Microsoft Ignite Recap: 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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The Everything Strategy: The 5 Essentials of Effective Automation

By Frank Melchiorre on Wed, Aug 01, 2018 @ 10:08 AM


Data without insight has little value. That's why we have Data Warehouse professionals to turn those zeroes and ones into actionable insight that helps organizations make better decisions, earn new customers, identify new opportunities, and turn existing customers into ambassadors for their companies’ products, services, and brands.

But there is intense pressure to innovate faster than the competition. Coupled with the difficulty of finding and retaining properly-trained IT staff, initiating digital transformation takes a secondary role to putting out the fires and surviving.

You can adapt to the changes, or risk being left behind. Automation can help; although, while most organizations have some automated processes in place, few have an automation strategy.

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Workload Automation as a Pathway to Bimodal IT

By Frank Melchiorre on Tue, May 15, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Gartner IT Operations, Strategies & Solutions Summit this week focuses on a spectrum of topics related to Bimodal IT. One, however, will be of particular interest to IT leaders: how to deploy, integrate, and simultaneously operate both aspects of the Bimodal IT system.

Bimodal IT, as many in the industry are aware, is Gartner’s prescription for IT success. The market research firm recommends two separate, yet complementary disciplines for meeting the needs of today’s IT — Mode 1, concerned with optimizing tasks that are predictable and well-understood, is typically focused on operations; Mode 2, more aligned with development, is an exploratory style of work emphasizing speed and agility to solve new problems. Pursued as a joint strategy, these two modes accommodate the growing array of challenges that can stifle IT performance.

The advantages of Bimodal IT have inspired tens of thousands of enterprises to make it their fundamental IT strategy. Moving to a new organizational paradigm, however, is never easy — even when it’s as productive as Bimodal IT.
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Take Your PowerShell Scripts to the Next Level

By Caroline Boyland on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 @ 09:08 AM

Almost another year has passed, and once again PowerShell has claimed the title for the ultimate scripting language of automation. PowerShell is the most popular scripting framework for Microsoft products and continues to grow in popularity due to its ability to evolve and integrate with other applications. PowerShell works with a variety of key Microsoft services and components, and the recent open source debut of PowerShell that enables the crossover of PowerShell scripts between platforms like Linux and OS X is just one example of how the product is evolving to stay competitive. Over the past 11 years, PowerShell has grown into the scripting language of choice for IT, and what most IT teams don’t know is that there is a way for them to not only improve productivity, but to drastically enhance their existing PowerShell scripts.

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3 Ways IT Professionals Need To Be Using LinkedIn

By Caroline Boyland on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

In today’s massive digital revolution, the way we do business changes with each passing day. Advances in Big Data and the IoT are providing more information than ever before, and organizations need a way to stay in the know when it comes to their industry. Reading the news and following industry-related blogs are two ways most people stay up to date with industry hot topics; however, one of the most substantial developments that we have seen in the past 10 years is the evolution of social media as a business tool. Social media began as a way to connect with friends and family and has since grown into one of, if not the most, popular tools for organizations and professionals to directly reach and communicate with their audiences. Just check out LinkedIn’s official metrics—which show that business professionals are signing up to join LinkedIn at a rate of more than two new members per second.

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Be Ready for Failure: Mitigating the Risk That Accompanies Rapid Progress

By Frank Melchiorre on Thu, Mar 02, 2017 @ 17:03 PM

The recent wave of high visibility outages and failures has brought attention to a problem that happens all too frequently in IT, but is seldom reported on unless the failure impacts the general public. At the root of the problem, from a technical standpoint, is the IT Resources Gap, a problem about which we frequently write. Computing economics have resulted in geometric growth in computing resources and availability of new and better applications at lower costs. But at the same time, IT budgets are showing little to no growth and IT staffing is lagging behind deployments as a result of insufficient budget and lack of available trained resources.

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Renovate Your Organization with Self-Service Automation

By Caroline Boyland on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

Self-service automation has become a major buzzword in the IT community; it is changing the way organizations work and the way people do their jobs. Taking a self-service approach to automation offers countless benefits to individuals and to the organization as a whole, for example:

  1. IT departments and end-users will both experience time savings and increased efficiency.
  2. Non-IT users will be able to resolve problems and get up-to-date information without the ongoing help of IT, improving time to insight and facilitating a better partnership between IT and the end-user.
  3. Organizations will see an overall improvement in productivity.
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Unifying Islands of Automation in a Bimodal Environment

By Christiana Yiallourides on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 09:08 AM

The IT industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace. Computing resources have become highly available and affordable. There is now a range of servers, databases, applications, new services, and tools, but a lack of people available to manage them.

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