Special Brainstorm Training Offer – Through June 30

Special Offer through June 30, 2014!  Discounted 1 Year QuickHelp Video Library license plus Quick Start Card for Windows 8.1 and Office 365.  brainstorm@atidan.com

BrainStorm offers a self-service approach that can increase productivity. Users get the right training, right where and when they need it. Individual licenses can be purchased as needed.  Each single-user training bundle includes: 1 Quick Start Card for Windows 8.1, 1 Quick Start Card for Office 365, and 1 one-year license for use of QuickHelp.   

Quick Start Card for Windows 8.1
Offer beginner and intermediate users the answers they’re searching for with this six-page tri-fold reference card covering the most common Windows 8.1 tasks.

Quick Start Card for Office 365
Give users a jump start in learning and using all the incredible features of Office 365 with this six-page tri-fold reference card.

QuickHelp license for one year
Provide users with access to thousands of short, on-demand training clips. Videos are hosted in the cloud and viewable from within the user’s application.


Microsoft® Office 365 Training From BrainStorm and Atidan

Microsoft® Office 365 users can create, modify, and share their best work like never before. BrainStorm provides state of the art training that enables business users to do better work, faster. Our training on the web, at the desktop, in the Windows 8 app store, at the office, and inside the Ribbon in Office ensures that all your users get the right training, right where and when they need it.

Whether you are moving from an older version of Office or if you’ve never used Office before, we have complete end-user training solutions to get your organization up to speed quick on this new software.

The BrainStorm Stages to Adoption Success

BrainStorm offers effective awareness, deployment, adoption, and training solutions for every stage in your organization’s rollout of Microsoft Office 365. Our training solutions include:

QuickHelp™ Video Training

  • Thousands of quick, highly consumable training videos
  • Can be accessed right via a Windows 8 app, the Ribbon in Office, or a web portal
  • Numerous Admin and Help Desk tools available
Quick Start Cards

  • 6-pages of step-by-step instructions with full-color screenshots and shortcuts
  • Customize or localize content to fit the needs of your organization
  • Include your corporate logo for easy brand recognition
Instructor-led Training

  • On-site or online expert training
  • Customizable training content and curriculum
  • Our trainers have over 100 years of training experience

Want to learn more? Interested in Samples?

We’d love to be a part of your organization’s Office 365 success. Use the link below to start your users toward success with BrainStorm.  brainstorm@atidan.com

This Quick Start Card for Microsoft® Office 365™ is loaded with step-by-step instructions and links to online content that give beginner and intermediate users the know-how they need to get the most out Office 365.

Quick Start Card for Microsoft Office 365

This Quick Start Card for Microsoft® Office 365™ is loaded with step-by-step instructions and links to online content that give beginner and intermediate users the know-how they need to get the most out Office 365.

Microsoft Quietly Releases SP1 for Office 2013, Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013

Today Microsoft released several important software updates – the most important are the Office 2013 SP1 and SharePoint 2013 SP1 (for On Premise servers). 


Atidan’s IT team will be working with all of our clients who manage desktop software through Intune to ensure smooth distribution and updates for Office 2013 products.


Atidan’s SharePoint team will work with affected customers who run SharePoint 2013 On Premise to begin the testing and installation process.  SharePoint Online users will get these changes automatically in the next regular update.


Please let us know if we can answer any questions or assist you!


Today, February 25, Microsoft is making good on its promise and making SP1 available for its latest Office client, SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013. SP1 includes a variety of stability, security and functionality updates and fixes across the Office family.

For Office client and SharePoint Server, here’s a partial list of what’s included in SP1:

  • Compatibility fixes for Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 for client and for Windows Server 2012 R2 for server
  • Better support for modern hardware, such as high DPI devices and the precision touchpad.
  • New APIs for developers.
  • Power Map for Excel, a 3D visualization tool for mapping, exploring, and interacting with geographical and temporal data in Excel, is now available to Office 365 ProPlus subscription customers
  • Improvements to the Click-to-Run virtualization technology that installs and updates Office 365 desktop applications.
  • SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business

Office 2013 SP1 also includes all public updates and cumulative updates that Microsoft has released between the date when Office 2013 became available (fall 2013) through early this year.

Here’s a list of all the fixes in Office 2013 SP1 and SharePoint 2013 SP1.

The SP1 updates for the Windows Installer (MSI) versions of the Office 2013 desktop products and SharePoint 2013 Server available from the Microsoft Download Center, Windows Update and WSUS starting today. After a 30-day period, SP1 will begin releasing as an automatic update through Microsoft Update, Microsoft officials said. For those with Office 365, Microsoft will be including the SP1 changes automatically in their next regular update, Microsoft execs said.

