Making the Move – When Companies Shift to a New Digital Home

by Jamie O’Brien Moving, in whatever context, is always fraught with unexpected variables, whether it is moving to a new physical home, or to a digital one. Every business, from time-to-time, has to move from one digital home to another as computer operating systems (OS) change and evolve. Over the past quarter century this has meant moves from Unix, DOS, or Windows 3 to Windows NT, 95, 98, or XP, then to Vista, 7, and  …>> more

On se déplace – Quand les entreprises se tournent vers une nouvelle maison numérique.

Par Jamie O’Brien Se déplacer, quel que soit le contexte, est toujours chargé de variables inattendues, qu’il s’agisse de déménager dans une nouvelle maison physique, ou de passer à une nouvelle maison numérique. Chaque entreprise, de temps en temps, doit passer d’une maison numérique à l’autre car les systèmes d’exploitation informatiques (SE) changent et évoluent. Au cours du dernier quart de siècle, cela s’est traduit par un passage d’Unix, DOS ou Windows 3 à Windows  …>> more

Accelerating Microsoft SQL with Flash Technology

With the ever increasing demand for speed and throughput, SQL databases can present performance challenges to enterprise businesses that rely on them. Many organizations have resolved this in part by adopting flash technology. Microsoft’s recently announced licensing changes provide further incentive to integrate flash technology. Databases were some of the first applications to leverage flash arrays. They are the preferred choice to accelerate high-performance OLTP – Online Transaction Processing applications on Microsoft SQL server databases  …>> more

Bring the Best of Both Worlds to the Classroom – Hybrid PC

Touch devices in education industry
Hybrid PCs with touch and stylus capabilities are changing the classroom and the way students are prepared for the world of business. Children love spending time on touch devices. Whether it’s a smartphone or tablet, they are early adopters and are hard-pressed to set them aside while in the classroom. And that’s why schools should embrace tablets and interweave them into their curriculum. Does it matter which type of device? It does. While all devices  …>> more

Living without Lync: No Thanks!

I’ve been working out of a home office for the past 10 years and although it may not be for everyone, I’d have a hard time going back to being in an office every day. While there are both merits and pitfalls to telecommuting, there is one tool I couldn’t do it without: Lync. I have to admit, I have a certain bias here. After all, I did just come from 6 years of working  …>> more

What not to do when deploying Windows 7

April 8, 2014 is coming up fast. Too fast for many IT shops. That’s the date when Windows XP extended support ends and Microsoft will stop updating the OS. Many organizations are finding themselves in a bit of a time crunch to complete their desktop deployments before time runs out. Windows XP will not suddenly stop working on April 9. It’ll still boot, it’ll still run applications, and it’ll still connect to the Internet. But  …>> more