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Microsoft | June 20, 2019 by Susana Byun
Learn how the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program helps partners add value while their customers gain flexibility Editor’s note (June 2019): We updated this post to reflect the latest CSP news and Softchoice webinar which can be viewed below.  Technology acquisition continues to evolve – away from physically owned infrastructure and towards cloud subscription […]
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Microsoft | August 4, 2018
When it comes to cloud security, the same challenges apply. Planning for security is different in the cloud. 65% of enterprise businesses report a skills gap when it comes to cloud security. Governance questions arise about who will procure cloud technologies and who will have access rights to cloud resources.
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Microsoft | May 18, 2018 by Mack Ratcliffe
Originally published in November 2015. Updated: May 18, 2016. New on-demand Webinar We used to just worry about the unlikely natural disaster and the odd communications breakdown when planning for backup and recovery. But these days, an entirely new breed of threats have emerged that promise to knock out your business applications and data the […]
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Microsoft | January 4, 2018 by Luke Black
Microsoft recently disclosed an industry-wide, hardware-based security vulnerability. While Microsoft or Softchoice have not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities have been used to attack Azure customers, many of our clients are wondering if there is anything they need to do.
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Microsoft | November 22, 2017 by Carlos Betancourt
Last month I attended the Microsoft Ignite 2017 conference in Orlando Florida.  Microsoft Ignite 2017 is one of the biggest tech conferences this year and there were more than 25,000 people in attendance at the Orlando Orange County convention center.
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Microsoft | November 6, 2017 by Steve Campbell
Microsoft announced its vision of Intelligent Communications at its Ignite 2017 event in September. Intelligent Communications will see the migration of voice and chat moving from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. What does this mean for your organization?
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Microsoft | October 26, 2017
It seems like every month there’s a new story highlighting the cost of service outages and data loss. When it happens, business reputations tank and IT loses stature in the company. These effects can be even worse than direct costs from lost customers and sales.
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Microsoft | October 6, 2017 by Trevor Lysyk
Cloud IaaS is increasingly a core component of IT operations strategy in the deployment of new technologies to support business goals. One of the most asked questions before starting any cloud deployment is cost control.
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Microsoft | October 3, 2017
How the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program helps partners add value while their customers gain flexibility Technology acquisition continues to evolve – away from infrastructure and towards web services – and vendor licensing and partner programs with it. In recent years, Microsoft has recognized how customer buying habits have changed to meet the rapid […]
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Microsoft | October 3, 2017 by Aleks Hara
As we enter the final Quarter of 2017 we are all focused on finishing the year strong but it’s also an important time to plan for 2018. While Microsoft has some great things in store, this article is unfortunately about a price hike they have planned for January 1st, 2018, and another one on January 1st, 2019.
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Microsoft | September 4, 2017 by Arun Kirupananthan
You plan to modernize your data strategy, but aren’t sure how to proceed. You know moving your SQL Server setup to the cloud will make your business more efficient and secure. What you don’t know is which options best meet your needs. Most organizations looking to modernize their data platforms want the same things: Less […]
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Microsoft | July 27, 2017 by Luke Black
Microsoft’s partner conference, now called Inspire, wrapped up July 14th.  Here are five key takeaways that customers should evaluate with the support of their Microsoft partner: Microsoft 365 Microsoft unveiled a new bundled offering that brings together Office 365 along with Windows 10, device management and security. There are two versions — Microsoft 365 Enterprise […]
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Microsoft | June 9, 2017
It may be time to cut the figurative strings tying you to your traditional PBX. Is it also time to cut your legacy public switched telephone network (PSTN) provider? Strong communications capabilities are as essential to business success as the people using them.
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Microsoft | April 20, 2017
While it’s rare to expect businesses to boast a 100% adoption rate, the numbers with Office 365 are telling. According to an analysis of our own customer data, Office 365 customers are only using 20 percent of what they buy.
