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5 Reasons to Migrate your Business to Microsoft Cloud

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 2/18/21 1:08 PM

The modern business runs in the cloud. And the successful modern business runs on Azure, the Microsoft Cloud, empowering your employees to work anywhere, anytime and from any device.  Microsoft 365 and Azure are the perfect balance of security, flexibility, and affordability. Here’s why.

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Topics: Microsoft 365, modern technology solutions, work anywhere, azure, cloud migration, microsoft cloud

Microsoft 365 Business Applications Available with Your Subscription

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 1/21/21 11:48 AM

Microsoft 365 is much more than the latest version of the Office suite. There are a ton of business applications and tools available to you and your employees -- free with most 365 subscriptions. All of these Microsoft 365 apps are:

  • Built with flexibility in mind, and available in desktop, web-based and mobile versions - so you can work anywhere, at any time.
  • Integrate seamlessly with one another to streamline your workday and to enhance collaboration and productivity.
  • Updated regularly with new versions and features
  • Backed by Office 365 security
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Topics: Microsoft 365, microsoft 365 assessment, collaboration tools, office 365 subscription

Webinar Recap: Get Your Money's Worth from your Office 365 Subscription

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 1/20/21 2:25 PM

Thank you to everyone who attended our live webinar on Wed. January 13th: You’re Not Getting Your Money’s Worth from your Office 365 subscription. We hope you found the content insightful as you continue to explore implementing Microsoft 365 and all it has to offer.

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Topics: IT Strategy, businesses operating in the cloud, IT Cyber Security, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Collaboration Tools, M365 Subscription, microsoft teams, Microsoft 365 collaboration, microsoft 365 assessment, digital transformation, Office 365 security, Microsoft cloud partner, office 365 migration, modern workplace, SharePoint migration, microsoft phone system, office 365 webinar, work anywhere, microsoft 365 security, O365 for business

5 Technology Trends for Small Business in 2021

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 1/11/21 2:53 PM

Last year was a year that will go down in history for more reasons than one. 2020 was also an extremely trying and transformational year for many small businesses. As we look to the year ahead, we will see organizations continue to restructure their new business models to prepare for stability and growth in this new normal.

Here are 5 technology trends that we predict to see in the year ahead:

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Topics: Small Business IT Support, IT Strategy, digital transformation, secure cloud advantage, tech trends, work anywhere

Get Festive On Your Next Microsoft Teams Meeting

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 12/17/20 3:03 PM

We’re all missing the annual office holiday party that we look forward to every year. But just because it’s 2020 doesn’t mean you have to ditch your celebration altogether!

Companies across the globe, including ANP, are using Microsoft Teams to host virtual holiday parties and to spread joy this holiday season.

Microsoft recently added several new experiences in Teams including new holiday themed Together mode scenes and custom backgrounds. 

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What is SD-WAN & Why are Small Businesses Finally Adopting It?

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 12/17/20 2:29 PM

SD-WAN (short for Software-Defined Wide-Area-Networking) is a technology that has been around for a few years and primarily adopted by large corporations up to recently.  New advancements in SD-WAN has made it realistic and affordable option for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) today 

Simply put SD-WAN is a new way to manage your Wide Area Network (WAN)a new way to connect and secure all your local area network (LANs) and is built for modern businesses with hybrid or cloud-based environments.  SD-WAN replaces your expensive MPLS data circuits with inexpensive internet circuits.  

There are many benefits of SD-WAN technology that small businesses and growing businesses cannot afford to overlook.  

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Topics: Managed Services, network security, IT Strategy, network assessment, IT Network Assessment, modern IT, SD-WAN, network management

Collaboration Made Easy with Microsoft 365

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 12/16/20 8:02 PM

Considering migrating to Microsoft 365? Looking to provide your employees with the tools they need to stay productive while working from home?

In today's modern workplace, collaboration is more important than ever. Reaching your goals often hinges on your ability to act as a team. But how do you work better together? It starts with the right tools!

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ANP Gets a New Logo!

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 12/16/20 4:05 PM

We’re thrilled to announce that ANP has a new logo! The change comes at a transformational time in our business where we are adopting new service offerings to meet the evolving needs of our clients.

ANP’s Secure Cloud Advantage™ is our digital workplace offering that bundles flexible cloud-based tools, advanced zero-trust security, and comprehensive support into one simple solution for a flat, monthly fee.

Announced back in October, Secure Cloud Advantage provides our clients with everything they need to stay productive and work securely from anywhere, on any device, at any time.

The goal of the rebranding is not a dramatic makeover, but a few subtle changes that illustrates our commitment to innovation and our shift to managed cloud services -- without straying too far away from the 36 years of reputation built around the original design.

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Topics: Managed Service Provider, digital transformation, secure cloud advantage, anp news and events, managed cloud services provider, modern IT

Start Calling Customers & Other External Parties from Microsoft Teams

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 11/17/20 7:19 PM

Your new digital workplace experience built around Microsoft Teams has undeniably transformed the way your employees work and is here to stay. 

Now it's time to integrate external calling capabilities into Teams to take your communication and collaboration experience to the next level. The great news is that Microsoft has anticipated and responded to this request with the Microsoft Phone System.

And guess what? It's much easier and cost effective than you think. 

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Topics: VoIP Phone

ANP Adopts Zero Trust Security to Protect Against New Cyber Threats

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 11/17/20 5:35 PM

Our clients have been rapidly transforming the way their businesses operate and how their employees work in response to COVID-19.

 

As a managed IT provider, it is our obligation to ensure our clients’ IT environments are resilient and secure. Therefore, ANP has turned to a Zero Trust Security model to protect against the growing security threats associated with this transformational shift to remote work.

 

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Topics: IT Cyber Security Issues, managed cybersecurity services, cyber security tools, modern workplace security, Zero Trust Security

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