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Looking back at 2021

Looking out across the office, I can see our team working away with a Christmas tree shimmering in the distance. What a year it has been for our team, with many moments to remember. In April 2021 we celebrated our 10th Birthday with a client function and a rather delicious…

Better Digital Workplaces with Powell 365

How do you empower your team to get on with the job while remaining in control? Microsoft provides a great platform for building digital workplaces but falls a little short in some of areas. This lead us to look for solutions to fill the gap. After evaluating a variety of…

Alchemy Stratos Merger: Better Together

CHRISTCHURCH, Sept 30 – Canterbury owned and operated Stratos Technology Partners Ltd (Stratos) and Alchemy Group Ltd (Alchemy) are set to merge on October 1, 2021. The merger of Stratos and Alchemy will substantially increase their ability to deliver high quality software development, SharePoint, and Microsoft 365 based solutions to…

Stratos Achieves Microsoft Silver Partner Status

We are pleased to announce that Stratos Technology Partners are now Microsoft Silver Partners in four categories. These technical competencies demonstrate our team’s technical capability for designing, developing and supporting complex applications using Microsoft Azure, .NET Framework and related technologies. Competencies achieved in July 2021: • Silver Application Development •…

Whitepaper: Contract Management

Contracts are amongst the most valuable documents most businesses hold. They can cover a wide range of topics including contracts to supply goods and services, support agreements, insurance, leases, non-disclosures, variations to existing agreements, pricing schedules and correspondence.

SharePoint Online and Office 365 Tenant Migration

Company mergers and acquisitions are often very challenging from the information technology perspective. Migrating user accounts, content, and cloud services, all while continuing to support the environment is often where the rapid learning starts! Our team has recently migrated a large SharePoint Online environment to a new tenant as part…

Managing the Employee Lifecycle with SharePoint

Managing the employee lifecycle is a complex business. There are processes to follow and forms to complete, documents to store and legalisation to comply with. It starts with the decision to recruit and onboard a new employee, throughout the duration of their employment and departure. We are often asked if…

Managing Controlled Documents with SharePoint Online

How does your business manage policies, procedures and other controlled documents? Does the process of creating and updating these documents involve multiple manual steps including people contributing to the document followed by a review and approval processes? A simple controlled document scenario may have an editor who makes changes to…

Digital Transformation Unforeseen Benefits in a Crisis

COVID-19 has exposed the good, bad and ugly side of information technology (IT). Technology has enabled people to work remotely, education to continue and families to keep in touch. At the same time, it has exposed areas where technology challenges make these same things difficult, especially where jobs have the…

Get Going with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams has seen explosive usage growth in the past few weeks as companies look for tools to allow more staff to work from home. 12 Million new users were added last week alone. I’ve seen some people doing this very well and others struggling to know where to start.…

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Just noticed that someone is using a #PowerAutomate "Send HTTP Request to SharePoint" to find #NewZealand in a SharePoint List in this official Microsoft Docs page. The question is did they find us!? https://t.co/6HACrgJS8L
All the best for the festive season. What a year it has been! https://t.co/rzxcIsRYjl
Congratulations to @ECan for winning the Industry Excellence Award for Innovation that has Advanced the Practice of Contaminated Site Assessment. Together we built a great solution for the people of Canterbury https://t.co/QzDrTiU84l
Microsoft's annual cyber security report. Top tip, enable MFA https://t.co/M40vxwVC3X
We are excited to welcome the Alchemy team as they join Stratos https://t.co/XDCb6uzuXR https://t.co/tGtvQfqJm8

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