Again. I can’t get over the lack of a keyboard. After 10 years of typing on a BlackBerry, I was fast. With the iPhone, after 2 weeks, I’ve just moved from pathetic to poor. My Auto-correct issues are becoming the stuff of comedy legends (BTW, my wife & I have had some great laughs at this website: www.damnyouautocorrect.com – rated R). I miss the keyboard. I miss it terribly. But I will adapt. I’ve learned enough cool little tricks that enhance productivity to compensate. And I’ve also discovered a few peeves that are worth sharing. I’ll run through that list and then explain why we didn’t consider an Android device in this comparison project. In the end, I am definitely pleased with iPhone experience, but the battle is not over. Read more…
Years ago, when Jay and I began dreaming up a managed services practice (MSP), we set some goals: we would take on the accountability of our clients for the IT portion of their long and short-term business strategy. It seemed a natural extension from our growing consulting practice; which has always been rooted in delivering the best TCO and ROI-based solutions. We took seriously the idea that our projects had to enable our clients to make bolder and more confident business decisions; growing their own businesses becoming more profitable. Selfishly, this made great sense for the long term success of ITW too. As or clients grow, they would need more services from us! Win-win, right?
Perhaps you heard recent news that Intel bought McAfee. And perhaps you thought “Hmmm, that’s weird – why would a hardware company buy an antivirus company?” Admittedly, at first glance I was taken aback by this news but, after some consideration, it makes good sense.
If a discussion of your aging Desktop OS hasn’t started in your organization yet, it should. If your desktops are running happily on Windows XP, you’d better start considering the upgrade to Windows 7 … however uncomfortable thoughts of migrating might be. The reality is this: Microsoft has announced that the end of Extended Support for XP is April 8, 2014.
That’s just under 4 years away … You might be wondering “what’s the hurry?”
Here’s a common question lately: ”should my company implement virtual desktops?”
The short answer is, yes. But the devil is in the details. To virtualize your desktops right, the technology must be carefully designed and rigorously tested. We’ve seen many ad hoc, ‘thrown in’ virtual desktop implementations done by others where ITW ended up coming in to fix it after the users and admins started to complain. While we do love being the hero; swooping in to save the day, we also love helping our clients make the right choices the first time around. In the IT industry, as in carpentry … measure twice … cut once.