SHI harnesses the power of the sun on Earth Day — and everyday

Posted by at 8:58 AM

Happy Earth Day! In honor of the world’s largest environmental celebration, I wanted to take a moment to highlight SHI’s small part in making our world a healthier place.

SHI’s commitment to going green has been years in the making. In 2011, we installed 1,596 rooftop solar panels at our software and hardware integration center. Since the installation, the system has produced 1,017,044 kilowatts of solar energy, and shrunk our carbon dioxide (CO2) output by 1,343,042 pounds. Today, the system plays a huge role in energy creation, accounting for 40 percent of the building’s total energy usage in 2013.

But our journey to energy efficiency didn’t end there. When we took over 290 Davidson in Somerset, N.J. as our corporate headquarters, we completely renovated the building with LEED certification in mind. Our main mission in the renovation was to install a solar project to help reduce our carbon footprint and decrease overall utility costs. At the project’s completion in 2012, we had installed 2,119 solar panels for a total array of about 500 kilowatts and gained a LEED Gold certification.

Since the installation, the solar project has produced 1,156,689 kilowatts of power and accounted for 8 percent of the building’s total energy usage in 2013. Not only did we decrease our energy consumption, but we shrank our CO2 output by 1,574,963 pounds–the amount of CO2 produced by a one-ton pickup truck after driving 1,351,960 miles. Continue Reading…

Adobe takes a big step toward Creative Cloud. Here’s everything CS6 customers need to know

Posted by at 7:30 AM

Adobe Creative CloudDespite some early misperceptions about how Adobe Creative Cloud‘s subscription model would work, customers have signed up in droves. Some 1.8 million users now subscribe to Creative Cloud, enjoying instant updates and a predictable annual spend. Now a recent announcement could drive further adoption. At the end of May, Adobe will stop offering Creative Suite 6 (CS6) suites and products to commercial and government customers via the transactional licensing program (TLP) and cumulative licensing program (CLP).

If you’re still using CS6 under a TLP or CLP license, you probably have questions about this announcement. Here are some answers:

Why is Adobe phasing out CS6?

This move isn’t exactly surprising, after Adobe removed Upgrade Plan for its Creative products in December 2012, and announced in May 2013 that no new versions would be made available via perpetual licensing — Creative Cloud was the direction for the future.

CS6 is nearly two years old, and there have been more than 500 updates to the products since then. By making the Creative Suite available only through Creative Cloud, Adobe further simplifies its purchasing options and ensures it can deliver feature updates to customers as soon as they’re available. Continue Reading…

SHI receives 2 Cisco Partner of the Year awards

Posted by at 1:28 PM

Cisco presents SHI International with Partner of the Year award. From left to right: Brian Marlier, Cisco SVP, US Enterprise Sales; Hal Jagger, SHI Vice President/General Manager - Corporate Sales; Brandon Farrell SHI Director of Strategic Partners, Corporate Division; Key Bymes, Cisco Director  Operation Sales

Cisco presents SHI International with Partner of the Year award. From left to right: Brian Marlier, Cisco SVP, US Enterprise Sales; Hal Jagger, SHI Vice President/General Manager – Corporate Sales; Brandon Farrell SHI Director of Strategic Partners, Corporate Division; Key Byrnes, Cisco Director Operation Sales

At the Cisco Partner Summit 2014 in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago, Cisco presented SHI with two Partner Summit Global awards: Meraki Partner of the Year, Americas and New Break Away Partner of the Year, Americas.

Cisco is a large growth area for SHI, especially as we reinforce our focus on data centers, networking, and collaboration. In 2013, we grew our Cisco business 119 percent among corporate and small and medium-sized businesses, and 244 percent in Meraki.

In addition, growth spanned all of Cisco’s architectures:

  • Collaboration revenue increased 55 percent in 2013.
  • Data center revenue increased 137 percent in 2013.
  • Enterprise networking revenue increased 33 percent in 2013.
  • Security revenue increased 55 percent in 2013.

SHI has stepped up to meet the growing demand for Cisco products. In the past year, we doubled our investment in dedicated Cisco pre-sales resources by adding Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)-level solution architects, pre-sales engineers, and SMARTnet management specialists and training each of them to provide the world-class customer experience that SHI has become known for during the past 25 years.

