Brian McHugh


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Microsoft Ignite: Edge Computing and IoT to be a Revolution

By Brian McHugh on Tue, Oct 02, 2018 @ 08:10 AM

Microsoft held its annual Ignite conference last week, drawing over 30,000 developers and IT professionals to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Key Points

  1. Microsoft is focused on establishing a future for AI by ensuring that edge connectivity and cloud computing are secure and widely available.
  2. The three themes of Microsoft Ignite 2018 were Security, AI & Big Data, and IoT & Edge Computing.
  3. Microsoft is partnering with SAP and Adobe to deliver the Open Data Initiative.

While Microsoft had a list of exciting product announcements, speeches, and sessions throughout the week (ICYMI, they’re available online), the keynote address given by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and the context his keynote added to the conference, is getting much of the post-conference attention.

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Silos, SQL Server, and Freeing Your Data with IT Automation

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 @ 07:09 AM

It’s hard to imagine a world without Microsoft. The tech giant has not only given us .NET and PowerShell, but also SQL Server, Dynamics AX, Azure….

With Microsoft offering a complete, vertical stack, IT teams have been able to develop solutions to a wide range of problems without having to leave the powerful Microsoft universe. So much so, that Microsoft is sometimes regarded as a territory not worth leaving.

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Automation Architect: A Right Fit For Your Team?

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Sep 17, 2018 @ 07:09 AM

Automation architects are popping up in both mid-sized firms and large enterprises like AstraZeneca, HP, and ADP. A quick search on Glassdoor, Indeed, or LinkedIn confirms the trend: “Looking for strong automation architects.”

But what exactly is an automation architect supposed to be doing, and how do you know if your company needs one?

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Can Customer Reviews Find Your Business the Right IT Solution?

By Brian McHugh on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 @ 07:08 AM

 

In the information age, the power goes to the buyer.

Few of us are willing to spend money without knowing the quality of the product we’re purchasing. Before we send our credit card information, we search Google, talk to our friends, and then we check Yelp before visiting that new restaurant, or we read reviews on Amazon before buying that new toaster oven.

Customer reviews have long influenced consumer decisions, and it’s now clear that customer reviews have just as much impact on B2B buyers.

According to Forrester, 90% of B2B purchases begin with online research; and in a recent study from G2 Crowd, we see that 92% of B2B buyers are more likely to make a purchase after reading a trusted review.

If you’re not already using customer reviews while researching a potential B2B purchase – or if you already are – here are four tips to help you make the most of these real-world test cases.

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