Executive Summary: What effect do office cubicles have on productivity? You might be surprised. And if you are doing five year planning, are you finding success or the need to shift priorities before you come close? We're discussing both of these this week. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 34:52 IT Pro News: IBM unloads its chip manufacturing and has to pay for it. Microsoft event announces Azure updates that include a new G-family of Virtual Machines, the Azure Premium Storage tier, the Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), an Azure Marketplace and others. Ubuntu turns 10 while CSS turns 20 IT Pro Main Topic: Challenging Old Norms Planning too far: 5 years? Cubicle...
ITPS186: HP Split
Oct 7, 2014 |
Executive Summary: Our reaction to the HP split and how it affects the roadmaps for IT Pros. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 33:18 IT Pro News: IBM formally withdraws support for Lotus SmartSuite, Organizer and 1-2-3 Apple updates signatures to combat 18,000+ zombies from Shellshock Netflix Cassandra database survives the Xen reboot in AWS Cisco argues a future for the IoT that needs more security and control HP split-up as covered by the Verge and ArsTechnica IT Pro Main Topic: HP Splits in Two Excerpt from the HP press release about the split How modern a company is HP with its acquisitions (Autonomy, Vertica, 3PAR, Palm Inc, EDS, Opsware, Mercury Interactive, App...
ITPS185: Do You Oracle?
Oct 1, 2014 |
Executive Summary: Oracle OpenWorld means John wants to talk about them! Questions for you that we ponder about integration of the stack, the viability of their apps and how the licensing options may cause you to think through options. And Microsoft skipped right past "9" in announcing their new operating system. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 29:46 IT Pro News: The Bash Shellshock vulnerability and affected the cloud platforms The next thing is here: Windows 10 Tech Preview HP’s coming price war: $100 Intel 7” tablets, $200 11” laptop There is still no EMR portable format as an interoperable standard? Gartner reports Big Data experiments now running at 73% of ente...
ITPS184: How Do You Collaborate?
Sep 24, 2014 |
Executive Summary: We’re back after a short hiatus. We’ve got the latest in enterprise tech news, including a European city that is embracing open source for collaboration. And we’ll expand on that theme as we discuss tools and challenges regarding how we collaborate at work. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 47:05 IT Pro News: More Microsoft layoffs, as expected Faster, D-series VMs now available on Azure Facebook testing strategy is disabling a whole data center HP Cloud story is developing HomeDepot POS breached EA Awards from Forrester Larry Ellison is only CTO and Chairman Linux kernel anniversary 17 Sept 1991 IT Pro Main Topic: Collab and Open Source in Munich? ...
ITPS183: Collaboration Fatigue
Aug 13, 2014 |
Executive Summary: What is collaboration fatigue? How do you spot it in your organization? What can you do to avoid the pitfalls that may put your initiatives behind schedule? We’ll discuss and share some examples. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 39:03 IT Pro News: VMWare alumni are raising VC money for cloud management With 90% of all data generated in the last two years, GE says BigData is just getting started Congratulations to IBM on its first Canadian cloud data center Happy 33rd Birthday to the IBM PC IT Pro Main Topic: Collaboration Fatigue collaboration fatigue RACI matrix When this is easy; when this is hard purpose vs decision authority culture of escalati...
Aug 7, 2014 |
Executive Summary: John and Tom engage in a discussion centered around starting up your cloud efforts within your IT organization. What are the considerations? Where to start? How do you prepare your team? Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 37:17 IT Pro News: HP OpenMVS lives on! HP Lean Cloud IaaS announced Office365 subscriptions are up 67% in nine months, now at over $2B Q2 Cloud growth is up with IBM $250M and Microsoft at $370M (Amazon at $960M) Azure Machine Learning in Preview Report on cloud in k-12 education will be $12B in 5 years USB security is laughably bad, unfixable High tech cars not so securely designed show the Blackhats (Prius poorest, A8 highest) Go...
ITPS181: How to Revitalize Microsoft
Jul 22, 2014 |
Executive Summary: More Microsoft changes. The expected layoffs and a change in strategy for their annual tech shows. Plus more debate on how they should move forward to re-energerize the company. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 31:04 IT Pro News: Buying enterprise gear from Dell with Bitcoin? HP board has a new chairperson Microsoft starts it’s layoff Microsoft conferences compressed IT Pro Main Topic: Continuing our Microsoft discussion Listener Joe O writes in with some thoughts about last week’s show. We’ll talk about the different approaches that Microsoft can go from here. There are many paths, with unique risks of their own. Conference Calendar: We cover upco...
ITPS180: A New Microsoft?
