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

Dynamic Sharepoint Graphical Inventory Using Visio Viewer

SharePoint Graphical Inventory using Visio Viewer Tutorial In this post we will create a Visio diagram with data shapes linked to multiple SharePoint lists. We will then display the Visio floorplan diagram in a SharePoint inventory dashboard. 1. We start with multiple lists containing various different inventories. In this example, we have different lists to

Dynamic SharePoint List Dashboard Using Excel Viewer

This post will cover how to create an Excel Dashboard inside of a SharePoint list or library view, using the Excel Viewer web part and an Excel sheet linked to your list or library. The Excel sheet will use pivot charts and tables to display the data we want from the list in a graphical