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26 July Jul 2016

Windows® as a Subscription

2016-12-15T12:07:21+00:00 Jul 2016|

There has been a great deal of speculation about whether Microsoft® would offer Windows® on a per-user, subscription basis, and it appears to finally be on the horizon. While the offering, expected this fall, will only be available to businesses, [...]

28 June Jun 2016

New Certifications for Azure™ Government and AWS® Planner

2016-12-15T12:05:46+00:00 Jun 2016|

Few would dispute that cloud computing is one of the most significant IT paradigm shifts during recent years. Huge server farms are replacing traditional on-prem datacenters and the economies of scale enable third parties to replace, or at least supplement, [...]

16 June Jun 2016

Microsoft® Planner

2016-06-16T00:00:00+00:00 Jun 2016|

Microsoft® recently released a new project management application called Planner. Microsoft Planner is a component of Office 365™ Enterprise E1-E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education, and is intended to compete with Trello™, Slack and Asana™.   Project management software is nothing [...]

15 June Jun 2016

SQL Server® 2016 Released

2016-06-15T00:00:00+00:00 Jun 2016|

The highly anticipated release of Microsoft’s® newest flagship database product is now available. SQL Server® 2016 is the eleventh major version of the popular operational database and by some accounts, it’s the most significant.    SQL Server 2016 was designed [...]

24 May May 2016

Microsoft® Security Intelligence Report

2016-05-24T00:00:00+00:00 May 2016|

We are all painfully aware of the seemingly endless threats to our digital data, security and privacy. Predicting, identifying and defending against these threats requires a major, cooperative effort on the part of people, organizations and governments around the world.    [...]

10 May May 2016

“Get Windows® 10” Nagware will Finally End!

2016-12-26T13:08:53+00:00 May 2016|

Microsoft® now reports that there are more than 300 million devices running Windows® 10. That’s an impressive number after only ten months since its debut last summer, but there are still millions of users running Windows 8.x, 7, and previous [...]

2 May May 2016

Microsoft® Software Inventory Logging Aggregator (SILA)

2016-05-02T00:00:00+00:00 May 2016|

I often find myself engaged in discussions about proactive Software Asset Management (SAM). Many organizations fail to make it a priority until it’s time to true-up/renew their software licenses or when they receive an audit notification. While there is no [...]

21 April Apr 2016

The Dangers to Come in Cloud Privacy

2016-04-21T00:00:00+00:00 Apr 2016|

Most would agree that technology has improved our lives and societies. Consider the changes we have experienced since the advent of personal computing when Apple™ brought us affordable computers less than 40 years ago (and IBM® shortly thereafter). In a [...]

20 April Apr 2016

Microsoft® Access® 2016

2016-12-26T13:09:21+00:00 Apr 2016|

Microsoft® Access® has traditionally endured a rather unusual reputation. Power users tend to love it, while IT Administrators often feel the exact opposite. The Database Management System (DBMS) is popular with users because it combines the relational database engine with a graphical [...]