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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Microsoft User CAL Changes: What it means for you

As the nature of the cloud evolves, so too does its licensing models. In the past, organizations were set up with licensing on a “per device” basis, but with the ongoing consumerization of IT and the proliferation of new devices (mobile phones, tablets, ultrabooks, etc.) in the workplace, many organizations are looking to cut costs…

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SHI releases Q3 revenue

If our Q3 results are any indication, SHI is headed for a record-breaking year. Our third quarter revenues of more than $900 million brought our total year-to-date revenue up to $3.03 billion as of Sept. 30. This puts us on target to surpass $4 billion in annual sales for the first time in our history….

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SHI donates cloud computing services to businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy might have taken only days to traverse the Northeast, but the devastation it left in its wake will take weeks and even months to repair. Current estimations have Hurricane Sandy causing up to $30 billion in lost business, the result of power outages, loss of infrastructure, business closures, and other damages. As I…

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SHI weathers Hurricane Sandy

By now, I am sure you have all seen the devastating impact that Hurricane Sandy has had on the East Coast of the United States. As many of you know, SHI’s World Headquarters is located in Somerset, N.J., just north of where the storm made landfall on Monday afternoon. I am very happy and relieved…

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Is your Microsoft licensing in compliance? A quick reference guide

This is a big week for Microsoft — the Windows 8 launch today, the release of Microsoft Surface tomorrow. Media and techies have been hyping these new products for months, both for their innovation — some are calling Surface the “PC of the future” — and also for the licensing re-haul associated with them. Caitlin…

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Windows 8 licensing: Your old license is obsolete, and so is your old BYOD policy

With the debut of Windows 8, Microsoft is also unveiling a new licensing model that has significant impact on companies that are using desktop virtualization and, specifically, have BYOD policies. With this post, I’m going to explain what these changes are and then we’ll make some recommendations for how your BYOD policies needs to be…

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Mobile Device Management: On cloud or on premise, your pivotal decision

It wasn’t long ago when mobile device management was a pretty simple matter. You outfitted your teams with BlackBerrys, you went with a BES solution, and the world was a wonderful place. Then along came Steve Jobs with the iPhone and changed the game for everybody. Once the iPhone was released, Android and Windows Phone…

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SHI recognized for excellence in support of Microsoft technology

One month ago, I shared 10 reasons why your Microsoft ESA matters. The purpose of my post was to help IT managers evaluate and select an Enterprise Software Advisor that would support them through every step and maximize the value of their enterprise agreements. However, the most interesting response I got to this post was…

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Direct2Dell blog tells the SHI and Dell story

Being in this business for 15 or so years has its benefits. I was reminded of a major one when I was interviewed for a blog post now appearing on Direct2Dell.com: being involved in the partnership between SHI and Dell. “SHI sells hardware?” you might ask. “SHI sells Dell?” The answers are “yes!” and “yes!”…

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