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The Digital Transformation Is Not What You Think It Is

Posted by Brad Watson on Jun 19, 2017 5:04:11 PM

Employees are on the front lines, and they know they have to deliver top-notch customer experiences. Regardless of official IT procedures, corporate policy, or best practices, the customer has expectations, and employees will seek out and find the most efficient ways to meet them. 

Unfortunately, efforts to maintain secure networks and workstations have created barriers to delivering delightful customer experiences that users have relentlessly attempted to tear down.

 

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Topics: DevOps, digital transformation

Five Things You Should Know About DevOps

Posted by Brandon Stephenson on Jun 19, 2017 4:28:25 PM

DevOps is a hot topic of discussion in most IT departments.  If you are wanting to know how you can get started with DevOps at your company, here are five things you need to understand to succeed in a cloud-based world.

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Topics: DevOps

3 things you need to know about R Services for SQL Server 2016

Posted by Lucas Feiock on Jun 14, 2017 10:18:06 AM

 

Getting Started with R Services for SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 is enterprise ready for transaction processing, data warehousing, and business intelligence.

As part of SQL Server 2016, R Services expands the scope of these existing data technologies to include advanced analytics in enterprise workflows allowing for the building of intelligent, predictive applications by leveraging the R language and in-database analytics. 

 

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Topics: SQL Server, Data

Azure SQL Data Warehouse Introduction

Posted by Lucas Feiock on May 17, 2017 9:54:38 PM

Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a fully managed, elastic data warehouse-as-a-service for processing enterprise workloads.

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Topics: SQL Server, Azure, Data

Azure SQL Data Warehouse [Data Import Strategies]

Posted by Lucas Feiock on May 17, 2017 9:54:21 PM

The process of loading data into a traditional data warehouse typically follows the pattern of Extracting, Transforming, and Loading (ETL). Most businesses use a dedicated server to perform these operations.

However, with MPP architecture and the ability to load data fast, the new standard is becoming Extract, Load, and Transform or ELT.

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Topics: SQL Server, Azure, Data

Ransomware in Healthcare Organizations [is your patient data safe]

Posted by Brad Watson on Apr 28, 2017 11:57:31 AM

 

In the 2nd quarter of 2016, 88% of all ransomware attacks targeted healthcare entities.  In one high-profile case, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles paid $17, 000 in bitcoin to restore their files

So what makes healthcare organizations such an attractive target?  There are several contributing factors.

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Topics: Security, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity

What is the Skype Operations Framework?

Posted by David Long on Mar 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The move to the cloud has necessitated a thorough reexamination of how customers and vendors plan, deliver and operate Skype for Business.  Microsoft and KiZAN have developed unique offerings that provide guidance and assist with successfully delivering Skype for Business online, on-premise or taking a hybrid approach. 

KiZAN’s offerings complement the guidelines provided by Microsoft’s Skype Operations Framework (SOF).

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Topics: Skype for Business, Unified Communications

Unlocking the Hidden Value in your Office 365 Subscription

Posted by Mark Gordon on Mar 27, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Many companies find that they have Office 365 in their Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and are not using any of the O365 services. This can happen when Microsoft makes you a deal that is just too good to pass up and at the same time you are not ready or able to move your files or email to the cloud yet.

Just because you are not using the full O365 suite does not mean that you can’t start getting value out of that line on your EA. Here are some ways that smart companies are taking advantage of their Office 365 licenses without doing a wholesale move of data to the Microsoft cloud.


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Topics: Microsoft, Office 365

Skype for Business Meeting Turns Ugly

Posted by Brad Watson on Mar 25, 2017 11:11:49 AM

"The string of expletives accompanying Carl’s flying chair left little doubt
the meeting was over."

How's that for a setup?


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Topics: Skype for Business, Unified Communications

Custom App Development in the Cloud [9 surprising examples]

Posted by Brad Watson on Feb 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The “Cloud” is surrounded with so much marketing hype we may rightly expect to be awestruck when we come into contact with it.  In reality, the cloud is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives in ways that probably go unnoticed.  If you are unsure what a cloud app is, check out our previous post: What is a Cloud App.

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Topics: Azure, Mobile Applications, Custom App Development, PaaS

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