Surviving (and Thriving) in the BYOD Client Computing Revolution [Infographic]

Whether we like it or not, the revolution is here. The consumerization of IT – or BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – is transforming client computing as we know it.

More and more companies are finding that employees want the freedom to choose the devices they work with. This is putting additional pressure on IT to find ways to safely and securely integrate a variety of  new devices into their infrastructures. And while BYOD does present challenges, the one thing everyone does agree on is that ultimately, it benefits users and organizations by creating better work-life balance, improved productivity and greater flexibility.

As our infographic points out, this revolution is happening quickly. By 2014 mobile will outpace desktop internet usage. So it’s best to start addressing the challenges now – to ensure that you have a plan and policies in place to survive and thrive as the workplace environment changes.

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Get network over-spending under control

Knowing what you already have in your toolbox before heading out to buy new tools is common sense. However, sometimes you can lose track of what you own and find yourself buying the same screwdriver over and over again. This can happen in your IT environment too if you don’t have a good system of keeping track of what’s in there.

Previous to my position at Softchoice I worked in IT Support for a small sized not for profit organization, and I’m well acquainted with the unique challenges and situations that arise in these environments.  Lack of documentation, lack of resources and indifferent or unknowing management can be huge stumbling blocks for those who are working in technology within organizations.  I can’t count the number of occasions when IT decisions were made based on strict monetary considerations and not on best practices for your environment. These pressures are understandable when resources are limited, but the best thing that you can do as an IT worker in these situations is to have a firm handle on your resources and to understand exactly where pennies can be saved and what areas are in the most urgent need of attention.

Now that I’ve been working directly with Softchoice’s Network Discovery Assessment team it has become really apparent to me how valuable a tool like this can be to a small or medium sized organization.  When I first started at my previous organization I spent my few weeks simply getting a handle on inventory, figuring out licensing and examining the gaps in coverage.  It was at times confusing, sometimes frustrating, and not least of all tedious.  If I’d been aware [Read more…]

Desktop virtualization: look before you leap

At a recent Softchoice-hosted conference in Toronto, customers turned up in droves to learn about one thing – the virtual desktop.

If the popularity of this event signals one thing it’s that interest in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has reached a tipping point. And for good reason. A look at the average desktop environment will tell you why so many are giving serious consideration to this shift in computing.

A recent Softchoice study of over 900,000 PCs paints a startling picture: in the average corporate environment 38 percent of system warranties have expired. That number will climb to 54 percent within six months suggesting PC refresh cycles have been stretched to their limit. On the software side, 98 percent are still running Windows XP – an OS about to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Simply put, companies are at a crossroads. Today, there are more choices for how to deliver the desktop to end users– from upgrading to Windows 7 and replacing aging fat clients, to combining application virtualization with some local computing power, to deploying VDI or, more realistically, a combination of all three. The question is no longer “Should I refresh my infrastructure,” but “How?” [Read more…]