Are Laptops Really Mobile Devices?


When people think of IT mobility, the images most immediately conjured regard smartphones and tablets. In truth, however the mobile device landscape could be considered broader than this. The basic definition of a mobile device is simply “any computing device designed principally for portability.” By that definition, laptops should clearly be included in that scope. [...]



By | September 25th, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

The Real Reason Your Workforce Is Not As Productive As It Should Be


Chances are, in an average day, you are not accomplishing as many tasks as you would like … and neither are your colleagues or your employees. What is mystifying about that statement is that it seems today’s workforce is putting in more hours and more effort than ever before coinciding with an increased adoption of [...]



By | July 20th, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Office 365: To Cloud or Not to Cloud—That IS the Question!


It’s time to take a serious look at Office 365. The cloud edition of Microsoft’s broadly adopted business productivity suite – which bundles such popular packages as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook – has been both heavily praised and heavily criticized since its introduction in 2011. While the adoption rate of [...]



By | June 21st, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Best Practices for Maximizing Efficiencies – Governance and Optimization


In my last blog, I talked about “IT Cultural Transformation and the Elimination of Technology Silos.” That blog keyed on four key areas of advice, which also provide a useful foundation for the topic of “Governance and Optimization.” These key areas include: Standing in the middle of the storm –This means looking at the interdependencies [...]



Business Process Management in the Real World — Why It’s Important to Govern Both Automated and Manual Processes


In a perfect world, all business processes would be automated and all work tasks would be accomplished with the click of a button. This idyllic work experience seems to be the realization of Plato’s utopia…or, if you prefer, the world of the Jetsons. Regrettably, however, we clearly do not live in a perfect world. Put [...]



By | April 13th, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

Vectra Provides Pervasive Visibility & Analysis to Detect Cyber Attacks


Though cyber attacks have been around for years, in 2014 there was an explosion in the volume of attacks and a marked increase in the losses and damages they inflicted. In 2015, this does not seem to be lightening up. In February, Anthem health care insurers were compromised, putting 80 million current and former customers [...]



By | April 9th, 2015|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments

Avoiding Enterprise Mobile Management: A Futile Exercise in Procrastination


IT operations managers are cringing all around the world – desperately trying to avoid those inevitable words from their executive management: “You need to support enterprise mobility.” Their concerns are understandable. After all, IT administrators are already overtaxed with supporting desktop, server, application, and infrastructure management requirements. Asking them to layer a whole new management [...]



By | March 30th, 2015|IT Management, Steve Brasen, Systems Management|0 Comments

IT Cultural Transformation and The Elimination of Technology Silos—An Exercise in Efficiency or a Dream Turned Nightmare?


Cultural transformation and eliminating IT silos may sound like an impossible dream—and indeed, perhaps “eliminating” is too strong a word. But the reality is that IT organizations must change toward a more responsive, business-aligned culture, as well as toward a more service-aware (versus siloed) way of working. So how do you begin? A lot depends, [...]



SolidFire Analyst Day Observations


I had the opportunity to attend the SolidFire analyst day in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado on February 25. It was a well-attended event, with the day split into SolidFire and customer presentations in the morning, and small, intimate conversational sessions with SolidFire executives and customers in the afternoon. SolidFire is one of a growing [...]



By | March 5th, 2015|IT Management, Jim Miller|0 Comments

PFP CyberSecurity Breaks on to the Scene to Identify Malware at the Chip Level.


A few weeks ago, I briefed with a new company called PFP Cybersecurity, also known as Power Fingerprinting, Inc., and was so intrigued by the concept alone that I wrote a Vendor to Watch about them. They officially launched on January 26, , and currently their claim to fame is their physics-based scanning technology which [...]



By | March 2nd, 2015|David Monahan, IT Management, Scott Crawford, Security|0 Comments
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