We’re proud of our relationship and growth with Cisco, and are proud to accept these awards in recognition. As always, thanks to our customers and employees for working with us to make this possible.

Apple tips its hat to the enterprise with new VPP Credit

Posted by at 10:30 AM

Shopping-Cart-With-Apps-InsideApple recently introduced mobile device management (MDM) for iOS as part of a new focus on enterprise markets. This is great news for both the companies that steered clear of iPhones and iPads until now and those that dove into iOS despite the enterprise limitations. One aspect of the move is especially welcome: Apple expanded its Volume Purchase Program (VPP) to create VPP Credit. Under the program, businesses can now purchase large volumes of apps in bulk through purchase orders (POs).

While iPads have been a mainstay of the workplace for years, companies struggled to manage work-related applications housed on each individual device. Initially, app purchases were conducted per user and individually charged back to the enterprise. Not only was this tedious, but the moment employees left an organization, they took all of the pre-installed, company-purchased apps with them. Organizations could lose out on hundreds of dollars per device. Continue Reading…

Office for iPad: Answers to your most common licensing questions

Posted by at 7:57 AM

Since Microsoft’s unveiling of Office for iPad two weeks ago, SHI has been inundated with phone calls and emails from customers asking about how they can get the new offering. This question would seem to have a simple answer given the nature of how easy it is to obtain apps on an iPad — just download it!

However, as organizations assess their current and future mobile device strategy, it stands to reason that the more robust capabilities available for Office for iPad require a more complete and thorough understanding of the licensing and cost models involved. For that reason, we’ve taken the time to address the five most common licensing questions organizations have asked about Office for iPad.

1. Is Office for iPad included in my existing Office 365 (O365) service plan?

In order to edit and create documents with Office for iPad, organizations must have an O365 ProPlus subscription. The following volume licensing (VL) O365 subscriptions include O365 ProPlus:

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2. Is Office for iPad included in my existing Enterprise Agreement (EA)? Continue Reading…

Why enterprise iOS adoption surged before Apple’s mobile device management tools

Posted by at 3:34 PM

iPad at workApple recently introduced a mobile device management enrollment solution for iOS that would make it easier for enterprise and education customers to roll out mass numbers of fully configured iPads or iPhones to employees without ever touching the device. For many in enterprise IT, this makes iOS a lot more appealing.

But that’s not to say the enterprise has ignored iPads and iPhones until now. In fact, Apple has made significant headway into the enterprise market over the last five years, with sales surging more than 1,000 percent at SHI. Not to mention that iOS activations made up 73 percent of total device activations in the fourth quarter of 2013 among enterprises.

Even before a solution existed for a smooth enterprise deployment, many pioneering organizations sought out iOS anyway, a testament to the strengths of Apple’s products. But still, having every user install the necessary apps and configure settings would have been a major drain on time and resources. Continue Reading…

HP changes availability of firmware updates for HP ProLiant servers: Here’s what you need to know

Posted by at 8:50 AM

HP ProLiant serversHP recently announced that, effective immediately, it will only provide firmware updates to HP ProLiant server customers that have a valid warranty, Care Pack Service, or support agreement. The announcement set off a firestorm online among HP customers concerned that these changes would either force them to invest more money in their HP products or expose themselves to security risks. We’ve received many questions from SHI customers about these changes, so we decided to break them down for you here.

First, it’s important to note that these changes apply to HP ProLiant servers only, and more specifically to ProLiant system ROM and complex programming logic devices (CPLD) firmware. The entitlement requirements do not extend to HP Integrated Lights-Out (iLO), I/O, or controller firmware. In addition, HP will continue to provide security and safety updates to all server customers, regardless of entitlement or warranty.

What HP’s firmware availability change means for you

For organizations that have HP ProLiant servers under warranties or HP-branded support entitlements, the only change is the location where updates are housed. Firmware updates were previously available via the HP IT Resource Center, which has been retired. Now customers can now obtain the latest firmware updates through the HP Support Center (HPSC) for no additional cost.

Customers without an HP-branded support contract or HP Care Pack agreement, or whose server warranty has lapsed, will have to invest in HP-branded support to ensure continued access to firmware and Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) updates.

What you get with HP-branded support Continue Reading…