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Microsoft | March 9, 2017
It’s not a question of if your organization is going to migrate some of its workloads to the cloud, or even when. The real questions are: what are you moving, how can you make the most of it, and how can it be done with minimal risk?
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Microsoft | February 16, 2017 by Jessica Koester
Did you know that Windows Server is one of the most mislicensed products under SPLA? This can lead to unnecessary audits and expenses that no one wants to deal with. We all know that Microsoft introduced a new licensing model for Windows Server 2016 when they changed the model from Processor to Core. As we wrote in our July article, the biggest concern was that if you were running more than 8 cores per instance (the minimum required) you would have to license the additional cores when you upgraded to Windows Server 2016 or when your SPLA contract renewed. Read on.
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Microsoft | December 2, 2016
Microsoft Enterprise + Security Suite (EMS) can be a powerful tool for maintaining the mobile-first enterprise.
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Microsoft | November 9, 2016 by Arun Kirupananthan
Unlock significant savings by moving your Software Assurance licenses for Project & Visio to the cloud.
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Microsoft | October 25, 2016 by Jessica Koester
Microsoft audits can be a major pain and they are happening more often than ever. In one recent survey, “58% of executives said they have been audited by Microsoft in the last 12 months, whereas five years ago, these types of audits were rare and only encountered under specific situations.
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Microsoft | October 13, 2016 by Tobin Dalrymple
On June 1, 2016, Microsoft officially announced the general availability of SQL Server 2016. While a few enterprises have already made the upgrade, many IT leaders have just begun asking questions about the new database solution, trying to define its place on their roadmap.
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Microsoft | September 27, 2016 by James Lang
Since its initial technical previous two years ago and subsequent public beta, IT professionals have anxiously awaited the release of Windows Server 2016. Well, the time has come. This week, Microsoft released the latest iteration of its server operating system at its Ignite conference in Atlanta. We’ve taken a good look at what’s been announced […]
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Microsoft | September 26, 2016 by Edwin Vergara
First off, let’s all take a moment to remember the licensing model of Windows Server 2012 R2. It was universally loved by the Microsoft community due to its clarity and simplicity. Microsoft offered two editions, Standard and Datacenter with the exact same functionality. Both covered two physical processors with the only difference being that Standard […]
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Microsoft | September 21, 2016 by Tobin Dalrymple
One C-level executive was so excited to get going on her company’s new Office 365 bundle, that she asked to be first on the list to adopt it. Everything was going great until a week later when she started missing important calls and meetings. Uh oh… All of a sudden IT leaders were scrambling to […]
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Microsoft | September 9, 2016 by Tobin Dalrymple
As the world of IT is transforming at an unprecedented rate, enterprise technology leaders want to find a simpler way to manage everything. And they don’t want that solution to be limited to a single operating system, cloud provider or environment type. Your company doesn’t fit a pre-baked template, so why should your management tool? […]
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Microsoft | August 26, 2016
Security concerns about the public cloud are on the decline – but they continue to slow down adoption. In fact, in a recent survey of hundreds of IT decision makers, security was the leading reason (48.5% of respondents) why businesses haven’t yet made the leap to the cloud. In a strange twist, though, that same study — conducted by a cloud migration expert SADA — showed that cloud security was also the key driver of its adoption (51.5%). So, simply put: cloud security is both scaring business away and attracting it en masse. Click here to learn more.
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Microsoft | August 17, 2016 by Ruth Morton
In the beginning, when Azure was new and most organizations were just dipping their toes tentatively into the water, it was usual to deploy a single VM here or a blob storage there. There wasn’t a whole lot to manage as there wasn’t a whole lot up there for most. However, now that many have jumped in and found the water to be just fine, larger and more complex solutions are being deployed necessitating a need for a tool to help manage the resources that make up those solutions. Click here to learn more.
