With Planning, the Cloud brings Agility and Portability

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This post is brought to you by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP’s Make It Matter. When I speak to organizations about the cloud, I find the majority of them are using the cloud in some form or fashion today. Many have opted to build a private cloud to allow cloud-based systems while maintaining total […]

Hadoop and Big Data

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When I talk to people and companies who are just starting out in big data, I usually hear something about Hadoop. I’ll hear things like “If we are going to get into big data, we’ll need to implement Hadoop” or “we don’t have any Hadoop experience so we’ll need to gain that skill before we […]

Why Convergence?

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“This post is brought to you by End-to-End Solutions for IT Pros and Dell.” When I talk to clients about the technology and systems challenges being faced within their organization, I tend to hear a wide variety of responses. Challenges within the data center seem to exist in just about every client discussion. These challenges […]

The Future of IT is a Converged Future

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 This post is brought to you by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP’s Make It Matter. The business world today is one of constant change and growth. No where is that more visible than within the data center. Today, the CIO and IT group are working harder than ever to keep their data center running […]

Big Data – It’s not just for revenue

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If you spend any time reading about big data, you’ll find that most articles, blogs and stories refer to big data as a way to generate revenue.  Now, most times you won’t see the word “revenue” used but you’ll see plenty of references to ‘clients’, ‘customers’, ‘new products’ and the like.   I’m guilty of the […]

Trends in the SMB Technology Space

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I just finished reading a report from SMB Group titled “Vendor Strategies to Bring Game-Changing Technology Trends to SMBs”. The report is a pay-per-access report but I received a copy from IBM to review and I’m happy I got to see it. The report describes research performed by SMB Group into how small and medium […]

Do you have a plan for moving from Windows XP?

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This post is brought to you by HP. Are you still running Windows XP in your organization? Did you realize support has ended for the operating system? Hopefully by now, you’ve heard or read that Windows XP has been set to end-of-life by Microsoft. As of April 8th, 2014 support and security updates are no […]

Managing BYOD with Policies in the Midsized Firm

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There’s been much discussion of the concept of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) over the last few years. While the topic has been written about by many bloggers and authors, there’s been very little discussion about BYOD in the small and midsize business space. Many large organizations have the ability to deploy large and complex […]

Stop Talking, Start Listening – Tips for Vendors and Consultants

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We’ve all been there. Sitting in a meeting listening to a vendor pitch their solution. They bring a team in to your organization and spend a few hours doing a song and dance about how their solution and team is the best partner for you in the long term. This vendor explains to you how […]

IBM versus Amazon – The Cloud War?

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I just read Why IBM Will Win the War With Amazon Web Services over on CIO.com and felt the need to publish my own thoughts. In that article, the author writes the following regarding the IBM vs Amazon war: IBM is gearing up for war. Since Amazon is mucking around in IBM’s space, the folks […]