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Posts by Lesley Morris

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From the experts | November 25, 2013 by Lesley Morris
As we started to roll out a Softchoice CYOD program, we discovered there were a lot of moving parts across a lot of departments. When we previously rolled out our BYOD  program, we didn’t have the benefit of in-house expertise to guide the design, implementation and measurement of the program. With CYOD, which we’re piloting over […]
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From the experts | September 12, 2013 by Lesley Morris
The last layer of abstraction: Virtualizing it is easier than you think.  If you’ve been following this series of posts – here and here  – you’ve probably already gotten a good sense of the positive impact virtualization can have on migrating two vital layers of abstraction: your Windows 7 OS environment and applications. But there’s […]
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From the experts | March 25, 2013 by Lesley Morris
Managing proprietary and public-facing data is key to your core business, growth and reputation and means that it is necessary to manage business and data growth while also handling increased management complexities. Unfortunately, Data Quality is a term that is often misused or ignored,  and even causes alarm in organizations. In this 3-part series, I’ll explore: how to measure […]
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Microsoft | December 7, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Toyota recently announced plans to deploy a cutting-edge, unified Microsoft communications and collaboration solution – one that includes voice, IM, video and productivity – to nearly a quarter million of its employees. The Japan-based automaker, which holds offices worldwide, unveiled its plans to deploy the full Microsoft collaboration suite to 200,000 global employees on October […]
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Microsoft | December 6, 2012 by Lesley Morris
According to Forester Research there will be 63 million telecommuters in the US by 2016 or 43% of the workforce. It seems everyone wants to be able to work anywhere, anytime and on any device. Every organization debates the best way to connect its people, process and technology. There are certainly lots of options and […]
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Client Computing | November 16, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Intel first introduced the Ultrabook concept with the goal of working with major PC Vendors to create ultra-slim, ultra-powerful machines that could offer the convenience and portability of a tablet, yet still retain most of the functionalities of a traditional notebook. While the first generation of Ultrabooks were generally seen as better suited to personal […]
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From the experts | November 5, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Storage virtualization isn’t just the buzz term du jour. More and more organizations are transitioning antiquated legacy storage environments into more flexible and agile infrastructures that can help reduce waste, outages and labor, maximize operating efficiency and performance – and, of course, save a lot of money. In fact, by some accounts, for every 12 […]
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From the experts | October 15, 2012 by Lesley Morris
In 2014, cloud computing was still shifting into the enterprise mainstream. Back then, Softchoice commissioned a study that discovered North American workers were careless users. Specifically, employees who use cloud apps displayed markedly more reckless technology habits and were more likely to put their employers’ networks and corporate data at risk. Two years later, most organizations […]
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From the experts | October 9, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Collaboration. There’s a million ways to do it, and a million ways to fail. Here are seven simple strategies to jumpstart your collaboration strategy and ensure your labors are fruitful. Related Posts Softchoice Infographic: The Death of the Desk Job Your Network is Talking to You – Are You Listening? Back in the golden age of […]
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Client Computing | September 15, 2012 by Lesley Morris
What’s the potential of the cloud? How does it fit with your organization? What are the first steps to get started? If you’re considering a move to the cloud, then you’ll want to attend Softchoice’s Cloud event September 25th in Toronto. We’ve brought together industry experts and Softchoice thought leaders to share their unique insights […]
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From the experts | September 14, 2012 by Lesley Morris
While BYOD (bring-your-own-device) seems to be a major concern of IT administrators today, BYOA – or bring-your-own-application – is becoming increasingly as significant. Using third-party applications and cloud services in the workplace brings about a host of control, security and productivity considerations. And just like BYOD, BYOA is real. According to a recent Fortinet study […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
 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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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Further reducing routine maintenance of your environment with dynamic provisioning and automation.  In the last post, I likened the virtualized application model to an organism of sorts, where each individual component can work together virtually as a dynamic pool of resources. But what happens when something isn’t working as it should?  Well, that’s really where […]
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From the experts | July 23, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Wakefield Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Castrol premium lubricants and Canada’s premier integrated manufacturer and distributor of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) under the brand name H2Blu. With a broad customer base across Canada, including retailers, warehouse distributors, quick lubes, fleet companies, new car dealers and Original Equipment Manufacturers, Wakefield prides itself on delivering […]
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Softchoice was recently an exhibitor at the annual CiscoPlus (formerly known as Cisco Networkers) technology conference and tradeshow in Toronto. It was a great opportunity for us to share our perspectives on how we can help our customers build better businesses through Softchoice Services, and also a great way to see old friends, colleagues and partners. […]
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Get direct anytime access to Cisco expertise with Cisco SMARTnet Service. Today, your network is a strategic platform in a world that demands better integration between people, information and ideas. That means networks, the applications that run on them and the people who use them work best when these components work well together. Cisco® Smart […]
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Be careful, they say, what you wish for. Most organizations have at last bought into the promise of near-fully virtualized enterprise data centers. And, in the long run, that’s unquestionably a good thing. After all, virtualizing your data center offers a variety of potential benefits from reduced upfront capital to lower operating costs. Yet a whole […]
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Client Computing | April 16, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Over the next five years, a billion more people will be using the internet with an estimated 15 billion connected devices and untold more visual and interactive content, increasing the internet’s data footprint to over 1,000 Exabytes – or (get used to hearing this term a lot more) – 1 Zettabyte. This trifecta of more […]
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Enterprise Software | April 16, 2012 by Lesley Morris
It’s time to take backup of virtual environments seriously. While virtualization makes almost everything easier in the data center, one area that’s fallen behind is backup. In fact, in 2011, Symantec identified customers taking shortcuts to protecting information in physical and virtual environments, as if virtual systems were less important and companies were willing to […]
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Out of many, one. The history of enterprise computing has been marked by compromises between scale and simplicity. As systems increased in scale, they also increased in complexity, and as complexity increased, so did the expense of deployment and ongoing management. That’s why it’s hardly surprising that today more than 70 percent of IT budgets […]
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The explosive growth in data and increased complexity are some of the biggest challenges in storage management today. But the old ways of buying and managing storage no longer cut it. Resource constraints from physical storage resources to human resources make it even more vital for organizations to optimize and simplify their infrastructure. Unaddressed and […]
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The best data in the world isn’t much use if it’s hard to access or difficult to recover. And if you are spending a lot of time managing data resources, then it’s hard to deliver the innovation, agility and flexibility organizations require to thrive today. Did you know that the first tape drive was created […]