Office 365 Apps and Non-Microsoft Clients

Not so long ago Microsoft was a “closed shop” … you used Microsoft services (Exchange, SQLserver, and so on) with Microsoft clients (Windows on the desktop).  Fast forward to 2016 and things have changed dramatically.  Yes, you still get the…

A (Non) Profitable Journey–Part 3

I migrated Swan Lake out of their Small Business 2011 environment into a new Server 2012 R2 environment built on top of Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V.  Swan Lake had purchased the server licenses and CAL’s through Tech Soup and it…

Sometimes you need to leave it to the pros!

I have a Mazda 5 that I love.  Yesterday I decided that I would change the cabin air filter, after all how hard could it be?  I looked the procedure up online then drove to the Mazda dealer to buy…

Thin, bloated or otherwise–what’s the right IT mix?

There is a lot of talk nowadays about “IT bloat”, usually by the guys that are in the forefront of delivering Cloud services.  And they have a point, IT can bloat like mad if you don’t keep things under control. …

Office 365 and the “fear” of having data hosted in the US

Many years ago, Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun Microsystems and a “human quote machine” made the comment, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.”  The comment was made in reference to questions about security and privacy on the…

Office365–post migration perspective

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we have been in the process of migrating a customer to Office365 in preparation for their migration from SBS2003 to SBS2011 Essentials.  We decided to move them to 365 well in advance of…

The “Cloud” and Small Biz

Everywhere you look nowadays there is a reference to “The Cloud” yet there is no real clear definition as to WHAT “The Cloud” actually is.  You see references to public Clouds, private Clouds, hybrid Clouds … you name it and…