As Microsoft shifts everything to a "cloud cadence," it's important to consider what impact it will have on the company's older products, especially those that have a large existing enterprise base.
While your IT staff may be technically proficient, that's not the only skills to consider for a winning team.
As 2014 comes to a close and you start looking toward the coming year, what sorts of challenges can you expect your IT team to encounter?
Did you take my quiz from last month's column? If so, let's see how you did.
Does your IT team have the competencies it'll need to survive the remainder of this decade?
Your organization's security plans are only as good as those that are willing to enforce it.
When it comes to enterprise security, you're not paranoid -- everyone is out to get you.
Target. Equifax. Michaels. Heartbleed. IT security breaches and exploits just keep rolling in and for most companies, it hasn't made a bit of difference.
Having managers complete an IT-specific leadership course could lead to a more productive and successful team.
Last year's Target incident should be a wake-up call for IT to fundamentally change how they handle passwords.
Microsoft is increasingly assuming that IT departments everywhere will move to a services provider model, which essentially means you'll be outsourcing your infrastructures.
And the best part? No extra charge needed.
When evaluating current or possibly new staff members, look to see who utilize automation for repetitive time sinks.
From not embracing change to segmenting groups, here are some ways in which IT leaders are setting up their teams for failure.
Not knowing how many licenses for a particular product you would need in the future is just one of the many reasons why you should go the lease route.