Here’s the 32-bit version of Office 2013 SP1; here’s the 64-bit SP1 download.

Information above from ZD Net  http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-delivers-service-pack-1-for-office-2013-client-and-servers-7000026754/

On Demand Webinars – Office 365, SQL, Windows 8

Atidan Special On Demand Events – Available Until June 30

A Discussion & Demo on Office 365, your Office in the cloud!

Office 365 is Microsoft’s fastest billion dollar growing business. It’s bringing enterprise class capabilities to the masses at predictable & affordable rates. Is it right for you? Find out as we discuss the business value & solution overview of Office 365 as well as watch a demonstration of a day in the life of an end user.  Click the link below to watch now!



Keep Your Business Up and Running with SQL Server AlwaysOn

This is a brief session explaining how the SQL Server 2012 can help you to keep your business up and running, while keeping costs down and improving overall system performance together with near real-time reporting. We cover the highlights of the SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups and you will also see demonstrations of high availability, disaster recovery, reporting capabilities and deployment options.  Click the link below to watch now!



The New Office for Midsize Businesses

This session covers some of the common business challenges that midmarket customers face today and how Office 365 address those challenges.  It reviews the features and benefits of Office 365 and of the cloud in general, and finishes off with a live demonstration of the services and some next steps and how to get started.

This session covers some of the common business challenges that midmarket customers face today and how Office 365 address those challenges.  It reviews the features and benefits of Office 365 and of the cloud in general, and finishes off with a live demonstration of the services and some next steps and how to get started.  Click the link below to watch now!



Windows Server 2012 R2 overview
This is a brief overview of some of the most compelling new capabilities offered by Windows Server 2012 R2.  We cover Server Consolidation, Disaster Recovery, Cost Effective Storage, and our Mobile User scenarios.  This overview also includes demonstrations of how easy it is to leverage Windows Server 2012 for Disaster Recovery implementation, Storage Management and managing our mobile device scenario including support for our iPad users.  Click the link below to watch now!



Countdown2Modern – Available Until May 1

Learn the benefits of moving from XP to Windows 8.1.  Click the link below to watch now!



Adlib 5.1 Released – More languages, file types, better OCR, full support Office 2013 & SharePoint 2013

Adlib PDF delivers Advanced Rendering to help organizations improve their Enterprise Content Management (ECM) based document processes. It converts and combines virtually any document into high quality, searchable PDF or PDF/A formats to support document publishing, collaboration, compliance and archiving initiatives.

Adlib PDF 5.1 offers a number of exciting new features, including:

  • More powerful Enterprise Content Management options:
    • EMC Documentum connector, supporting Content Server v6.0-7.0, DFC v6.0-7.0, D2 user interface v4.0-4.1 and all standard web-based applications such as Webtop and Documentum Administrator.
    • IBM FileNet connector, adding rendering menu items for the Content Navigator user interface, as well as support to transform compound documents. This release supports IBM FileNet P8 v4.5-5.2, Workplace v4.0.2, Workplace XT v1.1.4 and Content Navigator v2.0.2.
  • Improved rendering quality and increased CAD support for organizations in Manufacturing, Construction, Utilities, and other design intensive industries:
    • New 2D CAD engine, supporting a number of new file types such as CATIA v4-v6 and Pro/Engineer.
    • Updated support for the latest CAD file format versions for AutoCAD 2013, Inventor 2014, Microstation 8.9, SolidWorks 2013 and NX Unigraphics v8.
  • Additional OCR support  for global organizations:
    • recognition capabilities for simplified and traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean character sets
    • support for 123 languages with Adlib’s high-fidelity conversion to  optimize industry-leading Nuance technology capabilities

Adlib PDF 5.1 Features

  • Full support for native Microsoft Office 2013 applications
  • Available integration with Microsoft SharePoint 2013
  • Significant OCR performance and accuracy improvements
  • Improved performance from newly architected Engines
    • PDF Processing – Processes PDF inputs much faster and in parallel with other tasks
    • Image Processing – More options, better performance and greater fidelity when processing Images (eg. JPEG, TIFF)
  • Major new capabilities for Adlib Express customers, including:
    • New web-based Centralized Logging and System Configuration
    • Removal of IIS requirements for Web Services API
    • A newly available SharePoint Workflow Connector providing direct integration
    • Windows Server 2012 support
  • Enhanced support for OEM/ASP requirements including problem submission log Retrieval via Web services

Move to Office 365 Fast with Free Funding from Microsoft

Move to Office 365 fast from Atidan
For a limited time, Office 365 customers can save thousands of dollars on deployment.

