Nintex Forms for Office 365 and SharePoint Online Launches

Nintex Forms for Office 365

Atidan is pleased to support the latest fantastic launch from Nintex – Forms for Office 365 and SharePoint Online.

Contact us for a free trial, deployment support and for licensing options.

Create, publish and deploy forms quickly and easily with Nintex Forms for Office 365. With the web-based designer, you can create forms to engage users in your Office 365 processes. Nintex Forms for Office 365 complements Nintex Workflow for Office 365, by adding a user-interface layer for your processes. Publish web forms from Office 365 that can surface on a range of devices and be used by anyone inside and outside of your organization.

Product Features

Build Forms For A Powerful Cloud Platform By taking full advantage of the new cloud app model, Nintex has enabled seamless integration with Office 365. Now you can build forms on a robust cloud platform and make your SharePoint Online deployment even more productive.  
Take Advantage of the Office 365 User Experience Nintex Forms for Office 365 is built with the platform in mind. With its intuitive layout optimised for user-experience in the cloud Nintex Forms for Office 365 makes it quick and easy to interact with your processes.
Get Started In Seconds Nintex Forms for Office 365 is easy to install, use and manage – plus, you can activate the app in seconds and get to work immediately! Nintex Forms for Office 365 empowers users to publish web and mobile enabled forms, so that your mobile workforce, customers, and vendors can interact with your existing processes from wherever they are.

Transformational Trends

Azure Transformational Trends

Mobility and Cloud:

In the future, computing will be everywhere and vastly more integrated. Not only will our devices talk to one another, the range of “devices” will expand to include cars, buildings, roads, cities and homes, and our interactions with technology will be more natural and intuitive.

Our focus is on integrating our services with advanced hardware in a way that unifies all the devices people use daily. Our devices are not only connected to unique communications, productivity and entertainment services from Microsoft, but can also access great services and applications from our partners and developers.

We believe we, along with our partners such as Atidan, are uniquely positioned to bring together the best in devices and services, resulting in amazing experiences for our customers – whether SMBs or enterprises.

Microsoft has the expertise, breadth of knowledge and ecosystem capabilities to lead the shift to cloud computing.

Our partner-centric approach has been with us since the very beginning; it’s what helped define our success in the personal computing era, and it’s what differentiates us in today’s devices and services era.


Social technology may be relatively new from a business perspective, but it’s already a normal part of day-to-day life for tens of millions of people. Those people are employees, partners and customers. The way we connect and interact with people, information and organizations is changing, and these changes are having a profound impact on the modern workplace.

Enterprise social is the new cornerstone of workplace collaboration and addresses the changing nature of work. For enterprise social tools to be effective, it can’t just be a destination; social has to be woven into the apps people use every day to unite the people, information and application data in a way that drives greater effectiveness, performance and agility.

Microsoft provides a compelling vision, complete enterprise social solutions, and the proven expertise to help companies get social right.

Big Data:

Big data has the potential to change the way organizations, academic institutions and even consumers conduct business, make discoveries and interact in their day-to-day lives. Microsoft believes big data has the power to drive practical and theoretical insights that have eluded people to date.

We’re not there yet. The data is big, but the tools for analyzing big data have not fully permeated down to people who are most capable of seeing new possibilities. It’s not enough to be able to harness unstructured data and fuse it with structured data.

Some organizations are already winning with better, faster insight. According to Gartner, “By 2015, organizations that build a modern information management system will outperform their peers financially by 20 percent.” Big data insights are opening new doors to businesses of all types.

We know other organizations will follow, and when they do, we’ll see a period of incredible innovation and disruption. Yet, this is not a technology story; it’s a people story. Microsoft wants to empower the broadest set of people to explore big data, and we’re going big to deliver on this goal. We’ve always believed that making technology available to more people would unleash insights on a scale never seen before. So today we’re planting a stake in the ground on big data, sharing our point of view on turning big data’s potential into reality.

As tools and skills proliferate, big data insight will shift to the masses. The outcome will be smarter cities, greater academic learning and discovery, better and more health/wellness initiatives, more efficient use of natural resources, safer energy acquisition, better customer service at retail, more accurate risk assessment within finance, and infinitely others.

Sources: IDC and Gartner

Presented by David Rosenthal, CEO Atidan, Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) October 28, 2013

Microsoft launches official Remote Desktop app for Apple’s iOS and Android

Microsoft on Thursday released an official Remote Desktop application for Android, iPhone and iPad, giving Windows users the ability to access their Windows machine on the go.

Apple store:

Android store:



Microsoft Remote Desktop is a free application available on the iOS App Store or Google Play,.. compatible with both iPhone and iPad. It’s a 12.6-megabyte download that requires iOS 6.0 or later.