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Microsoft | August 11, 2016 by Tobin Dalrymple
Even if cloud providers take most of the hard work off your plate, you shouldn’t take lightly your own responsibilities – what Amazon or Microsoft aren’t going to do for you. One of the most important of these responsibilities is – security – or at least some aspects of it. When you are leveraging the cloud as a platform for business applications, security duties are split between you and the provider. Click here to learn more.
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Microsoft | July 27, 2016 by Tadd Axon
What do Azure and cell phone bills have in common? As it turns out, a lot. As unfortunate as it is, it’s pretty common to go over your mobile phone voice and data limits. What do most of us do? We pay the bill – regardless of the overcharges. Some of us change to a […]
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Microsoft | July 21, 2016 by Aleks Hara
Windows Server 2016 Licensing Changes – With the upcoming release of Windows Server 2016 at the end of September, Microsoft is promising a lot, and if they deliver, this could be a game changer for you and your clients. The Softchoice SPLA team is here to simplify the licensing complexities and ensure you’re ideally positioned for future growth.
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Microsoft | July 13, 2016 by Brett Gillett
Responsible for your organization’s growing cloud strategy? Here are 9 free tools & resources to help with Infrastructure, Application, Monitoring and Security.
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Microsoft | June 17, 2016 by Tobin Dalrymple
We just wrapped another webinar with Softchoice’s Azure experts, this time speaking about the future application deployments and infrastructure provisioning on the cloud. And while the entire discussion is worth watching (again or for the first time), we boil down the biggest take-aways from the event.
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Microsoft | June 3, 2016
It’s no secret businesses of all sizes are relying more than ever on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and cloud-hosted applications. But this new trend is causing huge headaches for IT administrators, in particular when it comes to managing user identities, allowing access to apps, and synchronizing with on-premise directories.
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Microsoft | June 1, 2016 by Aleks Hara
When it comes to your customers in the SPLA program, SQL Server 2016 is a welcomed addition without any changes to pricing or licensing. Our team explains why!
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Microsoft | May 6, 2016 by Luke Black
Updated: May 6, 2016 (Originally published Sep 2014) Many organizations have been taking advantage of the Select Plus Agreement over the past few years for ad-hoc purchases that don’t require a standardization across one of Microsoft’s three Enterprise Product sets. And whether using the Select Plus as a companion agreement to an EA, or as the […]
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Microsoft | April 26, 2016 by Michael Losleben
Microsoft’s SQL on Linux – an inevitable transformation? The recent announcement that Microsoft is extending SQL Server to run on Linux is great news for businesses, Microsoft and the industry in general. And its relevance goes way beyond the—albeit huge—announcement itself. On its surface, this will mean flexibility and choice for users of SQL Server, […]
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Microsoft | March 1, 2016
Microsoft just announced that they will be retiring a certificate that is used in many Office 365 subscribers’ Exchange 2013 hybrid server deployments. Failure to update and configure a new certificate can cause mail flow to fail between Exchange on-premise and Exchange online mailboxes.
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Microsoft | January 11, 2016 by Luke Black
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that starting July 1st, 2016 any new corporate Enterprise Agreement (including Enterprise Agreement Subscriptions) will require a 500 user/device minimum. Before we get into the specifics, let’s all take a deep breath. While at face value this may seem like a major change from Microsoft, in reality, the impact on existing […]
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Microsoft | December 18, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson
This holiday season, teachers and IT professionals will be enjoying some much needed time off. But, we know your 2016 planning doesn’t stop, not even over the holidays. So we’ve prepared some extra holiday reading material, focused on one of the biggest questions for schools: should you upgrade to Windows 10?  Read on to see how Windows […]
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Microsoft | December 15, 2015 by Jessica Koester
The end of 2015 is fast approaching. The weather is cooling, and it’s time for our friends in Redmond, WA to make changes to SPLA pricing and the way they manage partners. To help our SPLA partners prepare for 2016, we have compiled a list of top 3 actions for December.
