Thoughts on Tech

Author: Sam Akroyd (Page 1 of 5)

Lifting and shifting documents to Microsoft 365? What’s the best approach?

Its the most popular cloud collaboration platform worldwide and most businesses are heavy users of the Microsoft stack. Whether that be Office 365, the collaboration suite, or M365 the end-to-end stack including security tools, etc we’re all familiar. But talking to ex-colleagues, and other IT folk, people use it for Teams, Outlook and the office suite, but rely heavily still on other platforms for document storage and the general feeling is because of the complexity of migrating those documents. This article is to go over the various options to fully utelise the platform that your business is already paying for….

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JML, joiners, movers and leavers. How to make it work well in your business

If I had a £1 for every time someone used the dreaded acronym JML during my career then I wouldn’t need to work anymore. Its usually followed by “… is rubbish” or preceded by “We need a better process for….”. The reality is, understanding who is joining your business, who is moving roles or departments or who is sadly leaving your business is a challenge. Here’s my thoughts on how to make this process slick(er)

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Server Provisioning & Configuration Management: A Checklist

Fully automating server infrastructure for most is the holy grail for a majority of sysadmins (or whatever the modern day job title is). Not having to click through a wizard, manually apply IP addresses or patch a machine, is attractive for anyone who has sat around as Microsoft’s latest patch update trickles through your virtual NIC. But are you doing it for the right reasons, and are you making sure you are getting the most value out of your automation?

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Orchestration for end user devices? Really?

For years, just about every marketing department for any software company has been going on about automation and orchestration. They are pretty much the ultimate buzzwords and I can’t thing of a single sales pitch where one of those words weren’t used. But I’m struggling to think of a pitch where either of those words have related to desktops and laptops. Well ladies and gentleman, that is about to change…

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Cloud Gaming. Is this the next Google vs Amazon battleground and can either succeed?

When I was a (much) younger man, I spent a good percentage of my time partaking in far too much drinking, not enough studying, and far too much online gaming. This was around the time of huge franchises starting up, such as Call of Duty and my personal favourite Battlefield. I spent many-a-night staring at my 19″ CRT monitor, with my top of the range 512kbps ‘broadband’ connection and my cutting edge AMD Athlon CPU… times have changed in the gaming world significantly, but now enterprise methodologies are making their way into the gaming market – but will they be successful?

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Did the pandemic just kill off the Corporate Network?

Since the start of the year, and the beginning of the pandemic pretty much everyone’s work and personal life has been distrupted. High streets are empty, offices are earily quiet and gyms, well I don’t know – I don’t ever visit them 😉

But aside from my lack of cardio action in 2020, many workers are now working from home, on kitchen tables, home offices and sofas – whilst IT teams scramble round to get laptops so people can work, and install security tools to protect their data. So why bother with a corporate network any more?

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2020 – The year of IaC?

As we enter November, the penultimate month in a rather turbulent year, my thoughts normally wander on to what the next year will bring tech wise for me. Despite a punishing year for many businesses, the big tech companies (on the whole) have continued to grow, AWS posted revenues $11.6bn for Q3 2020, up by 29% year on year and Google Cloud made $3.44bn compared to $2.38bn for same quarter in 2019. But forget about the big boys, what’s more interesting is those tech companies on the way up, and theres a few!

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