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8th June 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to our first newsletter. Our focus is on end-to-end solutions based on the best of Microsoft, the best of AWS, or the best of open source – or a combination of these. So if this is your focus too, then we hope these newsletters will be of particular interest to you. Our intention is to release this newsletter every week containing things we have learned or are working on.

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Yours Sincerely,

1. Across the Industry

  • The 2022 Open Source Support Report, published by Perforce and the Open Source Initiative (OSI), is available to read online. This provides insights from open source users in many industries around the world.
  • The AWS Conversations with Leaders Podcast interviews Robyne Teslich, the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cloud Transformation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who discusses challenges introducing cloud transformation within government organisations.

2. New from Microsoft

  • The IE11 desktop application will be retired June 15, 2022 and replaced with Microsoft Edge. Read more about preparing your organisation here.
  • Microsoft leaders have hosted a Microsoft Business Applications Launch Event to discuss the latest with Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform. View the event here.
  • The 2022 release wave plan for Dynamics 365 and industry clouds outlines changes planned for April to September 2022. Read online or download here.

3. Security Updates

  • Charlie Mac and Associates has recently been appointed as a Australian Cyber Security Centre Partner.
  • Atlassian has advised of a vulnerability present in the Atlassian Confluence Server and Data Center. Read more here.
  • The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has reported multiple vulnerabilities in the Spring Framework for Java. Read more here.
  • F5 has issued advice regarding vulnerabilities in their BIG-IP Product Range. Read more about protecting your organisation here.
  • A vulnerability which exploits the Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT) has also been reported. Read more here.

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