3 Barriers to Innovation: Are you a Sustainer or an Innovator?

Technology continues to become more complex as siloed projects create new layers and inter-dependencies within infrastructures. That’s not to say companies don’t want to simplify their landscape. It just comes down to how much time is allocated to addressing project sprawl. The fact is that the skills gap is becoming the new “silent killer” and only surfaces when issues cause business impact.

Barrier #1: Sustaining the Technology

Just as the business and technology environment changes, so do the skills and knowledge required to sustain it. It’s hard to manage change however, when most of your time is spent on just sustaining what’s already there. In fact, in most IT organizations 70-80% of resources are spent just keeping things working, while only 20-30% of IT efforts are spent on innovation and development.

To realize the full benefits and capabilities of today’s advanced infrastructures, it’s important to have expertise that can uncover value in under utilized areas or find hidden savings that can help drive operational excellence. [Read more…]

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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When Your Desktops Go Virtual, Don’t Forget About Security

The right VDI security achieves the costs and efficiencies your enterprise is looking for.

As server virtualization continues to go mainstream, achieving significant savings by optimizing resource utilization, many organizations are taking the lessons learned and benefits achieved and setting their sights on an even bigger challenge and opportunity: the desktop.

Desktop virtualization – or VDI for short – combines the robust virtualization technology from server virtualization with advanced session management and innovative network protocols to provide a user experience very similar to working on a dedicated desktop PC. But, with server hardware shared by multiple desktops (all completely isolated from each other), overall resource utilization is much more efficient – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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New Report: Six Essentials for the Optimized Data Center

Because it’s hard to keep up with the latest best practices, we asked Infotech Indaba to create a report that provides practical advice, broad and balanced insight and an unbiased point of view.To read the full whitepaper, go to Softchoice’s Optimized Datacenter

We wanted to share some of the key trends identified in the report, as we believe that a thorough grasp of these can help organizations  manage and grow amid the many challenges they face today.

Trend #1: Virtualization

Research shows a decrease of as much as 70% in capital expenditures for virtualized environments compared to a non-virtual infrastructure, which likely explains why so many IT decision-makers have already gone down that path. However, many organizations are realizing all of the efficiencies virtualization has promised. Management and an optimized infrastructure are needed.

Your virtualization transformation must be a thoughtful, cost-benefit based, phased process from initial server consolidation to easier server maintenance and workload consolidation to the creation of more flexible, utility-like internal clouds. [Read more…]

Why Data Backup And Recovery Systems Are Like Your Insurance Policy

 

Your data backup and recovery systems are like your insurance policy. Knowing that you have a process and system in place to ensure your data is secure and recoverable quickly and reliably means you can sleep at night knowing that your valuable corporate assets are safe.

But wait, have you tested your tape backup lately? If you have legacy tape backup systems in place – can they cope with the demands of a consolidated and virtualized infrastructure? How about the expanding volume of data growing exponentially year over year?

Challenges of a Tape Back-up Environment

Tape has long been the baseline backup medium used by most businesses, but with the arrival of consolidated infrastructures and virtualized environments the demands on legacy systems may be too complex or costly to manage depending on the types of applications and recovery point objectives in scope for the back-up. [Read more…]

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…]