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A quick guide to getting started with Map Charts in Excel

A recent update to Microsoft Office 365 subscribers added 3D models and boosted the overall performance of Excel 2016. If you're like me and work in complex workbooks with multiple sheets, you noticed that everything from crunching formulae with large ranges to simple copy-and-paste functions is quicker after the update. But while experimenting wi...

Can artificial intelligence replace your salesforce today?

From Philip K. Dick’s “Do androids dream of electric sheep” (1968) to the recent “Black Mirror” (2016) sci-fi series on Netflix, authors have been postulating different life scenarios impacted by technology. This same artificial intelligence responsible for rogue computers and robots on TV shows are now capable of mastering real world tasks th...

How the cloud builds better customer relationships

It's a fact that architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals don't forge typical customer relationships. Engineers and construction managers are often on-site rather than in an office. Architects are in an office but the output involved in their jobs often makes it easy for them to overlook the many other aspects involved with ...

We used PowerBI at our company. Here are the insights we learned

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 infa...

8 reasons why your business needs Dynamics 365 CRM

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...

These 3 things are critical to successfully using CRM at your business

In our recent Amaxra webinar, noted Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM MVP (Most Valued Professional) Rick McCutcheon discussed how customer relationship management (CRM) solutions can deliver practical benefits to businesses. However, successfully leveraging the power of CRM requires a sensible and holistic deployment plan. During Rick's 20+ years in the...

Why switching to Office Planner will make your team more organized

A new year is all about a new you! We set resolutions, work with our friends and family to stay on track and focus on being organized. In 2016, Microsoft released a new experience in Office 365, Office 365 Planner and it has since become an Amaxra favorite, for getting organized. The Planner tool makes it easy for your team to create new plans, ...

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...

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...

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...

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