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Microsoft 365 is your business' secret cybersecurity weapon

Security is hard for all businesses large and small. We've all seen antivirus alerts pop up on our screens or received emails with obvious malware attached, and the problems are only getting worse. Organizations as diverse as a global auto parts manufacturer, a real estate software vendor, and the digital operations of multiple American cities hav...

Amaxra Consultant Spotlight: Ketura Behrends

From time to time we like to highlight the work our consultants are doing for our customers and I'm pleased to highlight one of our current consultants who is working in a particularly interesting area at Microsoft Corporation which handles accessibility.   What gets you up in the morning? Truly, sharing and spreading love and sunshine to famil...

3 new productivity enhancers you need to try in Microsoft 365

At the Build 2019 developer conference in Seattle, the world was given a look at some nascent features coming soon to Microsoft cloud solutions. Businesses in particular should be excited by the enhancements for the cloud-powered Microsoft 365 productivity suite. Combining the best of Windows 10, Office 365 apps, and enterprise-grade cybersecurity...

4 critical steps to successfully involve your project stakeholders

A successful project is one that meets stakeholders’ needs. One of the main reasons projects fail is deliverables don’t match what the customer or key project stakeholders wanted. This can be disheartening to those involved in the project and can have career repercussions in high-stakes projects. This article will dive into the reasons why you mi...

How to set up multi-factor authentication and protect your business

Modern, productive people live in an always-connected, multi-device, and multi-platform world. You probably use an iMac desktop or HP laptop when you are in your office. When you're at the airport or watching your child's soccer game, you're periodically checking work emails from smartphone. And you likely have documents and emails stored in the cloud so ...

7 ways to grow your next generation of leaders

Here’s a fact that might surprise you: by 2025 Millennials will make up about 75 percent of the workforce! That means Millennials (born early 1980s to mid 1990s) will be recruiting, onboarding, training, and coaching your future leaders - Generation Z. Generation Z (born mid-1990’s to mid-2000’s) form the base of new employees who are eithe...

Protect your business with these 8 essential cybersecurity strategies

In 2017, the Australian government laid out cybersecurity guidelines for all public and private sector agencies. Their eight cybersecurity attack mitigation strategies, called "The Essential 8," provide an excellent blueprint for security best practices for organizations worldwide. When implemented correctly, the Essential 8 provide every company ...

Collaboration via Microsoft Teams just got even better

Companies using Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft 365 cloud-powered business services are finding a lot of value in getting their employees on the new Microsoft Teams collaboration app. In the two short years the Teams app—which integrates cloud-based chat, voice, and meetings features into Office 365—has been available, this "collabo...

The battle for engineering talent in the Seattle market

Seattle is one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, with top tech companies moving up the coast from Silicon Valley to take advantage of the region’s deep talent pool. The battle for engineering talent continues to heat up in the area. Software engineers - especially in the areas of AI, machine learning and data sciences - are highly sought after, ...

Can your company thrive as a "cloud only" workplace?

A new client for Amaxra told me about how a recent power outage resulted in his business losing an entire day for all employees across the company. But this company isn't a factory dependent on electricity to manufacture tons of perfectly-machined widgets; it's an office where employees do all of their very expensive and hourly-billed work on comp...

Striving for excellence or settling for mediocrity: which are you doing?

Being successful is something most people strive for, whether it’s success in a relationship, success in a job, or success in a sport. But, have you stopped to consider that striving only for success means you’re striving for mediocrity? “When you have had a taste of excellence, you cannot go back to mediocrity.”Maximillian Degenerez Why shouldn...

Why email backups are crucial for your business

Does your business archive data for audit and regulation purposes? You might believe that because you're a small business that doesn't have an industry or governmental regulatory regime, there's no good reason to archive data such as emails sent to, from, or between your employees. But even if your business isn't subject to specific data-retention...

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