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Bringing your company to the Cloud

4 Ways a Managed Service Provider Protects Your Network

Mar 31, 2016 Managed Services Aaron Eisberg

Most businesses can hand network monitoring over to a managed service provider that is trained and informed in the latest threats that are out there.
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7 Questions to Ask a Potential Managed Services Partner

Mar 29, 2016 Managed Services Dave Hall

Here are the questions that will get you the information you need to know before choosing an MSP.
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How Managed Services Can Complement Your Cloud Strategy

Mar 23, 2016 Cloud Dave Hall

You don't have to be in the cloud to use managed services. But there are some really good ways to use them together.
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6 Signs It's Time to Partner with A Managed Services Provider

Mar 21, 2016 Managed Services Dave Hall

Here are the signs that you need a managed services provider in your IT arsenal.
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4 Arguments for Outsourcing Department Functions

Mar 16, 2016 Managed Services Susan Payton

The fact is, outsourcing certain functions has tremendous benefits to an organization.
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When Managed IT Services Are a Good Idea--and When They're Not

Mar 14, 2016 Managed Services Aaron Eisberg

In what circumstances might you consider partnering with an MSP? It depends on what your goals are for Managed Services.
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What Happens to Your Current IT Staff when You Sign up for Managed Services?

Mar 11, 2016 Managed Services Dennis Junk

15 years ago, Managed Services and IT Outsourcing meant layoffs and tech support from guys with thick accents. They mean something quite different today.
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Does Using Managed IT Services Really Save Money?

Feb 26, 2016 Managed Services Dennis Junk

Managed Services Providers can be more efficient doing the types of things every company needs to do, letting you focus on doing what nobody else is doing.
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What Are the Different Levels of Managed Services?

Feb 25, 2016 Managed Services Dave Hall

Managed services can take over some of the mundane tasks like user support, which takes up a lot of IT's time and energy.
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How Well Do You Know Your Infrastructure?

Feb 18, 2016 Cloud Dave Hall

Is your business at risk of a hardware failure or security breach? Answering these questions will help you see how safe your infrastructure really is.
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What Is Managed Services?

Feb 17, 2016 Managed Services Dave Hall

Managed Services is basically hiring an outside firm to proactively monitor your IT environment. But there's more to it than that.
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What Is Bimodal IT and What Does It Actually Look like in Practice?

Feb 5, 2016 Cloud Dennis Junk

The cloud is decentralizing business IT, and proliferating tasks makes it harder to focus on innovating. Do you outsource or split your IT in two?
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How to Use IT Outsourcing and Managed Services Strategically

Jan 28, 2016 Managed Services Dennis Junk

How can you keep your competitive edge through ongoing technical innovation after you've turned your IT over to a Managed Services Provider?
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The 5 Places Dangers May Be Lurking in Your Business IT

Jan 25, 2016 Infrastructure Dennis Junk

Some businesses hire Managed Services Providers to monitor their network and infrastructure. For everyone else, here's what you should keep an eye on.
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How to Create Workflows in Office 365

Jan 14, 2016 Office 365 Scott Walsh

Many of the functions familiar to SharePoint users are available in Office 365. Here's how to set up workflows in the cloud.
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Why IT Outsourcing and Managed Services Are Suddenly All the Rage

Jan 12, 2016 Managed Services Dennis Junk

Augmenting IT staff with Managed Services Providers has rapidly gained in popularity. What's behind the change?
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3 Reasons Cloud Migrations Fail

Nov 9, 2015 Cloud Dennis Junk

Somewhere between the horror stories and the hype is the reality--your cloud migration's success depends on how well you plan.
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Enterprise Mobility Suite: A Stepping-Stone into the Microsoft Cloud

Nov 5, 2015 Cloud Security Dennis Junk

With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft is hoping to make BYOD easier to manage and secure--so they can get everyone on Office 365.
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Pizza as a Service: How Moving to the Cloud Saves You Money [Infographic]

Sep 21, 2015 Cloud Dennis Junk

If you're wondering about the cloud but don't understand all those -aaS acronyms, here's the clearest explanation you're likely to find.
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Hybrid vs Cloud Infrastructure: Are Your Servers Pets or Cattle?

