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Michael Sallander
How to keep contingent staff working without full access to your network

The modern workplace offers unprecedented flexibility. Where employees once had to be working on premise, many can now work remotely. With the rise in remote work has come a rise in contingent staff, usually contractors with a specialty they can often do from afar, without being in your offices or using your machines. The best part is, you as a business o...

Jacqueline Touma
4 Ways CRM Helps Grow Your Business

Many of the clients who come to us today are still managing their business relationships manually in notebooks, rolodexes or individual spreadsheets that they may occasionally share with their colleagues.  All of these are fine as long as you're the only person in your company who interacts with that customer. In today's business world, however, that's be...

Rosalyn Amtzen
Will Windows 10 help your business?

The much-publicized release of Windows 10 is a mere month away and at Amaxra, we've been taking a close look to see whether it's good news for business owners. After trying it out daily in our own offices, we're eager to answer the questions a lot of our customers are already asking us. Our initial impression, and probably the most exc...

Rosalyn Amtzen
How Visio could change the way you do business

We deal with a lot of information at Amaxra, whether it's for our own processes or helping our customers. It helps us figure out what needs to be done, when we should do it and who needs to be involved. We use it to create informed strategies for our clients and ourselves. Data is a big deal. Being able to understand that data is essential, but who wants ...

Rosalyn Amtzen
Can your business afford to not use a CRM?

Here at Amaxra we've always been good with data but, like any business, keeping it all organized took effort. Every time anybody on our team interacted with a Customer or potential Amaxra Consultant, they faithfully tried to remember to update a series of records. It was a cumbersome system spanning multiple programs, from Excel to Outlook and even good o...

Michael Sallander
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 ...

Michael Sallander
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 simplifying the proce...

Michael Sallander
How to Make Excel An Invaluable Business Intelligence Tool

Smart business owners want to make good, data-driven decisions but did you know there are powerful business intelligence tools available right in Microsoft Excel? The new Power BI add-in for Excelunlocks insights from deep in your company's spreadsheets or any other data sources you have around with: Power Query - Search internal corporate data and ext...

Michael Sallander
Making Sense of OneDrive Cloud Storage Plans

Even though it has "one" in its name, Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage accounts are offered with multiple plans and features. For example, the free 15 GB OneDrive with an Outlook.com or legacy Hotmail email is geared for consumer cloud storage (i.e. photos for easy sharing). The OneDrive for Business an Office 365 customer receives features 1 TB of storag...

Michael Sallander
Three Reasons Your Business Should Upgrade To Office 365

You know your business will benefit from a cloud upgrade. But you just bought Microsoft Exchange email servers, SharePoint 2010, and Office 2010 a year or two ago and don't want to scrap your investments in on-premise technology. You've also heard that Google Apps does all of the same things Office 365 does and is $1 cheaper per month. So, is it really wo...

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