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Tips and Tricks in Microsoft Word

The first version of Microsoft Word was released in 1983. Each version since then has seen remarkable improvements and innovations in word processing, paving the way to be the gold standard. According to Spiceworks, eighty-three percent (83%) of organizations across the globe use Microsoft Office. Even with such a base level of familiarity, it is surprising how little people know about the hidden features and shortcuts built into MS Word. It is common to spend several hours trying to properly format headers and footers, change page layouts in the middle of a document, or set up a navigation pane through custom styles. 


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Outsourcing vs. The Distributed Team

In the evolving world of software development and cloud technology, innovation has grown exponentially to keep up with the rate that applications are made and managed, and so does the underbelly of its workforce. As one of the managing partners in CSW Solutions, it is all too common to see daily offers like this one:


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Top Microsoft Workflows to Skyrocket Productivity

Every day in the workplace, we perform many tasks with manual processes to complete our work. Eventually, we find ourselves looking for faster and more efficient ways to overcome these redundancies in our tasks. Through automation and innovation, there are many paths to saving you time and monotony. Microsoft Flows provides an integrated workflow approach that allows you to automate tasks such as copying files, syncing calendars, and sending out emails. It gives you the flexibility to set up conditional constraints so the automation performs exactly how you need it.


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CSW Solutions, Inc. is a Leading Chicago 2019 Developer!

Since 2005 we have provided services in custom software development, web development, and mobile app development to help businesses adopt cutting edge Microsoft Technologies. We strive to integrate business logic so that our clients have the tools to implement and manage their ideas. We have continued to deliver management solutions and services that tackle evolving business issues and our ability to do so has not gone unnoticed. We are honored to have been featured again as one of the top software developers and IOS developers in Chicago by Clutch!


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Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 Launch Date Announced

Less than three months ago at the Microsoft Connect; 2018 Conference, the first public preview of the latest version of Microsoft's flagship software development environment, Visual Studio 2019 was released. Two more previews have been released into the wild since then, with the most recent one, Preview 3, just two days ago on February 13th.


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The 5 Most Useful Power BI Features

We recently completed a data centralization project where we needed to retrieve information from multiple sources into an internal database and have a cohesive representation of our data for multi-level review. After forming the relationships between our sources, we leveraged Power BI to showcase the new intel. Power BI is an interactive data visualization and reporting tool that offers self-service Business Intelligence capabilities. It allows you to connect with countless, popular data sources and effortlessly display information from them in a meaningful manner. I found that not only can Power BI work wonders with data, but it can also proactively schedule notifications or alerts for specified values. As our team has explored the many benefits of this service, I am even more confident that Power BI will broaden your capacity to make more informed and intelligent decisions in the workplace. Here are my top 5 most useful features in Power BI:


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Migrating to the Azure Cloud - Overview

Nowadays, many businesses have at least one workload running in the cloud; whether it’s an email provider list, Office365, or a CRM like salesforce.com. However, cloud services may not be suitable for every business. While cloud environments are scalable and highly reliable, these must not be the only considerations in making a decision. 


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Benchmark Testing for .Net Data Access Methods

When it comes to speed and data management in the digital market it may be difficult to parse which areas of an application will need improvement or updating. But there are many sides to the technology, design, and solutions that work to maintain accuracy as demand fluctuates. In this post, I’ll explore a comparison of testing data access speeds to determine what the best strategy can be, based on the outcome. Processing sensitive information throughout a large framework requires not only speed but capacity and flexibility within the architecture. To provide a more accurate understanding of improved data processing for a client’s application, I performed a benchmark to compare different data access methods to reach a client’s databases.


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Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Teams

As you begin to use Microsoft Teams, you are probably wondering if there are any tips and tricks out there that you don't already know about.  After using Teams for over six months and reviewing its list of features, I have compiled my top five list of helpful tools and shortcuts I learned while using the platform.  These features do not come naturally but can be powerful when used and can save you a lot of time and frustration.


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Sharing Data in a Secure Way

The companies that do the best job on managing a user’s privacy will be the companies that ultimately are the most successful. – Fred Wilson 

One of the most common processes in software development is obtaining a copy of production data to develop new features or troubleshoot an issue. This normally involves creating a database backup by copying the backup files over the Internet to a local development server or the developer’s computer.


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