The practical benefits of digital transformation

Digital transformation is a serious buzzword. System integrators use it to win lucrative contracts. But it can bring real benefits to businesses. Done right and done well, digital transformation updates systems from disparate applications in disconnected “silos” to connected, well-integrated modular systems that function as a cohesive whole to address business needs. It’s not easy.

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The top challenges CIOs and IT leaders face in 2021

The coming year poses a matrix of complex challenges. The pandemic combined with expected instability around the elections headed into the new year underscore the complexity. In short, technology leadership should plan for the strange times that are certain to have strange outcomes. COVID Management Clearly the pandemic is the foremost consideration across business leadership.

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SmartDeploy Almost Wasn’t

When I was invited to be a guest on a podcast focusing on entrepreneurs a couple months ago, I was curious enough to say yes. As I prepared for the interview, I spent some time thinking back to the “early days.” I have to say, it got a little nostalgic. When I talk with customers

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2015 Predictions: IT Strikes Back

I enjoy looking back on the prior year to see if anything happened remotely resembling our collective foresight at SmartDeploy. Some of the trends and events we predicted did occur: the PC market is stabilizing, SaaS is gaining popularity, and we did indeed see some E.U. policy reform relative to cloud services. Pretty much all

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Expiring Windows XP

Everyone has talked about it, yet we maintain our own unique perspective around Windows XP end of life. All kinds of crazy stats are still floating around about the disproportionately high rates of workstations that still run Windows XP. I still see the default Windows XP screensaver on displays in restaurants, in hospitals, and in

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Video: Windows deployment now and then

VIDEO: Traditional or legacy methods of performing Windows deployment included creating a sector-based copy of a device to store and keep for future deployments. But modern imaging and deployment solutions, like SmartDeploy, provide a file-based image for deploying devices. With single-instance storage and separation of hardware and software information, IT pros can deploy one image to any device.

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Windows XP end of life

We work with customers of all sizes in a range of industries all over the world. This perspective allowed us to foresee the lag in Windows 7 migrations. Despite repeated projections of rapid Windows 7 enterprise adoption, customers told us they planned to take their time. Some began planning or knew what their Windows 7

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