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Alto Consulting & Training -Enters the Blue


Blue Net and Alto Consulting & Training, leading providers of cloud managed services, hosting and developing business solutions for small and mid-sized businesses have merged operations enabling delivery of a full suite of IT services.

"After partnering successfully to provide needed services to our customers, merging organizations is a natural fit, Alto's proven success delivering business software solutions coupled with their long standing tier one Microsoft cloud solutions partnership, allows us to deliver more services our customers are asking for."
Adam Wittke CEO and co-founder of Blue Net.

"Blue Net's rock- solid and personable support team already delivers quality services to our customers through our partnership,"

"We are very excited to merge with Blue Net creating a combined organization that possess the skills to strategically lead and support customers as they continue their progression to the cloud".
Brian Allar CEO and Co-founder of Alto Consulting & Training

For the past two decades, Twin Cities-based Blue Net and Alto have delivered successful IT services and solutions to local, regional and national small and mid-sized business. The merger of these two organizations brings even more depth and skill to the creation and delivery of the right IT solutions for our customers.

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From the Blue Pen

Articles by Craig Yellick- Business Solution's Architect and Featured Blue Net Staff

On Your Way-- From Office 365 to Azure

- By Craig Yellick


To our many Office 365 customers – congratulations, you did it – your organization is successfully “in the cloud” and enjoying the many advantages and benefits of rolling out Office 365 and SharePoint Online. Don’t stop now! There are numerous other IT workloads that are arguably even easier to move to the cloud -- it’s just a matter of understanding your options and setting priorities.

In this article I’ll briefly describe six common IT workloads and how Microsoft Azure can be leveraged for a move to the cloud:

1. Backups – a Microsoft data center is the ideal place to securely store backups of critical business files and data. The centers are staffed 24x7x365 by network operations professionals using state-of-the-art hardware,

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The Case for Microsoft Access and SQL Azure

- By Craig Yellick


Many organizations have a love-hate relationship with Microsoft Access. They love the rapid application development model and the powerful data-driven solutions constructed so cost effectively, but hate the local file server-only, desktop database engine. This makes Access applications of very limited effectiveness for distributed users who need access outside of the main office where the database lives.

Migrating the Access database to SQL Server has long been the best route to a better, faster, more secure storage engine but that does not solve the issue of remote access. Nobody wants to expose an internal SQL Server to the public Internet, especially just to support a minor application. And the licensing can get frightfully expensive as well.

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Bits and Bytes

Witty Quotes to Inspire and Delight

"Look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about
what makes the universe exist.” Be curious.”

Stephen Hawking

SharePoint Saturday

An Informative Lively Day Filled with Sessions From Respected SharePoint Professionals.

SharePoint Saturday

An informative lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals.

April 14th, 2018
8::00 AM - 4:30 PM

Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave. South
Bloomington, MN 55341

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Join SharePoint architects, developers and information workers for SharePoint Saturday. Speakers cover a wide variety of topics with sessions for Information Workers, IT Pros and Developers.

Check out our own Craig Yellick and Zachary Welding as they rock the SharePoint stage.

Be sure to stop by our BLUENET booth and enter a "Chance to Win"

SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint!

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