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As a global IT company with thirty years of experience, COMPAREX is one of the world’s leading IT service providers and no. 1 software license management company in the EMEA markets. COMPAREX develops innovative services that support management and leverage software products, leading to an overall improvement of workforce productivity. COMPAREX serves corporate customers spanning from small businesses to large international corporations as well as the public institutions supporting every customer during their digital journey towards productivity optimization.

The portfolio has a solid foundation in license management, software procurement and cloud services. Substantial professional and managed services complete the portfolio to support customers with services tailored to their business demands.

With the statement “By Your Side in a Digital World”, COMPAREX underlines its goal to inspire customers with possibilities and opportunities for their digital transformation, by addressing key customer priorities.

The COMPAREX Group employs more than 2,450 people at over 80 locations in 36 countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas. In the fiscal year 2016/17 the COMPAREX Group generated a (preliminary) revenue of € 2.114 billion / $ 2.321 billion.

The COMPAREX blog features authors from across the COMPAREX Group. They give insight into the latest licensing changes, product releases or industry trends. Follow us through our RSS feed and on our  LinkedIn page.

  09/22/2017 |   Robin Hobo
4 Major Trends in Enterprise Mobility

Which trends are going to influence workplace mobility? Our expert Robin Hobo took a closer look at Enterprise Mobility and summed up 4 major trends. Read the full article ...

 

  09/20/2017 |   Mathias Schneider
Fighting Ransomware With Acronis Backup 12.5

Hardly a week goes by without new versions of #ransomware hitting the headlines. The new Acronis Backup 12.5 includes technology that defines a new benchmark in the fight against ransomware. Read how the new function Active Protection works and how it can improve IT-Security. Read the full article ...

 

  09/15/2017 |   Christoph Vollmann
SharePoint Online and On-Premises: a Comparison

What’s better: the cloud or on-premises? Which SharePoint version is more suitable? Our expert Christoph Vollmann has compared the models and summarized the most important differences Read the full article ...

 

  09/11/2017 |   Clara Schwarz
Three Clever Ways to Reduce Your Software Costs

Did you know that a good strategy for Software Asset Management (#SAM) can reduce your software costs drastically? We’ve got three tips on how you can make money with SAM. Read the full article ...

 

  09/07/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
How to Fight Ransomware With the GDPR

The GDPR imposes large fines, but forces companies to take IT-Security policies more seriously. In today’s article we explain why the GDPR can take on both a cautionary and a protective role. Read the full article ...

 

  09/05/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Software Audits: Dos and Don‘ts

Your next software audit is just around the corner? Don’t panic. Our dos and don’ts will guide you through the vendor audit. Read the full article ...

 

  09/01/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Tech News: IT Insights in August

What has been going on in the IT world in August? We compiled the latest vendor news and trending topics of the past month. It just takes you a few minutes to stay up-to-date in the world of IT. Read the full article ...

 

  08/30/2017 |   Andreas Gräfe
The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Software Development

Software development in the cloud offers many advantages. COMPAREX expert Andreas Gräfe explains why he prefers the cloud to any other environment. Read the full article ...

 

  08/24/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Unified Communications: Revolutionizing Productivity with Skype for Business

A good Unified Communications strategy can help to increase your productivity. Read why Unified Communications offers many advantages for your business and why Skype for Business might be the right solution. Read the full article ...

 

  08/22/2017 |   Ron Vermeulen
How to Improve Your Company's Cyber Resilience

While we are still reeling from the aftermath of the "WannaCry“ ransomware exploit and the global impact of the cyberthreat, it might just the right time to start considering the next set of threats that we need to be concerned about. Read the full article ...

 

  08/16/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
How BYOD Affects Your Productivity

Do your employees already use their own devices? A good BYOD strategy can boost your productivity. Here is what you need to consider. Read the full article ...

 

  08/10/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Top 10 IT Acronyms That All IT Managers Should Know

API, PHP and VPN don’t ring a bell? Then you should definitely have a look at our list of common IT acronyms every IT manager should know. Read the full article ...

