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Pros and cons of “In the cloud” computing

A client wrote me recently asking about a plain English explanation of what the term “in the cloud” is all about and the pros and cons.  They are probably using some services “in the cloud” already and don’t realize it.

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Are your employees still using single monitors?

Microsoft’s research shows that worker productivity increases from 9% to 50%: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/vibe.aspx

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Prepare now for cost effective move to thin clients

If you have been buying the “box copy” licenses for Microsoft Office and other applications, Microsoft may not allow you to use those licenses in your thin client environment!

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Executives say it is hard to enforce IT policies

I see this all the time. Executives say “we do not restrict our users from going to inappropriate web sites” or “we do not force our employees to change passwords—some have had the same password for 10 years.”

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Executives say their challenge is fighting viruses

Before every IT Vital Systems Review, I always ask the executives what their challenges are. On a recent survey the CEO answered “fighting viruses.” That’s because it isn’t the executive’s job to fight viruses—that is the job of their IT professionals. It is the executive’s responsibility to protect the assets of the company, employees and […]

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