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How to avoid five common migration mistakes

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Quest SoftwareMigrating new versions of technologies such as Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint, Office 365 and Windows enables organizations to reap important benefits, including enhanced reliability, usability, manageability and security.

Yet the migration process to new application platforms and operating systems can be complex, time-consuming and arduous.

Risk factors for compliance, governance, and productivity abound, especially when consolidating and moving critical applications and data across on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments.

Minimize risks with best practices

Organizations can minimize risks and business disruptions by following migration best practices.

Too often, however, they may fall victim to common mistakes that impact the project’s success. With more than a decade of experience migrating millions of mailboxes and users and data, Quest Software has identified five common migration mistakes and offers tips on how to avoid them.

Five Common Migration Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

  1. Poor Planning – Companies often plunge into major migrations without reviewing existing environments (e.g., users, DLs, groups, public folders, etc.) as well as what needs to be moved (e.g., data stores, users, mailboxes) and what doesn’t (e.g., unused accounts, stale data, empty mailboxes). Assessing application and browser compatibility and preparing for the move are crucial, especially when dealing with Office 365, Windows 7 and Active Directory migrations.
  2. Underestimating User & Organizational Impact – Another common yet potentially critical mistake is underestimating the migration’s impact on users and operations and failing to analyze all access points. For example, any Active Directory migration should start with an analysis of all applications, processes and users requiring access to ensure that appropriate resources/applications will be available when the migration takes place and afterwards. It’s imperative to make the move by identifying workflows, mailboxes, programs and/or other pieces of infrastructure before they are impacted. It’s also advisable to schedule resource-intensive migration tasks for off-peak hours to lessen the impact on production systems, end-users and productivity.
  3. Lack of Coexistence Strategy – Failing to provide seamless coexistence between existing and new systems is a frequent oversight, which can lead to service disruptions, lost productivity and increased business costs. Coexistence is essential, particularly with Exchange, Notes and GroupWise migrations that typically are deployed in phases.
  4. Migration Insurance Policy – Performing regular backups is commonsense yet frequently companies falter when it comes to having an extra measure of protection to avoid data loss during a migration. Having a full backup and recovery plan in place is paramount, so data can be restored quickly and easily if something goes awry during the migration process.
  5. Failure to Focus on “post-migration” Management – Concentrating on execution without paying attention to optimizing the new environment is a common pitfall. Executing a world-class migration necessitates robust project management, but ongoing reporting, auditing, recovery and monitoring are essential to ensure the new system is compliant, available, secure and efficient.

Angry Birds Space blasts off to megahit status

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Angry Birds Space, the latest incarnation of the extremely popular Rovio game garnered 10 million downloads in the first three days after its March 22 launch, leading one tech news site to proclaim that it “introduces the age of the mobile game blockbuster.”

The Angry Birds Space game sells for 99 cents on Apple’s iOS devices, and for as much as $10 on Windows devices. The Android version for Kindle Fire goes for $2.99.

If you want to give it a look and learn how to download it free for the iPhone or iPad check out Chris Pirillo’s YouTube piece on it.

We still play the older Angry Birds games, but our addition has subsided. That’s one reason smart game-makers keep releasing new and updated versions of their products – even the most entrancing games get old after you’ve played them from a while. Here’s our initial reaction to the original game: Kill the pigs! Kill the pigs, Angry Birds!

Here’s NASA’s Angry Birds Space video from the International Space Station – which includes physics demonstrations of things you might see in the game:

Apple dominates tablet market, but competitors have opportunities

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

iPads dominate the tablet marketplace.

When it comes to buying a tablet computer, consumers are interested in two things: price and content. Moreover, the vast majority of those interested in a tablet only want one — the Apple iPad — according to a new study by wireless and mobile market research consultancy iGR.

In 2011, Apple sold about 19.63 million iPads in the U.S. The total market in 2011 was just over 28.1 million units. Android-based tablet sales in 2011 totaled approximately 7.7 million — a substantial number, certainly — but 47 percent of those sales happened in the fourth quarter and 61 percent of those 4Q sales were generated by Amazon.


Put another way, Amazon sold more Android-based tablets in the last two months of the year than any other Android tablet OEM did in all of 2011.


“Clearly, this study shows that the Apple iPad continues to dominate the U.S. tablet market, even after the launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire,” said Iain Gillott, president and founder of iGR, a market research consultancy focused on the wireless and mobile industry.

