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Microsoft Customer Agreement: Everything you need to know

  Microsoft is set to offer organisations seeking digital transformation with the cloud a new way to purchase Azure services, beginning as early as March 2019 - and will fundamentally shake-up the...

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January 2019 PowerApps & Flow Melbourne Meetup: Face Recognition App

Microsoft PowerApps and Flow Melbourne User Group is returning to Xello HQ after a brief Christmas hiatus!

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5 Big Data & AI trends re-defining businesses in 2019

  With the new year comes new challenges and opportunities for the many businesses around the globe. While there are plenty of predictions and trends surrounding the biggest buzzwords and most...

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7 digital transformation trends you need to prepare for in 2019

  Digital transformation is set to gain significant momentum in 2019. More organisations than ever are re-examining business outcomes, digital strategies and technology models thanks to continuous...

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Why Azure Site Recovery is best for business continuity

  In 2019, the top obstacles for businesses searching for the right backup solution is speed and performance, while larger enterprises are struggling with balancing cost and complexity. Whatever your...

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4 reasons to use Azure Databricks for big data workloads

In a world of rapid digital transformation, big data is naturally more prevalent in our line-of-business computer systems than ever before.  By 2020, the accumulated volume of big data around the...

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How Office 365 Data Loss Prevention (DLP) improves your data security

Despite growing consumer awareness and data protection security, there are a number of recent high-profile reports that show we have a long way to go when it comes to safeguarding sensitive...

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5 considerations for a successful cloud transformation

CIOs are often tasked with providing a platform and roadmap for technology which enables the business to grow, scale and pivot according to the market demands – all while operating with IT budgets...

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November 2018 PowerApps & Flow Melbourne Event: Mindfulness Survey by Graham Fairley

After a successful first meetup, Microsoft Power Apps and Flow Melbourne User Group is returning to Xello HQ.

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Office 365 ProPlus: Top 4 business benefits for users

Office 365 ProPlus is the most collaborative and secure version of Microsoft Office available today, and its cloud-based update delivery model means new features and patches are released all the...

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3 best practices for Data Estate Modernisation

Better decisions, efficient operations, growing revenue and increased competitive advantage - these are the top 4 business intelligence and data analytics goals modern organisations strive towards...

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October 2018 Wrap-Up

With Microsoft Ignite 2018 and a move to our new office on Bourke Street, the team at Xello have been hard at work.

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How Microsoft PowerApps helps build better business solutions

In the era of digital transformation, businesses need application development capabilities that open up the build process to everyone - not just developers. PowerApps is Microsoft’s latest solution...

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The business benefits of Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a central software hub for workplace communication and collaboration and a key part of the Office 365 suite - one that many organisations and users are still figuring out....

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6 ways to optimise cloud spend and control costs

For many businesses that have migrated to the cloud, managing costs, reducing wastage and optimising spend is a real issue. As cloud services continue to rapidly mature, the conversation has...

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Mitchell Shire Council kickstarts cloud journey with Azure MasterPlan

Mitchell Shire Council Case Study -  Summary  "Azure MasterPlan has helped us understand how the cloud can free up time for IT operations and support to work on innovating business processes, instead...

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Why it's important to use correct JSON schema with ARM templates

I ran into an issue a little while ago related to the deployment of an Azure Resource Manager Template and the use of domain credentials within it. Specifically, the extension wouldn't deploy...

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How to Bypass MFA for Exchange Online ActiveSync

The Xello team often comes across scenarios (rightly or wrongly) where Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) needs to be bypassed for one reason or another. By far the most common scenario we hear from...

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5 signs it's time for a better business intelligence solution

Big data continues to grow exponentially among businesses today, and it’s no surprise organisations want to properly leverage it to produce better insights and drive more data-driven decisions. A...

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Power BI Desktop vs Power BI Pro and Premium: What's the difference?

When it comes to self-service business analytics and data analysis, Power BI is the current cream of the crop - and for good reason. Data analysis, modelling and reporting is usually associated with...

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October 2018 PowerApps & Flow Melbourne Event: Steam Powered Flows

Microsoft Power Apps and Flow Melbourne User Group is coming to Xello HQ!

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9 reasons why you should use Power BI for business analytics

Whether it’s using interactive dashboards to consolidate key metrics or rich reports to connect datasets from workloads, Power BI is a key tool to engage with business data, pull it from a broad...

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How to deploy Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK) – Part 1

Welcome to this five-part series on deploying, configuring and utilising Microsoft's Azure Stack Development Kit.  Azure Stack has been in general release for over 12 months now I thought would be an...

