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Rick Sabarese - Practice Director of Software

Rick Sabarese

Rick is Practice Director of Software at Connection, Inc. with more than 26 years of experience in the IT industry. He is an expert in all things software, from productivity suites and email platforms to operating systems. In his free time, Rick enjoys mountain biking, bike building, and coaching soccer. 

Areas of expertise:Software

Articles by Rick Sabarese


Planning for Application Migrations

Success relies on properly planning, provisioning access, and managing users.

by Rick Sabarese | 04.28.17

Migrating packaged, off-the-shelf software applications creates complexities that must be carefully managed. The success of any application migration is greatly influenced by properly planning, provisioning access, and managing users. But upgrading or migrating to new applications creates challenges for IT teams that are focused on maintaining existing infrastructure.

Tags:ConnectionITPackaged SoftwareSoftware


It’s hard to overstate the challenges inherent in managing the retiring of important applications, operating systems, and databases. Lack of support, compatibility issues, and increased security risks can have far-reaching effects on your organization—especially when it comes to database environments.

Tags:ITOS EfficiencyOS MigrationSecuritySecurity AwarenessSecurity infrastructureSoftwareSoftware UpgradeUpgrading


The Pulse Of Software Trends

Are You Prepared to Move to Windows 10?

by Rick Sabarese | 02.21.17

If you’re into all things IT like we are, then I’m sure you’re aware that Microsoft is set to end support for Windows 7 in 2020. To stay ahead of the game—and to take advantage of new business and security features—now is the time to start looking into migration to Windows 10. To help get a better idea of how IT decision makers view their migration projects, Connection recently partnered with research firm IDG to ask them about their goals and challenges related to Windows 10.

Tags:ConnectionIDGITITDMMicrosoftWindows 10Windows 7


Increasing SMB Adoption Rates for Office 365

Is Your Organization Dragging Its Heels?

by Rick Sabarese | 12.07.16

Recent research by cloud management software company SkyKick suggests that among U.S. small and medium businesses (SMBs), 83% have yet to use Office 365 in some form. So what’s holding back SMBs from adopting cloud-based services that can help them reduce costs and improve productivity?

Tags:cloud infrastructureConnectionITMLOOffice 365Readiness AssessmentSaaSSMBSoftwareSoftware as a Service SaaSSoftware Practice


Moving Exchange to the Cloud

Get Help Crunching the Numbers

by Rick Sabarese | 11.30.16

With Microsoft Exchange on-premises systems, determining price was fairly easy because the choices were largely the same. But cloud changes the pricing equation: Enterprises lease rather than own equipment, which alters the comparisons from apples-to-apples to apples-to-oranges.

Tags:CloudData CenterITLicensingMicrosoft ExchangeMicrosoft Office 365Packaged solutions