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Lane Shelton - Vice President of Software Business Development

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Lane Shelton is Vice President of Software Business Development at PC Connection with over 18 years of experience in the areas of Microsoft technology and licensing, software asset management, cloud computing, and software investment management. In addition, he is an SIIA-certified software asset management professional. When he has free time, Lane enjoys old-school PC gaming.

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Softmart Now Stronger than Ever

More Power in Our Microsoft Center of Excellence, Means More Power for Every Customer

by Lane Shelton | 06.10.16

PC Connection recently invited Softmart to join our family of companies. Softmart is a powerful company in its own right, recently described by CRN as a “solution provider stalwart with well-defined hardware, cloud, and Office 365 practices.” Combined with the depth and breadth of PC Connection’s strength and reach, ranked #20 in CRN’s 2015 Solution Provider 500, our aim is to offer our customers everything they need to build sound technology investments, achieve their technology goals from the end-user experience to the data center to the cloud, and, of course, to save time and money while doing it.

Tags:CloudCRNDatacenterEnterprise AgreementMicrosoftMicrosoft Center of ExcellenceOffice 365Operational Excellence AwardPC ConnectionSoftmart

Windows 10 Breaking News

You may have heard it first when I blogged about Microsoft’s recent announcement which indicated that they would effectively pull the plug on Windows 7 and 8/8.1 support for 6th Gen and higher processors after July 2017. In an effort to get this word out quickly we emailed, posted to our blog, and even recorded a video. Our commitment has been ongoing, and we have been busy talking to customers and gathering feedback for Microsoft. We found that many of our customers felt this change had a negative impact and put a severe crimp in already strained IT budgets and plans. It appears Microsoft has heard the feedback and announced the cutoff date has been extended to July 17, 2018. Here’s what it all means. 

Tags:MicrosoftPC ConnectionSecurityVideoWindows 10Windows 7Windows 8

Microsoft SQL Server

Life After "SQL-mageddon"

Prepare for Your Migration in Four Steps

by Lane Shelton | 03.10.16

With the official end of life looming (RIP, April 12, 2016) for the up to 2 million-plus servers running some form of Microsoft’s popular relational database management system, SQL Server 2005, putting in place a migration plan is not optional—it’s a must. For most, staying with Microsoft represents the least painful alternative, although this is not without its challenges. In addition to the current successor, SQL Server 2014, other options include SQL Server 2012, the eventually-to-be-released SQL Server 2016 or Azure SQL Database (cloud). Read on for the four steps to a successful SQL migration that should be top of mind.

Tags:AzureMicrosoftSQL ServerSQL Server 2005SQL Server 2014

Microsoft SQL Server

What End of Support for SQL Server 2005 Means for You

Don’t Put Your Data at Risk

by Lane Shelton | 03.01.16

For five years, Microsoft’s SQL Server 2005 has been in its extended support phase, but its end of life is near, which can pose security risks to an organization. The primary risk to not upgrading before the deadline is that there will be no more updates or security hot fixes. “Unless the organization has a costly support contract with Microsoft, they’re on their own when it comes to updates and protection,” said Steve Ragan, senior staff writer for CSO Online.

Tags:ComplianceHealthcare ITMicrosoftSecuritySQL Server 2005SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2005 End of Life: What's Next?

Know Your Options for Moving On

by Lane Shelton | 02.18.16

With just a short amount of time to go until Microsoft officially kills off SQL Server 2005—i.e., no more hotfixes or security updates—the installed base of 800,000 to more than 2 million servers running the venerable relational database management system will need a replacement. The question is which way to go: SQL Server 20XX, cloud, hybrid, or something else?

Tags:AzureMicrosoftSecuritySQL

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