 

  08/08/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
The Future of Computing: Quantum & Qubits

Quantum computing is one of the IT world’s most trending topics. Find out how qubits are supposed to change our lives and how IT security is concerned by the technology. Read the full article ...

 

  08/02/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Tech News: IT Insights in July

What has been going on in the IT world in July? We compiled the latest vendor news and trending topics of the past month. It just takes you a few minutes to stay up-to-date in the world of IT. Read the full article ...

 

  07/31/2017 |   Anja Dörner
IT Security: How to Secure Your Business Against Cyber-Attacks

Obviously there is no such thing as rock-solid protection against cyber-attacks. But you can improve your IT security by sticking to our 6 tips and tricks. Read the full article ...

 

  07/26/2017 |   Thino Ullmann
Should I Use Windows 10 Enterprise With or Without Software Assurance?

Is Software Assurance (SA) for Windows 10 Enterprise really worth it? Thino Ullmann summarizes the main aspects of SA and sheds some light on the pros and cons. Read the full article ...

 

  07/24/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Is Your Business one of the 50% Unprepared for GDPR?

You better prepare, or it'll cost you! GDPR will be in-force sooner than you think. In this blog, we explore the key considerations the modern CIO needs to be aware of. Read the full article ...

 

  07/21/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Creating a Strong Password in 5 Steps

If you use 12345 as a password you should definitely read our latest blog article. As hacker methods are becoming ever more sophisticated, creating a secure password is crucial. Here are our 5 tips for a secure password. Read the full article ...

 

  07/19/2017 |   Oana Moldovan
Managing Your Modern Workplace with Microsoft Office 365

Has the modern workplace already entered your office? Oana Moldovan explains how Yammer, Office 365 and Teams can help create the modern workplace and how to use these tools efficiently. Read the full article ...

 

  07/14/2017 |   Mukul Chopra
Digital Privacy Laws: How Europe Protects Your Online Data Differently than the U.S.

Europe and the U.S. are facing far-reaching changes regarding digital privacy laws. Are you up-to date? We compared how Europe protects your online data differently than the U.S and how multinational companies are affected by that. Read the full article ...

 

  07/12/2017 |   Frank Sander
How to Solve SQL Server Problems

Users may encounter problems when working with SQL Server, but they can be avoided with the right know-how. This blog article investigates serious problems of the type “My application has stopped working.” Read the full article ...

 

  07/10/2017 |   Thino Ullmann
What’s New in Windows 10 S?

Windows 10 S is the latest operating system released by Microsoft. What’s new in Windows 10 S and what are the differences to other Windows versions? Thino Ullmann took a closer look. Read the full article ...

 

  07/10/2017 |   Anton Neidel
Why Windows 10 Can Help to Beat Cyber Attacks

WannaCry may be over. But are you prepared for the next cyber risk? Anton Neidel explains why Windows 10 can help to protect your IT. Read the full article ...

 

  07/03/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Tech News: IT Insights in June

What has been going on in the IT world in June? We compiled the latest vendor news and trending topics of the past month. It just takes you a few minutes to stay up-to-date in the world of IT. Read the full article ...

 

  06/30/2017 |   Thino Ullmann
The 5 Keys to Success with Intercultural Teams

Communication inside of companies is becoming increasingly challenging in an age of heightened globalization and internationalization. Colleagues in international positions communicate simultaneously across national borders and time zones Read the full article ...

 

  06/29/2017 |   Mukul Chopra
Ransomware: To Pay or Not to Pay?

This week, the barrage of ransomware has once again reached global proportions. Petya, like Wannacry, will not be the last ransomware we will have to encounter. Read the full article ...

 

  06/28/2017 |   Maximilian Hoppe
How Do I License Test and Development Environments?

Finding the right software licenses for test and development environments is a science in its own right; after all, not only do the requirements change all the time, there are also numerous restrictions. Read the full article ...

 

  06/26/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Securing Your Data Center From Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are no longer freak occurrences. Companies will face substantial loss of revenue if a datacenter fails, paralyzing the entire IT infrastructure. So you need to take action! Read the full article ...

