ARIN IPv4 Address Exhaustion… Keep Calm and Internet On

“No, the sky is most certainly NOT falling,” is my typical response to any question regarding the exhaustion of our IP version 4 (IPv4) public address pool. With ARIN (the Regional Internet Registry responsible for managing IP address allocations in North America) likely to issue its remaining IPv4 address space in the next few days, we can only expect this event will come with plenty of fan...

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Security Buzzwords – What’s the difference?

Data breaches are on the rise and experts forecast that that trend will continue (Experian – Data Breach Industry Forecast). With increased news coverage, Information security is no longer confined to the IT department.  Business partners and C-Level executives are now asking questions and want to know if their company is prepared.  …

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Fax? Isn’t that technology extinct?

For years, I have been hearing this from everyone around me. Business and IT organizations saw the predictions that faxing would die (almost instantly when email gained popularity) and most companies did not invest in a dying technology. Why would they? A few years ago, in the early 2000s, I worked for a corporate Fortune 50 IT organization that was not investing in the technology despite the...

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How Business and IT Benefit From A Network Monitoring System

Network Monitoring Systems (NMS) are powerful platforms that can deliver monitoring services at many levels if implemented correctly – potentially providing a competitive edge. IT and business leadership often expect to get some sort of silver-bullet when implementing these platforms that will enable uninterrupted service and performance to its end users and customers, alike.…

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Salesforce Version Control: It’s a Challenge

Version control, for most developers, is an absolute must in any professional setting. Many developers would say as much for any development scenario, professional or otherwise. However, in the face of budgets, deadlines, learning curves, and just plain laziness, it’s tempting to forgo the effort for “more productive” efforts like the coding itself.…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Leaf-Spine Network Topology

There is a new trend for network topology design standards — creating a fast, predictable, scalable, and efficient communication architecture in a data center environment. This article provides an introduction to Leaf-Spine network topology. Why Leaf-Spine? With the increased focus on massive data transfers and instantaneous data travel in the network, the aging three-tier design within...

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Enterprise Guide to Networking the Public Cloud – Part 1

Part 1 – Cloud Use Cases & Connectivity Options A news release popped into my inbox last week publicizing a carrier’s new and improved solution for Amazon Web Services (AWS) connectivity.  Reading about the new offerings available for connecting to AWS peaked my interest as they are increasingly critical to our clients’ daily operations. …

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Technology Transformation is Not Always the Silver Bullet

It has become a general trend that banks continue to enhance their existing product offerings by upgrading their technology platforms for a better user experience. Many would equate such technology upgrades to “transformation.” These replacements or upgrades are commonly perceived by banks to be the solutions for customer attrition, below average customer experience, and to keep up with...

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Business System Complexities and What To Do About It

Business System Complexities and What To Do About It Business systems are complex, only becoming more complex, and as such the management of the associated identities has spiraled out-of-control for many Enterprise organizations.  Additionally, it is increasingly more challenging to protect the type of devices that access Enterprise data.  Over the years, this has culminated in business unit...

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Resolving Internet Explorer 11, Windows 8.1 and CRM Dynamics Compatibility Issues

With the latest release of Internet Explorer 11 (October 2013) several of my clients have experienced compatibility issues while using Windows 8.1 and working with Dynamics CRM 2013 Online.  To help them solve these compatibility issues, a few simple steps were put into place to quickly resolve their issues and get them back on track and working with Dynamics CRM. …

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SKU Rationalization: The Need for a Holistic Approach in a Customer-Sensitive Marketplace

Retail merchandising decisions are often tough to make. The evolution of an increasingly competitive marketplace has forced retailers to take a hard look at the products they sell to see if it really makes sense to offer them from a business perspective. Additionally, multiple studies have shown that the sales floor is disproportionally occupied by products that collectively only make up a...

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