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Microsoft | December 1, 2015 by Keith Groom
Enterprises now have access to the new Office 365 E5 Suite, Microsoft’s most comprehensive set of productivity, collaboration, analytics, security and compliance capabilities, of any Office 365 plan ever. And while the premium SKU – which became available December 1, 2015 – brings with it some impressive new features, it’s the attractive price tag and […]
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Microsoft | November 24, 2015
Microsoft SQL 2005 is going EOL on April 12, 2016, and the all-new SQL Server 2016 stands to bring the biggest, most exciting changes to SQL since its inception. Our Microsoft team recently hosted a private webinar for some of our best Microsoft clients, and shared their perspectives on what to expect with the new platform.
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Microsoft | November 9, 2015 by Keith Groom
This is going to sound like a dumb question, but is Office 365 a cloud productivity solution? Or simply an easier way to license Microsoft apps across the enterprise? Take a look around and the answer isn’t quite so clear. While using the Office cloud suite has been shown to unlock a more connected, collaborative […]
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Microsoft | October 30, 2015 by Tobin Dalrymple
People are buying Skype for Business, but they’re hardly using it. Not only are companies spending money on unused tools, it’s also seriously hindering their chances at driving real change and results through modern communication & collaboration suite. Our expert offers some simple yet powerful steps to ensure that your technology pays off.
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Microsoft | October 29, 2015 by Keith Groom
Failing to plan for a cloud service outage is a plan to fail. And with worker productivity and thousands of dollars on the line for every second of lost connectivity, this worst-case scenario is a costly one – unless the proper steps are taken upfront. This is one topic top of mind with organizations, especially […]
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Microsoft | September 30, 2015 by Luke Black
Picture this: It’s your tenth birthday, and you’ve just unwrapped the gift you had begged for all year. A brand new Lego set of your favorite NASA space shuttle. You tear open the box, spread the blocks around the carpet, ready to build, and then you notice it… The instructions are missing. The example above […]
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Microsoft | August 18, 2015 by Melodie Anderson
All Star Pro Elite Series mitts – Check, Latest carbon fiber bat – Check, Baden Official Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken League Baseball – Check, A dozen friends – Check Ready to play ball! Or are we? Sure, many of us have played softball in school. We may even still play occasionally with friends. We enjoy the […]
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Microsoft | June 30, 2015 by Luke Black
Dealing directly with Microsoft support for Office 365 licensing, while bringing in a third party to separately manage and implement your environment has been a struggle all too familiar with businesses for sometime. Which is why  Softchoice is so proud to announce a new service designed to handle all your Microsoft cloud needs,  bringing together all your activities into a […]
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Microsoft | June 15, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson
According to Forrester Research, 80 percent of workers do at least some work outside the office. This is confirmed by a study from AMI Partners, which found that 55% of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) now support a mobile workforce, a number that continues to grow as they play catch up on this growing trend to perform work functions […]
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Microsoft | June 12, 2015 by Mack Ratcliffe
In a world where more than half of information workers use three or more devices to get work done, creating a mobile workforce sounds almost redundant these days. Mobility isn’t an add on – it’s essential. But even as the expectations and habits of users have rapidly gone mobile in recent years, IT’s ability to deliver […]
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Microsoft | June 12, 2015 by Tobin Dalrymple
Think of it like a “tree falling in the forest” type riddle. If you’ve implemented a new technology, and there’s no way to measure its usage – is anyone actually using it? The answer is, of course, “Who knows!?” We’ve previously discussed how IT leaders need to be just as focused on adoption as they are on delivering […]
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Microsoft | June 12, 2015 by Mack Ratcliffe
