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Announcing System Center SP1, our UK MVPs
Last night we announced general availability of System Center 2012 SP1, it’s great, expansive product that is absolutely key to delivering your Private Cloud, Managing your Public cloud and managing the consumerisaiton of IT. You can get the trail VHDs at the bottom of this post or download the installers...
16 Jan 2013
Guest Post: Power to the people – AppStores for the enterprise
By Dave Harding, product manager at 1E The consumerisation of IT has undoubtedly been one of the industry’s favourite topics in 2012. While the majority of organisations will associate the term with the explosion of the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) phenomenon (and the associated task of tirelessly...
6 Dec 2012
Guest Post: Consumerization and SharePoint security challenges
By Geoff Evelyn I was a guest speaker on a general SharePoint Security Webcast today, which was great fun. On the agenda was security of SharePoint relating to mobile devices. Unfortunately, the session did not manage to get into that topic, and I was so keen to talk about it. To counter, I’ve provided...
3 Dec 2012
Guest Post: WEDM in real life scenarios
By Thomas Frahler , Acting Windows Embedded BG Lead Northern Europe This video shows how you can manage industry devices, such as POS, Digital Signage and Thin Clients with Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011. Watch the video to find out how WEDM 2011 is used in a real life scenario. About the...
3 Dec 2012
Guest Post: Secure your applications and systems in an appropriate way at minimum cost to performance and usability
Heinrich Van Der Westhuizen is a technology entrepreneur with more than 17 years’ experience in IT and has managed different businesses within Europe across multiple IT disciplines. Heinrich works for Digital Defence who provide mobile defence solutions. Secure Mobile, encrypts and protects selected...
23 Oct 2012
The Week that Was 2nd - 9th July
Having had a week at TechEd Europe it is no surprise that last week was a busy one full of exciting new content as well as the latest updates from the event. Microsoft, and Hadoop for Big Data TechEd Europe: A Video Diary Free E-Book: Inside Windows Server 2012 Consumerization and SharePoint Security...
9 Jul 2012
Consumerization and SharePoint Security
Geoff Evelyn is a Microsoft MVP and has an active interest in SharePoint security and the consumerization of IT. He recently attended an event and has put together an article that moves beyond that event. The article talks about how personal devices as part of Consumerization have impacted...
4 Jul 2012
Bring Your Own Network
Some thoughts on another form of the Bring Your Own trend that you may have missed and how to take it one step too far (although this is probably already happening). A mobile hotspot, a strict web filter and an a social networker inadvertently crack a hole in IT policy. Last week I was doing a...
11 Jun 2012
Simple model for approaching BYOD
For some time I’ve been trying to work out with colleagues how to articulate what I see as a solid model for dealing with consumerisation of IT in the workplace or even allowing people to bring their own devices. It’s quite tough to find some mental model to help people to understand the kind of...
15 May 2012
The Week that Was 7-14 May
Last week we had a bit of an events and training week with workshops, bootcamps and more. Workshop: SharePoint AND Custard! Effective SharePoint Requirements with Serious Games Get Free Training with Windows Azure Online Bootcamps in May Technology to Support Consumerisation: IPSec SQL Relay 2012 This...
14 May 2012
Technology to Support Consumerisation: IPSec
A technology that’s been around for quite some time is IPSec, it helps to ensure security of communications between two network devices. With IPSec in place two devices need to establish a peer-to-peer trust before communication can take place, it’s kind of like having a secret handshake. If your...
8 May 2012
Flash Newsletter: Tablets and the Enterprise
This fortnight’s TechNet Flash is all about the challenges we face using and managing tablet and mobile devices in corporate environments. We also have some great events, downloads, and news of what you’ll be able to get your hands on as part of Windows 8 Enterprise Edition! This fortnight’s feature...
1 May 2012
Test Lab Guides for Consumerisation (BYOD etc.)
If you’re thinking about how you can make your environment more suitable for a world where people want to bring their own devices into the office then you could do well to attend an IT Camp where we talk about just that. Of course those events are now full, so I won’t bother to link them but now...
1 May 2012
The week that was 16th – 23rd April
It’s been a busy week here at TechNet HQ, not least for Simon May who we’re thrilled to see has got his blogging hat back on and knocked out two great articles about Consumerisation of IT (consumer devices in the workplace to the rest of us)! We also brought you some interesting little tidbits about...
23 Apr 2012
Embracing consumerisation: It’s all about the journey
In my last two posts I talked about People + Devices and Data + Apps – essentially 4 of the things you need to manage and probably already are in your environment. A fourth element is the network but I won’t be going into that in particular because it’s purely a means to an end, a way for People...
19 Apr 2012
Embracing Consumerisation: Data and Apps
My last post was about how, in order to embrace consumerisation, you need to start thinking in terms of managing the access that people and devices have, or more accurately the access that People on Devices have. This post is an extension of that previous post in that we’re going to start thinking...
17 Apr 2012
Additional Dates added for London IT Camps
Due to the popularity of our IT Camps in London we have added 2 new dates to our schedule: Enterprise Consumerisation of IT : Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:30 AM The current pace of technology offers IT Professionals with a dilemma: deploying the devices that staff need to effectively do their...
10 Apr 2012
Embracing consumerisation: People and Devices
In the past I’ve written a number of articles on how to start thinking about the consumerisation of IT – if you aren’t familiar with the term hopefully this link will help . Now I think it’s time to move beyond thinking about how you’ll build a ...read more
6 Mar 2012
Why you need to know about “consumerisation” of IT
One of the biggest challenges facing the CIO at the moment is the consumerisation of IT but I’m aware that may be a term that is meaningless to most in the IT department. Perhaps it’s better explained by the term Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) which ...read more
24 Feb 2012
Event: IT Camp Leeds Feb 28th
Back in December Simon and I invited a few friends along to help us beta test a different kind of event, an IT Camp . The idea is simply to do smaller, more interactive events where discussions and questions are encouraged. The presenters, (Simon and I) being a bit more in the background. The first of...
1 Feb 2012
Find out how Flexible Workstyles could benefit your role
Welcome to 2012! We hope you had an enjoyable New Year and that your resolutions are still going strong. If they’re not, or if you’re struggling to come up with something good, perhaps we can help. Why not make it your resolution to help your business adopt Flexible Workstyles in 2012? Head over to Bit...
4 Jan 2012
How do you support consumerisation of IT
Delivering an environment where people are able to bring their own devices into the office and use them is certainly one of the biggest trends of our time and it’s proving to be one of the hardest things to support. To quote Forrest Gump “you never know what you’re going to get”...
20 Sep 2011
The future of IT for MSPs
Today I presentated to a group of about a thousand managed service providers about Microsoft’s cloud and what it means for the future of IT. I though I’d throw up this post to provide some extra resources like the deck embedded below that I used ...read more
25 Aug 2011
Building your consumerisation of IT strategy (part 2 of 2)
Welcome to part two of this post the first part of Building your consumerisation of IT Strategy can be found here Productivity Consumerisation and productivity go hand in hand, but it might not be top of mind when you first think about consumerisation. Being productive in some way, however, is the main...
4 Aug 2011
Building your consumerisation of IT strategy (part 1 of 2)
The consumerisation of IT trend is hurtling towards most IT shops and it’s clear from those I talk to that they’re just trying to deal with things as they happen. The MD wants to attach his cool new device but what does that mean for IT – are they expected to support it? What’s the cost of doing that...
3 Aug 2011
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