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3 Ways to Lower Your TCO with Application Modernization

Posted by Brad Watson on Sep 23, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Applications don't age like fine wine. The older an application is, the less likely it will work natively with newer hardware and software. In turn, this means you'll spend more time maintaining your legacy application and less time building newer and more valuable software. You'll also spend more money. Companies spend up to 80% of their IT budgets maintaining legacy applications.

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Topics: Custom App Development, Digital Transformation, Agile Development

Lifting Your Legacy SCADA to the Cloud – an Azure Approach

Posted by Brad Watson on Apr 23, 2019 9:16:41 AM

When it comes to manufacturing and utilities, legacy applications have considerable sticking power. For example, a substantial number of manufacturers are still using legacy SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems. These legacy systems are unable to keep up with the speed demanded by information technology in the era of industry 4.0 – and they’re also dramatically vulnerable to cyberattacks. A recent survey by Kasperksy labs shows that almost 43% of industrial control systems (ICS, of which SCADA is a subset) were attacked or infected by malware last year.

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Topics: Azure, Digital Transformation

Ensuring Data Security and Regulatory Compliance in the Cloud

Posted by Brad Watson on Jan 28, 2019 11:30:09 AM

Most business solutions are migrating to the cloud due to the flexibility, scalability, and cost-saving features. However, while moving to the cloud, data, systems, and services can be exposed to serious security and compliance challenges.

When moving data to the cloud, it is necessary to ensure that your information and data remain compliant with the laws and regulations of your industry.

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Topics: Azure, Digital Transformation, cloud security

Hybrid Cloud Approaches When Full Cloud Adoption Isn’t Possible

Posted by Brad Watson on Jan 21, 2019 1:25:43 PM

Technology and businesses are increasingly moving to the cloud. However, certain conditions (such as security concerns, regulatory issues, or abnormal workflows of data) prevent complete public cloud adoption for some businesses. For these businesses, the solution can be the hybrid cloud model, which provides the rapid provisioning of resources on a billing/usage basis (public cloud), while maintaining the speed, reliability, and agility of an on-premises solution (private cloud).

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Topics: Azure, Digital Transformation, cloud security

Whether to upgrade existing technology or buy new

Posted by Brad Watson on Nov 30, 2018 1:59:42 PM

There is so much pressure (and hype) surrounding the adoption of new technologies that organizations often don’t have effective options for evaluating their current tech versus the new alternatives. What is the real competitive or operational advantage of either?

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Topics: Upgrade Analytics, Digital Transformation

5 Ways to Improve Your Corporate Intranet

Posted by Justin Kobel on Jun 8, 2018 11:48:08 AM
As an administrator, you want your users to use only the tools you give them.

While this sounds heavy-handed, this policy can be the only thing standing between you and an expensive data breach. One way to enforce this policy is through the use of a modern intranet.

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Topics: SharePoint, Business Productivity, Digital Transformation

The Digital Transformation Is Not What You Think It Is

Posted by Brad Watson on Jun 19, 2017 5:04:11 PM

Employees are on the front lines, and they know they have to deliver top-notch customer experiences. Regardless of official IT procedures, corporate policy, or best practices, the customer has expectations, and employees will seek out and find the most efficient ways to meet them. 

Unfortunately, efforts to maintain secure networks and workstations have created barriers to delivering delightful customer experiences that users have relentlessly attempted to tear down.

 

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Topics: DevOps, Digital Transformation