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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
Everyone has an opinion on the best way to leverage cloud technology. And with all the hype out there, it’s hard to know what’s just hot air and what you can actually use to your organization’s advantage. Our CIO Kevin Wright sat down with the Softchoice Advisor to give some straight talk on successfully riding the […]
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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
It is extremely important to avoid the pitfall of an “all-or-nothing” approach when creating a desktop delivery strategy. You want to take the time to develop an in-depth view of diverse use-cases and chart out the best course of action for each one. This is the only way to ensure delivery of an optimal desktop […]
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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
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 | December 13, 2011 by Joel Marans
Want to save time and money on your Windows 7 deployment? Virtualize!  If you’re a stalwart IT decision maker who stuck by Windows XP for the last decade, you’re finally coming face to face with the reality of a Windows 7 world. And you’re probably asking yourself: so how do I make the move? For […]
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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
 So you’re sold on virtualization being the answer to controlling hardware costs in your organization’s long-awaited great Windows 7 implementation. But, you may be wondering, what about all my apps? In other words, you’ve found a resource-friendly way to implement Windows 7 but you worry that won’t amount to a hill of beans for users […]
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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
One approach to support multiple devices in a manageable and secure fashion is to leverage client virtualization. Our Softchoice Advisor Team asked Jon White, Solutions Architect for Client Virtualization here at Softchoice for his insights on helping customers understand the considerations involved. Softchoice Advisor:  What are the steps for building out a client virtualization strategy to […]
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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
  Spring may mean warmer weather, but for most of us it also means getting in touch with our inner hoarder: seriously digging into our closets, cupboards and drawers and parting with stuff we don’t use anymore. The alternative, of course, is watching helplessly as our dens, basements, hallways and garages simply become makeshift storage […]
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From the experts | May 13, 2011 by Joel Marans
This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here. Right now there are several types of Mobile Device Management solutions.  They all have their place when you consider security and total cost of ownership.  Some of them are going to be much more secure giving more piece of mind.  Others are going […]
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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 […]