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From the experts | August 17, 2016 by Tania Stadnik
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 | August 11, 2016 by Brett Gillett
every organization faces challenges – whether unexpected costs, unplanned outages or security-related issues. In my experience, most are avoidable with a little extra planning. As you invest more time and treasure in the cloud, I recommend the following to build the foundation to keep your cloud strategy moving in the right direction. Click here to learn more.
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From the experts | May 19, 2016 by Joel Hoidas
It is extremely important to avoid the pitfall of an “all-or-nothing” approach when creating a desktop delivery strategy. You want to take the time to develop an in-depth view of diverse use-cases and chart out the best course of action for each one. This is the only way to ensure delivery of an optimal desktop […]
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From the experts | April 13, 2016 by Joel Hoidas
In 2014, A Softchoice study revealed employees who use cloud apps are reckless and more likely to put corporate data at risk. Two years later, not much has else changed! From lax password security to rogue IT behavior, North American workers are (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud.
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From the experts | August 25, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson
IT leaders are probably in the best position to help prevent a “fire, ready, aim” approach to using social media. This may sound counter-intuitive at first. After all, IT blocks social media, right? Not so. I’d argue that any organization that’s getting serious about using social media has a lot to gain by leveraging IT […]
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From the experts | August 12, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson
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 […]
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From the experts | July 13, 2015 by Melissa Nitoiu
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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From the experts | October 7, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
With the unabated growth of consumerization, Gartner Research recently stated that “mobile device management (MDM) is essential for IT success”. However, with so many options – which is best? There are several new companies in this space offering great solutions. Security vendors are expanding their offerings and you have major platform or systems management vendors adding ways to […]
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From the experts | September 29, 2014 by Matthew Thiffault
Our latest infographic examines the differences between the user experience and the IT experience when implementing a BYOD strategy. From user demands for anywhere access to network security, and quick application loading times to a virtual desktop infrastructures, this infographic aims to help you ensure your back-end can support the new demands BYOD places on […]
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From the experts | September 22, 2014 by Emily A. Davidson
Editors note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. Long gone are the days of a single server and a few machines. Today’s computing landscape has evolved to include cloud-based services, on-premise applications, and virtualized environments. As a result, you may find […]
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From the experts | August 7, 2014 by Matthew Thiffault
Over the years, we’ve worked closely with a variety of market segments,to help them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic change and technology evolutions.With all that experience and knowledge behind us, we thought it would be interesting to hear from our Softchoice experts directly, so they could share their insights and perspectives on how technology […]
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From the experts | May 28, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
You want to get started on your Cloud roadmap, but with all of the options and opinions available it’s hard to determine exactly which approach is best for your organization. You have read white papers, blogs, newsletters, tweets and articles all explaining different approaches to: IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, hybrid cloud, private cloud, migrating to the […]
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From the experts | May 27, 2014 by Richard Carson
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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From the experts | May 23, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
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 | May 16, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
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 | May 5, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
The proliferation of personal mobile devices is changing the way we do business — and companies are either embracing it, or sticking with the status quo. But there is another option that’s gaining momentum. On one end of the spectrum is COPE (company-issued, personally-enabled), where the organization chooses which devices employees use, and the company […]
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From the experts | March 10, 2014 by Erika Van Noort
The right VDI security achieves the costs and efficiencies your enterprise is looking for. As server virtualization continues to go mainstream, achieving significant savings by optimizing resource utilization, many organizations are taking the lessons learned and benefits achieved and setting their sights on an even bigger challenge and opportunity: the desktop. Desktop virtualization – or VDI […]
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From the experts | February 25, 2014 by Erika Van Noort
“Mission-critical” means that reliability can’t be compromised. The applications on which business users rely every day to generate revenue, service clients and keep the company operating need to be as close to bulletproof as possible. In pursuing this, many IT departments are forced to over-invest in infrastructure, constraining budgets and making other investments impossible (or […]
