The Breakdown: Adopting the DevOps Model

As more organizations modernize and migrate to the cloud, many are adopting DevOps as part of their strategy. For MetroStar, it’s a set of technical practices that provide integration for automation and close cooperation between development and operations. One of the main goals of DevOps is to give customers the IT agility to match business

By | September 27th, 2017|Categories: Cloud, Enterprise IT|Tags: , , , |

The Breakdown: Collaboration and Technology in the Enterprise

Collaboration is one of the biggest concepts that have been brought to life by the advent of cloud migration and enterprise modernization. Whether it’s file sharing, simultaneous document editing, communication, or all three functions rolled into one, collaborative technology has increasingly become a necessity for organizations to carry out their processes. But apart from enhancing

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Enterprise IT|Tags: , |

MGT Act Passes House: Achieving Government IT Modernization

As the "Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017" (MGT Act) recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives, the government takes a major step towards moving at the speed of IT innovation. The bipartisan IT modernization bill, introduced to Congress for the second time by Texas Rep. Will Hurd on April 28, is designed to provide

By | May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Enterprise IT|Tags: , |

Five Different Approaches for Enterprise IT Modernization

Enterprise IT modernization solutions are everywhere. Organizations have access to commercial solutions that are not only easily implemented and customized, but also cost-efficient. These off-the-shelf enterprise systems, make it easier for IT practitioners to develop and apply modernization solutions across several legacy systems. Think: a cookie-cutter production line. In theory, cookie-cutter seems like a good approach. However,

By | May 10th, 2017|Categories: Enterprise IT|Tags: , |

Public Cloud Migration: Six Ways to Tell if You’re Ready

Remember that scene in The Truman Show where Jim Carrey slowly made his way up the stairs along the clouds before stepping out into the real world? He was wary—unsure of what lay beyond those clouds, feeling tentative about leaving the world he had known for so long. Now imagine that key cinematic moment in

Five Healthy Habits for a Strong IT System

As we celebrate World Health Day, the conversation about healthy habits takes centerstage. But did you know that advice for personal health habits also apply to maintaining a strong IT system? Here are five things to ensure your IT system stays healthy: #1 Perform regular check-ups. Maintaining an IT system is a lot like physical health

By | April 7th, 2017|Categories: Enterprise IT, IT Infrastructure|Tags: , |

How a Cloud-first Strategy Benefits the Department of Navy

In an interview with Federal News Radio, Janice Haith, the recently retired Deputy Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Navy, revealed that the next step for the department's information technology (IT) modernization is the adoption of cloud-first strategy. Moving on from software licenses According to Haith, one of the reasons why the Department of Navy

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Cloud, Enterprise IT|Tags: |

Google Hangouts overhaul shifts focus to enterprise

Google hopes to solidify Hangouts' positioning as an enterprise product by announcing that the platform will now be split into two components: Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. Divide and Conquer Each of the two new services takes charge of one of Hangouts’ key functionalities and dials it up with more features. Image from Google Chat,

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Enterprise IT, IT Applications|Tags: , |

Choosing a ‘Just Right’ Cloud Solution For Your Enterprise

As a Chief Technology Officer, Goldilocks had long wanted to upgrade the nationwide operations of her bolstering business. Armed with thoroughly Googled knowledge of cloud migration, she attempted to pick out a cloud solution that’s just right for her enterprise. Some were secure, but too costly. Some allowed full virtualization, but were time-consuming. Some featured enhanced capabilities,

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Cloud, Enterprise IT|Tags: , , , , |

Temporary Tables vs. Table Variables in SQL Server

An SQL Server Game Changer One day, I discovered the ease and utility of creating a temporary table in SQL Server. I thought it was a game changer. I used it everywhere, for any occasion, and was pretty quick to throw data into temporary tables for ease of querying later. I have since learned there

By | December 17th, 2016|Categories: Enterprise IT, IT Infrastructure|Tags: , , |