do not set public IP addresses on domain controllers.

Turn relationships into revenue by bringing digital intelligence into every deal

Sku Description WECA SA
Azure Active Directory Basic A robust set of capabilities to empower organizations with more demanding needs on identity and access management. $0.91 R11.74
Azure Active Directory Premium P1 A robust set of capabilities to empower organizations with more demanding needs on identity and access management. $5.45 R70.47
Azure Active Directory Premium P2 A comprehensive cloud Identity and access management solution with advanced identity protection for all your users and administrators $8.18 R105.70

For more information about Microsoft Dymanics 365, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za

Dynamics 365 – Winning the sale with digital intelligence

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Sales in Dynamics 365 – A guide to winning the sale with digital intelligence

Turn relationships into revenue with Dynamics 365 for Sales

Go beyond sales force automation by bringing digital intelligence into each deal to better predict your customer’s needs—and deliver the personal attention that builds relationships and revenue.

Focus and act on the right priorities

Take action with confidence. Derive meaningful intelligence from large amounts of complex data to provide sellers with contextual, actionable insights that are easy to understand.

  • Increase sales velocity by identifying prospects most likely to buy based on predictive intelligence
  • Know where to focus with insights that reveal relationship health and risk
  • Spot buying signals, identify competitive threats, and keep a pulse on the market with social media
Foster customer relationships through authentic, personal engagement

Unify your sales experience around relationships. With relationship-centered insights, you’ll deliver the personal engagement that your customers demand.

  • Identify, understand, and connect with customers through social networks
  • Engage through sharing of personalised and relevant content
  • Build trust with continuous insights and recommendations based on actual customer needs
Spend more time selling & less time on admin

Increase revenue, boost productivity, gain key insights, and reduce costs when you automate your sales processes through a highly intuitive interface and Microsoft Office-embedded capabilities.

  • Work anytime, anywhere with familiar, intuitive productivity tools, such as mobile apps that provide contextual news, social data, and task flows
  • Know what steps to take next to close deals faster by using process automation and a guided sales process
  • Recruit, onboard, and strengthen your partner channel through deeper enablement and activation
Create a culture that nurtures success

Accelerate your sales performance with real-time analytics based on historical data and predictive information. Inspire, on-board, coach, and motivate your team to achieve more.

  • Get answers fast using dashboards, contextual charts, and Power BI Q&A for natural language queries
  • Hit your numbers by setting goals, monitoring results, and providing feedback and coaching in real time
  • Energise everyone on your sales team with fun and exciting competitions through gamification

Connect sales and marketing with Dynamics 365 for Marketing

Creating a seamless customer experience starts with well-connected tools. Unify your sales and marketing with Adobe Marketing Cloud and Dynamics 365 for a complete view of your customer. Know about all the interactions customers have had with you to help create a seamless experience for them—whether they’re responding to your marketing campaigns or speaking with your sales team.

  • Deliver consistent messaging between sales and marketing
  • Increase retention rates, reduce sales cycles, and increase close rates
  • Drive revenue and marketing ROI with campaign management tools

Targeted, personalised digital marketing starts with a comprehensive web content management solution. By combining Microsoft Azure with Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions, you’ll deliver compelling customer experiences that drive your business.

Turn relationships into revenue by bringing digital intelligence into every deal

Plan: Pricing:
Dynamics 365 for Sales Enterprise Edition R1,046.01
Dynamics 365 for Sales Enterprise Edition (SMB Offer) R411.06
Dynamics 365 for Sales and Customer Service, Enterprise Editions (SMB Offer – max 50 users) R715.69

The Sales Productivity Solution by the numbers

Forrester recently worked with Microsoft to analyse the total economic impact their Sales Productivity Solution has had on a number of its customers.

For more information about Microsoft Dymanics 365, and the benefits it has to offer your business, please contact us on Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za