Jul 15, 2014 |
Executive Summary: Microsoft’s new CEO has an ambitious vision for the company, as his missive to all employees attests. What should we make of this? Is it on the right path? Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 43:34 IT Pro News: Oracle SQL Optimizer works across big data appliances with Hadoop and NoSQL too. Amazon is “embracing and extinguishing” its partners HP Moonshot servers updated Apple + IBM promoting enterprise apps together VMware losing share to Hyper-V Microsoft and its partners counter the Chromebooks IT Pro Main Topic: A New Microsoft? Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella’s email to all Microsoft employees this week. Is this the right vision? Is his message targ...
ITPS179: Programmers in the Enterprise
Jul 9, 2014 |
Executive Summary: Tom returns this week, so we've got a full house. We're talking about programming in the Enterprise. Why are these skills so important? How are you developing that talent in your organization? What are all the sources for retooling your skills and what is the right place to start? Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 41:57 IT Pro News: Openstack release Storage Policies Azure appliances coming to your datacenter? Workers join federal lawsuit in US against H-1B visas Labor boycott organized against tech Yammer Enterprise free with more Office365 plans Will employees be professionally social or not? Is Google Corp copying Omni Consumer Product’s Directiv...
ITPS 178: 06.30.2014
Jul 2, 2014 |
Executive Summary: Do you have a pricing calculator for the on-premises service offerings that you provide to your enterprise? Probably not. But these cloud pricing calculators may give you an idea of how to get started, because you will inevitably have to compare and contrast the models when your management team comes asking. We’ve got links and tips to help. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 39:42 IT Pro News: Cloud worries, flaws Cloud costs and Open Data Center hardware AWS adds T2 for bursty-ness Some price increases coming to enterprise Microsoft customers HotSpot 2.0 and secure, roaming WiFi will the IoT create huge demand for more developers? IT Pro Main Topic...
IT Pro Show 177: 06.23.2014
Jun 25, 2014 |
Executive Summary: Is hybrid cloud inevitable? Everything seems to be moving that way, though it may be taking awhile. We'll talk about workloads that may be appropriate to consider when you are starting out. Are the collaboration tools a prime candidate? Microsoft and Google seem to be the dominant players in this space. But Microsoft just had a lengthy "cloudtage" with Exchange Online this week. We'll debate the merits of embracing this and lay out some steps that perhaps help you get ready. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 41:21 IT Pro News: Office compatibility from Google Google Drive for Work like One Drive for Business ? Microsoft revving up OneDrive with capa...
IT Pro Show 176: 06.09.2014
Jun 11, 2014 |
Executive Summary: We're continuing our discussion on how to assess the value of your IT organization and services. How do you work with vendors from inside your company? And how do you assess the completeness of your offerings? Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 37:12 IT Pro News: RHEL 7 ships with new file system XFS. Oracle ships 12c database with In Memory Option and performance boosts. IT Pro Main Topic: A continuation of last week's discussion on assessing the business value of your IT organization IVI is the Innovation Value Institute, members and academia IT-CMF capability maturity model. 4 areas totalling 33 capabilities. Managing IT like a Business, Managing ...
IT Pro Show 175: 06.02.2014
Jun 5, 2014 |
Executive Summary: It seems that there are plenty of business maturity frameworks to choose from these days. What do they mean to your business? How do you put them to work for you? Where does your org rank in maturity across many of these dimensions? John will recap training that he went through recently and spark some debate. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 42:18 IT Pro News: MobileIron looks better than “Good” with updated IPO Hadoop innovation from the Apache foundation with Spark and high performance A distributed OpenStack municipal German cloud innovates with CloudAndHeat and a PUE close to 1.0 Congrats to Microsoft’s improvements in cloud on the Gartner Magi...
IT Pro Show 174: 05.26.2014
May 27, 2014 |
Executive Summary: We're back after a few weeks attending some of the big IT conferences in North America. Mike recaps TechEd and Cisco Live. What were the common, recurring themes? What were the highlights and lowlights? How do these observations relate to experience that John and Tom have seen? Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 40:51 IT Pro Main Topic: Tech Conference Recaps Microsoft TechEd 2014 (Houston) First time they merged MMS and TechEd into one event. It was crowded. Too big for the George Brown Conv Ctr. Conspicuously, they did not have an announcement about 2015 conference, to quell the rumors that they were discontinuing the conference. Pretty clear they ...
