IT_Prose

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IT_Prose

  • Migrating Oracle on Unix to SQLServer on Windows

    Solution Guide for Migrating Oracle on UNIX to SQL Server on Windows The Competitive Platform Interop & Migration Solutions team announces the release to download and Web of the Solution Guide for Migrating Oracle on UNIX to SQL Server on Windows...
  • Salary Survey Released

    Information Week released their recent salary survey . Seems that people in general in this field are more satisfied this year than a year ago. But what was interesting is this finding: "While the majority of the 12,158 IT professionals surveyed...
  • To Outsource or Not

    Interesting study from Deloitte in InformationWeek on the generally poor experiences companies have had with outsourcing. Twenty five companies were surveyed and 70% expressed tthat they had significantly negative experiences with outsourcing. The article...
  • Seeing more clearly

    I have been lax on the postings lately because I underwent Lasik surgery on my eyes to correct bad near sightedness. It was an interesting experience from a technology perspective. At one point they do a full refractive analysis of my eye -- how is my...
  • Not just the sound Batman makes

    BOF stands for Birds of a Feather -- these are more informal conversations around key topics, typically held in the evening at TechEd. If you are working through platform interoperability issues, come join Jason Zions in a conversation about his work...
  • Just what the doctor ordered...

    Interesting report today in the News-Record in North Carolina. Seems that High Point Regional Healthcare System is now hosting patient blogs on its website -- partly as a means to help drive traffic to their site, but also because it seems to be therapeutic...
  • Our Mid Market Solution Beta shipped

    I want to let people know of some great work that our Small and Medium Business team released to beta today. The work is called the Assessment and Deployment Solution for Mid-sized Businesses (really catchy name...) Over the next several months this work...
  • Achieving alignment

    Noticed an interesting article in Computerworld regarding IT and business alignment. Of particular note was the following quote: "Alignment is a moving target, not a permanent condition. Moreover, the likelihood of achieving it is slim at best unless...
  • Trusted employees?

    Interesting report today on MSNBC about bank employees who stole 700,000 customers bank account information and sold to collection agencies for $10 an account. What is interesting for me is that I spent some time over the last year talking with customers...
  • The End of Corporate Computing, Really?

    CNet reports today on the latest article by Nicholas Carr (author of IT Doesn't Matter) where he describes how companies will move from treating IT as an asset they own to a service/utility they rent. He cites that virtualization, grid computing and web...
  • TechEd Break Out to Check Out #5

    One of the more challenging tasks for an IT pro is building out and supporting a branch office infrastructure. Come hear about the work we have done in this area to make it easier and more predictable: MGT375 Branch Office Infrastructure Solution ...
  • No Free Lunch (but close)

    At TechEd next week, my team is going to be doing a couple of focus groups. One, on Thursday at noon, is going to be around MidMarket IT issues. On Monday at noon, we are going to be focused on interoperability and migration issues. If you would like...
  • TechEd Break Out to Check Out #2

    You in a Medium Sized business? If so this is the session for you: SVR329 Design and Implement an End-to-End Infrastructure Based on Windows Server System in a Medium-Sized Business Speaker(s): Kevin Lisota , Kalpesh Patel Session Type(s): Breakout...
  • Healthy way to invest in healthcare IT

    There is a great thread that Robert Scoble has created over on Channel 9 about the healthcare industry. I spent much of my career in the healthcare sector and it has always struck me that the technology advances all occur in the revenue producing parts...
  • TechEd Break Out to Check Out #4

    Know MOF? If not, this is the place to learn it from one of the best. MGT205 Improving Operational Efficiency with Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) Speaker(s): Kyle Bergum Session Type(s): Breakout Sessions Track(s): Management & Operations...
  • Momentum building for national data privacy law

    When I was a kid, living in NY, my parents used to say that what California did, the rest of the country would do in a few years. Well if the momentum in DC keeps up, as reported in InformationWeek , we may soon have a national data privacy law, much...
  • So what influences you?

    Saw this report today on feed from Doc Searles . Very interesting. NOP World notes: "When asked how they make recommendations, 80% of consumers say they make them in-person, followed by 68% who say they make them over the telephone. This phenomenon...
  • The Internet is a healthcare resource

    New report out from Pew on the growing importance of the Internet in the daily healthcare of people: "Eight in ten internet users have looked online for information on at least one of 16 health topics, with increased interest since 2002 in diet, fitness...
  • TechEd Break Out to Check Out #1

    We completed a big project on IPsec. These guys are the authors and experts so if you want to learn about IPsec, this is session for you. SEC330 Server and Domain Isolation Using IPsec Speaker(s): Steve Clark , Charles Denny Session Type(s):...
  • Is outsourcing really the threat?

    Last night I got my latest copy of Information Week and on page 16 there was a article that lead with the headline "30% Of Tech Jobs At Risk From Offshoring, Gartner Says." As I was reading it further, down toward the bottom of the page, it stated, "Yet...
  • Back on the wagon

    I fell off the blogging wagon in June. My lame excuses include: TechEd came up and that took too much time with planning and actual event, vacations hit and I was gone, it is too sunny in Seattle in the summer so I was outside storing up sunshine for...
  • We have to help the help desk

    Internetnews.com reports on a study completed by Forrester noting "most IT users are not satisfied with their company's IT support, and users are "less than satisfied with their relationships with their IT departments." The big dissatisfiers were the...
  • Going to TechEd

    We have a large contingent from our team heading down to TechEd next week. We have a number of speakers leading breakout sessions, have one Birds of a Feather session, running a couple of focus groups, and working the show floor. If you are going you...
  • I agree with Schneier

    With the reported loss of employee data by Time Warner yesterday, I have been thinking about what Bruce Schneier wrote in his newsletter about two factor authentication and identity theft. I have to now agree with his point -- the way to meet this threat...
  • How do you learn?

    I spent much of the fall out observing customers do their work and seeing how you all solve problems. Here is what I found -- books are a good resource when you are first taking on a new role or job, but after that they are really social wallpaper --...