What My Customers Have Taught Me: A 2018 Reflection

As a seasoned IT Solutions Sales Leader, I started the year full of excitement around the emerging technologies and how they were going to change my customers lives FOREVER!! AI, IoT, and Cloud, were the most prevalent buzzwords starting the year and I learned everything I could, talked to everyone I knew, found SMEs I trusted, and started having conversations with my customers to see where they were on their journeys.

Head in the (IT) Clouds

It’s been pretty Cloudy on the IT front for the last several years.  AWS, Azure and IBM SoftLayer leading the pack and spinning up some impressive marketing materials around moving all workloads to the cloud.  Immediately. Easy Peasy!

Well, reality is sinking in as customers make the attempt to move “everything” and find that the application, process, regulatory and departmental interdependencies, along with the preparation needed for general lift and shift of certain workloads,  are not as easy in practice as they are on paper.

IoT in Education: Observations from the ACC Conference

We had a fantastic time at the ACC Conference this week which we hosted with our partner HPE. Part of the personal interaction opportunity we had at the conference was a 45-minute session around IoT, which ran over to 1 hour.

Typically, I’m used to attending sessions at tech conferences where everyone walks in the room with enough knowledge to at least be dangerous and potentially belligerent to the speaker.

Technology is Turning the Tides for K-12

Technology is turning the tides for grades K-12, and we are here to continue implementing this wave of success. Cima works to limit complications and costs, further creating the right solution for the structures of your business.

According to the Gallup 2017 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents, a majority of district leaders report that the greatest challenges facing their schools are budget shortfalls and assisting students whose achievement is impacted by socioeconomic conditions.

HANA on IBM Power?

HANA on IBM Power Systems
Having worked at IBM in the Power Product group, I am very excited about the current status of the Power server offering for HANA implementations. With the recent addition of RedHat as an option, customers truly have as good a choice (SUSE or RedHat) as an x86 alternative.