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Posts by Joel Marans

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Microsoft | March 31, 2015 by Joel Marans
It’s game over for those running Windows Server 2003 after July 14th. It is critical that all organizations understand the financial risk and impact of running instances of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 in production after July 14th, 2015. That’s when the decade old server operating system goes end of support. Windows Server 2003 going end of life means no […]
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Microsoft | February 1, 2015 by Joel Marans
All indicators suggest 2015 will be the biggest year ever for Microsoft Azure adoption in the Enterprise. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re among the many business leaders contributing to this era-defining movement. It’s natural to wonder why an organization would choose Azure, a relative newcomer to the IaaS space, over the giant in the market, […]
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From the experts | June 20, 2013 by Joel Marans
It was clear when DVDs hit the market back in the 1990s that they offered a richer movie viewing experience than VHS tapes. But for a time, tapes and VCRs were cheaper so we had to wait for the cost of DVD players to come down – and for the word to spread – before […]
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Client Computing | July 27, 2012 by Joel Marans
Life used to be much simpler for IT departments. There were clients, there was a data center, and there were server-based applications that end-users accessed in a controlled, secure manner. No longer — that environment is changing radically, with a movement toward mobile and cloud. End-users want consumer and corporate apps available on any device, from […]
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From the experts | May 30, 2012 by Joel Marans
The term “grok” first appeared in the 1961 Novel “Stranger In a Strange Land” by Robert Heinlein. It was used to describe the sensation of becoming one with the observed. In the technology world, it’s a term that describes when someone fully and completely understands something in all its details and intricacies. We thought the […]
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It’s a startling number to fathom but this is where we’re headed: 90% of internet traffic will be in video form by 2013. Think about it. That’s a ton of YouTube views, a whole lot of Cisco TelePresence and WebEx meetings, scads of Skype chats, and heaps of online TV and movies. How did we […]
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From the experts | December 13, 2011 by Joel Marans
With the rapid increase in everyone’s needs for mobility, wireless technologies are becoming more and more important all the time. A well implemented wireless network improves productivity by providing employees with the tools to access their network wherever they are—whether at work, at home, or on the road. A wireless infrastructure must take into account […]
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From the experts | December 13, 2011 by Joel Marans
What are you going to get out of this blog? As technology advances, it is paramount that organizations capitalize on the potential efficiencies to be gained and both adapt and embrace change.  Over the past 20 years we have helped our clients optimize their existing infrastructures while integrating new technologies to help the business mitigate […]
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Culture | October 6, 2011 by Joel Marans
Who says trick or’ treating is just for kids? On October 28th, Softchoice dares you to go door to door in Liberty Village in support of Project Connect – a joint initiative with Habitat for Humanity to put computers in the homes of needy families across North America!
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From the experts | October 3, 2011 by Joel Marans
In a condo, tenants each have control over their own units (access, decor, furniture) but at the same time they are sharing resources such as the pool, security, gym and landscaping. They get a lot more, but at a fraction of the cost, compared to if they had to invest in those amenities on their […]
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In the world of enterprise applications, cloud computing is indisputably – forgive the pun – on the rise. In fact, IDC reports that cloud applications are the fastest growing sector of software with a forecasted compound growth rate of 27 percent from 2009 through 2014.1 In spite of the warranted hype, however, the majority of […]
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From the experts | July 22, 2011 by Joel Marans
Over the years, we’ve worked very closely with a variety of market segments, to help them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic change and technology evolutions. With all that experience and knowledge behind us, we thought it would be interesting to hear from our Softchoice team directly, to share their insights and perspectives on how technology change […]
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Enterprise Software | July 20, 2011 by Joel Marans
Business insights are just a few clicks away with the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer application for iPad and iPhone. Through simple keyword search, navigation and visualization, the app allows you to ask and answer business questions regardless of where you are. Whether you are visiting a customer at a café or in the boardroom, the SAP […]
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Enterprise Software | July 20, 2011 by Joel Marans
Consider this: in spite of the proven benefits of virtualization in terms of consolidation, increased availability, up-time, ease of management and cost savings, organizations are still only virtualizing about 20% of their environment. What’s holding them back from realizing the full benefits of virtualization? According to Gartner,1 security and privacy are by far the foremost […]
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Microsoft | May 13, 2011 by Joel Marans
With Office 365 arriving shortly, many organizations are wondering how it will affect the desktop. Softchoice wants to give you everything you need to navigate this complex topic and find the guidance you need to make great decisions. Over the past month or so, we’ve been addressing top-level concerns and licensing issues (here, here and […]
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From the experts | May 13, 2011 by Joel Marans
IT Managers discover the high cost of ignoring data center efficiency. Your data center is running low on space. Your cooling system is at its limit. Network demands are growing. Energy demands are growing. The business is growing. You need more power. You need more servers. You feel like standing on the boardroom table and […]
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From the experts | May 13, 2011 by Joel Marans
Much has been written on the long-term survival of the desktop PC. The proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and cloud computing within the enterprise is changing the way we work, but does that mean the PC is destined for extinction? There’s no denying, the PC market is suffering right now. According to a recent Gartner report, […]
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Knowing the status of your network assets can greatly improve business up-time and help you anticipate issues long before they occur. That’s why we created Softchoice’s Network Discovery Assessment – an end-to-end process designed to give you practical, actionable insights into the most complicated networking challenges. Step 1: Discovery It all begins with inventory. Either […]