Still Have Windows Server 2003? Game Over.

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 11/4/14 8:00 AM

Still Have Windows Server 2003? Game Over.

Microsoft End of LifeAccording to a recent study by Insight, 39% of all Microsoft servers run the Server 2003 OS and about 9.4 million of the 24 million servers running 2003 are in the U.S. The problem? The expiration date for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 support is July 15, 2014. Many are unaware of the dramatic impact Windows Server 2003 End of Life can have on their business. Here are the risks and solutions involving the impending End of Life deadline:

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Topics: Microsoft, Technical Project

5 Reasons Why SharePoint Matters

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 10/21/14 8:00 AM

5 Reasons Why SharePoint Matters

SharePoint mattersIt’s common knowledge that happier employees make for better business. Yet, according to a Gallup study, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Every business seeks ways to increase employee involvement in order to improve communication, collaboration, and most importantly productivity. SharePoint provides effective solutions to these common challenges. Here are five ways SharePoint can bring your business to the next level:

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Topics: Microsoft, Technical Project

Why the Agile Approach is the Best Way to Manage Your Next IT Project

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 9/30/14 8:00 AM

Why the Agile Approach is the Best Way to Manage Your Next IT Project

Agile approach

The digital world has always benefited from innovation. The agile methodology to IT management is just one of the latest examples in this trend. For many pundits, this approach promises to revolutionize the way IT projects are executed. The agile methodology began in the software development field in the late 1990s and early 2000s. At the time, developers typically created a finished software product in one go, and then fixed bugs as they were discovered.

Agile development, on the other hand, emphasized rapid incremental product creation. This involved dividing projects into components, or "sprints,” each of which could be finished quickly. Individual sprints were considered finished products in their own right. As a result, software could be ready for release much quicker. These products often had fewer bugs and new features added regularly after launch. In IT management, the agile methodology functions very similarly. Large technology projects are broken down to their base components. Each component is a finished product on its own, but also fits into the greater whole. While this may seem more like a technical distinction than a major change, it actually has significant implications for managing IT projects.

 

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Topics: Outsourced IT, Technical Project

The Versatility of Desktop Virtualization

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 4/4/13 8:20 AM

The Versatility of Desktop Virtualization

I’m assuming that most of you have heard of server virtualization by now? Well, in this brief article I’m going to talk strictly desktop virtualization, which has become an increasingly popular trend for businesses or individuals that need to run multiple applications or ‘environments’ at once.

In a nutshell, desktop virtualization is creating virtual computers or ‘machines’ or ‘VMs’ that run on existing physical computing resources. For example, we can create virtual computers that run and use the same hardware from your ‘host’ computer, i.e. RAM, hard disk, processors, and other devices.

Desktop virtualization can refer to either running complete operating systems on top of a host system such as a PC or Mac, or a server that emulates entire ‘on-the-fly’ user desktop environments via hardware terminals called ‘thin-clients’.

Let’s quickly explore both types.

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Topics: Cloud, Virtualization, Technical Project

The Information Technology (IT) Assessment Score – What it Means

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 12/3/10 5:21 AM

The Information Technology (IT) Assessment Score – What it Means

In a recent blog, I emphasized the importance of conducting IT assessments. Based on the feedback I received, I want to delve a little deeper into assessment scoring. Typically designed to analyze the state of a business’ current technology and identify areas that need improvement, the goal is to provide a company with a path that will ensure it can leverage its IT to help the business succeed.

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Topics: Managed Services, Outsourced IT, Technical Project

The Importance of IT Assessments

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 11/22/10 5:20 AM

The Importance of IT Assessments

IT assessments are designed to analyze the state of a business’ current technology and identify areas that need improvement. The overall goal of the assessment is to provide a company with a path that will ensure it can leverage its IT to help its business succeed.

As a company grows, so does demand on information systems and resources. If there are system performance problems, customers may question the business’ capability to provide goods and services. The IT assessment is the predecessor to an effective IT strategy, where management, users, and IT provide input into the future of the company’s technology environment and investment.

Specific and detailed recommendations should be provided to the company according to priority. Key benefits of an IT assessment include:

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Topics: Managed Services, Outsourced IT, Technical Project

Avoiding the Most Common Mistakes when Managing IT Projects (Part 2)

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 5/3/10 9:47 AM

Avoiding the Most Common Mistakes when Managing IT Projects (Part 2)

Here is Part II of my blog addressing the most common mistakes when managing IT projects and how to avoid them. Click here for Part I.

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Topics: How-To, Technical Project

Avoiding the Most Common Mistakes when Managing IT Projects (Part 1)

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 4/24/10 5:57 AM

Avoiding the Most Common Mistakes when Managing IT Projects (Part 1)

As IT providers, we are always looking for ways to better manage projects. Since so many of us are often juggling multiple technical projects at one time, I thought it would be helpful to provide a few examples of common mistakes to avoid when managing these projects, as well as solutions. Speaking from experience, avoiding these challenges will make you better at managing successful IT projects.

Over the next two blogs, I have seven mistakes (and solutions) to share. Here are the first four:

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Topics: How-To, Technical Project