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Articles by Michael Stough

  • Avoiding 6 Hidden Cloud Costs

    by Michael Stough | January 22, 2013

    Everything seems to end up costing more than you think it will.  From personal expenses like car repairs and home improvement projects to business expenses like rolling out a new product or a new marketing program.  It’s no different with Cloud implementations.  There are hidden costs that you don’t realize or expect until you are...

  • 5 Things to Remember from CES 2013

    by Michael Stough | January 15, 2013

    Colin Neagle at CIO Magazine gives us the 5 top things to remember from CES (Consumer Electronics Show)  this year. Televisions 4K or Ultra-high-definition TV (UHDTV) Smart TVs with internet apps Remote controls with a standard remote on one side and a QWERTY keyboard on the other Dish Networks’ Hopper adds compatibility with Slingbox PC Touchscreens Kirk Skaugen of Intel states that touchscreen...

  • Cloud Users Beware

    by Michael Stough | January 11, 2013

    I read an article by Brandon Butler at Network World and he reminded us all that Werner Vogels, the CTO of Amazon, has previously stated that failures will occur and that customers have some level of responsibility for making sure cloud hosted applications can survive downtime.  I believe Mr. Vogels is right; we need to...

  • What Is Driving IT Spending Outside the IT Department?

    by Michael Stough | January 9, 2013

                Below is what Eric Lundquist of InformationWeek says: Post your comments and let me know if you agree or if you see other ways IT spending is moving outside the IT department. IT spending is moving outside of IT departments at an accelerated rate.  Examples are: Marketing Departments spending on social networks Sales Departments purchasing cloud based CRM accounts Employees...

  • Is Cisco Out of Ideas? Part II: Apple Rebounds

    by Michael Stough | December 26, 2012

    I last talked about how Cisco’s stock price shows a steady decline over the past five years because it appears investors are losing confidence in the company’s strategy. (Read "Is Cisco Out  of Ideas?") Apple had the same problem many years ago and they were able to turn the company around with product innovation and visionary...

  • Is Cisco Out of Ideas?

    by Michael Stough | November 16, 2012

    Cisco Systems, founded in 1984, has been the leading innovator in the computer networking industry.  Not only have they grown through innovation in their internal R&D department, but they have been able to recognize the best of the best networking technology companies over the years and have purchased those companies.  One example is the Catalyst...

  • ENIAC Gets Refurbished

    by Michael Stough | October 17, 2012

    I love the history of early computers and the people who built them.  Since my company refurbishes Cisco equipment I was intrigued when I found out that the first digital computer ever built went through a refurbishment process during its lifetime. The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) was refurbished and moved to the US Army...

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