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Esther Schindler

A long-time technology evangelist and community instigator, Esther Schindler has been in the computer press since 1992. Her primary journalistic focus for the last decade has been software development and open source, and she’s contributed as writer or editor to Software Test & Performance, InformIT.com, DevSource.com, and dozens of other publications. She’s written market research analyst reports since 2002; she wrote four books (including one that actually paid out its advance) and had her hand in writing or editing another eight. Most recently, she spent two years as senior online editor at CIO.com, where her beat list included software development, open source, infrastructure, telecommuting, online community, and anything that tickled her fancy.

Esther has owned a computer store, optimized compilers, taught corporate classes about operating system internals, designed QA tests for Lotus Development (back when 1-2-3 ruled the earth) and in her first market-research career learned more about General Foods’ Frozen Pudding Pops than any human ought to know.

Jul 15, 2010

Dell has undergone a dramatic transformation through standardizing, simplifying, and automating much of its own IT infrastructure. Here, Dell CIO Robin Johnson discusses the process—and what becoming an Efficient Enterprise has meant for Dell’s bottom line. READ MORE

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Jul 15, 2010

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Jul 15, 2010

With virtualization comes a simple, automated infrastructure that leads to a dynamic, efficient enterprise.

Over the last several years, virtualization has proven itself an invaluable technology for streamlining test and development environments, consolidating IT infrastructure, reducing costs and setting enterprises on the path to cloud computing. Finding a company that hasn’t implemented at least one virtual server would be a daunting assignment indeed. The numbers are too compelling to ignore. READ MORE

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May 12, 2010

Moving from Windows XP or Windows Vista en masse to Windows 7 across the enterprise can be done in a series of manual steps to upgrade, or IT managers can make use of a variety of tools to do some of the drudgery automatically. In this webinar, held in April, 2010, we examined several tools reviewed at IT Expert Voice and asked the vendors’ product managers to offer their own options and opinions. READ MORE

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May 12, 2010

All the IT world is abuzz about moving services and software to the cloud. Every day, more services are moved to the cloud to save money and speed deployments. Chief among them are two of the hottest IT trends: ERP and CRM. However, using the cloud, private clouds or a hybrid still requires work on the client side. This webinar from March 2010 explored how Windows 7 helps enterprise leverage their ERP and CRM efforts in the cloud. Panelists revealed opportunities and obstacles and shared tips on dealing successfully with both. READ MORE

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May 12, 2010

What has changed for the better and worse with Windows 7 when it comes to endpoint security? There are some improvements to the built-in firewall and encryption features, remote management as well as better integration with Microsoft’s Network Access Protection services in Windows Server 2008. In March, 2010, IT Expert Voice held a webinar discussing these and other topics, and talking about the security implications when you make the migration to Windows 7 in the enterprise. READ MORE

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Apr 7, 2010

Any company aiming to upgrade its operating systems first has to get control over its application library. Here’s what you need to know about the process of identifying the company’s applications – not to mention upgrading them to support the new OS – before you undergo one of those painful “learning experiences.”

It’s going to happen, sooner or later. Your boss will turn a baleful eye at the development and IT staff and say, “I’m sure all our software will run under the new OS. Won’t it?” You’ll be tempted to gulp and stammer out a half-hearted answer that confirms the executive’s preconceptions about IT (oh dear) and leaves them with an opportunity to later wail, “What do you mean, ‘We can’t run payroll’?!” We can’t have that, can we?!

There’s three steps in the process of application migration: information discovery, research and rationalization, and the actual application migration or upgrades. (I leave the how-to on the last item to another discussion, though I like to think that Windows 7 Development Gotchas is a start in that direction.) In this article, I provide you with some guidelines about how to approach the problems of “What do we have, and what are we going to do about it?” courtesy of a conversation I had a few weeks ago with Jefferson Raley, Manager of End User Computing at Dell’s ProConsult (and a presenter in the first IT Expert Voice webinar [free download, registration required]). READ MORE

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Feb 20, 2010

HugsHerPCXSmallAmong the barriers to Windows 7 deployment is the need to upgrade users (and their applications) from IE 6 to IE 8. But too many of those users apparently refuse to give up the older Microsoft web browser. Here’s what’s holding them back. READ MORE

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Jan 26, 2010

zombie_thumb_90If your company is considering an upgrade to Windows 7, you’re probably already considering the obstacles in the migration path. A big one is your worries about application compatibility. Whatever the advantages of Microsoft’s new OS — and they are many — there’s no way to make the move if your applications won’t work right. READ MORE

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Dec 28, 2009

iStock_000000295237XSmallIn this article, developers identify common problems in porting custom business applications to Windows 7 from Windows XP or Windows Vista, and in taking advantage of the OS’ new features. Why make your own mistakes when you can learn from others’ experiences? Find out where the bodies are buried. READ MORE

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