IT Budgeting: People and Growth

Today's post is from PTG CEO Reed Wilson. 

Every year, we work through our budget and forecast process.  I know I am in the minority, but this is one of my favorite activities.  The budget sets our course for the coming year and helps us know if we are on track, and if not, allow for course corrections. 

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How to Customize the App Launcher in Office 365

One nice feature of Office 365 that’s easy to take for granted is the App Launcher. It’s the grid icon in the top, right corner of the screen that lets you quickly and easily jump between programs in your browser.

While the default view of the launcher works perfectly fine for most, it can be easily customized to fit your needs. It’s a pretty simple process to make the programs you use the most more prominent and get the programs you don’t use at all out of the way.

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How to Recover a Deleted File in SharePoint

Ever accidentally delete something from SharePoint? There’s no reason to be concerned - everything can be recovered! Much like restoring something from the recycle bin on your PC, it’s a simple process.

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Microsoft & Office 365 Updates (August 2016)

Windows 10 Anniversary Update 

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update was released on August 2. Besides the normal security and vulnerability updates, Microsoft included a couple handy features I really enjoy like Sticky Notes (now integrated with Cortana), lock screen controls, and a new emoji keyboard. 

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Why We Changed Our Website and URL

If you’re a PTG customer, or a regular reader of our blog, it’s likely you’ve already noticed a pretty big change: Our website and URL
changed last week. You can now find us at We also changed our email addresses to match our new URL.  

Why We Made the Change 

There are a few reasons we decided to refresh our website and change our URL. Our old website was great when it was launched but it’s age was starting to show. We’ve grown a lot as a company over the last few years and it just wasn’t doing a great job of showing who we are as a company.

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How to Publish Your Outlook Calendar Online

Scheduling meetings with people outside your organization can be a pain, to say the least – especially if you’re in a role like sales, where you frequently meet with people from other companies.

Thankfully, Outlook in Office 365 has a few features to make it a little easier on you, including the ability the publish your calendar to the web. Being able to send someone a link to your calendar, showing your free times, can save a lot of the back and forth of trying to find a time that works for both of you.

Here’s how to do it.

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7 Steps for Success When Upgrading Your Technology

So, you have finally made the decision and set aside the funds to update a piece of software or hardware for your business. But before you go swapping cables and installing new software, you better have a solid plan in place. A well-executed plan will greatly increase your chances of success when implementing new technology in your business. A new software rolled out on the fly and sprung on your employees at the last minute is probably going to cause some serious headaches.

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How to turn your PowerPoint into a video with Office Mix

Creating a video from a PowerPoint isn’t new – the ability has been built in since Office 2010. But it hasn’t always been an easy or elegant process, especially if you have multi-media content. Thankfully, there is an easier way, using a free Microsoft add-in called Office Mix. Office Mix gives you the ability to create and record interactive presentations and turn them into videos.

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Recent Microsoft Updates - July Recap

July is a huge month for Microsoft. It's the start of their fiscal year and when they host partners from all over the world at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). You can read about our team's experience at this year's WPC here. It's not usual for Microsoft to introduce new products at WPC and this year was no exception. While it was initially announced before WPC, a big focus was Dynamics 365.

Outside of WPC, Microsoft introduced several other new products, most notably Stream and Booking.

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PTG Named 2016 US SMB Champions Club Southeast Cloud Partner of the Year

Sarah Leitner, Graham Cobb and Reed Wilson from PTG accept the 2016 US SMB Champions Club Southeast Cloud Partner of the Year award from Nancie Williams and Mychal Jackson of Microsoft.
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