Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.5 Beta Now Available

This week the Solution Accelerator Team announced the Beta version of Microsoft Assessment and Planning 8.5 (MAP) Toolkit. This new version of the Microsoft® Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit provides agentless discovery, inventory and assessment for a variety of scenarios. Some of the key features in this release are:

  • Newly designed user interface makes it easier to find and use the right tool for the job.
  • Added support for Lync 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Exchange 2013 Usage Tracking.
  • Advances in Virtual Machine Discovery to improve VM inventory results.
  • New Windows Volume Licensing scenario helps identify the licensing status of computers running Windows Vista SP1 or newer.

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This latest version of MAP adds new scenarios to help plan your environment with agility while lowering the cost of delivering IT. Included in MAP 8.5 are hardware and infrastructure readiness assessments to assist you in planning the deployment of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, preparing your migration to Windows Azure Virtual Machines, readying your environment for Office 2013 and Office 365, and tracking your usage of Windows Server, Lync, SharePoint, and Exchange.

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Mastering Twitter statics with Twitter Analytics for Excel #analytics

Curious about your Twitter statistics ? Who should I follow…who don’t ? Who is a big influencer in a area where I’m interested in ? The new Twitter Analytics for Excel tool provides you the ability to analyze five Twitter handles at a time, analyze all results in summary tab, view top posters, and conduct drill downs on specific tweets.

Twitter is one of the most popular marketing and news channels for businesses, and its popularity continues to grow. Extended Results has teamed up with Microsoft to build the ultimate add-on for Microsoft Excel and make it available to you as a FREE download! Since most everyone already has a copy of Excel 2010 or 2013, we thought Excel is the best place to do your Twitter insights. Well, now you can do it with a tool you use everyday and it is FREE.

With the release of Excel 2013, we decided to revisit our previous solution and update it with a new interface and functionality only found by using Excel 2013. And what did we discover?

  • Several features for in-application development allow for better control with integration with Web services like Twitter and pulling all kinds of data content.
  • Better UI control so we can apply new styling that drives better insight.
  • Application dialog (displayed above) showing the data/content being pulled.
  • Better integration of Power Pivot so you don’t have to go behind the screens to refresh.
  • And much more…

Summary – identify key topics and mentions, frequency of tweets by time of day, and top tweeters.

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