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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
As we started to roll out a Softchoice CYOD program, we discovered there were a lot of moving parts across a lot of departments. When we previously rolled out our BYOD  program, we didn’t have the benefit of in-house expertise to guide the design, implementation and measurement of the program. With CYOD, which we’re piloting over […]
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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
I am assuming you are reading this now because you saw this Security Alert for CVE-2013-4022 Released and: the panic has set in, or Oracle and Java have taken its toll or You are now getting e-mails from your executives asking if you are aware, and what you are doing about this! Let’s quickly assess what the […]
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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
There’s a perfect storm out there and it’s causing a radical change to the desktop environment. The proof is everywhere. Start with the prominent use of Windows XP, a 10-year- old operating system causing a mass migration to Windows 7. Next is a sea of aging client hardware, remnants of down-economy budget crises. Combine these […]
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From the experts | October 26, 2010 by Doug Sekus
Want to save time and money on your Windows 7 deployment? Virtualize!  If you’re a stalwart IT decision maker who stuck by Windows XP for the last decade, you’re finally coming face to face with the reality of a Windows 7 world. And you’re probably asking yourself: so how do I make the move? For […]
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From the experts | October 26, 2010 by Doug Sekus
Want to extend the life of your IT assets? SAN virtualization might be for you.    The explosion of data growth over the last decade put a lot of demands on IT in an era when budgets, particularly IT budgets, were under great strain.  While it was good news for all of us that most […]
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From the experts | October 26, 2010 by Doug Sekus
This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here.  Most people feel naked without their smart phones and tablets. The adoption rates of these devices over the last five years have been explosive with an expected 10 billion by 2020, according to Morgan Stanley  (to give you an idea of the magnitude […]
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From the experts | October 26, 2010 by Doug Sekus
This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here. The future of client computing has a very different look and feel.  There are a couple of driving forces and they are driving hard and fast. Always on connectivity is actually finally pervading.  Smartphones with 8MB/s data connections have been here for approximately […]
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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.