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: , , |

Get the Total for Calculated Columns in SharePoint

Creating a Calculated Column MetroStar previously published a blog on using the DataView Web Part and SharePoint Designer to get the total on a Calculated Column. This is because SharePoint does not do totaling on Calculated Columns Out of the Box (OOB). Here we discuss an alternative method that does not have any restrictions on

How to Create a Button in SharePoint 2013 or 2016

2013 and 2016 SharePoint Button Tutorial Buttons are another way we can provide intuitive navigation for our site users. Situations where the use of buttons may be appropriate: 1. To provide easy access to other related SharePoint sites (that may be several clicks away). For example, when implementing sites, you may choose to add a