5 more can’t-miss Microsoft webinars from SHI

We’re midway through this season’s lineup of Microsoft webinars, and so far the attendance and conversations have been impressive. If you haven’t yet had a chance to join SHI’s and Microsoft’s experts in one of these sessions, we still have plenty more topics for you to choose from. Take a look at the schedule of remaining webinars below and be sure to register today for all the details on Microsoft technologies that can pull your 2015 goals within ....

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IT asset management: Are we there yet?

Anyone in a position of authority within an IT department should be making the case for a viable IT asset management (ITAM) program. It’s time to say, “Let’s get our house in order.” Most IT professionals believe the frequency of software licensing audits is rising, and many others don’t think they excel at hardware asset…

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3 licensing options for migrating to Microsoft Azure from Windows Server 2003

Where will your organization go when Microsoft ends support for Windows Server 2003? Many organizations are formulating an answer to that question right now, preparing to meet the July 14, 2015 deadline. The myriad licensing models, program options, and cost scenarios for a Win2k3 migration make it a daunting task involving multiple decision points. The…

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3 roadblocks to big data ROI

Big data is offering answers to everything from the best ways to treat patients in a hospital to ensuring every airline flight arrives on time. Some organizations have built their success on big data. Netflix, for example, has found wide viewership for its award-winning original series in part because its data shows exactly what its…

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Is converged infrastructure the answer to Windows Server 2003 migration?

As their responsibilities multiply, IT professionals can add another line to their resumes: multi-tasking to an extreme. IT’s workload balloons with company growth as servers and networks expand in size, volume licensing becomes increasingly complicated, and complex silos of information swell. Yet administrators must maintain optimal speed and storage, often on a shoe-string budget. And…

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Here’s the device your employees want the most

Some 2.5 billion PCs, tablets, ultramobiles, and mobile phones will ship worldwide in 2014, Gartner projects. And as a result, the typical American worker has more device options today than ever before. Workers combine desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones to work more quickly, efficiently, and effectively. But what if employees could only choose one of…

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Migrating to Windows Server 2012 after the retirement of Win2k3? Read this first.

Organizations should be starting to plan their move off of Windows Server 2003 in anticipation of its end of support on July 14, 2015. As they evaluate their options, a key decision will be identifying the migration destination for applications and workloads. Microsoft has three target migration destinations: Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Azure, and Office…

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4 key insights into an organization’s IT asset management

SHI hosted a two-day IT Asset Management (ITAM) Summit in New Jersey last week, attracting 102 IT and procurement executives from 77 companies, ranging in size from less than $500 million in revenue to more than $50 billion. Having joined SHI just six months ago after holding CFO roles at both public and private companies,…

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Avoid unnecessary pain by properly planning your move to O365

Microsoft’s Office 365 (O365) continues to draw more organizations to the benefits of the cloud. O365 is Microsoft’s fastest-growing commercial product ever, and the cloud software suite was a key driver in the 147 percent jump year over year in Microsoft’s commercial cloud business revenue during its fiscal fourth quarter of 2014. But while millions…

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Network design for the overworked administrator

System administrators have a full plate. Maintenance, monitoring, and management of their organization’s IT infrastructure keep them busy, leaving few opportunities to complete a thorough network design. A poorly designed or unorganized network, however, often requires more attention, and can be costlier down the road, making it worth the time investment up front. If you…

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