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From the experts | July 22, 2013 by Eric Gardiner
Still buying servers for each application? It’s time to get on board with virtualization.   Inertia can be a powerful force. Whether it’s the inertia that comes from a lack of understanding and fear of the unknown or the kind that comes from believing something ought to be done a certain way because, heck, it’s […]
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Culture | April 11, 2012 by Eric Gardiner
Behind our guest house the rice paddies go for miles, flowing until they come to a ridge of mountains in the distance. Workers dot the landscape, stooping as they labor. They cut the rice by hand while piles of grass smolder here and there, wafting clouds of smoke that just hang in the air. I’m […]
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From the experts | April 2, 2012 by Eric Gardiner
Softchoice’s CIO Kevin Wright talks about using technology to stay ahead in tough times. Q: From a cost-management perspective, how has the recession changed the way you do things as an IT organization? A: With every crisis there’s an opportunity to innovate and be more efficient. And that’s how we approached it. We made it […]
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Culture | January 27, 2012 by Eric Gardiner
When the idea of heading to Bali on a philanthropy mission first came up, most of us balked. As members of the Softchoice Cares Board, we represent Softchoice employees in every decision we make. Telling the company we were going to spend two weeks ‘giving back’ in a tropical paradise sounded like a PR nightmare.
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Culture | October 6, 2011 by Eric Gardiner
We’ve tried an endless variety of fundraisers. But in our experience, the ones that generate the greatest returns are those that put the fun front and center. Here’s a look at our Top Five Favorite Office Fundraisers (and counting).   Making Managers Look Silly Generally speaking, we like our managers. But for some reason we […]
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Culture | September 15, 2011 by Eric Gardiner
  It used to be about getting out there and swinging a hammer. Perhaps a bit of painting or cleaning up the job site, a few moments to compare calluses with your co-workers and then heading home knowing you’ve done a good turn. Volunteering on a Habitat for Humanity build was (and still is) a […]
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Culture | August 29, 2011 by Eric Gardiner
  When I think of great fundraising events I think intense competition, gritty plays, blood, sweat and, above all, fun. That’s the winning formula behind Softchoice’s annual ‘MacDonald Cup’. For the third straight year this no holds barred tournament has drawn hockey aficionados from across Softchoice’s Toronto office in pursuit of glory and the chance […]
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Culture | July 15, 2011 by Eric Gardiner
  In Corporate Karma, Peggie Pelosi suggests that the new era of corporate philanthropy is about ‘soul’ meeting ‘strategy’.  Strategy gives structure and focus to soul. Soul gives strategy the fuel it needs – the passion, the sense of purpose – to deliver results. It’s the yin and yang, the peanut butter and jam, of […]
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Culture | July 11, 2011 by Eric Gardiner
Two-years ago, 10 Softchoice employees undertook a humanitarian mission to Rwanda in partnership with Developing World Connections.  With laptops donated by Lenovo Canada, the team spent two weeks setting up a computer lab at the Primary School in the town of Gashora – the very first of its kind. The completion of the project was […]
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Culture | June 21, 2011 by Eric Gardiner
It was once considered the mildest of activities. You’ve seen it before: Early morning sunshine. Tree-lined side streets parked with cars. Bargain hunters picking quietly through the flotsam of other people’s lives. A moment or two of haggling then buyer and seller parting ways, perhaps until the next spring to repeat the process once again. […]
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Culture | June 13, 2011 by Eric Gardiner
  The applications have been submitted. The interviews conducted and the QFDs (Quality Function Deployment) completed. Yes, it’s true! We actually use Six Sigma tools to ensure a fair and balanced approach to recruiting members of the Softchoice Cares board. This year 13 employees drawn from Softchoice offices across North America have been appointed as […]