According to Microsoft, the new application offers access to a Windows PC with RemoteFX. Features of the software include:

  • Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway
  • Rich multi-touch experience with remote desktop protocol (RDP) and RemoteFX supporting Windows gestures
  • Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
  • Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
  • High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
  • Easy connection to external monitors or projectors for presentations



SharePoint Marketing Suite – Completing the SharePoint Internet Site Offering – Webinar Tuesday October 22, 1PM EDT

Atidan is pleased to partner with Intlock to present a webinar series focused on digital marketing and analytics for Microsoft SharePoint Internet, Extranet and Intranet sites including SharePoint 2013 and Office 365. The SharePoint Marketing Suite is a collection of web analytics and website optimization products that provide insight into the performance of online marketing initiatives, empowering organizations to make informed decisions, and ensure the success of online marketing programs.

Join us on Tuesday October 22, 2013 1:00 PM EDT / 17:00 GMT to learn about the SharePoint Marketing Suite which provides a compelling marketing offering to empower the marketer.  Register Today!

SharePoint Marketing Suite can help enterprises:


    • Empower the marketer
    • Establish brand loyalty
    • Engage your audience
    • Generate increased demand
    • Expand your customer’s community
    • Gain centralized control
    • Synergize all services in one solution
    • Integrate your key third party tools


Some of the tools that will be demonstrated include:

    • Web Analytics
    • Campaign Tracking and Advertising Effectiveness
    • Behavioral Targeting
    • A/B and Multivariate Testing
    • Visitor Profiles
    • SEO
    • Affiliates
    • Voice of Customer


All attendees will receive a special trial and implementation offer and a chance to win a free copy of Microsoft Office 2013 or Windows 8 Pro.

Contact Atidan’s SharePoint analytics and marketing team at to learn more about our unique digital marketing, extranet and intranet solutions.






SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app released

SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app released

on October 14

Mark Kashman (@mkashman) is a senior product manager on the SharePoint marketing team.

Microsoft introduced the SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.0 app June 2013 enabling business users to access and view documents stored in SharePoint Online from iPhones and iPad. Our promise to deliver faster-paced, continuous innovation continues with today’s announcement of the SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app.

SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 introduces a premier mobile editing experience for Office 365 for business users. The documents you work on remain in their original source location, SharePoint Online in Office 365, enabling you to work with your Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents – to easily keep track of them, even while on the go. To provide this kind of rich editing experience, Microsoft developed a clear connection between SkyDrive Pro for iOS and other Office-related apps (Office Mobile for iPhone, Office Web Apps, and OneNote for iPhone/iPad).

Let’s see how it all works.

View, share, and edit files stored in SkyDrive Pro from your iPhone

1.       Make sure you have both SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 installed and the latest update of Office Mobile for iPhone from the App Store. Both apps now support iOS 7.

2.       Launch SkyDrive Pro for iOS and open one of your Office documents. It will launch in View mode using the embedded Quick Look iOS technology.

3.       In the upper right, select the more options button, and then select Edit. The document opens in Office Mobile for iPhone, while maintaining file integrity in-place in SharePoint Online.

4.       Make your edits, review and add comments.

5.       Save the file to SkyDrive Pro.

Select Edit to launch Office Mobile for iPhone from SkyDrive Pro for iOS on your iPhone.

View, share, and edit files stored in SkyDrive Pro from your iPad

1.       Make sure you have the latest SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 installed.

2.       Launch SkyDrive Pro for iOS and open one of your Office documents. It will launch in View mode using the embedded Quick Look iOS technology.

3.       In the upper right, select the more options button, and then select Edit. The document opens in the corresponding Office Web App within the native iPad Safari browser.

4.       View and edit your Word document, present a PowerPoint presentation, or even co-author an Excel workbook. All your files are at your fingertips, managed and shared by you from your SkyDrive Pro.

5.       Save the file to SkyDrive Pro. Share with a colleague. Get work done.


Select Edit to launch the corresponding Office Web App on an iPad in the native Safari browser.


Open OneNote files from SkyDrive Pro directly to OneNote for iPhone and iPad

The OneNote for iPhone and iPad apps recently added support for Office 365. Now, in combination with this update to the SkyDrive Pro for iOS app, you can both view and edit OneNote notebooks stored in your SkyDrive Pro, natively within the iOS OneNote apps. Your notes appear the same-even rendering ink-across all your devices (Windows, Windows Phone, Android, iOS). The OneNote file remains connected to your SkyDrive Pro in Office 365, allowing you to keep track of your work notes, all in place, even on the go.

