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Cloud & Managed Services

Aptera's Simple Answer Series Catalogue

by Dennis Junk
on January 21, 2014

describe the imageI am not a technical person. So the first thing I had to do when I came to work at Aptera two and half years ago was get up-to-speed on some of the technologies we work with. But I kept coming up dry whenever I searched for simple answers. Sensing an opportunity, I began working with some of Aptera’s tech geniuses to create posts that I thought might fill the gap. These posts ended up being really popular, so I kept on writing them. Lately, several people have been asking for links to the whole series, and I’m happy to oblige.

Here are all the “Simple, Straightforward, and Jargon-Free Answers” we’ve posted to date, in no particular order:

What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a cloud platform for hosting software. But exactly does that mean?

What is BizTalk?

How much time do you or your employees spend filling out forms, or transferring information from one location to another? How much time do you spend dealing with obstacles to communication in your supply chain, or between your business’s different locations? BizTalk can work in so many business contexts that we can’t even begin to touch on all of them in a brief post.

What is Microsoft Office 365?

What is Microsoft Office 365? What is Saas? Microsoft Office 365 explained in simple everyday terms for everybody and anybody to understand.

What Can OneDrive for Business Do for My Company?

OneDrive is a lot more than just cloud storage.

What is StorSimple?  

StorSimple gives you the best of both the cloud and on-prem worlds for storage and backup. But what is it, and how does it work?

What is Microsoft System Center? 

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

What is Windows Intune?

Windows Intune is a cloud-based service that allows you to grant your employees access to company software through their own devices.

What is Microsoft Lync?

Lync is an integrated communications platform that brings audio and video conferencing, email, and instant messaging together in a single window.

What Is SharePoint?

There are lots of definitions and explanations of what SharePoint is. But, as we know, sometimes those definitions are still too technical and "jargony". What is SharePoint, really?

What Is SharePoint Used for?

Over three quarters of Fortune 500 companies use SharePoint, but they’re not all using it for the same things. What is SharePoint really used for?

What Does SharePoint Cost?

Whenever we discuss SharePoint, it’s never long before the cost question comes up. The problem is that asking how much SharePoint costs is a bit like asking what a new house costs. So how do you figure how much SharePoint will actually cost your business?

What's the Difference between OneDrive and SharePoint?

Quite a bit, it turns out. Which one you'll want to go with depends on how exactly you'll be using it. 

Why Is SharePoint So Hard to Use and How Can You Make It Easier?

The short answer: SharePoint really shouldn't be hard to use, but many businesses fail to implement it properly.  

What Is Sitefinity?

Sitefinity lets you manage your website content and social media strategy. So you can have a dynamic digital profile without outside help.

What is Virtualization? 

Virtualization adds a level of abstraction to your servers, freeing up your apps, and making it easier to manage your infrastructure.

What Exactly Is ASP.NET?: A Guide for Non-Techies

The first thing David Jones, Aptera’s Software Development Practice Leader, had to explain to me when we sat down to discuss ASP.NET was that this type of framework is not the same thing as a coding language.

Do you have any questions you would like a simple, straightforward, and jargon-free answer to? We would love to hear them. Just go to the comment section and let us know what tech questions we should tackle next. 

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Dennis Junk
I'm Aptera's Content Strategist. I've been writing about tech and marketing for 5 years and have certifications from HubSpot and The Content Marketing Institute. A big science and literature geek, I taught college rhetoric and composition while I was still busy going to school for way too long, earning bachelor's degrees in anthropology and psychology, along with a master's in British and American literature. Look me up on LinkedIn.
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