Aug 24, 2015 Cloud Dennis Junk

Do system admins have irrational attachments to their servers? What would a totally rational choice between hybrid and cloud infrastructures involve?
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Why Azure Site Recovery Is a Big Deal for Microsoft

Jul 28, 2015 Azure Site Recovery Dennis Junk

Azure Site Recovery backs up not just systems using Hyper-V, but those running on VMware as well. Why is Microsoft playing so well with others?
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Office 365's Latest Security and Privacy Features

Jul 21, 2015 Office 365 Eric Rupp

Cloud providers are constantly coming up with new cloud security measures. Here are some of the latest for Office 365.
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Lync Is Now Skype for Business: Here’s What That Means for You

Jul 8, 2015 Skype Dennis Junk

Skype for Business looks a bit different from Lync. But what else has changed? And what does it mean for the future?
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Why Cloud Security Is Such a Big Challenge

Jun 26, 2015 Cloud Dennis Junk

Cloud security may be less of an issue than you think--or it may be more of one. It's important to consider each of the threats individually.
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How to Decide whether to Move to the Cloud after Windows Server 2003

May 29, 2015 Cloud Dennis Junk

Still trying to figure out what to do after WS2003? First you'll need to decide whether to keep your infrastructure on-prem or move to the cloud.
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Google Apps and Office 365: a Brief Comparison

Apr 17, 2015 Office 365 Aaron Eisberg

What are Google Apps and Office 365 used for? Which one is the better choice?
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Azure App Services, mBaaS, and Universal Apps

Apr 7, 2015 Mobile Dennis Junk

With Azure App Services, Microsoft is giving developers the tools to create "universal apps," with Azure as the backend.
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What Happens if You Don’t Migrate from Windows Server 2003 in Time?

Mar 18, 2015 Cloud Dennis Junk

If you're still on Windows Server 2003, you're not alone. But you're still in a bit of trouble.
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How the Cloud Is Changing the Role of CIOs

Feb 26, 2015 Cloud Dennis Junk

If the cloud allows you to essentially outsource all your IT work, then what's left for a CIO to do?
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Three Big Reasons Why You Shouldn't Wait to Move to the Cloud

Feb 24, 2015 Alex Jonathan Brown

It's easy to come up with reasons why you shouldn't move to the cloud. Here's why you should stop making excuses and make the move today.
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Microsoft Opens Office to Third-Party Cloud Solutions

Feb 20, 2015 Office 365 Alex Jonathan Brown

Getting your tech toys to play nice can be a hard, but Microsoft's making it easier to use your favorite cloud storage with your favorite Office apps.
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Microsoft Adopts New Standard for Cloud Security

Feb 18, 2015 Cloud Alex Jonathan Brown

Thanks to new standards, you don't just have to take a company's word on cloud security. Microsoft just adopted them and we've got the details.
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Amazon Web Services Vs Microsoft Azure: The Real Difference

Feb 2, 2015 Cloud Mark Gordon

Gartner Research compared AWS and Azure in the Spring. But Microsoft has since made some changes to their cloud offerings.
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What Is Delve for Office 365?

Jan 19, 2015 Office 365 Dennis Junk

Even with cloud tools like Office 365, it can be a pain finding the documents you need. But Delve just may solve that problem for good.
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System Center, Data Management and the Cloud Era

Jan 14, 2015 Cloud Alex Jonathan Brown

Data management is tricky enough offline, but what happens when you store data in the cloud? Here's a look at Microsoft's solution for that problem.
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Aptera's Top 5 Blog Posts of 2014

Dec 26, 2014 Cloud Alex Jonathan Brown

2014's coming to a close and it's time to take stock of the year! Here's a look at Aptera's five biggest blog posts of the last twelve months.
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'Arcadia' is a streaming apps and games service, built on Azure

Dec 17, 2014 Cloud Alex Jonathan Brown

Microsoft's putting Azure to work on a new project to stream apps and games to your Windows devices. Here's the latest details.
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How Are Businesses Using Microsoft Azure?