A common myth among IT leaders is that once you move Office to the cloud, the lion’s share of support and maintenance simply disappear. The reality is quite different. Quite often, failing to responsibly and accurately manage this new cloud environment causes significant disruptions to the workplace. In fact, 60% of availability and performance errors with […]
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Microsoft | June 11, 2015 by Mack Ratcliffe
As the first digital natives, Millennials want things done quickly, and efficiently. You know the saying: they want everything to “just work.” The question all IT leaders need to ask: Are you attracting and retaining this new generation of users by providing best-in-class technology at work? With the war for talent at an all-time high, […]
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Microsoft | May 29, 2015 by Mack Ratcliffe
*Editors Note: this blog was updated April 1st, 2019 You might not think the CMO has much in common with the CIO. But as the role of IT morphs into a more user-centric, customer-first mentality, everyone in the innovation department might do well to look to the other side of the office for some inspiration. And […]
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Microsoft | May 29, 2015 by Mack Ratcliffe
All too often, major technology changes, like switching over to Office 365 Hub, are planned and implemented without first consulting the people it affects most: the users. Just look at these numbers from Why UC Implementations Fail: 77% of employees say they’re not consulted before a new tool is rolled out 58% of employees say […]
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Microsoft | May 28, 2015 by Mack Ratcliffe
Setting the Vision! Picture this. September 12, 1962. One year since John F. Kennedy won the presidency. With the nation in a high-stakes space race, the American president stands in front of 35,000 people in Houston, and begins to speak: “We will optimize our space exploration project over the coming months.” The crowd yawns and […]
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Microsoft | May 27, 2015 by Tobin Dalrymple
Just one month after releasing a technical preview, Microsoft made available the new Skype for Business client and Skype for Business Online, its planned replacements for Microsoft Lync. In general, this migration should be relatively painless for most organizations. With support for Active Directory, call encryption, and all the essential enterprise class controls of Lync […]
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Microsoft | March 31, 2015 by Joel Marans
It’s game over for those running Windows Server 2003 after July 14th. It is critical that all organizations understand the financial risk and impact of running instances of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 in production after July 14th, 2015. That’s when the decade old server operating system goes end of support. Windows Server 2003 going end of life means no […]
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Microsoft | February 11, 2015 by Tadd Axon
It might seem contradictory. One one hand, a majority of businesses are now considering leveraging the public cloud to get their business done, and get it done at levels of efficiency never before possible. But at the same time, the concept of the cloud still instills fear and concerns across all levels of the business. With so […]
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Microsoft | February 5, 2015 by Tobin Dalrymple
It’s no secret – organizations have a hard time putting their most critical workloads and data into the public cloud. Fears abound. Delays and hesitations result. That doesn’t mean it’s not being done. In fact, we come across organizations every day leading the charge into the enterprise public cloud, whether it be Hybrid or all […]
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Microsoft | February 4, 2015 by Tim Mckellips
The news comes as no surprise to anyone in IT: Microsoft Azure is poised to take the lead in the enterprise public cloud battle. This comes just as Microsoft beefed up online services, with new Hybrid capabilities, better Big Data tools and enhanced security and compliance standards. If Azure doesn’t make 2015 it’s year to take over the enterprise […]
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Microsoft | February 3, 2015 by Wes Kroesbergen
Back in 2011, Microsoft released the Business Productivity Suite, a hosted suite of communications services that would later mature into the suite of services now known as Office 365. However, there was a fundamental issue to solve: how does Microsoft associate enterprise Active Directory user identities with the cloud services for which they are licensed?
