11 things SHI’s customers want to know about the future of SHI

SHI is not a publicly traded company, so we’re under no requirement to share the details of our inner workings. But we know those things are important to our customers, and as a result, we’ve always strived to be transparent. Plus, we really don’t have anything “juicy” to hide.

But part of that transparency isn’t just talking about performance. Rather it’s where our leadership is taking the company, what our vision is for the industry, and how that impacts (and helps) our customers. Last week we had our 2012 Enterprise Sales Conference. For employees and our customers, one of the most important parts of the annual event is our CEO Thai Lee‘s keynote.

This year’s keynote was titled “Roadmap to SHI 4.0.” The 4.0 speaks to
our fourth decade in business, which we will cross the threshold of in 2020. I know that might feel far off, but no company succeeds with only a short-term vision. Continue Reading…

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New SHI Cloud Briefing Center makes cloud computing cool

Remember when the future was cool? Well, it is again.

Between 2011 and 2014, the worldwide cloud market is estimated to grow 126.5 percent. This growth will be driven, in part, by 122 percent growth in Infrastructure-as-a-Service. These predictions and, perhaps more compellingly, the recent rate of adoption of IaaS and other cloud solutions make it clear: The cloud IS the future for businesses and organizations of just about any size and industry. And SHI’s new NYC Cloud Briefing Center is making that future cool. Continue Reading…

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Putting a bow on Cloud Expo

We wrapped up our participation in the 10th International Cloud Expo in New York last week, and we’ve got a lot to share about it. First, we were featured in a story in SearchCloudProvider that discusses the emerging opportunity of big data cloud analytics in the midmarket.

Henry Fastert, our Chief Technologist, expressed his opinion to reporter Jessica Scarpati for her story, “Service providers anticipate SMB demand for big-data cloud analytics.” But Henry’s opinion isn’t the only one in the spotlight on SearchCloudProvider. He was in the company of other industry leaders, and Scarpati will be following the story up with a part two. Stay tuned. Continue Reading…

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The new and improved SHI Blog

We’ve been talking about launching our new blog for a few weeks now and, well, it’s official! The press release we issued today proves it.

MOVING DAY: This morning, our new blog went live, and we’re
ready to get the conversation flowing!

Stay tuned to the SHI Blog for open dialogue about the cloud, in addition to hardware, software, services, solutions, training, and gadgets. Anything else you’d like to see us cover? Tell us in a comment below.

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What Microsoft’s acquisition of Yammer means to SHI

Upon first reading the rumors that Microsoft would soon acquire Yammer — and that this acquisition was based on Yammer technology to improve the social aspect of SharePoint — I reacted in roughly the same way that Tommy Lee Jones did when Harrison Ford proclaimed, “I DIDN’T KILL MY WIFE!” in the movie “The Fugitive.”

I didn’t care.

It’s not that these revelations weren’t significant. They were. Acquiring the cloud-based enterprise social network could improve the social collaboration capabilities of the next version of SharePoint (possibly in Q1 of 2013), if Microsoft chooses to do so. (As for the other? Well, Ford jumped off a 225-foot dam into an active spillway without a scratch.)

SharePoint has been the backbone of SHI’s company intranet since 2006. Over these past six years, I learned that an effective, enterprise-wide rollout of SharePoint is as much about the business and cultural decisions made as it is the technology itself.

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Talking the talk of the IT industry

This past weekend, I married someone who also works for a global IT company, and I became the happiest man in the world. Please allow me to clarify.

My newly found (and undoubtedly continued) domestic bliss has little to do with my wife’s current occupation. But I’m not going to lie — it is a most excellent perk. That’s because it allows us to hold those “how was your day” conversations almost entirely in the language of the industry.

“How’d it go today?”

“Great! We saw a good response to that Time-Boxed Burst story, and there was some decent buzz around the new releases of CS 6 and SQL in yesterday’s newsletter.” Continue Reading…

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