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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
During the initial stages of rolling out a Choose Your Own Device pilot at Softchoice, one major stakeholder in shaping the program was our help desk team. Our IT department dictated which devices we’re the best options for the program and which employees would be best suited for the program. Above all else, I needed our help […]
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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
From small start-ups to global corporations, business leaders are struggling to attract and (more importantly) retain millennial talent. A sizable portion of the discussion around Millennials in the workforce makes them sound like an abnormal group; one that will eventually come around to the “traditional” way of doing business. To adopt this mindset is not only bad […]
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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
It’s funny how things evolve so quickly. Just a few years ago, the thought of employees using their own phones or laptops for work at work was unthinkable. But as the consumerization of IT trend grows from a trickle to a flood, many organizations have no choice but consider how to implement a Bring Your […]
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From the experts | October 26, 2010 by Doug Sekus
As a cloud consultant, I’ve had the opportunity to see dozens of different public cloud implementations – the good, the bad and the ugly. Regardless of where you are on your journey, every organization faces challenges – whether unexpected costs, unplanned outages or security-related issues. In my experience, most are avoidable with a little extra […]
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From the experts | October 26, 2010 by Doug Sekus
As organizations adapt to an evolving desktop environment, Professional Services will play a key role in guiding this transformation. The arrival of next-generation technology is one thing, but navigating through hundreds of options and actually deploying them are the most crucial components of IT success. Our Softchoice Advisor recently team met with John Kauffman, our […]
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From the experts | October 26, 2010 by Doug Sekus
So you’re tasked with planning your organization’s cloud environment. How do you identify how much cloud infrastructure is required to meet the needs of your end users, but also deliver overall cost savings for your boss? I’ve assembled 10 Tips for Sizing the Cloud in the following cheat sheet. It will answer many of your questions […]
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From the experts | October 26, 2010 by Doug Sekus
This is the second in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences. Building the team: You start with inviting a great marketing person to the team. OK, most BYOC teams don’t have someone like me blogging about the process, and […]
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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.