Modern Network Architecture


December 11, 2012  9:59 AM

Documentation – Hardware, software and Users

James Murray James Murray Profile: James Murray

How to Document Working with IT departments as a Consultant in Seattle, I find that most IT experts may be good at technology, but have no idea how to document it.  Over the years I’ve developed my own style.  Most IT people usually ask how Continued »

November 28, 2012  6:57 PM

How IT affects business value (EBITA)

James Murray James Murray Profile: James Murray

As a Seattle IT Consultant, I find myself working with business owners in all stages of their business.  One of the most eye opening experiences I learned was that most business owners never sell their businesses. The actual statistic is that only about 75% of businesses ever end up being sold. Continued »


November 12, 2012  2:01 PM

Ways technology can build business value

James Murray James Murray Profile: James Murray

What is business value?  As a Seattle IT Consultant, this is a question I try to answer for my clients.  This is more than just building more servers and loading more software.  A business is valued by its business processes.  Continued »


November 12, 2012  1:59 PM

Improving client business Value

James Murray James Murray Profile: James Murray

Most IT experts are thinking tactically.  Our job as is to think about how to do things.  How am I going to keep systems up and running?  How am I going to fix something that failed?  How am I going to do what I’m doing more efficiently? Continued »


November 6, 2012  12:31 PM

The technical landscape with IT Outsourcing

James Murray James Murray Profile: James Murray

When I started in IT 21 years ago there really wasn’t any competition.  Later as a Seattle IT Consultant I again found myself ahead of the curve when I went to clients like Microsoft and Intuit.  As a business Consultant specializing in technology, Continued »


November 6, 2012  12:30 PM

Outsourcing and the modern network architect

James Murray James Murray Profile: James Murray

If you are like me (A Seattle IT Consultant with 21 plus years’ experience) you may be noticing a change in the jobs landscape for IT Professionals.  So this leads to another frightening thought about the present business model.  The problem is outsourcing.  How does one compete with a technician who lives in another country?  Continued »


November 6, 2012  12:29 PM

Open Source & Modern Network Architecture

James Murray James Murray Profile: James Murray

So if you come from a background like mine, you’ve probably been a little confused by the open source business model.  21 years as a Seattle IT Consultant and I’ve never worked on a project where open source was considered.  Yet if we look at the statistics open source is a major player.  We just have to look at articles about the Apache web server.  Continued »


October 29, 2012  6:05 PM

Windows 8 and Skype

James Murray James Murray Profile: James Murray

So I tried installing Skype through the internet.  I couldn’t do it.  I figured it out and thought I’d share.  As with everything Windows 8, there’s a new interface to doing everything.  As a Seattle IT Consultant I’ve been trying to get some early time on the software before all my clients are using it.  Continued »


October 29, 2012  5:44 PM

Windows 8 Joining a domain

James Murray James Murray Profile: James Murray

As with everything Windows 8, there’s a new interface to doing everything.  If you are familiar with all the ways Windows has done thing in the past, it’s just a new front end.  The back end is still the same. As a Seattle IT Consultant I’ve been trying to get some early time on the software Continued »


October 29, 2012  5:19 PM

Windows 8 and Control Panel

James Murray James Murray Profile: James Murray

I’ve been using windows 8 for the last couple months and it’s a new learning curve.  The last 21 plus years I’ve been using Microsoft systems.  The last 12 years I’ve worked as a Seattle IT Consultant focused on desktop support, Server management, project management Continued »


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