1.     Make sure you have the OneNote app installed on your iPhone or iPad.

Install OneNote for iPhone and OneNote for iPad from the App Store.

2.     In the SkyDrive Pro app, select the file from the folder view, and then select Edit.

3.     Review and add to your notebook.

4.     Save your notebook to SkyDrive Pro.


Select Edit to open a notebook directly in OneNote in SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 on your iPad (shown here) or iPhone. 

What do you want to see next from SkyDrive Pro for iOS? Let us know in the comments section below, after you play with the latest version. Help shape the future.


–Mark Kashman

Senior Product Manager – SharePoint




Q:  Which Office 365 plans can use the SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app?

A:  The SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app is designed for Office 365 for business users who have usage rights to SkyDrive Pro.  Specifically, these plans are:  Office 365 Small Business (P1), Office 365 Small Business Premium (P2), Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3, and E4, Office 365 Education A2, A3, and A4, and Office 365 government G1, G3, and G4.  Please note that Kiosk users and external users do not have usage rights for SkyDrive Pro personal storage.

Q. Does this announcement apply to Office 365 Home Premium subscribers?

A. No. SkyDrive Pro is not the same as SkyDrive. The “Pro” is based on SharePoint, enterprise-grade content management. Thus, this article does not apply to Office 365 Home Premium, which combines the latest Office applications with 20 GB of SkyDrive storage, which can then be accessed via the SkyDrive for iOS app.

Q. Does this announcement apply to Office 365 dedicated subscribers?

A. No. The SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app does not yet support Office 365 dedicated plans. We are committed to providing SharePoint Online Dedicated customers access in a future app release.

Q. Does this announcement apply to customers who have deployed SharePoint 2013 on-premises?

A. No. The SkyDrive Pro for iOS v1.1 app does not yet support SharePoint on-premises. We are committed to providing on-premises customers access to their SkyDrive Pro in a future app release.

Q. What is SkyDrive Pro?

A. SkyDrive Pro is cloud storage for organizations and their employees. With SkyDrive Pro, you can upload, browse, and share files across all of your devices, including accessing your most recently used files. And you get all of the security and tools that SharePoint Online offers to help you be more productive at work. To learn more, watch this SkyDrive Pro video and read the “What is SkyDrive Pro?” article on

SharePoint Reporting for Project and Portfolio Management – Webinar October 17th 2PM EDT / 18:00GMT

Atidan is pleased to invite you to our live event on Thursday October 17th, 2013 at 2 PM EDT where we will demonstrate how to create project metrics, portfolio views, status reports, KPI’s and more with BrightWork for Microsoft SharePoint. BrightWork enables any organization to instantly deploy an affordable amount of project, portfolio and everyday work management, delivering immediate visibility and control.

Register here for Thursday October 17th!

During our demonstration, participants will learn about:

    • Managing projects with simple KPIs
    • Managing medium sized projects with metrics
    • Getting metrics from Microsoft Project into SharePoint
    • Managing across a portfolio of projects with metrics
    • Delivering status reports and personal reports

BrightWork’s suite of templates for project, portfolio and everyday work management includes a full spectrum of support for team members, project managers, program managers and project office teams. The Project Office Jumpstart includes templates for:

    • Project Management: Issue Manager, Project Lite, Project Standard, Project Structured, Agile Software Manager, IT Project Manager and Scrum
    • Portfolio Management: Issue Office, Projects Tracker, Project Office and Project Office Portfolio and Program Management Office
    • Demand Management: Project Request Tracker, Project Request Manager and Project Forecast Manager
    • Work Management: Work Tracker and Work Manager

Special Offer:

Through December 31, 2013, qualified Atidan clients can receive the BrightWork Project Office Jumpstart for $20K, a $35K value.

BrightWork Solution Data Sheet

Using SharePoint for Project Management

Free SharePoint 2010 / 2013 / Office 365 Templates from BrightWork

Contact the Atidan team for additional information about our project management and SharePoint solutions, development and support services: 

Free SharePoint Project Management Templates- Extend Out-of-the-Box SharePoint to Manage Projects

Free SharePoint Project Management Templates

Extend Out-of-the-Box SharePoint to Manage Projects

Atidan and our partner, BrightWork, have a gift for you: free project management templates to help you manage projects using out-of-the-box SharePoint. And they’re yours for free!

Available for SharePoint 2010 and/or SharePoint 2013.  Download here:


Get started fast with the Lite template that gives you just enough project management to create and track a project on SharePoint with the greatest of ease.

Add extra project management with the Structured template that delivers a more coordinated environment to manage a project on SharePoint – along with an optional sync to Microsoft Project Professional.

