Modern Network Architecture


July 12, 2012  12:28 PM

What is a Technical Glass Ceiling?



Posted by: James Murray
Network Architecture

I had a recent client frustrated by reboots.  It seemed that a couple times a day, the individual computers in a custom Continued »

July 9, 2012  3:12 PM

Modern Network Architecture – Managed Service Agreement



Posted by: James Murray
Network Architecture

What does it me to be a managed services provider?  I’ve been working with a lot of break/fix service providers over the years for my smaller business clients.  Continued »


July 9, 2012  3:11 PM

Modern Network Architecture – Server-less networks



Posted by: James Murray
Network Architecture

When we think about a business network, we often think about a central server.  The first server manages the security, and data storage roles.  Continued »


June 29, 2012  6:24 PM

Modern Network Architecture – Setting up a phone on 365



Posted by: James Murray
Network Architecture

When you setup 365 the first thing everyone wants to know is how to setup their phone Continued »


June 29, 2012  6:22 PM

Modern Network Architecture – Office 365



Posted by: James Murray
Modern Network archtitecture, Network Architecture, seattle IT consulting

I’ve been frustrated since my site was migrated from BPOS to 365.  Working as a Seattle IT Consultant it’s actually a little embarrassing not having my systems running the way they should.  A couple weeks ago though we finally figured out the problem.  Somehow my account was associated with two separate accounts.  The first account was a test account that Continued »


June 16, 2012  10:35 PM

Modern Network Architecture – Technology strategy why?



Posted by: James Murray
Cloud architecture, modern network archtictect

I work as a Seattle IT Consultant, sometimes as a part time CIO or technology architect for my clients. One of my potential clients was struggling with the concept of strategic business strategy and asked,
“Give me examples of ‘business technology strategy. Define this for me. Tell me exactly what it is you put together for clients.”

Continued »


June 16, 2012  10:28 PM

Modern network architecture – Blaming the user



Posted by: James Murray
Blaming Users, IT Failures, Modern Network Architecture

I am getting very tired of Systems Administrators that blame their users.  Once again I found myself between an IT Services vendor and their client.  As a Seattle IT Consultant I am often called in to help an owner fix their network.  Most IT Services Vendors are anxious when I walk in the door, Continued »


June 16, 2012  10:27 PM

Modern Network Architecture – Problem anticipation



Posted by: James Murray
Modern Network Architecture, problem anticipation, root cause analysism

In a previous article, Modern Network Architecture – Network Failures, I wrote about the importance of planning for the modern network architecture.  As a Seattle IT Consultant is see failures in IT design.  In that article I described how $1 of planning can avoid $10 in incident costs and $100 in replacement costs. Continued »


June 16, 2012  10:23 PM

Modern Network Architecture – Network Failures



Posted by: James Murray
1 10 100, Modern Network Architecture, The network is down

“The network is down…” 

There are a few phrases that bring angst to business owners like this one.

“The IRS is waiting in the lobby….”

Continued »


June 2, 2012  2:43 PM

Modern Network Architecture – A strategic conversation with an owner



Posted by: James Murray

The goal for every business owner is to hire people better than the business owner.  The risk is losing control when stepping away from the tactical day to day aspects of the business.   This is actually a pitfall for every aspect of the business, not just Continued »


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