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Microsoft Teams event: Best practices, standards & governance in adoption

Microsoft Teams has transformed the way we connect staff and enhance workplace productivity.

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Office 365 ProPlus vs Office 2019: What's the difference?

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is an essential Software as a Service (SaaS) package for today's modern digital workplace - yet there is a surprising amount of confusion about how it differs from Office...

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5 common misconceptions about Office 365 ProPlus

Still confused about Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus and how it works? The team at Xello speak with many customers making the switch from the traditional MSI version of Office (perpetual licensing) to...

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Cloning a Domain Controller to another account in AWS

Cloning Domain Controllers (DCs) within single VPCs is often a trivial matter. Proper planning, a few PowerShell cmdlets, and you’re there. However, what if you want to clone a DC in an AWS...

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The go-to Azure migration options for SQL Server end of life

If your business currently relies on SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2 or any other version approaching end of life, you’ll be happy to know there’s no better time to upgrade your data platform...

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Prepare for SQL Server 2008 end of life by leveraging the cloud

End of life (EOL) is fast approaching for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2, with extended support officially ending on 9 July 2019. After a decade of faithful service, Microsoft's regular...

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Windows Virtual Desktop: What's new and what's next

Windows Virtual Desktop is Microsoft 365's new virtualised modern desktop platform set to make it easier for organisations to leverage the full benefits of Azure, Office & Windows in a single...

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The big business benefits of Azure SQL Database Hyperscale

Looking for the best cloud platform that can scale compute and storage independently and can handle very large databases (VLDBs)? Azure SQL Database Hyperscale is the newest service tier in...

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Why you should leverage Windows AutoPilot Hybrid Azure AD Join

Windows AutoPilot is one of the most underrated cloud technologies currently available, quietly transforming how fast and easy our Windows 10 devices are set up, deployed and delivered to new users.

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Top 5 Windows AutoPilot benefits for modern device deployment

Deploying new Windows devices has traditionally been entirely in the hands of IT. Custom images are built, maintained and applied to get it all ready for new users, despite having a perfectly fine OS...

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4 technology trends redefining the accounting industry

The rise of cloud-based applications and data analytics services is dramatically transforming the accounting industry's processes. Like many other sectors, accounting firms experience continuous...

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How Gadens used Azure IaaS to optimise infrastructure costs

Gadens Case Study - Cloud Optimisation Summary  "The move is not just about having a cloud platform as a talking point - it’s about having a platform that can grow with us and we can build on. That’s...

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Power BI: Top 3 considerations for successful events analytics

Power BI is Microsoft’s premier data analytics tool for business intelligence (BI) and a game changer for creating powerful, interactive visualisations and live dashboards without having to be a...

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7 reasons why Azure Logic Apps should be your integration platform

Before the cloud, the traditional way of integrating our systems and applications together with partners systems or Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions like Dynamics 365 or Office 365 happened...

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What is Azure SQL Database Reserved Capacity?

Azure SQL Database Reserved Capacity is a new pricing option for organisations running workloads in Microsoft Cloud or are interested in migrating, and the latest addition to Azure’s long line of new...

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Cloud Data Warehouse: The benefits of on-demand warehousing

Big data is transformative and having the capability to consolidate, store and refine your data into valuable insights is fundamental in driving organisational agility and competitive advantage....

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Top 3 reasons why your business needs a cloud strategy

Despite Australian investment in public cloud services projected to reach $4.6 billion by the end of this year, CIOs and IT managers still struggle to sell the benefits of cloud computing to their...

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Xello sponsors Power BI World Tour Melbourne 2018

Power BI World Tour is returning to Melbourne on August 21 - 22, to bring attendees unprecedented access to premium Power BI content designed by local industry experts. With continuous feature...

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Internet of Things in Australia: 5 innovative IoT use cases

With $832 billion estimated to be spent on Internet of Things solutions by 2020, it's clear businesses are investing in an IoT future. Internet of Things has already optimised several business...

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Azure Data Lake: 5 benefits for big data storage and analytics

Looking for a better way to store, prepare and analyse your high-volume big data for future discovery and insights? Cloud-based data lakes are specifically designed to run large scale analytics...

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Extended Security Updates: How to get free support for SQL Server 2008

From 32-bit computing to the digital transformation era, the past 10 years has seen big progress in cloud and hybrid server technology. With more affordable and sophisticated cloud and data solutions...

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What is Azure SQL Database Managed Instance?

Even with the prominence of cloud computing, it’s not hard to remember a time when enterprise IT applications and processes only ran on inflexible on-premises systems. Whether it’s SQL Server 2005 or...

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Windows AutoPilot: What is zero-touch device deployment?

