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Posts by Melissa Alvares

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Enterprise Software | August 14, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Catch the news and you get a pretty clear sense that times are tough and people are still hurting out there. Naturally, all of us respond by looking at our budgets, then cut what we feel are needless expenses. That’s all well and good – we can survive with one less vacation, or outfit hanging […]
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From the experts | August 14, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Before I left for Kenya with the Softchoice Cares mission to build a computer lab and library for the village of Maai Mahiu, my enthusiasm was tempered a bit by my concern for being away for 2 weeks from my clients – and deals – back home. As an Account Manager at Corporate HQ in Toronto, my […]
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From business to politics, it’s a given that openness tends to create opportunity, while tighter central control tends to bolster security. Take your network. You naturally want to promote increased productivity and an exchange of ideas by making it more accessible to your partners, suppliers or customers. But doing so runs the risk of exposing […]
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Enterprise Software | August 10, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Facebook. Twitter. YouTube. LinkedIn. The web – and in particular, social networking – is changing the way we live and work at a breathtaking pace. In fact, the social web has emerged as a valuable business tool, with its rich applications, real-time interaction and user-generated content. But, in case you haven’t noticed, it also presents […]
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Enterprise Software | August 10, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
In case you missed it, Smartphones and other mobile devices overtook traditional PCs in sales back in 2010. How did this happen? There are a whole host of factors at play. Foremost among them has been consumerization, which gives consumers access to powerful computers and high-speed internet at home. Responding to increased expectations at work, employers […]
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Enterprise Software | August 10, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
No matter what business you’re in, keeping confidential information from ending up in the wrong hands is critical. When you’re in the business of saving lives and improving health, that’s especially true when it comes to patient records. In fact, with regulatory mandates like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and HITECH Act, hospitals […]
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Client Computing | August 9, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
It happened to Sony in 2011, and LinkedIn this spring. It’s no secret that data breaches are on the rise. Database security is phenomenally critical to a company’s overall health. A serious breach can result in extreme monetary damage composed of bad publicity, noncompliance fines and business disruption. It can tarnish the reputation of even […]
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Client Computing | August 9, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Effective security information and event management (SIEM) means properly analyzing your security event data in real time – threats and vulnerabilities to your organization’s systems — and collecting and analyzing your log data for regulatory compliance. But as SIEM/Log Management technology has rapidly evolved and you’ve had some time to live with the offerings you’ve implemented, you might […]
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Client Computing | August 9, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
 It’s such a familiar story these days. Businesses facing budget tradeoffs find themselves looking for ways to defer costs, cut costs and squeeze value wherever they can. And when they do, they often risk creating greater headaches down the road. While it may sound cliché, it’s also the reality we live in. And nowhere is […]
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By 2015, more than 10 billion WIFI-enabled devices will enter the market. Many of them will find their way into office buildings, changing employee habits and the way we work, as more and more users depend on tablets, smartphones and similar machines for a variety of daily personal and professional tasks. And as these devices […]
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Enterprise Software | August 8, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Research from the Ponemon Institute tells us that for the first time in seven years, the cost of data breaches from malicious attacks decreased to an average of “only” $5.5 million, down from $7.2 million the year before. While that’s positive news, more than a third of breaches were as a result of lost or stolen devices, including endpoints […]
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From the experts | July 27, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
I am assuming you are reading this now because you saw this Security Alert for CVE-2013-4022 Released and: the panic has set in, or Oracle and Java have taken its toll or You are now getting e-mails from your executives asking if you are aware, and what you are doing about this! Let’s quickly assess what the […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Of virtual domains and load balancing: some benefits of network virtualization.  It’s a common problem: by underutilizing their resources, most data centers end up deploying more servers than they need to. Those additional servers increase costs, of course, but they also create more disparate environments that are tough to manage. But now IT has the […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Confusion and questions about reference architecture abound! This is partly to do with being wrapped up with the cloud and partly because it’s not as simple as 2 + 2 = 4. Following our mandate of simplifying complex IT solutions, we recently sat down with an expert on the topic. What we also found is […]
