AMTRA SOLUTIONS BLOG

Articles, news and insights from the AMTRA team.

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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The Journey to a Modern Desktop

December 31, 2021
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The workplace used to be predictable. You’d head to the office, sit at your desk, do your work, attend a few face-to-face meetings, then head home at the end of the day to do it all over again.

That ‘traditional’ model is almost hard to imagine today, where business moves quickly, and your office could just as easily be a coffee shop, your home office, or living room. The workplace has gone through a wide range of iterations as technology has evolved, and through some growing pains, and more than a year of hybrid work, we’ve made a significant leap into the modern workplace.

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Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps

December 22, 2021
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Cloud apps are rapidly being adopted by organizations to improve productivity and enable the modern workforce. But how does a company keep pace with this growth, while remaining secure and compliant? We think Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is a great solution.

Formerly Microsoft Cloud App Security, Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is a complete solution for security and compliance teams. It allows users, both local and remote, to safely implement business applications, without compromising productivity.

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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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Microsoft Viva. Everything you Need to Know.

November 29, 2021
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Microsoft Viva is an employee experience platform that helps organizations and their employees balance well-being and productivity throughout their workday. It provides the tools and the infrastructure to enable a number of well-being best practices, including support for better time management, removal of communication barriers, learning and progression, and monitoring of stress.

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Microsoft Teams versus Cisco Unified Communications Manager

November 18, 2021
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Microsoft Teams and Cisco Unified Communications Manager (UCM), are online communications platforms designed to centralize communications across large businesses. Cisco UCM is an established enterprise option with extensive flexibility for complex communications needs. Microsoft Teams focuses more on collaboration within a business, offering extra features to help users work together better. 

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What can Superheroes teach us about Data Security?

October 26, 2021
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We all love superheroes. They can throw fireballs, fly in the air, scale walls, shoot webs like a spider, make themselves invisible and even blend into any environment. But, did you know they can also teach us a thing or two about security.

You may not have to protect the universe from Thanos, but defending your organization from data security threats is pretty heroic too. So, what can an epic battle between Thanos and Marvel superheroes teach you about how to keep enterprise data safe? Read on to find out.

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Secure Device Management

October 19, 2021
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Solutions for the Device Deployment & Management Challenges of Today


The move to remote work has forced organizations to quickly adjust to radical changes in the way they conduct business. Central to these challenges is the question of how to provision, image, deploy, and support devices in a world where on-site technical support is no longer an option.

How does an organization provide end-user support when they can no longer send IT help to their desk? And how can all this be done in a way that increases both profitability and productivity? 

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What Can You Accomplish with Azure AD Zero Trust Foundations

August 24, 2021
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The security landscape has changed with remote work and cloud applications. Employees are working remotely and using their own devices to get work done. Data is being accessed and shared outside the corporate network and data and applications are moving to the cloud. Security now extends beyond the physical location of the office.

If your organization relies on on-premises firewalls and VPNs, you may lack the visibility and agility to deliver efficient, comprehensive security coverage.

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What is a Cloud Solution Provider and Why is it Important?

August 19, 2021
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In response to the widespread transition to remote work and the pace of digital innovation, its become more challenging to manage licensing assets. But how do you streamline licensing and manage costs? We think you should consider a Cloud Solution Provider or CSP. If you’re wondering what a Cloud Solutions Provider is, don’t worry. We’re here to tell you all about it, and why it’s such a great idea for your business to consider partnering with a CSP.

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