AMTRA SOLUTIONS BLOG

Articles, news and insights from the AMTRA team.

Application Packaging | The What and The Why

December 14, 2021
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Shifting to Hybrid Work

December 9, 2021
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The world of work has changed. In the past, organizations have traditionally followed one of two work models:  in-office where everyone is in the office every day, or remote, where employees work at off-site locations.  

Today, organizations have been forced to rethink how and where they work. In most cases, the answer is hybrid work, where employees are given the choice to work in the office, remotely, or a mixture of both. 

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Why Change Management & Digital Skilling Matters

June 24, 2021
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AMTRA Solutions is a Modern Workplace provider, which means we implement Modern Work technology solutions (such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Windows Virtual Desktop and the Power Platform, among other Microsoft solutions) to help your organization work more effectively and efficiently.

While we pride ourselves in being pretty good at the technical configuration and implementation of solutions, what sets us apart is our obsession with Adoption & Change Management and Digital Skilling. 

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Modernizing your Infrastructure for the Cloud

April 14, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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