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Posts by Tobin Dalrymple

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Cloud | November 1, 2017 by Tobin Dalrymple
Hybrid IT is one of the fastest growing trends in digital transformation, with nearly 80 percent of businesses planning to combine private and public clouds, according to IDC. And, as with all technology transformations, there is no universal recipe for success. But there are a number of key ingredients which are almost always a good idea to include — or at least consider — as you craft your hybrid strategy.
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While IT pros were still catching up on the big VMware event in Las Vegas, the company was unveiling a whole new series of multi-cloud updates and new products on a stage in Barcelona, joined by some of the world’s biggest technology partners like IBM. What emerged from the European edition of VMworld was even more stark […]
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And while VMworld had nothing to do with sport’s most hyped event, ever, we’re tempted to make the comparison. VMware, virtualization’s most decorated champion, ever, gave its followers what they really wanted, in a crowded Las Vegas amphitheater.
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Microsoft | October 13, 2016 by Tobin Dalrymple
On June 1, 2016, Microsoft officially announced the general availability of SQL Server 2016. While a few enterprises have already made the upgrade, many IT leaders have just begun asking questions about the new database solution, trying to define its place on their roadmap.
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Microsoft | September 21, 2016 by Tobin Dalrymple
One C-level executive was so excited to get going on her company’s new Office 365 bundle, that she asked to be first on the list to adopt it. Everything was going great until a week later when she started missing important calls and meetings. Uh oh… All of a sudden IT leaders were scrambling to […]
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Microsoft | September 9, 2016 by Tobin Dalrymple
As the world of IT is transforming at an unprecedented rate, enterprise technology leaders want to find a simpler way to manage everything. And they don’t want that solution to be limited to a single operating system, cloud provider or environment type. Your company doesn’t fit a pre-baked template, so why should your management tool? […]
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Microsoft | August 11, 2016 by Tobin Dalrymple
Even if cloud providers take most of the hard work off your plate, you shouldn’t take lightly your own responsibilities – what Amazon or Microsoft aren’t going to do for you. One of the most important of these responsibilities is – security – or at least some aspects of it. When you are leveraging the cloud as a platform for business applications, security duties are split between you and the provider. Click here to learn more.
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Microsoft | June 17, 2016 by Tobin Dalrymple
We just wrapped another webinar with Softchoice’s Azure experts, this time speaking about the future application deployments and infrastructure provisioning on the cloud. And while the entire discussion is worth watching (again or for the first time), we boil down the biggest take-aways from the event.
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Innovation knows no bounds. Consider, for example, the tech leadership of St John’s, Newfoundland. A bustling city miles away from the Canadian coast, St John’s is best known for its gorgeous scenery and historic fishing industry. More recently, it is a land where leveraging the cloud was thought to be unfeasible, if only because the […]
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It’s a modern day truism that in order to be successful, the IT department has to listen to the needs of stakeholders, whether it be employees or customers or the CEO. But what about that old Henry Ford story, the one where he said if all he did was listen to customers he’d have built […]
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Hundreds of top level technology leaders joined together for over 20 events in 2015, to discuss their industries, their fears and their successes. Top on the list of themes for these leaders were the transformational topics of Big Data and the Cloud. These are two buzzed technologies that everyone has heard of one way or […]
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Hundreds of top level technology leaders joined together for over 20 IEF events in 2015, to discuss their industries, their fears and their successes. At each one of these events, we were constantly and pleasantly reminded of the true nature of IT’s job. At the root, technology today isn’t about technology. It’s about people, and […]
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Hundreds of top level technology leaders joined together for over 20 IEF events in 2015, to discuss their industries, their fears and their successes. And during that time, security maintained its place as a key IT focus. But it was different than how it’s traditionally been discussed. Security is no longer simply about building up […]
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After skimming through the findings of over 20 IEF events held last year, one point stands out from the rest. IT leaders are smack dab in the middle of an identity crisis, one where the traditional values of IT no longer apply, and the expectations for a new kind of technology-led strategy are at times […]
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In April 2016, the City of Seattle released a treasure trove of archival photographs, documenting the erection of one of its most timeless icons: The Space Needle. The tech news website Geekwire took the opportunity to share stomach-dropping photos of the tower’s construction, declaring them as a testament to the technological visionaries who built the […]
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It doesn’t matter what industry you are in, if you don’t have a digital culture, you won’t be able to innovate. This was perhaps the one theme that tied together our discussions at the first Innovation Executive Forum of the year in San Francisco. We saw how technology leaders need to actively work to create […]
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CIO’s know their most important responsibility is helping guide the overall business strategy and digital transformation. But for many of them, holding this type of influence is still a distant dream. For others, they don’t even know where to begin – nor believe it will ever happen. This topic was the focus during our second […]
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Microsoft | October 30, 2015 by Tobin Dalrymple
People are buying Skype for Business, but they’re hardly using it. Not only are companies spending money on unused tools, it’s also seriously hindering their chances at driving real change and results through modern communication & collaboration suite. Our expert offers some simple yet powerful steps to ensure that your technology pays off.
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Security | September 22, 2015 by Tobin Dalrymple
Dear passwords, we need to talk. This letter has been a long time coming, and it can’t wait anymore. I don’t really know where to begin, so I am just going to cut to the chase. I’m breaking up with you. It’s over. We are done-zo. Finito. Ancient history. Here’s why.
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Security | June 15, 2015 by Tobin Dalrymple
Now that the VENOM vulnerability has been dealt with, it’s time for technologists to seriously consider how ready they are for virtualization security. Especially if you’re working in an organization with a significant investment in the cloud, this is one area you can’t afford to ignore any longer. The VENOM vulnerability was discovered last May […]
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Microsoft | June 12, 2015 by Tobin Dalrymple
Think of it like a “tree falling in the forest” type riddle. If you’ve implemented a new technology, and there’s no way to measure its usage – is anyone actually using it? The answer is, of course, “Who knows!?” We’ve previously discussed how IT leaders need to be just as focused on adoption as they are on delivering […]
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Microsoft | May 27, 2015 by Tobin Dalrymple
Just one month after releasing a technical preview, Microsoft made available the new Skype for Business client and Skype for Business Online, its planned replacements for Microsoft Lync. In general, this migration should be relatively painless for most organizations. With support for Active Directory, call encryption, and all the essential enterprise class controls of Lync […]
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Microsoft | February 5, 2015 by Tobin Dalrymple
It’s no secret – organizations have a hard time putting their most critical workloads and data into the public cloud. Fears abound. Delays and hesitations result. That doesn’t mean it’s not being done. In fact, we come across organizations every day leading the charge into the enterprise public cloud, whether it be Hybrid or all […]
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Microsoft | February 1, 2015 by Tobin Dalrymple
If you’re creating an app — lets say, one that will be the secret sauce, competitive edges of your business over the next few years — you’ve got a choice to make. What do you do? Build everything from the ground up, taking months and untold hours of development to deliver? Or, take it to the […]
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  While it might seem the world is going paperless, according to a recent Economist article, the personal computing age has actually doubled how much paper we consume since 1980. Americans now consume six 40-foot trees of paper a year, at home and the office. If this concerns you (like it did me), a business […]
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People love the simplicity of services like Dropbox. So much so, they often go around IT to use them for accessing work files remotely. For many, it feels like no IT-provisioned solution is good enough when that option is a offered through a painfully slow and clunky VPN. As you know, this situation poses enormous […]