Virtual Update 2018-07-30

VMworld 2018
Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, August 26-29
Its coming quickly. If you are going, PLEASE…let me know. Want to make sure that we include ALL our customers in anything WEI does in Las Vegas.

VMware vSphere 5.5 End of General Support
September 19, 2018 is coming, and many of our customers are engaged in projects getting their infrastructures up to date.
It was a good five (5) year run on this version of vSphere, but all good things must come to an end.

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Virtual Update 2018-07-16

Something kept coming up when I’ve been chatting with customers lately.  They have found out that I am snipping and keeping updates (from multiple sources), and sharing these every couple of weeks with the WEI team….and have been asked to post these notes here.
This is the first post, and I went back about two months.
This post will be a bit longer than most, and hopefully you’ll find it useful.
I will attempt to post this every two weeks, so as not to keep your inboxes too busy….
Thanks for reading!

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My Transition To No Cable TV

So I was tired of paying for cable.  Having a DVR from Comcast was great.  Until it started missing the shows that I wanted to watch, not following the schedule of the few shows that I actually want to watch.  Plus cable TV is expensive.  I get my Cable TV and Internet from Comcast at about $140/month.  Internet only is about $60/month, so I decided to cut cable TV from my monthly expense.  I have a Netflix subscription (I have a Wii, Xbox, and Apple TV capable of streaming Netflix) for $8/month to stream all the movies and TV Shows I want.  Still, I wanted to get SOME TV, so I started to look at antennas to get my Over The Air (OTA) broadcasted channels. Continue reading “My Transition To No Cable TV”

The 14 Most Common Mistakes IT Departments Make

Mistake No. 1: Projects lack the right resources with the right skills.

Mistake No. 2: Projects lack experienced project managers.

Mistake No. 3: IT doesn’t follow a standard, repeatable project management process.

Mistake No. 4: IT gets hamstrung by too much process.

Mistake No. 5: They don’t track changes to the scope of the project.

Mistake No. 6: They lack up-to-date data about the status of projects.

Mistake No. 7: They ignore problems.

Mistake No. 8: They don’t take the time to define the scope of a project.

Mistake No. 9: They fail to see the dependencies between projects.

Mistake No. 10: They don’t consider Murphy’s Law.

Mistake No. 11: They give short shrift to change management.

Mistake No. 12: Project schedules are incomplete.

Mistake No. 13: IT doesn’t push back on unreasonable deadlines.

Mistake No. 14: They don’t communicate well with project sponsors and stakeholders.

– Meridith Levinson, CIO

July 23, 2008

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