IT Pro Show 173: 05.05.2014
May 7, 2014 |
Executive Summary: Changes are inevitable. If you are proactively managing your technology portfolio, then you realize the work that is involved to maintain software currency. But are you aware of all of the dependencies and the impacts that change has on other parts of your organization? Effective communications of roadmaps and plans are vital to prioritizing work and eliminating risk of non-support. We'll discuss what we've seen. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 40:22 IT Pro News: Symantec executive says A/V is dead Target CEO ousted after recent data breach. Dell Corp is 30 Linus Torvald awarded IEEE pioneer HP FaaS can help you design and manage your data center ...
IT Pro Show 172: 04.28.2014
May 1, 2014 |
Executive Summary: Does DevOps make sense for your organization? Is this good for the IT pro? We'll take a look at what this is all about and debate some of the pros and cons for being versatile in this way. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time:30:34 IT Pro News: Cloudy Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server release includes the “icehouse” collection for OpenStack and ARM server support IBM POWER8 CPU open licensed and might be used by Google Microsoft attacks business class cloud storage providers with 1TB OneDrive @ $2.50/mo Google plays productivity catch-up and releases productivity apps Vic Gundotra, Head of Google+ has left the building The Feds recommend no IE usage from v6 to v1...
IT Pro Show 171: 04.14.2014
Apr 14, 2014 |
Executive Summary: It's easy to get distracted many times during the workday. Walk-ups, phone calls, emails. They can all cause you to lose track of what you needed to do. We'll talk about personal productivity tips that you can use to be more effective in team settings. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 47:27 IT Pro News: Follow-up to the HeartBleed issue with a testing cert site from Steve Gibson Windows Phone 8.1 getting good reviews AWS R3 available with 32 CPUs and a quarter TB of RAM A Microsoft conversion tool for VMs Summary of the MS BUILD conference in video IT Pro Main Topic: Personal productivity managing email and followup (getting things done: Important ...
IT Pro Show 170: 04.07.2014
Apr 8, 2014 |
Executive Summary: It’s important to keep your skills sharp. Sometimes this means you want to do some work outside of the office. You may even have a home lab setup. But without breaking the bank, what are some ways that you can exercise those skills and learn some of the latest enterprise technology? We’ll share some experiences and suggest some options based on our personal experience. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 43:03 IT Pro News: Gmail turns 10, changing how the web works Microsoft open sourcing some important .Net technologies IBM celebrates 50 years of mainframes and backward compatibility Windows XP is at end-of-support after 13 years Windows 8.1 update m...
IT Pro Show 169: 03.24.2014
Mar 26, 2014 |
Executive Summary: We know that a primary reason for employee dissatisfaction is having a poor manager. But what makes a manager great? What are some of the pitfalls most managers make? We'll share our experiences in a frank conversation. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 36:07 IT Pro News: Important wireless security standard WPA2 cracked. The cloud war continues. Google cloud announcements today (2.6 cents/GB; 85% off BigQuery; Compute Engine 32% off). Cisco drops $1B for its OpenStack cloud push. IBM pushing for open cloud with new cloud group. IT Pro Main Topic: Managing IT Pros Why Good Managers Are So Rare What Makes Knowledge Workers Productive mentoring traini...
IT Pro Show 168: 03.17.2014
Mar 19, 2014 |
Executive Summary: Is software bloat a problem at your company? How are you managing it? What can you do about it? We'll discuss as well as talk about some of the inherent challenges facing Enterprise Architects. They may not always be setup for success. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 32:34 IT Pro News Flash: IBM is shrinking the workforce in hardware up to 25% Playing catch-up, VMware announces vSAN offering How is Microsoft OneNote used at your company? And will free OneNote fit your enterprise better? How do additional products like the OneNote Office Lens scanning app help? If Office for the iPad is finally here how will it affect the enterprise? Or the me@Onen...
IT Pro Show 167: 02.24.2014
Feb 26, 2014 |
Executive Summary: Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 33:05 IT Pro News: IBM needs to get into the cloud, fast ! Updates, people. Updates! SP1 is here: Office 2013, Project 2013, Sharepoint 2013, Exchange 2013 Cloud at the US Government : moving slowly IT Pro Main Topic: The End of Net Neutrality? Net Neutrality in the US: FCC, Comcast, TimeWarner, Verizon, AT&T Does Internet performance matter to your business? Conference Calendar: We cover upcoming IT Conferences during the 1st show of each month. Is there a conference you think we should be mentioning in this segment? Let us know!
