Cloud Email Solutions: Educational Virtual Roundtable "VRT"

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Oct 202010

Virtual Round Table

Cloud Email Solutions: Educational Virtual Roundtable
Wednesday, October 20, 2010  9am-10:30am

 Special Guest: David Parris, IT Director for Southern Management Corporation (SMC).  David will discuss how he made the decision to move SMC’s emails to the “Cloud.”

CIOs: You should attend if. . .

1. You are upgrading to Exchange 2010 in the next year
2. Exchange doesn’t help your business make money
3. You think Microsoft has a viable option
4. You are skeptical
5. Have concerns about email security, archiving, encryption
6. Have questions about design and architecture
7. Have questions about migration to off-premise solutions

Bill Murphy will facilitate the presentation and the corresponding Q&A session. The presentation will hit all the interest areas that CIO/ES members ask about!

Click here for registration link!

Oct 052010

Sometimes I can hear people say, “Oh, I use Managed Services for security. Someone manages my firewalls and someone else does my pen testing. Someone does this, another does that.” But when I talk about Managed Services, I am not referring to this type of service at all. These services are Partial MSPs and not Full MSPs. I am not suggesting that partial services aren’t warranted. In fact, they are a critical part of an information security program.

I talk a lot about Managed Services, so it should be no surprise that I want to be clear about what I mean. When I discuss Managed Services, I am referring to Full MSPs; providers who are actually accountable for the security of your organization. A Full MSP is responsible for the day to day operations of IT, in addition to the compliance needs of your organization. Full MSPs can actually ‘stand in’ on behalf of your organization and answer questions for auditors.

I hope this clarifies things. Please share your MSP questions right here on the blog!

Sep 092010

Bill Murphy blogs about technology today.
The Silver Diner’s past CIO Mike Snow explained to me once how the Silver Diner was trying to change the rules of local dining. How is what the Silver Diner restaurant is now offering any different than what the industry is trying to offer IT buyers today?

The first difference with the Silver Diner dining experience is that I am purchasing/ acquiring my food differently.  There is no waiter, so patrons order from a kiosk. Second, the food delivery model has changed- there is no waiter delivering the food.  How is this different than Cloud Service or MSP (Managed Services)?

I view the purchasing and delivery components of this restaurant as sort of parallel to how ADAM is working as well. ADAM stands for ‘Alternative Delivery and Alternative Acquisition Model’, which is another word for Cloud Computing or MSP. The MSP Service and Cloud Service is delivered and acquired according to a different model. Instead of saying “Cloud,” from now on I am going to say “ADAM”  – Bill