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Articles by Clay Sides

Captain's Log

Published on 04/10/2014 by Clay Sides
Category: Healthcare IT, Change Management, Project Management

I love a good teaser. When someone puts out a statement that seems authored by Captain Obvious himself, it makes me take notice. Is this person about to make me realize something that I've taken for granted that is going to rock my world, or make me realize they were the goalie for the dart team in college?  Is this person "smart"?"Smart" is something everyone has been striving for, but I'm here ...

Irrational Exuberance

Published on 08/27/2013 by Clay Sides
Category: Virtualization, Systems Monitoring and Management

Having sat through the first few of many sessions at VMWorld 2013 in San Francisco, I am both energized and concerned.This year, there is an intense focus on networking and management. VMware has officially rolled vSphere 5.5 with network virtualization using a new product called NSX™ as well as a renewed push on Ops Management. While both products are poised to be of significant benefit to MEDITECH shops, neither should be approached lightly.While NSX is a ...

Take the Initiative, Not the Blame

Published on 06/28/2013 by Clay Sides
Category: Healthcare IT

Let me ask you a question; How often do you go to the doctor? Do you have an annual checkup, or only go when something is wrong?We are all encouraged to be proactive in maintaining our health. Exercising, eating better and seeing your doctors annually are the keys to a longer, more fulfilling life. If this is what it takes for us to live longer, more active lives, then why aren't we doing this for our IT ...

Best Practices

Published on 03/19/2013 by Clay Sides
Category: Healthcare IT

Groucho Marx once said, “Does it hurt when you do that? Then don’t do that.” Little did he know he would become the Godfather of what we now describe as “best practices”.What is a best practice?  Whose best practice is it?  Who owns the upkeep of the best practice?  How is it being monitored and adapted?  All are questions you should ask anyone in your organization when they throw up ...

Storage Trendy

Published on 01/09/2013 by Clay Sides
Category: Systems Monitoring and Management, Storage

While teaching me to drive, mother once told me, "You can't see where you're going with the rear-view mirror; only what you've just run over."  What my Mom was eloquently trying to tell me was, look forward while moving forward. These are erudite words for us in the IT world also….most of the time.Many IT organizations find, at one time or another, they're in jeopardy of running out of space. ...

Erosion, part Duh

Published on 11/08/2012 by Clay Sides
Category: Disaster Recovery

After reading our CTO's blog on "Erosion", I began to reflect on my own Hurricane Sandy experience. In short, I lost power for three days, started getting water intrusion in my basement around the well pipe, took a stick through the back window of my car and, last but not least, when executing my superbly conceived "Disaster Plan”, started my generator, which instantly incinerated my cable modem, router and furnace controls.Now, after assessing the overall ...

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

Published on 10/15/2012 by Clay Sides
Category: Compliance, Backup

I have to wonder if Benjamin Franklin was a closet IT guru.We live in a world that measures things in “ages”. The Age of Dinosaurs, the Ice Age, the Age of Fire, the Industrial Age and now, the Information Age. The shocking realization to me, was many of the “Ages” identified, had horrific events associated with them. Cataclysms, global climate changes and mass extinctions; If we aren’t careful, the Information Age may well end up ...

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