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How Twitter could become a real business again

Twitter. The should, the could, the would company

Twitter, the decade plus old company is still trying to define what it is and how to make money. It is trapped in a business model of providing free service in exchange for our souls and friends. Based on the past performance there is little hope that Twitter’s future will be brighter. The number of free users is not growing fast enough (if at all) and the revenue from ads is not rising fast enough to stop the bleeding. What…

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Digging for gold in big data

Digging for gold in your company’s data

You’ve probably heard about ‘Big Data’ and ‘Predictive Analytics.’ These are the big buzz words floating around today. These terms sound very technical, futuristic even… and expensive. Perhaps you were informed that you need to start a project that incorporates these concepts, but you have no idea why or how you would embark on such a mission. Let me give you an example of why you should do just that. Most likely your company has customers. Hopefully the information about…

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School district IT departments need help

The state of technology in Canadian school districts

In May, PCIS conducted a market survey to gather insight on the state of technology at school districts across Canada. IT Managers and Directors from over 300 school districts were invited to complete a survey. The results revealed some common issues that resonated throughout the country while some highlighted challenges unique to their particular district. Because education is regulated and governed at the provincial level, it was not surprising to learn that districts that operated within the same province shared…

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Technology trends in K-12 Schools. The biggest IT challenges

Technology trends in K-12 Schools. The biggest IT challenges

Technology continues to play a significant role in evolving the learning environment. A catalyst in driving change in teaching methods, it has given educators the ability to positively impact student learning outcomes. But with all the benefits that technology brings, challenges arise for IT administrators who must continually find ways to proactively implement solutions and resolve potential issues that advanced technology and innovation presents to them. The top technology trends in the K-12 school segment that create challenges for IT…

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Top 5 Reasons Why School District IT Strategy Plans Fail

So you think you have a good IT plan. You’re in year two of a five year plan but budget cuts hamper your ability to complete the rest of the plan. Declining enrollment is expected for the next few years so budgets will shrink which means fewer resources to execute your plan. You throw your hands in the air and wonder why you spent so much time planning when you have very little ability to influence the outcome. In a…

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Migration Solutions for the cloud

Migration Solutions for the cloud

There’s been much talk about the cloud as the best solution for meeting today’s changing needs of technology in school districts. Though most IT Directors are advocates of moving to the cloud not everyone’s heads are in the clouds. For many, moving away from on-premise storage and access is a bit unsettling. Data security and privacy is high on the list of concerns for schools especially for Canadian schools who feel uncomfortable with their data hosted across the border. Their…

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The Pros and Cons of BYOD Program in Schools

According to the National Consumers League, on average, children are 12 when they receive their first mobile device. With this early introduction into the daily routine, it’s no wonder they grow addicted to it and become dependent on their device. Not all parents are on the same page but with 56% of children in the US owning a cellphone, it’s inevitable that these devices make their way into schools. Whereas a few years ago, schools had strict policies against kids…

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Facebook is on its way to dominate the world

Facebook is now ready to dominate the online world of business with the latest announcement from its F8 conference. The company made it very clear that having 1.35 billion active users and allowing them to share bad selfies and cat videos is not their end game. I’m shocked. Really. True, Facebook is making some good money from advertising but hey – that’s just for the cash flow. Their strategy is to dominate businesses within the social networking site as well…

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Even Jack Sparrow can have a copy of Windows

How do you combat software theft? Give it away for free. Microsoft recently announced that anyone in China who has a copy of the Windows 7 Operating System (and up), legitimate or illegitimate, will be able to upgrade for free to the new Windows 10 version. The estimated number of users, who would be able to take the advantage of this offer, would be in the hundreds of millions! Why would Microsoft do such a crazy thing as giving their…

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VMware ESX/ESXi – Snapshot Age

VMware is a virtualization platform many of our clients use – both VMware ESX and ESXi. While VMware allows utilizing hardware resources better and deploy new servers much less effortlessly than ever before. With Intelligent Monitoring you will have easy access to all key VMware performance information, including information on VMware performance, resource consumption, and snapshots – just to name a few. In this scenario, some work was performed on a number of virtual Windows Servers for quite a while…

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