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Microsoft | February 1, 2015 by Joel Marans
All indicators suggest 2015 will be the biggest year ever for Microsoft Azure adoption in the Enterprise. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re among the many business leaders contributing to this era-defining movement. It’s natural to wonder why an organization would choose Azure, a relative newcomer to the IaaS space, over the giant in the market, […]
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Microsoft | February 1, 2015 by Tobin Dalrymple
If you’re creating an app — lets say, one that will be the secret sauce, competitive edges of your business over the next few years — you’ve got a choice to make. What do you do? Build everything from the ground up, taking months and untold hours of development to deliver? Or, take it to the […]
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Microsoft | January 21, 2015 by Matt Zito
How many devices do you or each of your coworkers own or use on a daily basis? Whether for business purposes or pleasure, it is safe to say that we have well surpassed Bill Gate’s vision of a personal computer being in every home. As devices became more affordable and we became more dependent on technology, […]
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Microsoft | January 17, 2015 by Tim Mckellips
Sorry – no carry over. No roll over. No credits applied next time. I’m not talking about your cellphone plan. I’m referring to an unnerving practice of organizations buying Microsoft Azure via their Enterprise Agreement (EA) — but never using it. For many organizations, the EA is the easiest way to purchase Azure, preferring the upfront commitments […]
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Microsoft | January 16, 2015 by Luke Black
A new phishing scam is affecting Microsoft clients across North America. The email looks legitimate, and appears to be a welcome email from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). The scam email includes links taking you to an authentic-looking Microsoft website, designed to steal your username and password associated with your Microsoft account. We’re asking […]
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Microsoft | January 2, 2015 by Stephen Tsatskas
For those who have been enrolled in the SPLA program for over a year, you’ll remember the pain felt in February when we announced the double-digit price increasing that was coming. Unfortunately, another price increase is headed your way.
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Microsoft | December 15, 2014 by Stephen Tsatskas
As a Microsoft Sales Specialist, I’m frequently asked licensing-related questions from our clients. While I’ve received a lot of questions about SPLA and the benefits of simplified licensing, the number one question at the top of most client’s minds is whether or not they can license Office 365 under SPLA. Read on for the answer.
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Microsoft | December 12, 2014 by Stephen Tsatskas
So you’ve decided the SPLA program is right for your organization, and you’re  looking to enrol. How do you get started? Not to worry, this is a frequent question clients are facing these days and we’re here to help.
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Microsoft | November 20, 2014 by Tim Mckellips
On July 14th 2015, a full twelve plus years after it’s initial release, Microsoft will sunset their support for Windows Server 2003 and all of its offspring like R2, Small Business Server, etc. So, what does the Windows Server 2003 End of Support marker represent? And why does it matter?
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Microsoft | November 5, 2014 by Matthew Denning
Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a push from Microsoft around the subscription-based product lines of Office 365, CRM Online and Azure. Along with these hosted application server offerings and subscription-based licensing options for the Office Pro Plus productivity suite, Microsoft is making its next major strategic move into solving mobility challenges for its […]
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Microsoft | October 30, 2014 by Matt Zito
Back in early 2012, we saw the majority of our clients transition their SQL environment off of their Enterprise Agreement and onto the now retired, Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP). The EAP offered substantial discounting for new purchases of both SQL Standard and Enterprise, with the requirement that your entire SQL footprint would be licensed with active […]
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Microsoft | October 9, 2014 by Veronica Skender
Over the past few weeks, we’ve unveiled some of the keys to a successful implementation of Microsoft Office 365. To help digest this mountain of tips, we’ve boiled them all down into 5 straight-forward tips.
