The Future of IT is a Converged Future


 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


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


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?


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


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


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?


I just read Why IBM Will Win the War With Amazon Web Services over on 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

Dark Data

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?


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

Sunrise over Carolina Beach

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 […]