Becoming Good at the NEW IT

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. -Alvin Toffler

Over the past 3 years I have begun to see a shift in the way customers are planning, selecting and deploying technology capabilities to their users. The range of choice has expanded at every level; in devices, applications, methods of computing, potential partners and ownership. A ‘one-size fits all’ technology strategy is moving to one in which it’s now ‘any size that you like’. IT can now deliver many more capabilities; dependence on ‘cost-only’ business cases will encourage IT leaders to keep the legacy alive.

Our EUC team is focused on helping our customers identify their desired outcome, assess the legacy IT, document and present it to leadership in meaningful terms. This provides the best starting point to decide whether the investment is worth pursuing for the value planned to obtain.Read More »

How is cloud impacting modern networking and security? Maybe it’s time to start from scratch… No, really.

John McAdam, Outgoing CEO of F5 Networks
John McAdam, Outgoing CEO of F5 Networks

Some time in the past year, at an F5 event, I was listening to John McAdam’s view on the disappearing data center. He said that it’s all going to the cloud, which will drastically shape the way we design IT infrastructures from now on. It’s a little funny because we’ve come to think of the cloud message as almost a parody of itself.  This cloud is some vaporous thing out there that we’re supposed to be moving to, but nobody knows how.  The fact, though, is that he’s 100% right. It’s happening.  Every mature IT department I work with has a cloud initiative, of sorts.  Some are taking an application or two.  Some are taking a whole data center.  Some are building DR in the cloud.  Some have moved all collaboration to a managed or cloud service – whether that be documents and email or phone systems. Some believe we can simply load our data centers up into vCloud Air and, “voila!” it’s done. That may be the case for some smaller enterprises, but, as a seasoned architect, I still have a difficult time swallowing an SAP infrastructure’s existence in the cloud.. and I work cloud stuff every day. Imagine the questions a CEO might have about that.  In fact, if we step into those shoes for a moment…Read More »

SMP Fearlessly Faces Challenges

SMP enjoyed two fun endurance events this past week.  On Thursday, May 21st SMP Albany participated in the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge for the first time.  Nearly 8,500 runners and walkers participated in the event.  Six employees form the SMP Albany office represented at this 3.5 mile corporate road race.  Fostering team spirit, the group tackled the race and then enjoyed some post event refreshments nearby.

On Tuesday, May 26th SMP Rochester participated in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge.  This event welcomed nearly 10,500 participants from 421 companies.  With 22 registered runners and walkers and a strong support staff and cheering squad, 30 SMP employees enjoyed an evening of good food, good company and good cheer at the Corporate Challenge!  Rain showers, high heat and high humidity were no match for the SMP spirit. We look forward to our next endurance adventures, the Tour de Cure and the Ride for Roswell in June, stay tuned!