Buy a minimum of 150 qualifying Office 3651 seats between September 2013 and March 2014 and we’ll help you accelerate your adoption of Office 365 by investing in Office 365 FastTrack Step 2 deployment activities with Atidan.

The more seats you buy, the more we invest in your deployment

With the Office 365 Deployment offer, Microsoft will contribute to your successful deployment:

Number of eligible Office 365 seats Deployment investment paid to Atidan2
1,000 or more $20,000
250-999 $12,000
150-249 $5,000

Get Atidan’s expertise to help you deploy

The Office 365 Deployment offer can help you offset the costs of partner-led deployment activities in an Office 365 FastTrack Step 2 engagement. These can include:

  • IT-led migration
  • Customer domain
  • Directory sync
  • Password sync
  • Admin migrations

How the offer works

When you buy at least 150 Office 365 Exchange Online or Office 365 Enterprise seats between September 2013 and March 2014, we’ll help you speed up adoption using the FastTrack Step 2 methodology. The deployment investment is paid directly to Atidan.

With the new Microsoft FastTrack deployment methodology, you can use the service within hours, deploy within days, and add features on your own terms in just weeks. Learn more about the FastTrack three-step approach to Office 365 deployment.

How to get started

  1. Read the details of the Office 365 Deployment offer, including the Terms & Conditions.
  2. Buy 150 or more seats of an Office 365 Enterprise plan or an Office 365 Exchange Online plan. Add the seats to your cart, and then complete your purchase. Compare plans.
  3. Select a deployment partner.
1 This offer is good on net new Office 365 Enterprise plan or Exchange Online seats and is available to commercial and government customers in all countries where Office 365 is available. Customers must buy a minimum of 150 net new seats during the September 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 offer period. This investment is paid directly to Atidan. Volume Licensing customers may also qualify for this offer. Please see your Microsoft or Atidan representative for details.
2 All investment amounts listed in USD; equivalents are based on published Microsoft exchange rates.

Microsoft Project 2013 Preview

Microsoft Project 2013 Preview

Take action

Get started quickly

Project Online helps you get started quickly. Visual tiles identify important steps and provide a simple guide for you to begin or flex project portfolio management (PPM) capabilities.

Access from virtually anywhere

Project Online extends your PPM experience to smartphones, keeping you up-to-date while you’re on the go with an interface suited to small form-factors.

Flexible project portfolio management

Select optimal portfolios

Project Online enables you to define and select project portfolios that align with your business strategy–prioritize competing requests, run optimization scenarios under varying budgetary constraints, and maximize resource utilization to manage capacity.

Deliver projects successfully

Project Online helps you effectively manage everyday work in SharePoint Online and the tactical details of execution with Project Pro for Office 365 or Project Web App (PWA), while ensuring alignment with business priorities.

Gain visibility and control

See what your teams are doing–even when they’re managing everyday work or ad-hoc projects in SharePoint Online task lists. You can also move ad-hoc projects from SharePoint Online into Project Online when you need more control. Now you can see all demand and govern accordingly, accurately measure utilization and make objective decisions that align with your strategic goals.

Easily create workflow

Project Online allows you to create workflows with Visio in SharePoint Designer, to subject each project to the appropriate controls throughout its lifecycle–to improve governance and control.

Strengthen everyday collaboration

Discover and share information

Share documents, follow people and sites, or simply keep track of what people are working on. By binding together the social experiences of SharePoint Online and Project Online, you can facilitate discussions and information sharing to help you complete projects and everyday work.

Improve decision making

Project Online enables you to see summary dashboards, plans, and timelines in PWA, helping you glean insight and make better decisions across a collection of projects, a particular program or portfolio. Self-service access enables decision makers and analysts to quickly mine and aggregate data–to understand risk and align long-term planning and short-term execution needs with business priorities.

Increase agility and control

Simplify IT management

Project Online simplifies IT management with straightforward provisioning, enterprise-grade reliability and integrated administration with SharePoint Online so it’s easier for your IT staff to administer.

Explore the SharePoint Store

Quickly act on new challenges or respond to big opportunities. Shave time off discreet processes. With Project Online, you can choose apps from the SharePoint Store to meet the needs of your business.