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Posts by Lesley Morris

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From the experts | November 25, 2013 by Lesley Morris
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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From the experts | September 12, 2013 by Lesley Morris
This can be a very difficult question.  A question that has created many products and solutions (inside and outside of IT…think insurance.)  Other than the people, the most critical asset we have in most organizations is the information.  If it were not for that information we wouldn’t need all of the switches, routers, servers, and storage. […]
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From the experts | March 25, 2013 by Lesley Morris
“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” – Sun Tzu Users rarely consider enabling technologies until something goes wrong. Well-engineered technology, whether a bridge over the Potomac or a cluster of dynamically-provisioned servers, should be invisible when performing optimally. Put another way, for those it […]
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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
In a recent an article on CIO.com, Tom Kaneshige ponders the inevitability of class-action lawsuits by users whose companies cross the divide between the personal and the corporate in a BYOD environment. The blending of personal and company data and applications on user-owned devices becomes a potential minefield. What if company applications are collecting location data […]
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From the experts | October 15, 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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From the experts | October 9, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Employees today have more ways to communicate and collaborate than ever before, from desk phones and email to productivity apps in the cloud, instant messaging, video conferencing and smartphones. Many IT managers, however, are hesitant to invest in new collaboration technology, most claiming the tools they’ve already implemented to help employees work faster, smarter and […]
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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
Like many companies, Softchoice has invested in a number of collaborative technologies over the years. Some for general use, others for specific tasks in dedicated lines of business. And like many companies, we’ve unfortunately accumulated a hodge-podge of different technologies that are used inconsistently across the organization. Start with an Audit Our IT team agreed that […]
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From the experts | July 25, 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 | July 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Often, new technologies bury old ones – think of the demise of the horse and buggy or the record player. But sometimes, established technologies have a funny way of flailing for a bit then finding a new equilibrium. In-theater movie going, for instance, didn’t die when at-home devices became popular – they both simply learned […]
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From the experts | July 23, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Urban planners have long since realized that building wider and wider highways doesn’t actually solve traffic congestion problems in the long run. Why? Because while they increase capacity in the short term, they also encourage sprawl, which in turn generates more traffic and still wider highways – and the vicious cycle continues without ever solving […]
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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 […]