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9 Cool Houston Meetups for Tech Pros

Looking for the opportunity to meet and share ideas with other IT aficionados who share your unique interests? Why not join a Technology Meetup in the Houston area? Meet with like-minded peers, gain new insights, and learn about the latest technology trends and tools that will spark your creativity both personally and professionally.

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Comparing OpenStack and VMware: Key Differences

VMware vs OpenStack: Which one is right for your organization? Comparing OpenStack and VMware can be challenging, as each appeals to different types of customers. Although the two technologies overlap in functionality, VMware and OpenStack are two different architectures, and are in two different ecosystems. VMware was born as a virtualization suite for the data center and is now the most widely-used server virtualization platform. Conversely, OpenStack is the leading open source cloud technology, and has quickly become the most important open source community since Linux.

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Cloud Fuels Transformation in the Energy Industry: 6 Use Cases

Although cloud adoption in the energy industry has been hindered by lingering concerns about data privacy, regulations, and security, today’s competitive realities have sparked increased investment in cloud-based solutions. In a 2016 CIO survey from Harvey Nash and KPMG, energy sector IT leaders expected significant bumps in spending on IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS services.

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5 Factors Shaping Digital Transformation in Oil & Gas

The oil and gas (O&G) industry continues to reel under the pressure to find new ways to maintain profits in today’s turbulent market. Low oil prices and a production glut continue to squeeze margins, resulting in decimated earnings, massive job cuts, and even bankruptcies. Clearly, the O&G industry is ripe for reinvention.

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HIPAA & Cybersecurity: 7 Predictions for 2017 and How to be Prepared

The recent widespread cybersecurity attacks on public health information (PHI) were virtually unimaginable in 1996, when HIPAA was enacted by Congress to safeguard patient records. Digital threats to electronic PHI (ePHI) have now reached crisis proportions, and healthcare organizations must do everything they can to stay ahead of cybersecurity threats while ensuring HIPAA compliance.

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The Wireless Warehouse: 7 Problems and How to Fix Them

A well-designed wireless network can ensure the seamless flow of materials and merchandise in and out of the warehouse. Unfortunately, wireless performance issues can interrupt or halt warehouse operations, resulting in slow or inconsistent service, scanners that freeze up or unusual battery drainage. Everything from receiving to inventory to order fulfillment is affected, and productivity can plummet. Let’s look at 7 common warehouse wireless problems – and how to effectively address them.

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Hosted vs. On-Premises Phone Systems: Pros and Cons

Which type of phone system is right for your business? It starts with understanding the differences between a hosted (cloud-based) system and an on-premises system. Let’s do a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each, so you can better decide which one best fits your business objectives.

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ITIL: What You Need to Know, and Why

No doubt you’ve heard of ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)—but do you know why ITIL is becoming the de facto standard for IT operations? Read on.

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Top 10 Ways to Secure Your SCADA Network

From purifying waste water to nuclear power generation, SCADA networks control and manage the nation’s critical infrastructure–making them high-profile targets for physical and cyber attack. If compromised in any way, the impact could be catastrophic.

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Why You Need an Enterprise Architect for a Successful SAP Rollout

Most companies take on an SAP implementation for one reason: to optimize business functionality. Unfortunately, SAP rollouts have gained a reputation for taking too long, going over budget and delivering fewer benefits than originally anticipated. When it’s time to go live, performance and application issues often surface. Why does this happen?

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8 Things to Look for in a DraaS Provider

If your business gets hit by a power failure, cyberattack, natural disaster, or system failure, do you have an effective and efficient disaster recovery (DR) plan to get you back online as soon as possible? Many companies find that creating and maintaining a DR plan takes too much time, effort and capital expenditure. Instead, they offload their DR operations to a disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) provider. Good idea. But remember to choose carefully—not all DRaaS providers are created equal.

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7 Healthcare IT Trends to Watch in 2017

What’s in store for healthcare IT in 2017? The need for greater cybersecurity protection and achieving better value from untapped data are both top priorities. The push for efficient processes and increased competition could drive prices down and innovation up. And topping the list is the need for better interoperability of health IT systems, specifically electronic health records (EHRs).

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Why Hybrid Cloud Is the Best of Both Worlds

Many enterprises are making the transition to cloud computing because it allows them to easily scale up or down according to the demands of the business. The scalability and resiliency of the cloud helps organizations quickly take advantage of market opportunities and respond to competitive threats, making the cloud the ideal fit for just about any company.

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IoT in Oil & Gas: 5 Real World Use Cases

The search for new value is driving an explosion in IoT technology investment in the O&G industry. IoT integrates machine-to-machine connections, smart sensors and big data analytics, resulting in benefits like increased active rig time, a better-connected supply chain, reduced cost inflation, and fewer delays in new projects.

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What’s Coming in 2017: Technology Events

Are you looking for opportunities to explore the latest technology, build your IT skills, gain new insights, and see next-generation solutions in action? Conferences, meetups and events can help prepare IT leaders to learn about the evolving technology trends that can provide the greatest benefit to their organizations.

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5 Reasons You Should Test Your Disaster Recovery Plan

On August 8, 2016, Delta Air Lines experienced a system-wide computer outage that grounded flights and stranded Read More

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4 Pros and Cons of Migrating to Office 365 Exchange

Are you considering migrating your email from on-premisess Microsoft Exchange to Office 365 Exchange on the cloud? Before you make the move, let’s do a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each option, so you can better decide which is the best solution for your organization.

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The Wireless Warehouse: 7 Trends to Watch

The biggest challenge in managing a warehouse is keeping track of all the moving parts – materials, products, merchandise and people. Wireless and mobile technologies are revolutionizing operations by providing a clear, real-time view of all activities happening in the warehouse. Automated data collection, streamlined workflows, improved data accuracy, and faster physical inventory and cycle counts are opening the door to new efficiency, communications and collaboration – helping companies work smarter, faster, and more profitably.

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5 Benefits of Working with an IT Systems Integrator without Salespeople

For most IT service providers, an aggressive team of sales professionals is a necessary evil to grow their business. We understand that, but it’s not the path we’ve chosen. 3S is an IT systems integrator without salespeople, and we think that translate directly into a better experience for our clients.

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What to Consider Before Migrating to Windows Server 2016

You’ve probably heard the buzz about Windows Server 2016. Launched in October, it offers exciting new features and enhancements in virtualization, cloud, storage and security that promise to significantly improve capacity, productivity and server management. Let’s talk about some of these improvements – and what you should consider prior to migration.

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Cyber Security for SCADA 101: The Need-to-Know Basics

How vulnerable is the nation’s critical infrastructure? No doubt you have heard some alarming news reports that discuss the growing threats to our nuclear plants, utilities, refineries, rail systems, ports and water systems.

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