The Death of the Desktop PC? What Does the Future Hold for This Technology?

The Death Of The Desktop PC? What Does The Future Hold For This Technology?

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, worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.4 million units in Q2 2015, a 9.5 percent dip from Q2, 2014. The report further predicts an overall decline of 4.4 percent in 2015.

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The Change You Need to Make to Attract and Retain Millennials

The change you need to make to attract and retain Millennials

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 for business, it also flies in the face of existing facts and statistics.

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Why the Shellshock Vulnerability Is A Perfect 10

Why the Shellshock Vulnerability Is A Perfect 10

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 that compromises a target machine.

That seems simple enough – and from a conceptual perspective, it is. So why it is rated so high? And how does it compare to the Heartbleed bug we recently heard so much about?

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Cheat Sheet: Seven Tips to Collaborate Better

Cheat Sheet: Seven Tips to Collaborate Better

Collaboration. There’s a million ways to do it, and a million ways to fail. Here are seven simple strategies to jumpstart your collaboration strategy and ensure your labors are fruitful.

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CYOD Through the Eyes of IT

CYOD Through the Eyes of IT

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 desk to agree to image and provide a minimum level of support for the participants in the program. Tyler Astle, our Service Desk Team Lead here, took on the responsibility of the program, and I recently sat down with him to understand what his experience was supporting our CYOD pilot from an IT perspective.

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CYOD: A Balanced Alternative to BYOD (Webinar featuring Gartner)

CYOD: A Balanced Alternative to BYOD (Webinar ft. Gartner)

IT professionals may be reluctant to introduce a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program – and for good reason. Concerns about security, governance and the fact that many employees are hesitant to take on the job of supporting their own devices derail even the best intentioned BYOD program. However, there is more balanced option emerging, and it’s called Choose Your Own Device (CYOD).

As you may know already, CYOD provides IT with the opportunity to maintain control of the devices within their environment while providing employees with the opportunity to choose a device that works best for them.

In October we held a webinar featuring leading analyst firm Gartner, were we provided clients with an opportunity to understand the do’s and don’ts of a CYOD program.

Many of our clients asked for a copy of the webinar, and so we’re sharing it here for everyone to enjoy.

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