AMTRA SOLUTIONS BLOG

Articles, news and insights from the AMTRA team.

How Windows 365 is Powering Hybrid Work

September 15, 2022
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Hybrid work is here stay and organizations need to think about the work trends post COVID-19. A post-pandemic report by Gartner showed that about 48% of employees will work remotely at least some of the time, compared to about 30% pre-pandemic.

Research suggests that if organizations were to go back to 100% on-site, they'd risk losing up to 39% of their workforce. Gen-Z employees have indicated the importance of  building in-person connections at the office - while having the opportunity to maintain a flexible schedule. They want it all! 

The People Have Spoken
These workers want the flexibility the pandemic granted them, with the in-person collaboration they were used to before COVID-19.
So how do you keep everyone happy?
Windows 365 Cloud PC could be the answer. 

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Deprecation of Basic Authentication in Exchange Online

September 12, 2022
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Did you know that as of October 1, 2022, Microsoft is deprecating Basic authentication in Exchange Online? Check out the full announcement from Microsoft. In simple terms, this means that Microsoft will remove the ability to use Basic authentication in Exchange Online for Exchange ActiveSync, POP, IMAP, Remote PowerShell, Exchange Web Services, Offline Address Book, Outlook for Windows, and Mac.

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Are you prepared to defend yourself against security attacks?

August 31, 2022
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Digital transformation is on the rise for many organizations, but what we fail to overlook, is that cybercriminals are on their own digital transformation journey as well.

Now, more than ever, organizations are turning to a zero-trust strategy to secure their data and systems. Regardless of size and sector, zero-trust is essential to all businesses. High-profile breaches, cloud migrations and an ever-expanding attack surface require a shift in approach. 

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Microsoft 365 E3 versus E5. Which is right for you?

June 29, 2022
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Do you know what is included in Microsoft E3 and E5? Do you know which one is right for your business? Are you familiar with the benefits of each?

We can help. To start, there is no one size fits all solution to licensing. Each version has benefits to help you work collaboratively and be more productive. To help you define which version is best for you, let's first take a look at the differences.

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Frontline Worker Value Assessment Strengthens Corporate Culture

June 10, 2022
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A Frontline Worker Value Assessment is a great way of determining how you can empower your employees to do their best work. Often, frontline workers don’t have access to the necessary technologies and tools to help them be as productive as possible. But, if they’re not digitally equipped to succeed, your organization can end up with a major decrease in productivity.

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Talent Management Lifecycle

May 31, 2022
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Today, more than ever, talent is a critical business function. The Great Resignation looks set to continue as we move forward into the summer of 2022.

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Better Together: Windows 365 & Azure Virtual Desktop

March 31, 2022
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There are many guides out there comparing Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop, highlighting the features and benefits of each in an attempt to sway you towards one or the other. However, the truth is - they are just two different ways of doing the same thing.

Windows 365 is built on the Azure Virtual Desktop platform, making them already related and intertwined.

By leveraging the best features of each - you get the best of both worlds!

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Empower IT and Delight Users with Microsoft Managed Desktop

March 15, 2022
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Lets face it, the world continues to operate at a fast pace, while the number of remote workers continues to grow. As we return to a new normal, which is likely a combination of in office and remote work, organizations are asking how they can keep pace with competing priorities and the growing demands placed upon them.

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Endpoint Management for the Modern Workplace

February 26, 2022
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The mobile workforce, cloud adoption strategies and the demand for more consumer-like services continues to drive the need for new ways of managing corporate devices and boosting flexibility without compromising security.

This is where Endpoint Management becomes important. Endpoint Management can be defined as a set of tools and techniques that simplify the management of physical and virtual endpoints.

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Microsoft's New Commerce Experience (NCE) for CSP

January 21, 2022
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Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program continues to evolve and adapt to the changing needs of business. As part of this, Microsoft has been working to consolidate channels, simplify the customer’s buying journey and reduce licensing complexity.

To achieve this, Microsoft launched the New Commerce Experience (NCE) for Microsoft Azure in 2019. As of January 2022, they're expanding NCE to include Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Power Platform across their seat-based subscription services.

AMTRA can help you understand the impact that NCE will have on how you procure Microsoft 365 subscriptions and licenses. Let’s start by looking at what the NCE is.

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