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Posts by Doug Sekus

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IT’s battle against inefficiency has been raging for years. Two thirds of companies go over schedule on their project/solution deployments. Technology complexity doubles every two years. And more than 70% of budgets are spent on operations and maintenance, a percentage which is growing. Blade servers were introduced as a solution to such problems. And while they […]
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Unless your infrastructure is already standardized on IBM, choosing a solution like IBM Pure Systems may seem like a daunting, expensive rip-and-replace decisions. In a recent 8 page white paper, A Comparison of IBM’s New Flex System Environment to Traditional Blade Architectures, IT analyst firm Clabby Analytics compares IBM’s Flex System to its biggest rival […]
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IBM’s Top Gun Frank Morassutti recently visited Softchoice, and we had a chance to sit down with him and discuss the data center trends, server commoditization, server virtualization and how IBM’s System X solution fits into the picture.
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From the experts | March 8, 2013 by Doug Sekus
IT leaders are probably in the best position to help prevent a “fire, ready, aim” approach to using social media. This may sound counter-intuitive at first. After all, IT blocks social media, right? Not so. I’d argue that any organization that’s getting serious about using social media has a lot to gain by leveraging IT […]
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Enterprise Software | November 27, 2012 by Doug Sekus
Softchoice has expertise in managing licensing for many organizations across North America, covering many different licensing solutions and programs. One trend that we’ve noticed is that Software license audits are on the rise. The problem is many organizations I encounter are not prepared for an audit from a software manufacturer. Many find software licensing to […]
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Oracle’s decision in March to end software development on in Intel Itanium-based systems has a lot of IT decision makers taking another hard look at ways to improve their environment, lower costs and reduce the risk of future disruptions. For those who want to stay on UNIX and remain loyal to Oracle software, moving to […]
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Oracle Database customers look to IBM DB2 to reduce costs and risk.  Oracle’s decision this spring to stop supporting Itanium has, not surprisingly, forced a lot of customers to take a look at their Itanium-based systems providers. But the announcement is also forcing IT decision makers to reevaluate their dependence on Oracle software too, particularly Oracle Database. […]
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From the experts | June 18, 2011 by Doug Sekus
  Spring may mean warmer weather, but for most of us it also means getting in touch with our inner hoarder: seriously digging into our closets, cupboards and drawers and parting with stuff we don’t use anymore. The alternative, of course, is watching helplessly as our dens, basements, hallways and garages simply become makeshift storage […]
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“The recent financial crisis,” says financial services executive Jay Dweck, “highlights the problem of systemic risk. One thing that causes this systemic risk is interdependency and these failures that start to go like dominoes. You could use something like Watson to understand what creates those interdependencies.” Whether an extension of banking or insurance or any […]
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As we saw in Parts 1 and 2 , health care and finance hold a lot of promise when it comes to Watson, but Dr. Paul Bloom from IBM Research believes the its first level of applications in the marketplace will not be around either. Rather it’ll be around an industry that’s judged on the […]
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In Part 1, I took a look at how the DeepQA technology behind Watson – IBM’s latest language-deciphering supercomputer – can help better understand people, whether they’re customers, donors or students. But what about going beyond understanding? What about making, quite literally, life or death decisions? “Built into Jeopardy!,” says IBM’s Katharine Frase, “is this […]
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Enterprise Software | March 16, 2011 by Doug Sekus
If you’re like a lot of businesses – big and small – you’re running Oracle and probably feeling the pain. Managing Oracle is a well-known challenge, but the fact is there are ways to ease a lot of that pain and optimize your Oracle performance and cost. What’s the problem? The most common headaches include […]
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From the experts | January 25, 2011 by Doug Sekus
Editor’s note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. Do you remember the days of dial up – when you had the patience to wait minutes for the information you wanted? Fast forward 20 years. We now live in an era that […]
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From the experts | October 26, 2010 by Doug Sekus
What business goals are you trying to achieve? Are you trying to improve service, cut costs, or drive revenue? Migrating or implementing a new voice infrastructure isn’t easy. To be successful, you need to understand all the variables from hardware to software to how people will interact with the new system. We’ve installed hundreds of […]
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From the experts | October 26, 2010 by Doug Sekus
Because it’s hard to keep up with the latest best practices, we asked Infotech Indaba to create a report that provides practical advice, broad and balanced insight and an unbiased point of view.To read the full whitepaper, go to Softchoice’s Optimized Datacenter We wanted to share some of the key trends identified in the report, as we believe […]
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From the experts | October 26, 2010 by Doug Sekus
Collaboration. There’s a million ways to do it, and a million ways to fail. Here are seven simple strategies to jumpstart your collaboration strategy and ensure your labors are fruitful. Related Posts 2 Principles Of Data Backup That Save $12,500 Per Hour According to a recent survey of over 2,000 SMBs, the average cost per hour […]
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From the experts | October 26, 2010 by Doug Sekus
Related Posts Why Your BYOD Strategy Must Begin with a Usage Policy In a recent an article on CIO.com, Tom Kaneshige ponders the inevitability of class-action lawsuits by users whose companies cross the divide between the personal and the co… Does Your Infrastructure Have the “Right Stuff” to Win the Virtual Space Ra… Editors note: our […]
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From the experts | August 9, 2010 by Doug Sekus
Simplicity is among the principal advantages of implementing a virtual infrastructure, but few talk about the complexity that can come with it. Often, companies are far down the virtualization road before realizing the challenges they’ll face … and have done nothing to prepare for them. Virtual machine sprawl can be as vexing as that of physical equipment, making careful planning necessary to make your virtual infrastructure as efficient as possible.