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Don’t Treat Office 365 Like A Gym Membership

Matthew Sekol Matthew Sekol| September 18, 2017

Shortly after college, I joined a gym. It wasn’t that I was overweight, it just seemed like something I should do – a healthy lifestyle change. The gym assigned me a personalized coach in the first session to build a quick exercise plan. I took the guidance, but didn’t really get anywhere. After a few […]

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Microsoft Inspire Recap: Inspiring the Future of IT

Matthew Sekol Matthew Sekol| July 14, 2017

Over the past few years, Microsoft has been touting the features and capabilities of Office 365, Azure, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Each product has transformed how businesses operate and has contributed to collaboration, security, and innovation. At Microsoft Inspire 2017, the annual Microsoft partner conference, the messaging was clear. While businesses need […]

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The Stigma of Patching Lowers Innovation

Matthew Sekol Matthew Sekol| June 29, 2017

IT has had a long and sordid history with patching. From servers to desktops, Windows to Linux, it is the fear and bane of the IT administrator’s existence. A delicate balance has been struck between the risk of not patching and using third party tools to address security issues, but as the recent WannaCry and […]

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An M&A Guide for the IT Professional: Don’t Panic

Matthew Sekol Matthew Sekol| May 25, 2017

Throughout my career, I have participated in a lot of mergers and acquisitions. When I worked at a national power generation company, it was common to spin in and out power plants. At that company, the executives decided to combine multiple companies in a complex, three-way merger. That activity represented my first large, multi-thousand user […]

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Is the Cloud Right for Your VDI?

Matthew Sekol Matthew Sekol| April 20, 2017

A few years ago at my previous company, I considered VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) on-premises for a specific use case around engineering. We were trying to build a more efficient way for our engineers to use graphic intensive compute over a centralized connection instead of having to purchase expensive desktops. Unfortunately, we couldn’t justify the […]

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Your Office 365 Journey: What Comes After Email?

Matthew Sekol Matthew Sekol| April 12, 2017

Almost every customer that moves to Office 365 starts the migration with email. Perhaps it has to do with the send/receive relationship of email. Regardless, email is the function most IT organizations are comfortable using to test the cloud. At Arraya, we enable this by helping customers create a rock-solid tenant, layer on some security, […]

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Are You Benefiting Yet From These 5 New Office 365 Features?

Matthew Sekol Matthew Sekol| April 11, 2017

Office 365 is the undisputed king of collaboration. No other solution offers the benefits of the cloud while covering the range of collaboration services that Microsoft offers – from email to voice, conferencing to social portals, intelligent security to personal file sharing, and more. Office 365 E3 has been the sweet spot for many organizations […]

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Microsoft's New Licensing Model: What You Need to Know

Matthew Sekol Matthew Sekol| January 31, 2017

Right before I was promoted to IT Manager, my manager and CIO tasked me with sorting out a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. For years, our company had been purchasing licenses as one-offs, but our goal was to be a world-class IT organization. Part of that was consolidating vendors to a list of key strategic partners and one […]

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Attention IT Managers: Answer the Door

Matthew Sekol Matthew Sekol| January 23, 2017

In my last job, I was an IT Manager responsible for Microsoft and VMware. It was pretty exciting, but mostly because I was working at a semiconductor. We were on the cutting edge of technology in a lot of ways because we were building the technology of the future. Not all IT Managers had a similar experience. IT Managers have been […]

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Digital Transformation in 2017

Matthew Sekol Matthew Sekol| December 28, 2016

I started at Arraya in 2015, finding myself becoming a consultant and leaving IT for the first time in 16 years. In the interview, I asked what the next thing beyond Office 365 was. The context was that, eventually, companies will be moved to Office 365 and that work will dry up. The answer I […]

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