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Awara IT now holds exclusive Gold Cloud Business Applications Microsoft competency

We are delighted to announce that Awara IT obtained two more new Gold Microsoft competences: Gold Cloud Platform and exclusive Gold Cloud Business Applications. Our team had strong background with Microsoft BizApps and Azure and now this is proved by even more official competences. Currently Awara IT owns 19 out of 20 Microsoft competences. For Awara IT customers this shows a solid knowledge of cloud technologies implementation and great understanding of all 4 Microsoft clouds. Best greeting to the outstanding Awara IT team!

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Awara IT experts obtained new Microsoft MVP awards

We are delighted to share great news from the Microsoft MVP Community: all existing Awara IT MVPs obtained new MVP awards in 2020! Greetings to Alexander Ermakov (MVP Microsoft Azure, MVP Business Applications), Maxim Zelensky (Data Platform, Power BI MVP), Anton Mosyagin (MVP Microsoft Azure), Andrey Baludin (MVP Business Applications). Tatyana Pupko (MVP Business Applications), Dmitry Katson (MVP Business Applications). MVPs are the most active Microsoft technology experts that drive and expand Microsoft community around the globe. share their knowledge and expertise.

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Oilfield services company automates complex sales processes with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales

About customer «NewTech Services» – is an international oilfield services company providing high-tech solutions to oil and gas customers in Europe, Latin America, Russia and Middle East since 2009. The company provides 4 key services: drilling, completion, project management and selling equipment. Head offices are located in Moscow and Huston. Regional representatives operate in the UK, Venezuela, Serbia, Belorus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Urkaine and United States.   Background NewTech b2b sales process is long and complex. It involves tender department, internal coordinators, business development managers, who collect a lot of specific information, track statuses, store voluminous tender documents, etc. The customer decided to systematize sales process with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales, building a single workflow for all areas and regions in two stages: to implement Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales and to optimize approval of tender documents as part of the sales process. Solution Awara IT has successfully implemented Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales for NewTech Services, oilfield services company. On the first project stage Awara IT presented standard CRM functionality in accordance to customer’s business processes related to oilfield services.  We have automaized the following processes: customer relationships, opportunities management, monitoring sales. Second project stage was much more complex. The challenge was to optimize tender approvals, deploy complex forms and control purchases processes. Awara IT has also developed a proprietary tool for document role-based access control.   Results Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales is implemented and is actively used by the customer Key business processes related to tender participation are implemented Awara IT team deployed a proprietary role-based access solution for bulk tender documentation. Documents are stored in Sharepoint but only some users should have access to it. Switching between apps when working with apps isnt an option either. That is why our solution covered roles in CRM that would provide a user with access to certain documents that he/she needs for everyday work.   Additional Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales functionality by Awara IT When dealing with complicated cross-segment and cross-team B2B sales, classic Follow Accounts functionality didnt meet customer’s requirements. Awara IT introduced additional flexible and convenient Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales module called “User settings and notifications subscription” that includes: Configuring auto-substitution of the most frequently used parameters when creating new records Setting up a flexible subscription to notifications from the system for various events for business areas, regions, and customer groups.   NewTech is happy with the results and puts the project into commercial operation.

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Lamoda systematising pickup points lists using Microsoft 365

Customer Lamoda started its operations back in 2011 as an online store. It is now the largest clothes and lifestyle online retailer in Russia and CIS countries with over 6 million items from 3 000 global and local brands offered. The company employs around 7 thousands professionals, including Central office team in Moscow, locations in Minks, Kyiv, Almaty, automated warehouse in Bykovo, LM Express in-house delivery, IT-hub, and 3 contact centres in Volgograd, Zhytomyr and Chernihiv. The company’s motto is “Fashion for every day”. Lamoda creates effective and useful solutions, provides customers with beautiful and high-quality goods, explains fashion trends, and shows how they apply to your everyday life. Lamoda is a part of Global Fashion Group since 2014.   Background Lamoda serves customers using pickup point locations among other means of delivery. Every point has certain number of characteristics that should be controlled: rental terms, KPIs, employment contract expiration, etc. When there were only 5 points, Excel did great job covering all the above mentioned parameters – 5 excel sheets for 5 pickup points. Currently, there are over 350 owned points with over 17 thousands partner pickup points, and this means that Excel is no longer an option. It is more and more difficult to find the latest version of this document, search is complicated and takes much time. Lamoda required recommendations from Awara IT on how to improve the process of working with pickup points lists. We offered hackathon approach to find the optimal solution, and in only 30 minutes Awara IT team presented a solution model. Solution Awara IT provided a simple interface for accessing information about each point. The list is flexibly sorted, filtered, it is easy to configure and change parameters or characteristics. In fact, the solution works as an interactive and easily customizable database. Our solution is developed within earlier purchased Lamoda subscriptions for Microsoft 365. Results Fast and simple way to find needed information about pickup points Working in one window. No need to switching between apps to look for needed data. User rights: clear and convenient Quick access to updated information