IT Pro Show 166: 02.10.2014
Feb 11, 2014 |
Executive Summary: John has a recap of the Microsoft Project conference that he attended last week in Anaheim. Microsoft names their new CEO. And other Microsoft products are making some news. It's a busy show this week with a Microsoft theme to it. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 36:18 IT Pro News: Microsoft’s new CEO is Satya Nadella Office365 now has two factor authentication Power BI for Office365 is now available Infopath 2013 is the end of the line IT Pro Main Topic: MS Project conference recap 1200 attendees in Anaheim, California Big ideas theme. From work, project and portfolio management Sensei is giving away apps this week TPG has an integration framework...
IT Pro Show 165: 01.27.2014
Jan 30, 2014 |
Executive Summary: How does your architectural vision translate to projects that deliver new capabilities? And how are you maintaining those going forward? This is the transition from strategic to tactical. Your organization may struggle with finding the right balance when it comes to budgeting. Yet, both are important. We'll provide some perspectives. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 26:39 IT Pro News: With AMD ARM updates, is your data center ready for NOT Intel Inside? Lenovo to buy IBM x86 server unit Lenovo to buy Motorola from Google, not IP not R&D Microsoft welcomed to the Open Computing Project, contributes cloud management and server designs IT Pro Main Top...
IT Pro Show 164: 01.20.2014
Jan 23, 2014 |
Executive Summary: A revealing study on the quality of hard drives. A surprising MDM acquisition by a major virtualization vendor. And our featured topic about the risk profiles of maintaining technology currency in your organization. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 33:32 IT Pro News: Do you know which hard drives run the best? Backblaze knows. Trouble in your business with the new Windows? Microsoft publishes new guide for Windows 8.1 users. Is the end-of-life for Windows XP affecting appliances like ATMs too? VMware is the proud owner of MDM Airwatch for $1.5B. IT Pro Main Story: Identify your risk profile for technology What best describes your risk profile for s...
IT Pro Show 163: 01.13.2014
Jan 15, 2014 |
Executive Summary: Collaboration is vital to knowledge workers. We discuss the topic for IT pros and why supporting this community is important. We'll also discuss some aspects of lifecycle management that you may not have considered. Plus, an extension of support for an old OS from Microsoft. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 37:02 IT Pro News: Windows 9 buzz drives MS BUILD conference attendance Windows XP updates extended from April 2014 to July 2015 Oracle patches set record at 144 IBM still #1 in annual patent count IT Pro Main Story: Collaboration for Knowledge Workers Collaboration as the engine for Knowledge Workers. document creation workflow and approvals pu...
IT Pro Show 162: 01.02.2014
Jan 3, 2014 |
Executive Summary: It's a brand new year and we are looking ahead to what we think will be some of the big stories and trends in enterprise IT in 2014. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 28:04 Our 2014 Outlook for IT Pros: Big data hype is over Voice-guided apps will change how people interact with corporations Expectations of Microsoft’s new CEO new partnerships or changing alliances IT as a broker Faster cycle times
IT Pro Show 161: 12.16.2013
Dec 19, 2013 |
Executive Summary: Many organizations conduct employee performance evaluations this time of year. But no matter when you go through the process, we'll share some thoughts around the process of giving and receiving feedback. What are the disservices people do to their colleagues by omitting important information or by sabotaging a truly good performance? Chances are, you've experienced one or more of these first hand. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 40:34 IT Pro News: Why cloud infrastructure pricing is absurd How cloud partnering is shaping up Just for fun, check out this HP cloud strategy from The Onion. Performance Evaluations: leadership, communication, tech, bus...
IT Pro Show 160: 12.09.2013
Dec 10, 2013 |
Executive Summary: Have you been asked to consider colocation as an alternative to on-premises solutions? Or even cloud hosting? We'll talk about some considerations you should be thinking about if you are looking at total cost of ownership. And Microsoft opens up Office to students. We'll talk about why this is such a good thing for people starting out in their IT careers. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: IT Pro News: Future knowledge workers will still be fluent in Microsoft Office, thanks to school licensing. Can open projects help you manage risk instead of vendor support? Is cloud cheaper if you will keep the servers for a long time? Conference Calendar: We cove...
IT Pro Show 159: 11.25.2013
Nov 26, 2013 |
Executive Summary: We're discussing Microsoft's plans for consolidating operating systems. And pundits argue the merits of OpenStack in the enterprise. You know we're weighing in on this one. Happy Thanksgiving! Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 38:19 IT Pro News: Three versions of Windows are not in Microsoft’s future, per an Exec at the Redmond company. Developers will eventually get Node.js support in Visual Studio Microsoft Remote Connectivity Analyzer simulates several client logon and mail flow scenarios. Is it right for Gartner to criticize OpenStack, or is this how open development process works? R is for PhDs, Python is for the rest of the data scientists? Co...
