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 […]

Dark Data & The Data Disconnect

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I ran across a blog the other data that used the term “dark data” when describing an organization’s data that is collected during standard business activities that never really gets used for any purpose other than its original purpose.  Dark Data is that data the gets created, collected, stored but rarely revisited for any purpose […]

So you have big data…but do you have the Infrastructure to support it?

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Big data is everywhere. Everyone wants to be doing big data. There’s one big data induced problem that many aren’t talking about or acknowledging.  That problem? Infrastructure. Where’s the infrastructure to support all the big data initiatives? Where’s the systems and storage to process and store all the data needed for all these ‘cool’ big […]

Cloud and Mobile – Enabling the Small Business

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I just finished reading an article written by John Mason titled When Small Businesses Use Cloud and Mobile to Go Global” over on IBM’s Smarter Planet Blog. The article is a very good one and worth the jump to read….just remember to come back here and finish up with my post In the article, John […]

Is Your SaaS Data as Protected as You Think?

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Originally published on Its All About Recovery as Is Your SaaS Data as Protected as You Think? I pride myself in the backup and recovery process I use for my home. I’m also pretty proud to call myself a geek. I have multiple computers at home with each having different functions, but all have a backup […]

The first step into the cloud

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Last week, I had a conversation with a CIO of a mid-sized firm. The organization has been struggling with incorporating the cloud into their technology plans. Our conversation was centered around the cloud and, specifically, how to use the cloud to replace the aging solutions and platforms currently used by this organization. For a few […]

The Tale of the Tape

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Originally published on Its All About Recovery as The Tale of the Tape. Back in my younger days, I worked in IT operations. One of the projects that consumed about a year of my life was a backup and recovery project. The project’s scope was limited but important. We were tasked with selecting a new […]