April 8th, 2014 will bring a landmark change to the IT landscape with the end of support for one of the most successful operating systems in history: Windows XP. Most Microsoft products live on a 10-year support lifecycle, with five years of mainstream support followed by five years of extended support. XP has been supported a bit longer than the usual 10 years due to its success as a platform and the high number of organizations, just under 35 percent, that still maintain XP OS’s within their organizations. The end of XP support has significant ramifications to those with XP instances still in production, and organizations need to begin the process of planning to migrate off of the XP platform if they haven’t already.
With the release of SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online became an attractive collaboration platform for many organizations. Not only does the option of a hosted solution minimize infrastructure planning to simplify the deployment process, the latest SharePoint Platform also introduces a myriad of additional benefits that lead to increased user adoption and productivity whether deployed On Premise, Online, or in Hybrid.
Multiple windows are huge productivity killer for many users. Having to move from one application to another can cause confusion and inaccurate data entry, which leads to inaccurate forecasting and a decrease in revenue.
With Microsoft Dynamics CRM, you have a very “flat” user interface that displays all related information in one screen. This allows the user to update data on multiple layers, such as adding activities to an account without having to open a separate window.
In the days of physical servers, if one server were to suffer a loss of network connectivity, then that one particular service would of course be down for the organization. But chances are that it might not cause really wide-spread interruption to the business. It is just one server out of possibly dozens or hundreds.
It was hot and humid in Houston Texas as it normally is in July. I didn’t much notice since I spent the majority of my time the week of July 8th indoors, in a nice, climate controlled, conference center attending Microsoft’s 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference.
Lately I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries from customers asking about the capabilities of Microsoft’s latest version of Hyper-V. They are wondering if Hyper-V is finally a truly valid contender to run in their enterprise. The short answer – Yes.
When I came to CDW five years ago, I began using Microsoft Lync (then called Office Communicator) for all my telephone calls.
In my last post I provided an overview of PowerPivot. I’d like to build upon the discussion in this post with a focus on Microsoft’s self-service business intelligence (BI) capabilities using Power View. You’ll see how to bring your data to life through rich visualization and interactivity.
As a follow up to my last post on Business Intelligence, which you can find at the below link, I want to dive deeper into the PowerPivot solution from Microsoft. Let’s explore how we can leverage the PowerPivot solution and improve our BI capabilities.
More often than not customers reach out to vendors because they have a real problem that their business is struggling to overcome. Likewise, more often than not, those vendors respond with Product X or Technology Y. When it comes to collaboration it’s important to engage a vendor that understands that products and technology are only the vehicles that allow collaboration to occur. Truly effective collaboration starts with the customer and their culture. It then moves to the solution that is right for them. The products and technology are simply a natural extension of the solution.