3 key takeaways from the latest update to Microsoft’s MPSA

Microsoft is weaving Software Assurance (SA) into its Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA), effective Sept. 1. This is one of several changes rolled out for MPSA that shed light on Microsoft’s direction for the program and make MPSA more ....

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Microsoft’s O365 price change: What every customer needs to know

Microsoft Office 365 (O365) has seen its fair share of changes, both in features and functionality and in price point. Most notably, in May 2012 and then again in September 2013, Microsoft decreased pricing on O365 by roughly 15 percent in both instances. Now, effective August 1, Microsoft increased pricing by 15 percent on its…

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Intrusion prevention systems: The must-have piece to your network security puzzle

Network security is not a one-and-done process. Organizations can no longer install a few firewalls and expect their data to remain safe from breaches. If IT managers didn’t know this already, they learned it from the Target point-of-sales attack and the Heartbleed bug — just when we thought our information was safe, hackers developed new…

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The hazards of ad hoc data centers

If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a hundred times. Organizations start out by installing a few small-scale servers to back up and restore network data. Then as the business grows, storage needs increase, leaving IT departments to stitch together temporary solutions. These brief bandages often end up becoming long-term solutions and create a…

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Microsoft volume licensing and product webinars now available

Each spring, SHI and Microsoft collaborate on a series of webinars designed to educate procurement and IT pros about the newest Microsoft product and licensing options in order to help them best support their end users. This year we covered Windows 8.1, Office 365, Azure, and a number of other software asset management and licensing…

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How to make professional services work for you

In his classic book “Flawless Consulting,” Peter Block lays out the three ways that a consultant interacts with clients: as an expert, a pair of hands, or a collaborator. As Block points out, when a consultant is the expert, all the responsibility rests on his shoulders, and when it’s just a pair of hands, it’s…

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The top 5 features all companies should look for in a mobile security solution

Cloud security has been a top concern ever since organizations first began to shift data into the cloud and away from on-premises solutions. While many cloud providers offer robust enterprise capabilities, including encrypted content, passcodes, and mobile device management, many can still fall victim to a serious security risk: data leakage. In an age where…

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SHI announces record-breaking growth, celebrates 25th anniversary at annual Global Sales Conference

This week SHI is hosting its annual Global Sales Conference, where hundreds of SHI employees and dozens of partners have gathered to celebrate SHI’s 25th anniversary and collaborate on how to continue to deliver exceptional value and experience as we help customers select, deploy, and manage technology. The theme this year? Growth — in partner…

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The 3-step approach to improving IT security

Every year we regularly schedule physicals, oil changes, car inspections, and other appointments in order to keep the systems that we depend on running at peak operational efficiency. There might not be anything noticeably wrong to necessitate one of these checkups, but that’s not really the point. The purpose is to take a proactive approach…

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How the retirement of Microsoft’s Select Plus volume licensing program will affect you

Since its inception in October 2008, Select Plus has been the recommended transactional volume licensing program for medium-to-large organizations looking to procure Microsoft products and services. But with the introduction of cloud services, such as Office 365, and other new programs, licensing models continued to grow more complex and gain more complicated program terms. For…

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