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Microsoft Software Asset Management Audit

Any kind of activity within the IT world with the word “audit” in the name sounds about as much fun as pulling teeth. Such is the case with software audits which are generally performed by large software companies such as Microsoft, Oracle and SAP. Microsoft tends to lead the conversation when it comes to software audits given their vast of products with numerous licensing models which may overwhelm even the most seasoned IT professionals. While an audit is something that should be taken very seriously it isn’t really something that we should be scared of if you’re well prepared. ...

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Quest Migration Manager for Active Directory

In partnership with Quest, Diaxion is able to complete the migration of an Active Directory environment. Such a migration is a delicate and often incorrectly carried out procedure. The task of consolidating multiple Active Directory forests/domains into one centralised and structured forest can be accomplished by using this toolset. Several recent engagements with our clients have seen Diaxion gain experience with the installation and use of the Quest Migration Manger toolset. These engagements have been across a number industry segments, (such as Banking and Insurance, Healthcare and Utili...

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Puppet Service Delivery Partner of the Year

Diaxion Named Service Delivery Partner by Puppet in 2019 Channel Partner of the Year awards Diaxion recognised for delivering success with Puppet Sydney - Feb. 19, 2020— Diaxion, IT Strategy and Optimisation consulting, today announced it has been named the recipient of Puppet’s Channel Partner of the Year award for Service Delivery Partner. Diaxion is recognised for contributions made to drive enterprise success with Puppet’s product portfolio. “We are excited to be re...

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(Managed) Services Transition

Transitioning services can be a painful and lengthy experience. This can be alleviated by ensuring that deliverables are clearly defined and that all parties work together. A previous article outlined some of the required items within a Statement of Work (SoW). For a transition of services – be that between managed service providers (MSP) or from in-house to a MSP or the reverse; or any other transition – it is essential that the scope and deliverables are clearly defined and that most ass...

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Creation of a Statement of Work (as part of the RFx process)

After a RFx pack has been created and the subsequent evaluation of responses, there will be a negotiation phase which then will result in the creation of a Statement of Work (SoW), defining the details for delivery. There are various approaches to the creation of a Statement of Work; some critical items that should be defined within the SoW will be discussed here. 1. Commercial and financial terms The SoW should include all relevant commercial and financial terms and items. This will include: Costs: Fixed costs vs. time and material covering items like CPI increases, r...

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Ways of Working

There is enormous pressure on companies to facilitate new “ways of working” for its employees enabling them to work seamlessly – and securely – from virtually anywhere, at any time. Demands of employees have significantly increased over the last few years. With the proliferation of mobile devices that are generally very easy to use, manage and maintain by anyone, employee expectation is nowadays for a “mobile-like” experience with the following features: Always on Secure It “just works” Easy to manage The challenge for any IT de...

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Evaluation of RFP responses

A previous article looked at the initial creation of an RFx document and some of the challenges both in creating the RFP pack as well as some pitfalls for companies responding to one. Our recent experience confirms that it is beneficial to consider some main points in the creation. This article will focus on the next steps within the RFP process, mainly the evaluation of responses. To recap quickly – in the RFx creation process ensure that the critical requirements are explained clearly, so that respondents can be c...

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Migrate Your Users Home Drives to OneDrive for Business

Here is one of those tasks that just about every organisation who is running under Microsoft products and adopting or migrating to cloud will have on their “to-do” list. It is also the task that the business will not have got around to starting because of every other item stacked on top of it on that list. That task is to migrate all user home drives in the organisation to cloud storage, which in the Microsoft version means transferring everything to their OneDrive for Business service. The reason this is on everyone’s task list is because it is yet another Microsoft cloud service whe...

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Security – a permanent concern

I would propose that security has always been a concern with IT systems. It may very well have been easier to control before everything started to connect with virtually everything else; however, the last few years have seen a proliferation of threats including some new issues – be that ransomware, cryptocurrency malware, concerns around IoT and even exploits on Apple devices. Diaxion does not believe this will change much over the next decade. Experts seem to agree that there is a current and future lack of cybersecurity professionals, which will require new approaches to security. One...

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Google Cloud Platform – Diaxion view

Google Cloud, also known as Google Cloud Platform (GCP), refers to a large suite of public cloud computing services provided by Google. This resource pool is the backend infrastructure used by Google Search, YouTube videos and other proprietary products. The compute power, robustness, flexibility, and scalability are exceptional, and users can consume the resources "on-demand". In recent years, Google has been committed to the development of enterprise cloud computing. More than 90% of global searches are driven by Google Cloud infrastructure. The company is looking for $32 billion in searc...

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