General musings technology & gaming, etc.

Finding Cloud Nine Again

When I set out to build a new business It had to be something extraordinary. I didn’t want to settle on the same old services again, searching for customers in a market that was already saturated with dime operations. My friends kept telling me that such an idea was impossible and that I had my head in the clouds. They were right!

I was tired of depending on hardware manufacturers, software vendors and support people that I had to control or in some cases had no control over. Call me idealistic, but I wanted services that I could sell that just worked; always on, always dependable and simple to use. If you have asked your local IT person about safeguarding the systems you use, and providing redundancies at the same cost, or less than you’re paying now they are likely going to laugh in your face.

So what are the services that businesses need? Well lets boil that down, every business needs enterprise class email, spam and virus protection, accounting systems (even small ones), file storage and retention. I took a look around the local IT companies and they all wanted to sell me a server that I could place in my office, and software that I could install on it. Worse I would then have to call them to maintain it, secure it, etc. Talk about too much work. So I looked at alternatives, i had heard lots about Amazon’s cloud and I knew that would suffice for storage and retention needs. But what else was out there, and how could I make this easy for other people.

Having grown up IT per say, and also being highly familiar with SharePoint solutions I started digging. I discovered Microsoft Online, and a smattering of other services, including QuickBooks online. I was hooked, and I started digging more. Six months later my business partner and I founded Aspire Interactive Technology. We specialize in Cloud Solutions. We drink our own cool-aid.

Aspire Interactive Technologies LLC

Seize Your Cloud

Okay so a while ago I spent time writing a book for Microsoft® about SharePoint™ 2010.  As of my last post the book had been published and released.  Today I want to begin with a short rave about the new Microsoft® online suite soon to be released for public comsumption.  Office 365 has taken the cake.  With BPOS I was a bit skeptical although I did lean that direction with the product lines that my own company ‘Aspire Interactive Technologies, LLC‘ was selling.  This is because as a Microsoft Partner that is what we do.

My viewpoint has shifted however, and today I am exstatic.  The new Microsoft Office 365, combined with already available Windows Azure™ and Hyper-V™ technologies seriously begs the question of why ppl have not shifted to the Cloud already.  Like, “Get Your Cloud On Already”!!


So why is this so important?

Cloud technology—it’s all you hear about right now. a solid Microsoft® Partner can help you make sense of it all, and show you how you can make the cloud work for you. My sugestion of course is that you look at Aspire Interactive Technologies, LLC.

When you choose cloud solutions based on Microsoft® technologies, we can help you reduce your capital expenses and save money by paying only for the computing power you need, and get to market faster by leveraging your existing IT skill investments.

Private cloud solutions feature Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V™ and Microsoft System Center. Public cloud solutions support business productivity with Microsoft Office 365, and flexible cloud computing through the Windows Azure™ platform.

Whether your cloud is public or private, we can show you a solution that’s more flexible, more cost-effective, and more you.

Aspire Interactive Technologies, LLC
1527 W State Highway 114
Suite 500-110
Grapevine, TX 76051-8647

+1 (682) 233-2972

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant

In December 2009 Ben Curry asked me if I would be interesting in writing several chapters in a new book on SharePoint 2010 as one of six community experts. Hesitantly I agreed, and after six months of writing and navigating the editing process the book is slated to be on shelves within the next few weeks.

Much of my specific writing detailed the topics of Managed Meta data, Document Management, and Records Management. These core topics are a relatively new focus on many businesses that are beginning the process of migrating large amounts of physical records into digital format. The increased efficiencies in retrieval, management, and search alone are prime reasons why SharePoint 2010 is poised to empower a new direction in Business Continuity.

Below is information about the book, You can follow the following link and pre-order your copy today, Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, or click on the books cover image below.


Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for the day-to-day administration of SharePoint 2010. Featuring easy-to-scan tables, step-by-step instructions, and handy lists, this book offers the streamlined, straightforward information you need to solve problems and get the job done-whether at your desk or in the field! Topics include deployment, site configuration, enterprise content management, search and indexing, workflows, shared service providers, information management policies, scalability, availability, security, logging and processing analysis, and backup and recovery.

About the Primary Author

Ben Curry, CISSP, MCP, MCTS, is a Microsoft® MVP for SharePoint® Server and a network architect specializing in knowledge management and collaboration technologies. He develops custom SharePoint® solutions and has presented at TechEd and Dev Connections.

Office 2010 & SharePoint Server 2010 released on MSDN

As of 8:49AM this morning Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 were made available to those with an active MSDN license.  I know that I will be downloading these shortly, although not today specifically due to I am sure high demand and therefore likely poor server download speeds.  I have too much work to do right now to deal with a poor performance download.

This is of course the next step in Microsoft’s transition to releasing Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 to the masses.

More information can be found specific to SharePoint Server 2010 at

More information can be obtained about Office 2010 at


SharePoint 2010

So, back in the middle of November, Ben Curry of asked me to be one of 6 coauthors on a new book for Microsoft Press.  As a result of both my exuberance and of course ignorance, I agreed :)  So started a 4 month long journey in which I delved deep into the guts of the soon-to-be-released SharePoint 2010.

My chapters are written and I am currently waiting on their return from Edits for my final pass at resolving any issues. Then it’s off to the publishing house, and eventually Borders and

I admit this is my first book.  The experience was both as scary and rewarding as I could have hoped.  Late nights till 2AM trying to write one sentence that actually made sense.

It is this same journey that has brought me back to writing on my blog.  I hope that the outlet of brain food and regurgitation will benefit at least one wayward soul,  although somehow I doubt it.