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From the experts | November 25, 2013 by Lesley Morris
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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From the experts | November 22, 2013 by Angela Cope
Back in the golden age of IT ( about 8 years ago),  the only thing you had to worry about running on your network was data. It was easier then to troubleshoot problems and find solutions. Then came voice, added to the network to leverage the infrastructure and save costs, and more recently video and […]
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From the experts | November 5, 2013 by Angela Cope
It is extremely important to avoid the pitfall of an “all-or-nothing” approach when creating a desktop delivery strategy. You want to take the time to develop an in-depth view of diverse use-cases and chart out the best course of action for each one. This is the only way to ensure delivery of an optimal desktop […]
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From the experts | September 25, 2013 by Ian Zagrodney
It’s funny how things evolve so quickly. Just a few years ago, the thought of employees using their own phones or laptops for work at work was unthinkable. But as the consumerization of IT trend grows from a trickle to a flood, many organizations have no choice but consider how to implement a Bring Your […]
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From the experts | September 17, 2013 by Angela Cope
With the unabated growth of consumerization, Gartner Research recently stated that “mobile device management (MDM) is essential for IT success”. However, with so many options – which is best? There are several new companies in this space offering great solutions. Security vendors are expanding their offerings and you have major platform or systems management vendors adding ways to […]
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From the experts | September 12, 2013 by Lesley Morris
It seems that as we find newer, faster and more efficient ways to store, access and manipulate data, we can’t seem to keep up with the growth of the data itself. Even worse, we seem to be at odds with finding ways to successfully protect that data from being lost in the abyss. Backups exist […]
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From the experts | September 5, 2013 by Angela Cope
Softchoice Solutions Architect Matthew Bynum reveals his top ten considerations for any organization considering a unified communications (UC) deployment.  #10. Understand why All too often, the driver behind IT change is as simple as “our existing gear is old,” or “we can’t get support on it anymore.” Make sure you can articulate the actual reasons […]
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From the experts | August 29, 2013 by Stephen Perciballi
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 | August 19, 2013 by Florent Tastet
Another big buzz in the media again. Looks like there has been another dangerous vulnerability identified and rated a 10 for impact, and a 10 for exploitability. This is the threat we now know as the Shellshock Vulnerability. The major concern is that, if an attacker has the skill to craft a packet to take advantage of the vulnerability, they can inject code […]
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From the experts | August 15, 2013 by Mustafa Ebadi
This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here. Right now there are several types of Mobile Device Management solutions.  They all have their place when you consider security and total cost of ownership.  Some of them are going to be much more secure giving more piece of mind.  Others are going […]
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From the experts | July 30, 2013 by Candice Garner
Softchoice Solutions Architect Matthew Bynum reveals his top ten considerations for any organization considering a unified communications (UC) deployment.  #10. Understand why All too often, the driver behind IT change is as simple as “our existing gear is old,” or “we can’t get support on it anymore.” Make sure you can articulate the actual reasons […]
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From the experts | July 22, 2013 by Eric Gardiner
Ask IT professionals what their number one priority is in the next 12 months and in coming years and they’re likely to tell you increased usage of virtualization. No big surprise really since, for some time now, virtualization has been one of the most effective tools for driving efficiencies and effectiveness (and of course, saving […]
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From the experts | July 2, 2013 by Francis Li
Innovation: it’s a word ranked in the top 10 of the most overused marketing terms in the past few years. You see it everywhere you go. It’s used to describe everything from new cars and smartphones to sports equipment and food. While there are countless books written on this topic, it should be noted that a lot […]
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The following is a keynote address delivered by David MacDonald, President and CEO of Softchoice, delivered at the CD Howe Institute in Toronto on May 18, 2016. Unleashing Productivity: The Role of Innovative Technology in Canada’s New Economy Good afternoon, everyone. Today, I want to talk to you about the disruptive technologies that are shaping the world around us, […]
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From the experts | June 21, 2013 by Mustafa Ebadi
It seems that as we find newer, faster and more efficient ways to store, access and manipulate data, we can’t seem to keep up with the growth of the data itself. Even worse, we seem to be at odds with finding ways to successfully protect that data from being lost in the abyss. Backups exist […]
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From the experts | June 20, 2013 by Joel Marans
Over the years, data centers became fragmented, with numerous types of proprietary software living in silos inside specialized hardware components – making them complex and frustrating to manage. Today, virtualization helps absorb and minimize this challenge, but creates another: Server and application sprawl from explosive data growth. Server and application sprawl will cost you A […]
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From the experts | June 19, 2013 by Erika Van Noort
