Event : Teleios Talks: Driving Business Intelligence through SharePoint

In this session, we will talk through how to make the shift from being data rich to insightful, and from having data stores to data flows. Using SharePoint as a platform, we will present and demonstrate ways in which you could drive business intelligence throughout the enterprise.

NEW: Part of the forum will also include a “Tech Talk” session with experts from Microsoft and Teleios to discuss tips and best practices related to SharePoint.

Topics for the session include:

  • Design and Implement Workflows for SharePoint
  • Create relevant views of your data
  • Make sense of your workflow data through the use of KPIs and Dashboards
  • Gain insights into your process through the use of Reports

Click here for Event Details, Email Contact and Registration

My Experience with Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview

When you join the Windows Insider Program to be able to download the Windows 10 Technical Preview you are advised that the preview is an early stage of the OS and may contain bugs and may be unstable, therefore install in a testing environment. I don't mind the risks and will be using the preview on my main laptop as the main OS, dual booting with a Windows 7 partition.

Firstly the 3.8 GB .iso file took me 1 hour on my Flow 10 Mbps connection. Secondly I needed to make space on my laptop's hard drive. I did this by shrinking the C: drive to half its size. Now I had 4 partitions (system, local disk (C), hp_tools, hp_recovery) and a chunk of free space. I attempted to create a 5th partition (the menu says New Simple Volume in disk manager) in Windows but got the following error message, so I left it as free space hoping that I would able to manage the partitions from the install.

Disk Management : The operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk(s) to dynamic disk(s). If you convert the disk(s) to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk(s) (except the current boot volume). Are you sure you want to continue? Yes No

I tried to mount the ISO using Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel from Microsoft but that said "Mount Failed". I used WinZip instead and extracted the installation files to an SD Card. Of course my laptop refused to boot from the SD Card although it was a selectable boot option. I then tried a flash drive that I am accustomed to using for Windows installation and that worked. I noticed that the date on the files in the ISO are SEP 13. I got the following error when I tried to install on the unallocated disk space (which I sort of expected).

Windows Setup : Windows cannot be installed to this disk space. The selected disk has the maximum number of partitions of this type. Ok

I need to read up more on this. Maybe I just need to change the type of the partition but for now I just copied the contents of HP_TOOLS to HP_RECOVERY and deleted that partition. I restarted and started the installation again. The installation UI looks the same. I had no driver problems with my hardware. The installation only took a few minutes. I selected to turn off sync to One Drive.

I had problems accessing gmail.com on Internet Explorer [11]. I didn't bother to figure that ish out, I just downloaded Chrome and went on with my business. My laptop is the HP ProBook 4440s [Core i5] and it works with Windows 10. An in-depth review to come after I have used Windows 10 for a few days.

How was your installation? Please share your experience with us in the comments below.

Press Release : Columbus Brings Virtual Desktop Solution Options to the Caribbean, Central America and Latin America

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS – (September 30, 2014) - Columbus International Inc., a diversified telecommunications provider in the Caribbean, Central America and Latin American region, today announced that it continues to strengthen and broaden its business partnership as a Citrix Service Provider. Columbus provides Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions to businesses across the region. These solutions allow secure and ubiquitous access to applications with a consistent experience regardless of location or device, enabling our clients to better take advantage of new trends such as "Bring Your Own Device" and teleworking.

The Columbus Cloud Desktop solution enables businesses to take advantage of desktop virtualization and SaaS, plus effectively implement mobility and teleworking strategies, all while guaranteeing that users' information is always controlled and secure. More than just providing a virtual desktop on a laptop, Columbus Cloud Desktop utilizes Citrix and partners' software to allow customers to access individual applications, in an a la carte manner, onto any device with any size format and input mechanism.

"Our customers are interested in solutions that will enable any device to become their workspace, wherever their workforce might be at any given time, while still guaranteeing the security and consistency of their information," said Gabriel Marcos, director of networking, security and mobile workforce solutions for Columbus. "Our Cloud Desktop offering provides full flexibility to create customized virtual desktops which satisfy the needs of each particular user while providing immediate provisioning of desktops and applications, significantly reducing support and unavailability costs."

Columbus Cloud Desktop is powered by Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, Netscaler and XenMobile software, all integrated through our regional network, spanning across 42 countries in the region, to our Datacenter fabric, designed to support the most demanding requirements from businesses, including guaranteed 24x7 operations, zero capital investments, immediate access to state of the art technology and features, and the flexibility to scale up or down as required.

The solution is delivered under a service model that guarantees the performance and availability of the solution, including SLAs (Service Level Agreements). Columbus provides a single point of contact to manage, monitor and integrate all network, security, hardware, software and Datacenter infrastructure components.

"Citrix works closely with its partners to deliver a cloud-based platform that enables them to quickly and simply design and deliver mobile workspaces that allow people to work better and increase business productivity, agility and efficiency. This model provides device-independence, virtually no risk of data loss or unavailability, back up and business continuity and data control and security. All of this adds up to reducing costs and focusing more resources on the core business," stated Carlos Guzman, Sales Manager-NOLA, Citrix.

Columbus Cloud Desktop combines the best of Citrix's state of the art technology, automation and self-provisioning capabilities with Columbus' network, Datacenter fabric and engineering and support experts, to deliver unlimited bandwidth, ubiquitous access and guaranteed service availability, all combined to provide the lowest possible risk for the business and unmatched user experience.

Next Windows - Windows 10 - Technical Preview

I followed the launch event on my social streams and live tweeted the key points I took away as follows.

  • Approximately one and half billion persons use Windows.
  • #NextWindows will be called Windows 10
  • One platform for all your devices.
  • The start menu is starring.
  • One UI and UX for both touch and mouse and keyboard.
  • Multiple virtual desktops now a feature.
  • Improved command prompt.
  • Continuum will give you different behaviours on touch versus mouse and keyboard.
  • Windows 10 will be released mid 2015
  • Windows Insider Program launches tomorrow @ preview.windows.com
  • So am what timezone is this tomorrow you mention? @Microsoft @Windows - because you know I will wake tonight to GT.

My overall impression? This new version attempts to appease both the Windows 8 and Windows 7 user bases. I love it and I love how they plan to gather as much feedback as possible from testers.

GoPro Introduces HERO4: The Most Powerful GoPro Lineup, Ever

GoPro has certainly made a name for itself. It's what I think of when I think about action photography and it is reasonably priced.

HERO4 is available in two editions, HERO4 Black at MSRP $499 and HERO4 Silver at MSRP $399. HERO4 Silver delivers the same professional image quality as HERO4 Black less some of the higher performance video capture modes including 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120. HERO4 Silver includes a brilliant built-in touch display

The new HERO4 line will be available October 5 on GoPro.com and at select retailers worldwide.

GoPro also launched the HERO, the perfect entry-level GoPro priced at $129. Included in this launch are new mounts and accessories and updated software.