SHI Customer Summit: Taking Your Enterprise Mobility to the Next Level

SHI 2016 Mobility SummitMobility isn’t just about your employees’ productivity. A strong IT mobility strategy can help your business reach customers at the exact time and place they need your help. With all the “noise” facing today’s decision-makers, when and how you drive customers to your brand is a key part of reaching new audiences.

Helping enterprise businesses optimize their mobility strategy is SHI’s goal – one that our mobility partners, including VMware, have recognized us for. To support the efforts of our clients, SHI will host two mobility summits that will focus on the best practices enterprise organizations can deploy to deliver the most efficient and secure mobile communications to their employees and customers. Leaders from the largest players in the mobility space will present insights and advice in the areas of security and compliance, network infrastructure, and the end-point experience.

The agendas for the two summits (scheduled for April 18-19 and May 5-6) are filled with breakout sessions from the mobility thought leaders of Apple, Microsoft, and SHI.

The April Summit will also feature keynotes from the following speakers: Continue Reading…

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How one company regained visibility into its IT supply chain and saved nearly a million dollars

serversA multinational conglomerate needed hardware fast. After deciding to spin off one of its businesses, it needed to build data centers to equip the new entity with servers and storage.

The spinoff was on a tight timeline, but that wasn’t the only need for a speedy rollout. The new data centers required tight security controls that ensured customers’ data – designs and other intellectual property – wasn’t at risk. Continue Reading…

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The best yet: SHI posts record revenue in 2015

Earnings ReleaseWe’re beginning to sound like a broken record, but that’s because we are … breaking records! 2015 was SHI’s best year yet with $6.8 billion in revenue — our strongest financial performance in a calendar year ever. The year was marked by robust and well-balanced growth from its four key sales divisions.

Overall, SHI increased revenue 14 percent year-over-year, in great part because of strengthened ties with our legacy and new partners, including Dell, HP Inc. and HP Enterprise (after splitting in 2015), VMware, Symantec, Lenovo, Adobe, and Apple. In 2015, Cisco became the fastest-growing partner among our top 10. We also saw 12 percent growth in Microsoft sales last year, and remain the company’s largest North American and global channel partner.

For CEO Thai Lee’s analysis of SHI’s 2015 results, as well as more facts, figures, and announcements read our official press release.

Sincere thanks to all of SHI’s customers, partners, and employees who made this possible!

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Staff picks for the week of Jan. 25, 2016

Staff Picks GeneralFrom how we think of ourselves to how we shop, eat, and apparently even how we take our latte, technology is filling gaps in our lives that we didn’t even know existed. This week’s staff picks demonstrate just how embedded in our lives technology is. Continue Reading…

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Resources, relationships, and results: How a children’s hospital fixed its disaster recovery plan

children's hospitalWhen faced with bad choices, it’s sometimes easier to just do nothing, even if that inaction can lead to a new round of issues.

Such was the situation for a children’s hospital in one U.S. city. The hospital had no disaster recovery (DR), and it was stuck with an impractical plan from a consultant – backup hardware in a building across the street. Continue Reading…

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Staff picks for the week of Jan. 11, 2016

Staff Picks GeneralThe tech industry kicks off each new year with a bang at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and this year was no different. From new apps and wearables to a resurgence of old technology, we picked a few of our favorite CES 2016 announcements. Keep reading for the details as well as some other interesting and timely tech reads.

The return of technics is symbolic, but will anyone actually buy them? (Read by Camillia S.)

Everything old is eventually new again. While vinyl will likely never be as popular as it was when it was the only way to play music, it’s making a comeback. In fact, vinyl sales generated $221.8 million from January to June 2015. But does that mean DJs will start spinning records again? Panasonic seems to think so. The company announced at CES 2016 that it’s bringing back the Technics SL-1200 turntable (“the most important piece of DJ equipment ever created”) with a 50th anniversary limited and a non-limited edition to be released later in the year. As a record player owner, I’m interested in the increasing popularity of vinyl and I’m curious to see just how long the trend will last.

The big data of bad driving, and how insurers plan to track your every turn (Read by Heidi B.)

I’m a pretty safe driver, but sometimes I feel like I don’t get credit for it. Luckily big data is on my side as major insurers (Allstate, Liberty Mutual, Progressive, and State Farm) increasingly rely on in-car technology to judge driving habits, such as how often you slam on the brakes and what time of the day you’re on the road. Some car manufacturers enable drivers to download an app to their vehicles that notifies them when they’re driving too aggressively. Others provide a device that plugs into a port near the steering column. In-car tracking raises privacy and security questions but could also help insurers design more accurate plans and better understand driving habits.

L’Oréal takes the wearables war to the beauty counter (Read by Heidi B.)

UV rays: We all know they can be dangerous, but almost none of us know how many we’re actually soaking up. L’Oréal is looking to change that with My UV Patch, a new wearable, ultra-thin, stretchable sensor that tells you how much UV exposure you receive. Unveiled last week at CES, My UV Patch is scheduled to hit the market in late 2016 and is one of several wearable devices L’Oréal is making in partnership with engineering firm PCH. I’m excited to see what the others are!

What 6 Chicago-area theaters had to do to show Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’ (Read by Ed M.)

The clips of “The Hateful Eight” aired during last night’s Golden Globes led me to research where (and whether) I could/should see the film in the 70 mm format. That’s when I ran across this story about the challenges of distributing a 70 mm film to a nation of theaters that long since converted to digital. Reading about how experienced projectionists fanned out to other theaters to demonstrate a format that had been the industry standard years ago reminded me of the Y2K issues we helped organizations research during my third year at SHI. Here’s hoping U2 releases an album 10 years from now that’s only meant to be played via cassette on a Sony Walkman. #JobSecurity

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