For any business, streamlining the new device set up process with faster and smarter automation is never an unwelcome capability. With its ease-of-use and intuitive management tools, it’s no surprise...

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Microsoft Inspire 2018: 4 biggest Azure announcements

Microsoft Inspire 2018 was all about ushering in the "intelligent cloud and intelligent edge" era, and with it, several huge developments across cloud, data and Internet of Things (IoT). With so many...

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10 technology trends transforming the legal industry

Digital transformation and disruptive technology continue to re-shape the legal industry in fascinating ways this year. Increasing demands from clients are compelling law firms to keep pace with...

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Azure Logic Apps: 5 ways it improves workflow automation

Looking for a better way to automate your business workflows across cloud and on-premises environments? Every business has its own unique operational processes and a need for automating and...

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Azure Data Factory: How to centralise and transform your big data

Big data is more available to us than ever before, but moving and transforming our raw data into something meaningful is still proving to be a complex task for many organisations. According to...

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Machine learning: 6 innovative use cases in business today

Machine learning has rapidly shifted from an abstract idea to critical component for business intelligence. Using sophisticated algorithms to identify patterns and discover greater insights from big...

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How to use Azure Backup for SQL Server workloads

Azure Backup is one of the most robust data protection and restoration services available for businesses using the Microsoft Cloud. However, its users have been unable to backup on-premises SQL...

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Internet of Things: 5 benefits to being IoT Ready

Whether you’re optimising your cloud infrastructure or you’re deep into a new data analysis strategy, chances are you’ve heard the phrase ‘Internet of Things’ or ‘IoT’ thrown around at some point....

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Media Release: Dilignet rebrands as Xello to champion cloud, IoT and Big Data solutions

Media Release, Melbourne, Australia - 02 July 2018 - Dilignet has announced a corporate rebrand and name change to Xello, reflecting the company’s evolution from enterprise IT services to provider of...

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Azure SQL Database: How PaaS can consolidate your SQL licensing costs

Are you paying too much for your on-premises SQL Server licenses? Gartner projects Australian IT spending to increase by 2.46 per cent in 2019, while enterprise software, the fastest growing segment...

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5 ways Microsoft Power BI enhances your business intelligence

Business intelligence (BI) and the ability to gain actionable insights from your big data is fundamental for any organisation striving to be agile, future-proofed and ready for tomorrow. Just ask the...

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How to use Azure Machine Learning for better predictive insights

Smart speakers, wearables, voice assistants - intelligent applications and smart devices that make our life easier and our work more efficient are increasingly becoming everyday essentials. Powering...

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Azure Database Migration Service: How to simplify your move to the cloud

Cloud migration and data consolidation are still scary, foreign concepts for many businesses outside of the IT industry. Transferring years worth of sensitive data from ageing servers onto a new...

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What is Windows AutoPilot? - Simplifying device setup and deployment

Loading custom OS images to hundreds of Windows 10 devices is a more common IT nightmare than we ever dare to acknowledge. There’s only so many times we can sit through the tedium of the new setup...

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Windows as a Service: How to maintain Windows 10 with Managed Services

With monthly updates and cumulative quality patches, it can be easy for Windows 10 enterprise users to unintentionally forget about looming end-of-service dates without managed services.

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Windows 10 event: How to reduce risk, cost & complexity

Windows as a Service has transformed the way we manage and service business environments.

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AVCrypt: New ransomware targeting antivirus software

A computer virus that seeks out and destroys antivirus software; that’s AVCrypt, a new ransomware variant which has recently been discovered.

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The NDB Scheme: Australia's new cybersecurity rules

In today’s global online marketplace, businesses can find customers, manage workforces and accept payments more easily than ever before and that’s great news, as long as everything works smoothly.

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Windows Containers: Understanding Docker Build Files, Networks, and Repositories

In Part 1 we looked at the basics of Docker, concepts and deploying your first container using an image from the Docker repository.

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Amping up your disaster recovery with the cloud

In the previous post about DRaaS, we discussed the objectives of protecting your workload, emphasising the use of Cloud Backup. In this post, we will discuss the differences between Azure and Amazon...

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Darktrace forms new partnership with Xello

MEDIA RELEASE: 21 February 2018 - World leading machine learning company for cyber security Darktrace has announced its partnership with Xello.

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Disaster Recovery: Why DR is important and how to build it

Many people confuse the terms Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity and whilst it’s true in both cases you’re recovering from a disaster, they’re not the same. In accordance to ISO standards,...

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How to deploy your first Windows Container

Introduction The purpose of this series is to provide a hands-on explanation and walkthrough of Windows Containers and explain why they’re such a great tool. Rather than go into the marketing scribe...