Everyone needs mobile device management, but nobody’s buying it

A study by B2B International recently highlighted the slow adoption of mobile device management (MDM) software. It revealed that only 11 percent of the companies surveyed had an MDM solution in place to ensure those employees with mobile phones and tablets are complying with corporate security policies. This tells us that even though the entire…

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6 reasons why SHI should be your ITAM partner

Although IT asset management (ITAM) gets VERY complicated VERY quickly, the key to selecting a partner can be boiled down to two simple questions: Who do you trust? Why do you trust them? In a recent article, Paul Sheehan argues that companies that sell software licenses cannot function as independent and objective third-parties when it…

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Making sense of the software-defined data center

Software-defined data center (SDDC) is the latest buzzword in our industry. SDDC is the phrase used to refer to a data center in which all infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service. Management of the data center is automated by software — meaning the configuration of hardware is done through upper-level software systems. This…

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SHI joins Operation Shoebox NJ to spread holiday cheer to troops overseas

Earlier this month, our partners at McAfee joined more than 140 SHI employees and Operation Shoebox New Jersey at SHI Headquarters to assemble care packages for U.S. troops stationed overseas. We had been collecting supplies — toiletries, snacks, knick-knacks, Girl Scout cookies, etc. — since the beginning of September with the goal of mailing 500…

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SHI is only Dell partner to take home 2 Partner of the Year Awards at Dell World 2012

I’m back in the office this week after spending much of last week in Austin, Texas for Dell World — Dell’s second annual customer and partner event. It was a great chance to meet face-to-face with our customers and demonstrate our ever-strengthening partnership by tossing some SHI footballs to our colleagues at Dell (literally). On…

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SHI is only Dell partner to take home 2 Partner of the Year Awards at Dell World 2012

I’m back in the office this week after spending much of last week in Austin, Texas for Dell World — Dell’s second annual customer and partner event. It was a great chance to meet face-to-face with our customers and demonstrate our ever-strengthening partnership by tossing some SHI footballs to our colleagues at Dell (literally). On…

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Updates and changes to Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 was made available to business customers last week. As with previous releases, this launch not only includes updates to the Microsoft Office Suite, but also to the full line of desktop and server application products including Project, Visio, Lync, and SharePoint. The last month of our Fall 2012 Webinar Series will be dedicated…

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5 ways to lower your printing costs now

If you asked 1,000 IT directors to name their least favorite subject, printing would easily top the charts. IT generally hates having to think about printing, and I can understand why. Printers have developed a reputation as noisy, unreliable money toilets that can also send faxes. They’re a pain to support, and they distract your…

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Ultrabooks breathe new life into PC notebook market

PCs used to be big hulking towers that barely fit under your desk and sounded like a Saturn 5 rocket when you booted them up. Today, thanks to the relentless march of innovation-and some well-timed funding-the PC comes in a variety of flavors: netbooks, notebooks, pocket PCs, and Ultrabooks. The Ultrabook™ form factor is changing…

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A Microsoft Surface user review

I’ve never owned a tablet device. No, really. I’m serious. Twenty-two percent of adults across the U.S. (and counting) own tablets, but I was not one of them. Until recently, that is. Two weeks ago Pat Hart, SHI’s Director of Software Licensing, determined to bring me out of the dark ages, handed me a newly…

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