Introducing a Softchoice Journey: From BlackBerry to BYOD and Beyond

Taking a closer look at a real BYOD experience – the one at Softchoice! This is Part one of a four-part series.

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It’s the revolution that’s affecting companies everywhere with no sign of slowing. In fact, it’s projected to be the new norm. Bring your own device, or BYOD, the result of tremendous pressure from the client computing revolution. But the concerns are significant. What with security threats, IT headaches, legal issues and the constant fear of lack of control; BYOD isn’t always a welcome word in the CIO’s objective planner.

But it’s that tricky leading argument that we just can’t seem to get away from: It’s happening anyway. [Read more…]

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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Services Spotlight: Professional Services Industry Podcast

Over the years, we’ve worked very closely with a variety of market segments, to help them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic change and technology evolutions. With all that experience and knowledge behind us, we thought it would be interesting to hear from our Softchoice team directly, to share their insights and perspectives on how technology change is affecting different industries.

Professional Services Industry Spotlight: Podcast with Jane Bioletti

Jane Bioletti is Manager of Professional Services at Softchoice and has extensive experience working with a wide variety of consulting, legal and accounting firms. In this podcast, she shares her assessment  of how technology trends are impacting the consulting sector.

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Here’s a summary of Jane’s discussion:

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Free Guide: How to Build a Mobile Device Use Policy

Managing the risks of a mobile security tsunami – why a personal mobile device acceptable use policy for your organization matters.

Personal smartphones, laptops, tablets, e-readers, netbooks, gaming devices – it’s a whole new mobile wild west out there. At first, organizations and their IT teams, understandably fearful of the risks to the integrity of private information and business data, were resistant to giving employees’ personal devices access to the organization’s business network. But increasingly, they’re having a change of heart.

Why? For starters, with employees logging on to answer emails, review contracts and marketing materials or simply catching up on a mountain of work anytime of day or night, offering them the freedom to use the same devices at work, on the road and at home means increased accessibility and productivity with a device each of those employees is already familiar with.

Equally important, mobile device management has improved by leaps and bounds to the point where now a single interface can be used to manage devices whether they’re on a BlackBerry platform, Apple iOS or Google Android. That’s gone a long way to mitigating resistance from IT departments fearful of security tsunamis.

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Services Spotlight: Healthcare Industry Podcast

This is an exciting time in the world of communication technologies. It holds the promise of great opportunity as well as some daunting challenges around implementing, managing and maintaining new and evolving technologies.

At Softchoice, we’ve spent many years working closely with a variety of  industries, helping them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic change and technology evolutions. With all that experience and knowledge behind us, we thought it would be interesting to hear from the Softchoice team directly, to share their insights and perspectives on what technology trends are most likely to deliver competitive advantage, improved customer service and operational efficiencies now and in the future.

Healthcare Services Industry Spotlight: Podcast with Robert High

Robert High, Director, Professional Services has recently completed several healthcare projects helping hospitals solve their technology challenges. In this podcast, he describes how rapid changes in technology are affecting healthcare organizations today.

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Wireless Networks: 6 Tips To A Successful Deployment

With the rapid increase in everyone’s needs for mobility, wireless technologies are becoming more and more important all the time.

A well implemented wireless network improves productivity by providing employees with the tools to access their network wherever they are—whether at work, at home, or on the road.

A wireless infrastructure must take into account more than the ability to connect users to the network. Users have high expectations for service and quality and a variety of needs that must be met through wireless access. We’ve found a few best practices that can really help prepare organizations to build the wireless infrastructure that successfully supports their users’ needs as well as company objectives. There are lots of others, but the following is a good place to start. [Read more…]