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From the experts | May 31, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Most hear “server virtualization” and think: efficiency, ease of management, high availability and flexibility. But these benefits – the aim of sound IT planning – really only extend to the server (and in some cases application) layer. Administration, it turns out, is a whole other kettle of fish. That’s because the complexities of introducing server […]
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From the experts | May 14, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
There’s a perfect storm out there and it’s causing a radical change to the desktop environment. The proof is everywhere. Start with the prominent use of Windows XP, a 10-year- old operating system causing a mass migration to Windows 7. Next is a sea of aging client hardware, remnants of down-economy budget crises. Combine these […]
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IT professionals may be reluctant to introduce a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program – and for good reason. Concerns about security, governance and the fact that many employees are hesitant to take on the job of supporting their own devices derail even the best intentioned BYOD program. However, there is more balanced option emerging, and […]
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Culture | October 31, 2011 by Melissa Alvares
Want to bike to work. but worried about the safety of your bike? Well, today the Liberty Village Business Association released their new Bike Here! program which launches twelve new bicycle racks, and three clusters of secure storage lockers, to make Softchoice’s neighbourhood friendlier to cyclists. The twelve new bicycle racks are far from the ones you […]
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Culture | October 19, 2011 by Melissa Alvares
Softchoice’s Corporate Marketing team is known for such things as organizing great events, coordinating sales training programs and designing spectacular campaigns…but little did you know about the team’s ability to move a whole lotta heavy stuff! Last Friday, October 14th the entire team took one of our volunteer days off together and spent it at a […]
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Culture | August 24, 2011 by Melissa Alvares
I was leaving the Softchoice gym today when I noticed the new signs near all of the light switches that were put up by the Green Team. Some may think a sign is not necessary (and maybe even a waste of paper), but you’d be surprised how many times I’ve walked into the gym to lights, […]
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Culture | August 19, 2011 by Melissa Alvares
Sometimes making a change is as easy as saying “no”. Last week I received this email from one of our suppliers: Greetings,   Please find attached the July 2011 Invoices. A hard copy will be arriving in the mail shortly.   Thank you, My usual process when I get an invoice via email is to […]
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Culture | June 2, 2011 by Melissa Alvares
In my 4 years of experience as sustainability manager at Softchoice, I’ve met hundreds of people who are really passionate about energy efficiency. And I mean really, really passionate. But you know what? I’ve realized you don’t need to be a hyper active green-thumb to help out with this important movement. It doesn’t matter what […]
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Culture | February 27, 2011 by Melissa Alvares
Our Dallas office recycles everything from glass and paper to batteries and toner, all done through a local recycling company. This company also offers e-waste recycling to Softchoice employees. In this specific Softchoice location, the property management does not provide any recycling program – so we have gone out and sourced our own! Here is […]
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Culture | January 27, 2011 by Melissa Alvares
Toronto, January 27, 2011 – Softchoice is delighted to announce that its Sustainability Programs Manager, Melissa Alvares, has been recognized as one of Computer Dealer News magazine’s  Top 25 Newsmakers for 2010. Ms. Alvares, also known as ‘Green IT Girl’, has been at the forefront of the Company’s efforts to share information and create a richer […]
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Culture | January 1, 2011 by Melissa Alvares
Because we want to keep the conversation with you going all year round, we are no longer publishing an annual report. =But in order to still maintain our GRI status, ever year we will put together a summary post like the below that will link to all the necessary GRI information. All data in the […]
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Culture | December 20, 2010 by Melissa Alvares
In the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about ways to take our green strategy to the next level. We’ve done a bunch of great projects and have a passionate green team, but how do we do more and get more employees involved? We have a blog and a twitter account, so we are utilizing […]
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Culture | December 17, 2010 by Melissa Alvares
Data center efficiency projects such as virtualization, consolidation, power and cooling upgrades all have pretty strong business cases and ROI. The reduction in hardware means lower operating and managing costs for your organization. Many utilities are now sweetening the deal and offering rebates and incentives that put an extra bang into your business case.  Some […]
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From the experts | September 28, 2010 by Melissa Alvares
Softchoice’s CIO Kevin Wright talks about using technology to stay ahead in tough times. Q: From a cost-management perspective, how has the recession changed the way you do things as an IT organization? A: With every crisis there’s an opportunity to innovate and be more efficient. And that’s how we approached it. We made it […]
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From the experts | October 9, 2009 by Melissa Alvares
We’ve learned a lot in the last 18 months. As cautious optimism surrounds economic recovery, what has changed in how organizations are harnessing technology? We assembled a group of Softchoice’s top technology thought leaders and asked them all one question: “What’s on your radar as organizations get back to business?” “In the storage arena it’s […]