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Posts by Karen Bader

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There is no doubt artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most hyped technology trends of the past few years. From automating repetitive tasks to supporting better business decisions with machine learning, 80 percent of businesses are already using AI. But just because something is popular, doesn’t mean it’s easy to pull off.
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In 2019, Softchoice’s Innovation Executive Forum (IEF) is touring North American cities once again – learning first-hand how IT leaders are driving transformation and delivering outcomes in their organizations. To share these insights with you, we’re launching a new blog series. We will be posting regular summaries of the discussions that take place during these […]
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There are few topics that seem more crucial to digital transformation than filling the IT skills gap. From investing in internal education and training programs to battling for fresh talent with perks, paychecks, and more purposeful work, IT leaders are tuned into the need for top talent. But recent studies reveal an alarming trend: The […]
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“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey
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When we talk about Digital Transformation, three key topics always come to the fore: optimizing IT investments, enabling end users, and IT agility. On a granular level, these three factors form an axis of issues companies must deal with when making the digital leap. At our recent roundtable dinner in Boston, we sat down with […]
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During a recent IEF roundtable dinner in New York City, we met with a number of IT professionals for a wide-ranging discussion about the changing nature of human resources in the digital era. The evening started off with a robust discussion about the competitive nature of today’s workplaces, and the subsequent “war for talent” organizations […]
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Put people first. If there’s one thing we learned over the course of our IEF dinner in Halifax, that would be it. As part of our ongoing series into the what’s new in IT, we invited IT professionals from Nova Scotia’s capital to discuss where they’re at, where they see things going, and what they […]
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Digital Transformation. At its base, we know what the term means. What isn’t always as clear, is what Digital Transformation actually means in practice, to the companies making the transition. It isn’t enough for the C-suite executives at the top of the tower to say, “We need to be digital”, or, “We need to be […]
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There’s nothing like Digital Transformation to separate those in the digital “know”, from those whose who simply, well, don’t know. As companies make the leap, closing the gap on legacy assets, (think: long-standing employees, cumbersome old IT, analog data storage systems, etc.) can pose a massive challenge. A recent IEF dinner in Washington DC, the […]
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Innovation Executive Forum | January 14, 2019 by Karen Bader
Remember when only “tech” companies sold or dealt with, technology? Thanks to digital transformation, those days are long in the past. Today, it doesn’t matter if you’re selling healthcare, laptops, oil & gas or blue jeans, every company can be considered a tech company. Recently, we gathered a group of Seattle-based senior IT leaders for an in-depth […]
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Cloud | February 13, 2017 by Karen Bader
The original version of this post was contributed by Rachel Dines, Director of Product Marketing at CloudHealth Technologies. and featured on the CloudHealth Tech Blog. Amazon Web Services (AWS) started what I like to refer to as the “Cloud Gold Rush” in 2006. They began offering storage at a monthly rate of 15 cents per GB, and compute […]
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Cloud | November 16, 2016 by Karen Bader
Traditional IT – while continuing to innovate and bring new technology to the business – is not able to keep up with the rapid pace of change and innovation happening within the business. As a result, organizations are searching beyond traditional IT for new ways to increase agility, improve time to market, and more flexible […]