Articles, news and insights from the AMTRA team.

Modernizing your Infrastructure for the Cloud

April 14, 2021

As an Information and Technology leader, the infrastructure investments you make today must be compatible with the modern, hybrid cloud of tomorrow. What you might not know is that data center modernization can be a sprint … or a marathon.    

Either way, it’s important that organizations establish a well-defined, consistent strategy that enables a complete set of software-defined services for computing, storage, networking, cloud management and security. 

But how do you get there? How do you ensure the investments you make today will be compatible with the new normal of hybrid cloud and the reality of limited budgets? 

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Working with Documents in 2021

April 7, 2021

We’ve all been asked by our kids ‘what do you do at work?’  As a ‘knowledge worker,’ I produce a lot of documents. I’m aware that doesn’t sound as cool as I’d like - perhaps I could try to make that sound better by turning it into an action adventure story… 

So, I’m sitting in front of my computer and I get a Teams message that our proposal has been selected for a big project! This is great news and I immediately know what to do - produce a contract for signature! 

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Microsoft Teams & Power Platform | The Dynamic Duo

March 30, 2021

Microsoft Teams is more than just a group chat software program. With over 75 million daily active users across the world, it has revolutionized the way we create, collaborate, and communicate. With the recent integration of Power Platform, this dynamic duo will have you creating automated workflows, reports, dashboards, apps and customized bots, all within the Teams interface. 

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Are you Working Efficiently?

March 19, 2021

This year has seen millions of businesses go virtual. For this reason, various Microsoft tools have made a comeback … and in a big way. Microsoft Teams and Power Platform are two of the game changing solutions that have transformed the way we work.

Here's why we think you need to take a closer.

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Low Code Development - Changing the IT Landscape

March 15, 2021

An emergent trend in digital transformation has been the rise of low-code development platforms. Charles Lamanna, Microsoft CVP, Low Code Application Platform, notes that "over 500 million new apps will be built during the next five years, which is more than all the apps built in the last 40 years." 
These staggering numbers highlight the demand for low-code platforms to build apps, as well as a developer gap, as there’s likely more demand for applications than there are developers to build them. IT teams are scrambling to keep up with demand. This results in long lead times and business users finding their own solutions, often through non-compliant “shadow IT” platforms.  

More than ever, businesses must constantly innovate and transform to stay competitive. In a perfect world, IT would provide the platforms necessary to foster this type of growth.   

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Our Security Predictions for 2021

February 11, 2021

If we learned anything from 2020, it’s that IT strategies need to be flexible. Last year was a prime example of this, as we were forced to retool our operations overnight due to lockdowns, social distancing requirements and remote work.

And as we forge forward in to 2021, its quite apparent that remote work (in some form or another) is here to stay.

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Microsoft Teams Calling | The latest and greatest

January 28, 2021

Just when you thought Microsoft Teams couldn’t get any better, they launch a brand new feature set. To help you communicate and collaborate even more effectively, their latest improvements are to its Teams calling features.

The first is a new calling interface that now shows contacts, voicemail, and call history in a single location. It’s designed to allow Microsoft Teams to more easily replace your desk phone with features like:

  • Built-in spam call protection
  • Reverse number lookup
  • Ability to merge calls
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Documents in the Cloud

December 10, 2020

The speed of digital change has made it necessary for companies to share information quickly and efficiently. It has become the norm and a requirement, rather than just a recommendation.

Imagine, you’re in the middle of a critical project that’s due soon. Likely, you’ll want to keep the client in the loop as progress moves along. Or, what if you have a question and  require clarification during the project? Then you’ll likely want a response immediately to stay on-track. And, what if you need a signature before you can move to another phase? You’ll also want that quickly too.  

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Windows Virtual Desktop 101 | The Facts

November 12, 2020

Unprecedented conditions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic have left many businesses scrambling to find ways to accommodate an increasingly remote and virtual workforce. More employees are on the move during their workday, and even more are using their mobile devices to accomplish work-related tasks.

This mobility, combined with the increasing number of employees who work remotely has made the need to access workplace desktops from anywhere easily and seamlessly a priority. Fortunately, Windows Virtual Desktop is designed to ensure you have access to the tools needed to work wherever you need to.

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The Microsoft Surface 2 Hub ... A Daring Attempt at Transforming How we Work

November 20, 2019

Imagine … a world where everyone in your office collaborates.
Imagine … a world where collaboration and teamwork are valued.
Imagine … a world where creativity and productivity are encouraged.
Imagine … working in a new way, in a new space, designed for collaboration.

Well, that world isn’t that far from reality. Introducing the Surface Hub 2, an interactive, wall-mounted whiteboard that is optimized for teams that want to connect, co-create, and produce with others regardless of their location.

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