Virtualizing Skype For Business

Virtualizing Skype For Business

As more and more applications are evolving into a virtual format from a physical footprint, we are seeing a trend around businesses virtualizing real-time applications that handle voice communications.  Most customers I’ve worked with have VMware in their enterprise for virtualization and are using these environments for virtualizing voice platforms like Microsoft’s Skype for Business. …

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Lessons Learned in Vegas: Top Ten Takeaways from Tableau Conference

Lessons Learned in Vegas: Top Ten Takeaways from Tableau Conference

Everyone knows ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.’ While that may be true for some activities, after attending the Tableau Conference, #DATA17, we couldn’t help but share some of the key takeaways. Tableau, a data visualization platform, has been an industry leader in recent years (as recognized by Gartner and other organizations), and is known for its design-focused data visualizations...

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What’s Your Cloud Strategy?

What’s Your Cloud Strategy?

As part of our Cloud Advisory engagements, we partner with clients to determine the strategic reasons and goals for adopting cloud technologies.  It’s important to have goals to develop an actionable roadmap, detailing the series of actions required. This blog outlines several categories of strategic recommendations as part of Cloud Advisory services.…

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Moving to the Cloud:  Myth Versus Reality

Moving to the Cloud: Myth Versus Reality

Cloud computing solutions have been available for well over a decade. Software as a Service (SaaS) came to prominence first, followed closely by Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions, then advanced Platform-as-a-Service offerings (PaaS), and now Function-as-a-Service, or “serverless” cloud hosting models, where the application requests compute resources without visibility or knowledge...

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Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 2

Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 2

In my previous post, I addressed four coding policies that almost guarantee a data breach. This post will cover five solution strategies to shore up your application’s security. The guiding principle to correct these flawed policies (see Part 1) is to change the priorities that direct development and support of software applications.…

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Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 1

Application Security from the Inside Out: Part 1

The recent data breach at Equifax is an unfortunate reminder of a long list of hacked sites (Target Stores, OPM, Sony, and others) that were caused by vulnerabilities in the application code. These companies seemed just as surprised as their customers by the attack and had to wonder, “how did this happen?” They did not need to look further than their own unintentional coding policies.…

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Tap into Actionable Data – 5 Considerations for Delivering Successful Reporting Implementations

Tap into Actionable Data – 5 Considerations for Delivering Successful Reporting Implementations

The marketplace for business intelligence and analytics tools becomes more saturated every day.  Between standardized reporting, ad hoc self-service visualizations, and predictive analytics, many managers and buyers are so overwhelmed by keeping up with product releases and understanding tool features that they do not have time to consider the pitfalls that can sabotage a successful...

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A Review of the Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017: New Features and Significant Updates

A Review of the Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017: New Features and Significant Updates

This year’s Microsoft Web Summit was held in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood and was chock-full of 30-minute sessions exploring Microsoft and partner web technologies. This conference was aimed at web developers and highlighted new technologies, projects, and updates out of Microsoft and other partnered web companies. Here are some of the most exciting projects and ideas that came out of this...

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How Healthcare and Life Sciences Companies Can Benefit from Blockchain

How Healthcare and Life Sciences Companies Can Benefit from Blockchain

“The reason why it is so difficult for existing firms to capitalize on disruptive innovations is that their processes and their business model that make them good at the existing business actually make them bad at competing for the disruption.” – Clayton Christensen Most agree that Distributed Ledger – Blockchain (DLBC) technology has the ability to transform how data is managed and...

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