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Customer story: Lilly envisions a workplace where collaboration enables innovation

2019-05-22T10:13:13-04:00May 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Pharmaceutical company, Lilly, aspires to create medicines that make life better for people around the world. Prioritizing both caring and discovery, they’re using Microsoft 365 to support creative teamwork and dissolve physical barriers through in-lab collaboration.

At Coretek Services, we can help you unlock the potential of collaboration tools like Microsoft 365. Contact us to learn more.


2019-05-21T11:52:00-04:00May 21st, 2019|Microsoft 365, Office 365, SD WAN, WAN|

Make every experience a great one

As branch and remote offices rise become even more pervasive, organizations are rapidly adopting Microsoft Office 365 to lower infrastructure costs and increase flexibility around these distant locations. Users, for the most part, love the portability and easy accessibility of these apps because they can open their secure digital workspace and do their work from anywhere.

The bad news is, these same users often don’t get the performance they’re used to in a traditional office. That’s because many branch locations are still supported by legacy WANs and outdated MPLS connections. These common solutions rely on the “perimeter style” approach to networking, where vital app and data traffic is funneled back through centralized datacenters and subject to latency from inefficient network paths, inspections and other factors.

Fortunately, Citrix and Microsoft have come together to create a more modern and better  solution. Like other software-defined WANs, Citrix SD-WAN uses inexpensive Internet connections to route SaaS traffic directly from remote or branch locations to their intended destinations—bypassing the traditional network perimeter and its centralized datacenters.

But that’s where the similarity ends. Citrix and Microsoft have worked closely together for more than 20 years. As part of this commitment, Citrix provides support for the Microsoft Office 365 Connectivity Principles to help ensure optimal user experiences.

What does this mean? Basically, it enables Citrix SD-WAN users to tap into Microsoft’s worldwide network of 130+ edge nodes and get Autobahn-style traffic routing for your Office 365 traffic!

How it works is simple. Citrix SD-WAN identifies and prioritizes Office 365 traffic and redirects it automatically to the nearest Office 365 “front door” (versus a regional Microsoft data center). Since these 130+ entry points don’t need to be where back-end Office 365 servers are, they can be as close to your individual office locations as possible to provide the optimal network performance.

For your users, this translates into dramatically faster performance for Office 365 apps. In fact, at a recent Microsoft Ignite conference, Citrix SD-WAN customers were reporting performance improvements like:

  • 2x-5x faster upload speeds
  • 3x-10x faster download speeds
  • 55% faster opening of Word docs in Office Online
  • 40% faster opening of PowerPoint documents in Office Online

That’s an experience that everyone wants. And you can give it to them…if you have a modern network. To learn more about how you can deliver the ultimate Office 365 experience for your branch-office and other remote users, take a look at our solution guide. Download it here.

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Why some CIOs are walking, not running, to the cloud

2019-05-21T10:15:15-04:00May 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Whether shifting your entire organization to the cloud in one fell swoop or transitioning a piece of your business over time it’s a decision every business is going to have to make. Luckily, no matter what route you take there’s a cloud services platform that can help you every step of the way. Azure cloud services offer scalable solutions so you can transition at your own pace. At Coretek Services, we want to help you on your journey. Contact us and check out this article for more.

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How Retailers Can Make The Most Of Their Data

2019-05-20T10:00:21-04:00May 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

To understand their audience, retailers must first understand how to bring together external data sources with customer data. To do that you need an analytics platform that can handle multiple file types and data formats. Azure is that platform. It supports all kinds of workloads and can be used in almost any industry to create actionable data analytics. Coretek Services wants to help your business incorporate Azure. Contact us and read this short article to get the most from your data.

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Microsoft cloud tech helps refugee children overcome language barriers

2019-05-19T10:00:25-04:00May 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Language barriers are a real issue for child refugees. Schlaumäuse, a German language app, removes the language barriers that act as roadblocks to integration and community. Thanks to the cloud and Azure services, kids can take their app home and work on their language skills so they can learn faster. At Coretek Services, we want to help you integrate Azure cloud services into your business. Contact us and watch this short video on how Helliwood media is helping kids.

Finding a Better Connection with Customers Through Cloud Machine Learning

2019-05-18T10:00:18-04:00May 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|

To give customers a better experience, Pier 1 wanted to connect with them using data and insights. To do that, the company created a predictive analytics solution based on Microsoft Azure Machine Learning. Pier 1 uses data insights to predict which products customers will want using predictive modeling, creating more efficient and effective marketing campaigns. Contact Coretek Services to find out more and watch this short video for more on Pier 1’s marketing strategy.

The future of work: Empowering people and organizations to achieve more

2019-05-16T10:01:43-04:00May 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Digital technology is changing every industry and economy. If you’re not modernizing your workplace, you could be falling behind. One of the easiest changes you can make to facilitate digital transformation is adopting a modern workplace solution like Microsoft Teams. At Coretek Services, we have helped dozens of companies like yours to implement modern digital solutions. Contact us today to learn more on how we can help.

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Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork in Office 365

2019-05-15T10:04:04-04:00May 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Employees today are working with twice the number of teams they were just 5 years ago. Part of that change is the evolution of the modern workplace in which workers can freely collaborate and communicate to achieve more and drive profitability.

At Coretek Services, we know that your company’s productivity is the key to unlocking higher profitability. By planning and adopting a modern workplace solution like Teams, you could see profitability increase by 21%. Contact us today to learn more.

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Customer story: Zespri

2019-05-14T10:15:14-04:00May 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Zespri International markets and sells kiwifruit to retailers around the world. After business was disrupted by an earthquake and plant virus, the New Zealand grower moved business-critical SAP workloads to Microsoft Azure, reducing IT costs, promoting scalability, ensuring business continuity, and enabling the company to focus on what they do best–growing and selling kiwifruit.

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