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Is Chatbot Right for Your Business?

Advancements in artificial intelligence, along with the proliferation of messaging apps like Skype, WhatsApp, and Messenger, are fueling the development of Chatbots — software programs that communicate through a chat interface. These AI can carry out any number of tasks, from scheduling meetings to assistance in clothing purchases.


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What is a Digital Transformation Strategy?

Everyone thinks about the future of their business. Whether you're new to the game or you're a long-term player, you know that you must always look ahead to stay ahead. If you’ve ever found yourself considering another strategy to improve your business forecast, you must consider digital transformation. You only have to look around you to realize that the way people interact with the world has changed.


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Learning Azure in 2020: Resources, Tips, and Guides

The new year is upon us and so is the beginning of a new decade. The buzz has been growing around the world of Microsoft Azure, from consumers to developers, and everyone seems to want to know more. We are a gold-certified Microsoft partner and we just happen to be specialized in Azure. So for those of you who have caught the fever, we have created a list of resources, tips, and tricks for learning Azure. One more thing: All these resources are free!


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The Benefits of Cloud Storage

Data is everywhere today. Data is even more valuable than oil. Think about the phone you have in your hand right now. There are hundreds of applications running on your phone with built-in backup settings to preserve, learn, and monitor your data. You don't even have to think about your personalized data being available to you on every other device you use after you sync everything. You might have even come to expect your data to regularly be available to you no matter where you are or what data format it is in. Many people utilize (and hoard) their stored data for sharing and work purposes every day. However, keeping data persistent, accessible, and most importantly secure, is not a trivial task.


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5 Microsoft Azure Services You Probably Didn't Know About

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that facilitates computing as a service which is essential, the essence of the cloud. Just like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform, it allows companies, organizations, and even individuals to take advantage of cloud computing. Companies traditionally host or lease their own infrastructure on their own web server with their own hardware. Additionally, the hardware is often leased along with support and management through a third-party dealer. Upgrades in hosting power always mean added expenses and/or additional hardware, requiring more dedicated space and equipment.


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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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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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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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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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