“While Amazon has made some inroads into the market, the other OEMs have had little impact to date. That said, there are signs in the consumer base of potential acceptance of alternative platforms. For Apple’s competitors, now is the time to rethink the tablet market and attack the opportunity again.”

Throughout the forecast period, we expect Apple to continue dominating tablet sales.

But we do expect that competing platforms — Android and Windows — will sell in significant volumes through 2016. In 2016, for example, iGR forecasts tablet sales in the U.S. to reach approximately 45.3 million. On an OS basis, we are forecasting that Apple will sell approximately 27.3 million tablets in 2016; Android-based tablet sales will reach about 13.9 million.

Kindle Fire

A Kindle Fire tablet computer

As compared to the market for smartphones, the current monthly sales of tablets are relatively modest. Our research suggests that tablets are, at present, primarily purchased as an additional computing device, not necessarily a true replacement device. Over the forecast period, this is anticipated to change, creating more market opportunity for tablet OEMs.

iGR’s new market research report, U.S. Tablet Sales Forecast: 2011-2016, provides an analysis of the overall tablet market in the U.S. and discusses the survey data and analysis which led to its conclusion. The report includes an overview of tablet market drivers, including pricing and content, as well as quarterly U.S. tablet sales estimates and forecast by platform and OEM.

Durham’s mobile app store Pocketgear reboots as appia, changes focus

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

AppiaDURHAM, NC – PocketGear, the Motricity spinout that sells smartphone apps, has changed its name to appia and altering its direction.

Appia is shifting from a consumer destination to a pure-play white-label app store platform for mobile operators, handset manufacturers and mobile portals. As the largest open app marketplace, Appia currently powers app stores for more than 40 partners, driving hundreds of thousands of downloads per day

Appia – The Application Store Platform

Appia isn’t an app store itself, but rather an app platform with global reach, powering third-party app stores around the world. Integrated into the platform is content from the Appia Developer Program, giving channel partners access to a catalog of 140,000 paid and free apps across all major mobile platforms, including Android, BlackBerry, Java, Symbian, Windows and Palm.

The company says it now powers app stores for more than 40 partners, including four of the world’s top five handset manufacturers, three of the top four mobile operators in the U.S., three of the top 10 mobile operators globally, and leading media and ecommerce companies, including Samsung, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless.

Appia’s platform enables its partners to deliver apps to more than 3,200 different mobile devices. For any company engaging consumers on the mobile web who want to own their app store experience, Appia has become their one-stop-shop providing a managed service app store that supports all current platforms and devices.

“Over the past few years we’ve been focused on building out an end-to-end application store platform for carriers and handset manufacturers, and supplying content developers with the tools they need to take control of the marketing and distribution of their apps to as many consumer touch points as possible,” said Jud Bowman, CEO of Appia.

“As consumers increasingly look for alternatives to the native app stores, Appia intends to power those other stores and enable app creators to easily reach new customers.”

According to a January report, market research firm Gartner forecasts that global mobile app store revenues will triple from $5.2 billion last year to $15 billion in 2011, and keep growing to an astounding $58 billion by 2014.

The company also launched an updated developer portal ( where developers can go to upload their apps for discovery, download and distribution globally.

The name Appia comes from “Via Appia”, the first major road connecting cities in the ancient Roman Empire, as Appia connects mobile developers with distribution in more than 200 countries.

Appia is venture backed and in August 2010, Appia announced $15 million in funding led by Trident Capital, BlackBerry Partners Fund, and Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures.

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Preparing for the cloud lifestyle with the Google Chrome Cr-48 laptop

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Joe Procopio

Joe Procopio

By Joe Procopio

RESEARCH TRIANGLE, NC – In a lot of the first impressions I create, I’d say too many, I get pegged as a writer. This is OK, I suppose, but I’m more techie than writer, as anyone who has read me can attest to. As a writer, I’m just a guy who can crack jokes and use spellcheck. As a techie, I go way back. Powerbuilder back. Compuserve back. Sony Walkman back.

But you know what? That’s OK. I’ll take the underestimation (or overestimation, depending on which circles you travel in), as long as it gets me in the door. Or gets me a free laptop. 

See, as a writer, I kinda sorta write reviews of technical things like gadgets, conferences, and cargo style khaki pants. But these are not your typical reviews with stars and grades and pros and cons and suggested retail prices. There’s a whole industry for that and they do it well.