Dec 12, 2014 Cloud Dennis Junk

Here's some flash case studies to help you get an idea of how Microsoft Azure works in real business settings.
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Microsoft Aiming at Governments with New Azure Release

Dec 10, 2014 Cloud Alex Jonathan Brown

Each industry has its own standards but governments are a totally different game. Microsoft's launching a new version of Azure to meet the challenge.
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Office Lens Solves Your Business Card Problem Forever

Dec 10, 2014 Cloud Alex Jonathan Brown

Tired of staring at a stack of business cards? Microsoft's Office Lens can get them off your desk and into the cloud.
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Make Your Voice Heard with the Microsoft Ignite Call for Topics Survey

Dec 8, 2014 Cloud Alex Jonathan Brown

Tired of conference sessions that don't meet your needs? Help Microsoft plan next year's Microsoft Ignite!
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What Is Microsoft Azure Used for?

Dec 4, 2014 Cloud Dennis Junk

Just in case you need a quick refresher on what everyone's talking about when they refer to Microsoft Azure.
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Skype Document Chat comes to Office Online

Dec 1, 2014 Cloud Alex Jonathan Brown

Tired of switching between your favorite Office 365 apps and Skype? Microsoft's offering a new solution with document chat for Office Online.
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Black Friday Shopping for Your Favorite CIO? Aptera's Got You Covered!

Nov 26, 2014 Cloud Alex Jonathan Brown

You've already got gift ideas for your family, but don't forget your CIO! Check out these Aptera e-books just for the decision maker in your life!
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Aptera 101: Cloud Services

Nov 24, 2014 Cloud Alex Jonathan Brown

Need to get caught up on the cloud? Aptera 101: Cloud Services has all the info you need!
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Microsoft Brings Video to Enterprise Cloud with Office 365 Video

Nov 21, 2014 Alex Jonathan Brown

Tired of posting your in-house video content to YouTube and hoping their security holds? Microsoft has the answer.
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4 Misconceptions about the Cloud that Get CIOs into Trouble

Nov 17, 2014 Cloud Dennis Junk

With all the hype from providers and all the doomsday prophesies from naysayers, it's easy to be confused about cloud services and security.
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Re: The Application Formerly Known as Lync

Nov 12, 2014 Cloud Alex Jonathan Brown

Microsoft Lync is changing its name. In case you missed it, here's the memo from our Microsoft Product Nomenclature Division.
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3 Trends CIOs Can’t Afford to Ignore in 2015

Nov 11, 2014 Cloud Dennis Junk

Here's what Gartner thinks IT professionals need to be keeping an eye on. Hint: it's lots of mobile, cloud, and business intelligence stuff.
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Register for the Skype Translator Preview, Say Hello to the Future

Nov 7, 2014 Cloud Alex Jonathan Brown

Skype Translator lets you talk to people wherever they are and whatever language they're speaking. It's basically the future.
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Dropbox vs Google Drive for Work vs OneDrive for Business

Nov 6, 2014 Cloud Dennis Junk

A quick comparison of Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, including major advantages of each and a cost comparison.
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Apple Users Can Catch Up on Office 365 with New Office for Mac Apps

Nov 4, 2014 Office 365 Alex Jonathan Brown

Have you felt left behind using Office 365 on your Mac? Microsoft has good news for you.
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StorSimple, The Hybrid Cloud Storage Solution You've Been Looking For

Oct 29, 2014 Cloud Jen Booth

Microsoft's Jamie Peebles discusses StorSimple, the latest entry into the cloud storage arena that is similar to Hierarchical Storage Management.
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New Mobile Device Management Capabilities coming to Office 365

Oct 29, 2014 Office 365 Alex Jonathan Brown

Managing mobile devices is important, but it isn't easy. Microsoft's helping out by building Mobile Device Management into the next Office 365 update.
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What does StorSimple Do?