 

  06/21/2017 |   Maximilian Hoppe
Open Source Software: Dos and Don’ts

Are you allowed to do whatever you like with open source software? Regrettably no, as the vendor’s terms of use apply here as well. Read what happens if you fail to stick to the small print. Read the full article ...

 

  06/19/2017 |   Frank Sander
5 Typical SQL Server Problems and How to Get Rid of Them

Many IT administrators struggle repeatedly with similar problems when dealing with SQL Server. It’s time to put an end to this predicament! Read the full article ...

 

  06/16/2017 |   Franz Schildberger
Your Guide to Choosing a Software Portfolio Analysis Solution

SAM solutions have promised software compliance and lower risk in case of an audit. But knowing your software inventory can do so much more for your business. However choosing a software portfolio analysis can be quite challenging. Read the full article ...

 

  06/12/2017 |   Frank Brünger
5 Must-Ask Questions When Licensing Virtual Teams

Teamwork in hermetic office complexes is a thing of the past. The future of international collaboration lies in virtual teams. Read the full article ...

 

  06/09/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
3 Facts about Microsoft Teams

In mid-March Microsoft announced that its latest collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams, has rolled out to Office 365 users worldwide. What is Teams and how can it affect my personal teamwork? Read the full article ...

 

  06/07/2017 |   Rik Schaap
Achieving Excellence with Software Asset Management

Achieving excellence in your SAM practices is not that hard. Rik Schaap explains how these four best practices will help you to get the most out of SAM. Read the full article ...

 

  06/02/2017 |   Thino Ullmann
Enterprise 2.0: Social Media in Companies

Social networks belong to most companies’ communication strategy. But have you ever thought about using it internally? Thino Ullmann shines a spotlight on Social Intranet and explains the benefits of the Digital Workplace. Read the full article ...

 

  05/31/2017 |   Anja Dörner
Cloud Computing and Data Protection: What You Need to Know

In an age of digitalization, the issues of cloud computing and data protection are extremely significant to almost every company. But many decision-makers remain concerned about security when migrating their data to the cloud. Read the full article ...

 

  05/29/2017 |   Maximilian Hoppe
Why Software Portfolio Management is an Integral Part of any Good SAM Strategy

Do I need Software Portfolio Management? Yes, says SAM consultant Maximilian Hoppe. Discover why Software Portfolio Management can be the basis for long-term value creation. Read the full article ...

 

  05/24/2017 |   Anton Neidel
ATP in Office 365 E5: What’s it all about?

These endless acronyms! Every company uses them, and the Microsoft universe is jam-packed with them as well. For instance we may encounter product acronyms like SPE and EMS or abbreviated features like the one used in today’s topic: ATP, or Advanced Threat Protection. Read the full article ...

 

  05/22/2017 |   Maximilian Hoppe
How Software Asset Management can increase your IT security

Cyber attacks are becoming ever more elaborate. There is no such thing as a complete protection. But the good news is that Software Asset Management can considerably increase your IT security. Maximilian Hoppe explains how it works. Read the full article ...

 

  05/18/2017 |   Mukul Chopra
The 5 Biggest Security Concerns after “WannaCry”

While we are still reeling from the aftermath of the "WannaCry“ ransomware exploit and the global impact of the cyberthreat, it might just the right time to start considering the next set of threats that we need to be concerned about. Read the full article ...

 

  05/17/2017 |   Franz Schildberger
Post Cyber-Attack: Know What You Have

Over the past weekend, the so-called “WannaCry” crypto virus attacked tens of thousands of international businesses, private persons and government agencies. It targeted devices running Microsoft Windows operating systems that lacked the necessary security patch levels. Read the full article ...

 

  05/11/2017 |   Thino Ullmann
The integration of Microsoft Yammer in Office 365 Groups is under way

With the start of Microsoft Yammer Enterprise's integration in Office 365 there is now an even stronger connection between Yammer Enterprise and Office 365 Groups, as Yammer Enterprise will no longer be available as a standalone license. Read the full article ...