I like to be a bit more immersive.

Free Nerd Toys! 

I used to get stuff sent to me all the time – cameras, GPS systems, interns – and I’ve even done a couple of half-hearted “real” reviews that you can probably find if you search for them (don’t search for them).

But honestly. What am I going to tell you that doesn’t sound like advertising copy?

“The HP XR451 Dual Reverse Osmosis Touchscreen Bluetooth Device will change the way the world thinks about the stylus!”


The only other avenue, especially if I’m going to, you know, do the writing part of the writing, is to smack the product around and squeeze out jokes at the expense of the manufacturer.

“Smooth move, Xerox!”

But that gets old real quick.

Anyway, a while back I decided if I was going to review something, I’d have to do three things. 1) Make the thing a part of my day-to-day life 2) Use it for a while and 3) Write a piece that puts the thing in context either culturally or in business.

So far, so good. Sure, not everybody (APPLE) wants to play along. And because of the economy, manufacturers don’t send as many devices out, but they invite you to webinars where you can watch someone else play with the whatever-it-is and take notes. I’ve never done this, but it seems incredibly lame, like reviewing a movie by listening to one of your drunk friends describe the plot in a loud bar.

I feel like the ones who get the point get a return in the form of a public, real-world use of their product, documented for their target demographic.

And if the product can’t stand up to that, then they should probably just list the suggested retail price and put out a press release with a bunch of good advertising copy.

The Death of Insert Technology Here

I’ve got two PCs at home that are dying, and as I debated Lenovo vs. Dell and Windows vs. Mac and hard drive space and RAM and eyeball scanners, I had an epiphany.

Can’t I just do that cloud deal?

Which, in geek speak, is: Can I shift from the traditional PC/OS/Local Application structure of personal computing to the Cloud/Device/Web App paradigm?

I know. I know. If it’s any consolation, in the same week, I was also thinking about football, muscle cars, and I invented a new way to party.

And also, I know some of you are doing this already. You’re cooler than me, OK?

To clarify, the question isn’t “Will I shift” to the cloud and web apps, because that’s just plain going to happen. I want to know “can I shift” as in now, before the hard drives on these PCs spin themselves into dust.

One is a Pentium III. The other one isn’t as new.

A Hard Drive Free Household

As I’ve mentioned before, the laptop got us away from the PCs on our desks, the smartphone allowed us to leave the laptop in the office for brief stints, and the tablet turns those brief stints into larger stints, even whole days.

So the next obvious questions is: How long before we don’t need hard drives at all?

This is a question with a long tail, one that would take some serious investigation and trial and error.

And then, like a visit from Santa Geek, Google shipped me the Chrome Cr-48 laptop, which arrived on Christmas Eve.

The Longest Review Ever

The Cr-48 is a laptop with the Google Chrome OS, which boots directly into the web. If you can’t reach the Internet, the thing is nearly useless. But the beta program under which I received the laptop also offers discounted Verizon access. So you can essentially be on all the time.

After that, it’s all browser. You do everything through the web – Gmail, Docs, Apps, everything. And all the data stays in the cloud.

So that became the impetus for what will be a year-long look (or until it becomes ridiculously boring) at the personal move to the cloud.

In my next column on the subject (I’ve got other things to write about in between, like Launchbox’s Demo Day, Southern Capitol Ventures’ Entrepreneur Breakfasts, and why they still can’t get TRON toys right), we’ll start with the Cr-48. Is it the next step, or is it just a head fake, an unnecessary device caught between tablet and laptop?

Joe Procopio owns consulting firm Intrepid Company (, creative network Intrepid Media (, and heads up product engineering for startup StatSheet ( He’d like to point out that he’ll still pretty much accept a free anything. He can be reached via twitter @jproco.

Tuesday Microsoft update sets a record for patchwork

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

microsoftREDMOND, WA – Microsoft Corp. issued a record setting update for its Windows operating system Tuesday, fixing 49 security holes.

Six of the updates are rated “critical.”

According to Microsoft, the first update that should be installed is MS10-071, fixing a hole in IE 6, 7, and 8 that could allow an attacker to take control of a computer if a user browses to a malicious Web page.

Second should be MS10-076, which affects Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2003 and 2008.

Third, is MS10-077, which affects the same operating system versions as MS10-076.

CNET provides a look at the record setting patches here: Windows record setting patches