About Larry

Based in Ireland, working in IT since 1988, starting off my first job updating software on a PDP-11 and writing new software for IBM x86. Moved into the networking & infrastructure area starting on Novell, integrating IBM S36/38 and AS/400 and moving onto MIcrosoft based solutions. SBSer and part of the SMB Nation world community since meeting Harry at SMB Nation in Amsterdam & true believer ever since!
Sold my MSP business (Netforce) in 2016 and now working as a consultant with other resellers and planning my next venture (after I get some summer motorcycle miles under my belt!)

How do you interact with Microsoft 365?

Primarily, in my capacity as a consultant I am designing end user solutions based on leveraging the Microsoft stack of O365, EMS, Windows 10, Windows Server 2019 and Azure (and soon Windows Virtual Desktops I hope!)
As well, I also help other resellers design solutions and evangelise the Microsoft cloud stack and as Microsoft enhance their security offerings, I do recommend using the EMS products, Bitlocker and Office 365 to ease the end users' GDPR compliance journey.

Tell us one customer story about Microsoft 365.

My most recent engagement with Microsoft / Office 365 is helping a local startup accountancy practice get their platform setup to expand from their current 2 users to rapidly scale to their expected 10 employees by end of 2019. My recommendation was to build their systems to scale - so migrate their email from POP/IMAP to Office 365 Business Premium, 2 new Dell Latitude laptops running Windows 10 with docking stations & dual monitor setup, Sonicwall firewall, migrate their standalone data folder to Sharepoint with OneDrive sync for Windows 10 and setup an Azure VM for their LOB accounting application. As well as standard MSP offerings such as cyber security, device management, encryption and backup for O365. This allows this startup to scale at speed as they rapidly add new employees (even if they are not office based but rather mobile or home based employees)

How do you give back to your community?

In my local community I help out with setting up systems for local schools - getting better internet connectivity and setting up solid & secure WiFi

I also give free time & assistance to small & startup resellers to help them move from break/fix to MSP and to help with product/solution selection and try to impart some of the lessons I've learned from my time building Netforce into a successful MSP practice.

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