 

  05/05/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
The Most Important (NEW) Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10

Windows 10 brings plenty of new features, an improved Start menu, Cortana and Microsoft Edge. Familiar and new keyboard functions make operation even simpler and more efficient. Find a cheat sheet with the most important shortcuts. Read the full article ...

 

  04/28/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
M is for Macros - Supercharging your day-to-day work

Macros are handy add-ons when it comes to reducing the daily workload and to streamlining the user’s own handling of MS Office. We provide you with a step to step guide on how to get started with macros. Read the full article ...

 

  04/25/2017 |   Maximilian Hoppe
Creating innovation with SAM

Innovation is more than just a fashionable buzzword for companies. In many cases it represents the foundation and the entire reason for existence. Success stories from Silicon Valley to Walldorf and Leipzig are built on the principle of providing solutions that are set apart from the competition. Read the full article ...

 

  04/21/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
5 Useful Functions in Skype for Business

Skype for Business has brought us all closer together. The program has become indispensable for companies operating on an international stage in particular. COMPAREX has put together five useful functions that every user should know in order to use the tool as efficiently as possible. Read the full article ...

 

  04/18/2017 |   Anton Neidel
Office 365 E5 Plan: How good is the Enterprise Version?

Software vendors are constantly busy adding updates and features to their products. An E5 version is now available for Office 365. The customers are finding it increasingly difficult to keep track of which version is best suited for individual cases. Useful or useless? Read the full article ...

 

  04/13/2017 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Famous Google Easter Eggs

As you are probably going to eat loads of sweets and chocolate eggs during the next days, you might want to have look on these kind of Easter eggs that don’t cause a stomach ache. Read the full article ...

 

  04/11/2017 |   Grit Heinig
GDPR in a nutshell - What you should know about the changes regarding European data privacy

The General Data Protection Regulation was created to unite principals of data privacy within Europe. This situation will now be changed by a unique law which applies equally to each EU Member State. Read the full article ...

 

  04/05/2017 |   Dirk Frießnegg
Ransomware: This is how companies can protect themselves!

More and more companies are now threatened by Ransomware attacks, attacks by malicious programs that encrypt data on other computers with the aim to pay a ransom in order to allowed access their data again. Read a Ransomware attacker can proceed, and how serious the consequences can be. Read the full article ...

 

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  12/21/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Individualize Windows 10: The best free apps for a better functionality

Windows 10 comes with great new features. Users can navigate intuitively through an improved Start menu, ask Cortana for advice, or skip back and forth between virtual desktops. But there are a few more tricks to improve the performance of Windows 10. Read the full article ...

 

  12/06/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
10 Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Edge (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet)

Microsoft Edge includes a number of new, handy features, among them Web Note to write, type and draw directly on webpages. The small e symbol as a desktop icon and keyboard combination has remained unchanged. We have compiled 10 keyboard combinations that make surfing the net that little bit easier. Read the full article ...

 

  11/25/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
The five best Excel functions for beginners

We have taken a look at the most common Excel functions to give novices a better grasp of the world’s most commonly used spreadsheet calculation program and present to you: The five best Excel functions for beginners. Read the full article ...

 

  11/11/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Individualize Windows 10: The best free apps for your custom look

Switch to Windows 10? Windows users have faced this question for the last 15 months. It’s not an easy one to answer, as among the new aspects contained in the new operating system is a revamped look. It is well-known that getting used to a new design can take time and slow down the workflow. Read the full article ...

 

  11/02/2016 |   Christoph Vollmann
Why there is currently no file hosting service alternative to OneDrive for Business

Which file hosting service ticks all the right boxes? OneDrive for Business might not (yet) be quite such a household name as Dropbox or Google Drive, but it is the only product that is truly mature enough for (secure) deployment in business environments. Read the full article ...

 

  10/21/2016 |   Sarah Cahill
New Azure Pricing Changes

As of October 1st, many changes have gone into effect regarding Microsoft Azure. There are several ways to purchase Azure, and Microsoft has taken steps to create price parity between the different licensing programs. Read the full article ...

