Author Archives: Ed Cartier

Ed Cartier is the Marketing Director for xAssets LLC. Ed is widely published, regularly contributing articles to ITAK. He also authored several published white papers describing the need for IT asset management tools and has presented on the role of ITAM in controlling IT costs. He was recognized as one of the top 50 channel executives for two consecutive years. Ed holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a graduate of the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute on Managing Technology Companies held at the Stanford University School of Business.

Making the Case for ITAM in Secure Computing Environments

In today’s uber-connected computing environment, the concept of an air-gapped, locked down, and stand-alone data center running proprietary special use software is an anachronism. Even the most secure military data systems use some commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and almost all IT environments are networked. Procurement and IT managers and officers look for the best hardware and software configurations needed to ...

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Is it RIP for the PC? Contemplating the Impact of Mobile Computing

By Ed Cartier, xAssets Ltd. ITAK V7 I12 iPads. iPhones. Android tablets and smart phones. iOS. Windows 8.  Surface tablets and Windows phones. ARM chips. Combined, this group of products and technologies is being charged with the death of the traditional PC that’s been around in one form or another since 1982. But, is the PC really on death’s doorstep? ...

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A Paranoid’s Guide to Web Security – So You Think You’re Safe…

By Ed Cartier, xAssets ITAK V7 I5 You or your company has installed firewalls, anti-virus software and network filters. You can relax and safely perform web-based research or market or pricing research, secure in the knowledge that your data is safe.  Don’t be so sure.  Your PC/laptop may be safe from viruses and malware, but your search data and even ...

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