North Americans are (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud

North Americans are (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud

In 2014, cloud computing was still shifting into the enterprise mainstream. Back then, Softchoice commissioned a study that discovered North American workers were careless users. Specifically, employees who use cloud apps displayed markedly more reckless technology habits and were more likely to put their employers’ networks and corporate data at risk.

Two years later, most organizations have gone from flirting with the cloud to wholesale adoption, yet despite their new level of cloud sophistication – not much has else changed! From lax password security to rogue IT behavior, North American workers are (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud. [Read more…]

BYOD Behind the Scenes: How Softchoice implemented a bring-your-own-device policy

Just Google BYOD (as of July 16, that 6,340,000 results and counting) and BAM! it’s clear the bring-your-own-device revolution is far more than just a trend. If you’re CIO hasn’t started quivering yet – whether it be from excitement or fear – take a look at some more staggering numbers:

  • 95% of organizations allow employee-owned devices in some way in the workplace
  • 76% of IT leaders consider consumerization to be “somewhat” or “extremely” positive for their companies
  • 66% of employee want IT to let them use any device they choose, while 55% of generation Y employees see it as a ‘right’ versus a ‘privilege’
  • But, less than 10% of organizations are ‘fully aware’ of the devices accessing their network

The facts are clear: BYOD is here to stay, but organizations still aren’t clear about how to manage it. They need a successful workplace mobile use policy. But where to start?

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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…]