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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


  • Spark and its growing pains

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    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 Tidmarsh35,330 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:
  • Lesbians Who Tech movement gather steam

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    By George Lawton

    Enterprise Architects should pay attention to the growing Lesbians in technology movement which promises to bring diversity and much needed people skills to their IT teams. Over 1,200 lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, queers (LGBTQ) and their allies have converged on the C…READ MORE

    Maxine Giza1,860 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:
  • Combatting 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:
  • 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:
  • Fibre Channel helps Nimble Storage grow revenue in Q4

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    Nimble Storage exceeded expectations with $68.3 million in revenue in its fiscal fourth quarter, helped by a new wave of Fibre Channel-based arrays that factored into about 10% of the company’s bookings.

    But, the San Jose, California-based storage startup’s stock fell after Thursday’s fisca…READ MORE

    Carol Sliwa1,220 pointsBadges:
  • Is the CIO job stretched to the breaking point?

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    The job of the CIO has always been a big topic for us on SearchCIO. Over the years we’ve kept close tabs on what the CIO job entails and read the tea leaves on where it is headed, examining, among other parameters: reporting structures (Remember when it was considered the kiss of death to report to …READ MORE

    Linda Tucci5,345 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 Fisher1,685 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:
  • Recommended reading from mrdenny for February 27, 2015

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    The most important thing to read today is the New York times notice of Mr. Leonard Nimoy passing.  Today (just an hour or so ago) it was announced that we lost a fantastic actor, musician, poet, director, writer, and all around great guy.  Live long and prosper Mr. Nimoy.  My condolences go out t…READ MORE

    Denny Cherry66,520 pointsBadges:
  • You are a business CIO, where is your team?

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    The IT team was pleased with the effort and congratulated each other for the delivery. The team had worked hard with the development partner to meet aggressive timelines and delivered for UAT a few days early. But that is when the problem started; the team working on the UAT came up with many except…READ MORE

    Arun Gupta25 pointsBadges:
  • ITKE February giveaway contest - Round 3

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    Giveaway image via Shutterstock
    With only a few days remaining in February, it looks like we have a clear leader in our giveaway contest. Here’s what the standings look like:

    ToddN2000: 1,455 points
    Clark445kent: 660 points
    Michael Larsen: 440 points
    Mcorum: 420 points
    JenJewell99: 39…READ MORE

    Michael Tidmarsh35,330 pointsBadges:
  • AT&T's high-speed service comes with a privacy fee; Google bows to privacy spot checks

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    AT&T’s has begun rollout of a fiber-optic Internet service that furnishes customers with high-speed access, but they must pay an extra monthly charge if they want to keep their browsing habits private. In other data privacy news, Google accepted the terms of an agreement drawn up by an Italian d…READ MORE

    Fran Sales1,535 pointsBadges:
  • PowerShell Europe 2015 Agenda

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    As has been announced registration for the PowerShell Summit Europe 2015 opens on 27 February 2015. http://powershell.org/wp/2015/02/20/powershell-summit-europe-registration/

    Other details on the Summit can be found here:  http://powershell.org/wp/community-events/summit/powershell-summit-europ…READ MORE

    Richard Siddaway4,620 pointsBadges:

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