RECO Gains Peace of Mind with Cloud-Ready Storage

RECO Gains Peace of Mind with Cloud Ready Storage

The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) is a not-for-profit corporation responsible for administering the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 as well as associated regulations, on behalf of the Ontario provincial government. RECO was established in 1997 as a delegated administrative authority under the Safety and Consumer Statutes Administration Act, to enhance professionalism, increase consumer protection and provide an effective, efficient and responsive regulatory framework.

Increasing Storage Needs Drive Change

Mike Prime, Manager of Information Systems, having recently joined RECO, discovered that the organization was rapidly running out of storage space and that its existing storage technology was aging and approaching end of life.

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Your Network is Talking to You – Are You Listening?

Your Network is Talking to You - Are You Listening?

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 mobility.

Complexity grew and IT support teams were faced with ensuring that each distinct technology worked seamlessly with the others, and that voice and data quality and service levels were continuously up and maintained.

This proved challenging in some organizations where historically voice and data were supported by different teams, so IT had a steep learning curve to understand the different requirements of voice and voice teams needed to find ways to integrate into the IT environment.

Today, with converged networks, extensive knowledge of data and voice systems is mandatory, but how do you reduce complexity and cost to effectively manage their operations?

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Mastering the BYOD Balancing Act: The Softchoice Journey

Balancing Act

It’s funny how things evolve so quickly. Just a few years ago, the thought of employees using their own phones or laptops for work at work was unthinkable.

But as the consumerization of IT trend grows from a trickle to a flood, many organizations have no choice but consider how to implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. And the experience at Softchoice was no different.

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The Winchester Mystery House – Don’t Let It Happen To You!

The Winchester Mystery House - Don't let it happen to you
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 without proper planning and foresight.

But first, what is the Winchester House? The Winchester Mystery House, located in San Jose, California, was the residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun maker William Winchester. Sarah was obsessed with building out the house and so arranged for construction around the clock, from 1884 until her death in 1922.  Construction costs were estimated at about US $5.5 million in 1922; equivalent to over $75 million today.

The house’s real claim to fame however, isn’t the construction; it’s the complete lack of any master building plan. The house has 160 rooms, 24,000 square feet, 10,000 windows, 2,000 doors, 6 kitchens, 40 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, and 47 fireplaces. Sixty-five of the house’s doors lead to blank walls, 13 staircases lead nowhere, 24 skylights are covered by floors.

So how does this relate to IT?

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Behind the Scenes: Don’t Build A Policy From Scratch!

 

 

 

 

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. Not what you’d classify as a “fun” meeting. I’m pretty sure that there isn’t a person out there that likes writing out policies and it’s something that’s really hard to start. So hopefully this blog post can reduce the pain of your organization’s policy building meeting. Thanks to finding the right guidance from Gartner and InfoTech Research, our team was able to bang out a first draft in under an hour!

According to Gartner’s BYOC Checklist the major areas a policy needs to cover are:

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Wakefield Canada Gets Ready For The Cloud

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 intuitive customer service.

Wakefield has been on Canada’s Top 50 Best Managed Companies and Top 50 Best Employer lists for the past three years, and has received a Microsoft Pinnacle Award for its technology successes.

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