Behind the Scenes: Softchoice moves from BYOD towards BYOC

This is the third entry in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences.

As Madeleine’s blog series on Softchoice’s journey from Blackberry to BYOD is starting to wrap up, I’ve now started on a new journey considering whether Softchoice should expand BYOD to an employee Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) program too. Now it’s rare to ask a “marketer” like myself to join an IT project team, but I got asked because I had recently published some blogs and campaigns about these issues, so I had a good amount of researched knowledge on the topic.

However going from reading some white papers and watching some videos on the subject, to actually trying to figure out how to make it work in a real organization is quite a big jump.

I’m realizing that marketing tools such as the vendor study that I attached to my last email campaign, or the Client Computing Revolution infographic I just worked on are great at illustrating the trend and talking about considerations and challenges at a high-level, but they don’t really provide that much help once you actually start down the road of planning a BYOC strategy. Yes, we all understand the “why” to go to BYOC, but what’s lacking out there is a real account of the “how.”

So this blog series is going to detail step-by-step how we went from our CIO saying “we should look at BYOC at Softchoice”  to working  through a BYOC project using Six Sigma Practices. I’ll share the tools we found most useful, the surveys and policies we created and then outline how we built the business case and implemented the neccessary technology. [Read more…]

Client Virtualization As A Strategy To Support BYOD

One approach to support multiple devices in a manageable and secure fashion is to leverage client virtualization. Our Softchoice Advisor Team asked Jon White, Solutions Architect for Client Virtualization here at Softchoice for his insights on helping customers understand the considerations involved.

Softchoice Advisor:  What are the steps for building out a client virtualization strategy to support BYOD?

Jon:  Client Virtualization can be broken down into 3 layers. First is Client OS Virtualization. Next is application virtualization, and then finally profile virtualization. All three of these layers represent the movement from the desktop to the data center. Ultimately, this movement allows our customers to access these resources from any device any time

SA: What’s the first step in assessing the impact to my data center?

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Pure-Play vs.Platform MDM: Which Is The Best Fit For Your Company?

With the unabated growth of consumerization, Gartner Research recently stated that “mobile device management (MDM) is essential for IT success”. However, with so many options – which is best? There are several new companies in this space offering great solutions. Security vendors are expanding their offerings and you have major platform or systems management vendors adding ways to manage a variety of mobile devices.

Our own Director of Security Solutions Stephen Perciballi and Manager of Microsoft Solutions Architecture Tim McKellips recently sat down with the Softchoice Advisor to discuss the challenges and implications involved with managing this environment.

Softchoice Advisor: What is your overall opinion on pure-play versus platform mobile device management?

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Cloud Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know About Sizing Your Cloud Environment

So you’re tasked with planning your organization’s cloud environment. How do you identify how much cloud infrastructure is required to meet the needs of your end users, but also deliver overall cost savings for your boss?

I’ve assembled 10 Tips for Sizing the Cloud in the following cheat sheet. It will answer many of your questions and determine your needs for today as well as planning for growth in the future.

10 Tips for Sizing the Cloud Cheat Sheet:

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Destroy Your Laptop Without Ramifications!

This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here.

Don’t let the introduction scare you.This post is actually more appropriate for less technical readers who have had a computer failure and lost data.

While on a recent business trip, the hard drive light on my laptop remained solid at all times. As time went on, Windows slowed to a crawl and became unusable. I looked at the resource monitor to see what was causing the disk to spin so much, so that I could kill it, but there weren’t even any IO hits. When I rebooted the computer I got a message “Detection Error on HDD” and Windows wouldn’t start at all any more.

It was basically over. While we were able to mount it with Ubuntu and recover some of the data left there, I was very glad to have committed to synchronizing data consistently enough to not lose anything.

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The Journey Continues: Why does Softchoice BYOD?

From rumors of cost savings, to greater employee satisfaction, to more productivity – the reasons for initiating a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy span far and wide.

In the second addition to Softchoice’s BYOD Behind the Scenes Blog Series (read the first here), I wanted to explore exactly what triggered our decision to adopt a bring-your-own-device policy. Just as each organization is unique, each company designs its own BYOD policy based on its own individual reasons.

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