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From the experts | August 17, 2016 by Tania Stadnik
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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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
This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here. Don’t let the introduction scare you.This post is actually more appropriate for less technical readers who have had a computer failure and lost data. While on a recent business trip, the hard drive light on my laptop remained solid at all times. As […]
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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
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 | August 12, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson
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 | July 13, 2015 by Melissa Nitoiu
Bringing it together with Unified Network Management. There have been a ton of changes recently in network security on the consolidation and virtualization front, changes that have brought with them a slew of benefits from admin and cost points of view but changes that have also increased complexity – and with it, decreased the ability […]
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From the experts | October 7, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
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 | September 29, 2014 by Matthew Thiffault
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 | September 22, 2014 by Emily A. Davidson
Whether we like it or not, the revolution is here. The consumerization of IT – or BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – is transforming client computing as we know it. More and more companies are finding that employees want the freedom to choose the devices they work with. This is putting additional pressure on IT […]
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From the experts | August 7, 2014 by Matthew Thiffault
This is the first in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences. Like many other organizations, Softchoice is in the process of working our way through all the complexities of the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) revolution. We’re […]
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From the experts | May 28, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
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 27, 2014 by Richard Carson
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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From the experts | May 23, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
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 | May 16, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
Knowing what you already have in your toolbox before heading out to buy new tools is common sense. However, sometimes you can lose track of what you own and find yourself buying the same screwdriver over and over again. This can happen in your IT environment too if you don’t have a good system of keeping track of what’s in […]
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From the experts | May 5, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
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 | March 10, 2014 by Erika Van Noort
WAN optimization: the same network experience for all.  As virtualization and cloud computing drive more and more traffic over wide area networks (WANs), end users are expecting and demanding connectivity to access their applications from anywhere and any device, any time. This in spite of the fact that poor application response times at remote sites […]
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From the experts | February 25, 2014 by Erika Van Noort
Not all tiers of storage are equal, especially when it comes to compliance. Optimize your storage architecture for regulatory obligations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and PCI, and you can recoup your compliance spend, make audits less painful and redeploy the savings to projects that have ROI potential. As with every aspect of your compliance efforts, […]
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From the experts | November 25, 2013 by Lesley Morris
        This is the fourth in a our series about how Softchoice is implementing BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your own experiences. Recently our team met to create our Softchoice BYOC Acceptable Use Policy that will be tied to this program. […]
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From the experts | November 22, 2013 by Angela Cope
As a leading North American provider of technology solutions and services, Softchoice combines the efficiency and reliability of a national IT supplier with the personal touch and technical expertise of a local solutions provider. Softchoice’s holistic approach to technology includes solution design, implementation, asset management and cloud services, as well as access to one of […]
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From the experts | November 5, 2013 by Angela Cope
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 25, 2013 by Ian Zagrodney
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 | September 17, 2013 by Angela Cope
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 | 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 | September 5, 2013 by Angela Cope
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 | August 29, 2013 by Stephen Perciballi
Still buying servers for each application? It’s time to get on board with virtualization.   Inertia can be a powerful force. Whether it’s the inertia that comes from a lack of understanding and fear of the unknown or the kind that comes from believing something ought to be done a certain way because, heck, it’s […]
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From the experts | August 19, 2013 by Florent Tastet
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 | August 15, 2013 by Mustafa Ebadi
Chicken and eggs and clouds (Oh my)  If your organization isn’t already dipping its toes into the cloud, it inevitably will in 2012. Quicker speed to market, universal availability for users, improved flexibility and ability to free up resources, with reduction in total cost of ownership, make cloud computing a no-brainer. At least that’s the hype […]
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From the experts | July 30, 2013 by Candice Garner
As a leading North American provider of technology solutions and services, Softchoice combines the efficiency and reliability of a national IT supplier with the personal touch and technical expertise of a local solutions provider. Softchoice’s holistic approach to technology includes solution design, implementation, asset management and cloud services, as well as access to one of […]
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From the experts | July 22, 2013 by Eric Gardiner
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 | July 2, 2013 by Francis Li
This is the third entry in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences. As Madeleine’s blog series on Softchoice’s journey from Blackberry to BYOD is starting to wrap up, I’ve now started on a new journey considering whether Softchoice should expand BYOD […]
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With the recent news about Thailand’s floods, you might be wondering what your next steps are for planning your PC deployment needs next year. There’s much you can do to ensure that your organizations needs are met while factories in Thailand work to get back on track. With half the global PC hard drives made […]
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From the experts | June 21, 2013 by Mustafa Ebadi
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 | June 20, 2013 by Joel Marans
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 | June 19, 2013 by Erika Van Noort
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 | June 6, 2013 by Aaron Brooks
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 | May 29, 2013 by Candice Garner
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 | May 23, 2013 by Aaron Brooks
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 8, 2013 by Dan Sylvester
