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What is Azure?

The age of cloud is upon us. The cloud has been undeniably reliable throughout the pandemic with proven scalability and optimization. Most companies have spent the better part of the year trying to figure out how to pivot, adapt, and do their best to keep employees confident and productive at home with business continuity as a key factor. To thrive in a fragile market, we need systems and processes that can be adjusted and updated to provide products and services with maximized capabilities. So, prioritizing what comes next is essential.


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How to Develop a Cloud Migration Approach That Works

There are countless options for housing your business infrastructure and databases in a reliable cloud. However, one of the best options available for your business is the Microsoft Azure Cloud. This set of on-demand cloud services provides organizations with everything they need to store and manage their data while improving their cybersecurity. We've compiled a list of everything you need to know about transferring your business to the Microsoft Azure Cloud and what you can do to get started.


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The Future of Work with Microsoft Teams

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting workplace environments in a big way. There are a lot more organizations thinking and planning for the future of work and collaboration. The rise in remote and hybrid work during the ongoing pandemic continues to push people and organizations to work and invest in new ways, introducing challenges as well as opportunities to find level ground.

Microsoft shared some news this week at their recent customer event, Ignite. They highlighted several important new additions to their Teams platform that we were very excited about. 


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Understanding the Azure Cloud Service Provider

As the technology world enters the age of the cloud, your business technology infrastructure has become a competitive differentiator. Companies that are able to build scalable, secure, and reliable product offerings in the Azure cloud are able to get their services to the market faster while taking fewer risks. For a lot of companies, this type of innovation may feel out of reach due to a lack of expertise in cloud computing. An Azure Managed Service Provider (MSP) or Azure Cloud Service Provider (CSP) can easily help close the gap.


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Implementing Azure Windows Virtual Desktop

The resulting remote work situation from COVID-19 has been a driving force toward the accelerated improvements to the service known as Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). This service has existed for some years now but it wasn't until 2020 that it achieved greater popularity. WVD is providing companies with the ability to securely allow employees to work remotely with an infrastructure that not only gives them their familiar tools such as Microsoft Office but directly connected to their office network. So it is just like everyone is using their office computers. Let's examine how to implement a Windows Virtual Desktop infrastructure for your organization.


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Top 5 Benefits of Moving to the Cloud

The time for digital transformation is now. As innovation and demand have increased, so have the many benefits of the cloud. Not only can you increase your security and reduce costs but those aren’t the only reasons why companies have made the transition with Microsoft Azure. Here are the top five:


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Microsoft Teams vs Slack

Microsoft Teams is adding massive numbers of users through large organizations, schools, government agencies, and its existing Office 365 customer base. Slack, meanwhile, has been around a lot longer and is more comfortable as an independent application to startups, and cooler to younger, independent developers for collaboration. No matter where you are on the workspace spectrum, workspace, and chat tools are more important than ever to keep up productivity, normalcy, and communication. In this post, we will compare Microsoft Teams and Slack to see how their pricing, innovative features, and usability stand up to each other and how they might help you decide which application is best for you.


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2020: The Year of Digital Transformation

We not only lean on technology during stressful times but we utilize countless services to enjoy conveniences and entertainment brought to us through the cloud. What can already be seen today is that the cloud-based digital transformation has already happened in our homes.
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Additional Tips & Tricks for Teams

As a gold-certified Microsoft partner, we also rely on Microsoft Teams as our main tool of collaboration and communication. CSW Solutions started using teams in 2015 when the product was still in beta. As a company with a distributed module, it is extremely important to have a central hub for collaboration, chat, meetings, and video conferencing... We recently created a shortlist of some of our favorite features that we've used over the years.


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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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