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Surprising ways PowerBI can enhance your reports

Many businesses find it daunting to figure out how to capture, visualize, interpret and drive decisions from a deluge of data and sources. Excel has been a mainstay with the use of pivot tables and charts to try to gain a better understanding of how a business function is doing. While Excel is powerful, it can also be complex and can require a spe...

4 simple things you can do to maximize productivity with SharePoint

You have the best of intentions when building and launching a new Microsoft SharePoint Site. You envision how much easier everyone's life will be now that they can finally find what they need. You thoughtfully gather everyone's input and engage the right stakeholders. You build the necessary libraries, break these out into logical sub-fo...

The easy way to enable remote working at your company

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 bu...

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, howev...

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 exciti...

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 wa...

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 eve...

This is why you can't put off upgrading 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 t...

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 Excel unlocks insights from deep in your company's spreadsheets or any other data sources you have around with: Power Query - Search internal...

What you need to know about OneDrive cloud storage

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 o...

3 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&n...

3 lessons we learned after our corporate rebranding

Amaxra recently completed a rebrand of all of our digital assets—from our corporate website to our social media feeds to all of our employee email signatures and finally to documentation we use including our branding on our electronic signature portal on DocuSign. Is your company is considering a similar adventure? Here are three key l...

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