Microsoft Teams Rooms: Switch to OAuth 2.0 by Oct 13 or your meetings won’t work

Microsoft has been rushing out new Microsoft Teams features to help 75 million people each day teleworking during the coronavirus pandemic. But one part of the Microsoft Teams portfolio that hasn’t benefited from social distancing is Microsoft Teams Rooms, its conference-room product. 

Conference-room products might never be needed again at some companies, like Twitter and Square, which this week gave employees the option to continue working from home permanently even after offices reopen. 

The two companies, run by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, aren’t alone in that thinking. A recent survey by consultancy PwC found that 49% of chief financial officers intend to make remote work a permanent option for certain roles, presumably mostly office roles where conference rooms are most commonly used.  

While it seems there’d be no pressing need to update Teams Rooms right now, Microsoft has two justifications for its activity. 

“There are still organizations

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APIs published, APIs consumed: mainstream enterprises increasingly behave like software vendors

The phrase “every company is now a software company” has been a talking point for several years, and now data from a recent industry survey bears this out. The proliferation of APIs — both consumed and published — both software provider to enterprise as well as enterprise to enterprise — means the lines have gotten very blurry indeed.


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That’s the word from the latest API integration survey released by Cloud Elements, which finds 83 percent of the 400 integration professionals and IT executives surveyed consider API integration a critical part of their business strategy, driven by digital transformation initiatives and cloud application adoption. While Cloud Elements is an API management provider with a stake in these results, the implications are worth exploring. 

The crossover between mainstream enterprises and software vendors is evident in the results: “a surprising number of enterprise respondents spoke of integration priorities like ‘streamlining

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Rancho Water turns tap on Extreme connectivity for critical water delivery

Temecula, California-based community utility Rancho California Water District has expanded its relationship with networking company Extreme Networks to maintain continual uptime, control and security throughout its 100,000-acre service area.

Rancho Water delivers high-quality water and reclamation services to 155,000 customers across 150 square miles every day, and says it prioritises safety, redundancy and reliability in its operations.

Set up in 1965 in a one-room wooden building, the company believes that conserving and managing the area’s unique water resources are essential to the continued viability of the community.

Rancho’s implementation of an integrated resources plan (IRP), a roadmap for long-term resource planning, examines all possible supply-side and demand-side management opportunities to meet its customers’ needs in an economical and sustainable manner. The IRP addresses issues such as imported water supply availability, system capacity constraints, rising imported water costs, water quality issues, and recycled water.

Rancho Water has worked with Extreme

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