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?


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


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


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 […]

Is Your Data Really Protected?

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Originally Published at Its All About Recovery as Is Your Data Really Protected? You’ve spent a great deal of time and money getting your SaaS application “live.” You went with SaaS as a way to take advantage of the cloud and to offload some of the operational issues around your applications. Your SaaS application is […]

BYOD, Security and You


Dell recently released a survey titled BYOD:Putting Users First Produces Biggest Gains, Fewest Setbacks (PDF of survey here) that warns organizations against ignoring BYOD. The survey has some great insights into the world of IT and BYOD. A few highlights of the survey and my additional comments are below. A user-centric strategy can have a […]

The Future of Managed Services Providers (MSP’s)

Managed Services Providers (MSP’s) have been around the IT space for years. Most small and medium organizations have experience have experience working with MSP’s in IT, finance, HR and other areas of the business. The role of the MSP is an important one in the small and medium business (SMB) space. An MSP provides the […]

Transitioning to the Cloud


Many Small and Mid-sized Businesses (SMB’s) have moved to the cloud for a portion or in some instances, all, of their IT application needs. Most transitions to the cloud that I’ve been a part of started with moving websites from an internal server to a cloud based hosted provider. This transition of hosting websites to […]

Innovation & The CIO – A twitter chat summary #CIOInnovate


I had the pleasure of moderating / hosting a twitter chat yesterday (Tuesday April 30 2013) involving the topic of Innovation & the CIO using the hashtag #CIOInnovate. The chat was sponsored by Dell and their Chief Innovation Officer Jim Stikeleather (‏@stikeyoda) joined the conversation and provided some excellent insight and feedback on the topic […]

Desktop Virtulization as a solution for BYOD


The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) discussions continue to occur across most organizations. While most BYOD discussions revolve around security practices,some really good conversations are beginning around the use of virtualization techniques to allow BYOD to flourish while keeping a tight control over security and data. I recently spoke with the CIO of a small […]