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Six improvements to Reporting Services in 2016

Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on the latest version of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), its popular reporting tool and a long-standing part of the SQL Server suite. These are the first significant changes to SSRS since the 2008 release of SQL Server, and the new version is being welcomed…
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Single Page Applications Make Web Apps Quick

At Stratos we have increasingly been producing web applications where in the past we might have developed traditional desktop applications.  Sometimes business owners and managers have voiced concerns that because of the Internet, web applications can be slow and unreliable.  The arrival of Single Page Applications (SPAs) have significantly alleviated…
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See Stratos at the Canterbury Software Summit

The Canterbury Software Summit is the largest technology event of the year in Christchurch.  At the Summit, you can learn about the latest technologies, hear success stories and connect with other firms to explore business opportunities.  Stratos Technology Partners will be at the Canterbury Software Summit on 1 October at…
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Highlights from the Digital Workplace Conference

We were impressed and excited by the latest in intranets, team collaboration, business processes and document management showcased at the Digital WorkPlace Conference (DWC) earlier this week in Auckland. Formerly called the New Zealand SharePoint Conference, DWC now encompasses the full range of Microsoft’s productivity and collaboration centred cloud services, including Office…
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14 Questions You Should Ask Before You Buy a Software Package

Often buying off the shelf software is more cost effective than building your own software system. In our experience, we often find that software buyers overlook some key factors in selecting the right solution to suit their organizations, often with disastrous consequences. Here are 14 questions you should consider before…
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Managing Software Development Risk

A software development project can be a significant investment so it makes sense to manage your risk with strong project management. The traditional waterfall method is relatively inflexible and can increase that risk, though there are times when that strict approach is warranted. Another project management technique called agile is much more flexible and has become…
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Improving your Business Intelligence with Power BI

The ability to unlock the data you need in an accurate and timely way is an important part of making good business decisions. This can be challenging when your data is stored in an ever increasing number of places. How can you get the information you need, when you need…
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SharePoint Metadata vs Folders

In this post we compare Metadata with Folders for organising content in  SharePoint Document Libraries. The use of Folders in SharePoint is a contentious topic but the right choice isn’t always clear cut. There are in some cases good reasons to use Folders, however this should be well thought out. Metadata…
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Stratos Wins Inflammatory Bowel Disease Project

Christchurch based Stratos Technology Partners has won a contract from the Australian charity, Crohn’s Colitis Cure (CCC), to develop a software system for a research project studying Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) sufferers in Australia and New Zealand. The research project involves 12 major hospital sites and is the largest and…
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Stratos on the Move

Stratos Technology Partners, an IT services company providing software development, business intelligence, SharePoint and IT consulting services is relocating its offices to 167 Madras Street, Christchurch, effective from Monday July 13. “Moving into the CBD will help attract and retain talent to support our growth. Over the last year we…

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What are we talking about?

2 months ago
Lots of great #SharePoint and #Office365 news from #MSIgnite last week. Here's a good summary https://t.co/UZYHQYLtKf
3 months ago
Great to have the @CanterburyTech team at our offices this morning. Those bags of goodies look great! See you at the #CantySummit18 https://t.co/lw3sqLxERk
4 months ago
Will the rise of The Cloud make Data Centres a fond memory within the next decade? https://t.co/LeCrz85Tn9
4 months ago
Migrating major SQL workloads to the cloud. The good, the bad and the ugly https://t.co/ncZZq1kOnV
5 months ago
A preview version of SharePoint 2019 Server is now available for download. Lots of details and links to the download can be found here https://t.co/mVPCVOhwxq

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