IT in the Ad Biz:


May 19, 2008  11:39 AM

Unified Communications Implementation – Update

Posted by: JohnWilder
IT department, Telecommunications, Unified Communications, VoIP

We're making excellent progress on our Microsoft UC implementation. To date, we've rolled out Microsoft Office Communications Server and in our main office, and we've begun testing with the Communicator and LiveMeeting clients. In addition, we've nearly completed the migration to Exchange 2007 and...

May 15, 2008  1:14 AM

Here We Grow Again

Posted by: JohnWilder
IT department

We're getting bigger again. Eric Mower and Associates has just combined with another agency here in Syracuse. We'll be adding 43 people to our current staff of 80 in this office, and they're moving into our offices around July 1st. Good news for the agency – significant challenges...

April 29, 2008  12:55 AM

Exchange 2007 Migration

Posted by: JohnWilder
Exchange, IT department

I'm sleeping better at night. We're in the middle of a major project, part of which involves consolidating way too many e-mail servers onto a single Exchange 2007 server. We never really planned to end up with as many e-mail servers as we did, but through a combination of growth and acquisitions,...

April 28, 2008  2:24 AM

Virtualizing the Ad Agency

Posted by: JohnWilder
DataCenter, IT department, Macintosh, Virtualization

Virtualization seems to have taken the IT world by storm, and those of us in the Advertising business are along for the ride. I've been playing around with virtualization myself for over a year now, and I only see this becoming a bigger part of our business in the future. It starts at the...

April 23, 2008  8:29 PM

IT Discussion Boards

Posted by: JohnWilder
IT department

You would think this one would be a no-brainer for those of us in Advertising. So much of Web 2.0 seems to be geared towards advertising, it just seems like everybody in this business should be experts and well-versed in everything which makes up Web 2.0. On the contrary, I am often amazed at...

April 15, 2008  10:16 PM

MidMarket CIOs (and IT Directors)

Posted by: JohnWilder
IT department

I ran across the following article at eWeek today, regarding MidMarket CIOs, and it struck me as especially relative to my own situation. I wrote about

April 11, 2008  3:16 PM

Paying Attention to Pricing Models

Posted by: JohnWilder
Backup, IT department, Networking

Over the last several days, I've gotten pretty worked up over some vendor pricing models. I understand that vendors are attempting to recoup the investment they have in developing their products, but unfortunately the pricing model vendors may choose to adopt can hit you particularly hard. It's...

April 8, 2008  4:19 PM

Growing the IT Department (or Managing Expansion)

Posted by: JohnWilder
IT department

There. I always wanted to use "Growing the IT Department" for a title. A few years back, I presented at an Ad Agency CIO Conference, and my topic at the time was "Managing Contraction". I'm here to tell you that growing the department is a lot more enjoyable (but not necessarily any...

April 5, 2008  3:47 PM

Supporting Creative

Posted by: JohnWilder
IT department, Macintosh

This is another of those interesting issues I mentioned in my first post, and one that I argued makes our industry unique from an IT perspective. Today, I'd like to discuss some of the issues which surround the support of a large Creative contingent. While I'd like to keep the discussion...

April 1, 2008  3:35 PM

The Mac is a Wonderful (and Secure) Platform

Posted by: JohnWilder
IT department, Macintosh, Security

I've already received one e-mail from a reader pointing me to a blog post refuting the claims of security issues with the Mac . I suppose I should...

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