IT Pro Show 158: 11.18.2013
Nov 18, 2013 |
Executive Summary: Amazon made some big announcements at their reInvent conference that should make competitors sit up and take notice. We'll tell you about their new I2 offering that is geared towards providing consistent IOPS and their new foray into the VDI market. How much is a Yottabyte anyway? We've got an interesting infographic to share with you, too. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 31:17 IT Pro News: Amazon focuses on consistent high performance with its new I2 server offering. Amazon offers VDI Some stats on AWS in its history We love infographics. Here’s one on data sizes that’ll have you telling your friends what a Yottabyte is. Conference Calendar: We c...
IT Pro Show 157: 11.11.2013
Nov 13, 2013 |
Executive Summary: While Microsoft searches for its next CEO, one co-founder and one candidate have visions of splitting up the company. Meanwhile, the employee ranking system leaves to much applause. Elsewhere, it looks like IT budgets and headcount are on the rise. We'll speculate on what all of this means coming up in today's show. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 33:21 IT Pro News: Microsoft co-founder thinks the company should split. Microsoft also kills Ballmer’s morale-wrecking employee ranking system. IT budgets and headcount set to grow in 2014. Need some CPU cores? Are you linking docs or attaching them? The Itanium is not for sale Conference Calendar: We c...
IT Pro Show 156: 11.04.2013
Nov 6, 2013 |
Executive Summary: Do you conduct project health checks regularly in your organization? How are you measuring success? How are you guarding against scope creep? We'll talk through some of the pitfalls that can impact any project and explain what you can do to avoid these traps. Since it's the top of the month, we've got some conferences to tell you about and a free ebook for your IT Pro book shelf. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 31:12 IT Pro News: A great guest editorial from Rob B. as posted in the WserverNews.com newsletter. The Project Health Check (PHC) can be used as a valuable tool for providing feedback and insight into the use and effectiveness of project d...
IT Pro Show 155: 10.28.2013
Oct 30, 2013 |
Executive Summary: The passing of the man behind the original IBM PC. LinkedIn offers a new way to get the word out about yourself, but is it worth it? And why companies that you didn't think of as software companies are rapidly moving in this direction. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 31:04 IT Pro News: The mind behind the IBM PC has powered down. RedHat builds On-Ramp to Enterprise OpenStack SUSE Cloud 2.0 is available Pros and Cons about the new LinkedIn Intro service for email. Intel providing resources to train a generation of parallel programmers Should every company be a software company? Conference Calendar: We cover upcoming IT Conferences during the 1st sh...
IT Pro Show 154: 10.21.2013
Oct 23, 2013 |
Executive Summary: Do budgets drive bad decisions within your corporation? What about transitional coexistence? We'll share some of our experiences and share a new report about software engineer salaries that may surprise you. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 36:21 IT Pro News: Be careful with your testing of IE11 which has broken major services. Are you strong enough to fight your budget tyrant? Transitional Coexistence and getting along in a complicated IT environment Open hardware and USB now blocked by lawyers? Base salary rankings for software engineers ObamaCare update available: now on 35 floppy disks. Conference Calendar: We cover upcoming IT Conferences duri...
IT Pro Show 153: 10.14.2013
Oct 16, 2013 |
Executive Summary: VMware positions itself as a leader in desktop-as-a-service. Hadoop 2.0 brings long-awaited features. And HP begins to look at some of it's former partners differently. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 36:24 IT Pro News: VMware acquires Desktone in bid to lead desktop-as-a-service solutions. Hadoop is moving along, GA at v2 now. YARN (Yet Another Resource Negotiator) HP publicly unhappy with Win/Tel. Sharepoint and Yammer get closer Oracle attacks open source despite using lots of it Oracle patches are out and you need to apply these Conference Calendar: We cover upcoming IT Conferences during the 1st show of each month. Is there a conference you t...
IT Pro Show 152: 10.07.2013
Oct 9, 2013 |
Executive Summary: HP takes a page from Yahoo and looks to eliminate their work from home policy. Adobe's latest security breach may be their worst yet. And Microsoft gets closer to launch day for a slew of enterprise products. Hosts: John Kresic, Tom Kresic, Mike Kresic Running Time: 35:34 IT Pro News: Followup from last week: Amazon wins case for $600M CIA contract. Last week’s security breach is just the latest proof that Adobe has an epically abysmal security track record. Get ready: Microsoft Enterprise software is coming Remote Desktop, the Microsoft way, on mobile Estimating the impact of new iPads on enterprise PC sales HP copies Yahoo: Come in to the office. Conference Calendar: We ...