Our Microsoft Voice – The EMS Elite Partner Program

As a Microsoft Gold Partner and a member of the Microsoft Partner Network, we were honored to be exclusively invited to participate in the EMS Elite Partner Program. What does this mean for our business and for our clients? A little backstory... I have been an IT Consultant for over 14 years now and have been [...]

By | 2017-11-30T22:44:43+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Cloud, EM+S|13 Comments

Talking to decision makers about the cloud: 1/10 ALA presentation recap

Ruth Halpern is a client strategy executive with FlexManage. For the past twenty years, Ruth has owned an independent training consulting company working with law firms and corporate legal departments. She designed and taught technology workshops on the full suite of legal software applications, as well as delivering soft skills workshops on effective communication, team-building, and [...]

By | 2017-11-30T22:44:45+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Cloud, Legal|0 Comments

Internet of Things (IoT): Interfacing with the real-world

A lot of times, the thought of IoT (Internet of Things) can become easily overwhelming. Perhaps we say, “I want to be innovative,” but we don’t understand the true result of being innovative. For instance, Samsung just put a smart Fridge on the market with an LCD screen that interacts with your phone. They also [...]

By | 2017-11-30T22:44:45+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Business Intelligence, Cloud, IoT|9 Comments

DevTest in the Cloud Part 5 – How on-demand environments can take a 15-month SDLC down to 9 months

In Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this series, I showed that sharing Azure can create copies of existing environments, and create a copy for use to use for development or testing. In this blog post, I will show how leading edge companies are using this functionality to quickly test environment changes. Most [...]

By | 2017-11-30T22:44:45+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Cloud|0 Comments

Cortana Intelligence Suite: Building your business around the Intelligence

Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Microsoft offices and participating in training related to Cortana Intelligence Suite. When you think of Microsoft these days you think of one of the largest, if not the largest technology giant in town. I was somewhat intimidated walking into the Suite 200 of the Chicago offices, but what [...]

By | 2017-11-30T22:44:47+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Cloud|9 Comments

Experience the Microsoft Cloud at MTC!

Technology initiatives can transform your business, but they can also stall or end in disaster. How can you ensure your technology investments payoff by creating new businesses, enabling your employees to be more productive or open new channels to engage with your customers? From late October to early December at the Microsoft Technology Center, get [...]

By | 2017-03-06T19:51:06+00:00 October 20th, 2016|Cloud, Events|11 Comments

You’re Invited: Extend Your Data Center to the Cloud While Boosting Security and Performance

Join Microsoft, FlexManage and Level 3 for a 1/2 day seminar to learn about Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute. Hybrid cloud is trending, and for good reason. It allows organizations to use components of their legacy private cloud infrastructure, with the scalability and elasticity of the public cloud. But it only works if they have a fast, [...]

By | 2016-10-19T20:30:22+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Cloud|0 Comments

DevTest in the Cloud Part 4 – How on-demand environments can take a 15-month SDLC down to 9 months

In Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, I walked you through some typical waste in many companies SDLC and environments have up to 6 months of waste built into them: Using Azure and Azure Site Recovery, on demand environments could be created from Production, delivering environments with up-to-date data exactly when they are needed: [...]

By | 2017-11-30T22:44:47+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Cloud|14 Comments

DevTest in the Cloud Part 3 – Deeper dive into how environments slow down your SDLC

In my last blog post, I showed that sharing environments with old, stale data is causing huge waste in your SDLC. Here, I am sharing with you how to use Azure and Azure Site Recovery to quickly replicate environments to solve these problems. Azure Site Recovery is a Microsoft solution that can: 1. Replicate a [...]

By | 2017-11-30T22:44:47+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Cloud|2 Comments

DevTest in the Cloud Part 2 – Deeper dive into how environments slow down your SDLC

In my last blog posting, I showed a typical Enterprise Project lifecycle that took 12 months to do Dev/Test/UAT/Deployment, plus 3 months of Post Deployment Support that consumed Dev and Operations. In our waste walks, we learned that there was a good 6 months of time that could be reduced if rock solid environments could [...]

By | 2017-11-30T22:44:47+00:00 August 27th, 2016|Cloud|0 Comments