Is the end of support for Windows Server 2003 a cause for panic?

As with ‘Y2K’ at the end of the millennium, clear, logical planning is key to guarding against the worst-case scenario.

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Unless you have been living under a rock or have an impressive gift for auto-filtering what information enters your brain, you will be aware that as of July 15thextended support will no longer be available for Windows Server 2003. Of course, this translates into a seemingly nightmare scenario whereby your IT dept will no longer receive patches or security updates to fix bugs or performance issues, meaning your applications and business will be at risk. Any new threats to your systems won’t be tackled and they will become a security risk as well as a big headache on the compliance front. 

Countless blogs and articles have been produced warning of the looming deadline and the huge risk a company will take by not being fully prepared for it. Some companies, like during the Y2K ‘scare’, have tried to take advantage of this by indulging in a little scaremongering, conjuring up all manner of disastrous scenarios in the hope that they can take a sizeable bite out of your IT budget. 

Click here to see what the best course of action is for ending Windows Server 2003 »

Catch the Full Value of Simpana®Software with CommVault® Training

Why Do I Need CommVault® Simpana® Software Training? 

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There are numerous data management and protection software products that have been around for many years. Most IT staffs are familiar with the basic conceptsof data management and protection, and have various degree of expertise with their current legacy products. Like a new car, CommVault’s technology is a distinct departure from the norm and takes data management and protection to a new and higher level. Hence, experience in a company’s legacy data management and protection product is most likely not sufficient to make effective use of the robust features and functionality of the CommVault® Simpana® software suite. 

Training is an essential component of any product’s value. Billions are spent every year on software that promises new capabilities and time savings but ends up yielding a fraction of the promised value or even worse, no value at all. Decision makers are often careful to fully evaluate and test new software so the problem of improving production rarely lies in the software itself. Of course, consultants can be brought in to facilitate installation or help with specific issues, but once gone, who is capable of administering or operating the software effectively on a day-to-day basis? CommVault Simpana software training is the difference between struggling along as before with possibly different problems or effectively taking advantage of those differentiators that led you to purchase the CommVault software. 

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Implementing Your Cloud Strategy Through Best Practice Methodologies - Post Event

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SureSkills recently organised an unmissable event where SME's took the attendees through three interactive presentations which included Phil Hearsum, ITSM Portfolio Manager for AXELOS, discussing how cloud computing is a disruptive innovation and what it means to IT organizations across the globe. Phil then explored the effect of the cloud on existing best practice frameworks such as ITIL and shared examples of how to adapt the existing framework. Next was our very own Ruaidhri McSharry, COO of SureSkills, who took us through the facts about getting business value from best practice. Last but not least was Ian Fitzgerald, Director of Cloud Platform Services at EMC. His session covered a real life case study and showed our audience what it really takes to implement your cloud strategy using best practice. Our three speakers from left to right: Ian Fitzgerald, EMC; Ruaidhri McSharry, SureSkills and Phil Hearsum, AXELOS.

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Cloud computing is a disruptive innovation - ITIL best practice helps you adapt

This white paper sets out to describe at a high level what cloud computing is, how cloud computing is a disruptive innovation and what this means to IT organizations across the globe. Under examination will be the effect of cloud computing on existing IT management practices, including IT service management (ITSM) and ITIL best practices. This paper contains a number of real-life examples where current approaches require some adaption to cater for cloud computing. The summary concludes with an approach on how an IT organization can retain its current ITIL best practices in an environment using and adopting cloud computing and cloud based services.

IT Service Management oils the growth of a global car fleet company

With the global fleet management industry expected to grow from $12.06bn in 2014 to $35.35bn by 2019, organizations involved in car leasing are being urged to recognize the importance of a quality, structured IT Service Management (ITSM) system during periods of growth. Sandra Duigenan, the Service Delivery Manager responsible for the Service Support Department which sits in the Customer Experience Division of LeasePlan Information Services (LPIS) shares her experiences in this insightful case study.

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What Makes Microsoft Office Training So Useful in Today’s Workforce

Microsoft Office Training is imperative in today’s job market. 

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Companies are desperately searching for individuals that possess IT knowledge. When an employer considers the many hire options, he or she is certainly looking for a proficient, technically minded professional with Microsoft experience. An individual that can bring an impressive set of skills, i.e., supporting businesses with the best tools and solutions that Microsoft Office has to offer. The talent of a particular team depends on how the organisation performs, and roughly two-thirds of hiring managers believe that individuals possessing Microsoft Office knowledge are far more productive than those without expertise. About half of every successful business team has at least one expert in Microsoft Office. To expand one’s horizon, taking a training course can only improve the current business at hand. Microsoft Office 365 is the latest addition to the Microsoft suite. Office 365 gives users access to productivity services enabled over the internet (cloud services) which is becoming increasingly important in today’s environment. Microsoft Office will teach you very important business tasks, data management, email presentations, and other ways of becoming proficient in the business world. 

