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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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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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.

5 Signs a Company has Outgrown its Accounting Solution

This infographic highlights five tell-tale signs that demonstrate when a business has outgrown its accounting software. For example, siloed systems, complicated reporting, and duplicate entries are just a few of the symptoms to watch out for. What’s more, learn how to grow beyond the limits of accounting software and how to start a free trial!

Read about these signs, and more:

– Siloed and disconnected systems.
– Complicated reporting
– Duplicate entries and errors
– Utilization of spreadsheets for accounting
– Lack of audit trails

View: 5 Signs a Company has Outgrown its Accounting Solution

A Day in the Life of a Construction Pro with Microsoft Teams

Sofia is a construction company superintendent who works at multiple sites and uses Teams to keep her schedule and projects all in one place. View this infographic to get a glimpse of a day in Sofia’s life — and how she uses productivity, collaboration, BI and enterprise mobility tools in Teams to stay on track.

View: A Day in the Life of a Construction Pro with Microsoft Teams

Employee empowerment bears fruit

Early adopters of Office 365, Fruit of the Loom uses Microsoft Teams to combine tools that allow 30,000 associates to collaborate across locations and countries around the world.

The video in this article tells the Fruit of the Loom story — showing that no company is too established to transform. Watch it to discover how Microsoft Teams empowers employees to effectively express ideas and unlock creativity by bringing together chat, meeting, calling, Office 365 apps and third-party tools — all in one place.

In a world where enterprise-grade security and compliance are non-negotiable, Microsoft Teams gives Fruit of the Loom the protection it needs to create a secure culture of knowledge sharing and creativity.

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