BY JOE ADDISON, APRIL 8, 2014
SECURITY

5 things to do if you’re still running Windows XP

If all goes according to plan, today will be the last Patch Tuesday for Windows XP and Office 2003. And while rumours still abound that Microsoft will back down and offer a low cost support option, I’m not holding my breath. However, there are still some legitimate reasons why you may still have Windows XP running in your environment. There may be a critical application that won’t run on anything other than XP and the  …>> more

The evolution of the datacentre

Change is nothing new in IT. First there were main frames, then personal computers and client server computing. Servers then got virtualized and then came cloud computing. Through these changes, software has been centralized, decentralized and now distributed. Consumption of IT services has moved from centralized, to shared and now it’s all about self-service. Change is nothing new. Neither is it always easy. There are 3 things IT managers and decision makers need to consider  …>> more

Dispelling misconceptions about Office 365

Did you know that… The annual savings of users who move their apps to the cloud is 21% (business insider) Cloud computing is up to 40x more cost-effective for small and mid-sized companies compared to running their own IT systems (Microsoft) CIOs will spend 59% more on cloud computing in 2014 (CIO Insight) Cloud software solutions are a big deal for businesses who are looking to their technology investments to help them be more effective, efficient and productive while keeping costs  …>> more
BY JOE ADDISON, JUNE 12, 2013
MOBILE WORKING

Windows 8.1: Ready for the Enterprise

I’ve been talking a lot about moving to Windows 7 lately and the end of life for Windows XP but I haven’t said much about Windows 8, a fact which one of my friends and a former colleague at Microsoft called out on Twitter: It’s true. Most of our customers, especially those who are just now grappling with the daunting task of moving from Windows XP, haven’t shown much interest in Windows 8. Why? Well,  …>> 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