Another AI Acquisition

Posted Posted in Information Technology

The AI acquisitions continue as Microsoft announces that they have purchased Genee, a startup that works as a scheduling assistance. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Microsoft plans to shutter Genee on September 1, 2016 and fold the team into Office 365.   Genee, launched by Ben Cheung and Charles Lee in 2014, integrates into cloud calendar services and allows users to automate the process of scheduling meetings, acting like your personal assistant to check schedules and select best times. As a company that uses O365, it is nice to see the additional investment in this offering.

Microsoft’s Internal Cloud Migration

Posted Posted in Enterprise Content Management, Information Technology

One of the key factors to successful products is the concept of Dog-fooding; being your number 1 client and consumer of your product. Companies that use their own products tend to identify and correct problem areas quickly. Microsoft is a great example of this. Before they started pushing everyone else to Cloud-based SharePoint, they planned out their own migration. In March of this year, they published a white-paper that discussed their migration strategy. They faced the same challenges we’ve seen from other SharePoint users: Having too many sites: There were far too many sites for us to consider them individually. First, […]

Brute Force Removal of Exchange

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I inherited a test environment that had Microsoft Exchange 2013 installed on it and no viable snapshot that didn’t include Exchange. For reasons I won’t go into, it was necessary to completely remove Exchange and install a lighter weight email server. This proved to be more difficult than expected, so I decided to create a video to show the necessary steps.

Enterprise Monitoring

Posted Posted in Development, Information Technology, User Experience

At Quest Software, I was a software development manager and co-architect of vFoglight. My team designed the Dell vFoglight User Interface. As part of my work on vFoglight, I was issued a patent for Intelligent monitoring of virtualized systems. The patent relates to monitoring system performance of virtual machine(s) in the context of the overall performance of the physical server(s) and the environment in which the virtual machine(s) are running. For instance, the monitoring system can track performance metrics over a determined period of time to view changes to the allocation of resources to virtual machines and their location(s) on physical platforms. […]

Why Phasmid?

Posted Posted in Business Process Management, Consulting, Development, Enterprise Content Management, General, Information Technology, Product Management, User Experience

Our blog shows a sampling of projects we have worked on, as well as topics important to the clients we support. If you find the information useful and have a need for design, consulting or custom software development, Hire Phasmid today. Phasmid specializes in: Business Process Automation Critical Content Management Enterprise Class Solutions Interactive User Experience Design Custom Software Development If you are curious, the name Phasmid comes from the group of insects the blend seamlessly into their environment. Members are variously known as walking sticks, ghost insects and leaf insects. Their natural camouflage makes them difficult to detect. Likewise, […]

Buried in Big Data

Posted Posted in Information Technology

I have a new blog post up at KnowledgeLake – Buried in Big Data. I’ve seen references to recent Gartner reports that paint a challenging landscape for the future of content management for companies of all sizes. In one report, Gartner states …by 2016, 20% of CIOs in regulated industries will lose their jobs for failing to implement the discipline of information governance successfully. and in another Gartner shows part of the problem …employees within an organisation generate more than 3GB of data each year and this is set to increase by more than 600% over the next five years. […]

A Scouts Approach to ECM

Posted Posted in Enterprise Content Management, Information Technology

I wrote a new Blog Post at – As a Product Manager and in a previous life as a Software Development Manager, part of my job is to balance development efforts between features, enhancements, and fixes. One concept that I preach on a regular basis is treat the code like a Scout treats their campsite – Leave it better than you found it. Understand that it may not be possible to get everything exactly the way you want it in the time frame allotted, but keep the end goal in mind and if you leave things in better shape than you found […]

Tracking Anonymous Access In SharePoint

Posted Posted in Enterprise Content Management, Information Technology

I was in a Capture Server design meeting the other day and the discussion turned briefly to the topic of anonymous access[1] to web applications and web services.   The consensus of the conversation was that anything we install should not allow anonymous access by default, but the administrators would obviously set the permissions to whatever they wanted. Of course if managing access control is pushed to the administrators, do the administrators have an easy way to see where anonymous access is enabled? Thankfully for SharePoint Administrators, Russ Maxwell at MSDN has written a PowerShell script that walks through you Site Collection […]