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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
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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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
At a recent Softchoice-hosted conference in Toronto, customers turned up in droves to learn about one thing – the virtual desktop. If the popularity of this event signals one thing it’s that interest in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has reached a tipping point. And for good reason. A look at the average desktop environment will […]
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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
So you’re tasked with planning your organization’s cloud environment. How do you identify how much cloud infrastructure is required to meet the needs of your end users, but also deliver overall cost savings for your boss? I’ve assembled 10 Tips for Sizing the Cloud in the following cheat sheet. It will answer many of your questions […]
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From the experts | December 13, 2011 by Joel Marans
 The term “cloud” in IT today evokes many responses, feelings and ideas on its purpose, makeup, and overall value to an organization. Some believe “cloud” is exclusive to IT services fully residing in an externally owned and run data center, in which an organization rents resources through an on-demand model. Some people believe cloud to […]
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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
 Once upon a time, you delivered an operating system to your employees on their desktop devices – or maybe you still are. You had applications and user profiles on your desktops too. And of course, your service level agreements (SLAs) were tied to the hardware as well because the hardware counted most. If it broke, […]
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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
Depending on your organization, BYOD means a lot of different things. BYOD can be a welcome change (employee retention, talent acquisition, employee satisfaction, productivity enhancement, lower IT costs, and potentially customer satisfaction) or a challenge (security, access/restriction of data, lost devices, etc). Regardless, the first step is knowing the who’s, what’s and where’s of your […]
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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
As 2011 comes to a close, Softchoice customers are evaluating the success and challenges from the present year, and planning for the year to come. The Softchoice Advisor sat down with our Manager of Category Marketing, Bryan Rusche, to understand the opportunity organizations should expect to encounter while continuing to mitigate risk and maximize efficiencies […]
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From the experts | May 13, 2011 by Joel Marans
You’ve decided to open up your organization to BYOD — so what’s next? Along with mobile devices comes the need for mobile apps. One question that constantly arises: Which of our business applications should be made available on a mobile platform? While common apps that employees use every day (like CRM) are solid contenders, not […]
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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 […]