MANAGED SERVICES

MANAGED SERVICES

In my twenty-five years in the IT industry, I have always heard horror stories of companies asking their information systems groups to cut costs, yet produce more value. Ask any CIO or manager responsible for a fiscal unit about it. Especially during budget...
BIG DATA IN REVIEW

BIG DATA IN REVIEW

The landscape for Big Data continues to change, but not at the pace seen in previous years.  Highlighted here are a few points of interest from 2016 and predictions for 2017. Enterprise Adoption of Open Source Solutions According to Gartner1 48 percent of companies...
SQL SERVER 2012 OUT OF MAINSTREAM SUPPORT

SQL SERVER 2012 OUT OF MAINSTREAM SUPPORT

The latest and final Service Pack for SQL Server 2012 was released on October 2nd, 2017. It includes all the updates through Service Pack 3 Cumulative Update 10 as well as features that have been developed for later versions of SQL Server that have been back-ported to...
FRAMEWORKS – FRAMEWORKS – FRAMEWORKS

FRAMEWORKS – FRAMEWORKS – FRAMEWORKS

We hear a great deal about Security Frameworks these days.   Seems like everyone has a Security Framework tailored to exactly what an organization needs and it is touted as THE FRAMEWORK to structure your IT operations.  We have ISO, HIPAA, NIST, FENRA, GLBA, PCI, and...
WHAT I DID DURING MY SUMMER VACATION

WHAT I DID DURING MY SUMMER VACATION

This summer I had the opportunity to work as an intern at  Consulting. I will be entering my senior year at Indiana University this fall, so I’ve gained proficiency at a variety of technical skills, but I’ve not had much experience applying them to real world tasks....
FIRST, CHANGE EVERYTHING: PART ONE

FIRST, CHANGE EVERYTHING: PART ONE

I’m often called in to help when Agile transformations are stalling out “in the real world”. I’m sure you have your own stories about that! I also get calls when a tool-stack modernization can’t get off the ground or has a slumping adoption rate… again, a common...