One of the reasons I like the metaphor of "technical debt" is because I see it causing in the datacenter the same paralysis as personal debt yields in households: people who lament for extended periods how awful it is, to the point that they miss out on the action to correct it....More
Integrated software suites provide for comprehensive support to businesses large and small. Various modules enable support to multiple business functions that are frequently related; often woven so tightly that making comprehensive effort to business via separate apps is extremely cumbersome. The alternative to integrated apps is broken routes through multiple apps, often leading to mistakes, plummeting productivity, and frustration....More
In a knock to Salesforce, Microsoft has announced a major win against its “soft” competitor. HP, Inc. has just signed a 6-year deal where the company will utilize Microsoft Dynamics CRM, replacing Salesforce.com.
Jon Flaxman, COO for HP said…...More
This has been rumored for some time, but it now seems that Microsoft’s latest iteration of online community is live. Launched on September 2nd, but in beta testing for months, the Microsoft Tech Community asserts to bring multiple communities together in a central location. Sound familiar? That’s essentially what Microsoft did by ending 5 different conferences and merging them into Microsoft Ignite....More
Pretty much any of the nearly 300 Linux distributions you'll find listed on Distrowatch can be made to work as servers. Since Linux's earliest days, users have been provisioning "all purpose" distributions such as Slackware, Debian and Gentoo to do heavy lifting as servers for home and business. That may be fine for the hobbyist, but its a lot of unnecessary work for the professional....More
First off, I confess to enjoying the occasional cigar – so I’d like to know where this kid works: How did this place happen to institute a Smoking Policy in 2016!?? (Kudos). On the other hand – maybe he’s an older worker who just looks great for his age!...More
Business today is changing faster than ever. In match there must be a ready-posture on the part of IT to not only support change, but to lead it. But not just any change. Change must be qualified: Solutions need to be on-target, on-time, and on-budget. ...More
Yesterday the big news was that Hewlett Packard Enterprise had confirmed that, in a deal worth about $8.8 billion, it would <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/hpe-offloads-non-core-software-assets-to-micro-focus-in-8-8-billion-deal/">"spin-merge" its non-core software</a> with Micro Focus. This will give HPE 50.1 percent ownership of a new combined company that HPE thinks will generate $4.5 billion in annual revenue. The deal was confirmed Wednesday as HPE announced its third quarter results....More
Anyone trying to understand the business potential of blockchains, which are being advertised as the up-and-coming next "greatest thing," might want to take a look at how the technology is already being used....More
Every organization is dependent: On outside power. On a stable and orderly society. On a staff that shows up for work. On systems that perform with a specific continuity and match of service to requirements.
We also have an expectation for a general continuity: That the march of days means that things today will be markedly like yesterday, and tomorrow will be markedly like today... with slight variations due to change and forward progress, of course. But we need stability. We’re dependent on that....More
What do you think of Dell's $65 billion acquisition of EMC?
It's official: After a week of fervent speculation, Dell will be acquiring EMC, barring any last minute counter-offers that would have to top one of the largest tech acquisition prices of all time. What do you think: Can the combined forces of the two storied technology giants emerging stronger than either one would be alone, or will this merger sink them both?
What'd you think of the Android ad during the Oscars?
For an Oscars that had a lot of surprises, one short was hailed as a surprise winner: Android, with a commercial that tugged on the heartstrings by touching on everything from friendship and bullying to the first day of school with a twist on a traditional schoolyard game. What did you think of the ad?
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