Last week, Microsoft made further advances into two target areas of growth: Cloud Computing and Customer Relationship Management or CRM. With one move, the firm released a new Sales Productivity solution (an offering combining Office 365 E3, the Power BI add-on for 365 and CRM Online Professional).
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By now everyone knows that Windows Server 2003 is fast approaching end of life. But each organization needs to assess the impact, both in terms of the risks of not removing Windows Server 2003 from the infrastructure, and the rewards of deploying a current server OS in the data center. In this brief blog post, we will examine each, the risks and the benefits, with the hope that your organization will benefit.
Wearable cameras have recently taken center stage as a silver bullet for mediating law enforcement officer’s (LEO’s) operations in the field. Demand for cameras has reached a fever pitch coinciding with media coverage surrounding events like the Ferguson, MO protests.
In the following blog post, the people are make-believe, but their situation is real.
Dear Mr. CIO,
As you know, I have worked for ABC Company for the last 14 years. In this time, I have given my blood sweat and tears to this company with very little vacation time. Besides a day off here and there, you’ll find me with my ear in my phone and my face in my laptop the whole time.
Just for this blog post you can call me John. I’m a hardware lover, Lord King of IT Infrastructure for my company. When I hug it, I do get reciprocal love right back – from the storage frames to the blade servers.
My job requires me to talk with customers, engineers, and peers across the United States. My statements do not reflect that of any employers (past or present).
Today, I’ll share some generalized questions and historical thoughts which we can’t forget. (Like the year I broke my neck. Just can’t erase the thought.)
With all of the recent excitement about the “Shellshock” code execution vulnerability in the UNIX bash shell, and the somewhat older news about SSL vulnerabilities, I am reminded once again about the need for organizations to formally manage information security as part of an ongoing process.
Indulge me with a trip down memory lane. Let’s go back to 2003. What a great year. Apple introduced iTunes, American Idol debuted on television and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl. In addition, Wikipedia was launched, the idea of Myspace (remember that) was born on a whiteboard and Mark Zuckerberg (creator of Facebook) entered Harvard – all in 2003.
On April 24, 2003, Microsoft released Windows Server 2003. It has been supported for the last 11 years. However, on July 14, 2015, Microsoft will cease creating updates, service patches, phone support and web support for the venerable operating system.
Today Microsoft held an event in San Francisco announcing the next version of Windows. There were a lot of rumors going into the event regarding the name and pricing. Some of those were answered, some were not, but there were definitely a few surprises.
The event featured Terry Myerson, Microsoft executive vice president of operating systems and Joe Belfiore, Microsoft corporate vice president, operating systems group, giving a peek at an early build of Windows 10 along with offering insight into future direction. The event was open to a small group of industry insiders and was not live streamed. My thoughts in this post are based on my impressions and interpretations of multiple live blogs that took place during the event.
The big security news last week was Shellshock, a vulnerability that affects the Bash shell on *nix operating systems (including Macs). So good news, Windows admins, you get to sit this one out.
For the rest of the world, the impact of Shellshock is still unclear and perhaps that’s what is making it most unsettling. Comparisons have been drawn to the Heartbleed vulnerability since it was released, and you can find folks arguing on both sides saying “it’s worse than Heartbleed” or “not as bad.”