Microsoft vs. Google: The Big K12 Back-to-School Debate

By Adam Petrovsky, GovEd Practice Leader, Logicalis US

When broadband made it possible for schools to begin earnestly embracing the Internet, educators and technologists alike were unsure how they would incorporate emerging compute capabilities into the classroom. Among the first to propose a cloud-based program, Google offered K12 schools free access to its cloud-based Google for Education suite – which included Google Docs and a host of other productivity programs. Because it was both free and cloud-based, which meant no management headaches for K12 CIOs, schools across the country forged relationships with Google.  Later, improved wi-fi capabilities coupled with $200 Chromebooks allowed K12 educators to take their first baby steps toward true digitization.

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How to Build IT Infrastructure for the Idea Economy

By Brandon Harris, Senior Director, HPE Solutions, Logicalis US

Every day new ideas are turned into products, apps, services and businesses – they can even launch new industries. This is the fast-paced idea economy where IT teams like yours are under tremendous pressure to drive business innovation and deliver exciting new IT experiences, often with the challenge to do so while reducing costs.

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Higher Education Requires Complex Compliance with Data Security Regulations

By Adam Petrovsky, GovEd Practice Leader, Logicalis US

Data breach, identity theft, credit card fraud and malware are top-of-mind challenges facing our digital, connected world.  Cybersecurity analysis, threat and identity management, intrusion prevention, and determining encryption standards are challenging topics – making security frameworks more complex and constantly changing.  For Higher Education organizations, these data security problems are magnified due to state and federal regulations.

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Should You Purchase Office 365 & Azure Subscriptions through a Microsoft EA or a Microsoft CSP Program?

By Wendy McQuiston, Director, Microsoft Professional Services, Logicalis US

In July of 2016, Microsoft announced that small- to mid-size customers with less than 500 seats would no longer be eligible to purchase a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA).  The goal was to enable newly created Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs)  to fully service these organizations from both a product or subscription perspective as well as the support perspective that would formerly have been provided through Software Assurance Benefits in the EA.  The CSP program, however, isn’t just for small- to mid-size organizations any longer.

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