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Posts by Angela Cope

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Collaboration | May 29, 2018 by Angela Cope
If no one came to work on Monday, how much would your organization lose in profit that day? What about a week? An entire month? You may not realize it, but many organizations are losing as many as 35 days per year to unproductive activity from their workforce. Improving employee productivity has become one of […]
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It’s 2018 – it’s time to retire the job title ‘IT Manager’. When we think of an ‘IT Manager’, a traditional IT department comes to mind. The individuals who “keep the lights on” at an organization. IT Managers/teams are not those people anymore. They are driving organizations towards continued growth and success in today’s digital, […]
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  Three years ago, a friend of mine got caught up in the homeownership dream. He spent 18 months saving the least amount he needed to buy a condo. While he was successful in purchasing his first property, he soon discovered the “cons” of being a homeowner. The condo came with many flaws that he […]
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Client Computing | September 29, 2017 by Angela Cope
Many organizations with labor-intensive jobs have strict health and safety regulations in place. For good reason. Safety rules protect employees and reduce costs and risks of workplace accidents. However, health risks aren’t just associated with labor-intensive jobs. Injuries associated with long-term computer usage are on the rise. These injuries are referred to as Repetitive Strain Injuries […]
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Client Computing | September 13, 2017 by Angela Cope
Enable Mobility With The Right Technology. Mobility in the workplace is not as simple as turning on a light. Introducing the new Dell Latitude 7380
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Culture | February 11, 2015 by Angela Cope
Children scare me. Why and when this fear developed, I’m not 100% sure. I do find them cute, and I do care about kids, but the thought of the responsibility to raise a child tends to bring out the fear in me. Therefore, I typically avoid situations that involve being around kids when I can. So when I learned […]
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Client Computing | July 31, 2014 by Angela Cope
Every day our Softchoice Account Managers work with our vendor partners to provide clients with the best prices and products. Because of the wide variety of cost-saving programs available, I discuss these programs with experts frequently to connect the right clients with the right programs. Recently, I chatted with Robert Volkman, one of our Print Specialists, […]
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Client Computing | June 16, 2014 by Angela Cope
Back in November 2013, I came home to find my monthly issue of Wired waiting for me. The cover featured a young girl in a school uniform with “The Next Steve Jobs” in big bold text. The article told an amazing story about a teacher who introduced new classroom methods to his students in an impoverished city […]
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Client Computing | June 3, 2014 by Angela Cope
Back in March, we got word that Autodesk was changing its licensing options and a couple of our customers had questions around this change. I want to dive deeper into the pros and cons of purchasing desktop subscription over perpetual licenses. “Autodesk Desktop Subscription, available for a variety of 2014 and 2015 standalone products and suites, […]
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Client Computing | April 8, 2014 by Angela Cope
It’s been almost a year since Adobe moved from a boxed software model to the cloud and subscription-based licensing approach with Adobe Creative Cloud. And this month we were informed that Adobe has launched Creative Cloud for education. With this comes the introduction of device licensing and changes to the Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA) program.
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Microsoft | March 20, 2014 by Angela Cope
April 8th 2014 marks the official end of Microsoft’s support for Windows XP. Which means if you haven’t taken the steps to migrate off this dying OS yet, well….you’re panicking (and we don’t blame you – you’re putting your whole organization at risk). Whatever prompted the decision to wait doesn’t really matter anymore. What matters now […]
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Microsoft | February 12, 2014 by Angela Cope
IT departments have enough on their minds with the end of Windows XP, getting a hold of the number of SaaS applications within their environment, introducing their organization to a BYOD or CYOD model, or just having to fix that printer in the finance department. Again. For the third time this month. The fact you have any time […]
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From the experts | November 22, 2013 by Angela Cope
One of the promises of BYOD is that it reduces help desk tickets, which allows IT to spend less time fixing problems and more time driving business value. However, as more employees bring their own devices to work, IT departments are seeing an increase in tickets. These tickets – which cover everything from device compatibility […]
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From the experts | November 5, 2013 by Angela Cope
While it’s true almost everyone is gung-ho about the benefits of virtualization these days, many organizations end up missing the boat on maximizing its greatest benefits – increased server utilization and consolidated workloads, lower energy costs, increased flexibility and easier system management.  Why? Maybe because they view virtualization as a magic bullet to solving all […]
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Client Computing | October 1, 2013 by Angela Cope
When we started planning our CYOD pilot, we faced two critical success factors right out of the gate. We needed to ensure participants could pick a device that would excite and inspire them, AND leverage our IT department’s expertise in providing technology that will perform admirably (and reliably) within our environment. What Softchoice chose for […]
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From the experts | September 17, 2013 by Angela Cope
 Once upon a time, you delivered an operating system to your employees on their desktop devices – or maybe you still are. You had applications and user profiles on your desktops too. And of course, your service level agreements (SLAs) were tied to the hardware as well because the hardware counted most. If it broke, […]
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From the experts | September 5, 2013 by Angela Cope
Knowing what you already have in your toolbox before heading out to buy new tools is common sense. However, sometimes you can lose track of what you own and find yourself buying the same screwdriver over and over again. This can happen in your IT environment too if you don’t have a good system of keeping track of what’s in […]
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Culture | March 23, 2012 by Angela Cope
When I heard about the Softchoice Cares mission to Bali I was intrigued. The thought of twelve employees going half way around the world to build computer labs for local kids is pretty inspiring and rare. But I was even more amazed by the number of partners who were going out of their way to […]
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Culture | February 17, 2012 by Angela Cope
With January behind us, many of us have gotten back into a regular routine. But does that include the goals you’ve set for yourself (like staying fit) at the start of the year?  People’s commitment to personal goals seems to always drop off by February. In fact, according to a study by Richard Wiseman from the […]