Download these templates and you will get:

  • The ability to capture and organize project goals, issues, risks, tasks and more
  • Out of the box My Work reports, Gantt charts, discussion forums and team calendars
  • Project status reports for real-time project visibility
  • An optional sync with Microsoft Project
  • Access to the Free Templates Community for helpful tips, more free resources and guidance information from other free template users.

The templates will run on all versions of SharePoint 2010 and 2013, including Office 365. You select the version you want to download after registration.


Microsoft Exchange Hosted Encryption for Office 365

  • Atidan is pleased to offer Exchange Hosted Encryption for Office 365 as an add-on service
  • Deliver confidential business communications safely, letting users send and receive encrypted email directly from their desktops as easily as regular email. Email can be encrypted without complex hardware and software to purchase, configure, or maintain, which helps to minimize capital investment, free up IT resources, and mitigate messaging risks.

    Secure and reliable

    Exchange Hosted Encryption provides advanced security and reliability to help protect your information.
    • Send encrypted email messages to anyone, regardless of the recipient’s system configuration.
    • Provide strong, automated encryption with a cost-effective infrastructure.
    • Eliminate the need for certificates and use a recipient’s email address as the public key.
    • Communication through a TLS-enabled network further enhances message security.

    Stay in control

    With Exchange Hosted Encryption, you can keep your data safe, while maintaining control over your environment.
    • Protect sensitive information and data leaving your gateway consistently and automatically.
    • Policy-based encryption encrypts messages at the gateway based on policy rules.
    • Help manage compliance with security and privacy requirements such as HIPAA and GLBA.
    • Integrate with existing email infrastructure for minimal up-front capital investment.

    Easy to use and maintain

    It’s easier than ever to protect your organization’s email.
    Diagram of how encryption works
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    • Encrypted email delivered directly to recipients’ inbox and not to a Web service.
    • Email decrypted and read with confidence, without installing client software.
    • A managed key server eliminates the need for certificate maintenance.
    • Encryption process is transparent to the sender, who does not need to do anything other than write and send the message as usual.

    How to Buy Exchange Hosted Encryption

    Please contact us for a customized quote at

Atidan Offers Nintex Workflow for SharePoint Online – Office 365

Nintex Workflow for Office 365 enables organizations to extend business process automation to more people, places and devices, delivering workflow for everyone. Nintex Workflow adds a drag-and-drop workflow designer, advanced connectivity, and rich workflow features to give customers more power and flexibility. 

Contact the Atidan team at for a demonstration, pricing and additional information.



Empower more users to automate their own processes in minutes through intuitive, easy to use, browser based drag-and-drop workflow designer.



Get real work done in Office 365. Protect your investment through simple deployment and management, while avoiding additional infrastructure and client software costs.


Connect Nintex Workflow to Office 365, external systems, Exchange server, Lync server, databases, web services, and a world of cloud services seamlessly.

  Now You Can

Build Workflows For A Powerful Cloud Platform

By taking full advantage of the new cloud app model, Nintex has enabled seamless integration with Office 365. Now you can scale and build advanced workflows on a robust platform.


Connect To A Range Of Cloud Services

Stay productive wherever you are by integrating and connecting to a host of cloud services in real-time including Yammer, Box, Twitter, virtual machines and other applications. You can quickly add web services to workflows without writing a single line of code; and publish forms to collaborate with external vendors, partners, and customers.

Integrate Enterprise Activities With Out-Of-Box Actions

With Nintex Workflow for Office 365, we’ve introduced Nintex Store, a one stop shop for all your workflow action needs. Nintex Store contains hundreds of actions for you to build integrated, document-centric, and SharePoint-centric workflows that help you drive your business. Seamlessly connect Nintex Workflow to external systems such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM, web services, and applications most relevant to your business.




Automate More Business Processes

Business users and IT professionals alike will be empowered to quickly and easily automate business processes; from simple reviews and approvals to complex integration across external applications, cloud services, social media, and data sources. Leverage a wealth of actions to support everyday processes across a variety of industrial sectors and company departments, such as provisioning, help desk, leave requests, travel requests, expense claims, maintenance forms, and more.

Get Started In Seconds

Nintex Workflow for Office 365 is easy to install, use and manage – plus, you can activate the app in seconds and get to work immediately. The new cloud app model means improved portability, flexibility, and scalability for all your applications and documents residing in Office 365. Coming soon in the SharePoint store, Nintex Forms for Office 365 will empower users to publish web and mobile enabled forms using Nintex Live, so that your mobile workforce, customers, and vendors can interact with your existing processes and systems.