Gary Utley

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10 Azure Best Practices Your Organization Should Implement This Year

azure best practices, azure benefits, Azure expert MSP ProgramScalable and robust, Microsoft Azure has a lot to offer any organization. But because Azure is so complex and in-depth, there are a lot of things that are easy to miss. If your organization isn't digging deep into improving its Microsoft Azure use, there may be some best practices that aren't being followed. Here's a list of some of the most popular Microsoft Azure best practices, and an explanation of what makes them so important.

How Azure Managed Services Can Deliver a Near Zero-Downtime Azure Migration Strategy

azure managed services, azure migration strategy What's holding back your Azure deployment? For most companies, it's clear that Azure makes sense — but it's understandable that a business would also hesitate before getting into a complex, time-consuming migration. A managed service provider can make the process of transitioning to and managing your Azure deployment easier and more reliable. 

Why You Shouldn't Panic about Azure Migration

azure migration, how to migrate to azure, azure expert MSPDon't panic! Azure migration may sound complicated — and honestly, it is — but it's also often necessary. If you want your business to be competitive, you need to use the newest technology. But everyone's heard about migration disasters: lost data, downtime, and frustrated employees. When faced with a huge migration like Azure, why shouldn't you panic?

8 Tips for Effective Azure Architecture

azure architecture, azure data management, azure managed services When you're planning out your Azure deployment, one of your first considerations will be the architecture you're using. The more thought you put into your architecture today, the more scalable it will be tomorrow. But Azure architecture can be a little confusing, and there are a lot of moving parts.

"What Is Microsoft Teams Good For?" Why You're Not Using Teams as Much as You Should

What Is Microsoft TeamsMS Teams is an extremely robust and capable platform. But if you're not using it as much as you should be, you may not be seeing the benefits. Like any consolidation-based, collaboration-based system, MS Teams is only as effective as you make it. Here's what you need to know.

How to Use Yammer and Microsoft Teams

How to Use Yammer and Microsoft TeamsYammer is a social networking service. Microsoft Teams is a collaborative system. These two very different utilities can work well in tandem together, but you need to work to integrate them. By using Yammer with MS Teams, you can create complete communication protocols for your business, and you can work towards improving the collaboration within your business.

Microsoft Teams Channels Best Practices: Keeping Your Teams Simple

Microsoft Teams Channels Best PracticesHas your MS Teams platform been flooded with unnecessary channels? As with most things in business, it's important to keep your Teams simple. Channels are the lifeblood of the MS Teams platform. If you overuse your channels, everything will become too complicated, and your organization will become self-defeating. By making everything simple and intuitive, you'll be able to better track your information.

How to Use Microsoft Planner Effectively

How to Use Microsoft Planner EffectivelyManage your tasks in Teams with Microsoft Planner — a fully integrated, robust Microsoft solution. Microsoft Planner isn't your typical project management platform. It's designed to help employees collaborate together. Employees are able to track and organize their tasks, create new plans with each other, and see what they're working on at a glance.

Microsoft Teams Training: Improving Your Meetings with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams TrainingIt's time to improve upon your Microsoft Teams collaboration. Microsoft Teams has a number of features that can be used to improve upon your meetings and your collaboration. But sometimes you might need additional Microsoft Teams training to fully take advantage of the features that are available.

Microsoft Teams Connectors You (and Your Team) Should Be Using

Microsoft Teams ConnectorsConnectors, linked apps, third-party applications — whatever you want to call them, they're integrations that are critical to your MS Teams success. O365 connectors make it possible to integrate valuable technology with your Office 365 ecosystem, including products such as Trello, Salesforce, and SurveyMonkey. Here's what you need to know about the Microsoft Teams connectors that can benefit you.