Telecommuting isn’t new, but not every business thought it was right for them. Enter COVID-19: the virus that turned outdated thinking on its head. For months, firms had no choice: remote work was “in,” and office environments were “out.”

This shift may have been a problem for some, but Agio clients were relieved at how smooth the transition was. Our managed IT services, like Office 365, Azure, and Desktop as a Service (DaaS), provide a secure and compliant environment with minimal interruption.

How do we do it? We’ll tell you.  

Microsoft Teams for Collaboration

Agio’s expert engineers leverage Microsoft Teams to create a one-stop-shop for company and client teamwork. Teams, included with your Microsoft 365 subscription, provides audio and video conferencing (which can replace other paid subscription services), instant messaging, and file sharing.

The number of collaboration tools on the market is dizzying. Nevertheless, teamwork and sharing ideas are vital parts of everyday work life. Leveraging Teams across your organization provides a single tool to solve your collaboration needs.  

OneDrive and SharePoint for Document Co-Authoring

With many organizations canceling non-essential business travel, working closely with other employees, business partners, and customers can be challenging.

Working from home, employees can still have a rich productivity experience using Microsoft OneDrive or SharePoint. The Office 2016 applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) enable simultaneous editing of files stored in SharePoint or OneDrive. Team members can co-author documents and collaborate on content in real-time, just as if they were in the office.  

Intune, EMS, and Azure AD for Security

What’s the number one item on your To Do list when it comes to remote workers? Security. Using Microsoft Intune and Enterprise Management and Mobility Services (EMS) with Azure AD, Agio’s engineers implement secure multi-factor authentication (MFA) and controls to ensure that only approved devices can access your company’s data.

Most organizations are running business-critical applications on-premises or in a colocation facility, many of which may not be accessible outside the corporate network. Azure AD App Proxy enables your on-premises applications to be accessible from outside the firewall, without a VPN. Agio combines this with your existing Azure AD Conditional Access policies to help keep your users and data secured.

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Desktop as a Service to Securely Support Personal Devices

Not every organization can provide corporate devices for employees who work from home. With Agio’s range of services, we enable secure and controlled access to corporate data on personally owned devices using Agio’s Desktop as a Service (DaaS). DaaS provides a secure and consistent Windows Virtual Desktop experience running Windows 10 with Microsoft Office for your users. With DaaS, your people can access data, applications, and documents as needed without jumping through VPN hoops—no matter where they are or what device they’re using.


These steps may sound easy, but in the pandemonium of the last few months, our clients told us time and again that they couldn’t have done it without us. We did the heavy lifting so they could focus on keeping their business running. Give us a call. Agio will securely empower your team with the right collaboration tools.

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