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Why Azure Cosmos skills are in high demand right now

For at least the past five years, technology companies and analysts have posited that "data is the new oil." This means data is the key resource that drives our information-centric economy. This is an apt analogy for one big reason: Data is an extremely valuable resource for companies, but just like oil, the issue is that someone must dig to find ...

Just what is a complex password (and how do I create one)?

In a previous blog, I discussed seven common-sense cyber protections you can do that immediately and inexpensively make you, your business, and your family safer from cyber attack. So far, I've covered #1 – Keep your software patches up to date and #7 – Do not give your primary user account administrator privileges, and #3 – Back up your computer ...

Which is worse: #ransomware or hard drive failure?

It’s a trick question. Both impact your business the same way – you lose access to your valuable business data when you are not expecting it. One of the most important things you can do about cybersecurity is to stop thinking about it like a mysterious disease whose only cure is to buy specialized protection software. To be sure, some businesses that...

7 Common-Sense Cyber Protections That Really Work

We all use the Internet regularly to communicate with colleagues, share vital information, and carry out our business duties. Think of trying to get through your workday without access to your e-mail, your documents, or your spreadsheets. Nevertheless, that same Internet we depend upon is viewed by cyber criminals as a pathway into your company – one ...

The Walled Garden

Safety in numbers. It is a proven survival principle that has, well, survived for eons. Encapsulated in this principle are many worthy lessons, such as implicit trust and resource pooling. These lessons are easily seen in the security concept of a Walled Garden. This defense model can be traced back to when 17th century townships were designed aro...

Dynamics 365 – 5 months In

Last November, Microsoft announced a new pricing model for their Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) product. Along with these pricing changes came new product enhancements to make Dynamics a "cloud first" CRM solution. Now that it’s 5 months since the announcement of Dynamics 365 and about 3 months from availability, we thought it timely ...

Moving your office is easier with the Cloud

Moving your office from one place to another comes with a lot of headaches. It's a complex process, whether your company is moving to another floor in the same building, going across town or even moving to another city. Amaxra just completed this often frustrating experience and we discovered firsthand how pivotal the Cloud can be in simplif...

Goodbye Windows Server 2003

As of July 14th, Microsoft will no longer support Server 2003, a critical date for many businesses. Instead of being a date to dread, this could be a golden opportunity to simplify business IT and cut costs for years to come. Back in 2003 there was no such thing as the cloud and on premise servers were necessary. Technology has vastly improved since then ...