Click here to see what Microsoft Office can do for your career »


Implementing Your Cloud Strategy Through Best Practice Methodologies

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Best Practice is a fluid concept, but it will always remain just that; the ‘best' 

Implementing Best Practices makes success more realisable, especially when adapted to a particular context/situation. SureSkills in conjunction with our strategic partner AXELOS (the owner of ITIL, PRINCE2), will deliver a practical event to demonstrate the value of utilising Best Practices. Aiming to build on and continue the theme of our last event we will explore how the application of these methodologies provides a practical and common sense framework to guide you through the process of; identifying, planning, delivering and supporting the successfully execution of your Cloud strategy. 

The session will include a practical case study delivered by Ian Fitzgerald, Director of Cloud Platform Services at EMC. Ian will share EMC’s experience, the challenges they faced and quick wins implementing this in a real world environment. This is designed to be an interactive session so attendees and speakers can share opinions, ideas and experiences around Best Practices, the Cloud and how the two come together. The event will increase confidence in your organisation’s approach to implementing its Cloud strategy and will help you formulate a plan with the experience and knowledge gained from a real-life example. 

Who Should Attend: IT Management, Business Unit Managers, IT Services Managers, Supplier Managers, Consultants, CTO’s, CIO’s or any IT professional looking into new solutions for their environment for 2015 and beyond.

Date: March 12th, 2015 

Venue: Clyde Court Hotel, Dublin 4 

Time: 8:30 - 12:30 

Click here To View The Full Agenda & Register For This Unmissable Free Event »


The Challenge In 2015 Is Change Management

What do you need to do to gain access to the skills you need while protecting your investment? 

(As told by SureSkills CTO Kevin Reid  pictured right) - After over half a decade of tough times, it is heartening to see the economy moving back on the right path. Businesses are increasingly in a position to invest in new systems or to upgrade those that have exceeded their useful life and, equally important, to plan for their next generation of ICT. As a result, there are lots ofSureSkills-Kevin-Reid predictions around this time of the year that 2015 will be ‘The Year of X’, whatever X might be. There are certainly plenty of candidates for hype. 

But in truth that’s all fairly superficial. This increased activity that the industry anticipates, brings with it a more fundamental challenge - access to the necessary skills and experience. Another factor to be considered is the relative scarcity and increasing expense of those skills. Acquiring them or upskilling existing staff also raises other questions in an IT labour market that is becoming fluid again. 

So the 2015 question for business ICT is what do you need to do to gain access to the skills you need while protecting your investment? The answer, or at least one effective answer, is a limited form of outsourcing. Most organisations do not want to hand over everything. That is not necessarily just being conservative; after all there is much truth in that old outsourcing mantra ‘do what you do best….’ 

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Why Enterprise Search Can Justify Your eDiscovery Investment

CommVault’s Self-Service Enterprise Search and eDiscovery empowers end users to increase their productivity while legal, regulatory and compliance risk is greatly reduced..... 

A relatively new concept and one which must be a cause for celebration for lawyers everywhere, eDiscovery has grown quickly into its’ own industry, with Gartner* predicting that it will be very high on the agenda of all CIOs for the immediate future. Of course, the concept itself is nothing new – ‘discovery’, the practice whereby litigating parties are required to share information relevant to a legal case has been a feature of systems around the world derived from English common law for decades – but the importance of electronic discovery or eDiscovery or e-Discovery (take your pick) is increasing hugely for an organisation’s legal and compliance departments. 

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It is a response from the IT industry to cater for the needs of the legal world which is trying to keep pace, or more accurately, to catch up with changing technology and the exponential growth in electronically-stored information (ESI). Gone are the days when lawyers would spend endless hours sifting through boxes of files searching for relevant documents; now an eDiscovery search, in response to investigations, litigation or regulatory requests, can search, retrieve and analyse all relevant documents at the push of a button. 

 All good so far but although the economically-improving times are allowing organisations to loosen the purse strings a little and invest in technology, many bean counters will want to see a definable, definite need being satisfied and that’s where the argument for investing in eDiscovery falls down a little. Why pay for something which may not be used and if it is, will probably only be used once or twice? Sure, it will be expensive for an organisation that ends up in a situation where they need to retrieve documents for those purposes but if they don’t then the return on investment might seem pretty unappealing. The question to be answered is do you pay now or, maybe, pay later? 

Click Here To See Why eDiscovery Is Vital To Your Business »


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