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Microsoft | October 2, 2014 by Veronica Skender
Picture this: your company has dozens of locations, spread across thousands of miles. You’ve just acquired a few new organizations, each having its own unique communications solutions. You’ve grown, you’ve gotten bigger — but you’re officially a business with no communications or collaboration standards. As you can imagine, this poses a problem. At Softchoice, we didn’t have […]
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Microsoft | September 24, 2014 by Veronica Skender
Microsoft Office 365 comes with a long list of new and re-imagined apps, all delivered from the cloud to the desktop and mobile device. Naturally enough, these features are the first thing any IT manager sees when considering the new productivity suite. What if there was a better way to look at Microsoft’s new offering – […]
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Microsoft | September 17, 2014 by Veronica Skender
Months of meticulous planning. Hundreds of hours of hands-on migration and careful configuration. Then finally, one day, it comes: Office 365 launch day. All systems are go without a hitch. Don’t pop the champagne just yet. Delivering “on time, and on budget” is only half the battle. The real, often over-looked value of any major IT project hinges […]
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Microsoft | September 3, 2014 by Stephen Tsatskas
“Why is this product no longer available?” This is a question that I’m asked, usually around the time when clients are about to report on licenses, and they no longer see a product that you have been licensing for some time. Over time, the range of products included in the SPUR and the SPLA price […]
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Microsoft | July 10, 2014 by Matt Zito
With Microsoft’s 2014 fiscal year now behind us, it should come as no surprise that Office 365 was their main focus in 2014. Even the release of SQL 2014 and the new licensing implications were shadowed by driving adoption of Office 365. In years past, Microsoft focused its discounts on early commitments and renewals, but in 2014 […]
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Microsoft | July 8, 2014 by Jon Brune
As we enter a new fiscal year for Microsoft, we traditional see adjustments to pricing, licensing and how Microsoft brings products to clients. And the first change we are anticipating will affect pricing on Office 365 “E” (Enterprise) plans for corporate and government Enterprise Agreements. Although details have not officially been released, it’s been acknowledged that […]
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Microsoft | June 11, 2014 by Matt Zito
Over the past few years, Office 365 has been the topic of conversation with many of our clients. “Our organization is very unique and cannot run any cloud based apps ”, “We’re not ready to move to the cloud,” “We’re licensed for Office 365, but won’t be deploying anytime soon” are just some of the common responses […]
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Microsoft | May 30, 2014 by Mack Ratcliffe
If you are considering deploying Microsoft Office 365, you’re probably thinking about the challenges of managing user identities in the cloud. For many organizations, Office 365 represents their first “official” SaaS application and will likely pave the way for larger SaaS investments down the road.If you haven’t already, now is the time to think about […]
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Microsoft | May 8, 2014 by Tadd Axon
Target … DigiNotar … LinkedIn … What do all of these high-profile data breaches have in common? Authentication gone wrong. Target and LinkedIn are still dealing with aftermath of their data breaches. Dutch public CA, DigiNotar, immediately ceased operations and a few months later filed for bankruptcy, in the wake of an intruder gaining control of its servers. […]
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Microsoft | April 30, 2014 by Matthew Thiffault
On April 26, 2014, Microsoft released Security Advisory 2963983 to notify customers of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer. At this time, Microsoft is aware of limited, targeted attacks and encourage customers to follow the suggested mitigations outlined in the security advisory while an update is finalized. An attacker could trigger a Zero-Day Internet Explorer exploit […]
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Microsoft | April 9, 2014 by Matt Zito
Four years since the release of the first iPad, and after months of speculation, Microsoft finally announced the release of Office 365 for iPad. Until now, many organizations have been wondering how to use Office features on the iPad, and more importantly how to add the licenses to your current or future agreement. And that’s […]
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Microsoft | April 3, 2014 by Stephen Tsatskas
The Cloud Platform Suite is a bundled SKU of Windows and Systems Center, which was introduced January 2014. It may seem very similar to the Core Infrastructure Suite but I would like to outline a few key differences. The Cloud Platform Suite provides virtual guest environments with one management system across multiple server operating systems. The […]
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Microsoft | March 20, 2014 by Angela Cope
April 8th 2014 marks the official end of Microsoft’s support for Windows XP. Which means if you haven’t taken the steps to migrate off this dying OS yet, well….you’re panicking (and we don’t blame you – you’re putting your whole organization at risk). Whatever prompted the decision to wait doesn’t really matter anymore. What matters now […]
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Microsoft | March 12, 2014 by Michael Losleben