 

  10/19/2016 |   Anja Dörner
Where do Current IT Threats Lurk? Five Steps to Protect Against Cyberattacks

Viruses, worms and simple malicious code were the most frequent threats to the IT landscape before the turn of the new millennium. A signature-based protective mechanism in the form of an anti-virus program was sufficient to provide adequate protection against standard cyberattacks. Read the full article ...

 

  10/13/2016 |   Anton Neidel
What is Microsoft Office 365, and why should I use it?

Many Office users have difficulty working out what Microsoft Office 365 actually is. Frequently it is equated with the ‘classic’ Office product. The users therefore assume that they simply receive Word, Excel and PowerPoint, etc. ‘from the cloud’. Read the full article ...

 

  10/06/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
10 Shortcuts for Microsoft Word (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet)

Microsoft Word is the perfect way of getting thoughts down on (digital) paper, no matter whether they are project drafts or to-do lists. Microsoft provides a large number of keyboard combinations that make using the word processing program that bit easier. Read the full article ...

 

  09/30/2016 |   Thino Ullmann
ECS becomes SPE: What’s new in the Microsoft Secure Productive Enterprise Suite?

The new Enterprise Suite will be available soon. COMPAREX Senior Technical Presales Executive Thino Ullmann has summarized the new features of the SPE, as well as the most important differences between the various versions of the Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite and Windows 10 Enterprise E3/ E5. Read the full article ...

 

  09/27/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
10 Shortcuts for OneNote (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet)

Create mind maps, make lists or paint little pictures. The right keyboard combinations can even make management of the digital notebook a fair bit easier. We have picked out the most important ones for you. Read the full article ...

 

  09/21/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
10 Shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet)

We’ve put together ten shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop (Windows and Mac OS users) that make image processing a touch easier. The nifty cheat sheet to print out and stick to your monitor contains our favorites from Adobe’s detailed overview. Read the full article ...

 

  08/30/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
10 Shortcuts for MS Excel (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet)

Worksheet calculations by Excel enable plenty of arithmetical operations with formulas, no matter whether you need to produce a cost summary or statistics. There is a detailed overview of keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Excel. We have picked out the moste important ones. Read the full article ...

 

  08/25/2016 |   Henrik Motzkus
Microsoft StorSimple – Automatic Disaster Recovery

So far our author Henrik Motzkus has concentrated his detailed look into Microsoft StorSimple here on our blog on the fundamental features. Today he will expand on a few individual aspects. One of the most important of them is disaster recovery. Read the full article ...

 

  08/08/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
10 Shortcuts when Creating PowerPoint Presentations (Plus: Free Cheat Sheet!)

Microsoft offers a detailed list of shortcuts that will save you time and nerves when creating PPT presentations. We’ve picked our ten favorites, which we believe will provide the greatest benefits the next time you set about creating a PPT presentation.. Read the full article ...

 

  08/02/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Happy 1st Cake Day, Windows 10!

Windows 10 is celebrating its first anniversary and has every reason to be jubilant. But instead of cake it comes with various improvements and new features – the kind of gift to get our juices flowing. Read our summary of the new features for corporate and EDU customers. Read the full article ...

 

  07/19/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Windows 10: Here are the Most Important (NEW) Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 brings plenty of new features, an improved Start menu, Cortana and Microsoft Edge. Familiar and new keyboard functions make operation even simpler and more efficient. Find a cheat sheet with the most important shortcuts. Read the full article ...

 

  07/13/2016 |   Lourens Klootwijk
The Pros and Cons of Adobe’s Subscription Model

The products in Adobe's Creative Suite are currently available as part of a subscription. But there will be a seismic shift; from a purchase to a subscription model as well. Lourens Klootwijk, COMPAREX SA Digital Content, gives his take on the pros and cons of Adobe’s subscription model. Read the full article ...

 

  07/06/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Top 10 best keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Outlook plus free cheat sheet

Microsoft Outlook helps us plan and organize our (working) days. Microsoft has put together a detailed list of keyboard shortcuts to make using the personal information manager as efficient as possible. We’ve picked our top ten most valuable shortcuts. Read the full article ...