Simplicity is among the principal advantages of implementing a virtual infrastructure, but few talk about the complexity that can come with it. Often, companies are far down the virtualization road before realizing the challenges they’ll face … and have done nothing to prepare for them. Virtual machine sprawl can be as vexing as that of […]
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From the experts | April 5, 2013 by Richard Carson
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 | 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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From the experts | March 21, 2013 by Mark Sebastian
Want to extend the life of your IT assets? SAN virtualization might be for you.    The explosion of data growth over the last decade put a lot of demands on IT in an era when budgets, particularly IT budgets, were under great strain.  While it was good news for all of us that most […]
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From the experts | March 12, 2013 by Florent Tastet
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 | March 8, 2013 by Jonathan White
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 | March 8, 2013 by Doug Sekus
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 | February 3, 2013 by Matthew Bynum
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 | January 18, 2013 by Matthew Thiffault
You’re an IT decision maker, and business continuity (BC) is an important component of your IT infrastructure. You understand that accidental or malicious data loss, unplanned system outages, user error, hardware theft or failure, power failure, software failure, fire, flood, earthquakes, landslides, hurricanes, tidal waves and tornadoes can blow your company’s data into oblivion. Have […]
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From the experts | December 17, 2012 by Deepesh Misra
So you’re tasked with planning your organization’s cloud environment. How do you identify how much cloud infrastructure is required to meet the needs of your end users, but also deliver overall cost savings for your boss? I’ve assembled 10 Tips for Sizing the Cloud in the following cheat sheet. It will answer many of your questions […]
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From the experts | December 7, 2012 by Jason McNeill
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 | November 30, 2012 by Matthew Bynum
This is the first in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences. Like many other organizations, Softchoice is in the process of working our way through all the complexities of the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) revolution. We’re […]
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From the experts | November 12, 2012 by Jason McNeill
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 | November 5, 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 | October 15, 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 | October 9, 2012 by Lesley Morris
You’re storing more data than you need to. Cut the excess in your infrastructure, and you can benefit from efficiency gains, cost savings and budget that can be redeployed to high impact IT initiatives. All it takes is a little data deduplication. Lower the amount of data you store without sacrificing what you need, and […]
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From the experts | September 26, 2012 by Elliott McWhirter
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 | September 14, 2012 by Lesley Morris
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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From the experts | September 6, 2012 by Stephen Perciballi
From rumors of cost savings, to greater employee satisfaction, to more productivity – the reasons for initiating a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy span far and wide. In the second addition to Softchoice’s BYOD Behind the Scenes Blog Series (read the first here), I wanted to explore exactly what triggered our decision to adopt a bring-your-own-device policy. […]
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From the experts | August 24, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
I don’t know about you, but I find juggling one ball hard, let alone three or 43. But keeping all those balls from crashing all around you is a little like the challenge organizations face as they try to store and manage their ever-increasing volumes of data. And I do mean ever-increasing. Because Great Recession […]
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From the experts | August 17, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
Because it’s hard to keep up with the latest best practices, we asked Infotech Indaba to create a report that provides practical advice, broad and balanced insight and an unbiased point of view.To read the full whitepaper, go to Softchoice’s Optimized Datacenter We wanted to share some of the key trends identified in the report, as we believe […]
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From the experts | August 16, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
Do our users want BYOC? So all of us on the team were excited about the possibilities of BYOC, but what we hadn’t checked yet was what percentage of Softchoice laptop users would actually be interested in a program like this? At the end of the day, no matter what great technologies and policies we put in […]
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From the experts | August 14, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Verizon’s most recent Business Threat Breach report features some sobering facts.  Like 70% of data stolen was stolen from outsiders.  94% of data breached was attributed to malware.  Over half of this malware was injection type malware such as SQL Injection and Cross Site Scripting.  Websites are being hit by attackers and they are targeting vulnerabilities […]
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From the experts | July 27, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Where would we be without computers, smartphones, music and video streaming? Likely, we’d still be using decade-old technologies like typewriters, landlines, CDs and DVDs. These newer products are prime examples of disruptive technology: exciting innovations that displace pre-established items, and drastically shake up the way we live, work, interact and communicate. Related Posts RECO Gains […]
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From the experts | July 27, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
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 Melissa Alvares
We offer Managed Print Services (MPS) solutions to our customers, but we’ve also experienced the benefits firsthand. Previously, our IT department was responsible for managing a large printer fleet spread across multiple offices. Managing, maintaining and supporting our print environment was a time-consuming task — one that took away from more strategic IT-related endeavors. We […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Knowing what you already have in your toolbox before heading out to buy new tools is common sense. However, sometimes you can lose track of what you own and find yourself buying the same screwdriver over and over again. This can happen in your IT environment too if you don’t have a good system of keeping track of what’s in […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
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 | July 25, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Want to extend the life of your IT assets? SAN virtualization might be for you.    The explosion of data growth over the last decade put a lot of demands on IT in an era when budgets, particularly IT budgets, were under great strain.  While it was good news for all of us that most […]
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From the experts | July 24, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
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 | July 23, 2012 by Lesley Morris
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 | July 16, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
