Articles By Andy Rouse

Andy Rouse

Senior Product Manager

Andy Rouse is Senior Product Manager at Spanning where he owns product strategy and execution for the Office 365 backup solution. In his 15 years of experience, Andy has a broad range of experience domestically and abroad – managing products in multi-billion dollar businesses as well as high growth startup environments in emerging industries.

Why Microsoft Requiring Multi-Factor Authentication for Privileged Accounts is a Good Thing

On June 22, 2018, Microsoft announced a public preview of a new security policy which will enable multi-factor authentication (or MFA) for Azure Active Directory “privileged accounts” (or administrator accounts), including most Office 365 admin accounts. After the preview, they will automatically opt these accounts into the policy by default, adding a much needed layer of security to these accounts. Spanning Backup for Office 365’s Sr. Product Manager Andy Rouse explains why this is a good thing in his newest blog post.


Office 365 Admins: How to use PowerShell with Spanning Backup’s Public REST API

Because Office 365 admins can do more with PowerShell, we’ve extended the capabilities of Spanning Backup for Office 365 with a Spanning-built PowerShell module that works in conjunction with our REST API to automate activities in Spanning such as assigning or unassigning individual and bulk licenses. Learn how it works.


7 Tips for Making the Most of Office 365 for Enterprise

By adopting Microsoft Office 365 for your enterprise, you’re taking a powerful step towards better productivity, efficiency, and collaboration. The seven tips below will enhance the benefits provided by Office 365, while mitigating risks in the form of data loss caused by end user errors, sync errors, or ransomware. Make the most of Office 365 for your enterprise while protecting your investment.


Get the Real Scoop: Office 365 Backup Policies & How to Fully Protect Your Data

Microsoft Office 365 prides itself on enabling dynamic, collaborative workplaces for its customers. Industry-leading security measures and attention to privacy, compliance, and accessibility support the robust functionality of the cloud productivity suite. Even so, research shows that data loss and protection are still major concerns for most businesses migrating to the cloud. In fact, the number one concern of CIOs moving their business to the cloud is security, with 84% expressing worry.


5 Ways to Make a Smooth Transition to Office 365 for Enterprise

As Microsoft adds new business apps to Office 365, its popularity and usefulness continues to grow, as does its rate of adoption. New productivity and collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams, Groups and Microsoft Planner, streamline and simplify business communication — making a move to Office 365 from another platform even more attractive. If you are considering or starting to migrate to Office 365, read our five pointers to ease your organization’s move.


Is Your House Haunted? Rid Your Organization of Shadow IT

Halloween is right around the corner. Costumes, candy, trick or treat — every shadow is a potential fright, every bump a ghost! Halloween comes once a year, but for your organization, invisible threats to your data and productivity happen daily. While the news is filled with stories of external cyber attacks, it’s still important to [...]


5 “Can’t Miss” Office 365 Data Protection Sessions at Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft Ignite 2017 kicks off today in Orlando, Florida. It’s expected that more than 26,000 IT professionals, developers, technologists, vendors and Microsoft customers will be in attendance. With five days chock full of sessions, hands-on labs and interactive panels, the entire experience can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’d like to share our five [...]


Backup and Restore For SharePoint Online

We’re thrilled to announce today the addition of backup and restore capabilities for SharePoint Online to Spanning Backup for Office 365. In addition to providing cloud-to-cloud data protection for Mail, Calendar, and OneDrive, we now provide backup and data restore for SharePoint document library contents in Team Sites, Group Sites, and Microsoft Teams. “SharePoint Online [...]


Four Key Facts about Office 365 and SharePoint Backup

If you’re reading this, you’ve likely adopted or are thinking about migrating to Office 365 and SharePoint Online. As organizations across the globe migrate their Exchange, OneDrive and SharePoint workloads to the cloud, they’re discovering that they need to review and adapt IT processes to better align with changes in functionality, both positive and negative. [...]


Risk Mitigation Strategies for Data Protection for Office 365

IT security is top of mind for businesses and technologists alike. From global ransomware attacks to email phishing scams, it’s clear that your data is under attack. For businesses migrating primary productivity and collaboration tools to the cloud, such as Microsoft Office 365, ensuring the safety of your data is a key priority.