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Posts by Joel Hoidas

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From the experts | May 19, 2016 by Joel Hoidas
Let’s start with the obvious. There is no silver bullet, one-size-fits-all checklist for creating the perfect Bring Your Own Device strategy. Every organization is completely different. But it’s not as bad as it sounds. Many of the technologies necessary to support a strategy are probably already in your ecosystem. It’s just a matter of knowing […]
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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
Seasoned IT professionals remember dreaming of the potential of a dynamic datacenter. Constrained by platforms that allowed little flexibility, IT managers were forced to forecast, provision and spend on a per-system basis, which inevitably meant that some systems would be taxed while others sat dark. Dynamic datacenter architectures were the stuff of reverie. Well, not […]
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From the experts | May 28, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
Do our users want BYOC? So all of us on the team were excited about the possibilities of BYOC, but what we hadn’t checked yet was what percentage of Softchoice laptop users would actually be interested in a program like this? At the end of the day, no matter what great technologies and policies we put in […]
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From the experts | May 23, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
WAN optimization: the same network experience for all.  As virtualization and cloud computing drive more and more traffic over wide area networks (WANs), end users are expecting and demanding connectivity to access their applications from anywhere and any device, any time. This in spite of the fact that poor application response times at remote sites […]
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From the experts | May 16, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
The old rules no longer apply. In the past, you knew how many processors would be committed to a particular application, and you made your software deals accordingly. Now, you face an ambiguous standard. What happens if you are undergoing a license audit during a period of peak demand? Every IT innovation brings with it […]
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From the experts | May 5, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
“How would it impact your business if  you saved 40 to 60% on your overall security spend, and get better security?” This is the question I ask clients most during consulting engagements. Typically there are a variety of responses that end with the question “how?” Related Posts Ding, dong, the tape is dead: new storage […]
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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.