Windows XP is Dead: 3 Strong Reasons to Refresh with Mac OS X

Windows XP is Dead: 3 Strong Reasons to Refresh with Mac OS X

Microsoft announced that as of April 8, 2014 it will no longer support Windows XP. If you work at one of the 67% of organizations that are still on XP, now’s the time to step up and refresh your aging systems. And you don’t need to default to Windows 7 or 8 just because you’ve always used Microsoft.

Twelve years ago (when Windows XP was first released), Mac® computers would not have been viable for most organizations. However, Apple® has since made Mac a business-ready option that allows you to take advantage of the latest mobile and collaboration technologies, while integrating seamlessly into a PC world.

Here are three reasons why you should consider a Mac for your next refresh.

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Oracle Licensing & Audits – Getting Through The Ugly to Get to the Good

In blaring red font – a $1 million dollar invoice from Oracle. Maybe you’ve been in a similar situation yourself, or maybe you have a little anxiety knowing you’re not as up to date on managing your Oracle licensing agreement as you’d like to be. You’re not alone. We’ve had a few customers in this situation.

In the world of IT, auditing activity is expected to increase year over year. To provide some advice on better managing your Oracle licensing, we reached out to Eric Guyer, Managing Partner at Rational IT Consulting and former Oracle Architect. Eric is a consultant who works closely with Softchoice on our Oracle TechCheck Assessments. Here are the key take-aways from of our interview:

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Replacing an old printer: why it makes sense (and dollars & cents)

In computers “better, faster, cheaper” isn’t just a slogan, it’s a fact of life. That’s why it makes sense to upgrade your equipment regularly, even if what you’ve got is apparently performing “just fine”. This is particularly true of printers because of the ongoing cost of ownership. Remember, it’s a Cost vs. Spend equation.

Economy – In most cases the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of an old printer can be and in most cases is higher than a new one. To say that’s counter-intuitive is putting it mildly. It is also very frequently true. Because Total Cost of Ownership includes all the costs associated with a printer over its life, [Read more…]