What to Do When Your Cloud Provider Shuts Down

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| February 18, 2016

Last October, HP announced it was shutting down its public cloud services. This week, we found out that Verizon will be shutting down pieces of its own cloud service by April 12, 2016. While storage services appear to still be intact, this is a risk that a lot of customers might not be willing to […]

Microsoft Offers SMBs an Easy, Affordable Path to the Cloud

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| February 11, 2016

Enterprise-level collaboration systems used to carry with them enterprise-sized price tags and maintenance needs. Thanks to Microsoft’s Cloud Service Provider (CSP) program, however, that’s no longer the case. CSP allows companies of all sizes to utilize Microsoft’s industry-leading cloud solutions including Office 365 and Azure in the way that makes the most sense to them […]

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The Arraya Approach: How We Do Microsoft Differently

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| February 2, 2016

If you follow this blog or Arraya, you know that M&A is a big part of our Microsoft Practice. This activity isn’t only happening across various commercial industries; it is also happening in the Microsoft Partner arena as well. Microsoft has been on a huge upswing in the last few years, thanks to great solutions, […]

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15 of the Coolest New Features in Office 365

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| January 29, 2016

A little while back, we put up a post outlining why the inclusion of voice in the new Office 365 E5 SKU should push the license package to the top of your list of IT New Year’s Resolutions. As exciting as the inclusion of voice is – it isn’t the only reason you should be […]

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Scale Microsoft Cloud Resource Usage Up or Down with Ease

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| January 28, 2016

Imagine not being bound by strict Microsoft enterprise agreements (EAs). Instead, licenses, as well as support for those licenses, scales up or down based on need. In a pre-cloud world, the flexibility to make changes on the fly like this didn’t exist. Scaling licenses or support meant either waiting out an EA or working with […]

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How Office 365 Can Help Prevent a Reply-All-pocalypse

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| January 21, 2016

Time Inc. had a funny problem recently, at least funny from the outside. Someone innocently enough sent an email with a question about their benefits to an open distribution list for Health and Wellness instead of to HR. From there, people started to reply all, wondering why they were getting that email and not thinking that […]

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Office 365 E5: Put Voice on Your New Year’s Resolution List

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| January 5, 2016

Years ago, I worked for a small company in Allentown, PA. It was my first IT Manager role and my responsibilities were all-encompassing. Unlike previous jobs which let me focus on Microsoft technologies, I suddenly had to support everything from servers to desktops, email and applications, data centers, networks and voice. It was my very […]

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Internet Explorer Support and the Question of Modernization

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| December 21, 2015

Ed Bott published an article called “Who’s still using Internet Explorer? And why won’t they upgrade?” I think he skims the surface of the first question, but the second appears to be rhetorical. In case you didn’t hear, all versions of Internet Explorer below 11 will be unsupported starting January 2016. Microsoft announced this two […]

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Arraya and CSP: What this Means for Your Relationship with Microsoft

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| December 9, 2015

The cloud has had an impact on almost every facet of life in IT – and the way in which Microsoft technologies are consumed is no exception. In the old days, customers used to have one partner, a LAR (Large Account Reseller) or LSP (Licensing Solution Provider), from whom they purchased their Microsoft licenses. The LAR […]

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Achieving Full Value from the Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft OMS

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| December 1, 2015

Moving to a hybrid cloud model is becoming an increasingly popular point of discussion for organizations across all industries. Once that model is up and running, it isn’t always clear what needs to be done to fully optimize it. This leaves organizations at risk of shortchanging themselves in terms of the benefits they should be […]

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