This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here.  Most people feel naked without their smart phones and tablets. The adoption rates of these devices over the last five years have been explosive with an expected 10 billion by 2020, according to Morgan Stanley  (to give you an idea of the magnitude […]
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From the experts | June 6, 2013 by Aaron Brooks
What people don’t realize when it comes to security threats to their websites; it’s not web servers being attacked.  (though it’s not to say that they aren’t vulnerable.)  But what is being attacked is the actual code of the website.  There are some pretty old tricks like SQL Injection and Cross Site Scripting that allow […]
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From the experts | May 29, 2013 by Candice Garner
Another week, another breach! It seems like every week we’re hearing about another major website’s secure passwords being compromised. Personal information is either being leaked for malicious purposes, or hackers are showing off their prowess for accessing “secure” information. Last week 3 major websites reported their customer passwords were compromised: LinkedIn.com – 6.5 Million customers affected eHarmony.com – […]
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From the experts | May 23, 2013 by Aaron Brooks
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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From the experts | May 8, 2013 by Dan Sylvester
Dear Frank, Recently, my company has added some branches across the country – which is great because we’re growing. But I’ve never been a fan of long-distance relationships. We try and keep in touch with co-workers, but the phone can be expensive and email just isn’t providing the intimacy we need to feel connected. How […]
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From the experts | April 5, 2013 by Richard Carson
Social media is helping Softchoice CEO David MacDonald build relationships across the organization, and beyond its borders. Connecting with David MacDonald is as easy as sending him a tweet. MacDonald is part of the 18% of CEOs actively using social media. “As a company, we have humility in our culture that encourages us to be receptive […]
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From the experts | March 25, 2013 by Lesley Morris
As summer comes to a close, it’s time to get back to business. Fall brings a fresh opportunity to focus on what needs to be done and to make action plans for the last quarter of the year. This is especially relevant within the fast-paced and frequently evolving IT industry. New technologies are constantly being […]
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From the experts | March 21, 2013 by Mark Sebastian
It’s funny how things evolve so quickly. Just a few years ago, the thought of employees using their own phones or laptops for work at work was unthinkable. But as the consumerization of IT trend grows from a trickle to a flood, many organizations have no choice but consider how to implement a Bring Your […]
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From the experts | March 12, 2013 by Florent Tastet
Ask IT professionals what their number one priority is in the next 12 months and in coming years and they’re likely to tell you increased usage of virtualization. No big surprise really since, for some time now, virtualization has been one of the most effective tools for driving efficiencies and effectiveness (and of course, saving […]
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From the experts | March 8, 2013 by Jonathan White
Storage always makes me think of the late, great George Carlin’s classic comedy routine about stuff. “Sometimes you’ve got to move, you’ve got to get a bigger house. Why? Too much stuff! You’ve got to move all your stuff. And maybe put some of your stuff in storage. Imagine that – there’s a whole industry […]
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From the experts | March 8, 2013 by Doug Sekus
What is it that you want to protect most? This can be a very difficult question.  A question that has created many products and solutions (inside and outside of I.T…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 […]
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From the experts | February 3, 2013 by Matthew Bynum
From small start-ups to global corporations, business leaders are struggling to attract and (more importantly) retain millennial talent. A sizable portion of the discussion around Millennials in the workforce makes them sound like an abnormal group; one that will eventually come around to the “traditional” way of doing business. To adopt this mindset is not only bad […]
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From the experts | January 18, 2013 by Matthew Thiffault
Every industry is feeling the pressures of high performance expectations and the need for improved results, but, probably no industry is feeling it more than the resources sector. It’s on the receiving end of close public scrutiny for everything from environmental concerns to the rise in energy prices while also being pressured to boost production to […]
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From the experts | December 17, 2012 by Deepesh Misra
Over the years our goal has always been to help our customers become more successful, more productive and more competitive. This year, we have chosen to narrow our focus even more to one major WIG – wildly important goal – that will guide our offerings for the next year. This is the year when it […]
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From the experts | December 7, 2012 by Jason McNeill
In December 2006, TJX – the company that owns retailers TJMaxx, Marshalls in US, and Winners and HomeSense in Canada – found suspicious software on its computer systems. Three months later, TJX admitted that a computer security breach had occurred and that more than 45 million of its shoppers’ credit cards had been compromised. The […]
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From the experts | November 30, 2012 by Matthew Bynum
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 | November 12, 2012 by Jason McNeill
Editor’s note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. Do you remember the days of dial up – when you had the patience to wait minutes for the information you wanted? Fast forward 20 years. We now live in an era that […]
