Your top 5 questions about Apple deployment, answered

Apple deployment within enterprises is on the rise. Organizations as large as IBM have opened the doors to Macs in their environments, and are experiencing the benefits –improved employee satisfaction and culture, reduced tech support demands, and surprisingly to some, cost savings.

For organizations accustomed to maintaining a Windows environment, switching to Apple devices—whether in part or in full—may be uncharted territory, and it’s not uncommon for questions to arise. With this in mind, SHI recently held a webinar to address how businesses can efficiently deploy Apple products in their IT environment.

The questions we heard during that event are ones we hear often, so we compiled a list and answer them below.  Continue Reading…

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The biggest problem with AI is also its biggest opportunity

artificial intelligenceArtificial intelligence (AI) is better at spotting cancer than doctors, will be our future chauffer, and can even cook, if you don’t mind some experimental taste tests.

Much of this still sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, and that’s evidence of how far this technology has come in recent years. Businesses small and large are already contemplating how AI can support their goals, and some are already implementing it. There’s just one problem: Often, we have no idea how it works. Continue Reading…

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Is your enterprise cloud ready for the big leagues? Start with Triple A.

So your organization wants to be more agile—aspiring to spin up new test environments in minutes, speed development processes, and scale infrastructure with ease. Your reflex is to move applications to public cloud to gain agility, but that isn’t always the right option. Sure, some cloud-native applications are well suited to public cloud, but other enterprise applications are not. The cost of recoding, refactoring, and building resiliency into those applications before migration can be prohibitive. Continue Reading…

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The four quests of mobility: A strategy guide for leveling up your business

Making the leap to a mobile environment can be quite the journey. Some may even call it a quest. Along the way you will encounter obstacles, but they can be overcome with the proper tools, and if all goes to plan, you can level up to an efficient, fully integrated mobile environment.

Much like a video game, you’ll need to achieve goals, defeat bosses, and reap rewards. But it’s dangerous to go alone. You need the proper tools—or power ups—to complete your adventure into the Kingdom of Mobility.

We’ve developed the following strategy guide to get you from where you are now to a mobile environment. Continue Reading…

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Symantec and Blue Coat have merged—here’s what that means for you

In August of 2016, Symantec officially acquired Blue Coat, a leading provider of advanced web security solutions. That partnership was finally cemented on an operational level on April 10, 2017—meaning that there will be some noticeable changes over the coming months.

What does that mean for current customers? We gathered all the facts to guide you through the transition. Continue Reading…

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Demand for public cloud drives record revenue growth & new offerings at SHI

Earnings-releaseSHI’s robust growth continued in Q1 with $1.7 billion in revenue – a 13 percent year-over-year increase. Revenue increased sharply across all divisions and geographies, and was strong among long-term and emerging partners alike.

Consider these stats:

  • Corporate and SMB division revenue climbed 24 percent.
  • Commercial and Strategic Enterprise division revenue grew 13 percent.
  • The U.K. office saw 24 percent revenue growth.
  • SHI’s Microsoft Azure revenue soared 147 percent quarter over quarter.
  • SHI’s AWS revenue jumped 112 percent year over year.

Increased customer demand for help in deploying and managing public cloud assets caused SHI to reanalyze and augment the types and levels of support we provide customers in our cloud offerings. So this quarter we launched an AWS Support Services program that delivers additional consultative and direct helpdesk support to customers tasked with managing the technical, financial, and corporate governance aspects of AWS and, as the year progresses, other cloud technologies, including Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

For more information on SHI’s Q1 financial results, our new AWS Support Services program, and thoughts from CEO Thai Lee, read our official press release.

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Why you should consider Premium Assurance for Windows Server and SQL Server

In today’s rapidly evolving IT landscape, IT organizations are walking a fine line between transitioning to the cloud and retaining on-premises systems. They’re moving applications and infrastructure to the cloud for flexibility and scalability, but also need to maintain stable, secure, workable environments in house for applications that are not yet suited for cloud deployments. These transitions can take time, and often don’t happen in one fell swoop—mission-critical and legacy applications often have to stay on legacy server versions longer, and ensuring their security is vital to providing continuity and a stable environment. Continue Reading…

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