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 | July 16, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency.  – Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-Founder   In earlier posts I touched on the benefits of networked storage, tiered storage and storage virtualization. All of these great advancements were brought on by conditions within business […]
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From the experts | July 5, 2012 by David Davis
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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It’s time to get started Once your captains er– leaders are on board with the benefits and significant cost savings an efficient data center can deliver, it’s time to assess your current infrastructure and create a plan. The very first thing you need to do is,  “Shunt the deuterium from the main cryo-pump to the […]
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From the experts | June 22, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
Recently Stephen Speirs from Cisco wrote a blog post about The Winchester House, as an analogy to explain how IT often evolves in unplanned ways. I’d like to extend Stephen’s analogy a little further by using the Winchester House as an example of what can happen when organizations over time continually enhance and upgrade their infrastructure […]
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From the experts | June 13, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
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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Software compliance is one of those aspects of business that exists safely in the back of your mind until, suddenly, it rears its ugly head. Issues of software non-compliance rarely occur intentionally, and are often the result of a company expanding beyond the scale of their original licensing agreements. In short, while it may be a […]
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From the experts | May 31, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
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 | May 30, 2012 by Joel Marans
Much has been written on the long-term survival of the desktop PC. The proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and cloud computing within the enterprise is changing the way we work, but does that mean the PC is destined for extinction? There’s no denying, the PC market is suffering right now. According to a recent Gartner report, […]
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From the experts | May 29, 2012 by Ben Abbey
With the recent news about Thailand’s floods, you might be wondering what your next steps are for planning your PC deployment needs next year. There’s much you can do to ensure that your organizations needs are met while factories in Thailand work to get back on track. With half the global PC hard drives made […]
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From the experts | May 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
This is an exciting time in the world of communication technologies. It holds the promise of great opportunity as well as some daunting challenges around implementing, managing and maintaining new and evolving technologies. At Softchoice, we’ve spent many years working closely with a variety of  industries, helping them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic […]
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From the experts | May 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
One of the promises of BYOD is that it reduces help desk tickets, which allows IT to spend less time fixing problems and more time driving business value. However, as more employees bring their own devices to work, IT departments are seeing an increase in tickets. These tickets – which cover everything from device compatibility […]
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From the experts | May 14, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Bringing it together with Unified Network Management. There have been a ton of changes recently in network security on the consolidation and virtualization front, changes that have brought with them a slew of benefits from admin and cost points of view but changes that have also increased complexity – and with it, decreased the ability […]
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From the experts | May 13, 2012 by Lesley Morris
This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here. Don’t let the introduction scare you.This post is actually more appropriate for less technical readers who have had a computer failure and lost data. While on a recent business trip, the hard drive light on my laptop remained solid at all times. As […]
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From the experts | May 8, 2012 by Lesley Morris
 Virtualize first: The #1 rule for new IT applications.  There are a ton of things you can’t completely predict when it comes to the growth, responsiveness and success of your IT infrastructure. But one that you can bet on, if you’re going to keep pace with change and become or remain a highly efficient and […]
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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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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 27, 2012 by Lesley Morris
This is the first in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences. Like many other organizations, Softchoice is in the process of working our way through all the complexities of the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) revolution. We’re […]
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From the experts | April 13, 2012 by Lesley Morris
From rumors of cost savings, to greater employee satisfaction, to more productivity – the reasons for initiating a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy span far and wide. In the second addition to Softchoice’s BYOD Behind the Scenes Blog Series (read the first here), I wanted to explore exactly what triggered our decision to adopt a bring-your-own-device policy. […]
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From the experts | April 8, 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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Seasoned IT professionals remember dreaming of the potential of a dynamic datacenter. Constrained by platforms that allowed little flexibility, IT managers were forced to forecast, provision and spend on a per-system basis, which inevitably meant that some systems would be taxed while others sat dark. Dynamic datacenter architectures were the stuff of reverie. Well, not […]
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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 | April 2, 2012 by Eric Gardiner
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 | March 30, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
There was a time, back in the horse and buggy days or even the early days of automobiles, where dirt roads were just fine. They could be a little dusty or muddy at times but they fit the technology requirements well enough. They did the job. But once technology improved, once heavier cars and particularly […]
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From the experts | March 30, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
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 | March 29, 2012 by Lesley Morris
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 | March 16, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
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 | March 8, 2012 by Lesley Morris
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 | February 14, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
Organizations of all sizes implement virtualization to gain efficiencies for both IT and the company. Typically, the server admin group leads this charge by running other virtualized servers on “virtual hosts,” or existing physical servers. In other words, it is possible to implement server virtualization without ever changing the server, storage, or networking hardware. From a […]
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From the experts | February 10, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
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 | January 10, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
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 […]