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Disclaimer: This post does not endorse or criticize healthcare reform in any way. It is not meant to be political in nature. Rather, it is solely a high-level analysis of the IT issues that affected the release of the healthcare exchange website. On October 1, healthcare.gov, the healthcare exchange website authorized under the United States' new healthcare reforms, launched to the US population. The site has since received a reported 20 million hits, though it has not performed as expected due to a series of IT issues. Although this poor performance was first attributed to high levels of traffic, the discussion has now moved to software issues that may be affecting the website's ability to operate properly. To IT service experts, the issues - and possible solutions - are fairly evident. Furthermore, the site's IT service problems reveal important lessons for anyone... (more)

Great Conversations with CIOs and IT Leaders at Leaving Lotus

Thank you to everyone who came out for Leaving Lotus last week. Your interest and participation at the event is a clear indication to us of the growing demand for alternative solutions in the enterprise. We’d also like to thank Google for hosting us and Binary Tree and Ferris Research for their substantial contributions. Members of the audience represented organizations with 250 to 5000+ users, and businesses drove in from all over the Southeast. We had some great conversations with CIOs and IT leaders about why they’re seeking alternatives to Lotus Notes/Domino and how they cou... (more)

Top 10 Reasons I Left Lotus Notes for Google Apps

For the last 10+ years, I’ve spent countless nights and weekends keeping Lotus Notes/Domino running at organizations of all sizes. In the process, I’ve gathered more certifications than can fit on a business card (CLS, CLP, PCLP…), but at the end of the day, ensuring that email is working 24/7 takes too much time and effort. For that reason, I’ve left Lotus for Google Apps with no regrets. Here’s my Top 10 List of why I made the switch: No more emails with the red “X” replacing the actual image. No more weekends spent upgrading Lotus Notes servers. No more waiting for the AdminP ... (more)

Jeff Miller Speaking at the Cloud Computing Expo

Cloud Sherpas is proud to announce that our own Director of Professional Services, Jeff Miller, has been invited by the Cloud Computing Conference & Expo to lead the seminar, Migrating Collaborative Applications to the Cloud. The upcoming event held between Nov. 2-4 invites the cloud computing community (developers, software professionals, IT managers, CIOs, etc.) to Santa Clara, California to examine the latest resources, ideas, and examples being introduced by their colleagues. Jeff will draw upon both his extensive experience as an IT executive as well as his time at Cloud She... (more)

Introducing SherpaTools for Google Apps

Google Apps on Ulitzer As Cloud Sherpas continues to help businesses and organizations adopt Google Apps, we have found that many customers, regardless of location or industry, request a common set of additional management controls and end user features for their Google Apps environment. Until now, the response to most of these inquiries was that organizations had to develop custom applications that work with Google APIs to achieve their goals. Today Cloud Sherpas announces the start of a beta program for SherpaTools for Google Apps, a new platform that enhances the functionality ... (more)