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Microsoft solutions free for 6 months and Remote Assist service

Microsoft offers a 6-month free subscription to a range of products intended to improve productivity when employees work remotely: For commercial organizations: Dynamics 365 Customer Service, digital messaging. Dynamics 365 Remote Assist; For NGOs, healthcare, educational organizations: Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agent, Power Apps Portals. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Remote Assist for remote services, training, or augmented reality services. Our clients use this solution for remote work. To get started, just download the application and roll out augmented reality scenarios with your mobile phone.         A specialist calls a colleague through Microsoft Teams. The colleague sees everything that the specialist sees through his/her mobile phone camera and can draw objects on his/her screen that are perceived as objects in augmented reality. Technical specialists solve problems in real time at lower cost and with no physical presence, which is particularly relevant when people are required to self-isolate and keep social distancing.         It is easier and faster for technical specialists and work teams to build effective remote communications; Services are provided remotely under the guidance of more experienced colleagues; It is easier to learn and improve skills; Fewer employees need to be physically present at the place of provision of services. This is particularly relevant when people are required to self-isolate and keep social distancing.  

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Name change for Office 365

Microsoft announced that it will be rebranding Office 365 with the Microsoft 365 name on April 21st, 2020. It won’t be changing pricing or what’s included in them. Awara ITs experts share a brief update on the most important changes: Office 365 Business Essentials will become Microsoft 365 Business Basic. Office 365 Business Premium will become Microsoft 365 Business Standard. Microsoft 365 Business will be Microsoft 365 Business Premium. Microsoft 365 updates: Editor in Word spelling service, which uses AI elements, contains editorial functionality and will help people learn how to write better. One of the functions “Rephrasing” will explain you how to make your text more convincing, while retaining the original meaning. In addition, for the first time, the Editor function in Word will be able to check text for plagiarism, helping authors create original content and, when necessary, insert relevant citations into a document with just one click. Microsoft Teams More than 75 million people use Microsoft Teams for work and leisure reasons. This messenger is even more demanding now with the spread of ubiquitous remote work. Teams features for Microsoft 365 users are enriched: group chats, video calls, online meeting schedules, password storage. PowerPoint Presenter Coach helps you overcome the fear of public speaking. Elements of artificial intelligence help determine the pace of speech or parasitic words. The “Designer” function in PowerPoint expands creativity and allows you to convert text into a spectacular timeline with one click. Microsoft 365 subscribers will have exclusive access to 200 templates in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Templates will help you create a resume, wedding invitation, newsletter, birthday card, and more. Please note: new Microsoft 365 features will be available from April 21st, 2020. Subscription price and number of services will not be changed either. Active Office 365 users will stay with their subscriptions till the date of its annual update. Awara IT is happy to assist with choosing the optimal Microsoft 365 subscription and will support your upgrade process: info@awara-it.com

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Awara IT helps businesses and schools to use Microsoft Teams

Awara IT is one of the few Russian partners to join Microsoft initiative on moving SMBs, enterprises and educational institutions to Microsoft Teams free 6-months subscription. This initiative will help individuals to better work and study remotely. Our consultants will assist with activating a subscription and provide basic recommendations on how to use the tool. All for free. Fee free to email or call us: info@awara-it.com, + 7 (499) 288-88-74

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Digital marathon: digital transformation of manufacturing

Microsoft and it’s leading partners share expertise of automating manufacturing companies within the new “Digital marathon” online project. Awara IT presented a highly relevant solution for the remote project management based on Microsoft Teams.

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Unilever and Awara IT: Power BI contest

Unilever and Awara IT are delighted to announce another partnership step: we have carried out a Power BI contest with the exclusive online session with our Power BI MVP as the top award. Participants submitted various tasks that mostly covered the knowledge of Power BI online tool. They later had a great chance to get insights from one of the leading Power BI experts on the Russian market – Maxim Zelensky, who is well-known for driving Power BI community, speaking at the international events and implementing numerous projects.

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New project: Unilever Russia and Power Platform small automation

Awara IT is delighted to share our new project with Unilever Russia: small business automation on Power Platform. This project is a unique example of close and devoted relationships between Unilever and Awara IT. In fact, Unilever representatives approach Awara IT with a defined business task that will be solved using any optimal tool – Excel macros or Microsoft PowerApps. We have solved several small automation tasks using this approach and are expanding it to other customer’s challenges. For more information, please see Projects page.  

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