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Microsoft opens the door to Dynamics CRM Online through partners

February 13, 2015 - At Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) 2014 in Washington, D.C., last July, the vendor pointed to Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM as the future for partners’ success with the company as it encouraged partners to build out a cloud and hybrid practice. Now, Microsoft is following through on a couple of promises specific to...... READ MORE


  • Why Hillary can't mail

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    Reporting by The New York Times notwithstanding, it appears to this non-lawyer that Hillary Clinton probably didn’t break any laws by using a personal email account to conduct state business. But legal or not, what should probably bother us all is that we can’t help but assume that there’s no way th…READ MORE

    Robert Richardson235 pointsBadges:
  • Application modernization is a top priority worldwide in 2015

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    Any organization NOT doing an application modernization project this year is in the minority. Over 70% of businesses worldwide are modernizing their application environments to handle mobile, cloud and other emerging digital platforms in 2015, according to a recent survey.

    Not only are most busin…READ MORE

    Jan Stafford3,025 pointsBadges:
  • Combating social engineering, BYOD security woes with education

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    Think that because your business is not the size of a Target, JPMorgan Chase or Sony means that you’re immune from today’s breed of cyberthreats? Think again. Just because small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) don’t have the financial resources or the brand reputation many enterprises do doesn’t …READ MORE

    Fran Sales1,535 pointsBadges:
  • Western Digital adds Amplidata object storage to HGST fold

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    Western Digital, which has been collecting flash-related startups over the past few years, today beefed up its archiving portfolio by acquiring object storage vendor Amplidata.

    Amplidata will become part of Western Digital’s HGST subsidiary. The deal is expected to close this month. Western Dig…READ MORE

    Dave Raffo5,110 pointsBadges:
  • Are CIOs next in line to be CEOs? Myer department store chain says yes

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    Myer, Australia’s largest department store chain, said Monday that it has replaced its CEO of nine years, Bernie Brookes, with Richard Umbers, 48, who joined Myer as CIO and supply chain officer last September. The changing of the guard was characterized in the company’s announcement as a fresh sta…READ MORE

    Linda Tucci5,350 pointsBadges:
  • ITKE February giveaway contest - The winner!

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    Winner image via Shutterstock
    Well there you have it…we have our winner in our ITKE giveaway contest! Congratulations to ToddN2000 who amassed a whopping 1,495 points. Here were the final standings:

    ToddN2000: 1,495 points
    Clark445kent: 750 points
    Michael Larsen: 600 points
    Jeff Cutle…READ MORE

    Michael Tidmarsh35,335 pointsBadges:
  • The top Exchange Server content of February 2015

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    In our monthly feature, we look at the Exchange content most popular with our readers in February.

    Readers wanted to learn more about Office 365 Clutter and Office 365 Video, as well as the benefits of deploying a hybrid setup in Exchange.
    Organize your mailbox with Office 365 Clutter
    One of th…READ MORE

    Tayla Holman45 pointsBadges:
  • Cloud services director empowers development teams to work smarter

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    One of the main tenets of Agile development is to empower the development team to make its own choices. This is really important because it helps the developers identify with their projects in a very personal way. It gives them a motivator stronger than any benefits package. It gives them pride in t…READ MORE

    James Denman1,265 pointsBadges:
  • The top Windows Server tips and news of February 2015

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    For our monthly feature, we look at the most popular stories on SearchWindowsServer.com in February.

    With Windows Server 2003 reaching its end of life in five months, our readers wanted to know what options they have for moving to a new server and what they should expect to pay if they delay a m…READ MORE

    Tayla Holman45 pointsBadges:
  • Spark and its growing pains

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    Big data image via Shutterstock
    By James Kobielus (@jameskobielus)

    Fending off industry hype requires that we stay focused on the maturity, or lack thereof, of any new technology. Just because pundits, developers, and venture capitalists are currently jazzed by this or that new tech doesn’t …READ MORE

    Michael Tidmarsh35,335 pointsBadges:
  • Driver Cleanup Remains a Solid Disk Space Reclamation Tactic

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    Back in 2011, I blogged here about a program named DriverStore Explorer. Aka RAPR, this is a CodePlex project that when run in administrative mode enables users to see all drivers in the Windows DriverStore and to selectively delete those that aren’t in active use at the moment (find that blog at “C…READ MORE

    Ed Tittel5,210 pointsBadges:
  • Installing Windows 8.1 On A Mac

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    I’m writing this post from a fresh installation of Windows 8.1 on a MacBook Pro. I spent about half of Saturday researching, and downloading files, installing things, and waiting. There was a lot of waiting.

    Systems administration isn’t my idea of a good time, so this was a little tedious for me….READ MORE

    Justin Rohrman810 pointsBadges:
  • Respecting Personal Data

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    Remember lastminute.com? How is this for their last word on personal data?

    What’s wrong with the following e-mail I received from @lastminute_com today?

    “Dear Customer
    Important information about your personal data
    With effect from today, the lastminute.com business has been acquired b…READ MORE

    Barry Devlin250 pointsBadges:
  • What Samsung's Smart TV is really saying about you

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    The recent publicity about Samsung’s Smart TV listening in on private conversations has received a lot of public attention, but this latest privacy issue is nothing new to the technology community.

    The Internet of Things (IoT)–and the implications resulting from millions of Internet-enabled devi…READ MORE

    Sonia Groff665 pointsBadges:
  • The Changing Cloud Supply-Chain

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    There’s a framework that’s often taught in undergrad and graduate-level business schools called “Porter’s Five Forces”, which was created by Harvard Professor Michael Porter.  It looks at the elements within a competitive model and attempts to help students think about the cause/effect relationshi…READ MORE

    Brian Gracely1,665 pointsBadges:
  • Choosing Tax Software

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    I have been a loyal TurboTax user for more than 10 years. Specifically, I’ve used TurboTax online so I could use any of the computers in my house to work on my taxes. But this year? I decided it was time to shop around instead of blindly shoveling $79.99 toward Intuit, the company that owns TurboTax…READ MORE

    Robin "Roblimo" Miller845 pointsBadges:
  • Yes, People Still Use Zip Drives

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    Believe it or not, some organizations are still using Zip drives.

    In case you don’t remember, or are too young to remember, Zip drives were developed by Iomega in 1994. They were a similar size to floppy disks – thicker – but held considerably more data; they started at 100 MB and eventuall…READ MORE

    Sharon Fisher1,695 pointsBadges:
  • Compromise Is An Art For A Project Manager

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    To break the deadlocks arising in a project, a product manager needs to learn and master an art of breaking those deadlocks. One of the manners to do that is a compromise. A compromise in a deadlock situation can break the deadlock and things can start moving further.

    When it is a clash of egos,…READ MORE

    Jaideep Khanduja9,635 pointsBadges:
  • Security - How Much is Too Much; How Much is Too Little?

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    I’m regularly baffled by the incongruous nature of security in this country. We seemingly don’t have a set of standards – or even common sense – when it comes to locking down our valuable data assets and letting others remain accessible.
    The event that brought this fully to mind was when I was …READ MORE

    Jeff Cutler1,565 pointsBadges:
  • The Journey of CCIE – In a nutshell

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    There is always an end to every journey, so this will be the last series I am going to write on my journey of CCIE, I will come back with articles in future that may hit the topics of CCIE Routing and Switching exam. But as a series this will be the last one.

    Lets summarize all the ten series…READ MORE

    Yasir Irfan5,670 pointsBadges:

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