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Forceworks Are you ready for the transition from Hardware-Centric to Software-Centric? Do you ever talk to an “Old” IT person? You know, like 40ish. Man, do they have some stories about how IT used to be back in the day. Things sure have changed a lot. You probably think to yourself “Man, they have no idea how things are now”. How about a “Middle-Aged” IT person? You know like 30ish. They have stories too, and things have changed a lot since then as well. You may be thinking “That guy is really losing touch”. It seems to come in waves… change that is. Well another wave is crashing the beach, and if you are not paying attention, you too could soon be “that guy” who has lost touch, maybe you feel you are already slipping. If you are not on the side that knows that “Cloud is Inevitable”, you are on the wrong side… or living in denial. Don’t believe me? Click the link ... (more)

Damn you Microsoft!!!

I can hear it, can you? A popular podcaster, Jason Calacanis has advised companies in the past to be wary of launching a technology product on top of someone else’s platform. Many great Facebook and Twitter apps have simply been knocked off by the platforms, and subsequently knocked right out of business. Calacanis himself fell victim as his business at the time was largely dependent on YouTube, and while Google did not knock off his content, they simply made a change to the search which orphaned his content… same result. And now here we have Microsoft. Talk about being dependen... (more)

Migrating away from Salesforce.com? Beware!

Forceworks Migrating away from Salesforce.com? Beware! Salesforce.com is not a fan of customers who attempt to leave. I can’t blame them, nobody likes to lose a customer. When you start to lose a lot of customers, it can make you a little desperate, but this does not seem to apply Salesforce.com, I mean in the last year alone their stock has gone up 20 points. They have obviously done an excellent job of convincing business of the value of Cloud CRM. So why are they so hostile about people wanting to leave? Maybe they are just paranoid. Ever since they launched in 1999, they hav... (more)

Microsoft Software Asset Management Review

Have you received a notice from Microsoft about a Microsoft Software Asset Management Review? This is an ominous sounding undertaking. The minute you receive one of these letters from Microsoft, you already know whether you have a problem or not. This is really just a fancy title for an Audit to ensure that all Microsoft software in use has been paid for. For most organizations, this will not be a problem. Oh sure, there may be a few edge cases of software that was license crossed, but generally, if you have been playing it straight, this process should not present any more heada... (more)

A closer look at Hosted Exchange from Microsoft

“Email is Email!”. This is what another Microsoft partner suggested to me, that I should say when presenting Office 365 to potential customers. He went on to say “A customer is not going to make the move to Office 365 for email, it will be for all of the other capabilities”. Well, he was absolutely correct. Using his sound advice, Forceworks has brought thousands of business users to the Office 365 platform. But I continued to have this nagging feeling, that even though users are coming on board at a rapid clip,  I was short-changing Exchange Online in the process. While it is t... (more)