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Windows XP, How Can We Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?

Posted on April 09, 2014 by John Jones

On April 8th, 2014, Microsoft finally pulled the plug on support for WindowsXP. WindowsXP is the longest running GUI-based operating system, with only MS-DOS and UNIX surpassing it in age for all operating systems.

Typically for anything in IT that lasts more than three years, a “goodbye old and hello new” attitude is pretty much the norm. Not so for WindowsXP, which debuted the month after the towers fell on 9/11. Our love of XP is so robust that, as of this writing, 29% of personal computers worldwide still run it. That bears repeating. Almost one-third of all computers in the world still run Windows XP.

Windows XP is also installed in a smaller version on ATMs around the world. According to NCR, world’s largest supplier of ATMs, it accounts for 95% of the installed operating systems on all of those ATMs. That’s a lot of XP ATMs that we ultimately hand our debit cards to each and every day.

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IT Trends To Watch For in 2013

A recent post on the SAP blog reviewed technology trends to watch for in 2013. In the post, SAP asks IT analysts for their opinions on the future of IT and to make predictions on which trends will have genuine consequences in 2013. Below we highlight the top trends and share what the experts predict. 

The Experts

Carolina Milanesi, Gartner
Research Vice President

Andreas Zilch, Experton Group
Management Board Member

Mario Zillmann, Lünendonk
Senior Consultant

Peter Lempp, Capgemini Germany
COO

Ruediger Spies, IDC
Independent Vice President Enterprise Applications 

Frank Mang, Accenture
Head of SAP business

1. Cloud computing

Zilch: Cloud computing is currently undergoing a difficult period and the technology needs to make the leap from media hype to maturity. 

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A Network Services Manager's Review of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

Posted on July 31, 2012 by John Jones

On July 16 at an event in San Francisco, Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft) introduced Microsoft Office 2013. An exciting set of capabilities for the cubicle-bound masses I'm sure; however, being a server-guy, I was really looking forward to hearing about the interoperability of Office with the new Exchange Server 2013. 

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Benefits of Working With An Information Technology Provider

Posted on July 17, 2012 by John Jones

Just like larger companies, small and medium businesses depend on information technology (IT) to help them succeed in an ever-changing world. Whether you’re running a small legal firm or a midsize construction company, you know that business performance is increasingly tied to your ability to keep IT systems operating at peak efficiency.

But for organizations with limited or no full-time IT personnel, IT management and maintenance can be a difficult job to do right. Routine system monitoring and maintenance can eat up time and resources that could be better used to help run the business more efficiently and make it more competitive. And when something does go wrong, it can be a nightmare - employees can’t get their jobs done, customers can’t get service, orders can’t be processed and supplies can’t be ordered.

Off loading routine, yet vital Information Technology infrastructure break/fix, monitoring and management functions allows you to concentrate on your business.

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