SQL Database Engine Blog: What is Azure SQL Database Managed Instance?

Curious about the new Azure SQL Database Managed Instance? This article covers specifics about the offering, including features, security, scalability, and architecture.

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Building Collaborative Teaching Communities

What technology in our schools is really about is providing already brilliant educators with the tools they need to better communicate and implement their curriculum. That’s what Teams was able to accomplish for Catholic Education Western Australia. Check out their incredible success story in this report.

Interested in replicating their success in your own classrooms? We are too. Contact us to get started.

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Microsoft’s Teams Is Its Slack Competitor for Office 365

It’s no secret that Slack has taken the corporate world by storm. This successful collaboration app has managed to find a home in the offices and laptops of startups and multinational companies thanks to its intuitive, chat-based functionality.

However, today’s highly fluid, complex, and remote workforce requires more than just chat-based collaboration—it needs native integration with crucial productivity apps, as well as a secure, flexible document repository that enables multi-team and project cooperation. This is where Microsoft Teams excels.

In this article, you’ll learn the competitive advantages of Teams over competing tools, and how Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Office 365 corporate vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer have learned from industry pain points to create a fully integrated, holistic collaboration software solution that is empowering companies to scale and expand across the world.

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ROI Case Study: Kelly Roofing Case Study

This case study demonstrates an excellent example of a real-world implementation of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. In it, Nucleus Research describes the key business benefits to Kelly Roofing and breaks down how they achieved a 508% return on investment (ROI).

Kelly Roofing notes these positive outcomes.

– Reduction in costs
– More efficient use of resources
– Increased productivity from automation
– Reduction of working capital

Page 6 comprises a detailed financial analysis that can be leveraged as a model for customer decision making.

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Customer story: iSalon


For UK-based business iSalon, protecting sensitive customer data is their top priority. iSalon provides software and management systems to over 2,000 hair salons, and most of their customers are small business owners who have poured their life savings into their companies.

iSalon depends on security technology from Microsoft 365 Business to defend against information loss and cyberattacks like malware and malicious URLs. And with employees scattered across the UK, collaboration and productivity tools keep employees connected and engaged.

GEICO turbocharges insurance innovation with Microsoft Cloud


Insurance customers want the ability to buy and be serviced from anywhere, at any time. To meet this desire, GEICO decided to focus on two key aspects: abandoning its legacy infrastructure and focusing on digital transformation from a customer engagement perspective.

Watch this video to learn how GEICO evolved from a traditional, silo-based infrastructure to an integrated, automated, and collaborative model. This transition allowed for increased flexibility and productivity thanks to a DevOps approach using Microsoft Azure.