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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


  • A successful entrepreneur tells CXOs how to build (and rebuild) company culture

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    MADISON, WISC. — When Daniel Adamany left EMC in 2007 to build an IT consultancy, his list of startup priorities didn’t include building company culture. “Now it’s pretty much all I think about,” said Adamany, CEO of Ahead LLC, at Fusion 2015, a gathering of C-level executives hosted by WTN Media.

    Nicole Laskowski2,595 pointsBadges:
  • Top community posts from February 2015

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    Jeb Bush image via Shutterstock
    You might be wondering why there’s a picture of former Florida governor Jeb Bush here. Well, his partial email dump was included in our top community blogs for the month of February. Come check out the stories and share your thoughts with the group.

    KB 3001652 …READ MORE

    Michael Tidmarsh35,340 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:
  • Is Your Killer App Slowly Killing You?

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    I’ve been working with technology professionally now for twenty-four years, and in all that time, there is one “killer app” that just will not go away. This app may, frankly, be causing stress that is bad for our overall health. I am, of course, talking about E-Mail.

    I have E-mail for busines…READ MORE

    Michael Larsen2,785 pointsBadges:
  • Security faux pas: Hillary Clinton used personal email for government

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    According to the WeLiveSecurity blog, Hillary Clinton, who–heaven forbid–is widely believed to be the next Democratic presidential candidate, used a personal email address while working at the State Department:
    The New York Times has published claims that Hillary Clinton did not have a government…READ MORE

    Ken Harthun2,130 pointsBadges:
  • New Google cloud VP hire could signal open-source embrace

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    A former Red Hat executive has apparently taken the reins of Google Cloud Platform, in a move that could signal a bigger embrace of the open-source community by the cloud provider.

    Brian Stevens, former Red Hat CTO, has reportedly been hired by Google as the vice president of cloud platforms. Ste…READ MORE

    Trevor Jones360 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:
  • Long weekend in the data center


    The IT team never really gets a break — it’s the first week of July and everyone else is taking a long weekend, but you’re on call, minding the beeps and flashes of some uncaring, disinterested servers. While the storage array quietly dedupes its backups, take a little downtime with data center com…READ MORE

    Meredith Courtemanche1,335 pointsBadges:
  • Is Anti-Virus Dead?

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    This is an interesting topic to discuss.  There’s still a lot of companies that enforce anti-virus procedures (and after working help desk I can see why).  However, is there an actually real need for it?  I proclaim not really.Anti-virus software in itself is a scare, in that they provide “facts”…READ MORE

    Eric Hansen2,065 pointsBadges:
  • 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 Raffo5,115 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 Tidmarsh35,340 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:
  • 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 Groff670 pointsBadges:

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