Contact Us

|

Careers

|

Change Locale
close

Putting CYOD to the Ultimate Test – 8,000 Miles Away

From the experts | Posted on September 25, 2013 by Ian Zagrodney

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 daily job performance is measured by key sales metrics and driving results for my clients. I had just a bit of anxiety around how I would effectively manage my core KPIs while I was away. I was also worried about coming home to big gaps in my metrics (especially so close to month- and quarter-end). While my emotional focus was clearly on our mission in Kenya, that part of me driven by achievement and results was stuck back in Toronto.

A week before I left, I received my Softchoice Choose your own device, an HP Elitepad900. The choice to go with a tablet in the CYOD program meant I would have a light, portable device to bring with me to client meetings, while offering me a full windows ability to maintain my work sheets and notes.

I had the tablet imaged with service desk before I left so I’d have access to the apps I needed to connect back with our systems in Toronto. I had planned to leave my personal devices at home too, so I was really putting all my trust in one device.

How the Elitepad performed half a world away

I have to say, I tested the limits of this little machine. Not only did I drag this through dusty, dirty area’s of the village each day, but I needed it to be rugged enough for when I (accidentally) dropped my laptop bag those two (okay… three) times.

Softchoice Cares Kenya

I also had the challenge of finding a local internet signal capable of sustaining the dataflow I needed to blog, skype with family, and yes, monitor and maintain my accounts (through applications like CRM, our ERP systems, and email). Other people had cell phones to use, but they could barely find signal to get connection. My Elitepad, however, seemed to be one of the few devices that were able to successfully make – and sustain – an Internet connection that allowed me (and my friends) to connect to the outside world.

Once I got over my initial Windows 8 handicap, I was shocked how easy it was to do this work abroad. So much worrying for nothing! The fact that I could travel thousands of miles to perform humanitarian work- and still maintain my corporate responsibilities – was critical in making this Softchoice Cares mission such a life changing experience for me.

Additional Resources

If you have any questions about CYO, feel free to comment below. You can also discover what our CYO participants are talking about on Twitter by following the hashtag #SCYO

CYOD: A New Way to Embrace Mobile Devices

Consulting: The Secret Ingredient to CYOD Success

4 Steps to Choosing the Right Devices for CYOD

How Choosing My Own Device Changed the Way I Work (and Play)

Why CYOD Didn’t Work for Me (And What You Should Do Differently)

Related Posts

Finding a place for your stuff: 5 top storage solution questions to ask you... 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? T...
Are you protected from password security breaches? There have been a lot of headlines in the news recently about password security breaches. From “Russian Hackers Amass Over a Billion Internet Passwords” to “Stolen Password...
Find Out If You Have Data Quality Issues With Our 4 Measures of Data Qualit... 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 als...

Related Articles

Culture | August 6, 2020 by Softchoice

This July, we celebrated our third annual Social Impact Month.   At Softchoice, July serves as a rallying point for every person in the company to generate meaningful impact. With the unprecedented events of this year, it was more important than ever that we looked to better support the communities in which we live and work while building a more giving and compassionate culture.   Although our […]

Culture | July 27, 2020 by Softchoice

Toward the end of February, the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic was becoming more evident to the Softchoice leadership team. Our People and Growth leaders knew they would need an agile response to keep our people and our customers safe.    Our business continuity plans to address technology redundancy were in place.  As a result of processes that had been in place for 3 years, we were perhaps ahead of most in our ability to move to a full remote work […]

Culture | June 17, 2020 by Softchoice

In 1989, Jone Panavas founded Softchoice along with David Holgate to make it easier for businesses to source and acquire hard–to–find software products. Jone and David set out to make Softchoice a different kind of company from the very beginning, one where inclusiveness was a core tenet and employees were encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work.   While the technology landscape has become far more complex in the last 30 years, another […]