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Posts by Joel Hoidas

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From the experts | May 19, 2016 by Joel Hoidas
Most hear “server virtualization” and think: efficiency, ease of management, high availability and flexibility. But these benefits – the aim of sound IT planning – really only extend to the server (and in some cases application) layer. Administration, it turns out, is a whole other kettle of fish. That’s because the complexities of introducing server […]
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From the experts | April 13, 2016 by Joel Hoidas
In 2014, A Softchoice study revealed employees who use cloud apps are reckless and more likely to put corporate data at risk. Two years later, not much has else changed! From lax password security to rogue IT behavior, North American workers are (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud.
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Culture | April 10, 2015 by Joel Hoidas
The Great Place to Work Institute just named Softchoice to its list of “Best Workplaces in Canada” for the 10th year in a row! We are just one of four organizations to make the list all 10 years it has been in Canada. To celebrate a decade of recognition as one of Canada’s top corporate […]
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From the experts | October 7, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
Just Google BYOD (as of July 16, that 6,340,000 results and counting) and BAM! it’s clear the bring-your-own-device revolution is far more than just a trend. If you’re CIO hasn’t started quivering yet – whether it be from excitement or fear – take a look at some more staggering numbers: 95% of organizations allow employee-owned […]
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From the experts | May 28, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
Storage always makes me think of the late, great George Carlin’s classic comedy routine about stuff. “Sometimes you’ve got to move, you’ve got to get a bigger house. Why? Too much stuff! You’ve got to move all your stuff. And maybe put some of your stuff in storage. Imagine that – there’s a whole industry […]
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From the experts | May 23, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
How archiving is helping organizations get email under control.    Consider, if you will, these two predicaments.  Organization A, which is particularly prone to lawsuits, has decided not to keep email backups beyond 30 days.  This decision is based on the knowledge that the number one issues courts are looking for today concerning email retention […]
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From the experts | May 16, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
Open Systems Availability: Virtualization’s First Frontier What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun… – Ancient proverb  Server virtualization has brought great advances in flexibility, efficiency and responsiveness to today’s always-on, web-enabled data centers.  Although that is what most people think today when […]
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From the experts | May 5, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
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 […]
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Culture | March 27, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
The following is the final post in a series that has run throughout March.
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Culture | March 20, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
The following is the third post in a series of four running every Thursday throughout March. Read the previous posts by clicking here: Part 1 and Part 2.   Softchoice’s corporate giving program, Softchoice Cares, is led by an all employee board.
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Culture | March 13, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
The following is the second post in a series of four that are running every Thursday throughout March. Read the previous post by clicking here: Part 1. Softchoice’s corporate giving program, Softchoice Cares, is led by an all employee board.
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Culture | March 6, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
The following is the first post in a series of four that will appear every Thursday throughout March. Softchoice’s corporate giving program, Softchoice Cares, is led by an all employee board. Over an 18-month term, the board supports all employee philanthropic programs in the communities across North America, and they plan and execute an international […]
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Culture | November 19, 2013 by Joel Hoidas
It’s part of the Softchoice culture to find ways to give back. It’s contagious even. A single employee-led fundraiser has the potential to inspire new ideas, new ways to give back, and a greater personal connection to the company’s grassroots charitable efforts.