From the Cloud to Virtualization, Software As a Service to Web Services, ideas seem to be everywhere all the time. Somewhere, somehow, someone needs to separate the wheat from the chaff. We’ve asked Matt Heusser to provide his insight and commentary on the prevailing issues for IT staff today.
I don’t want to sound like a harsh critic on how people do business, but switching from break/fix to managed services by going flat rate without changing how you provide service will only fail. The idea that you can “wait til` it breaks” and expect to make a profit is silly. Not only will you …READ MORE
In our monthly feature, we take a look at the most popular pieces of content with our readers in the previous month and recap it for you.
Exchange 2016 continues to be a hot topic, and readers want to learn more about how to deploy the new version of the server. Exchange admins also wanted to lea…READ MORE
The graph below illustrates our definition of the uncanny valley, a feeling of unease experienced in reaction to simulations of humans that approach — but don’t achieve — realism. For further explanation and a video demonstration, see the full definition.
The graph was adapted by Smurrayin…READ MORE
It’s wise to pinch a grain of salt on any study released by a software or service provider.
With that said, it’s worth considering one bit of data in a report issued this week by Dimension Data, an IT service provider in Johannesburg, South Africa. The report said that contact centers aren’t meas…READ MORE
Times change and often leave us bewildered and it is more true of electronics & computing technology than many of the other fields. It was just the other day that an interesting discussion ensued with some of the erstwhile CIOs and veterans of the industry. We were recapitulating our experienc…READ MORE
Now I know this exam isn’t the most highly regarded exam for networking, it is basically an entrance exam to networking, but please don’t take it lightly, Networking can be an intimidating subject. Network+ is an exam that is 85 questions long, 5 scenarios (performance based), some drag and drop, an…READ MORE
I’m finding that more and more my role here is going to be to point you to great thinking that’s going on about thought leadership. I didn’t know about Haydn Shaughnessy until this week, but I’m adding him to my blogroll today and suggest you do to.
Just this one quote from him is enough …READ MORE
Announced in October, Dell’s $67 billion bid for EMC is likely to disrupt the status quo for both companies– but what does Dell stand to gain from the purchase?
As a traditional server hardware vendor, Dell seems to be angling to take a bigger piece of the hybrid cloud and data center infrastructu…READ MORE
To remain competitive with CRM rivals such as Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle announced several additions to its marketing strategy at its annual user conference, OpenWorld. The upgrades strive to better tailor messages to customers and prospects and cater to SMBs.
Brent Leary, partner…READ MORE
A friend of mine recently had to inform his staff of a new password policy requiring all of the following: Upper and lower case letters, a number, a special character, at least 12 characters in length and had not been used in the last six months. Someone sent him this meme in reply:
Make your own web scraper apps!
A web scraper copies data displayed by web pages into, in this case, Excel. WWWHelper.xlsm is an XL workbook that creates other web scraper apps without coding. WWWHelper.xlsm can be used readily by normal Excel users but it is intended to teach VBA Developers about …READ MORE
I have said more than once that working on an open source project can help you get a job writing proprietary or in-house software. When your potential employers can see, evaluate, and discuss the actual code you wrote, you are head and shoulders above anoth applicant who can only say, “I worked on t…READ MORE
Understanding “Managed Services” from multiple perspectives
More and more organizations are realizing that while “IT” forms the backbone, they should focus on their strong area – namely the business and leave IT in the hands of the IT service providers. This approach of “IT Services” trend is ena…READ MORE
It’s with great pleasure and a little pride that we announce Reading Virtual Minds Volume I: Science and History, 4th EDITION.
That “4th EDITION” part is important. We know lots of people are waiting for Reading Virtual Minds Volume II: Experience and Expectation and it’s next in the queue.
Create couple of transaction tables and one error log table.
Create table emp1 (id number, dept_no number, salary number)
create table dept1 (id number, name varchar2(10))
Create a generic error logging table –
create table error_log
SSD’s are the one of the most expensive storage devices when measured by the GB but they are the least expensive when measured in terms of IOPs.
Using SSD in addition to tradition fibre channel and SATA drives can significantly improve the performance of your storage systems and bring your storag…READ MORE
The stats are in: More bandwidth does not fix application performance problems, according to KillerApps 2013 — a recent Vanson Bourne survey of 650 US and European IT decision-makers.
Respondents were asked if they added bandwidth in the past year, as well as whether they encountered an inc…READ MORE
Regardless of whether the reports of Salesforce possibly seeking a bidder represent only rumors, SAP stated something as a fact:
It won’t buy Salesforce.
“We have zero interest in Salesforce.com,” said Bill McDermott, SAP’s CEO. McDermott spoke to reporters and other attendees during a Q&…READ MORE
The best way to learn about Cisco networking is to have your own lab. However, that is hard to do (costly, takes up space, and time-consuming). The best way to do this is to have a virtual Cisco lab using GNS3. This is easy to do with proper instruction. Fortunately, Train Signal Training recently p…READ MORE
Storage Soup’s Dave Raffo has the latest on the settlement agreed to by FalconStor after the SEC charged a group of company employees with bribery….READ MORE