How the IBM-Lenovo deal affects you

Lenovo’s recent acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business, completed on Oct. 1, makes it one of the largest suppliers of x86 servers in the world. As far back as January, when news of a deal first emerged, organizations of all sizes have been anticipating the change while also wondering what implications the deal would have on their IT ....

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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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4 Microsoft webinars from SHI you don’t want to miss

SHI’s Microsoft Fall 2014 Webinar Series is already underway, but there are a number of valuable discussions still lined up. Take a look at the next few topics we have planned and mark your calendars accordingly. Take a Closer Look at Windows 8.1 … Including Mobile Devices Join Microsoft’s Mark Hauge as he reviews the…

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5 mobile content management solutions to keep your data safe

Phones and tablets have become ubiquitous workplace tools. As such, employees demand access to all the content they need to do their job wherever they might be. And while that’s good for productivity, it can be trouble for security. If your organization is like most, you have an on-premises solution for content management, but might…

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