6 tech trends that took over in 2016

Technology continues to become more and more integrated into our everyday lives—it’s hard to find a company that doesn’t use software to help run their business more smoothly. At SHI, we help organizations across a number of industries find the solutions they need, from printer security to healthy cubicle hacks and more. It gives us a great view of some of the trends that emerge each year, including what hit it big in 2016. Continue Reading…

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How modern Windows device management solves IT’s imaging problems

mdmIT might long for the days when employees worked on one desktop computer. Too bad the ‘90s are over. Today, employees use multiple devices that should seamlessly integrate with each other and the rest of the environment.

That’s easier said than done, especially for IT managers who are still imaging and deploying devices like they were five years ago. The process can be lengthy and complex, and presents challenges for organizations of all sizes.

But new tools simplify the process, and one that’s getting more and more attention is Windows 10’s modern device management. Here’s how it works and how it can make your life easier. Continue Reading…

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Answering the 7 most common questions about Windows 10 deployment

7 frequently asked questions about Windows 10 deploymentWindows 10 is marching toward global adoption. Microsoft announced in January that more than 200 million devices around the world were on Windows 10. And just a few weeks ago, the Department of Defense announced it will transition 4 million machines across all defense agencies to Windows 10 by January 2017.

But a Windows 10 deployment doesn’t always come free of challenges or decisions. In fact, we’re hearing a lot of the same questions from organizations in the middle of a deployment. These organizations are all wondering if they’re in the same boat – are others concerned about Skylake? What’s the best way to wrestle unmanaged devices?

So here are the answers to the seven most common questions we’re being asked about Windows 10 deployments. Continue Reading…

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The important date Windows 7 and 8.1 users should know

whats newWindows 7 and 8.1 users, mark your calendars: A critical support date approaches on July 17, 2018.

After then, only critical security support will be available for devices running Windows 7 or 8.1 on new processor devices (such as Intel’s 6th Gen Skylake), according to a Jan. 15 Microsoft announcement. Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10 in advance of that date in order to protect your organization from security, reliability, and compliance shortfalls. Extended support for hardware with legacy processors will end on Jan. 14, 2020 for Windows 7 and Jan. 10, 2023 for Windows 8.1. Continue Reading…

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Imaging and provisioning is easier with Windows 10. Here’s the story.

Replacing one laptop or tablet is easy enough, right? Sadly, as you might know all too well, it can turn into a multiday process that stunts productivity and extends downtime.

In the past, replacing a laptop meant IT had to physically touch it to upload the latest image. This traditional method of provisioning and imaging just takes too long and is too labor intensive.

Now imagine replacing 1,000 laptops with 1,000 tablets — how do you deploy and manage those, and how can they be better imaged? Continue Reading…

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Windows 10 is here: Here’s what volume licensing customers need to know

windows-10Windows 10 is live, and with it comes product portfolio changes, adjustments to Software Assurance (SA) benefits, and a bevy of new features and enhancements. But perhaps the biggest change is how updates are delivered.

Here is the breakdown of these changes, and considerations for how to acquire Windows 10 licenses moving forward. Continue Reading…

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5 things to know about Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer

UpgradeMicrosoft’s highly anticipated Windows 10 operating system is sounding even better than many expected. When Microsoft presented a deep look at Windows 10 on Jan. 21, it offered customers an added incentive to jump to its newest offering: The company revealed it will offer free upgrades to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows Phone 8.1 devices. For customers who have not yet upgraded to Windows 8.1 from XP or Vista, this provides an excellent opportunity to maximize value, and to modernize their legacy OSes.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 demo and incentive announcement generated a lot of buzz, but also many questions. I’ve detailed five key insights you should be aware of regarding the Windows 10 news, and how it relates to your volume licensing agreements: Continue Reading…

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