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From the experts | November 5, 2012 by Lesley Morris
During the initial stages of rolling out a Choose Your Own Device pilot at Softchoice, one major stakeholder in shaping the program was our help desk team. Our IT department dictated which devices we’re the best options for the program and which employees would be best suited for the program. Above all else, I needed our help […]
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From the experts | October 15, 2012 by Lesley Morris
According to the US Cyber Security Task Force, from October 2011 to February 2012 there were over 50,000 attempted or successful computer network intrusions in the United States alone. This makes security the fastest evolving area of IT today. As virtualization, cloud and BYOD continue to grow, expect a new set of threats to emerge […]
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From the experts | October 9, 2012 by Lesley Morris
It was clear when DVDs hit the market back in the 1990s that they offered a richer movie viewing experience than VHS tapes. But for a time, tapes and VCRs were cheaper so we had to wait for the cost of DVD players to come down – and for the word to spread – before […]
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From the experts | September 26, 2012 by Elliott McWhirter
During the initial stages of rolling out a Choose Your Own Device pilot at Softchoice, one major stakeholder in shaping the program was our help desk team. Our IT department dictated which devices we’re the best options for the program and which employees would be best suited for the program. Above all else, I needed our help […]
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From the experts | September 14, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Editor’s note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. You’ve probably researched how virtualization will simplify your IT infrastructure and allow you to do more with less. The benefits of virtualization seem almost too good to pass up: lower costs, less complexity […]
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From the experts | September 6, 2012 by Stephen Perciballi
For some time now growing organizations have responded to exponential data growth and the need for more storage capacity for their different applications by simply buying new disk storage systems. An additional server here, a storage area network there. It worked well enough in the short term but because organizations – particularly those in the […]
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From the experts | August 24, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
Let’s start with the obvious. There is no silver bullet, one-size-fits-all checklist for creating the perfect Bring Your Own Device strategy. Every organization is completely different. But it’s not as bad as it sounds. Many of the technologies necessary to support a strategy are probably already in your ecosystem. It’s just a matter of knowing […]
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From the experts | August 17, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
Editor’s note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. You’ve probably researched how virtualization will simplify your IT infrastructure and allow you to do more with less. The benefits of virtualization seem almost too good to pass up: lower costs, less complexity […]
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From the experts | August 16, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
How archiving is helping organizations get email under control.    Consider, if you will, these two predicaments.  Organization A, which is particularly prone to lawsuits, has decided not to keep email backups beyond 30 days.  This decision is based on the knowledge that the number one issues courts are looking for today concerning email retention […]
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From the experts | August 14, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
In what’s shaped up as something of a cliffhanger episode of The Housewives of Silicon Valley, Oracle’s decision in March to end software development for Intel’s Itanium platform still has everyone in the industry hot and bothered – and not in a good way. No one – except maybe Oracle – is exactly sure why […]
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From the experts | July 27, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
It’s impossible to ignore. Technology is evolving at an astonishing pace, and major business trends like BYOD, Cloud and UCC are introducing new complexities and challenges for leaders in every business unit – not just within IT. In fact, the very role of IT is changing the world over, as end-users now make their own choices when […]
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From the experts | July 27, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
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 Client Virtualization As A Strategy To Support BYOD One approach to support multiple devices in a manageable and secure fashion is to leverage client virtualization. […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
In Part 1, we took a look at some of the big picture challenges facing IT pros when it comes to the exponential growth in storage needs. But what about the solutions? What factors should you be looking out for as you move to a more proactive – rather than reactive – storage strategy? Gartner, […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Innovation: it’s a word ranked in the top 10 of the most overused marketing terms in the past few years. You see it everywhere you go. It’s used to describe everything from new cars and smartphones to sports equipment and food. While there are countless books written on this topic, it should be noted that a lot […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
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 the experts | July 25, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Presenting Softchoice’s Top 6 backup challenges brought on by the virtualization revolution. Few who’ve seen virtualization implemented in their organizations would debate its benefits. Reduced costs, fewer physical servers, less IT admin time – what’s not to love? But as users rely more on virtual machines, protecting the virtual environment is becoming more critical and […]