 

  06/30/2016 |   Eric Berg
Operating virtual systems in the cloud?!

Virtual machines on the cloud platform Microsoft Azure. MVP Eric Berg takes a closer look at what it’s all about and stumbles across a couple of terms and concepts. Read the full article ...

 

  06/24/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
10 shortcuts when delivering presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint

We recently presented ten keyboard shortcuts that make creating presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint easier. Again, we chose our ten favorite shortcuts to run through presentations smoothly. Read the full article ...

 

  06/16/2016 |   Toele, Remco
Big Data Analytics Creates a Competitive Edge in an Evolving Market

Gartner describes how crucial it is for many companies to exploit internal data profitably over the course of a financial year. So in 2015 already, business intelligence (BI) and big data analytics ranked highly in the new trends. Read the full article ...

 

  06/06/2016 |   Jeroen Engelander
Skype for Business: (b)ringing the personal Skype experience to the workplace

Today, telephony is more than just making and receiving calls. It is an experience which is an integral part of our work and our private lives. It’s an essential communication channel within organizations and as such should be part of any efficient and intuitive workplace. Read the full article ...

 

  05/30/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
10 tricks to get the most out of your Adobe Photoshop performance

Photoshop recently celebrated its 26th birthday. Having now clocked up over a quarter-century, the seasoned veterans on the developer team at Adobe ensure that the image processing software works without a hitch. There are four ways to improve the Photoshop performance. Read the full article ...

 

  05/20/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
How Can Additional License Fees be Avoided for Windows Server 2016?

Announced some time ago, they are now scheduled for rollout: Microsoft is all set to launch the new versions of Windows Server in the second half of 2016. Besides necessary product modifications and new cloud-inspired features, there will be a number of changes to the license rights. Read the full article ...

 

  05/10/2016 |   Henrik Motzkus
The Microsoft StorSimple Virtual Array

COMPAREX Expert Henrik Motzkus spoke with COMPAREX Newsroom not long ago to explain what makes Microsoft StorSimple such a great option to get started in the hybrid storage cloud. Read the full article ...

 

  05/03/2016 |   Vogel, Marco
Yes, vSAN! Server virtualization with VMware software defined storage

Server virtualization is dead. Long live server virtualization! The analysts agree: 75% of the x86 servers are virtualized, and the room to manoeuver is getting tight. Reason enough for VMware to look for other things – different ways and means to accommodate even more of their customers’ needs. Read the full article ...

 

  04/25/2016 |   Hendriks, Christiaan
Dos & Don’ts for Microsoft Licensing within a Hosted Service

Many organizations are currently investigating the possibilities to purchase a hosted service. They want to realize savings on hardware and management as well as great scalability and flexibility potentials. Such a move raises some questions. Read the full article ...

 

  04/22/2016 |   Rupp, Thomas
VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform in a Cloud Data Center

So let’s talk network virtualization. Most of the cloud installations that I have accompanied in recent years in my position as architect and project manager really started to pick up as they moved toward the finishing line: The classic network components! Read the full article ...

 

  04/13/2016 |   Yahyai, Elnaz
Business Intelligence for everyone: Getting started has never been this easy!

The range of products and services on the BI market is broad and makes the technology accessible to everyone. Whether an enterprise-wide information management system is needed, or if users are to be given the option to analyze their own data; getting started in BI has never been this easy. Read the full article ...

 

  04/06/2016 |   Henrik Motzkus
Microsoft Azure StorSimple: Easy Entry to the Hybrid Cloud

As we heard just recently from our COMPAREX MVP Eric Berg, storage is among the scenarios that are particularly suited to hybrid solutions. Today his colleague, COMPAREX IT Architect Henrik Motzkus, is recommending the great entry-level solution for cloud novices: Azure StorSimple. Read the full article ...

 

  03/30/2016 |   Eric Berg
Hybrid Solutions Instead of the Full Cloud

Cloud solutions like Microsoft Azure permit the use of data center infrastructures as services. What’s more, they also create and execute user-defined applications as services. But it doesn’t always have to be ‘the full cloud’. It’s all about hybrid infrastructure here. Read the full article ...

