What does StorSimple Do?

Posted by Aaron Eisberg on 10 21, 2014

We've written a few blogs in the past that discuss what exactly StorSimple is at a high level, but to really get a good understand of everything StorSimple can do, take a look at our most recently video we shot with Jamie Peebles, a Technology Specialist for the Microsoft Hybrid Storage Division.

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Xim, Microsoft’s New Photo Sharing Service, Now Available Everywhere

Posted by Alex Jonathan Brown on 10 21, 2014

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced their new mobile file-sharing service Xim. After previously launching on Windows Phone and Android, the app is finally out for iOS this week. The most interesting thing about Xim isn’t the apps – it’s how often you don’t need them.

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Topics: Cloud, Mobile

3 Qualities to Look for in Quality Assurance Practices

Posted by Matt Noggle on 10 21, 2014

As a CIO/CTO, you are well aware of the challenges of creating a strategy that accounts for the demanding nature of your business. As if that weren’t enough, you are also tasked with proactively adjusting to the evolving nature of the IT industry. While many organizations have moved beyond the days of considering IT as a cost warehouse, stretching every dollar in your budget is still a vital component in accomplishing your goals. When choosing a technology partner, there are a few things that you should consider when doing side-by-side comparisons. One of the most important considerations, while often overlooked, is Quality Assurance.

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Topics: Custom Application Development, custom software

"Theirs but to Do and Die": Why a Lack of Communication Will Lead to a Software Development Disaster

Posted by Eric Potter on 10 20, 2014

It’s an all-too-common story in modern software development. Someone had a good idea for a piece of software that would provide real value to a business. The programmers are working hard on the code. They are implementing what they believe will best suit the users. And yet, while they know they’re going to ship some software in the end, they also know the project will fail because that software doesn't do what the business needs it to do. It reminds me of Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” See if you can tell why in this stanza: 

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Topics: custom software

Technology Digest: Week ending 10/17/2014

Posted by Jen Booth on 10 17, 2014

The Technology Digest is our weekly list of articles in the technology world that you should be reading about Microsoft, SharePoint, Lync, Snowden, KidoZen, Sql Server, and Social Media.

SharePoint: The Guide - Three quarters of Fortune 500 companies use SharePoint. But many people aren't quite clear on how it works or how businesses can get the most out of it.

The Quadruple: MSFT is a leader in Four Gartner MQ’s -  Every year, during the Spring and Summer, there is a flurry of analysis released from Gartner and some of the most anticipated insights come via what Gartner calls the Magic Quadrant (MQ). 

Introducing Microsoft Ignite - This morning on The Official Microsoft Blog, we revealed more details about our enterprise technology conference in May—Microsoft Ignite. If you attended...

Organize your Office 365 with the new app launcher - American founding father Benjamin Franklin famously said, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” In order to yield your greatest results...

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Topics: Technology Digest

6 Mobile Strategies to Consider for 2015 - Aptera Webinar

Posted by Alex Jonathan Brown on 10 17, 2014

Learn what it takes to make your mobile efforts a success. 

With many options for mobile apps and native websites, it's hard to know which direction your company should move their mobile strategy. Add to those options the constantly-shifting technology landscape and it's easy to understand how planning for 2015 could be really confusing.

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Aptera Event - The New Generation of Enterprise Mobility

Posted by Dennis Junk on 10 17, 2014

Enterprise mobility is one of the fastest changing areas of technology. The strategy your company developed last year  may already be sadly out-of-date. Join KidoZen and Aptera on November 18, 2014 to learn about the new generation of enterprise mobility, Mobile Platform as a Service. 

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Topics: Events, Mobile, Kidozen

What Is KidoZen?

Posted by Dennis Junk on 10 16, 2014

One of the reasons smart phones are so smart is that a lot of the data processing that makes mobile applications work isn’t actually performed on the phone or tablet itself. The experiences users have with an app on the front end usually rely on a great deal of infrastructure on the backend. An app’s infrastructure needs are handled either by servers on the premises of the company supporting the app, in cloud datacenters, or in some combination of the two. What this means is that any business that decides to move forward with a front-end plan for a mobile app, whether it’s for customers or workers, will have to make a host of further decisions about how to address backend challenges.     

KidoZen is what’s known as mobile Back-end as a Service (mBaaS). Like all the other “as a Service” offerings, KidoZen’s back-end services let businesses use cloud datacenters for all their mobile infrastructure needs. This makes life much easier on your app developers, as well as the other IT personnel tasked with maintaining your servers. 

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Topics: Mobile

New Findings Point to a More Effective Social Media Strategy

Posted by Alex Jonathan Brown on 10 15, 2014

Digital Marketing is as much an art as it is a science. Everyone has their own ideas about which metrics are the most important, which channels give your content the most traction, and what the ideal window to hit “publish” is. A new report from social sharing company ShareThis aims to shine a little light on how sharing actually works – and it has the potential to change the way your company thinks about your social media strategy.

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Topics: Content Marketing, Inbound Marketing, Social Media, digital marketing

Snowden E-mails Reveal He's The James Bond of The Internet Generation

Posted by Alex Jonathan Brown on 10 14, 2014

Let's start this blog off with a couple disclaimers. First, the thing I'm writing about is pretty much just a marketing effort for an upcoming documentary. (Neither Aptera nor I are getting any money for this blog post, though.) Second, it's not exactly the sort of thing we generally write about here. Now, with that out of the way, let's talk about how Edward Snowden is the James Bond of our generation.

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Topics: Government

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