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From the experts | July 24, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
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 23, 2012 by Lesley Morris
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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From the experts | July 16, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
Editors note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. Long gone are the days of a single server and a few machines. Today’s computing landscape has evolved to include cloud-based services, on-premise applications, and virtualized environments. As a result, you may find […]
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From the experts | July 16, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
As a cloud consultant, I’ve had the opportunity to see dozens of different public cloud implementations – the good, the bad and the ugly. Regardless of where you are on your journey, every organization faces challenges – whether unexpected costs, unplanned outages or security-related issues. In my experience, most are avoidable with a little extra […]
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From the experts | July 5, 2012 by David Davis
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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One approach to support multiple devices in a manageable and secure fashion is to leverage client virtualization. Our Softchoice Advisor Team asked Jon White, Solutions Architect for Client Virtualization here at Softchoice for his insights on helping customers understand the considerations involved. Softchoice Advisor:  What are the steps for building out a client virtualization strategy to […]
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From the experts | June 22, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
As a cloud consultant, I’ve had the opportunity to see dozens of different public cloud implementations – the good, the bad and the ugly. Regardless of where you are on your journey, every organization faces challenges – whether unexpected costs, unplanned outages or security-related issues. In my experience, most are avoidable with a little extra […]
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From the experts | June 13, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
How to implement a Bring Your Own Technology strategy is still one of the most rampant conversations we have everyday with businesses. There is no single technology that is going to make the implementation successful. The goal of this guide is to outline the variables that need to be addressed so that you can find […]
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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 31, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
In today’s dynamic and ever changing IT landscape there is a lot of emphasis on purchasing technologies that do more with less, increase performance, and make existing approaches more efficient. Clients are turning to their trusted advisors and asking them to sift through all the stories, FUD and hype in the hopes that their solution […]
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From the experts | May 30, 2012 by Joel Marans
In a condo, tenants each have control over their own units (access, decor, furniture) but at the same time they are sharing resources such as the pool, security, gym and landscaping. They get a lot more, but at a fraction of the cost, compared to if they had to invest in those amenities on their […]
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From the experts | May 29, 2012 by Ben Abbey
The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) is a not-for-profit corporation responsible for administering the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 as well as associated regulations, on behalf of the Ontario provincial government. RECO was established in 1997 as a delegated administrative authority under the Safety and Consumer Statutes Administration Act, to enhance professionalism, […]
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From the experts | May 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
How archiving is helping organizations get email under control.    Consider, if you will, these two predicaments.  Organization A, which is particularly prone to lawsuits, has decided not to keep email backups beyond 30 days.  This decision is based on the knowledge that the number one issues courts are looking for today concerning email retention […]
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From the experts | May 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
It’s impossible to ignore. Technology is evolving at an astonishing pace, and major business trends like BYOD, Cloud and UCC are introducing new complexities and challenges for leaders in every business unit – not just within IT. In fact, the very role of IT is changing the world over, as end-users now make their own choices when […]
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From the experts | May 14, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
“Our wireless sucks. I’m truly embarrassed, when my client asks for internet access in our boardroom. I’m constantly having to reconnect to the wireless. IT must not realize this is important to me.” Your users are likely thinking these things – if not yelling them at you and most IT organizations don’t have a great […]
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From the experts | May 13, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Social media is helping Softchoice CEO David MacDonald build relationships across the organization, and beyond its borders. Connecting with David MacDonald is as easy as sending him a tweet. MacDonald is part of the 18% of CEOs actively using social media. “As a company, we have humility in our culture that encourages us to be receptive […]
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From the experts | May 8, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Editors note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study – see his notes below. Technology is changing the way we do business every day in every way. We are constantly searching for ways to become more efficient, more flexible and more responsive. We want solutions that can be implemented […]
