Is the iPad Mini the ideal tablet for business? [ Apple ]

Is the iPad Mini the ideal tablet for business?

Beyond the fact that it’s a brilliant product for consumers, the new iPad Mini may be the ideal device for those “hard to reach places” in the business world. Already we’re hearing it fits nicely into a lab coat pocket exciting doctors and scientists around the world. But what other fields could the iPad, in any form, find it’s way into that hasn’t already been tried? Your first step on this journey starts with Softchoice and our upcoming webinar series on Security, Deployment and Management of Apple devices for your workforce.

There’s no shortage of inspiring stories of businesses incorporating iPads into their environment for productivity. However some businesses are still barely tolerating iPads, rather than encouraging their use. The iPad Mini’s form factors will attract a lot of users, but is there a way for IT to both manage AND promote iOS devices in one fell swoop? [Read more…]

Put Some ISE On Those BYOD Security Pains [Cisco]

Put Some ISE On Those BYOD Security Pains

There’s no denying it: employee-owned mobile devices, with frequent off-site network access, are the new normal for the next generation of workers.

Although adoption of BYOD programs is steadily climbing, security concerns for IT leaders continue to deepen. A 2012 Forrester survey of senior IT executives confirms security is their Number 1 concern regarding BYOD. And a 2012 Economist Intelligence Unit study cited corporate security as the biggest obstacle to implementing BYOD.

Making matters worse, yesterday’s mobile-access security solutions created in the past, no longer apply to today’s ubiquitous mobile-worker environments. There is simply too much complexity for legacy mobile device management (MDM) technology to deliver the functionality needed to protect corporate data and deliver the right user experience.

What companies need now is a security solution built with the challenges of today’s BYOD implementations in mind. This is where solutions such as Cisco’s Identity Services Engine (ISE) come into play.

Continue reading to get details on how Cisco is addressing this space, and find out more about a Mobility Webinar I’ll be hosting in December.

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VMworld 2012 -The Top 3 Changes That Will Affect You

Hoopla! VMworld has dropped some big announcements, and we want you to be among the first to hear them – specifically around the new vSphere 5.1 changes, and how they’ll impact you. Here are the top three.

  1. New vCloud Suite offering
  2. The addition of Go Pro and Essentials Kits to the SMB offering
  3. Introducing vSphere 5.1
Softchoice will be hosting several webinars over the next couple of weeks, taking customers through these important changes. Select one and register now to hear directly from our VMware team.
August 31, 2012

September 6, 2012

UPDATE 9/6/12: These sessions are now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated, the response was awesome!

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