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That Doesn't Look Like SharePoint

As a consultant who has earned her bread and butter from SharePoint gigs, I am very familiar with many people's perception of the Microsoft SharePoint collaboration platform. For every deployment, there are the supporters and the reluctant – the ones that used an old, ungoverned, or otherwise clunky version of SharePoint or ones who want the new, ...

Instant Efficiency Gains With Updated Active Directory Data

Millions of businesses around the world either have used or are using Microsoft Active Directory (AD) services on their corporate networks. Used to identify and manage authorized network users, AD has been around for over fifteen years. However, few companies take full advantage of AD's capabilities in the social media age. With a few simple tweak...

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...

How Amaxra Uses PowerBI To Gain Customer Insights

Since 2014, I've been a fan of PowerBI, a suite of business analytics tools from Microsoft used to analyze data and share insights. As an early adopter—I was introduced to PowerBI while working with the Enterprise Commerce team at Microsoft so I've seen firsthand how the application evolved into an impressive business tool since its infancy....

The Surprising Reasons Small to Midsized Businesses Are Moving to Windows 10 Enterprise

Owners of small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs) view their information technology (IT) as a necessary evil. For example, most SMBs dread the cycle of upgrading old laptops and desktops every few years (IDC notes that PC sales in 2017 are the strongest they've been in five years) to keep up with the latest version of Microsoft Windows. For decades, l...

Creating Partnerships

The consulting world can be confusing to novices. It is easy to get lost in the initial chaos and constant change when you take on a new job at a consulting firm. Amaxra offers these proven tips for new consultants to put you down the path of success: Provide Visibility During Your Onboarding Process As a consultant, there is a responsibility to be av...

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 ...

Six New Features in PowerPoint for Office 365 You Need To Know

Presentation design is one of Amaxra's core competencies. We have several PowerPoint designers on staff that can magically transform a presentation or document in just a few hours. Below are some of our favorite new features in PowerPoint 2013, a key component of Microsoft Office 365:   Do you have a tight budget? The great thing about desig...