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Here at Cima Solutions Group, we spend a lot of time thinking about how technology can make the world a better place to live in. Sometimes that means big things, like saving lives through better medical practices or improving lives through innovative educational concepts. However, every now and then, there comes a time to set aside those big goals (important as they may be) to focus on something fun.

In the last post in our series on security intelligence, we provided a brief introduction to the IBM QRadar SIEM platform, and how it can be influential in solving the security issues that so many different companies are facing in today’s high-risk IT environment. We  hope our post got you started thinking about how QRadar could benefit an organization like yours. However, a lot of the practical issues behind security intelligence still remain: that is, many organizations out there are well aware of the fact that they need something new to keep up with the new security threats they’re facing, but still have a hard time understanding how they would go about adopting QRadar as that new thing they need.

Today’s IT leaders face a wide variety of challenges every day. Whether it’s making the most of limited resources, ensuring that line of business employees are empowered to do their jobs well, or keeping vital company data stored safely, these administrators have a lot of priorities competing for their time. Throw in the unexpected crises that inevitably arise in IT settings, and it’s hard to understand how these people get anything done at all.

The world of IT is changing around us as we speak. The advent of revolutionary new technologies like cloud and big data and analytics has created a variety of new opportunities for IT teams to perform better, a fact that has been widely recognized by industry observers. However, this new level of opportunity also comes with a dark side, in the form of increased security threats.

Here at Cima Solutions Group, we’re excited to announce a new tradition we’re starting this spring: the Tech Untapped event series. The first event, coming up on Wednesday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m., will be held at the Grapevine Craft Taproom in downtown Grapevine. This event is your opportunity to unwind from the day and hang out with your peers from the local IT community in a fun, casual atmosphere. It’s totally free to attend, and there will great food, beer and cocktails available for you to try. We’ve got our own super comfortable Tech Untapped T-Shirts we’ll be giving away to everyone!

These days, it seems like hybrid cloud is on the lips and minds of IT leaders everywhere. However, in an industry like IT, which is often driven by hype surrounding the next big thing, regardless of what that might be, it’s worth taking some time to stop and think about what hybrid cloud really is, and what the interest surrounding it represents. In this three-part series of blog posts, we’ll take a closer look at what hybrid cloud really is, and whether the hype surrounding it is really justified.

In my previous series of blog posts on the software-defined data center, we learned how virtualizing key services within the data center can have important implications for the way today’s IT teams operate. However, while the SDDC certainly has its benefits, it’s not necessarily the last word when it comes to getting better results from your IT infrastructure. In fact, there is a hot new technology that could be considered the logical next step after one has already implemented a SDDC. That technology is the hyper-converged IT infrastructure, and it’s what we’ll be covering in this blog post today.

For many IT organizations, interest in hybrid cloud is the highest it has ever been. However, it can often be difficult for these organizations to separate hype from reality. In spite of all the talk, questions still abound: what does a great hybrid cloud environment actually look like? What are the main differences between leading hybrid organizations and others that are less successful? Perhaps most importantly, what kind of benefits do these organizations actually enjoy as a result of their move to hybrid?