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Cloud Spend Set to Rise, But Who's Guiding the Way?

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| March 19, 2018

Organizations of all sizes are expecting to spend more on the cloud this year than they did in 2017. In fact, just 11% of enterprise-sized participants in RightScale’s 2018 State of the Cloud Report believe their cloud spend will hold steady or decrease while 24% of SMBs make a similar claim. There’s plenty of range regarding exactly […]

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More than Email: Unlocking the Full Value of Office 365

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| March 13, 2018

Businesses seem to be hearing the “call of the cloud” loud and clear if a pair of recent studies concerning Office 365 are any indication. According to research by Barracuda Networks, Inc., 63% of organizations are currently using Office 365, while 49% of those who aren’t yet doing so plan to within the next six months. Meanwhile, […]

Arraya Insights Radio - Ignite of the Living Dead: Recapping Microsoft’s ‘Every Tech Event’

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| October 31, 2017

Arraya Insights Radio Episode 2: Ignite of the Living Dead: Recapping Microsoft’s ‘Every Tech Event’ Host: Thomas York (Director, Quality and Operational Excellence) Guests: Matt Sekol (Director, Microsoft and Cloud Practice) and Jason Kline (Microsoft Cloud Solutions Architect) With Microsoft Ignite in the rearview, the Arraya Insights Radio crew recaps the biggest stories coming out […]

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Tech Leaders Band Together Around Microsoft Ignite: 8 Takeaways

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| October 26, 2017

Microsoft’s Ignite conference bills itself as an “every tech event” and it lived up to that moniker this year. If you made it to Orlando, FL for Ignite last month, you witnessed several key announcements from Microsoft, including a look at what the future holds for its Skype for Business and Teams solutions. However, the […]

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Microsoft Ignite: Demystifying the Future of Skype for Business

Arraya Insights Arraya Insights| September 27, 2017

One of the big announcements from Day 1 of Microsoft Ignite 2017 lost a little steam due to an accidental leak a couple of weeks ago. Some Office 365 admins were greeted with a message  announcing that, in a year, Skype for Business (SfB) Online would be absorbed into Microsoft Teams. The suddenness of the […]

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 […]

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 […]