Upgrading a PC SATA drive to SSD

Upgrading a Windows 10 Mechanical Hard Drive to SSD diagram

In my journey to upgrade my new Windows 10 laptop from its SATA mechanical hard drive to a much snappier SSD, I came across several stumbling blocks that were not all addressed within a single blog post or YouTube instructional. Here is my attempt to remedy that. *NOTE* Before you purchase an SSD and undertake this mission, we urge you to please research that your particular laptop model can indeed be upgraded to SSD. Background: If you’re buying a laptop today (early 2016) and looking to upgrade its hard drive (HD) to SSD, you can probably accomplish this upgrade for … Read More

Industrial Internet of Things Platform Comparison

IoT Matrix diagram

Last updated December 1, 2016. Published on February 8, 2016. The market for Internet of Things (IoT) platforms is rapidly evolving. With an ever increasing number of available platforms to choose from, we decided it would be helpful to lay out their features and capabilities for easy comparison. To complete our matrix, we used the following criteria: a major IoT player with a platform that has real-world success implementing industrial use cases. The first section gives general information about the various platforms, including the platform name, the Platform as a Service (PaaS) used, and the date the platform became available. Most were … Read More

10g OSSO to 11g WebCenter Portal External Applications Migration

Oracle 10g to 11g diagram

We recently had a customer who undertook an Oracle Portal 10g to Oracle WebCenter 11g upgrade and ran into an issue with their External Applications and users. To give some context to the problem, there is a direct correlation between an Oracle 10g OSSO and Oracle 11g Webcenter portal for external applications but no way of migrating users from one to the other. Migrating from one system to another is never easy, and in this instance there was no mechanism to even begin the migration apart from manual migration of the data. This simply was not an option for the … Read More

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday Word Clouds

Cyber Monday word cloud

There are some fun holidays coming up so we decided to see what people were saying about them on Twitter. Similar to the Valentine’s Day Word Cloud we created, we used R to pull tweets from Twitter, clean them up and display the most frequently used words in a word cloud. See them below! Black Friday: Cyber Monday: Giving Tuesday:

Salesforce Lightning Experience Experts and Early Adopters

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While we were at Dreamforce 2015 this year, M&S was given the unique opportunity to see first hand the beautiful new UI released by Salesforce. The new “Lightning Experience” brings a much-needed refresh to the Out-of-Box UI that users of Salesforce have come to know and begrudgingly accept. With its fresh new look, powerful selling tools, and Salesforce1 Mobile readiness, Lightning is the next big enhancement for any CRM user. M&S has already begun enabling and implementing Lightning both internally and for our current Salesforce customers. Let us help you with your CRM needs and integrations, and take you on … Read More

What’s New for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Screenshot of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control

With the new release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12.0.5, Oracle has added even more functionality to their Management Server (OMS).  This latest version expands on plugin integration with the Oracle public cloud services, and adds Oracle virtualization plugin (12.1.0.7) which provides complete control of your private cloud. Additionally, OMS also comes with the ability to deploy agents so that you can monitor and control your existing hardware and virtual machines. By implementing these agents within your virtualized environment, you can automate the patching process for all your VMs. By implementing a couple instances of the new Oracle Enterprise Manager, you can have … Read More

IDaaS – Vendor + Product + Feature Matrix – November 2016

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As the world of IDaaS continues to evolve at a rapid pace, we’ve put together the latest IDaaS vendor – product – feature matrix for the largest active vendors in the IDaaS space. This information is current as of November 2016 and is put together by a combination of real world industry experiences, documentation reviews and other available information… IBM and Oracle are of note this year for every different reasons. IBM has recently consolidated it’s platform and added many of the emerging technologies into their platforms to offer what appears on paper as the strongest offering, while Oracle has … Read More

On-Premise Identity & Access Management – Vendor + Product + Feature Matrix

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As with any packaged, on-premise suite, finding the best Identity Management products for your enterprise is a not a trivial task. This is especially true when different products from different vendors, that accomplish different objectives or services, have remarkably similar (and therefore confusing) naming conventions. To make matters worse, not unlike other COTS enterprise suites, the ‘cloudification’ of these products has begun and many vendors have started to offer a version of these products as a PaaS or SaaS offering. Additionally, many of these vendors also offer an IaaS type deployment of these packaged products in their on-prem form. M&S has … Read More