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“Mission-critical” means that reliability can’t be compromised. The applications on which business users rely every day to generate revenue, service clients and keep the company operating need to be as close to bulletproof as possible. In pursuing this, many IT departments are forced to over-invest in infrastructure, constraining budgets and making other investments impossible (or […]
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Another week, another breach! It seems like every week we’re hearing about another major website’s secure passwords being compromised. Personal information is either being leaked for malicious purposes, or hackers are showing off their prowess for accessing “secure” information. Last week 3 major websites reported their customer passwords were compromised: LinkedIn.com – 6.5 Million customers affected eHarmony.com – […]
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From the experts | April 27, 2012 by Lesley Morris
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 | April 13, 2012 by Lesley Morris
 So you’re sold on virtualization being the answer to controlling hardware costs in your organization’s long-awaited great Windows 7 implementation. But, you may be wondering, what about all my apps? In other words, you’ve found a resource-friendly way to implement Windows 7 but you worry that won’t amount to a hill of beans for users […]
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From the experts | April 8, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Dear Frank, The users in my organization have a variety of mobile devices, everything from Blackberries to iPhones to laptops and iPads. How do I ensure a secure, mobile experience for them no matter what device they are on? From, Mobily Challenged Dear Mobily Challenged, This is a common question that I get from almost […]
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The way people work is changing dramatically. Everyone is bringing their personal devices into the office, which has led to the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend. A recent Infotech Indaba survey found that the use of personal and unmanaged devices and applications within businesses is at an all time high. “The consumerization of IT […]
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Taking a closer look at a real BYOD experience – the one at Softchoice! This is Part one of a four-part series. It’s the revolution that’s affecting companies everywhere with no sign of slowing. In fact, it’s projected to be the new norm. Bring your own device, or BYOD, the result of tremendous pressure from […]
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From the experts | April 2, 2012 by Eric Gardiner
SAN’s and Storage Tiering: Difficult Situations Inspire Ingenious Solutions.   “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” – Thomas Jefferson, US Declaration of Independence  While it is self-evident people are created equal, it is also self-evident to IT professionals managing application infrastructure that not all data is created equal. In the […]
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From the experts | March 30, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
Editor’s note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. You’ve probably researched how virtualization will simplify your IT infrastructure and allow you to do more with less. The benefits of virtualization seem almost too good to pass up: lower costs, less complexity […]
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From the experts | March 30, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
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 | March 29, 2012 by Lesley Morris
In the world of IT, ten years feels like a few lifetimes. Just think … A decade ago, you needed a huge capital investment and a team of professionals to buy, install and manage software. Today, low-cost SaaS and high-bandwidth Internet allow you to receive most business technologies through the cloud. Ten years ago, employees […]
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From the experts | March 16, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs a boon to students, schools and school districts across America. Economic uncertainty. Rapid technological advances. Government pressure. Increased globalization. Teachers and schools and school districts face greater challenges in preparing students for the future than ever before. With 1.2 million students dropping out in the US every year, those challenges […]
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From the experts | March 8, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Previously employed with Xerox, KPMG, Telus and Konica Minolta, David Morrow is currently a creative and goal-oriented Chief Commerical Officer at PrintFleet Inc. During his career he has been recognized as an expert in sales, performance management and a motivator of teams. We were able to steal 45 minutes out of his busy day to […]
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From the experts | February 14, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
IT Managers discover the high cost of ignoring data center efficiency. Your data center is running low on space. Your cooling system is at its limit. Network demands are growing. Energy demands are growing. The business is growing. You need more power. You need more servers. You feel like standing on the boardroom table and […]
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From the experts | February 10, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
The consumerization of IT is causing huge headaches for organizations. Employees now dictate the devices, apps and services they want to use, and IT departments are being forced to oblige. The 2013 Softchoice CIO Summit – part of the Softchoice Innovation Forum brought together technology leaders from Softchoice clients and many of Silicon Valley’s trendsetting organizations. And using three […]
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From the experts | January 10, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
It seems that as we find newer, faster and more efficient ways to store, access and manipulate data, we can’t seem to keep up with the growth of the data itself. Even worse, we seem to be at odds with finding ways to successfully protect that data from being lost in the abyss. Backups exist […]

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