 

  03/23/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Bring Your Own Device “not under my roof”?

We currently find ourselves at the onset of a new revolution in IT. The last revolution began at the end of the nineties and was the introduction of the sophisticated utilization of client/server infrastructure and the advent of Active Directory, the predominant Directory service since then. Read the full article ...

 

  03/11/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
The top 10 best free SharePoint Apps from the Microsoft Store according to COMPAREX

They are convenient, on-point and easy to handle: apps help you through the day. On your iPhone or Android smartphone or in SharePoint. There is a broad range of apps in the popular collaboration tool, which help you add new functions or applications to an existing SharePoint page. Read the full article ...

 

  03/08/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
"Setting up Shop" with the Windows Store for Business

People should agree that the Microsoft Store, when compared to the Apple Store, was deemed to be a rather poor relation when considering application availability and the usability of the webstore interface. Read the full article ...

 

  03/01/2016 |   Eric Berg
The Rudiments of Microsoft Azure: A Quick Guide by Eric Berg

5% of the Fortune 500 companies already use the Microsoft service Azure to access their cloud services via the Internet. What might this cloud solution look like? Eric Berg, COMPAREX Senior IT Consultant and MVP, presents the three areas of the Microsoft cloud service Azure: IaaS, PaaS and SaaS Read the full article ...

 

  02/24/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Microsoft Products and Services Agreement: One contract fits all

Microsoft has announced that it will raise its entry threshold for Enterprise Agreement Contracts to 500 desktops from 1 July 2016. Reason enough for us to take a closer look at the Microsoft Products and Service Agreement (MPSA) as an alternative for companies with between 250 and 499 desktops. Read the full article ...

 

  02/22/2016 |   Voskamp, Esther
Want to reduce your annual costs for a PDF solution by using an alternative?

Our PDF-expert Esther discusses six factors which are relevant when selecting the most suitable PDF solution. Read the full article ...

 

  02/19/2016 |   Schaper, Torsten
Microsoft Office 365: Flying blind with a cloud product? Learn more about proper planning!

Trusty Office in an improved form? Microsoft promises cost reductions, mobility, flexibility, and outstanding availability of 99.9 percent. In this article our expert explains what needs to be taken into consideration when planning cloud and Microsoft Office 365 services. Let’s get started! Read the full article ...

 

  02/05/2016 |   Vogel, Marco
Help, an audit! License audits by VMware. Are you ready?

Be ready at any time…and compliant! Our VMware licensing expert Marco Vogel gives survival tips on how to make sure the auditors have what they need when things get serious. Read the full article ...

 

  02/02/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Landmark Change in Redmond: Microsoft Raises the Minimum Threshold for Enterprise Agreements (EA)

Microsoft has announced changes to its Enterprise Agreement Program, starting 1 July 2016! We have put together the most important questions & answers to help you find your way. Read the full article ...

 

  01/02/2016 |   COMPAREX Blog Editorial Team
Cheat Sheet: Hotkeys and Shortcut Keys for Microsoft Skype Instant Messaging

Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Microsoft Skype for Business - hotkeys, shortcuts and chat commands for Skype at a glance Read the full article ...

 

  12/18/2015 |   Eric Berg
COMPAREX IT Consultant Eric Berg awarded the title of Microsoft MVP

Eric Berg has been awarded by Microsoft the title of “Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) in order to his outstanding work in the Microsoft Community. Read the full article ...

 

  11/13/2015 |   van de Rotten, Madeleine
Questions and answers concerning Office 365 ProPlus

Madeleine van de Rotten, Cloud Consultant at COMPAREX Netherlands, answers common questions concerning Office 365 ProPlus. Read the full article ...

 

  10/18/2015 |   Spreadshirt
Spreadshirt: Fine-tuning a global company

Adobe’s Creative Cloud is helping the T-shirt giant Spreadshirt cater perfectly to the wishes of its customers around the world. Read what Sven Heitkamp and Christian Kortümn, working at Spreadshirt, are reporting. Read the full article ...

 

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