Author: Robert Houdeshell

News from Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference

I have the Microsoft WPC App installed in my Facebook. This morning, I eagerly poured a cup of coffee, got onto the app and began watching the Keynotes. Steve Ballmer spoke extensively about the new Surface tablet coming out soon. Then he turned over the presentation to Tami Reller — VP at Microsoft. Tami and

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State of the Technology Union

What is the state of the Technology Sector today?  With unemployment at 8.2 percent, what is the future for technology experts?   I am pleased to say that “The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!”  (Reference to a favorite 80’s song) As I was reading this BusinessWeek article, I thought this would be an interesting topic

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IT Teams grow their Cloud Knowledgebase

This newsfeed came across my desk about an IT Team that had to grow their internal knowledge or Office 365 (BPOS as it was previously called).   http://www.itworld.com/it-managementstrategy/267024/cloud-computing-skills-shortage-forces-cios-grow-their-own I find it encouraging that IT Teams are taking the Cloud seriously, honing their skills and finding how to integrate in-house custom programs with the Cloud.  This

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The Cloud Office of Today

Okay, confession time:  this blog is late.  I usually publish my blogs on Friday’s and an endless number of things have gotten in my way.  However, the biggest thing that has gotten in my way is simply this:  Writer’s Block!  Oh yeah, good old Writer’s Block!  But then, recent events have brought me to thinking

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Cloud and Mobility – Notes from Convergence 2012

Why do we care about Cloud Computing and Mobility? Where are you now?  Are you at your desktop?  Are you reading this on a tablet?  A phone?  What is your preference? The same considerations need to be made when considering your consumption of business data.  Let’s face it, we are all (or at least in

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Acumatica 3.0 Professional Services Release Review!

Professional Services employees make up a large demographic of our workforce.  They are architects, engineers, contractors and consultants like me.  We are a highly mobile workforce, often flying to work on projects or working at our client’s offices.  This creates a need for us to be able to manage our work, projects, resources and time

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Cloud Computing and Mobility Apps The perfect storm of mobile ERP, CRM and BI

Continuing the conversation about Cloud Computing, I ran into this article through a Google Newsfeed this week.  It seems to me and to the author of this post http://www.wired.com/cloudline/2012/03/personal-cloud-2014/ that some companies are not taking Cloud seriously.  Tagging onto my post from a couple of weeks ago, the author agrees with my conclusion that deploying enterprise applications

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The Future of Business Intelligence

Let us explore the future of Business Intelligence.  Last week I spoke about Windows 8 and it’s impact on computing.  However, let’s further explore the problems, yes problems, with Business Intelligence. Until today, Business Intelligence has been primarily provided by Hyperion, Cognos and other solutions.  Many years back, Microsoft introduced Microsoft Analysis Services.  However these

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Windows 8 is coming! The impact of Cloud, Office 365 and Dynamics ERP and CRM

What do you do when you are Microsoft, the 800 pound gorilla in the marketplace when both Google and Apple are taking your customers?  In 2007, Apple released the iPhone and subsequently in 2010, the iPad mobile devices.   Apple’s strategy is to have a single OS on all devices, Mac, iPhone and iPad. Google

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