I’ve never spoken with anyone that enjoys managing their E-mail environment. Storage, time, and sanity are all things that IT would like to get back and moving to Exchange Online with O365 can help do just that. However, fields with long term information requirements such as healthcare, finance, and legal have been especially leery about moving their […]
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Microsoft | February 12, 2014 by Angela Cope
IT departments have enough on their minds with the end of Windows XP, getting a hold of the number of SaaS applications within their environment, introducing their organization to a BYOD or CYOD model, or just having to fix that printer in the finance department. Again. For the third time this month. The fact you have any time […]
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Microsoft | February 11, 2014 by Stephen Tsatskas
Hosting companies should now be aware of the double-digit price increase that will be hitting SPLA in 2014. PRODUCT NAME Estimated % price increase Windows Server Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter* 45% Core Infrastructure Server Suite Datacenter 30% Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services 27% System Center System Center 2012 R2 Client Management Suite 55% […]
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Microsoft | December 9, 2013 by Keith Groom
  Windows XP has been a dominant operating system in the enterprise for over a decade. Finally, though, it’s time to say goodbye. In April 2014, Microsoft is ending its extended support for Windows XP, which means enterprises that haven’t migrated to a new platform by then will be immediately exposed to a plethora of […]
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Microsoft | November 29, 2013 by Luke Black
In today’s hectic business world, time is your most valuable commodity. That’s why every meeting must be a stepping stone that moves you closer towards your business goals. However, you may find that many of your meetings are not productive – especially if you spend too much time talking about other meetings and not enough […]
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Microsoft | October 22, 2013 by Scott Newmann
The transformation has started, and Microsoft is on the way to becoming a “Devices and Services” company. It’s doubling down with this fall refresh of the Surface device ecosystem. Cutting ties with the desktop, and adopting the flexibility with the Surface, Microsoft is starting to make some serious plays in the hardware world. With Surface […]
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Microsoft | August 15, 2013 by Luke Black
When it comes to business data security in our increasingly nomadic workforce, the benefits of utilizing SaaS technology to secure and backup data are quickly becoming apparent. In fact, we here at Softchoice recently experienced the process of vetting and implementing our own data protection and backup plan. Three months ago, we undertook a project to update […]
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Microsoft | August 9, 2013 by Tyler Price
Come November 10, 2013, Microsoft will be launching Server and Cloud Enrollment (SCE). SCE is a three-year enrollment under the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) that will replace the soon-to-be retired Enrollment for Core Infrastructure (ECI), Enrollment for Application Platform (EAP), and Enterprise Wide Agreement (EWA) programs.
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Microsoft | July 29, 2013 by Tim Mckellips
You’ve completed your migration away from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8 — now what? One thing we know for sure: the industry has evolved and it isn’t reasonable to expect we will stay on this version of the OS for the next ten years. It was a good run. Let’s move on. You’ll know […]
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Microsoft | July 19, 2013 by Tadd Axon
The software delivery model is fundamentally changing. We’re not seeing big-splash releases anymore. Instead, we’re seeing a continuous deployment stream of updates, upgrades and patches. With the death of Windows XP it doesn’t really matter if you’re moving to Windows 7 or 8 — just as long as you’re moving forward. Which OS you choose depends […]
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Microsoft | July 9, 2013 by Tadd Axon
The death of Windows XP has been a long time coming. If you’re in denial or you’ve been prolonging the pain of migrating to the next version of Windows, it’s time to face the music: XP has reached its end of life. This means more than a standard desktop OS upgrade (possibly one you’ve been putting […]
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Microsoft | June 25, 2013 by Luke Black
TechEd 2013– Microsoft’s annual conference for developers and IT professionals – was held earlier this month. For those who were not able to attend this year, presentations from the conference are available online at the TechEd page. Our Microsoft team attended the event and wanted to share key announcements with you we feel are relevant.
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Microsoft | June 20, 2013 by Tim Mckellips
The April 8, 2014 end-of-extended-support date is approaching for Exchange 2003. How is your organization preparing? As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And while there may be debate over what “good” actually means, Exchange 2003 is going the way of your favorite boy band or fad diet. What Exchange 2003 […]
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Microsoft | June 10, 2013 by Tim Mckellips
What features and new tricks does Office 365 offer? While there’s a decent amount of articles and sites that point to that sort of information, at Softchoice we’re committed to bringing you the information that matters most to your Microsoft investment. Following my previous post on why Office 365 is a very worthy followup offering to […]