Oct 21, 2014 Cloud Aaron Eisberg

To learn about what StorSimple can do, take a look at our most recently video we shot with Jamie Peebles, a Technology Specialist for the Microsoft Hybrid Storage Division.
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Microsoft Updates OneDrive for iOS, Making it Easier and More Secure

Oct 9, 2014 Alex Jonathan Brown

Microsoft's updated OneDrive for iOS. Here's how your data will be more secure and easier to manage.
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Is Office 365 Secure? A Handy Infographic

Oct 3, 2014 Office 365 Dennis Junk

What does Microsoft do to keep your Office 365 information safe and private? We made an infographic to show you some of the main security measures.
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3 Things Your CIO Wishes You Knew about the Cloud

Sep 17, 2014 Cloud Dennis Junk

Before you move your business to the cloud, there are some common misconceptions your CIO would probably like to clear up.
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Celebrities in the Cloud: Don't Make the Same Mistake J. Law Did

Sep 3, 2014 Cloud Dennis Junk

If celebrities' cloud storage files are getting hacked, couldn't it happen to anyone? Maybe not--as long as you have a good password.
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What Can OneDrive for Business Do for My Company?

Jul 29, 2014 Microsoft Dennis Junk

There's a lot to like about OneDrive for Business. Here's an overview of everything it can do for your company.
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What’s the Difference between OneDrive and SharePoint?

Jul 24, 2014 OneDrive Dennis Junk

OneDrive began as cloud storage, but now it has a lot of collaboration tools. Has OneDrive started to move into SharePoint's territory?
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Our New Microsoft Azure E-Book

Jun 27, 2014 Microsoft Dennis Junk

We go just deep enough into Azure topics like virtualization and PaaS to give you the basic idea without overwhelming you with technical details.
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The People’s Microsoft?

Jun 23, 2014 Microsoft Dennis Junk

Microsoft has had a reputation for heavy-handedness. With new leadership and a more open Azure, is that all about to change?
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New OneDrive Basics E-Book

Jun 18, 2014 Microsoft Dennis Junk

Get simple answers to all your basic questions about OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.
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Microsoft and Salesforce Partner - but What About Dynamics?

May 30, 2014 Office 365 Aaron Eisberg

Is your company experiencing the benefits of Office 365 but hasn't switched to Microsoft Dynamics as a CRM? Microsoft and Salesforce have good news.
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Cloud Security, the Big Data Backlash, and Slowly Delivered Promises

Apr 29, 2014 Cloud Dennis Junk

Opinions about new technologies like the cloud and Big Data gravitate toward extremes. But is there a more level-headed way to think about them?
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Azure vs Amazon vs Rackspace vs HP vs Google: Cloud Storage Infographic

Mar 20, 2014 Cloud Dennis Junk

Evaluating enterprise cloud storage options like Amazon and Azure can be pretty difficult. So we've made a handy infographic.
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How to Create Links to Publish OneDrive Files for Anyone

Mar 5, 2014 Cloud Dennis Junk

You can make files in your cloud storage folders available to anyone you want--or you can make them available to everyone.
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Can You Use Azure to Transfer and Process Industry-Standard Forms?

Feb 26, 2014 Cloud Dennis Junk

Azure now includes BizTalk Services, which makes setting up application integration platforms for adapting EDIs take minutes instead of weeks.
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What is Microsoft System Center? A Simple, Straightforward, and Jargon-Free Answer

Dec 30, 2013 Cloud Dennis Junk

As devices and apps become more numerous and diverse, System Center gives your IT staff a unified window onto all aspects of your infrastructure.
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